Today I thought I’d share a bit about an explosive topic. My daytime job involves sourcing all kinds of film and photographs for use in television documentaries. One of my current projects recently gave me an excuse to re-visit a fantastic archive – the U.S. Department of Energy, […]
Resurrecting the humour of yesteryear is a favourite pastime of mine – so today I thought I’d share a charming hundred year old postcard from my maritime collection. As usual, it also comes with an interesting back story.
Regular ephemeral broadcasts will presume shortly, but after the relatively heavy topic of armoured warfare in third-world countries I feel that History Geek needs to take a brief swing into the realm of the slightly less serious. So here is some history laced satire….
My last post started telling the story of the T-34, a Soviet designed tank that gave the Germans a hell of a fright on the Eastern Front. Arguably one of the most influential tanks of the Second World War, it then went on to fight in Korea, Vietnam […]
This snapshot from my personal collection shows a knocked out tank somewhere on the Eastern Front during the Second World War. Unfortunately the context of this image has been lost and I don’t know exactly where it was taken, who took it or when. What I do know […]
I’m interrupting the usual ephemeral broadcasts to share some breaking news. Talented Dunedin musician and all round good sort Bill Morris has released a music video for his upcoming album “Mud”. Bill has a healthy grounding in the real, the raw and the rugged – and that earthy […]
I spotted an auction on eBay that got me thinking. The auction is for two letters from an American whaler writing back home about his experiences in the South Pacific. “I am in the ship Beaver of Hudson, cruising on the coast off New Zealand. Our luck has […]
Those of you who know me might be surprised that I’ve managed half a dozen posts before posting a photo of a machine gun. (The picture above is an original World War One postcard printed by the Daily Mail and shows two British machine gunners on the Western […]
This snapshot of history is an original photograph of a ship called the SS Kumara. Its story includes hundreds of thousands of carcasses, an insight into the beginnings of an invaluable industry and a debate over how comfortable life would be in a floating freezer. The birth of […]
If you are the owner of a child that is obsessed with dinosaurs then you probably already know just how many complex names and facts a child can learn and recite. Perhaps you have wondered If only there was a way to expand that self propelled learning potential […]