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Gun used by Edward Oxford in an assassination attempt on Queen Victoria, 1840

 

This gun is one of two pistols that Edward Oxford fired at Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert on Constitution Hill, 10 June 1840. Oxford, then only 18 years old, was tried for high treason but acquitted on grounds of insanity.

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Hobot what's this? I have an identical pistol. My older brothers found it in a barn.. Maybe in the 50s?

 

-jim lee

 

 

I'll give you $100 cash :rolleyes:

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This is a pretty cool vintage video, thought it would be OK to tuck it into this thread.

 

Be sure to watch it full screen.

 

 

Sometimes the good old days were better. :D

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Wow, classic photo. The wonderful Florence Arthaud, with Naomi James. 1980? Can't for the life of me remember the lady in the middle. Isabelle Autissier, perhaps?

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Wow, classic photo. The wonderful Florence Arthaud, with Naomi James. 1980? Can't for the life of me remember the lady in the middle. Isabelle Autissier, perhaps?

 

 

Getty images caption for that image:

"Skippers Dame Naomi James of New Zealand (Left) (02 March 1949-), US Judith Lawson (Cntr) and French sailboat racer Florence Arthaud pose 04 June 1980 for a photograph during the last days of preparations in Plymouth before the Transat Race departure. James was the first woman to sail single-handed (ie. solo) around the world via Cape Horn. She finished her voyage around the globe on 08 June 1978 after 272 days, thus improving Sir Francis Chichester�s solo round-the-world sailing record by two days. James was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1979 in recognition of her achievements."

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Wow, classic photo. The wonderful Florence Arthaud, with Naomi James. 1980? Can't for the life of me remember the lady in the middle. Isabelle Autissier, perhaps?

 

 

Getty images caption for that image:

"Skippers Dame Naomi James of New Zealand (Left) (02 March 1949-), US Judith Lawson (Cntr) and French sailboat racer Florence Arthaud pose 04 June 1980 for a photograph during the last days of preparations in Plymouth before the Transat Race departure. James was the first woman to sail single-handed (ie. solo) around the world via Cape Horn. She finished her voyage around the globe on 08 June 1978 after 272 days, thus improving Sir Francis Chichester�s solo round-the-world sailing record by two days. James was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1979 in recognition of her achievements."

 

 

 

Thanks for filling in the blanks on that photo and who the other women sailor legends were. I was going to say that the one in the middle might be Laurel Holland, wife of Ron Holland. She and Naomi teamed up for a couple of campaigns but I think Naomi getting pregnant put a stop to that. Laurel ended up teaming with Joan Greene, wife of multihull builder and racer Walter Greene.

 

Funny that if you look at the link for that photo it is titled 'enhanced-buzz'. That pretty much says it about Flo, I'm not to sure about the other two.

 

Here is further evidence of Florence and her 'enhanced-buzz'

 

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I worked in a room very much like that 40 years ago

 

 

so did I, ours did not have orange panels, had blue. 1979, FAI insurance, St. Leonards Sydney.

The rest of of the world had installed a 390, we were still on a 360/50 - the latest and greatest from 1963 !

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I worked in a room very much like that 40 years ago

 

 

so did I, ours did not have orange panels, had blue. 1979, FAI insurance, St. Leonards Sydney.

The rest of of the world had installed a 390, we were still on a 360/50 - the latest and greatest from 1963 !

 

That is supposed to be a 67. Not many of those around. I know Stanford had one. Looks lots like a 65 on the outside.

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I worked in a room very much like that 40 years ago

 

 

so did I, ours did not have orange panels, had blue. 1979, FAI insurance, St. Leonards Sydney.

The rest of of the world had installed a 390, we were still on a 360/50 - the latest and greatest from 1963 !

 

That is supposed to be a 67. Not many of those around. I know Stanford had one. Looks lots like a 65 on the outside.

 

 

I remember when the 67 replaced the 50 as the big machine in our compute center :D Went from 500K to a Meg :oand virtual storage.

 

"The future is now".

 

Seems comical now - my wife's freakin' camera has 32 Gigs. My son is looking at a game player of some sort that has a Terabyte

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Some of the retired IBM engineers have restored two IBM 1401 machines to working order at the Computer History Museum here in Silicon Valley. Well worth a visit.

 

http://ibm-1401.info/

 

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You callin' me a museum piece?

 

I worked with lots of 1401 series equipment.

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Compare thier power to what the todays consumer has available to them, what would it be?

 

The roomful in the first pic wouldn't be remotely able to run a contemporary phone.

 

Like comparing a biplane to an F-35

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Money was worth a lot more back then but keep two things in mind - that price got you a taxi cab version with a 6 cylinder and a 2 speed trans - to pull a 2 ton car. A nice SS 396 big block would have been more like $4K.

 

AND $7500 would have been a pretty good annual wage - raising a family and paying a mortgage money.

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Wow, stop by your local speed shop and pick up a top fuel hemi on the stand. :blink:

 

There were some good things about the old days..

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How many people recognize that as a Spitfire "toppling" a V-1?

 

They'd dip a wing under the V-1 wing and flip it to disorient the gyro guidance system.

 

Amazingly skilled flying at 400 MPH or thereabouts. My wife's uncle did some of it in his P-51D

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