Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Assembling a Mercedes-Benz 190 SL, February 1958


The Mercedes-Benz 190 SL is a two-door luxury roadster produced by Mercedes-Benz between May 1955 and February 1963. Internally referred to as W121, it was first shown in prototype at the 1954 New York Auto Show, and was available with an optional removable hardtop.

The 190 SL presented an attractive, more affordable alternative to the exclusive Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, sharing its basic styling, engineering, detailing, and fully independent suspension. Both cars had double wishbones in front and swing axles at the rear. Instead of the 300 SL’s expensive purpose-built W198 tubular spaceframe the 190 SL rode on a shortened monocoque R121 platform modified from the W121 small saloon.

The car was available either as a soft-top convertible or with removable hardtop). A small third-passenger transverse seat was optional. During its first years the 190 SL was available as a sports-racing model with small perspex windscreen and spartan one-piece leather covered bucket seats and aluminum doors.

Below are some photographs from a Mercedes-Benz’s factory in 20, 1958.

Amasunzu – The Traditional Rwandan Hairstyle: The Most Unique and Creative Hairstyle From the 1920s & 1930s


The Amasunzu traditional hairstyle is hands down one of the most creative ever. Still being worn today, it was and still is a symbol of pride in Rwanda.

The Amasunzu hairstyle represented different roles and stages in life of women and men. When warriors wore the style, it symbolized strength and bravery. Worn by women, it usually marked marital status and virginity. Young woman wore it before they were married. After marriage, some women let their hair grow freely.

Rwandan man with Amasunzu hairstyle, 1923

Amazing Vintage Photos of American Aviatrix Amelia Earhart in the 1930s


Amelia Earhart, (born July 24, 1897; disappeared July 2, 1937) was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the United States Distinguished Flying Cross for this accomplishment. She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots. In 1935, Earhart became a visiting faculty member at Purdue University as an advisor to aeronautical engineering and a career counselor to women students. She was also a member of the National Woman's Party and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment.

During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937 in a Purdue-funded Lockheed Model 10-E Electra, Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. Fascination with her life, career, and disappearance continues to this day.

American aviatrix Amelia Earhart arrives in Southampton, England, after her transatlantic flight on the "Friendship" from Burry Point, Wales, on June 26, 1928.

Amelia Earhart, 1932.

Amelia Earhart the first woman to pilot a plane solo across the Atlantic, is shown with her husband, George Putnam, aboard the city boat Riverside as they return to New York City on June 20, 1932.

Amelia Earhart, June 30, 1932.

Amelia Earhart is shown climbing out of the cockpit after piloting her plane from Los Angeles to Oakland, Calif., on March 10, 1937.

Amelia Earhart with her Lockheed Vega surrounded by a crowd after she became the first woman to fly solo from Hawaii to California in 1935.

Amelia Earhart climbs out of her plane at Oakland Airport after completing her 18-hour, 2,400-mile flight from Honolulu on Jan. 14, 1935.

Amelia Earhart, with her husband, George Putnam, after completing her nonstop flight from Mexico City, a 2,100-mile journey, in 14 hours and 20 minutes, May 8, 1935, Newark, N.J.

Amelia Earhart and her husband George Putnam, talk over plans for Earhart's second attempt to fly around the world. May 29, 1937.

George Putnam, right, bids his wife, Amelia Earhart, "Happy Landings" as she started her 28,000-mile aerial jaunt around the globe, June 1, 1937, in Miami, Fla.

Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, pose in front of their twin-engine Lockheed Electra in Los Angeles at the end of May 1937, prior to their historic flight to circle the globe.

Amelia Earhart

Preparation of the Lockheed Electra plane, used for the around-the-world flight by Amelia Earhart, is shown in 1937 in Oakland, Calif.

Amelia Earhart waves from the Electra before taking off from Los Angeles on March 10, 1937. Earhart is flying to Oakland, Calif., where she and her crew will begin their around-the-world flight on March 18.

Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, are seen shortly after their landing in the Dutch East Indies, on June 21, 1937. It was one of the last happy landings on their attempted around-the-world flight before they disappeared on July 2, somewhere over the Pacific Ocean.

Amelia Earhart inspects the twin-engine Lockheed Electra monoplane being built for her use in long-distance flights at the plant, on May 26, 1936, in Burbank, Calif.

The only known picture of Earhart's Lockheed Electra taking off from Lae, New Guinea on July 1, 1937, for the 2,550-mile flight to Howland Island.

Amelia Earhart and her husband, George Putnam, on March 6, 1937, in Oakland, Calif.

Amelia Earhart, navigator Frederick Noonan, behind her, and Capt. Harry Manning emerge from the Electra after it crashed on takeoff from Luke Field, near Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on March 20, 1937.

Amelia Earhart is shown in this undated photo.

Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, 10 days before their disappearance in the Pacific.