On this day…

Winner_of_the_Sirens_of_the_Surf_competition,_Miss_Bonnie_Orchard,_Gold_Coast,_1936_(4903167283)Winner of the Sirens of the Surf competition, Miss Bonnie Orchard, Gold Coast, 1936. Queen


Miss Bonnie Orchard, the winner of the Sirens of the Surf competition on the 5th of October, 1936. The competition took place in springtime at the holiday resort of the Gold Coast in the state of Queensland in Australia’s north.

The image is credited to George Jackman.

Technology ruining the future?

A cartoon from the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany laments the introduction of technology in the Games. It predicts that in the year 2000 the Olympics will have no live spectators, and that applause will be broadcast on loudspeakers.

In 1936 the Games were broadcast on television for the first time, but only in the host nation.

A humorous cartoon from the 1936 Berlin Olympics envisages the year 2000. Television technology has progressed to the point where spectators can watch events at home while radio, applying wireless technology.

On this day: the Hindenburg in New Jersey in 1936

The German zeppelin Hindenburg trundles into the U.S. Navy’s hangar at Lakehurst, New Jersey, on the 9th of May, 1936. The rigid airship had just set a record for its first north Atlantic crossing, the first leg of ten scheduled round trips between Germany and America.

The disaster that saw the destruction of the airship happened just short of a year later, on the 6th of May, 1937.


The German-built zeppelin Hindenburg trundles into the U.S. Navy hangar, its nose hooked to the mobile mooring tower, at Lakehurst, New Jersey, on May 9, 1936.