Women Working - Hercules Cycle Works - Aston, Birmingham - 1947
Girls work at the Hercules cycle works in Aston, Birmingham. Factories in the Midlands area went back into production when power was restored to industries there, with hundreds of thousands of workers having to be stood off during the fuel crisis.
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Observed of all observers by Alfred Leete
The Chauffeur of a coal-gas-driven car (to a gathering crowd): Wot are you 'anging' around 'cre for? The Crowd: Please, Mister, we'se waiting for the balloon to go up. A humorous comment on the use of coal gas powered vehicles during the First World War, introduced as petrol became increasingly scarce. The 'gas bag' cars carried their fuel in an enormous rubber bag on the roof and were the subject of many jokes and cartoons such as this one by Alfred Leete, an artist best known for his famous Kitchener 'Your King and Country Needs You' cover for London Opinion magazine. Date: 1917
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Power and control in R101
The first diesel-engined airship: power and control in R101. Illustrations of some of the features of R101: a power car, the chart room, and mooring arrangements. The Illustrated London News states that "every precaution has been taken to guard against the possibilities of fire, and for the first time petrol engines have been superseded by engines burning heavy fuel oil" [diesel] which is less flammable. However this did not stop the R101 from crashing near Beauvais, France, on its maiden voyage and bursting into flames, killing 48.
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