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Subject: [Leica] OT: Nobel Prize
From: mark at (Mark Rabiner)
Date: Sat, 10 Oct 2009 00:56:35 -0400

> This won't be political, just a trifle ironic:
> After patenting dynamite in 1867, in 1893 Alfred Nobel buys Swedish iron
> mill Bofors and converts it into a weapon factory.
> Bofors would eventually make a famous gun to bear its name, the 40mm
> Bofors. The Bofors was an anti-aircraft rapid-firing gun capable of
> firing 2 lb shells at 3,000 ft/sec at a rate of 120 rounds/minute. These
> guns were so good the US Army and Navy used them in WWII, the British
> Army & Navy used them, even Germany and Japan used them. We still use
> the Bofors as part of the weapons system of the Spooky AC-130 gunship.
> And for the world's mightiest armies and navies 70 years ago to put
> aside nationalism and all agree to use one weapon system, albeit against
> one another, we can thank Alfred Nobel.

Also  Alfried Krupp made weapons for peace selling guns to all sides equally
to help end the war sooner using economical slave labor finally to be
famously photographed in 1963 by Arnold Newman as a  kind of side lit steel
baron Mephistopheles.
I'm going to stick my neck out and say it was shot with a 90 on a 4x5.
A Schneider 90 mm f/6.8 Angulon.
Just a hunch. Except I know I'm right.

Mark William Rabiner

In reply to: Message from shino at (Rei Shinozuka) ([Leica] OT: Nobel Prize)