The first means in flower, the second radiating light


“The first means in flower, the second radiating light” – Troublesome Words by Bill Bryson

4 thoughts on “The first means in flower, the second radiating light

  1. I like this. There’s something incongruous about the quite elegant sconce and curtains but the slightly askew lampshades. It makes me wonder if this is in a room in a hotel that was once top of the line or close to it, but is now easing into a later stage.

    1. It’s a detail of the interior of the,_1943) . Sorry, no English version. Everything is 1940’s/1950’s, in perfect condition – except this askew lampshade. Time travel. I’ll show some more photos – either here or on the scrappress.
      The vessel has been the Hungarian State Yacht in 1943 and if I remember right the interior is from that time. Nowadays it’s used for federal government meetings, state visits etc..
      The only imperfect thing was the lampshade. Really.

  2. A yacht! Perfect. Many years ago, early 80s, I was on an assignment for a client, a very large international conglomerate. The ad campaign would have environmental portraits of individuals at each of 8-10 plants across the country. It turned out the most efficient way to do this was by corporate aircraft. At one of the airports, the crew of the tiny plane we were using took us aboard “the flagship.” It was a 1950s era four-engine prop airliner, outfitted in such incredible luxury as to put most yachts to shame. It was perfectly maintained and still used once in a while to fly the CEO or Chairman and ultra-VIPs for ceremonial occasions. When the big boys were in a hurry, they used one of the Gulfstreams.

    1. I fear this is a more modest version of a state yacht. I don’t think Chancellor Merkel will ever invite President Obama to a cruise on the Rhine river on it. After two years of being a Hungarian State Yacht it was turned into a “auxiliary war vessel” (that’s my translation) until the crew managed to flew and take it to Germany where the US took over it. 1950 Germany bought it back.
      It has a modest elegance, but is defnitely not luxurious.

      What I learn from your comment is that planes are for hurry, vessels are for travel. ;-)

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