Joes Post #5


Today (8/8/14) CNN had an article about 20 stunning cliffside beaches. One of the beaches was in Etretat, France.

The black and white images at the top and bottom were taken by Joe during World War II, the color image was used in the CNN article. The both look at the same arch, just from opposite sides.


This is the beach at Etretat, rocks not sand. The boats are still there although a bit more modern. I doubt the fishermen still live in the town, it has become a bit of a tourist trap.


Parachute Cord


Browsing around on the web I have run in to several articles regarding parachute cord. You can make bracelets with it or use it as a survival item.  Just in case you are in need of some cord, or the components to make a bracelet, we have them.


1/2″ Side Release Buckles

We only sell commercial grade parachute cord which is not designed for use in parachutes. Parachute cord is often referred to as 550 cord, denoting its theoretical breaking strength. That is for the mil-spec version which is really designed for parachute use.

Parachute cord gets its strength from the parallel strands of nylon in the center of the cord.


They are covered by  tightly woven nylon which protects them from chafe. Being made from nylon, parachute cord is very stretchy (good for adsorbing shock when the parachute opens) and offers pretty good UV resistance. Nylon does adsorb water and it tends to shrink after being wet which will make it a bit stiffer.

Oh, the first picture? Joe took that during a training jump in Europe. From what he has told me being a paratrooper was not a pleasant experience. Something about having someone shooting at you while being airsick. We have to thank Joe and others from the “greatest generation” for having the courage to do what they had to do.


Joes post #4


Joe has been a bit under the weather (although recovering nicely) so it seemed like a good time to see a picture of something a bit happier. Actually I will search the archives for all his pictures of the fairer sex and post them as time permits.

This photo was taken in Paris, most likely when Joe was in the hospital there recovering from a bullet in the shoulder. I think you can see the training his father (who was a professional photographer) provided in this image. It is really amazing when you consider that the negatives were developed without a darkroom using whatever chemicals they were able to get their hands on.

Joe’s post #3

joignyJoe has been a bit under the weather and it’s not the first time in his life.  After some time in a Paris hospital due to an extra hole in his shoulder he ended up in Joigny to recuperate. This picture says it all, he needed to push fluids!


Where was this taken?- Joe’s post #2

German-24While in Europe Joe ended up in the possession of some film taken by a German. This is one of the images and looking at the others on the film strips it was taken somewhere in North Africa. You can see the  port on the left hand side of the picture so I assume we are looking East. Does anyone know where this was taken?


German-25Maybe this will help.

We really don’t know, any help would be appreciated.


Étretat during WW II- Joe’s post #1

My partner, Joe, was in the airborne during World War II. His father was a professional photographer and Joe was lucky enough to have a camera while in Europe so that we can enjoy his work many years later. A few years ago he gave me all of his negatives to scan and while some were in bad shape, a good number were fantastic. Joe has agreed to share some of his best so keep an eye open for future postings.

The picture above was taken on the beach in Étretat which is on the coast of France in the Normandy region.  Wikipedia has a good write up on the town and the beach looks the same today as it did in the 1940’s. The only difference is now the fishermen use outboard motors rather than oars.

Joe was on leave to recover from being shot when he took this picture. He had been in a hospital in Paris so this must have been close to the end of the war.

Since our main business is selling safety equipment I have to point out the lack of any form of safety gear in this picture. Not a life jacket in sight and the fishermen are fully dressed and most likely wearing leather or rubber boots. Going overboard would have been fatal.

Joe and I hope you enjoy this diversion.