Mid-century Despots from LIFE Magazine

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  1. Mildly Consumptive

    Mildly Consumptive Senior member

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    Regardless of what the more advanced say, despots really were better dressed back then. Compare:


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    Also, while searching for photos of K-Jong, I came upon this fine example of the Prussian parade step:


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  2. crazyquik

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    This modern version might make the purpose more obvious:

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    Outside of going to the races or perhaps a driven hunt, I've never understood why a stool like that would be useful.
     


  3. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    Also, while searching for photos of K-Jong, I came upon this fine example of the Prussian parade step:


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    I'm waiting for Jinda to step in....
     


  4. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    Juan Peron:

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    King Farouk of Egypt on right:

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  5. tiecollector

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    The guy on the left looks infinitely more chic (pun definitely intended). I've always thought that the head scarves with sunglasses in the desert looked pretty cool.
     


  6. Journeyman

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    Franco's cane looks like it has a deadly concealed weapon of some sort. either that or he is so committed to his Socialist Revolution that he goes and picks up loose paper trash in state parks in his spare time...

    As Vox illustrated, it's not a cane, but a shooting stick. The top of it opens out into a small seat and the bottom spike sticks into the ground.
     


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    Nice thread, except for that Fidel slob.
     


  8. james_timothy

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    [​IMG] The Shah is reviewing. Looks like it was the diplomats in the first image, given the morning coats. In this image it's either the military or the marching band on the right. Must be military, as its the same as the uniform as the guy behind the Shah. The academics are in robes. I never thought of them as the academic counterpart of morning coats. I imagine the group to the let of the military are judges, but I'm not familiar with the white vest. What a fine collection of social uniforms.
     


  9. Sebastian

    Sebastian Senior member

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    I only wanted to talk about clothes but you shooted before;

    He won a war against the leftist who killed and raped 50,000 religious people before the war incluiding some of my family. He was a hero and I got pictures of him in my main room.

    Period.

    End of conversation


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  10. Fuuma

    Fuuma Franchouillard Modasse

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    I only wanted to talk about clothes but you shooted before; He won a war against the leftist who killed and raped 50,000 religious people before the war incluiding some of my family. He was a hero and I got pictures of him in my main room. Period. End of conversation
    Who was that leftist, quite the serial killer? The 50K religious people thing have been debunked, the numbers are far inferior to that, which doesn't make it a hoot but still. The Nationalists killed far more people than the republicans during repressions (say when they occupied new territories and were summarily executing people). So if you want to look at it that way (as a number game), please don't bring your bullshit into the forum. The numbers (most were killed during the summer of 36, not before): 13 bishops 4184 priests 2365 members of various orders 283 women members of religious orders Most if not all of these deaths were not centrally planned by the government but the results of angry mobs. Franco had a few religious people executed in the Basque territory. Note that the highly tendentious act of accusation made by Nationalists after the war alluded to one case of rape of a religious woman and didn't bring any sort of proof or pursue the matter further. I don't doubt the war lead to rapes, notable among them the ones the African legion (Franco's most celebrated troops) perpetrated on various secular women before summarily executing them. During the war Nationalists propaganda would use the number 20K (for religious people) and after 7937. The 50K (after war) is the total number of people killed by republicans down to 500K. Both numbers are false... Realistic numbers (only the repressions and massacres, not the actual fighting): Republicans: 38K Nationalists: 200K
     


  11. Hengo

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    His Imperial Majesty of Ethiopia - some nice DBs and pocket squares (note how the PS completely "blooms out" in the second pic:
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    Wrong century for this thread, but the right theme.

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    Realistic numbers:
    Republicans: 38K
    Nationalists: 200K

    Various estimates here, varying a lot:

    http://users.erols.com/mwhite28/warstat3.htm

    Spanish Civil War is number 12 on the list.

    But did any of the leaders on the leftist side dress as well as Franco?
    Wrong century for this thread, but the right theme.

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    Yeah, I guess if JFK counts as a despot then this guy will also do.
     


  14. crazyquik

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    BD collar with DB suit. Obviously a man who follows his own rules.


    Nice monkstraps.
    A googlesearch of Patrick Hurley turns up that his tailor did a pretty good job:

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    I'm waiting for Jinda to step in....

    Not young enough and no pouty faces
     


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