R.E.L. ( R esearch E nterprises L td 1945 WWII 7X50 Canadian manufactured British Military Binoculars C.G.B.40 M.A.

1945 R.E.L. WWII 7x50 Canadian made British military binoculars C.G.B.40 M.A.
Jumelles militares 1945 modele R.E.L. 7x50 de la armee Britannique C.G.B. 40 M.A..
Militarfernglas de Britischen armee 1945 modell R.E.L. 7x50 C.G.B. 40 M.A.
1945 R.E.L. 7x50 Brittisk arme Militar kikare C.G.B.40 M.A.
1945 Binoculares militares modelo R.E.L. 7x50 de la ejercito Britanico C.G.B. 40 M.A..
1945  R.E.L. 7x50 C.G.B.40 M.A. binocolo militare dell'escercito Britannico.
1945 R.E.L. 7x50 C.G.B. 40 M.A. Britse Militaire verrekijker. WWII Canadian military 1945 7x50 R.E.L. binoculars 
1945 Jumelles militaires modele R.E.L. 7x50 de la armee Canadienne.
1945 Jumelles militarires R.E.L. 7x50 de kanadische Armee.
1945 militar kikare R.E.L. 7x50 kadadensiska armen.
1945 Binoculares militares R.E.L 7x50 de la ejercito Canadiense.

My 1945 dated R.E.L. 7x50 C.G.B.40 M.A. military binoculars were produced by Research Enterprises Ltd., a Canadian war factory that existed from late 1940-1946, and which had been created by the Canadian Govt. National Research Council (NRC). The factory was located in what had formerly been the Leaside Aerodrome, near Toronto. R.E.L. produced around 25,000 of these 7x50 binoculars, which were used by Canada, the UK, and probably other commonwealth countries during WWII, and into the 1950’s. These particular binoculars are UK broad arrow War Dept military property marked, and also carry the red ’ W W aterproofed marking, and aso have the red painted screw heads indicating sealed/ removal by authorized repair personnel only. The R.E.L optics factory also produced 6x30 military binoculars, such as those below, and also produced several Canadian manufactured versions of the British #32 sniper scope used on the Lee Enfield #4 Mk1*T sniper rifles, as well as optical tank and artillery gunsights, and observer’s telescopes. R.E.L.’s electronics factory also produced a wide variety of radar systems, many of which were sold to the US militaryh.

1916 WWI Carl Zeiss London British Military Binoculars 6x24 No.3 Mk II made in Zeiss UK factory.

WWI Carl Zeiss London Binoculars
Carl Zeiss London Binoculars Factory.
1916 WW1 Carl Zeiss London No 3 mk1  British Army Military binoculars.
1916 Carl Zeiss London No 3 mk 1 jumelles militares de l'armee Britannique.
1916  Carl Zeiss London No 3 mk 1 militarfernglas der Britischen Armee.
1916 Carl Zeiss London No 2 mk 1 binoculares militares del ejercito Britanico.
1916 Carl Zeiss London No 2 mk I militaire verrekijker van het Briise leger.
1916 Carl Zeiss London No 2 Mk I den Britske haerens militaerekikkert.
1916 Carl Zeiss London No 2 mk 1 lornetka wojskowa armii Brytykskeij.
1916 Carl Zeiss London No 2 mk 1 binocolo miliare dell'esercito Britannico.
1916 Carl Zeiss London No 2 mk 1 vojensky dalekohled Britske armady.
1916 Carl Zeiss London No 2 Mk I den Britiske haers militaerkikkert.
1916 Carl Zeiss London No 2 Mk I a Brit hadsereg katonai tavcsovel.
1916 Carl Zeiss London No.2 Mk I armeijan kiikarit.
1916 Carl Zeiss London No. 2 Mk 1 binoculos militares do exercito Britanico.
1916 Carl Zeiss London No 2 Mk 1 Britu armijas militarais binoklis.
1916 Carl Zeiss London No 2 Mk 1 Britu armijos kariniai ziuronai. 1916 Carl Zeiss London British military binoculars.
1916 Carl Zeiss London jumelles militaires de l'armee Britannique.
1916 Carl Zeiss London militarfernglas der Britischen armee.
1916 carl Zeiss London militares del ejercito Britanico.

My Carl Zeiss London binoculars are a geopolitical binoculars paradox. They were produced in 1916 by the German Carl Zeiss Jena owned but British registered firm of Carl Zeiss London Ltd. (but which by 1916 had it’s German company directors forced out and replaced by British ones) at it’s Mill Hill London factory, fulfilling British Ministry of Defense govt. contracts, around two years after the UK had declared war on Germany on Aug. 4, 1914 (my grandmother’s brother Percy enlisted in London that month) with those binoculars equipping UK troops fighting German troops. Zeiss London produced at least 923 of these binoculars in 1916. Slightly before the war had started, Carl Zeiss Jena ordered a stock of 700 binoculars from the London factory to be sent to Germany, but those shipments were blocked at British and Dutch ports, and the binoculars redirected to Woolrich arsenal in England. Actually the Carl Zeiss London factory had been producing British Military No 2 Mk I & Mk II and then No 3 Mk I and Mk II binoculars since 1909, when Carl Zeiss London Ltd. had been formed for that purpose. The British government subsequently forced the liquidation sale of the assets of Zeiss London Ltd. including the factory and all manufacturing equipment to the British Optics firm Ross Ltd. in January 1917, under the regulations of the January 1916 Trading With The Enemy (Amendment) Act for liquidating enemy owned property, with proceeds held in trust. Ross promptly continued to fill the Zeiss London Ltd. British Military contracts by producing around 50-75 binoculars per week, but with the subsequent binoculars branded as Ross. (information credit to Thomas Antoniades/ Carl Zeiss Presence in London”). See my Ross Mill Hill binoculars below.

“Binocular Prismatic No 3 Mark II magnification 6, (serial) No 1504”. The Mk II designates having the range graticule defined on the right plate, but the ocular was replaced with one from a No 3 MK1 model minus graticule, probably at the time of military disposal as a form of “demilitarizing”.

One broad arrow British Military property mark at upper left, and two facing broad arrow property disposal marks

1926/1927 Carl Zeiss Nedinsco Gravenhage (Dutch Manufactured) Ej ército Argentino / Argentine Military contract Infanteria y Cabelleria (Infantry and Cavalry) binoculars, Property #2627

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Japanese External Reverse Porro Prism Binoculars. WEBSITE MUSEUM

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1960 Russian T3K 10x80 Flak and Observation Binoculars made by the Russian Novosibirsk Instrument Making Plant ( Новосибирский приборостроительный завод ), and Sold to the Iraq Army, and then Combat Damaged by Airburst Shrapnel in the Iraq War of 1992

War Damaged Russian 10x80 Military Binoculars from Iraq
La guerre a endommage des jumilles 10x80 militaires Russes en Iraq.
Krieg beschadigte Russische 10x80 militarfernglaser aus dem Irak. 
Binoculares militares Rusos 10x80 danados por la guerra desde Irak.
Prismaticos militares Rusos 10x80 danados por la guerra desde Irak.
Krigsskadade Ryska 10x80 militarkikare fran Iraq.
Binocoli militari Russi 10x80 danneggiati dallaguerra dall'Irak.
Russische militaire 10x80 verrekijker beschadigd door de oorlog vanuit Irak.
Russiske 10x80 militaerkikkerter skadet av krigen fra Irak.
Rosyjska 10x80 lornetka wojskowa uszkodzona wojna z Itraku.
Rusky 10x80 vojensky dalekohled poskozeny valkou z Iraku.
Russisk 10x80 militaerkikkert beskadiget af krigen fra Irak.
A haboru altal megrongalt orosz 10x80 katonai tavcsovek Irakbol.
Irakin sodan vahingoittamat venalaiset 10x80 sotilaskikkarit.
10x80 binoculos militares Russos danificados pela guerra do Iraque.
Kara bojatie Krievijas militarie 10x80 binokji no Irakas.
Rusijos kariniai 10x80 ziuronai karo pazeisti is Irako.

The Novosibirsk factory logo incorporates two pentagons with hammer & sickle and uses “N” prefix on serial numbers

Some of the ferrous airburst anti personnel shrapnel that peppered these binoculars is still embedded in the metal of the objective tubes.

These Russian 10x80 flak or anti aircraft binoculars were modeled on similar WWII German flak binoculars, and these were designed to be tripod mounted. Like the German models, these were also sometimes used as ground emplacement observation binoculars. These were probably brought back to the United States as a war trophy souvenir by a US soldier, and to me these particular binoculars are more interesting for their war damage and for the graphic insight they provide into the role of optics at war that they provide. The right side optics on these have targeting circles, and the base and the elevating mechanism both have directional and elevation readouts, which in it’s original flak or anti aircraft or searchlight role gave fire control/ height burst or direction corrections.

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1948-1952 U.S. Occupation German 7x50 Binoculars made under contract for Canadian Simpson’s Department Store Chain by Hartmann Optik (Porlerim Model)

Hartmann-Optik Wetzlar 7x50 Porlerim binoculars
Hartmann-Optik Wetzlar Porlerim 7x50 fernglas
Hartmann-'Optik Wetzlar Porlerim 7x50 jumelles
Hartmann-Optik Wetzlar Porlerim 7x50 binoculares
Hartmann-Optik Wetzlar Porlerim 7x50 prismaticos.
Hartmann-Optik Wetzlar Porlerim 7x50 binocolo.
Hartmann-Optik Wetzlar Porlerim 7x50 kikare.
Hartmann-Optik Wetzlar Porlerim 7x50 kikkert.
Hartmann-Optik Wetzlar Porlerim 7x50 verrekijker.
Hartmann-Optik Wetzlar 7x50 kiikarit.
Hartmann-Optik Wetzlar 7x50 dylbi.
Hartmann-Optik Wetzlar 7x50 dvogled.
Hartmann-Optik Wetzlar 7x50 dalekohled.
Hartmann- Optik Wetzlar 7x50 binoklis.
Hartmann-Optik Wetzkar 7x50 ziuronai.
Hartmann-Optik Wetzlar 7x50 lornetka.
Hartmann-Optik wetzlar 7x50 binoclu.
Hartmann-Optik Wetzlar 7x50 durbun.
Hartmann-Optik Wetzlar 7x50 ong nhom.

My Hartman-Optik 7x50 Porlerim binoculars are marked as having been made in the US Zone of Occupied Germany (1945-1952). Hartman was allowed to resume binocular production in post war Germany in 1948, and did so in 1948 with this Porlerim model line. These binoculars are marked as being made of the hard aluminum alloy “ LEIGHTMETALL ”. These binoculars also carry the stylized “ Simpson’s ” corporate logo of the Canadian Department store & mail order chain of Robert Simpson Ltd., which in 1952 had stores in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Regina, and London (Ontario) Canada. So Hartmann Optik made these under contract for the Simpson’s store chain at some point between 1948-1952

R.E.L. ( R esearch E nterprises L td.) 1944 and also 1945 WWII 6X30 Canadian Manufactured British Issued Military Marked Binoculars

My 1944 and my 1945 dated Canadian manufactured R.E.L. 6x30 British military binoculars were produced by R.E.L. / Research Enterprises Ltd., and share history with the 1945 7x50 R.E.L. 7x50 binoculars above. They are British MOD broad arrow property marked, and the 1944 one example was obtained in England. My 1944 binoculars SN 31418-C are marked C.G.B. 53 G.A. and my 1945 binoculars SN 66303-C are marked C.G.B. 37 M.A. and had a 1953 inspection tag. There is thinking that C.G.B. is “Contract Great Britain”, but per “Tales from the Supply Depot” it may be a commonwealth stores code, with G.B. meaning supplied with case. The 1945 example came with a Canada broad arrow 1943 dated case. R.E.L. appears to have made around 62,812 of these 6x30 binoculars.

WWI 1914 Hungarian Zeiss Karoly Gy ö r M9/13 Z, K.U.K. Kaiserlich und Kongigliche Armee 6x 30 Austo Hungarian Army military binoculars made in the Zeiss Gy ö r Hungary factory.

In 1911 the Carl Zeiss branch located in Vienna Austria established an assembly factory in Gyor Hungary, and in March 1914 it was incorporated as Zeiss Karoly R.T.(R é szv énytársasg/ public limited company). My Zeiss Karoly binoculars are marked 9/13 Z being a 1913 modification of the Zeiss 1909 model, and are marked 6 Facht , or 6 power. They are marked Feldstecher mit Skala (field glasses with scale, in German). My 7/31/1914 dated binoculars were made for the Austro Hungarian Army/ K.U.K./ Kaiserlich und Kongigliche Armee/ Imperial and Royal Army, and  contain a right side cross hair, and have the the UK (Ubernahme Kommison of the Artillery) acceptance mark with Austrian imperial crown. Info credit : Zeiss Historica, Vol 12 No 1.

Zeiss Karoly binoculars.
Zeiss Austrian factory binoculars.
1914 Zeiss Karoly Gyor Austro-Hungran K.K.K. 6x30 army binoculars.
1914 Zeiss Karoly Gyor jumelles 6x30 militaires austro-hongoises.
1914 Zeiss Karoly Gyor osterreichiseh ungsrisches 6x30 militrfernglas.
1914 Zeiss Karoly Gyor Austro Hongarse6x30  militaire verrekijker.
1914 Zeiss Karoly Gyor Osztrak katona i6x30 tavcso.
1914 Zeiss Karoly Gyor 6x30  rkousko-Uhersky vijensky dalekohled.
1914 Zeiss Karoly Gyor 6x30 binoculares militares austrohungaros.
1914 Zeiss Karoly Gyor avstro ungrske 6x30  militere durbun.
1914 Zeiss Karoly Gyor 6x30 austro-wegierska lornetk wojskowa.
1914 Zeiss Karoly Gyor Osterrikisk ungersk 6x30 militar kikare.
1914 Zeiss Karoly Gyor 6x30 binoculres militares austrohungaros.
1914 Zeiss Karoly Gyor 6x30 prismaticos militares austrohungaros.

(outrageous) HONDA 50 cc “MONKEY” MOTORCYCLE MINI BIKE THAT I CREATED ??????

Text Box: OK, so I hung a pair of binoculars so that this would seem to be almost sort of binoculars related…. Having 1021 scroll down pages (well over 1,500 screen pages on my 15” screen laptop) I’ve been very restrained about sticking close to the optics topic, and not allowing the blog creep of other interests to sneak in (OK, other than maybe 5 or 6 pictures of some of my 11 old Land Rovers). But the way that MS publisher works, when you reach the bottom of the portion of page that allows entry of photos and text boxes, you can fool it by adding a photo or a composite created single photo or a text box that extends down from the bottom of the page, which I do on most pages as being exploitation of bonus space. And this recent project creation of mine is something nobody ever saw before, is fairly over the top strange, and I had loads of fun and entertainment creating it. A fellow that I know at my local flea market picks out junked items out in cooperation with a metal scrapyard and he resells the stuff rather than it being melted down. He had this mini bike with no tank, no seat, no cables, no exhaust, and the electrical wires melted. I still recognized it as being a circa 1968 Honda Z-50 mini bike like those that you used to see on the back of motor homes to zip around the campgrounds, or at car races for the pit crews to zip around for getting parts and snacks and such. And the engine had good compression, and the engine was a newer electric start 50cc replacement motor, and it also had very good rather new tires, though the wheels were mounted backwards, So I offered him $50 and he grabbed it. These were called “monkey bikes” because of the odd bent elbows bent up knees posture when adults ride them. The following week the same fellow had a quite dirty motorcycle gas tank with nicely air brushed daemon on it under the dirt. So I gave him $20 for the tank. Not sure if he even knew there was any art on it. Or cared. So I figured that if life was inviting me so loudly to create a one off outrageous daemon monkey bike... well why not? I am quite good at fixing mechanical things, and with a replacement carb, cables, exhaust, battery, brake levers and engine electronics from Ebay® along with  rewiring and adapting the tank and adding oil, and straightening the frame a bit with a hydraulic porta power, I got the mini bike running and driving well. I had lights, tail light, headlight, light guards, and red rattle can paint laying around, and I made a seat. But none of that really pushed the needle on my outrageous-over-the-top of being bizarre meter much. Then the flea market yielded a plastic skull, a toothy taxidermy fish head, a doll arm, a naughty wooden carved monkey, a wooden carved Chinese foo dog, a steer horn, and a small red plastic toilet . And I was on my way.. So then on Ebay ®I got red translucent skulls from China, red flashing leds that I drilled and wired to make the skulls and toilet flash, a Japanese motorcycle license plate, monkey and skull decals, a flashing light/siren, and 50 rubber monkey heads. 

I think I need a sound module of monkeys screeching and a toilet flushing, but haven’t got round to that yet.

So what do you do with what is now reasonably outrageous and now fairly over the top daemon monkey mini bike project once you have pulled every ounce of entertainment value out of creating it ????

I guess you hang a pair of binoculars on it and show it off on line... 

So is it Art? 
Or is it just Silly Self Indulgence? 
Or is it pure nonsense? 
Or all of that.

And do you like it????

1912 Russian Zeiss St. Petersburg DF 8x24 Russian Army military binoculars with reticule/ graticile/  ranging grid, made or assembled in the Carl Zeiss St. Petersburg Russia facility.

My 1912 Zeiss DF (Doppel Fernrohrglas) 8x (8x24 )military binoculars with right ocular reticule/ ranging grid were made at the Carl Zeiss St. Petersburg Russia facility, which had been established in 1911 as part of Carl Zeiss foreign assembly expansions By recommendation of the Russian artillery committee of the GAU ( Главное артиллерийское управление (ГАУ – GAU ), these 8x binoculars were ordered by the Officer Rifle School to equip officer graduates of the artillery military schools from 1911-1913, while graduates of non artillery military schools received 6x models. (and in 1914 Russia standardized on 6x30 field binoculars for all). Only a small quantity of these 8x24 models are thought to still exist, given the small quantity produced for a small group of recipients, and given 110 years, the revolution; imperial officer purges, and several wars. These are serial number 296428 and also are numbered 328 (presumably #328 of this military contract)

Zeiss Russin factory binoculars.
Zeiss Russian binoculars.
Zeiss St Petersburg binoculars.
Carl Zeiss St. Petersburg 8x24 Russian army binoculars.
Carl Zeiss St. Petersburg 8x24  jumelles militares de russichen armee.
Carl zeiss St. Petersburg 8x24 militarisches fernglas de russischen armee.
Carl Zeiss St Petersburg 8x24 binoculares militares del ejercito Ruso.
Carl Zeiss St Petersburg 8x24 Russische leger militaire verrekijker.
Binocolo 8x24 militaire dell'escercito Russo Carl Zeiss St. Petersburg.
Carl zeiss St Petersburg 8x24 militaere kikkert..
Carl Zeiss St Petersburg 8x24 prismaticos militares del ejercito ruso.
Carl Zeiss St Petersburg 8x24 lornetka wojskowa armii rosyjskiej.
Carl Zeiss St Petersburg 8x24 vojensky dalekohled Ruske armady.
Carl Zeiss St Petersburg 8x24 Russiske haer militaer kikkert.
Carl Zeiss St Petersburg 8x24 orosz hadsereg katonai tavcsovek.
Carl Zeiss St Petersburg 8x24 venajan armeijan sotilaskiikarit.
Carl Zeiss St Petersburg 8x24 lornetka wojskowa armii Rosyjskiej.
Carl Zeiss St Petersburg 8x24 Krievijas armijas militarias binoklis.
Carl Zeiss St Petersburg 8x24 Rusijos armijos kariniai ziuronai.
Car Zeiss St Petersburg 8x24 Russian military binoculars.
Carl Zeiss St Petersbur 8x24 jumelles militaires dlas.l'a;rmee Russe.,
Carl Zeiss St Petersburg 8x24 militarisches fernglas de russischen armee.
Carl Zeiss St Petersburg 8x24 Russische leger militaire dell'escercito russo.
Carl Zeiss St. Petersburg 8x24 binocolo militare dell'esercito russo.
Carl Zeiss St. Petersburg 8x24 binoculares militares del ejercito ruso.
carl zeiss St. Petersburg 8x24 ryska armns militara kikare.