"Before I am your daughter,
your aunt, niece, or cousin,
I am my own person,
and I will not set fire to myself
to keep you warm."
1/? Things To Remember (via ahyasidi)
1910 Brooke 25/30 HP Swan Car
"The 1910 Brooke Swan Car was the brainchild of a wealthy British engineer, Robert Nicholl "Scotty" Matthewson, who lived at Swan Park, Calcutta, then the capital of British India. In 1909, Matthewson travelled to England to commission a truly eccentric motor car from the Brooke company of Lowestoft, Suffolk. Its wooden body was apparently built by Savage of Kings Lynn, Britain’s most famous maker of steam-powered fairground rides. The swan’s head and body, carved to create the effect of feathers, concealed the radiator and bonnet.
"Matthewson’s car arrived in Calcutta in April 1910. It had amber eyes that glowed eerily in the dark, a multi-note Gabriel exhaust horn with a keyboard in the rear of the car so that Scotty could play chords and bugle calls, and a hot water spray in the swan’s beak that enabled the chauffeur to clear a passage through Calcutta’s crowded streets.
"It was in the fashionable Maidan Park, where Calcutta’s elite promenaded in their carriages and cars every afternoon, that Scotty displayed the Swan Car’s most outrageous feature. A dump valve inside the car dropped splats of whitewash on to the road from the Swan’s rear end - just to make it more lifelike"
Literally every time someone says “It’s possible” I sing this song.