Stonehenge Digital Collectibles on YouTube

February 7, 2011

Digital Collectables are bits of information that have no weight and only occupy space in a single dimension for a moment in time. They are neither Matter or Energy, yet able to be encoded and stored and transmitted in both.  This blog is in fact but bits in the cloud as is the StonehengeCollectables Gallery and not necessary immune to a well placed tear in the fabric of the internet, or a total loss of power. While the cloud is a very big thing, today we will look at a few YouTube examples.

Sketchup 7 Podium animation Time Lapse: Stonehenge
is a fine example of a pure digital collectable. Digitally produced in the Google cloud, stored, and transferred via the internet to your mind, never to exist in the physical world but as flashes on your screen, yet it is unquestionably Hengie, collectable and referable.

Street View Trike at Stonehenge
provides an outside view looking in, at the digital transfer and of a moment in the life of Stonehenge into a street-view in the Google Cloud.

Entertainment Examples like
Spinal Tap Tiny Stonehenge
and Eddie Izzard – Stonehenge are popular, as is
Stonehenge Apocalypse – Shooting Stars

Movie Scenes taken at and about Stonehenge are popular.
Tess of the D’urbervilles (2008) – Stonehenge Scene
but nothing is a popular as Building Stonehenge – This Man can Move Anything with just shy of 6 million views at the time of this muttering. Sensational titles like
Real Ghost caught on tape – Ancient burial grounds in England.
Ghost caught on tape – Stonehenge – 100% Proof

Ghost caught on tape – Stonehenge – 100% Proof
Stonehenge link to UFO sightings: 4000 year old Alien Grey found.
draw large followings as does
Secrets of Stonehenge by NationalGeographic
who some might consider just as controversial.

I will close this list today with two examples that while unquestionably Hengie only qualify as Clonehenges at best.
BambooHenge: Stonehenge Rotterdam
Stonehenge – Carhenge

1860 Stonehenge optical illusion

January 4, 2011

A shout out goes to Akhen3sir for catching this one, it was his annotated this shadowy illusion that made me to tale a closer look.

I had to dig out my scans and look closely at the grain to to confirm I was wrong.  And threw the power of revisionist blogging I will attempt to put a better spin on the error of my previous post.

Shadow stack closeup

Highlighted Shadow stack closeup

Based on the optical illusion I will call the shadow stack, it looks like there is a stone leaning on #56 in this picture. It has been suggested that this was not the case, and it was shadows playing tricks on me. After examining the photo at greater magnification and levels of enhancements, it became apparent that the horizontal grain of  the near prone Stone 55 was eclipsed by the vertical grain of the more upright Stone 56, and that was a trick of the eye that connected the contrast points to make it look to be resting on top 56. The shadow of Stone 16 added to the illusion. This closeup better shows the “grain” of the two stones.

closeup of Shadow Stack at Stonehenge

Visitor at Stonehenge mid 1800's at Stonehenge

In either case with a little help of the computer, this fine old photograph has cleaned up nicely. No matter what the date turns out to be, it is by far the oldest photograph showing a visitor at Stonehenge in the gallery.

Stonehenge: a Bluestone was moved in the 1860’s

July 22, 2010

After closer review, I have determined that there is no leaning bluestone to be moved! what I have been looking at was a a trick of shadow, making the whole premise of this post BS.  A shout goes out to commenter Akaen3sir for catching this one.


I previously posted a Blog regarding an c1860 photograph I was attempting to date, based on the placement of a fallen bluestone and was rewarded with a contact by David Corio. It turned out he has several stereo views of Stonehenge in his collection most importantly to this search is one signed and dated October 16 1871 titled Stonehenge – Near View From The West No 209 taken by G.W. Wilson Photographer Aberdeen, showing the stone in question clearly moved. This is now the earliest photo I have found, confirming my belief that it was moved sometime in the 196os.

Photo of Bluestone at Stonehenge before and after it was moved

Photo of Blue-stone before and after it was moved

The c1860 Culver photo clearly shows it before it was pushed off of the other rocks and the 1871 G.W.Wilson stereo view after.

At this point my memory has failed me. I distinctly remember reading about someone back in the 1860’s who using an iron bar moved this stone to reduce the chances of collapse. I think they were researching the Moss under it at the time. I can not remember where I read it, but I think it was during a scan of documents preserved by the Gutenberg project, about 10 years ago.  Any help jogging my memory will be appreciated on this subject.



1800’s photograph of visitor at Stonehenge

May 3, 2010

When this photograph, titled “Stones back of alter at Stonehenge” appeared on eBay I jumped at it.  The back indicated it was from the collection of, and at one time licensed for use by, Culver Pictures of New York for a long time.

Early 1800's closeup of Stone 56

Culver Stonehenge Photo (c1860)

I was pleased to find Culver Picture was still in business and the nice lady currently in charge of keeping track of licensing there confirmed that in 2005, this photo along with a number of other items from the collection were sold to a broker for eventual sale into the collectables market. It turned out this was in fact the same fine seller I was dealing with on eBay.

Closeup of 4 Stone Stack at Stonehenge

Stone Stack at Stonehenge

Based on what I call the stone stack, this image was captured some time before 1877, the date of the first photo I can find that shows the 4th stone moved off of, and laying to the side of stone 56.

I am looking for more dated photographic examples to narrow down the date range of this image.

My questions for any archeological friends are:

What was this stones number ?

When was it moved and by whom ?

and lastly Where did it go in 1901 when stone 56 was righted ?

STONEHENGE Accurate 1/72” Scale Model

December 26, 2009

What is wrong with this Stonehenge Diorama ?
Stonehenge Diorama

I purchased this 1/72” scale model of Stonehenge on eBay, the eBay auction listing describes it as: ‘a very accurate STONEHENGE 1/72 scale Display Diorama. Comes 9 1/2″ by 3″ high. This is what it looks like today.’

So it is now time for everyone to chirp in with an answer to the question “So what is wrong with this Diorama ?”.

I will be adding more pictures and muttering more detail about this one after some of our loyal followers have had a chance to chirp in with their answers. If you do not have Twitter access feel free to email me at Bob(at) Contact me with your answer and I will send a PostcardBob original Stonehenge postcard to all who respond.

Harrier over Stonehenge

December 6, 2009

Harrier over Stonehenge in Pewter

This “Harrier Over Stonehenge in Pewter” was completed and Submitted to the 2009 Clonehenge contest today Dec 15.  The following muttering as first published on Dec 6, but has been edited and updated a bit sense then. More pictures can be found at the StonehengeCollectables Aviation Gallery

Harrier over Stonehenge Diorama

In tribute to the legend of the Harrier hovering over Stonehenge
I assembled a “Build Your Own Stonehenge” kit in a clear walled paint can I found at an arts and craft shop. This is a work in progress and subject to improvements, for now I will title this  “Harrier Over Stonehenge Diorama Version 1.0”. More can be found at the  StonehengeCollectables Aviation Gallery

The incident that inspired this took place in 1971 when a small group of USMC pilots were getting ready to bring the first 6 Harriers back Stateside from England. To quote the Marine pilot involved “It did not do any real damage but I sure gave Them a good shake, ya and they were real ticked off about it too.” There were some who felt at the time no harm was done and “They” were overdue for a good dusting.  On the other hand some considered it an international incident and gave the pilot the bum rushed back to the States.  I will never really know for sure if “They” were the stones or the Brits involved that got a good dusting off.  There was talk of throwing the pilot out of the Harrier program and sending him off to fly F4’s again, and most likely back to Nam to play SAM target again. My personal knowledge is limited as to what exactly happened in England. Shortly after arriving stateside, They sent the pilot in question to me to re-certify for active flight status in F4’s.

In 1971, I had what I considered to be one of the most useless jobs in the history of Marine Corp Aviation, yet far better than the threatened alternative of being a helicopter door.  I was an Aviation Training Device Technician and Instructor running a flight simulator at MCAS Beaufort. My job was to give NATOPS flight proficiency tests to F4 Phantom jocks, mostly fresh returns from Vietnam because they did not have sufficient flight time in civilian airspace in the the last year or more to be considered current.  The hundreds of hours they had flown in combat did not count, they still had to pass my  silly simulator tests to maintain their active flight status Stateside.  One afternoon I was told that a Harrier pilots would be coming by for a NATOPS flight check, and orders from above was to cut him no slack.  It was otherwise to be a quiet afternoon. I had a local pilot checking out a newly assigned RIO (backseater) scheduled the hour before, for a simple check ride. All I had to do is get these 4 guys through an out and I could bail out early for the day and head for the beach.
The AV8 Harriers had just arrived from England and were tucked away on the other side of the base where the A4 Skyhawk squadron had just vacated.  I along with just about everyone else on base was in awe of these birds ability to point their exhaust nozzles straight down and hover on the blast like a helicopter.  Those who had access to the flight line soon discovered just how much engine blast and noise a Harrier could generate.  But I digress ..

I will always wounder if what happened that afternoon was a twist of fate or a simple case of Marines taking care of Marines. The first Pilot and his RIO ran a bit late and were leaving the simulator at the exact same time the AV8 pilot and his temporally assigned  RIO arrive for the his NATOPS test. The four of them, ran into each other in the control area right in front of my console. Well you never saw such a commotion, it was like a home coming.  It turned out that the RIO from the first pair flew backseat for the AV8 pilot in Nam before he was assigned to the Harrier program.  The first pilot and second RIO also turned out to be friends from the same squadron and with my permission bailed out for the O club leaving the two old friends to run the test together and get caught up.  There was no question these two were a a tight team.  I signed them off  in short order and like most returning flight crews I tested,  just let them play awhile and see if they could tear the wings off in simulation.  It turns out that the RIO had heard a rumor that one of the Harrier pilots had buzzed Stonehenge and asked his friend it there was any truth to the story.  I will never forget his answer.  I turns out that for his own reasons at the time, he did in fact deviated from his assigned flight path and gave Stonehenge a good shake.  As one might expect all hell broke loose over the incident, and he found himself bum rushed back to the States, with threats of being put back in F4’s, hence the NATOPS test and why we were all here at that moment, when I wanted to be on the beach.  His story held my attention and although I wanted to ask a slew of questions, I kept my mouth shut, quite uncharacteristic for me.  My Grandfather was involve in the early days of  Aviation in Great Britain, and as a young boy listened to his stories of the early days of flight and Stonehenge. He talked of flying over Stonehenge as being a common goal amongst the early British Aviators some flying well out of their way just to circle the stones once.  I will mutter more regarding the First Military Air Trials in 1911 at Larkhill field later, for now it surf ices to say that the maneuverability test at the Larkhill trials was to fly a figure eight course between the military hangers at the north end of the airfield, out over Stonehenge to the south and back.

Several years ago while talking about my postcard collection celebrating  Aviation at and over Stonehenge, the question of  the Harrier over Stonehenge urban legend came up again.  I told the story to the group and we all had a good laugh. Someone suggested it would make a nice postcard subject, so I went home and made a Harrier over Stonehenge Ghostview postcard celebrating the fond memory.  The postcard was a three sided laminate made from a photo I took at Stonehenge in 1988, a picture of a hovering Harrier I took in the 80’s as a mask laminated in the middle of the card so that ghost image of the Harrier was only visible like a watermark when you held it up to a bright light.

Harrier Over Stonehenge Ghostview

This is a work in progress, I soon plan to publish pictures of a die cast Harrier over a pewter Stonehenge I am currently working on.  Till then back to the Hobby shop to see if I can find some N gauge railroad people and maybe some clouds to improve this one.  As Stonehenge Guy I will post updates to this  and my StonehengeCollectables project on Twitter as they continue to evolves over time.

In case anyone was wondering, the pilot in question stayed with the Harrier program.  The powers to be felt that Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children had invested a small fortune in his training and was not going to waste it over this.  I believe he went on to be an instructor, but I am not totally sure, I had moved on by then.  The truth be told, I do not even remember his name any more,  just the whispered tones he used while telling his old friend his story stick in my head these many years latter.

Stonehenge Eclipse Info

November 24, 2009

If you have not noticed yet, I have begun Tweeting daily about Solar Eclipse’s viewable from Stonehenge (providing there was clear sky at the time) I am working in a 5,000 year range from 1999BC to 3000AD and have found that on most days I have 3 to 5 eclipses dates to choose from both past and future. But Alas there are a very few days like yesterday November 23 when there never has and never will be an Eclipse occurring in the 5,000 year window. These eclipseless days are very rare indeed.

This is my first attempt to post to wordpress from an email, we will see how it goes.

Stonehenge Collector Card needs Translateing!

September 18, 2009

Liebio, Libox, OXO. Stonehenge Collector card.

Card Back

I think this card is french, but I am not sure. If anyone out there can translate this card for me it would be greatly appreciated!

So far provided the following clues.

In 1920 the Liebig Extract of Meat Company purchased the Oxo Tower Wharf on the south bank of the river Thames  in London.

In 1924 it was was acquired by the Vestey Group and was renamed.

The company produced a wide range of trading and collector cards.

Thanks in advance for any relative information.

Clonehenge Discovered

September 14, 2009

Clonehenge Image

It is the Fall again and time to scan and photograph the ever increasing pile of Stonehenge postcards and collectables collecting here in the cave. When out of the blue comes a Twit from Clonehenge about to my StonehengeCollectables gallery.  A quick inspection of her blog proved to be a joy.  I look forward to becoming a regular contributor to it.  Needless to say,  it  fired me up and here I am trying my hand at Blogging again….. Is there anyone out there reading these Mutterings….

My first submission to Clonehenge was gracefully accepted and quickly posted, in thanks I have sent her a postcard commemorating its Six Druids award .

My current plans for the Stonehenge Gallery upgrade include adding a new item, create or cleanup at least one album every day until I get caught up with the backlog of the acquired but not yet documented stuff.  This includes stuff lost on shelves and collecting in corners around here.  I will post to Clonehenge images of some stuff I have, well how can I say it, that are not truly a Stonehenge collectable but most definitely meets The Rules of Henginess.

Til Later … off to create new a few and fix some links ….

Stonehenge Collectables on Twitter

August 18, 2009

In an attempt to stimulate contact with others on the subject of Stonehenge Collectibles, I am using StonehengeGuy on Twitter. I have begun to tweet about new additions and changes to the Stonehenge Collectables gallery. I think it will be interesting to see how many followers we collect along the way.