I have to admit, this challenge is the one of the toughest challenge for the last 3 months. And I have to admit that I haven’t enough time to think about any idea that fits with the “unusual” theme. And I have to admit, that I should go to the far east in the pacific, a place with coordinate 02°32′59″S 133°25′00″E. A place named “Babo”.
It’s not a matter of long hours trip from Jakarta to Babo. There was something still left in my head since the first time I came here (Babo). A mistery of the Babo airfield and the old steam roller. What an unusual combination. The wrecked steam roller had successfully attracted me for the first sight when the first time I landed here.
That time, I spontaneously made a conclusion that the roller should have been made in Japan, since the Babo airfield was utilized by Japanese troop during pacific war to cover the south flank of its defense. But I was totally wrong.
The Babo airfield was built by the Dutch in the late 1920s or 1930s. It was the final stop for KLM airlines in Dutch New Guinea. After the Pacific War with Japan broke out in December 1941, a Royal Australian Air Force engineering party with the assistance of the Dutch upgraded the airstrip for military use.
The word “Dutch” has guided me to something “Made in Europe”. I’ve been searching the history track record for steam roller industry in the beginning 1900’s and I hope I found the “Dutch” manufacturer who had built the steam roller. But again….my assumption was totally different with the fact that these steam roller was made in USA. It is pretty Unusual,…. as for me Australia is more “Europe” than “America” and the taste of the “Steam Roller” should be “European Taste”… I guess LOL. I don’t know what happened here 85 years ago..
Below are the real things of the steam roller at its prime. Compare to the picture above, now the roof has already dissapeared.
I’m still here
in the far east
I wrote this short story before I took the picture of the steam roller
Pretty unusual for me
And finally I have to submit this entry in the last minute
what an unusual blogging habit for the weekly photo challenge
it’s 00.15 Tokyo time