Thursday, September 8, 2011


Vespa is Italian for 'wasp'.  The manufacturer is Piaggio who were a maker of aircraft up until the end of the second world war when the factory was bombed to pieces.

On 23 April 1946, at 12 o'clock in the central office for inventions, models and makes of the  Ministry of Industry and Commerce in Florence, Piaggio e C. S.p.A. took out a patent for a "motorcycle of a rational complexity of organs and elements combined with a frame with mudguards and a casing covering the whole mechanical part".  And so the Vespa was born; remaining true to this pedantic description to the present day.

Here, Bianca seems to bask in a column of light against the jet black back drop of a building in a downtown alley.

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