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January 2011 Articles (61)

Royal Navy Monitors

A monitor was a class of relatively small warship which was neither fast nor strongly armoured but carried disproportionately large guns.

During World War I, the Royal Navy developed several classes of ships which were designed to give close support to troops ashore. Termed 'monitors', they owed little to the monitors of the 19th century, though they shared the characteristics of poor seaworthiness, shallow draft and heavy armament in turrets.…


Added by lord_k on January 17, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Miskatonic Monday - How to dress up your look with Tie-thulhu

Lights out, everybody.

On Miskatonic Mondays, we celebrate the "weird" fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror that it spawned.

As anyone who lives around me can attest, I wear ties more than a normal man should.  While I can't get suited up for every occasion, wearing something classic really does spruce up a man's look and (more importantly) his outlook & attitude.

In my quest for fashion, I turned to the Necronomicon and found…


Added by Tome Wilson on January 17, 2011 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

Captain Midnight Movie Poster

Being an illustrator the rule is same for everything else you do, if you want to get better you have to practice, practice, practice. So with the theatrical release of Captain America coming soon, I thought it would be a good exercise to see if I could re-invent one of the worst (and this is just my opinion) super hero emblems ever. I wanted to take Captain Midnight's chest shield, and see if I could make it look like a cool, modern, summer movie poster. If you're not familiar with Capt.…


Added by Scott on January 16, 2011 at 9:48am — 7 Comments

Sunday Streamline #18: Talgo Train

I'm sure you're fed up with pre-war designs and steam propulsion. Let's try something different this Sunday.

This photograph of a very unusual train built by American Car & Foundry (ACF) was taken by Al Fenn in Pennsylvania in April 1949. What's so unusual about the train? Well, it's articulated (and you know that the concept of articulated train, so popular in the States around 1934, was rejected for various reasons by 1937). It's built…


Added by lord_k on January 16, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Serial Killers - Les Vampires #8 - The Thunder Lord

Welcome to the Serial Killers on Dieselpunks.

Serial Killers is our segment on Dieselpunks for showcasing cliffhangers and serial thrillers from Hollywood's golden age.

Les Vampires In November 1915, the walls of Paris were plastered with street posters that depicted three masked faces with a question mark as a noose, and the questions "who, what, when, where?". The morning newspapers printed the following poem:

Of the moonless nights…


Added by Tome Wilson on January 15, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Knights of the Air: Caproni Bombers

The most successful Allied bomber of the Great War had a rather ungainly appearance:

It is overshadowed by Russian pioneering multi-engine heavies, by German Gothas and giant Staaken bombers, by British…


Added by lord_k on January 15, 2011 at 6:30am — 9 Comments

Priest 3D - May 13.

The Trailer is up at trailers.apple.com.


The movie looks to have kind of post apocalyptic / dieselpunk / darker "Firefly" western feel to it. Here's the summary from the trailer site.

PRIEST, a western-fused post-apocalyptic…


Added by Scott on January 14, 2011 at 7:55pm — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage - #72. The Art of Art Ross

Step back over seventy-five years into the future of Arthur Ross (1913 –1981).

As a Creative Designer for Buick, Chief Designer of Cadillac, and Chief Designer of Oldsmobile during his twenty-four year career with renowned styling pioneer Harley Earl at General Motors Styling Division, he lived his life in futures now long past.



Added by lord_k on January 14, 2011 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Knights of the Air - An arsenal of fast-firing killers

In the air, as in the trenches, the machine gun became the War’s deadliest weapon. Five of the guns most widely used on aircraft are shown here with their nations of manufacture.

The lightweight, reliable Lewis .303 caliber gun was designed by an American, but was produced primarily in Great Britain.

Lewis .303 caliber gun

The French Hotchkiss…


Added by Tome Wilson on January 13, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Grim's steampunk restaurant opens in Seattle to good reviews

Across the street from Value Village on 11th Avenue, tucked away next to Barca Lounge, is the newly opened steampunk themed restaurant known as Grim's. The restaurant offers both an ample menu for lunch and dinner, as well as a full bar for those who are so inclined.

One of the restaurant's most interesting aspects is the décor, which is fashioned after the sci-fi subculture of steampunk. The aesthetic tendencies of this subculture are fashioned after the industrialism of…


Added by Tome Wilson on January 13, 2011 at 9:13am — 4 Comments

Kodak's Grenade

In western New York state, the Eastman Kodak Company was once corporate king. The one time film giant has shrunk in the digital age. It was the heart and soul of the working class city of Rochester, NY. However, did you know the company famous for Kodachrome film was also the World War II contractor for a secret handgrenade of the OSS?


As part of a the vast…


Added by Jake Holman Jr. on January 12, 2011 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Paramount Girls

March 26, 1935: Paramount announces its "proteges":

From left, Grace Bradley and Ann Sheridan, top; Gail Patrick and Katherine DeMille, center; Gertrude Michael and Wendy Barrie, bottom.

Source: LA…


Added by lord_k on January 12, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Seoul Bicycle Design Competition 2010 - Diesel Stylings by Junkyo Lee

Although the purpose of the design is to improve security, I thought the 30's motorcycle lines and the deep tan leather of the seat and bar ends fit the diesel aesthetic pretty well.…


Added by Jake Humphreys on January 12, 2011 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

The World of Tomorrow

There is, I think, something sadly ironical - and the same could be said about the 1937 Exposition Universelle in Paris - in the fact that the fair conveying most the hope and faith in The World of Tomorrow happened to be held on the very same year the almost entire world sunk into what was to be the worst conflict of modern era.

The picture is…


Added by Stefan on January 11, 2011 at 1:54pm — 5 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with Philip Marlowe - Bedside Manner

Welcome to Two Fisted Tuesdays, Dieselpunks' weekly beat on the mean streets.

Starring Gerald Mohr and starting with the famous lines, "Get this and get it straight! Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave." The Adventures of Philip Marlowe runs about 25 minutes without commercials. You can listen to this blast from the past in MP3 format for free at the link below.…


Added by Tome Wilson on January 11, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Three Flying Boats

A short essay on French flying boats of the Interbellum, brought to us by the Stringbags and Rattleboxes blog.


Latécoère 521

The Latécoère 521, Lieutenant de Vaisseau Paris, was a French six-engined flying boat, and one of the…


Added by lord_k on January 11, 2011 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

JS Wright - The last word in streamlining

Photo via: x-ray delta one

Added by Tome Wilson on January 10, 2011 at 1:20pm — 3 Comments

Palace of Industry, Kharkiv

In 1928, Metropolis became real.

The Gosprom or Derzhprom building is a constructivist structure located in Freedom Square, Kharkiv, Ukraine. Its name is an abbreviation of two words that, taken together, mean State Industry. In English the structure is known as the State Industry Building or the Palace of Industry.

The building was…


Added by lord_k on January 10, 2011 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Miskatonic Monday - The Home

Lights out, everybody.

On Miskatonic Mondays, we celebrate the "weird" fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror that it spawned.

Slash Film is reporting some exciting news this week.  They're claiming that Dimension Films has acquired Kristoffer Aaron Morgan's Lovecraftian horror screenplay for The Home.

The Home tells the story of a firefighter who “is nearly killed during a failed rescue that leaves him physically and…


Added by Tome Wilson on January 10, 2011 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Sunday Streamline #17: DRG Class E 19

It is not easy to break a popular trend. Interbellum Germany is strongly associated with diesel-powered Flying Hamburger and steam-powered streamliners. Fast electric locomotives are almost out of sight.

Ironically, they were much more important than steam locos and diesel units. As a matter of fact, the Deutsche Reichsbahn Gesellschaft (German State Railroad Company) preferred electric motive power more and more for express passenger service. In 1937, 2 each…


Added by lord_k on January 9, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

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