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January 2012 Articles (52)

Hedgehog Tank

The Matilda Hedgehog is a rather interesting development of the A12 Matilda 2 infantry tank.  Having been retired from service after the Allied victory in North Africa a number of these indomitable old machines ended up shipped to Australia, mostly they were the close support versions with 3 inch tank howitzers and they gave dependable service against the…

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Added by Robert A.K. Mckay on January 19, 2012 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Hazardous duty aboard the Airborne Sausages

Welcome to Knights of the Air, a weekly series on Dieselpunks spotlighting the aces and pioneering aerial technology of World War I.

Airborne Sausage PICTURED ABOVE: German ground troops watch as a balloon begins its ascent on the Western…

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Added by Tome Wilson on January 19, 2012 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

Art Deco Wedding on the Queen Mary.

November 4th, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

Megan Heather Denney, took my hand to become Mrs. Henry.

We are very proud to share these pictures with you and hope they make you smile like we do when we see them.…

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Added by Cameron Henry on January 18, 2012 at 11:30pm — 7 Comments

Exploding Mollusks Pt. 2

Last week, we examined the birth of naval special warfare sabotage operations during World War I. Fast foreward to World War II and the British efforts to create a reliable weapon to be used by frogmen. The result, Mark 1/6 limpet mine.

Born as a crude knock-up of an idea, the Allied limpet mine would be…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on January 18, 2012 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Two Fisted Tuesdays with The Shadow - Death from the Deep

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!

Since hitting the airwaves in August 1930 as part of the "Detective Story" radio show, The Shadow has become one of the most beloved heroes in pulp history.  On Two-Fisted Tuesdays, we'll follow the adventures of The Shadow as he battles a rogues gallery of crooks and villains from around the world.

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Added by Tome Wilson on January 17, 2012 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Dieselpunk Movie Theater

Welcome to the Tuschinski movie theater in Amsterdam. This spectacular cinema was opened in 1921 by Abraham Icek Tuschinski. The architectoral style is predominently Art Deco but architect Hijman Louis de Jong also integrated many other styles. The main auditorium was…

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Added by Dieter Marquardt on January 17, 2012 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Review: Lee Presson and the Nails vs. The Queen Mary

"I'm on a mother****ing BOAT!"


Recently, the "goth swing" jump blues band Lee Presson and the Nails have gained a new audience in the… Continue

Added by Jonny B. Goode on January 17, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Miskatonic Monday - Cthulhu Saves the World

Lights out, everybody.

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

Cthulhu Saves the World

Dark gods and mystical powers. Helpless citizens in need of a hero. An unlikely group of adventurers drawn together to vanquish those attempting to do the world harm. Zeboyd Games' Cthulhu Saves the World, originally an Xbox Live Indie title and now available on PC, has all the elements of a classic role-playing…

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Added by Tome Wilson on January 16, 2012 at 8:52am — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #18: Miami Spice!

 Buenas Noches, mis amigos, and welcome once again to the Cabaret!

Miami girls are out of control!!

 

Tonight we voyage to America's tropical shore, Miami Beach, where Art Deco meets latin flair meets laises faire.  Tropical frozen drinks and hot latin music are the order, for tonight we have the man and the band who…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on January 15, 2012 at 8:46pm — 2 Comments

Me Ne Frego



Me Ne Frego ( I don't give a damn ) was the motto of the fascist militia during the 1930's. Nothing ideological here, I hasten to say: it's just for the fun of playing with graphic symbols.

Anyway, unlike the swastika and nazism, Roman fasces - the origin…

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Added by Stefan on January 15, 2012 at 6:00pm — 16 Comments

Sunday Streamline #49: LNER A4 Class

Bold, beautiful and faster than anything steam-powered on Earth.

The story of the London and North Eastern Railway A4 Pacifics is brought to us by LNER Encyclopedia.

By the 1930s, the railways were beginning to see increased competition from road and air travel. It was clear that services between the…

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Added by lord_k on January 15, 2012 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

Saturday Matinee - Louise Brooks in Pandora's Box (1929)

On Saturday Matinee, we showcase full-length films from or about the diesel era.

This week, we're showing the film that turned Louise Brooks into the flapper sex symbol we know today.

What you need to know about Pandora's Box…

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Added by Tome Wilson on January 14, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

S.A.M. #29: Boeing Triplane Attacker

Got something weird in your mailbox? Hello, the Saturday Air Mail is here!

This Saturday (cold and windy, I must admit) our guest star is the GA-1 (ground attack aircraft No.1), a brainchild of Engineering Division, U.S. Army Air Service, and their engineer, Isaac M. Laddon. It was built by Boeing Airplane Company in Seattle, Washington.

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Added by lord_k on January 14, 2012 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage #121: Citroën TPV

No posh cars today. Meet the Toute Petite Voiture (Very Small Car) by Citroën, France.

The story of this remarkable car is brought to us by Julian March (published @ citroen.org.uk).

Whereas most of Citroën's prototypes have been shrouded in mystery, the…

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Added by lord_k on January 13, 2012 at 4:00am — 5 Comments

Dieselpunk Jules Verne

In 1863, a very young Jules Verne wrote a novel titled "Paris au XXème siècle" (Paris in the XXth century). In this science fiction novel, Verne described a world in which industrial revolution has been pushed to its very limits, ending in a dystopian, totalitarian, scientist society blindly devoted to industry, technique and science. War doesn't exist anymore, since it's way too damageable to the industrial and financial organization of the society and citizens willingly embrace…

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Added by Stefan on January 12, 2012 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Exploding Mollusks Pt.1

From World War I through World War II, Italian Navy engineers were at the vanguard of special maritime operations. From the use of combat divers to the development of weapons, Italian naval expertise knew no rival in unconventional littoral combat. An example of their special warfare prowess started in the closing…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on January 11, 2012 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with The Shadow - The Silent Avenger

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!

Since hitting the airwaves in August 1930 as part of the "Detective Story" radio show, The Shadow has become one of the most beloved heroes in pulp history.  On Two-Fisted Tuesdays, we'll follow the adventures of The Shadow as he battles a rogues gallery of crooks and villains from around the world.

Click on the link below to download…

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Added by Tome Wilson on January 10, 2012 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Karl the Great

Probably I'm trespassing again, but hope Mr. Holman will forgive me. The heaviest self-propelled guns in history have long deserved an entry here.

I'm talking about Karl, the 600mm (24-inch) mortar. Actually, seven guns with many names. Here is their story, brought to us by Mitch Williamson, the…

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Added by lord_k on January 10, 2012 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Dieselpunk Radio (“Radio Kootwijk”)

The Netherlands are a tiny, yet densly populated country. However, there are also some remote places. One is the so-called “Veluwe” area in the East of the country. It was there, in the midst of nothing more than woods, heather and strange in-land sand dunes, close to the town of Apeldoorn, that in 1918 the construction of a massive structure was started, the so-called “Radio Kootwijk”.

An illustration by Dutch…

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Added by Dieter Marquardt on January 9, 2012 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

Miskatonic Monday - Joe Sergant from The Shadow Over Innsmouth by Casey Love

Lights out, everybody.

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

This week, we're pulling back the curtain on the damned town of Innsmouth and its rather fishy population.  Brought to us via the fine fellows at Propnomicon is this intense bust of Joe Sergant (aka "the bus driver") as sculpted by Casey Love.  The whole piece was designed using super sculpey and then painted by hand. It's…

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Added by Tome Wilson on January 9, 2012 at 9:03am — No Comments

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