Founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during the first decade of the 20th century, Harley-Davidson was one of two major American motorcycle manufacturers to survive the Great Depression (the other one was Indian).
By 1920, Harley-Davidson was the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world. Their motorcycles were sold by dealers in 67 countries.
In 1921, a Harley-Davidson, ridden by Otto Walker, was… Continue
It is almost Mardi Gras time again in New Orleans & elsewhere.This film takes us back to Mardi Gras 1941 and is in living color. This was the first year a female krewe paraded (Venus) and was the last celebration until after the war. The hot Dixie jazz is provided by George Lewis & Johnny Dodds. So Bon Temps… Continue
Welcome to Two Fisted Tuesdays, Dieselpunks' weekly beat on the mean streets.
We're listening to The Adventures of Philip Marlowe until we either run out of ammo or until poor Philip lays down for the big sleep.
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. There's no other way, but they never learn." The…Continue
Added by Tome Wilson on February 16, 2010 at 12:00pm —
Here's a the newsreel on Coney Island,which was made in 1939 though is sometimes mistakenly listed as Coney Island of the 1940s. I found the video fascinating. For some reason I couldn't get the embed to work so I've include a link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSF8I2tDdy0
OvationTV is currently running a special on the great Blues player Robert Johnson (May 8, 1911–August 16, 1938) called "The Search for Robert Johnson." I highly recommend it,
According to the web site: The Search for Robert Johnson explores the troubled life and mysterious
death of this legendary bluesman who was rumored to have sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his legendary guitar skills. Drawing on…Continue
During the Prohibition era, gangsters ruled many of the large cities, becoming rich from owning speakeasies, breweries, brothels, and gambling joints. These gangsters would carve up a city between rival gangs, bribe local officials, and become local celebrities. By the late 1920s, Chicago was split between two rival gangs: one led by Al Capone and the other by George "Bugs" Moran. Capone and Moran vied for power, prestige, and money; plus, both tried for years to kill each… Continue
Added by Tome Wilson on February 14, 2010 at 10:30am —
Just before the famous Leaping Jaguar jumped on the hood of William Lyons' cars, they were known as S.S. - Standard Specials, if you like.
One car that William Lyons was not fond of was the Airline Saloon - he regarded it as a passing fashion and was correct. Streamlining wasn't in fashion in the UK so the more modern Airline Saloon kept flowing wings and separate headlamps but…
I stumbled across this hilarious article about Nikola Tesla from Badass of the Week and thought I'd share.
Pretty much everybody even remotely associated with real-time strategy games has heard the name Tesla before – the Serbian God of Lightning's omnipresent, ever-zapping coils have been ruining the lives of digital Allied soldiers and gibbing U.S. war machines into spare parts since the release of… Continue
Harry Steele (Charlton Heston) is the smart, two-fisted relic hunter who has found the secret hiding place of ancient Inca gold, high in the Peruvian Andes at fabled Machu Picchu, and is willing to use anyone or anything to get there; Dr. Stanley Moorehead (Robert Young) is the idealistic archeologist who wants to give the long-lost treasure back to the Peruvian people; Elena Atonescu (Nicole Maury) is the beautiful and seductive refugee they both fall for, and who will stop at nothing to stay… Continue