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February 2011 Articles (39)

RIP Jane Russell

Here's to the gorgeous and talented Jane Russell who passed away today, 2/28/2011.



Added by Larry on February 28, 2011 at 10:35pm — 3 Comments

Fortunato Depero: A Second Glance

Sometimes one article is not enough. And it's exactly the case.

More than a year ago I posted a story of Fortunato Depero, the great Italian artist and designer, probably the most important Futurist after…


Added by lord_k on February 28, 2011 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Sunday Streamline #21: Renault ABJ

Why keep steam-powered trains at local lines when we can use a faster and efficient self-propelled railcar?

That's what railway managers thought about one hundred years ago, and this thought gave a boost to railway designers. Dozens of railcar types were built - petrol-, diesel- and (in the beginning) even steam-powered. They varied from converted buses to unique designs, "tailored" to the requirements of the specific route.…


Added by lord_k on February 27, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Knights of the Air: A. Prokofiev-Seversky

Not an "official ace", but undoubtedly the most successful Russian naval pilot with an illustrious war record:

Alexander Nikolayevich Prokofiev-Seversky was born in Tiflis (Tbilisi, Georgia) in an actor's family. Seversky was his father's scenic name. He entered a military school at the age of 10. Seversky's father was one of the first Russian aviators to privately own an aircraft, and when Alexander entered the Naval Cadets School, his father had already…


Added by lord_k on February 26, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - #77. Rear-Engine Mercedes-Benz

In 1930, Daimler-Benz AG entrusted Hans Nibel with the development of a small rear engine car.

The company had some limited experience with the rear engine layout: in 1920s Edmund Rumpler, the pioneer of streamlining, designed two Benz "Tropfenwagen" racecars with their…


Added by lord_k on February 25, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

And finally...



... the poster !

 What would be a film, even a non-existing one, without a poster ?

Added by Stefan on February 24, 2011 at 6:24pm — 3 Comments

Why so serious, Mister Steampunk? A Short Discourse by Emmett Davenport

Steampunk music is the least defined and most often overlooked aspect of steam-culture, we knew when we started The Clockwork Cabaret that it would be a challenge. I originally approached Klaude with the idea of a steampunk radio show on our local community radio station, WCOM 103.5FM, in the winter of 2007. Klaude responded pretty quickly with "Hey! Let's do it like an old style radio program! Let's have little sketches, radio plays, funny little characters, but also play music." We had no…


Added by The Clockwork Cabaret on February 23, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Eternal Rest

We all know, since genious Albert Einstein, that time is relative, don't we ?

Added by Stefan on February 23, 2011 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Tack Driving Combat Pistol

In the pantheon of early 20th century semi-automatic military pistols, the greats are universally agreed upon. The Colt 1911 and Browning Hi Power are considered tops by many. Add in the Walther P-38 and of course the famous Makarov from the former USSR.


Yet, what pistol is missing from those ranks? How about the Sig P210? The Swiss-made pistol, according to…


Added by Jake Holman Jr. on February 23, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Cherchez la Femme


From the serialized story Diesel City Noir, again.

But is this a flashback, or did the projectionist mix up the reels ? Even the director can't be sure...

Added by Stefan on February 22, 2011 at 12:41pm — 1 Comment


The dawn that never came.

 I'm always hopeful, with so many talented fellows on Dieselpunks, that someone, maybe, will link these pictures to each other in some noir storyline ! Anyway, thank you so much, everybody, for such a warm welcome to this stuff. It wouldn't be half as fun to design without you to share it with.

Added by Stefan on February 21, 2011 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Diesel City Confidential


I'm possessed by the ghost of Barbara Stanwick, I think.

Added by Stefan on February 20, 2011 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Life Insurance

Sometimes, a man needs a woman who's woman enough to remind him that he is a man - that is, if he is man enough to take it.

Added by Stefan on February 19, 2011 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

A Shot in the Dark


Our daily dose of noir. Beautiful, hot people just screaming danger, like they so often do.


I'm so glad (some of) you, guys, like this set. Thnak you very much for your interest and kind words !

Added by Stefan on February 18, 2011 at 4:26pm — 2 Comments

The Great Gatsby as a Nintendo 8-bit game online?!

It is true, The Great Gatsby has been made as an 8-bit video game. Giant floating glasses, chefs, waiters, flappers and hobos abound! Screenshot and mock advert below!


Play it at: http://www.greatgatsbygame.com/

(requires Flash)



Added by The Cassettes on February 17, 2011 at 6:15pm — 2 Comments

Ext. Night Rain


Those who, like Mister Pilsner Panther, hinted that "what happens after the El Coco Club closes" is trouble... proved to be right.

Added by Stefan on February 17, 2011 at 5:26pm — 2 Comments

The El Coco Club

From Diesel City Noir, again : what would be a film in that genre without a shady club complete with its torch singer, cigarettes girl, jazz band and, of course, guns, guns, guns ?

Added by Stefan on February 16, 2011 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Thompson Up-Chambered

The Thompson submachine gun is a true classic in small arms. It is an icon of gangsters and GIs alike. The standard Thompson went through a series of modfications during its service life. The Tommy Gun, as standard,  was chambered in .45 ACP (outside of some British multi-caliber efforts like 9mm and .30 Mauser,) except for an attempt by Thompson engineers to create a light…


Added by Jake Holman Jr. on February 16, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Mr Ed's Old Car Pictures

I just found this interesting site that showcases classic photos of early twentieth century cars: Mr. Ed's Old Car Pictures. Here's just a sample of a few of the fascinating photos posted on the site:




Added by Larry on February 15, 2011 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

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