Today, a glorious airplane, a striking symbol of the international "range race".
The ANT-25 was designed as the result of a recommendation by Kliment Voroshilov (the head of Soviet People's Army & Navy Commissariate) to the RVS (Revolutionary Military Council) on December 7, 1931, to build an aircraft for long range flights. The aircraft was designed by the brigade of the Experimental Aircraft Design Department of TsAGI lead by Pavel Sukhoi under the…Continue
From my own personal collection of imaginary noir films, again... more poisonous glamour for Theda !
Today, a building that once was the tallest in South America and held the title of world's tallest reinforced concrete structure:
1930s architecture in Argentina is not limited to slaughterhouses and cemeteries. Despite the Great Depression, new apartment houses were more luxurious than…Continue
Has it ever occurred to you that home refrigeration became common (at least in the States) during our beloved Diesel Era?
The absorption refrigerator was invented by Baltzar von Platen and Carl Munters from Sweden in 1922, while they were still students at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. It became a worldwide success and was commercialized by Electrolux. Other…Continue
Anyone that looked at Google today saw that that this would have been the 94th birthday of the great cartoonist Will Eisner, the creator of The Spirit.
Today, something modern for a change.
Modern, but not too hot, rather lukewarm - last year's news. I wonder why our German friends (and we've got some!) didn't bother to tell us about this loco when it was hot. Well, it's better later than never.Continue
1916: first airplane-mounted rocket is fired in anger.
The anti-balloon rocket was invented by Yves Paul Gaston Le Prieur (1885-1963), a French Navy officer. Five years before the war, when he served as a naval attache in Tokyo, he designed and built a glider that made the first manned flight in Japan (December 5, 1909). After the start of hostilities in Europe, Le Prieur began to work on a weapon that could down enemy observation balloons.…Continue
Added by Lejon Astray on March 5, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments
Alright all of you gamers, check this out. There's a new game being released titled "Trenched." Not only does it appear Dieselpunk but the site "The Gaming Vault" actually uses the word "Dieselpunk" in describing it. So not only does it look like a good game, the use of the term "Dieselpunk" in the article is an important step in the spread. Here's the article and video…Continue
Added by Larry on March 4, 2011 at 8:53pm — No Comments
This Gurney Nutting-bodied coupe is one of the most impressive automobiles ever built.
Started by Walter Owen and Henry Bentley in 1919, Bentley Motors took their first Le Mans 24 Hours victory in 1924*. The main reasons for this success were WO Bentley's determination and natural technical ability. He had worked as an apprentice at the Great Northern Railway and had designed airplane engines before he started his own company. The various engines produced…Continue
Today, another set of 1930s posters and magazine covers from Japan:
The Advertising World magazine cover, September 1933
Brought to us by Pink Tentacle, these artifacts reflect the strength of Modernist tendencies in Japanese art.…
That powerful machine above is probably the largest sedan ever made - it is the first Soviet purpose-built airplane tractor, MAZ-541. Powered by a 38.88 liters, 12-cylinder 300hp D-12A diesel engine (a variation of V-2, heart of mighty T-34 tank) - and was able to tow up to 85 tons (notice that IL-62 on the picture above weighs more then 100 tons). Production started in 1956.…Continue
Today, a modest homage to the great French architect who wasn't a part of any well-publicized movement.
It's hard to find a detailed biography of Auguste Perret on the Web - I mean, a biography in English, and it's quite a surprise because volumes were written on his works and his philosophy. If you know French, you're lucky - lots of stuff around, starting…Continue
A stream of flame is morally devastating on the battlefield, and of course, deadly too. Flamethrowers were fielded by the Axis and Allies during the Second World War. And while most were tank and backpack affairs, the need of a portable, disposable flamethrower for German paratroopers resulted in the Einstossflammenwerfer 46.
The throw-away flame thrower was…Continue
Added by Jake Holman Jr. on March 2, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Some wartime propaganda in English and French:Continue