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May 2010 Articles (57)

The Future Arrives at New York World’s Fair (1939)

The year is 1939. The New York World's Fair opens in Flushing Meadow Park. It will give visitors a glimpse of "the world of tomorrow” and shape industrial design, pop culture and the way the future would envision the future.

The fair ran two seasons, from 1939 to 1940. The most memorable exhibit was the General Motors Pavilion, and the most memorable feature in the General Motors Pavilion was a ride called the Futurama. People stood in line for hours to ride it and experience the… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on May 8, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment


I just learned of this book, which seems to speak to dieselpunk: "The Philosophy of Neo-Noir" edited by Mark T Conrad. Has anyone read it? I plan to buy it.…


Added by Larry on May 7, 2010 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

AeroStream Cruiser

Stormy weather... pollution... impending conflict... heavy atmosphere... Just another ordinary day in Diesel City, the city where you never can tell if it's day or night and where heavy machines criss-cross a threatening sky. Diesel powered machines, of course.

More about the dark Diesel Ciy in the album of the…


Added by Stefan on May 7, 2010 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #36. Indian Photos

Indian Day again! Some photos of the great American moto(r)cycle:

It's a modern (or should I say revived?) Indian - the Chief Bomber Limited Edition. From the airfield I'll proceed to the real things - bikes from the Diesel Age.

Indian Four's predecessor - 1922 Ace X…


Added by lord_k on May 7, 2010 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

First-Ever Patented Motorcycle From 1894 Sells For $131k at Auction

Fetching over $131,200 when it went on auction last week, this Hildebrand & Wolfmüller motorcycle from 1894 was the first two-wheelin' motorcycle ever to be put into production.

Hailing from Germany, it's known as a motorrad, and was found in a barn in the US, where it's been for almost 70 years, gathering dust. It was auctioned off in England, but will be returning to Germany where it will undoubtedly sit on display—those… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on May 6, 2010 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Soldier Fleas

The campaign architects imagined a single plane, flying over the American West Coast, armed with a very special weapon, the Uji bomb.

The 55-pound bomb would be freed over the United States and somewhere between 900 and 660 feet, the case would explode expelling its deadly contents- plague carrying fleas.

Since the age of early civilizations, when plagues were expressions of God’s rage, the devastating effect of disease has methodically rewritten human…


Added by Jake Holman Jr. on May 5, 2010 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Vanished Detective

Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Vanished Detective

Originally broadcast on February 21, 1955

The adventures of master detective Sherlock Holmes as he and his assistant, Dr. Watson, (and somewhat reluctantly, the bumbling Inspector Lestrade) battle criminals in London.

In this episode: When Sherlock Holmes disappears, Dr. Watson and Inspector Lestrade begin a search that leads them to a small… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on May 5, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Dieselpunk iPhone dock from FreelandStudio

This fully-functional retro style phone created by FreelandStudio allows you to dock your iPhone into the front and make phone calls with the traditional handset. Add a 99 cent app named "Rotary Dialer" to your iPhone for that old time look, and you have the perfect match for a classy, dieselpunk desk accessory.

Each individual iRetrofone is hand-sculpted and hand-cast in urethane resin. The iRetrofone base is made of heavy-duty, half-inch thick urethane resin creating a stable,… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on May 4, 2010 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with Philip Marlowe - Friend From Detroit

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 May 4, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Art Deco

A couple of vintage style exhibition poster projects...

Answering your question, Larry - and you and AthenaPrime are just too kind, I want to say again - yes, of course, I would like very much to have my graphic work, some of it, published. Who wouldn't ? Sadly, it is even more difficult to have graphic work published than novels or books, I think, mainly for…


Added by Stefan on May 3, 2010 at 3:43pm — 4 Comments

Monday Camera #19: Periflex

Periflex 35mm film cameras and lenses made a unique contribution to British photographic manufacturing history.

They were invented, designed and built by Kenneth (later, Sir.) Corfield, who established K.G.Corfield Ltd in the late 1940s to produce his darkroom enlarging exposure meter, the Corfield Lumimeter.

In the late nineteen forties, the British camera… Continue

Added by lord_k on May 3, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Miskatonic Mondays - The Early Days of HP Lovecraft

Lights out, everybody.

May marks the first installment of "Miskatonic Monday" here on Dieselpunks.

HP Lovecraft On Miskatonic Monday, we'll be celebrating the "weird" fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror that was spawned from it.

If you're not… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on May 3, 2010 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

Killer Serials - Spy Smasher (1943)

Alan Armstrong, aka Spy Smasher, battles a Nazi villain known as The Mask, who heads a gang of saboteurs determined to spread destruction across America.…


Added by Tome Wilson on May 2, 2010 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

Resistance! Occupied Europe and Its Defiance of Hitler (book review)

Resistance! Occupied Europe and Its Defiance of Hitler

by D.A. Lande

Zenith Press (2001)

Description: From 1939 through 1944, the Axis military machine conquered all or part of 16 European…


Added by RPM Orchestra on May 2, 2010 at 1:46pm — 2 Comments

The Great Exhibition of Authors and Artists

Our forebears in the Past That Was expressed their hopes for the future in lavish World's Fairs and Expos that showcased wondrous inventions and ideas from all around the world. We dream our world out of Yesterday's Tomorrows. And what better place to showcase those tomorrows than a Great Exposition?

Please contribute to our first Great Exhibition of Authors and Artists on Dieselpunks, running from now until May 30.…


Added by Tome Wilson on May 2, 2010 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Dieselpunk Dr Who

Here in the States we're finally getting to see the Dr Who episode "Victory of the Daleks." According to the BBC:

The Doctor has been summoned by his old friend Winston Churchill but in the Cabinet War Rooms, far below the streets of blitz-torn London, he finds his oldest enemy waiting for him... The Daleks are back! And can Churchill really be in league with them?…


Added by Larry on May 1, 2010 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Dieselpunk Wiki Article

This is a cross posting from the Dieselpunk group.

It seems to me that we need a good article dedicated to dieselpunk in

Wikipedia. Currently if you search the keyword "dieselpunk" in Wiki you

just get it as a derivative in the article "Cyberpunk derivatives:"


"Initially proposed as a genre by the creators of the role-playing…

Added by Larry on May 1, 2010 at 8:22pm — 15 Comments

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