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May 2013 Articles (19)

Lord K's Garage #186: The Airomobile

In 1937, the Airomobile was a one-of-a-kind experimental model built by engineers from Franklin Auto and Lewis American Airways.*

1937 Airmobile Experimental - Dolphin Tail view

It was intended to be a low-priced, mass produced car. The design was the result of Paul M. Lewis, who wanted a simple inexpensive ( target price of $300) and safe automobile in 1934. The…

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Added by lord_k on May 31, 2013 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Burning the Republican Dream

The United Republic is renowned for its chrome finished airplanes and well trained soldiers. Funded through investments made by major corporations like the Ford Motor Company or business families like the Rockefellers, the arms industry in the United Republic is the wealthiest in the world. But as the stock markets fare well and the fat cat is eating his generous share of the pie, the ghettos of the Chicago, New York, Montreal, Vancouver, and other major cities in North America are filled…

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Added by ISOTX on May 29, 2013 at 7:42am — 3 Comments

Two-Fisted Tuesday - Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar in The Prize Hog Bodyguard and Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood

Welcome to Two-Fisted Tuesdays, where we throw on our trench coats, don our fedoras, and walk down the mean streets of classic crime fiction.


Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar by Douglas Klauba Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was a crime drama that ran for over 12 years during the golden age of radio. The main character, Johnny Dollar, was a smart, tough, wisecracking insurance detective who tossed silver-dollar tips to waiters and bellhops. While always a friend of…

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Added by Tome Wilson on May 28, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #78: I Say...Give the Ladies a Say!

Raise the banner!  Strike up the band!  Let Democracy blossom here too in this land!     VOTES FOR WOMEN!!

 [image from history.com]

I know, "there goes that frothing radical Cap'n Tony again.  Bad enough he thinks Negroes and Orientals and Jews and all are human beings worthy of rights and dignity...now he want to give the vote to…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on May 25, 2013 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage #185: Hats Off to Bucciali!

An undisputed Diesel Era icon, the Bucciali TAV8/32 Flèche d'Or (Golden Arrow) deserves a special place in our Garage.

Big Wheel

Unlike most upcoming manufacturers, Alberto Bucciali nearly lost his life fighting as a pilot in the WW1 before manufacturing his own cars*. And of the few he made with his brother Paul-Albert, this TAV8 was their…

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Added by lord_k on May 24, 2013 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Diesel Movie Review: Richard III (1995)

Now is the Winter of our Discontent...

You may have heard this story once or twice before.  The hunchbacked usurper who steals the kingdom, murders the competition, and is only toppled from his tyrany by the True King.  You may not, however, have seen it quite like this. [Image…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on May 23, 2013 at 10:34am — 2 Comments

Two-Fisted Tuesday - Johnny Dollar's Out of the Fire Into The Frying Pan, and Alias Boston Blackie

Welcome to Two-Fisted Tuesdays, where we throw on our trench coats, don our fedoras, and walk down the mean streets of classic crime fiction.


Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar by Douglas Klauba Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was a crime drama that ran for over 12 years during the golden age of radio. The main character, Johnny Dollar, was a smart, tough, wisecracking insurance detective who tossed silver-dollar tips to waiters and bellhops. While always a friend of…

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Added by Tome Wilson on May 21, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #77: "Larry" Sent Me!

*KNOCK KNOCK*   "Yea?"   "Umm...my friend, uh, 'Larry', says this is a good place to visit."   "Larry's right. Come on in then, pal..."

[image from sonorareview.com]

Shhhh!  Don't tell nobody, but the Cap'n knows the place a guy or gal can get a…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on May 18, 2013 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage #184: Swiss Wheels

Swiss vehicles are far less famous than Swiss watches, Swiss cheese and Swiss pocket knives. Let's give some Dieselpunk love to Helvetic omnibuses!

Postauto Saurer 18.9.2010 0851

In Switzerland, dozens of Saurer, FBW and Berna buses, as good as new, are the stars of numerous automotive events. Thanks to…

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Added by lord_k on May 17, 2013 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Two-Fisted Tuesday - Confessions of Boston Blackie and The Robert W. Perry Case

Welcome to Two-Fisted Tuesdays, where we throw on our trench coats, don our fedoras, and walk down the mean streets of classic crime fiction.


Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar by Douglas Klauba Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was a crime drama that ran for over 12 years during the golden age of radio. The main character, Johnny Dollar, was a smart, tough, wisecracking insurance detective who tossed silver-dollar tips to waiters and bellhops. While always a friend of…

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Added by Tome Wilson on May 14, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Great Gatsby - Movie review from a dieselpunk perspective

The Great Gatsby

Hello, old sport. Have I seen The Great Gatsby? But of course! It’s simply the talk of the town, and anybody who’s anyone was there at the premiere.

Let me say that Baz Luhrmann, the director of this shindig, really knows how to throw a party. His bombastic style is the perfect technicolor stage for a story about the 1920s. I didn’t want to miss a beat, so I re-read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tale of obsession just last week. Like most people, I originally read…

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Added by Tome Wilson on May 13, 2013 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #76: No Spirits for 76

NNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You Dry bastards!  You dumped it out!  Damn you!  Damn you to hell!!

Oh, the humanity!  The bastards have done it!  That damned Russell and his pack of meddling preacher pals and nattering old nannies have, against the will of the majority, pressured through the 18th Amendment,…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on May 11, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #183: The Great Bentley

This Friday, in the midst of Gatsby Craze, it's time to remember a true supercar - the most ambitious creation of W O Bentley:

The 8-Liter Bentley was introduced at the 1930 London Motor Show*. It featured an 8-liter engine which was a development of Bentley's race-winning 6.5-liter unit. The main purpose of this model was to add competition…

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Added by lord_k on May 10, 2013 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Shane Black, director of Iron Man 3, is now working on a Doc Savage movie

Doc Savage movie Shane Black (writer of Lethal Weapon, The Monster Squad, The Long Kiss Goodnight and director of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) is both awesome and on a commercial career high after the record breaking release of his second directorial effort, Iron Man 3.

While we know he’s got an adaptation of the anime classic Death Note on his dance card, that project will have to wait while he tackles…

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Added by Tome Wilson on May 7, 2013 at 10:22pm — 3 Comments

Two-Fisted Tuesday - Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar in Milford Brooks III and Meet Boston Blackie

Welcome to Two-Fisted Tuesdays, where we throw on our trench coats, don our fedoras, and walk down the mean streets of classic crime fiction. This week, we’re pumping two new bullets into your hard-boiled ear drums, Yours Truly Johnny Dollar and Boston Blackie.


Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar by Douglas Klauba Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was a crime drama that ran for over 12 years during the golden age of radio. The main character, Johnny…

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Added by Tome Wilson on May 7, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Comics for Dieselpunks (Spring/Summer 2013 Edition)

Yesterday was Comic Book Day in the States.

We didn’t have a parade, and there were no fireworks in honor of Superman’s latest haircut, but we do still conduct our strange ritual as American nerds.  Gathered in our motley robes, we descend upon the closest comic book store in search of community and free swag.  The day passes, we endure strange smells, and the 14 year old boy inside us hopes beyond hope that a cute girl will arrive dressed as Power Girl… but she never…

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Added by Tome Wilson on May 5, 2013 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Cap'n's Cabaret #75: Peace Forever More!

VICTORY!!  At long last this horrible war is over!  The authoritarian powers of Europe are all in collapse and it appears that the flowering of democracy is in bloom, like the Poppies that now sprout over Flanders fields.  With Wilson's new league of nations to shepherd the new peace and freedom, we may soon come to know the 20th Century as the Century of Peace.

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Added by Cap'n Tony on May 4, 2013 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage #182: The Ursaab

The Swedish Ur best translates as 'original', and Ursaab was the Saab’s first prototype automobile*.

URSAAB



Project 92, so-called as numbers 90 and 91 had already been assigned to civilian aircraft, was agreed in 1945. Saab had decided that, with the Second World War drawing to a close, there would be a need to diversify away from military…

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Added by lord_k on May 3, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Spring Is Here, And Pilsner's Picks Springs Eternal!

May, of course, means Mother's Day; but since I don't have any appropriate songs about mothers in my collection, I'll substitute a fine old sentimental number about Grandma, as sung by the immortal Billy Murray. Other than that, though, it's the usual jive, jam, and joviality!

http://www.pilsnerspicks.blogspot.com/

Added by Pilsner Panther on May 1, 2013 at 5:32am — No Comments

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