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June 2011 Articles (54)

Varga Girls [NSFW]

It could be another Pulp Monday but I opted for Pin-Up Monday.

Seems more appropriate for this particular morning. Besides, Marcus finds the concept intriguing. And the artist whose works were enormously popular in 1940s hasn't been featured here yet. Here's his biography as told by BPIB:

Joaquin…

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Added by lord_k on June 20, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Sunday Streamline #37: Rare Bird

I'm not sure the blue geese are really so rare (ask your local poultry keeper if you're curious) but this big bird is unique.

It's called the Blue Goose and it's huge: more than 54 ft long, 16 ft 8 in tall, rolling on giant 84 in drivers, weighing 187.1 tonnes without the tender.

The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway's 3460 class comprised six 4-6-4 Hudson type steam…

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Added by lord_k on June 19, 2011 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Saturday Matinee - Kid Dynamite (1943)

On Saturday Matinee, we showcase full-length films from or about the diesel era. If you have any favorites you would love to see on the next Saturday Matinee, shoot me a message or comment in the box below.

This weekend, we're showing Kid Dynamite from 1943.  Featuring some great boxing action, gangster crime, and a fun swing dance/jitterbug scene, it's a corny classic of wartime cinema.

East-side boxing champion (Leo Gorcey) has been challenged to…

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Added by Tome Wilson on June 18, 2011 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

S.A.M.#5: The Glorious Trimotor

This modest civil plane is surrounded by great names. Designed for routine flights, it lived an illustrious life full of adventure and heroism.

Remember Anthony Fokker of the E.III and Dr.I fame? After the war, this Dutch wunderkind returned to his native Netherlands where he…

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Added by lord_k on June 18, 2011 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Working World

Could be a mural, no ?

Added by Stefan on June 17, 2011 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #93. Chrysler Airflow

A milestone in the automotive history, this car was hardly a success. It is listed among the 50 worst cars of all time. But its place in the Streamline Hall of Fame is secured.

After making few changes through 1933, Chrysler made a major one, summoning the future with the most-radical production car yet attempted by a U.S. maker. Widely recognized as the first truly modern automobile, the…

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Added by lord_k on June 17, 2011 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

The Red Factory

Of all 1920s buildings this is the most surprising:

It was designed by Peter Behrens (1868 - 1940) - an influential, multi-faceted and controversial figure often called "the father of modern design". He worked in different styles, from sheer Neo-Classicism to laconic Modernism. One of the Werkbund founders, Behrens took part in collective projects as diverse as the…

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Added by lord_k on June 16, 2011 at 6:30am — 13 Comments

Bullet Spewing Frankenstein of a Medal of Honor Recipient

Looking at the "Stinger" of Corporal Tony Stein and it'll seems a piecemeal weapon. Not quite a World War II general purpose machine gun, not quite a rifle. Stein- a pre-war machinist from Dayton, Ohio- turned war hero charged into battle with this Frankenstein of a rifle.

 

You see, from a small arms point of view it simply appears like a M1 Garand stock mated…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on June 15, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with Philip Marlowe - Seaside Sabbatical

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.…

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Added by Tome Wilson on June 14, 2011 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Renault FT Tank

When someone tells that there was no successful French tank, especially in WWI - don't you believe him!

The Renault FT or Automitrailleuse à chenilles Renault FT modèle 1917, inexactly known as the FT-17 or FT17, was a French light tank; it is among the most revolutionary and influential tank designs in history. The FT was the first operational tank with an armament in a fully rotating turret, and its configuration with the turret on top, engine in…

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Added by lord_k on June 14, 2011 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Monochrome World of Max Dupain

No pulp today, sorry. But there is something in common between pulp covers and photographic art of 1930s and 1940s.

Max Dupain is one of Australia's most revered photographers.  His work has been collected by most of the major galleries around Australia and as well by private collectors world-wide.

Born in Sydney in 1911, he lived there all his life, photographing the city from the late 1930s through to just before his death in 1992.  There…

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Added by lord_k on June 13, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Miskatonic Monday - HP Lovecraft Festival in New York

HP Lovecraft Festival in New York The Drama Desk nominated, New York Innovative Theatre Award winning RadioTheatre will present the cult horror classics, REANIMATOR (A mad scientist tries to resurrect the dead) and THE CALL OF CTHULHU (The Old Ones are determined to take over the Earth), live and onstage for the first time complete with award winning sound design and original orchestral scores, as part of their second installment of THE H.P. LOVECRAFT FESTIVAL, a year long tribute to the Grandmaster of American Horror… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on June 13, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Poudre de Riz

Sunday afternoon Art Deco mood.

Added by Stefan on June 12, 2011 at 9:50am — 3 Comments

Sunday Streamline #36: Hungarian Connection

Hungary is a small but proud Streamline power.

Hungarian locomotive builders started their experiments with aerodynamic designs before WWI, creating several engines with pointed front part, slightly resembling French "Windcutters". In 1930s a small class of modern streamlined tank locomotives, bearing more than a passing resemblance to…

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Added by lord_k on June 12, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

S.A.M.#4: The Record Breaker

To boost this column's take-off, I needed a very special aircraft with spectacular history. Here it is:

This plane, first introduced on the 7th Paris Air Show in November 1921, was designed as a successor to a highly successful World War I light bomber, the Breguet XIV. A "trademark" of Breguet was the wide usage of duralumin as a construction material, instead of steel or wood. At that time, the aircraft was faster than other bombers, and even some fighter aircraft.…

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Added by lord_k on June 11, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - #92. Italian Military Vehicles

Legendary Sahariana (Camionetta A.S.42), shown here in its full African glory, is only one of numerous special vehicles designed and built for the Regio Esercito, Royal Italian Army.

Italy, the homeland of Ferrari, Nuvolari, Bertone and Farina, produced military vehicles which can (and should!) be declared the icons of Dieselpunk. Let us begin with the venerable Lancia 1Z. This autoblinda (armored vehicle) was…

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Added by lord_k on June 10, 2011 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

Knights of the Air - Tony Fokker's killing machine

Tony Fokker and Lt Kurt Wintgens

Tony Fokker and Lt Kurt Wintgens
Anthony Fokker was one of the most fascinating, and controversial, young me in the young field of aviation. Not truly a designer – or an engineer or a combat pilot – he might best be called an inspired entrepreneur. Three…

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Added by Tome Wilson on June 9, 2011 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Seversky J-9

Seversky J-9, supplied to the Swedish Air Force in 1940. It had a more powerful engine (1065 hp Twin Wasp) a lengthened fuselage, and was more heavily armed (two 7.9 mm machine guns and two 13.2 automatic cannons) than the P-35 from which is was derived.



The J 9’s did a valuable duty during the neutrality watch as successors to the obsolete J 8 Gloster Gladiator and saw… Continue

Added by Lejon Astray on June 9, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Soviet WWII Posters

It was not easy to prepare this entry. Too many posters generate the problem of choice.

Which one to chose? What sequence to build? And what to tell?.. Well, I could tell you about the war itself but I believe you already know enough. I could make a witty post-modernist analysis of the similarities and differences between Soviet, Allies and Axis posters. Besides, I could point out which poster is actually a remake of some Civil War or even WWI propaganda. But let's…

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Added by lord_k on June 9, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

The Tale of Two Webleys Pt.2

Last week we profiled the strange recoil-cammed "Automatic Revolver" from Webley-Fosbery. Another pistol from the Webley design house was the .455 Self Loading Webley-Scott MK 1. One of the most ergonomically awkward appearing guns, the W&S MK 1 was the arms company's attempt at creating a domestic semi-automatic pistol to compete with the already numerous semi-autos of…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on June 8, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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