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June 2011 Articles (54)

Swedish Steel

To stay neutral, a nation needs strong defense. Especially if we talk of a former great sea power.

Sweden, a country that did not enter any war since 1814, was not immune from the naval arms race in the early 20th century. After the dissolving of the union with Norway in 1905, the situation was tense with the Russian Empire in the east, Germany south of the Baltic Sea, and Norway,…


Added by lord_k on June 8, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with Philip Marlowe - The Big Book

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 June 7, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Going to the Cinema

In the Diesel Era, movie theaters (usually called "cinemas" in Britain) had an enormous added value. This value was aesthetics.

These buildings were the flagships of Art Deco and Streamline Moderne. Their common idea was to attract the visitor and to impress him (or her) all the way from box office to auditorium. There is a photostream on Flickr called…


Added by lord_k on June 7, 2011 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

And the Orchestra Played On. As an Accidental Synchronicity Experiment.


RPM Orchestra held a live performance on May 27th, memorializing The Great War and its passing from living memory into the pages of history with the recent death of Claude Choules, last surviving WWI combat veteran.

The performance included a video…


Added by RPM Orchestra on June 6, 2011 at 9:55pm — No Comments

Ace of Pulp: Rudolph Belarski

Sunny summer Monday. A perfect day to remember a great illustrator who was equally good at dangerous air missions and criminal investigations.

A man who wanted to study art not for the sake of art and not for pleasure but as a means to pull himself out of poverty. Yeah, this fine cover artist was practically self-educated. Belarski's first assignment in the world of pulp was in the genre of air stories, immensely popular in early 1930s, echoing the Great War. Today one of…


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

Sunday Streamline #35: Kiwi "Mountains"

A nation that was a proud member of the Battlecruiser Club in 1910s should join the Streamliners Club in 1930s. It's inevitable, isn't it?

So New Zealand Railways acquired a respectable fleet of streamline steam locomotives - like the battlecruiser, British-built.

Following the success of the K class on NZR main lines, there was an urgent need for a modern, powerful locomotive capable of running over secondary lines laid with lighter rails. Thus a new "Mountain" 4-8-2…


Added by lord_k on June 5, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Saturday Matinee - The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress

Welcome to the Saturday Matinee on Dieselpunks.

The Memphis Belle The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress was made by the US Army Air Corps and directed by William Wyler during WWII. It features the plane and crew of the Memphis Belle—the first bomber to complete its tour of duty successfully. Because of its successes and luck, the bomber and crew were eventually returned to the US for a bond-raising tour. This film was made to coincide with this. On her 25th mission,…


Added by Tome Wilson on June 4, 2011 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

S.A.M.#3: Universal Trainer

This Saturday we honor a small aeroplane which started its life as a light bomber and ended as a "flying schooldesk", the first mount of countless pilots all over the world.

The Avro 504 was a World War I biplane aircraft made by the Avro aircraft company and under licence by others. Production during the War totalled 8,970 and continued for almost 20 years, making it the…


Added by lord_k on June 4, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - #91. Delage Aero Coupe

My Garage is proud to present the pinnacle of French streamline.

Rolling sculpture created by great designer at one of the best ateliers ever - for a charismatic customer.

Wouter Melissen of the UltimateCarPage writes: Louis…


Added by lord_k on June 3, 2011 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Knights of the Air - Advertising the Wares of War

Although there were four Central Powers in WWI, Germany faced the challenge of matching the wartime industrial output of the Allies almost alone.  German aircraft manufacturers responded with a patriotic urgency that is evident in the martial tone of their advertisements.

The company most often identified with the rise of German air power was owned by the transplanted Dutchman, Anthony Fokker, and headquartered at Schwerin in northern Germany.  Early in the war, Fokker monoplanes,…


Added by Tome Wilson on June 2, 2011 at 7:07pm — No Comments

Soviet Militarism: Pre-War Posters

For starters, another Lenin quote: "Revolution is worthy only when it can defend itself".

The instrument of defense (and not only defense) was Red Army, created in January 1918. Above is a 1930s poster, the slogan over French-style steel helmets says: "Red Army is a faithful guardian of October [Revolution] gains". Below, a kind of fairy tale printed to celebrate the second anniversary of the Army in 1920:…


Added by lord_k on June 2, 2011 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

A Brief History of Superheavy Tanks


The history of superheavy tanks begins almost with the history of tanks itself. As early as 1916 William Tritton, one of the minds behind the famous British Mark I tank, thought of a fairly radical tank design which was to be impervious to artillery fire.

The result of this plan was the so called Flying Elephant. It is unlikely this tank ever made it to a working prototype, very few documents remain today. In any case, it would have been impractical for use on the Western Front…


Added by Marcus Rauchfuss on June 2, 2011 at 1:12am — 4 Comments

The Tale of Two Webleys Pt.1

The Webley break-top revolver is a classic and iconic pistol of Great Britain. A reliable, long lasting and handsome pistol, the Webley served British forces for decades in the first half of the 20th century. However, the company that manufactured the .455 caliber revolver also took a few stabs at semi-automatic pistols- one such handgun a hybrid revolver recoil operated…


Added by Jake Holman Jr. on June 1, 2011 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Pilsner's Picks Arrives With A Thud, Once Again

‎"What is so rare as a day in June?" Well, if you want to get picky about it, a day in February is rarer because there aren't as many of them. In any case, here's the June edition of Pilsner's Picks.


Added by Pilsner Panther on June 1, 2011 at 1:23am — No Comments

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