Dieselpunk + Steampunk Culture

June 2013 Articles (12)

Cap'n's Cabaret #82: Flight for the Folk!

Flight comes into its own with the proliferation of passenger air service!

Yes, the introduction of safe, stable aircraft is spurring a new global industry in passenger service.  The appearance of amazingly large multi-motor civilian airliners such as the Junkers and Ford Tri-motor designs may finally push passenger aviation into the black and allow the common folk to travel by…


Added by Cap'n Tony on June 29, 2013 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #81: Barnstormers and Wing-Walkers!

Beleive it or not, we're walking on air!  We never thought we could be so free!  Flying away on a wing and a prayer.  Who could it be?

Beleive it or not, it's just today's Cabaret!

Need to catch a plane?  We've found just the way here at the Cabaert. From wing walkers to barnstormers to aerobatic masters, the new and ever-proliferating airplane is…


Added by Cap'n Tony on June 22, 2013 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Silent Empire

I don’t collaborate often. But when I do, I prefer Stefan.


Stefan is no stranger to Dieselpunks. His work is often paired with the very idea of dieselpunk, the artistic standard bearer for the culture. I’ve had the honor of working with him on my Troubleshooter novels. His iconic images have created a visual reality to the world of Mick Trubble and New…


Added by Bard Constantine on June 20, 2013 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

Two-Fisted Tuesday - After Midnight with 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…


Added by Tome Wilson on June 18, 2013 at 9:47am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #188: Happy Threewheeler

Three-wheel vehicles powered by small and noisy engines... dieselpunk?  Of course!

In the mass culture, the image of a 'Dieselpunk tricar' is based on the Morgan Aero - fast, sporty, elegant. But what about a trike truck? Here's the story of a once famous make, told by Paul Markham on his much-recommended…


Added by lord_k on June 14, 2013 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

California Form and Landscape project

In the aftermath of Pacific Standard Time (PST), a uniquely successful collaborative project of exhibitions, public programs, and publications which together took intellectual and aesthetic stock of southern California’s artists, art scenes, and artistic production across nearly the entirety of the post-World War II era, the Getty launched an initiative with a tighter focus on architecture during the same era.  “Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.” has as one of…


Added by Scott on June 11, 2013 at 10:12am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #187: A Little Wonder

Today, a masterpiece of postwar streamline design:

1949 Fiat 750 MM Panoramica Zagato - gray - fvr

Based on a 1949 Fiat 500C, the Fiat 750 MM Panoramica is perhaps the cutest creation ever to roll through the doors of Zagato*.…


Added by lord_k on June 7, 2013 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Remembering "D-Day", 1944

"…You are about to embark upon the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you...I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle…”

~ General Eisenhower, just before the D-Day Invasion

Operation Overlord, 06 June 1944

Today marks the 69th Aniversary…


Added by Cap'n Tony on June 6, 2013 at 12:53pm — 1 Comment

Dieselpunk Music: Old Grass? Newgrass? Punk-grass? Bluegrass?

 Ah, the glorious American music of the Diesel Age!  The blaring of the horns, the wailing of the clarinets, the tinkling of the pianos, the plonking of the banjos...wait, banjos?

Yes, and fiddles, mandolins, and jugs too!

While the Hot Jazz and Cool Swing of the cities may steal the Diesel spotlight in many people's minds today, the American…


Added by Cap'n Tony on June 4, 2013 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

New from Dieselpunk Industries cut out Rocket Ranger toys

While I was looking for some design inspiration at the Digital Comic Museum. I discovered a couple of old Captain Video RCA record jackets (see below). On the back were some punch-out paper toys. So I thought it would be cool if I made my own paper toys, not so much inspired by Captain Video but more by Dave Stevens' Rocketeer.

Thanks, again Steve... you were, and still are one of the best.

I plan on making more of…


Added by Scott on June 3, 2013 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

The June Pilsner's Picks: No Hip-Hop, Guaranteed!

Ever since this new "Great Gatsby" flick came out, I've been getting requests to add a few hip-hop numbers to Pilsner's Picks. I hate to disappoint anyone, but even though I think that that director's idea is absolutely brilliant (?!!), I'm sticking to my long-time format of nothing but authentic 1920's and 30's period music. I'm just really stubborn, and besides, I can't post any hip hop because... I just won't have that rubbish in my house!

So anyway, here's the June…


Added by Pilsner Panther on June 2, 2013 at 1:48am — 2 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #79: A Wireless Cabaret!

Calling all Listeners!  Calling all Listeners!  This is your Cap'n, calling in LIVE over the airwaves in the exciting new media of Wireless Broadcasting!

Yes, exciting times we live in where my voice can be heard, live, from a thousand parlors in a thousand homes!  Truly wondrous times we live in. 

With a simple wooden box no bigger than a  small cabinet anyone can listen to…


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

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