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August 2013 Articles (15)

Cap'n's Cabaret #91: Baltimore Buzz!

Catch the Buzz: it's all about the Baltimore!

Yes, the Cabaret is on its way up the East Coast of America, celebrating the new Dance Crazes that are sweeping the nation, and today we're in beautiful Baltimore, Maryland, where everyone is obviously wild about that new dance from Eubie Blake's famous Broadway show …


Added by Cap'n Tony on August 31, 2013 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #90: Dancin' in Charleston!

They're doing it in Manhattan, they're doing it in Paris, they're doing it in Shanghai...care to do it with me?  Hike up your skirts, ladies and kick up those heels, 'cause here we go!


What am I talking about, folks?  Why that new dance craze that's sweeping the world: the Charleston! [image from sydneyswingkatz.com.au]

 Yes, the product of composers…


Added by Cap'n Tony on August 24, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Two-Fisted Tuesday - Booked on Suspicion

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 August 20, 2013 at 9:27am — No Comments

Miskatonic Monday - Oh Yeah!

Added by Tome Wilson on August 19, 2013 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Dystopian Dieselpunk Art

Russia is one of the countries outside the West where dieselpunk is extremely popular. However, a typical feature of Russian dieselpunk is a dystopian point of view. There are entire websites featuring dystopian and post-apocalyptic dieselpunk art. One of them is http://www.deadland.ru with the title "Мир после конца света" (The world after the end of light). If you like dystopian dieselpunk art, you should definitely visit this site even…


Added by Joern Pachl on August 19, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #89: That's It...Flying Boats for Me!

What could be better than a nice trip on a fancy steamship or the thrill of flight?  How about both at the same time?  It's the Flying Boat, the miracle of the skies that takes you where no other aircraft...or ship...can!

Yes, after the rather unfortunate time I had on the…


Added by Cap'n Tony on August 17, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Tragic End of the JFK Worldport(TM)

Sad News for Atompunks everywhere: the glorious Googie-style Pan Am Worldport(TM) terminal at JFK International Airport in New York is being demolished.

Despite a monumental effort by conservationists and enthusiasts, the UFO-like Space Age terminal is…


Added by Cap'n Tony on August 15, 2013 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Totalitarian Art 2013

In Germany, a few weeks ahead of the election of the Federal Parliament, streets have started to fill with election posters of the political parties. As usual, the communists of the MLPD (Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany) provide their 1930s style totalitarian art. The poster below, I photographed today on the street next to my office. It shows the front end of a Soviet type steam locomotive (maybe an IS-20) and the Karl Marx slogan "Revolutions are locomotives of history."



Added by Joern Pachl on August 14, 2013 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Cap'n's Cabaret #88: No Gin?!? Oh, the Humanity!!

 Zeppelin Airships...the only way to fly!  With their exquisite comfort, perfectly smooth ride, graceful beauty, and impressive safety record, it seems obvious the days of the passenger airplane are numbered!

 And no airship can match the glorious LZ-129 Hindenburg, whose sleek, sublime form (only slightly marred by the ugly Nazi logo that new…


Added by Cap'n Tony on August 11, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Diesel City advertising

One of my hobbies is making model railroad dioramas in TT scale (1:120) following European and North American prototypes. I've just finished a small diorama for public display on the modell-hobby-spiel fair in Leipzig, Germany, on 3rd-6th October 2013. It shows a fictitious North American urban scene that looks like a NYC neighborhood in the 1950s. The subject is a closed firehouse beside a rail…

Added by Joern Pachl on August 7, 2013 at 5:24pm — No Comments

The ePulp Sampler will be e-Unearthed!

ePulp Sampler book cover This new action-packed ePulp anthology unleashes five tales inspired by the pulp magazines of the 1920s - 1940s. They are not for the faint of heart! Things will get intense. The words on these pages cannot be unread!

Get ready to explore strange worlds, visit forgotten pasts, and delve into parallel histories. Prepare to encounter an eclectic mix of heroes walking the line between…


Added by Tome Wilson on August 7, 2013 at 10:00am — 3 Comments


The Volkswagen Type 2, known officially, depending on body type as the Transporter, Kombi and Microbus, shown here in service with the Deutsche Afrikakorp, DAK, early 1942.

Used primarily for reconnaissance and convoy supply, it saw a great deal of service throughout the North African campaign.

Later it proved popular with Surfing enthusiasts!

This vector illustration was created in Adobe Illustrator with use of gradients and knockout…


Added by Lejon Astray on August 5, 2013 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

American swing records made in the Soviet Union

In the 1980s, I bought several records with American swing music of the 1930s/1940s in Moscow. At the time, it was almost impossible to buy Western rock music in the Soviet Union. However, American big band jazz from the 1930s/1940s was not only tolerated by the government but actively promoted. This might be because that this music comes from the era before the Cold War, when the USA and the USSR still were comrades in arms in WWII. The Soviet label Melodia…

Added by Joern Pachl on August 3, 2013 at 5:04am — 5 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #87: Vanished Into Thin Air!!

Famed Aviatrix Lost!!

America's flying sweetheart Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappear into thin air over the South Pacific!

"We must be on you, but cannot see you—but gas is running low," said the famed Aviatrix by wireless on the morning of July 2nd, 1937, in what were among her…


Added by Cap'n Tony on August 2, 2013 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Cool Off (Or Get Hot!) With Pilsner's Picks

Well, here it is August already, as another year goes racing by. So, as I broil and bake under the searing California summer sun, I'll do the logical thing— turn on the heat.

With the August Pilsner's Picks, that is. So, take it away, Jack Hylton's Rhythmagicians!


Added by Pilsner Panther on August 1, 2013 at 7:47pm — No Comments

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