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September 2012 Articles (42)

Sunday Streamline #73: The Shoreliners

This will be a short one - with a few really great pictures, although.

Sascha Maurer. Greater Power (The New Haven Railroad)

With the increase of passenger traffic on the New Haven's Shore Line requiring trains of fourteen to sixteen cars, the capacity of the I4 Pacifics which had been used for twenty years was severely taxed. As a result of tests with two of…

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Added by lord_k on September 30, 2012 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #45: Kickin' Up the Boot!

  Ah...bella Italia! 

New York Bureau

Frolic at the Front

SOMEWHERE IN ITALY -- It's a festive occasion at the Italian front as the guys and gals drag out a portable phonograph and cut a figurative rug on foreign soil. At left, dancing with Lois Berney of Fallon, N.C., is Pfc Clyde Burgess of Tolcoa, Ga. Dancing at right are Mary Ross…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on September 29, 2012 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

S.A.M. #64: Wings of Reality

If you're going to design a very unusual aircraft for your Dieselpunk setting, read this entry.

Maybe your dreamplane has been already designed and flown eighty years ago. Or probably you'll see something well beyond the borders of your imagination. So give your inventive spirit a little rest and let me introduce you to the designs of Boris Ivanovich…

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Added by lord_k on September 29, 2012 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

Lord K's Garage #159: Alfa Twelve

Sorry for being late. Took a long stroll this morning. Pomegranates everywhere, so today's color will be red.

Red is the traditional Italian racing color. And, with all due respect to Maserati, 1930s races, especially in the first half of the decade, were dominated by Alfa Romeo. But German teams slowly but surely began to steal the laurels from their future allies. Alfa had to develop something new.

Here is …

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Added by lord_k on September 28, 2012 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with The Shadow - Phantom Fingerprints

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!

Since hitting the airwaves in August 1930 as part of the "Detective Story" radio show, The Shadow has become one of the most beloved heroes in pulp history.  On Two-Fisted Tuesdays, we'll follow the adventures of The Shadow as he battles a rogues gallery of crooks and villains from around the world.

Never heard of The Shadow before?…

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Added by Tome Wilson on September 25, 2012 at 11:58am — No Comments

Canadian Pacific Posters

A company once known as "world's greatest travel system" had a lot to advertise.

Homeward Bound by Canadian Pacific

Established in 1881, the Canadian Pacific Railway quickly evolved into a business empire. Their activities stretched far beyond the railroads: the CPR operated steamships and hotels, telegraph services and radio stations, and, quite naturally, an…

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Added by lord_k on September 24, 2012 at 6:30am — 8 Comments

Horacio Coppola, Buenos Aires from the 30's

 

Horacio Coppola was an Argentine photographer and filmmaker, born in Buenos Aires. His formation was based on two trips to Europe, where he got in touch with the interwar Germany and studied in Berlin in the Department of Photography at the Bauhaus, with U.S. photographer Walter Peterhans (1897–1960). 

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Added by Lady Smoke on September 23, 2012 at 9:08am — 6 Comments

Sunday Streamline #72: Star of India

When I read that one of these locomotives was pressed into service in 1965, I could hardly believe my eyes.

IR WP

But it's true. The WP class Pacifics were built for Indian Railways from 1947 through 1967. If we agree to call them 'streamliners' (in India, they prefer another definition - 'bullet nose'), here is the largest steam streamliner class…

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Added by lord_k on September 23, 2012 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #44: Lend, Lease, & Lindy!

To Russia with Loot!

Just another afternoon in Russia! [image courtesy of englishrussia.com]

War is Hell, and Hell is apparently cold.  Once again the Cabaret is in the Soviet Union, and this time we're bearing gifts!  Several tons of steel worth of gifts, all part of the Lend-Lease.  Shermans and Spitfires and Airacobras, oh my!  And just in time, for while Marshal…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on September 22, 2012 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

S.A.M. #63: Fighting Canard

I won't be surprised to see this handsome fighter in a new version of Crimson Skies or some Dieselpunk/althistorical opus.

SAI Ambrosini SS.4

The Italians were the first of the participants in World War II to build a canard combat aircraft, the SAI-Ambrosini "S.S.4". Italian aircraft engineer Sergio Steffanutti had become interested in canard aircraft in…

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Added by lord_k on September 22, 2012 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

Lord K's Garage #158: All-American Oakland

Another well-forgotten car make - once famous for its "True Blue" laquer finish. Quick-drying laquer was supplied by DuPont, and cars were a part of General Motors marketing scheme.

1926 Oakland

Founded in 1907, Oakland made solid, medium-priced cars. It was named for Oakland County, Michigan, where its cars were produced. The firm attracted the attention of General…

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Added by lord_k on September 21, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Rodolforever - Mexican dieselpunk artist

 

A few days ago looking for visual help to explain what is dieselpunk for de IDD in the facebook group Sindicato Dieselpunk I found some images that already has seen in the past, but when I put enough attention I discovered that the author was mexican.

For all those who still don´t know the Rodolforever works let me introduce him with these awesome images:…

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Added by N. Inmunsapá on September 20, 2012 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Two Barrels, Two Calibers, One Gun: Game Getter

A simple backwoods gun, something that has two calibers that can handle anything you throw at it. A true American style firearms coveted by woodsmen that roved the continent for hundreds of years. In Europe 'Drilling" guns are well known. Here in the US they're a bit more a niche, something you carry as a backwoods back-up, than a primary hunting tool. One such light and…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on September 19, 2012 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with The Shadow - The House of Fun

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!

Since hitting the airwaves in August 1930 as part of the "Detective Story" radio show, The Shadow has become one of the most beloved heroes in pulp history.  On Two-Fisted Tuesdays, we'll follow the adventures of The Shadow as he battles a rogues gallery of crooks and villains from around the world.

Never heard of The Shadow before?…

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Added by Tome Wilson on September 18, 2012 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Terminal Tower, Cleveland, Ohio

To tell you the truth, I could post this entry three years ago. But I've been posting everything else. Why?

Tower City Front Exterior, 1950

With so many Americans in our community (including at least half a dozen Cleveland citizens), who am I to tell about this Diesel Era marvel? Alas, those who see the tower every day do not feel like telling about it. And yours…

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Added by lord_k on September 18, 2012 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

The Troubleshooter Giveaway

A Stefan/Mark Krajnak production

Ok 'punks, so if you've been following my recent series of articles, then you know that I've been yadda yadda all about my recently published novel The Troubleshooter: New Haven Blues. Looking for a shot of noir, a dash of dieselpunk and sci fi shaken well and poured over a dystopian future? You got it.

"So what?" you say. "Self-published books are a dime a dozen. Why should I be…

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Added by Bard Constantine on September 17, 2012 at 7:13pm — 3 Comments

I present my first Book: "Expedicion Grancolombia 1938"

This is a tribute to HP Lovecraft. The story is about a strange trip of a group of students from the Miskatonic University to a dark and magical region in the deep of the Grancolombia. Dark places, strangest technologies and magical characters are everywhere.

The book is published only in Spanish (I really sorry, but the translation service is too expensive),…

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Added by Andres Gomez on September 17, 2012 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Red-Eyed Killer

 

And speaking of red...

Here is the cover for the novel "Red-Eyed Killer", by Bard Constantine. "Red-Eyed Killer" is a prequel to "The Troubleshooter- New Haven Blues": http://micktrubble.jimdo.com/  Those who haven't read this masterpiece of Dieselpunk/Noir/Retrofuturism litterature by Bard…

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Added by Stefan on September 17, 2012 at 8:40am — 3 Comments

Paint It Red: Dutch Posters

This poster comes from the Netherlands:

Walter. Painters Union. 1929

Painters' trade union informs us that the hand holding a brush can also be a fist. Beware!..

Recently, yours truly and Stefan exchanged opinions on Interbellum art. Speaking of creativity and imagination, I mentioned…

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Added by lord_k on September 17, 2012 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

The Japanese Jazz Age part 4: "The Dance that could not be Named"

When Tomoyoshi Murayama returned to Japan in 1922 after a year's study in Germany, the avant-garde movement in Taisho period Tokyo gained one of its most flamboyant and energetic artists. 

Murayama had been in Germany to ostensibly study philosophy, but he quickly gave that up and threw himself into the Dada and Futurism movements, meeting…

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Added by John Paul Catton on September 17, 2012 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

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