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October 2011 Articles (63)

Cap'n's Cabaret #8: iiViva Habana!!

¡Bienvenidos a Cabaret, mis amigos!  Today we celebrate in the Caribbean capital of fun and frivolity, Havana, Cuba!  Sun, sand, palm trees, sea breeze, music, dance, games of chance, cigars, fun, dames and rum of a thousand shades and flavors!  Save for the extreme poverty of the inner ghettoes (ignore those, my friends) it's Paradise Found!  The ultimate playground for the world's travelling classes!



Added by Cap'n Tony on October 10, 2011 at 4:53pm — 5 Comments

Miskatonic Monday - The Call of Cthulhu in the style of Dr. Seuss

Lights out, everybody.

On Miskatonic Mondays, we celebrate the "weird" fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror that it spawned.  This week, we're spotlighting the clever work of Deviant Art artist DrFaustusAU and his imaginative series "What if the legendary children's book artist Dr. Seuss illustrated HP Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu?"

Click on the images below to…


Added by Tome Wilson on October 10, 2011 at 8:57am — No Comments

Pilsner's Picks Takes A Bite Out Of The Big Apple

For those of you who missed the perpetually and predictably punctual Picks on the first of the month, I'm back from my extended vacation, so here we go. You won't have to guess where I went when you see the playlist... http://pilsnerspicks.blogspot.com/

Added by Pilsner Panther on October 9, 2011 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Sunday Streamline #44: Northern Connection

With all due respect to steam power nothing is more Dieselpunk than a Diesel-motor unit.

Here's one, built by Société Franco-Belge for Compagnie des chemins de fer du Nord (Northern Railway Company) in mid-1930s. Powered by Maybach engines, and looking very similar to the famous…


Added by lord_k on October 9, 2011 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Adele blanc sec

Adele is French comic сharacter (created in 1976), her adventures are set in France between 1911 and 1922 (mostly Paris). She is a strong willed and independent lady who writes pulp stories (feuilletoniste). In her adventures she meets Pterodactyls, living mummies, demonic sect, mad scientists, Assyrian demons and tentacled monsters (as a short list).

The comic has been adapted on movies by french movie maker Luc Besson. The movie is full of humor and shows a beautiful 1910's mad…


Added by cagliostro on October 8, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Saturday Matinee - The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

On Saturday Matinee, we showcase full-length films from or about the diesel era.

The next October entry in our series of ghoulish films is the mind-shattering Cabinet of Dr. Caligari circa 1920.

What you need to know

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (original title Das Kabinet des Dr Caligari) is a 1920 silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene from a screenplay by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. The two men considered the…


Added by Tome Wilson on October 8, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

S.A.M. #15: Fat-Cheeked Vs

Want a biplane? Want it to look like an airship? You've got it!

Vickers Vimy Commercial was an offspring of a wartime bomber design which arrived too late to be pressed into action. The 'original' Vimy with its slender fuselage well deserves a place in the Aviation Hall of Fame: it was the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic. On June 14, 1919, two British…


Added by lord_k on October 8, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Ken Burns' Prohibition

Thanks to PBS online, we can now watch Ken Burns' "Prohibition" documentary and learn how alcohol, and the banning of alcohol, helped changed America in the 1920s.

Starting in the Civil War era, the roots of Prohibition grew, but did not truly sprout until it combined with the newly forming women's liberation movements and anti-German sentiments born of The Great War.  

It reflected an era when obsolete Victorian sensibilities were at the height of their power in…


Added by Tome Wilson on October 7, 2011 at 9:31am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage #107: Marmon Cars

Another all-but-forgotten star of automotive industry: Marmon Motor Car Company.

Marmon's parent company was founded in 1851 manufacturing flour grinding mill equipment, and branching out into other machinery through the late 19th century. Small limited production of experimental automobiles began in 1902, with an air-cooled V-twin engine. An air-cooled V4 followed the next year,…


Added by lord_k on October 7, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Anger and Anarchy on Wall Street

Descriptions of the event on Wall Street might seem eerily familiar. “It was a crush out of a blue sky—an unexpected, death-dealing bolt,” one witness observed, “which in a twinkling turned into a shambles the busiest corner of America’s financial center and sent scurrying to places of shelter hundreds of wounded, dumb-stricken, white-faced men and women—fleeing from…


Added by Tome Wilson on October 6, 2011 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment


Letters as images : making words say more than just what they mean.

Added by Stefan on October 6, 2011 at 6:14pm — No Comments

Knights of the Air: Bloody Paralysers

First really successful British heavy bombers were no less impressive than their German counterparts.

As early as December 1914 during the First World War the Royal Navy's Director of the Air Department, Captain Murray Sueter requested "a bloody paralyser" of an aircraft from Frederick Handley Page for long-range bombing. The phrase had originated from Commander Charles Rumney…


Added by lord_k on October 6, 2011 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

The Jumpable Rifle: FG-42

During World War II, the fighting forces that were Allied and Axis paratroopers were the cutting edge of warfare. Today, special operations have the cache, but 70 years ago, the swagger and elite belonged to the paratroopers. And along with that stature, came a series of special weapons designed specifically for them.


One such weapon was the unique FG-42, the…


Added by Jake Holman Jr. on October 5, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Two Fisted Tuesdays with Philip Marlowe - White Carnation

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 October 4, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Miskatonic Monday - Hanging out at The Lovecraft in Portland, OR

The Lovecraft is a horror-themed tea shop and bar located in sunny Portland, Oregon.

Paying tribute to the world of horror in all of its forms with Lovecraft inspired and local art and decor, The Lovecraft also has different theme-nights ranging from industrial and goth, metal in all of its forms, performance art, live music, movie nights and karaoke.  They also participate in 1st Friday art shows with rotating artists and sponsor a monthly "Love Craft Fair"…


Added by Tome Wilson on October 3, 2011 at 8:42am — 1 Comment

Cap'n's Cabaret #7: Hooray for Hollywood!

Hollywood! Tinsel Town, the city of glamour and glitz, fantasy and illusion, where dreams come true and any shop girl can be a top girl...if she pleases the tired businessman. Fame and fortune await...at least for those who it doesn't chew up and spit out.

But that's not the fate for us at the Cabaret, my friends! We're gonna be Stars! Mr. Siegel has set us up with a major studio...and we're talking the Silver Screen, folks! Tonight is…


Added by Cap'n Tony on October 2, 2011 at 7:44pm — 4 Comments

Noir Music


The model is the beautiful Eva Tudor-Jones, lead singer of The Coconuts, for the Kid Creole & The Coconuts band.

Their "I Wake Up Screaming" album and LP, all in the film noir mood, are scheduled for December and so is the "I Wake Up Screaming Tour". Definitely not to be missed if they perform anywhere next to…


Added by Stefan on October 2, 2011 at 4:51pm — 2 Comments

Sunday Streamline #43: German Whales

Rail Rockets are back! Signed, sealed, delivered. With an appropriate stamp:

The stamp was issued in 1935 to commemorate the German railroads centennial. It features a streamline steam locomotive of the new 05 Class (DRG Baureihe 05), designed by Adolph Wolf and built by Borsig works in Berlin-Tegel. The locos (there were only two of them in 1935) had 4-6-4…


Added by lord_k on October 2, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Photos of America in the 1940s

Terrific photos printed from Library of Congress color slides.  Full article from the Denver Post.





Added by Lenore Glover on October 1, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Saturday Matinee - Nosferatu: A Symphony of Terror (1922)

On Saturday Matinee, we showcase full-length films from or about the diesel era.

As today officially starts Halloween season in the US, I think Saturday Matinee will follow in kind.

To kick things off for October, we will be showing the godfather of silver-screen vampires, none other than Nosferatu himself.  

What you need to know

Nosferatu was the first and only production of Prana Film, founded…


Added by Tome Wilson on October 1, 2011 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

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