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November 2010 Articles (77)

Saturday Matinee - Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927)

Welcome to the Saturday Matinee on Dieselpunks.



Every weekend, we showcase a classic movie from the Golden Age of film. This week, we have Walter Ruttmann's Berlin: Symphony of a Great City.



Produced in 1927, the phoenix that is Germany had just emerged from the worse aftereffects of World War I. The Great Depression that was to throw everything into chaos was still over the horizon, and Hitler was little more than a provincial rabble rouser who collected more… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on November 6, 2010 at 4:35pm — 1 Comment

Knights of the Air: Peter Strasser

Fregattenkapitän Peter Strasser (1876-1918) was Chief Commander of Germany's airship force during the Great War.

Before I start with his biography I have to answer an inevitable question: is there any justification of calling Zeppelin pilots "Knights of the Air"? Weren't they just a bunch of ruthless villains, dropping bombs on innocent civilians?…

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Added by lord_k on November 6, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Interview: Toby Lawhon of Marquis of Vaudeville

Toby Lawhon of Marquis of Vaudeville

http://www.myspace.com/marquisofvaudeville/





Toby Lawhon The band Marquis of Vaudeville has a strong following in the North Texas steampunk community as well as having received positive attention and review on the national level. In this interview Toby Lawhon, lead singer for the band, discusses… Continue

Added by Larry on November 5, 2010 at 10:53am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #62. FIAT 500 Topolino

While Dr. Porsche was still testing his Volkswagen prototypes, Italy already had a mass-production "people's car".

"A pace only marginally quicker than a professional racing cyclist, snail-like acceleration, awkward to work on because of its diminutive size, replacement parts that are breathtakingly expensive. But, aesthetically pleasing lines with universal… Continue

Added by lord_k on November 5, 2010 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

New Venice

The perfect destination for a steampunk honeymoon, no...?

Thank you very much, everyone, for the kind words about the latest pictures !

Added by Stefan on November 4, 2010 at 6:54pm — 3 Comments

Knights of the Air - World War I flight suits (Part 2 of 2)

Flying outfit of the Ottoman Empire
A Turkish aviator wore a belted, dark leather jacket over his breeches and puttees


Flying outfit of the Ottoman Empire



Austro-Hungarian's Jacket and Helmet
This jacket and rigid helmet are similar to those of some French and…
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Added by Tome Wilson on November 4, 2010 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

October Exhibition: The Big City Is Here!

October's collection of art and fiction is up now at the Athena Exhibition forum. Go give it the hairy eyeball, already!



Our theme was "The Big City." An icon of Dieselpunk, the big city is where it's at. Where the happenings...happen.



And now that we've whetted your appetite for Diesel art and fiction and media...crack those knuckles and start thinking about November. In November,… Continue

Added by Athenaprime on November 4, 2010 at 7:04am — No Comments

Dornier Flying Ship

The Dornier Do X was the largest, heaviest, and most powerful flying boat in the world when it was produced by the Dornier company of Germany in 1929.

First conceived by Dr. Claudius Dornier in 1924, planning started in late 1925 and after over 240 thousand work hours it was completed in June 1929.

The Do X was… Continue

Added by lord_k on November 4, 2010 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Strange Aeons - Pulp adventure in the dieselpunk style

Strange Aeons is an online comic developed and drawn by JR Boos with the help of ink-slinger Molly Nemecek.


Driven by an art-style that mashes the best styles of classic Disney with set pieces from Batman: The Animated Series, Strange Aeons is definitely a pulp adventure in a dieselpunk world.


The story takes place in Nocturne City, an Art Deco metropolis at the height of the 1930s. A…
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Added by Tome Wilson on November 3, 2010 at 10:00pm — 8 Comments

Famous Diesel Era Movie Images/ Posters

I just found this site. It's called Cinema is Dope. It has quite a few stills and posters from 1920s - 2000's. Obviously we here are going to be interested in the 1920's - 1940's.

Here's an example of the great stuff one will find there.
http://www.cinemaisdope.com/safety-last-1923-movie-wallpaper/
~ Larry

Added by Larry on November 3, 2010 at 9:02pm — 3 Comments

ZK.383: The 9mm Support Gun

The Czech gun making industry is legendary for quality and reliability.In the late 1930s, Czech weapons designers were working on a weapon that would become just another submachine gun, but before World War II exploded they planned on fielding a 9mm light support weapon in the ZK.383.



Traditionally, armies of the 20th century pursued support weapons that fed by belt or large capacity magazines chambered in a rifle caliber. However, the designers at the famous Brno… Continue

Added by Jake Holman Jr. on November 3, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Mae West Radio

Today, a rather bizarre radio set:

"Emerson unveiled their line-up for the 1939 season, which included the BD-197 "Mae West", at a showing held in the Hotel New York between June 20th and 24th of 1938." - writes Paul @ Tuberadioland. - "The "Mae West" was priced at $39.95."

"Perhaps understandably, the BD-197 has always… Continue

Added by lord_k on November 3, 2010 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with Philip Marlowe - The Torch Carriers

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.…

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Added by Tome Wilson on November 2, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Metropolis on TCM, Sunday



Just a quick note for those who may not have seen this gem yet, but Fritz Lang's Metropolis (the original 1927 version) will be playing on TCM on Sunday, November 7th. This version is the restored 149 minute version. It will be followed by an hour long documentary about Metropolis, titled Metropolis Restored, at 10pm. For more information, please visit,…

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Added by Rafael Fabre on November 2, 2010 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

Alcohol Ads from Japan

No politics today. Just beer and some sake.

After Leftist posters and state propaganda, Pink Tentacle presents: alcohol…

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Added by lord_k on November 2, 2010 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Miskatonic Monday - At the Mountains of Madness on the BBC this week

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 in Miskatonic news, we're happy to hear that the BBC is airing a 5 part radio series of At The Mountains of Madness as read by Richard Coyle.

The first episode premieres tonight on BBC7, and can be heard on the BBC's iPlayer at…

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Added by Tome Wilson on November 1, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

"M" for Mistake

What can be more Dieselpunk than a submarine battleship or a submersible aircraft carrier?

Bizarre? Wild? Outlandish? Well, I am talking about real ships. Very real and very unlucky.

It was no other than Lord Fisher who submitted a proposal to the First Lord, Lord Balfour, in August of 1915 to mount a 60 ton 12 inch gun from a battleship of the Majestic class on a… Continue

Added by lord_k on November 1, 2010 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

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