This Bugatti Type 51 Coupe was originally built as a Bugatti factory team Grand Prix racer that was driven to great success by legendary French racing driver Louis Chiron.
Chiron won the Monaco race in April 1931 and following the racing season, Bugatti gave the car to Chiron. Chiron sold the car and it was acquired by Parisian playboy Andre Bith who drove the car in rallys and sporting events. In 1937, Bith commissioned Louis…Continue
Added by lord_k on December 31, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments
A happy new year to all you retro-maniacs out there... uh, 1931, isn't it?
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Geraldine Doyle, the woman who would be known to Americans everywhere as "Rosie the Riveter" passed away on Sunday, December 26th at the age of 86.
This icon of the WWII era female workforce and of female empowerment didn't even know how popular she was until she accidentally saw her picture in a magazine 40 years after her famous likeness was created.
The full story can be found on YahooNews at >…Continue
Above is a link to the website dedicated to the secret army that would be Britain's last defence against the planned invasion by the Germans in 1940.
It was featured briefly on the TV program 'Dig 1940' screened on UK TV last night and is still in the process of being uncovered by historians. These lads took the Official Secrets Act very seriously, one chap who passed away recently aged 92,…Continue
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To conclude my short series on aerial photography and its use during the Great War, I give you this great high-resolution scan of British pilot/photographer testing his newest mount.
In this photograph (originally shot in 1915), the pilot is readying a custom built camera-rig bolted onto the nose of his FE2b pusher biplane.…Continue
Added by Tome Wilson on December 30, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Not so famous as the Saunders-Roe Princess but mighty and impressive:
The Short Shetland was a British high-speed, long-range, four-engined flying-boat built by Short Brothers at Rochester, Kent for use in the Second World War. It was designed to meet an Air Ministry requirement (defined in Specification R.14/40) for a very-long range reconnaissance flying boat. The design used…Continue
When Coast Guard Gunner's Mate James Sieg started thinking about small-arms, his ideas were definitely ambitious and unconventional. Sieg you see created the American bull-pup rifle that showed promise as a contendor for the U.S. first line rifle post-World War II.
A typical gas operated rifle, with…Continue
I stumbled upon this picture yesterday and it hit me pretty hard.
It's an abandoned matadero (i.e. "slaughterhouse" in Spanish) of Azul, Argentina, designed by Francisco Salamone (1897-1959) - an Argentine architect of Italian descent who, between 1936 and 1940, built more than 60 municipal buildings with elements of Art Deco style in 25 rural communities on the Argentine Pampas within the Buenos Aires Province. These buildings were some of…Continue
Welcome to Two Fisted Tuesdays, Dieselpunks' weekly beat on the mean streets of noir and crime fiction.
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.…Continue
Added by Tome Wilson on December 28, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Today, let's take another look at the artwork of the Diesel Era greatest sci-fi illustrator.
Gernsback's Amazing Stories magazine was successful, but Gernsback lost control of the publisher when it went bankrupt in February 1929. By early June he had launched three new magazines, two of which published science fiction. The June 1929 issue of Science Wonder…Continue
I was not aware if anyone had ever shared this video before, but I found it on YouTube while browsing for other flying boats. I thought I would share it here as it is a fascinating 1940's era plane, and one of the biggest flying boats ever built! Capable of speeds up to 500 miles per hour, and able to carry 200 troops over 3,000 miles, it was said that these three monstrous beauties would be able to deliver the same amount of troops in a year as nine of their counterparts! I hope you all…Continue
The A7V was a tank introduced by Germany in 1918, near the end of World War I. One hundred vehicles were ordered during the spring of 1918, but only 21 were delivered.
It was nicknamed "The Moving Fortress" by the British because of the shape of the hull. They saw action from March to October of that year, and were the only tanks produced by Germany in World War I to see operational use.
Following the appearance of the first British tanks on the…Continue
Added by lord_k on December 27, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments
NSW 3801 is not the first Australian streamline steam locomotive, but it's the only preserved streamliner of the C38 Class.
Built from 1943, the 30 locomotives in the class were designed to haul express trains and replace the C36 class on these premium workings. They were the first NSW locomotives to use the popular Pacific 4-6-2 wheel arrangement.…Continue
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Welcome to the Killer Serials on Dieselpunks.
Killer Serials is our segment on Dieselpunks for showcasing cliffhangers and serial thrillers from Hollywood's golden age.
In November 1915, the walls of Paris were plastered with street posters that depicted three masked faces with a question mark as a noose, and the questions "who, what, when, where?". The morning newspapers printed the following poem:
Of the moonless nights…Continue
Added by Tome Wilson on December 25, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Dickey Christmas tree, 1922.
Our fourth holiday visit with the family of Washington lawyer Raymond Dickey, who has a decade's worth of Christmas portraits in the archives of the National Photo Co. Some of which turned out better than others.
"Remember the poor: a Salvation Army Christmas box."
New York circa 1903.
8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
An aviator with his girlfriend. Sofia, 1918:
As we already know, Bulgaria entered the First Balkan War as a serious air power and has a credit of performing the first-ever aerial bombing. In 1915 when the Kingdom joined the Central Powers and declared war on Serbia, the country's only aircraft unit was attached to the Second Army. Later, the Second Aeroplane Section was created,…Continue
Added by lord_k on December 25, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments
The greatest American car make of 1910s and 1920s has been featured in our 5th Issue.
Today, a Holiday Pierce-Arrow Special. Let us see the rise and fall of the Safest Car Around.
It all began in 1903:…Continue
Added by lord_k on December 24, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments
Last week on Knights of the Air, we introduced you to the 1910s version of Google Earth. This involved sending balloons, blimps, and more "experimental" aircraft loaded with as many old-timey cameras as possible over the battlefield.
When those airships returned from the front and landed safely in friendly territory, a slew of army technicians would develop the images inside their makeshift darkrooms (located in the back of tents, inside sequestered homes, or just out in the middle…Continue