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December 2011 Articles (51)

The Universal Architect: Jože Plečnik

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957) created a unique architectural style, mixing Baroque and Secession, Classicism and Modernism.

His legacy belongs to Vienna, Prague and Ljubliana. In an alternate universe where the Austro-Hungarian Empire hasn't collapsed in 1918, he could be the Chief Architect of His Imperial and Royal Majesty. Instead, he helped to shape the…

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Added by lord_k on December 15, 2011 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Going to War with an Onion, Carrot and Goat

Breaching charges are increasingly used by military forces on battlefields around the world. A series of pre-shaped explosives, arranged in a way to blow a hole through or completely demolish a wall or vertical obstruction, breaching charges once exclusive to special operations forces are employed by infantry and Marines alike.

During the Second World War, when tank…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on December 14, 2011 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Queen of the Leica

I'd like to present a remarkable lady photographer of the Diesel Era.

In Three Days of the Condor, a CIA agent played by Robert Redford says that photographic work of his new acquaintance (Faye Dunaway) epitomize desolation. When I look at Ilse Bing photographs, I remember this phrase. Some of her shots have an air of poetic desolation about…

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Added by Eva Kamm on December 14, 2011 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

1940 Motorola 50-X-2 Radio.

As it says in the title this is a 1940 Motorola model: 50-X-2, and its one of the most beautiful radios I've ever seen.

The spring loaded handle on the top, and bullet style knobs are all original. The dial gives off a warm, orange, glow when the radio is switched on. If you notice the speaker design it's comprised of eight fins that taper down too the lefthand side. As…

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Added by Scott on December 13, 2011 at 9:30pm — 7 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with The Shadow - Deathhouse Rescue

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.  

Click on the link below to download…

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Added by Tome Wilson on December 13, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Miskatonic Monday - Hats for cultists and other weirdos

Lights out, everybody.

On Miskatonic Mondays, we celebrate the "weird" fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror it spawned.

HP Lovecraft Film Festival This week, I was thinking to myself, "If I was a dapper elder god, what would I wear to the winter solstice party at the Silver Twilight Lodge?"  Thankfully, I bumped into Jason Rodgers from…

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Added by Tome Wilson on December 11, 2011 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #14: Paris through British Eyes

Civilization at last! A narrow escape from Vichy Casablanca (thank god for those papers!) to Lisbon brings us at last to London, the city of foggy streets and eternal landmarks that, like the tower ravens, will never leave this fair city: Big Ben, Westminster Cathederal, and eternal London Bridge. But here, we remember Paris and dance like Americans.…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on December 11, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Sensational Crooner Al Bowlly

Everyone likes to point out that Al Bowlly's song "Midnight, the Stars and You" appears at the end of the movie the Shining, but Al was a superstar crooner in the 1930s. He recorded more than a thousand records and had many big hits.

He died tragically in his London flat when a German parachute mine exploded nearby.

I think he's great. I never tire of…

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Added by Joe May on December 11, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Killer Serials - King of the Rocket Men (1949)

On Killer Serials, we showcase the pulpy short films that were popular in the 1930s and 1940s.

Today, we're blasting off into the stratosphere with Republic Films' King of the Rocket Men.

What you need to know about King of the Rocket Men

Originally released in 1949, King of the Rocket Men is a twelve chapter serial that introduced us to the "Rocketman."

The plot itself is rather pulpy.…

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Added by Tome Wilson on December 10, 2011 at 3:04pm — 2 Comments

S.A.M. #24: Unlucky Eagle

A giant airliner intended to be the KLM flag-carrier and advertised as "flying hotel" didn't live up to the expectations.

The Amsterdam-Batavia service, started in 1930, was an enormous success for KLM*. The increase in passengers carried, despite the crisis years, was so great that the airline soon looked at the possibility of launching a larger aircraft. This led to plans for a large…

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Added by lord_k on December 10, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

A Lot Of The Roots Of Dieselpunk Are In These Old Cartoons...

The more I watch them, the more I realize it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zqbvi8Qm7k&feature=related

Not that I'd want to be personally "scooped" into a theater or shot to somewhere in Asia with a giant six-shooter! The cool and elegant soundtrack music by Vincent Lopez and his band is just great... it swings, but in a kind of subdued manner.

Vincent Lopez was a veteran bandleader by…

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Added by Pilsner Panther on December 9, 2011 at 11:07am — 2 Comments

LEGO Dieselpunk planes by Jon Hall

Hi, this is my first post here!

I thought I'd share some of my LEGO creations with you - I'm very influenced by Dieslepunk (as you can see), hope you like.…

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Added by Jon Hall on December 9, 2011 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Lord K's Garage #116: Aston Martin Atom

Another car born in the wrong time.

The Atom, built in 1939, was a contemporary of Supermarine Spitfire and Bristol Beaufighter. It was different from earlier Aston Martin cars like these fighters were different from mid-1930s RAF biplanes. Designed by Claude Hill, the small sedan was ultra-modern and innovative: box frame structure, aluminium over panels, first use of Gordon…

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Added by lord_k on December 9, 2011 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Lucky Strike

Cartoonish Dieselpunk. Yes, it's a day for cartoons... and those who think I've been watching Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow again, lately, are correct !

Added by Stefan on December 8, 2011 at 4:57pm — 3 Comments

The 1930's Animation Studios Were Dieselpunk Deluxe!

Just check out all these beautifully designed early 20th century machines in action, especially the Moviola. As a bonus, we also get to see the Sound Effects Department and the soundtrack music composer at work.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwmVLKYBfG4

Added by Pilsner Panther on December 8, 2011 at 6:39am — No Comments

Hand Grenade Tank Killer

The Soviet Union had one undeniable advantage over foes, no matter how desperate or woeful their position in war time, it had plenty of manpower. The ability of the Soviets to heave massive amounts of men into a battle, as wasteful as it was to human life, allowed the nation to stem or turn the tide in many a battle. This idea that men should be that final "weapon system" in…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on December 7, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Knights of the Air - WWI Flying Aces of France

France, moreso than probably any other nation, lionized its airmen during The Great War. Even before the War, flamboyant stunt pilots like Adolphe Pégoud (pictured below) were national heroes, and once the fighting began, these experienced French fliers earned still greater renown as they pioneered the techniques of aerial combat. Pégoud was the first to achieve the five victories that became the required number to be counted an “ace.”

The term itself was coined in France and…

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Added by Tome Wilson on December 7, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Remember Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1941

Pearl Harbor newspaper

WHY WAS PEARL HARBOR ATTACKED?

The Japanese dreamed of an Empire in Asia and began their quest in early 1931. They overran Manchuria and established it as a state, which they named Manchukuo. Moving into China, the Japanese were initially successful, but ultimately encountered the resistance of the Chinese, under the…

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Added by Tome Wilson on December 7, 2011 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Miss Violet & The Gardener

A botanical romance.

Added by Stefan on December 6, 2011 at 4:22pm — 1 Comment

Two Fisted Tuesdays - The end of Philip Marlowe and the start of something new

Today marks our 100th crime-busting issue of Two-Fisted Tuesday, and it is with a heavy heart that we are finally saying goodbye to Philip Marlowe, private detective of the mean streets.

Raymond Chandler had no idea what he as getting into when he let Philip Marlowe loose on the world. Since he first took the Sternwood case in 1939's The Big Sleep, Marlowe has always been with us in one way or another. Whether you found his hard boiled adventures at the…

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Added by Tome Wilson on December 6, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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