I've just come back from a seasonal trip to the UK, and I found evidence of a renewed interest in Modernism, Mod culture, and all kinds of artifacts from the Dieselpunk Era. For example, one major brewery (Elgood's) has been encouraging its pubs to restore their interior furnishings to their original designs - by which, they meant the Twenties and Thirties. Here are shots taken in the Wagon and Horses pub, Cambridge.
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This column, introduced in summer 2009, doesn't need much fanfare to celebrate its third anniversary. Let's fuel our tanks and go!
Today, I'd like to show some pictures from an amazing collection of Raymondx1 @ Flickr: amateur shots showing cars as family members. Common…Continue
The White Finns and Red Russian(among others) fought a brief but bloody war in the spring of 1918. Now once a yeat the former enemys get together and have a reinactment. When they do it they do it right.
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While viewing London on Google,especially the area where the Olympics are,I found a rather interesting building. Now called the Warton House Office Centre, it's the old Yardley Fragrences building.Notice in the pictures the Lavander Girls logo on the front of the building
It seems to be getting a new lease on life due to the Olympics,good show London.
Last Saturday, my favorite photographer turned 100 years old.
His birthday was celebrated worldwide. The celebrations were led by Google, sticking a one-day doodle on their main page. Better later than never - let's celebrate too.
You can read Robert Doisneau's biography…Continue
November 4th, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.
Megan Heather Denney, took my hand to become Mrs. Henry.
We are very proud to share these pictures with you and hope they make you smile like we do when we see them.…Continue
No heavier-than-air flying craft can overshadow the majestic Luftschiff:
This Saturday, no monoplanes, biplanes or triplanes (quadruplanes were well represented here just recently). The Saturday Air Mail is celebrating the Zeppelin, displaying some interesting photographs made by Dr. Paul Wolff and Alfred…Continue
I received a startling email this morning from Noella1B@aol.com. My first thought was to post it as a photo album, but it tells such…Continue
Terrific photos printed from Library of Congress color slides. Full article from the Denver Post.
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Want to travel in style? No problem! Take an Empire Class flying boat!
Actually, "flying boat" is a clear understatement: the Empires, built by Short Brothers for Imperial Airways, were a class of flying luxury liners. They carry a crew of five, 17 passengers, and 4,480 lb (2,035 kg) of cargo at a maximum…Continue
No pulp today, sorry. But there is something in common between pulp covers and photographic art of 1930s and 1940s.
Max Dupain is one of Australia's most revered photographers. His work has been collected by most of the major galleries around Australia and as well by private collectors world-wide.
Born in Sydney in 1911, he lived there all his life, photographing the city from the late 1930s through to just before his death in 1992. There…Continue
In the Diesel Era, movie theaters (usually called "cinemas" in Britain) had an enormous added value. This value was aesthetics.
These buildings were the flagships of Art Deco and Streamline Moderne. Their common idea was to attract the visitor and to impress him (or her) all the way from box office to auditorium. There is a photostream on Flickr called…Continue
Here's a fine example of Australian Art Deco - to commemorate Green Continent's entrance to Dieselpunk Top Ten:
No event, other than the two World Wars, has had a greater effect on the morale, economic and the social life of Australians than the Great Depression of the early 1930's. The Building of the IOOF Manchester Unity inspired and convinced Melbournians that the…Continue
There's no need to retell the story of "Inverted Jenny":
The stamp is the most famous error in American philately. The biplane is Curtiss JN-4 Jenny, also famous. But do you know that the first air mail bags were flown to the wrong direction? Yes, Army Lt. George L. Boyle who was selected to pilot aircraft #38262 on the first Northbound flight (from…Continue
Sometimes a single photograph can be a key to a lot of little-known facts.
The picture was taken in 1916 by one of the members of Matson Photo Service (American Colony, Jerusalem) at Huj airfield, Palestine, 9 miles from Gaza. Before the United States entered the war, American photographers…Continue
Don't you think our Garage is too serious lately? Relax:
Here are 14 photographs of beautiful ladies and their magnificent two-wheel machines, borrowed from steampunkvehicles @ tumblr. Usually I select pictures of much higher quality for this weekly column, but here quality is definitely not the reason to hide the beauty from your eyes, dear friends.
The palace was built in 1937 as a centerpiece of the Exposition Internationale (Paris World Fair).
Nearly sixty years before, the Palais du Trocadéro was built here for the 1878 World Fair. The palace's form was that of a large concert hall with two wings and two towers; its style was a mixture of exotic and historical references, generally called "Moorish" but with some Byzantine elements. The architect was Gabriel Davioud:…Continue
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Disaster. No matter when and where, it always looks the same.
Watching news from Japan I can't help thinking about the great 1923 earthquake that destroyed Tokyo and Yokohama, killing 105 thousand (official data, 2005). About 40 thousand Japanese and foreigners were proclaimed missing, their remnants never found. Hundreds were killed in ethnic clashes that began in the aftermath of the quake, sparked by wild rumors.…Continue
March 26, 1935: Paramount announces its "proteges":
Doing a research on the Fokker Dr.I triplane, I came across something unusual.
As you may know, the Dr.I was the last and most famous mount of Manfred "the Red Baron" von Richthofen, the WWI ace-of-aces officially credited with 80 air victories (though only 19 of his air kills were made with in the…Continue
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