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Sonora WAU-243 Radio

Most dieselpunkers worth their salt are familiar with at least a few of the following radio companies: RCA, Atwater Kent, Addison, Belmont, Zenith, Philco, FADA etc. It wasn't until recently that I'd heard about the Sonora radio company.

Sonora began as the Sonora Chime Company back in the early 1900s, they made chimes for clocks. Later it became the Sonora…


Added by Scott on December 28, 2011 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #98. The Magnificent Doble

Probably the best steam-powered car ever. Luxurious. Fast. Fuel-efficient. Terribly expensive. Extremely rare.

The Doble steamers of the 1920's were almost miracles of precision, workmanship, performance, reliability and power. They simply ran away from the best of the competition -- Cadillac's, Lincoln's, Packard's, Piercs-Arrows, Rolls Royce, or what have you.

As for durability and…


Added by lord_k on July 22, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - #85. Avions Voisin

A lady and a car:

“Kiki de Montparnasse languishing in the passenger seat of Man Ray's Voisin 10 CV C7, 1928 (ca.) Kiki was Man Ray’s lover during the 20’s of the last century, and it is her back we see in Man Ray’s famous work ‘Le Violon d’Ingres’, 1924, (Getty Museum)." Well, Man Ray (who took this photo) surely deserves a special article, as well as his muse Alice Prin aka Kiki.…


Added by lord_k on April 22, 2011 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Frank Tinsley's Atomic Punk

The art of Frank Tinsley is a near-perfect visualization of Dieselpunk and accompanying sub-genres.

Last week we've seen his Bill Barnes covers, glorifying aviation and aviators. These "pulp" images made before the advent of toothbrush (not to mention computer graphics!) would make a lot of present-day "serious illustrators" bite their lips (and / or nails) in…


Added by lord_k on April 18, 2011 at 6:30am — 9 Comments

People's Radio

"The radio will be to the twentieth century what the press was to the nineteenth"

- Josef Goebbels, 1933.

The German Volksempfänger (People's Radio), VE 301 radio was Launched at the Tenth German Radio Fair in August 1933, the model number represented the day on which Hitler had taken power in January that year. Its Bakelite case was designed by Walter Maria Kersting…


Added by lord_k on April 7, 2011 at 6:00am — 9 Comments

Britain's Oldest Working Television For Sale

Stumbled upon this story and had to share.

Story from The Telegraph

'Britain's oldest working television set, which was manufactured by Marconi in 1936, is expected to sell for more than £5,000 at auction.'…


Added by Piper Williams on April 5, 2011 at 4:22pm — 3 Comments

Transatlantic Diesels

Today, a pair of Transatlantic liners, the first diesel-powered passenger ships of respectable displacement (27,000 grt) and the last built for the famous White Star Line.

When the Cunard Line and the French Line started off with their projects of building the Queen Mary and the Normandie, the White Star Line too wanted to compete. They presented plans of a ship with a thousand feet in length, and a speed to rival the ship’s two competitors. The ship was…


Added by lord_k on March 17, 2011 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Refrigerator Age

Has it ever occurred to you that home refrigeration became common (at least in the States) during our beloved Diesel Era?

The absorption refrigerator was invented by Baltzar von Platen and Carl Munters from Sweden in 1922, while they were still students at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. It became a worldwide success and was commercialized by Electrolux. Other…


Added by lord_k on March 7, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Pneumatic Mail, Part 2

Of all FAQs regarding tube mail the most frequent is: "How does it work?" Let us see.

The best example is the tube system in the capital of Czech Republic. The Prague pneumatic post (Pražská potrubní pošta) is the world's last preserved municipal pneumatic post system. It is an underground system of metal tubes under the wider… Continue

Added by lord_k on November 24, 2010 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

First Wireless Phone?

This was posted on Facebook and I couldn't help but suspect the video is a hoax. Any… Continue

Added by Larry on October 12, 2010 at 7:34pm — 4 Comments

Airships: a second age

Airships: a second age

By Horatia Harrod

They were once the future of travel. Now, more than 70 years after the Hindenburg crash, engineers are designing a new fleet of airships

At Cardington Airfield, just south of Bedford, two vast corrugated steel hangers tower over the surrounding area. More than 800ft long – the length of almost three football pitches – and 190ft high, they are the heroic relics of the once great British… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on August 5, 2010 at 11:48am — 2 Comments

Steampunk Globe Controls Google Earth On The iPad

Steampunk Globe with iPad

Steampunk gadgets almost always look good, but what happens when you pair up a Steampunk-themed globe with Apple's iPad? The Electromagnetic Geospacial Globe and Remote View with Obligatory Goggles is a rather cool setup, as it uses RFID tags that are attached to the surface of the globe to control the Google Earth app on the iPad, allowing users to navigate Google Earth using the external physical control, making the whole setup really cool.… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on August 4, 2010 at 8:36am — 2 Comments

Iter Avto - The world's first automobile navigation system (1930)

Behold the Iter Avto, the world's first automobile navigator, created in 1930.

Of course, it didn't have voice prompts and GPS, but we all need to start somewhere.

The principle is quite simple. The screen manually scrolls paper maps that are attached to a cable that similar to a modern mechanical speedometer. Thus, the scroll rate of the map is proportional to vehicle's speed.…


Added by Tome Wilson on August 2, 2010 at 10:42pm — 1 Comment

The Nazi rocket plane designed to bomb New York from space

The Nazi rocket plane designed to bomb New York from space

By Peter Orosz

V-2's falling on London were just the beginning. Had the Nazis had their way, Mach 22 bombers would have devastated America from space. The scary thing? The concept was not entirely insane. This is… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on July 31, 2010 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

As We May Think - The plan for the post-WWII internet (1945)

As We May Think
By: Vannevar Bush

Reproduced from the Atlantic Monthly (July 1945)


Vannevar Bush As Director of the Office of Scientific…

Added by Tome Wilson on July 27, 2010 at 10:51pm — 1 Comment

HP developing a 'Dick Tracy' wristwatch in 2010

Dick Tracy watch Hewlett-Packard says it's developing a next-generation wristwatch for the U.S. military.

The printing and computer company says the watch will have a flexible display that shows maps and other strategic information to soldiers in remote combat fields. The watch's screen will be made of plastic and it will run on solar energy, making it less likely to malfunction or run out of power in a tense scenario.

"We call it a Dick Tracy watch," said Carl Taussig, director… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on May 20, 2010 at 8:50am — 1 Comment

Mr. Edison’s Kindle

Mr. Edison’s Kindle

Fifteen amazing gadget ideas that were way, way ahead of their time.

By Harry McCracken

Thomas Edison “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” So said legendary tech visionary Alan Kay. He was absolutely correct. But he might have added that inventing the future is anything but a cakewalk. Even though everyone who does it has the luxury of learning from predecessors who tried and… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on January 25, 2010 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Philco Retro PC Design

A California-based design studio has dreamed up a deliciously retro desktop PC that looks like it came from the set of midcentury sci-fi classic "Forbidden Planet." The Philco PC from SchultzeWorks pays homage to an iconic brand of TV marketed in the late '50s, the Philco Predicta.

The hep PC won top-three placement in a design contest, according to SchultzeWorks. It was designed with Rhino modeling software.

The Philco Predicta was revolutionary for… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on January 14, 2010 at 7:23pm — 5 Comments

Technology Timeline: 1865-1945

1865 Web Offset Printing

William Bullock introduced a printing press that could feed paper on a continuous roll and print both sides of the paper at once. Used first by the Philadelphia Ledger, the machine would become an American standard. It would also kill its maker, who died when he accidentally fell into one of his presses.

1867 Barbed Wire

Lucien B. Smith of Kent, Ohio, invents the product that will close down the open cattle ranges by closing in cattle onto… Continue

Added by RPM Orchestra on January 12, 2010 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

Exciting technology from 100 years ago

Look at us here in 2010. While we don't have domed cities or flying cars, we are way awesomer than we were in terms of technology compared to 1910. Here in 2010, we have safe, fast cars. We've got these cool little devices in our pockets that can make phone calls, play movies, play music, send messages to others and surf the new-fangled internet. We've got highly advanced medical care and computer technology that creates worlds almost indistinguishable from reality.…


Added by Tome Wilson on January 3, 2010 at 1:00am — No Comments

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