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Halloween in the Jazz Age by Tome Wilson

As Mark Twain would say, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."

On Saturday, October 15th, Tome Wilson from Jazz Age Style will be teaching a one-hour multimedia class on Halloween in America. If you’re interested in learning about the costumes & customs of Halloween during the Jazz Age, please pick up a day pass to “Halloween in the Catskills” at …

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Added by Tome Wilson on October 9, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Jazz Age on the Delaware - Saturday is the big day!

Saturday is the big day!

Since I transitioned to live events, this festival is certainly one of the biggest I've ever produced.  I want to invite all dieselpunks and steampunks to come out and strut their stuff.

Jazz Age Style's 1920s festival in Northeast Philadelphia will be on Saturday from 11:00am - 5:00pm. We've assembled a great show for everyone.

  • Hot swing, ragtime, and jazz bands playing live all day.
  • Two professional dance troupes…
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Added by Tome Wilson on July 29, 2016 at 11:16am — No Comments

Dieselpunks finds a new home at the 11th hour!

After seven years, I'll be stepping down from my role as manager but Dieselpunks will continue roaring into 2017!

Thanks to a very generous effort from long-time contributor "Boss" Larry Amyett, we will keep our doors open for another year.

What does this mean to you?

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Added by Tome Wilson on June 22, 2016 at 9:45pm — 9 Comments

Dieselpunks and Old Soldiers

My friends,

Photo of Tome Wilson at the Race of Gentlemen I write to you today from a place of deep sadness and astounding joy for the future. In my 7+ years as Dieselpunks' owner and lead developer I have witnessed the brightest humans in my life refer to me as their friend. I am truly humbled. In honor of these individuals, I have decided to change my focus in the dieselpunk community from…

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Added by Tome Wilson on June 9, 2016 at 12:00pm — 13 Comments

Early bird tickets for Jazz Age on the Delaware are now on sale

Discounted early bird tickets for Jazz Age on the Delaware are now on sale!

Use promo code "jazzagestyle" for an extra 20% off!

http://www.jazzageonthedelaware.com/

Jazz Age on the Delaware is a family-friendly all day concert event in Northeast Philadelphia with food, alcohol, classic cars, vintage dancers, games, vendors, fashion shows, live music, and more, all set to the…

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Added by Tome Wilson on April 3, 2016 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Jazz Age slang

Typewriter A few years ago, I started a database of Jazz Age slang terms. The intention was to help our artists stay a little more true to the spirit of their favorite eras. I also made a note of recording when the terms were first reported, so you wouldn't mix your decades too much.

As I poured through old documents, I found an excellent distraction in Sarah Churchwell's "Careless People." Inside her overview of Jazz Age culture, I…

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Added by Tome Wilson on January 9, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Jazz Age New Year's Eve in Philadelphia

Enjoy dinner, drinks, and dancing with Jazz Age Style this Thursday as we ring in the New Year with a cinematic journey through the Golden Age of Hollywood. Step back to a time when MGM was king, stars were truly stars and elegance reigned supreme.

With the historic Water Works as our back drop, we’re recreating the glamorous world of the silver…

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Added by Tome Wilson on December 30, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Happy holidays from Tome Wilson

To my family at Dieselpunks,

I'm wishing you all a very festive holiday season!

It has been a very hard year.  We've faced uncountable struggles and losses.  But we continue to push forward to create a better world.  It's what we do.

This new year, may the spirits of peace and wisdom grant you everything you need to build something greater than what came before.

Until then, stay warm and keep those eyes on the future.

-Tome


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Added by Tome Wilson on December 25, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Geekonomicon 2015 - A convention for Dieselpunks

Geekonomicon, the premier pop culture and sci-fi con on the Gulf Coast, in partnership with John Pyka Productions and The Diesel Powered Podcast, is proud to present its first dedicated Dieselpunk programming track from December 11th – 13th at the Gulf Coast Coliseum Convention Center 2350 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS 39531.

Leading the programming track is John Pyka, best known for his work as "Big Daddy Cool” on stage and on The Diesel Powered…

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Added by Tome Wilson on November 27, 2015 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Halloween Dreams 2015

You can smell the change in the air.

The leaves are on fire. The winds are colder. Summer is fading and Autumn is upon us.

As we drift towards the haunting season, remember to tune into Dieselpunks Radio. Starting today, you can enjoy 6+ hours of commercial-free spooky music from the Jazz Age and beyond. Enjoy your trip to the Devil's Ball with the Ghost of Smokey Joe,…

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Added by Tome Wilson on October 1, 2015 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Interview with Gil Cnaan, CEO of Storykeeper Events

Storykeeper Events volunteer Maisha Elonai is interviewing Gil Cnaan, CEO of Storykeeper Events, about the upcoming Gilded Festival to be held September 19 – 20 at Historic Cold Springs Village in Cape May, NJ.

Please see http://gildedfestival.com/ for more details on our time travel adventure.


Photo of Gil Cnaan Could you tell me what The Gilded Festival…

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Added by Tome Wilson on September 19, 2015 at 9:44am — No Comments

Steampunk excitement in New Jersey - The 2015 Gilded Festival

Gilded Festival Travel across time and culture at The Gilded Festival, a family-friendly Steampunk adventure. Presented by Storykeeper Events, the makers of Philadelphia’s feted Dorian’s Parlor, The Gilded Festival will transform Historic Cold Spring Village in Cape May, New Jersey into a world of fantasy and science fiction from September 19 to September 20, 2015. Join anachronauts in celebrating a past, present, and future that never were as they entertain you with music and…

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Added by Tome Wilson on September 3, 2015 at 11:24am — No Comments

Miskatonic Mondays - Children of Lovecraft

Lights out, everybody.

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


When Lovecraft and Mike Mignola come together… well, that’s just about all the horror fandoms in one place. It’s actually Lovecraft’s birthday this month, having just passed (August 20th) and seems only appropriate to announce more Lovecraft news, particularly since it’s the 125th anniversary of his…

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Added by Tome Wilson on August 31, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Miskatonic Mondays -HP Lovecraft Festival by Radiotheatre

Lights out, everybody.

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


The talented storytellers of Frigid, New York's "Radiotheatre" will be performing a swath of Lovecraftian tales this October at The Kraine Theater. Now in it's seventh year, the production will run October…

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Added by Tome Wilson on August 24, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Miskatonic Mondays - Retro "Legends Of Cthulhu" Toys by Warpo


When you’re making a line of retro action figures, you might as well go whole hog and make your TV spots look suitably retro too—just as Warpo are doing for Legends of Cthulhu figures, and their upcoming gigantic Old One action…

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Added by Tome Wilson on August 17, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

John Pyka's "Tales From The Flip-Side" comes to The Centennial Black Box Theater August 15th

John Pyka Well-known dieselpunk actor, singer, and magician John Pyka is proud to announce an ongoing partnership with the Metro Arts Center to bring his brand new mostly one-man show "Tales From The Flip-Side" to the Centennial Black Box Theater in Nashville on August 15th, 2015.

"I'm very excited about this project," says John Pyka, who is most well known as his signature character, the 1940s zoot-suited hipster "Big Daddy Cool" Johnny Dellarocca. "It's been nearly two years since…

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Added by Tome Wilson on August 4, 2015 at 10:13am — No Comments

The success behind Jazz Age on the Delaware

A very big "thank you" and a tip of the hat to everyone who made Saturday's Jazz Age on the Delaware event a roaring success! We wrapped up this morning with Good Day Philadelphia, CBS Philly, the Philadelphia Business Journal, and the Metro. Check out our silly pictures at the links below and tell your friends we'll be back next summer on July 30th, 2016 for another trip back in time!

Dieselpunks -…

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Added by Tome Wilson on August 3, 2015 at 1:18pm — 1 Comment

Historic Spitfire soars in record-breaking London sales

The immaculately restored World War II aircraft was the star in a remarkable week of sales that featured Marie Antoinette’s chair, and rare works by celebrated Old Masters

Having attracted media attention across the world, the immaculately restored Vickers Supermarine Spitfire P9347 sold for £3,106,500, establishing a new world record price for any Spitfire at auction. One of only two restored Mk.1 models still flying, the historic plane inspired competitive bidding,…

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Added by Tome Wilson on July 11, 2015 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Miskatonic Monday - The Color Out of Space on BluRay

Lights out, everybody.

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


BrinkVision, the independent distributor behind the releases of films such as Sonno Profondo and Tin Can Man, have announced that they will be releasing a limited edition Blu-ray H.P. Lovecraft’s The Color Out of Space on July 7th, 2015. The indie horror…

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Added by Tome Wilson on July 6, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Live Event - Jazz Age on the Delaware - August 1st

Jazz Age on the Delaware

It's official. I'm on the event board for The Glen Foerd House in Philadelphia, which means I now have access to a Gatsby mansion. Mission accomplished!

My first event at the mansion will be on August 1st, and it'll be a ragtime Roaring Twenties blowout called "Jazz Age on the Delaware." We're welcoming everyone with an interest in the 1920s to attend, with a special nod to the dieselpunks and steampunks in the crowd.…

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Added by Tome Wilson on June 20, 2015 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

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