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Cherchez la Femme


From the serialized story Diesel City Noir, again.

But is this a flashback, or did the projectionist mix up the reels ? Even the director can't be sure...

Added by Stefan on February 22, 2011 at 12:41pm — 1 Comment


The dawn that never came.

 I'm always hopeful, with so many talented fellows on Dieselpunks, that someone, maybe, will link these pictures to each other in some noir storyline ! Anyway, thank you so much, everybody, for such a warm welcome to this stuff. It wouldn't be half as fun to design without you to share it with.

Added by Stefan on February 21, 2011 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Diesel City Confidential


I'm possessed by the ghost of Barbara Stanwick, I think.

Added by Stefan on February 20, 2011 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Life Insurance

Sometimes, a man needs a woman who's woman enough to remind him that he is a man - that is, if he is man enough to take it.

Added by Stefan on February 19, 2011 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

A Shot in the Dark


Our daily dose of noir. Beautiful, hot people just screaming danger, like they so often do.


I'm so glad (some of) you, guys, like this set. Thnak you very much for your interest and kind words !

Added by Stefan on February 18, 2011 at 4:26pm — 2 Comments

Ext. Night Rain


Those who, like Mister Pilsner Panther, hinted that "what happens after the El Coco Club closes" is trouble... proved to be right.

Added by Stefan on February 17, 2011 at 5:26pm — 2 Comments

The El Coco Club

From Diesel City Noir, again : what would be a film in that genre without a shady club complete with its torch singer, cigarettes girl, jazz band and, of course, guns, guns, guns ?

Added by Stefan on February 16, 2011 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Diesel City Noir

Diesel City Noir : a mysterious film noir classic that probably was. Or could have been. Or never was. Or still is but never will be...You get the gist of it? Me neither.

Added by Stefan on February 14, 2011 at 11:30am — 3 Comments


The design of this ray gun was inspired by a patent drawing officially registered in the early fifties by a Mister Grover C. Schaible (most efficiently assisted by his lawyers, whose names cannot be read )...

... just as a toy, Thank God.



Added by Stefan on February 10, 2011 at 9:48am — 2 Comments

Temple of Vanities


"The harder they fall", here-today-gone-tomorrow glory, Vanitas Vanitatis... and all that sort of things. I'm sure you got the idea.

Out of my long time fascination for Robert Cottingham's mindblowing artwork, plus, of course, the Diesel era…


Added by Stefan on February 6, 2011 at 2:04pm — No Comments

The Sparrow


Cover for a project as a collaboration with Rodolforever, the master of graphic Art Deco revival and the sweetest of guys :…


Added by Stefan on February 2, 2011 at 9:21am — 4 Comments

Underground Power


Underground :

1 - [adj] under the level of the ground;

2 - [ n] a secret group organized to overthrow a government or occupation force;

3 - [adv] in or into hiding or secret operation;

4 - [adj] used of independent armed resistance forces;

5 - [adj] conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods...



Added by Stefan on January 31, 2011 at 11:21am — 3 Comments

The World of Tomorrow

There is, I think, something sadly ironical - and the same could be said about the 1937 Exposition Universelle in Paris - in the fact that the fair conveying most the hope and faith in The World of Tomorrow happened to be held on the very same year the almost entire world sunk into what was to be the worst conflict of modern era.

The picture is…


Added by Stefan on January 11, 2011 at 1:54pm — 5 Comments



It is hard to imagine, on some days, that there was a time, not so long ago, when we could stop in some service station without any second thought or this vague feeling of guiltiness about pollution, global warming, oil shortage, etc...

A time when oil meant only progress and hope and faith in constantly brighter tomorrows, not war and threats of all…


Added by Stefan on January 8, 2011 at 9:28am — 4 Comments

Mala Vida


Then, on one very special night, at the Stonewall...

Added by Stefan on January 3, 2011 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments



The temptation for totalitarianism.

Added by Stefan on December 21, 2010 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Comic Noir



This is a panel from the Dick Crazy comic Stilettos published by some French magazine a couple of years ago. The comic is actually a (hopefully) fun, sexy pastiche of noir comics/films/novels, etc... that includes in an offhand manner each and every one of the noir clichés and stereopypes. However, I have to say I've been very…


Added by Stefan on December 18, 2010 at 4:41pm — 1 Comment

Streamline Shopping

Thank you very much, everybody, for the so kind words about the Paris Aerial picture !

Here is another art deco store for some Christmas streamline…


Added by Stefan on December 11, 2010 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

Paris Aerial

The picture could also have been titled RATP, for Reseau Aerien de Transport Public... For anyone outside Paris, the acronym RATP actually does exist : this is the Paris Metro Company. It means Regie Autonome de Transport Parisien (Independant Company of Parisian Transportation), though, and not "Aerian Net of Public Transportation". Too bad.

It has to be said, too, that this acronym is relatively…


Added by Stefan on December 7, 2010 at 2:08pm — 4 Comments

Retail Therapy

When Consumer Society was young.

Added by Stefan on December 4, 2010 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

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