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January 2012 Articles (52)

Two Fisted Tuesdays with The Shadow - The Blind Beggar Dies

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.

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Added by Tome Wilson on January 31, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Pilsner's Picks Presents Some Valentine's Day Cupidity

As usual, and I don't know how— someone has been downloading my stuff before I even make the announcement that the new program is up. Being suitably flattered by this, I give you (drum roll, please), the link:

http://pilsnerspicks.blogspot.com/

If none of this music is romantic and sentimental enough, I'll have to try again next year. 

Added by Pilsner Panther on January 31, 2012 at 7:14am — 1 Comment

Red Dieselpunk (part 1)

Foreword

I begin a series of articles on the projects, that were proposed by people throughout Soviet Union during the Great Patriotic War as their efforts to maximize the power of Red Army in order to defeat Nazi invaders. Most of these are stored in the Russian Ministry of Defence Central Archives, so my creativity will be limited by authentic information. Many thanks and credits go to Yuri Pasholok,…

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Added by Komissar Hass on January 30, 2012 at 4:00am — 10 Comments

Sunday Streamline #51: Electric Eels

This shot was taken more than two decades ago:

The trainsets don't look outdated even today. But they were built before WWII. In the 1930s the Italian state railways, Ferrovie dello Stato, electrified the main line Milan-Bologna-Florence-Rome-Naples and needed a fast train to use on it and on other newly-electrified lines. The ETR 200 project was…

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Added by lord_k on January 29, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

S.A.M. #31: The Belgian Alternative

In 1939, many European powers could boast a fighter plane equal or even superior to the German Bf 109. And Belgium was no exception.

Alas, superiority was achieved mostly on paper. In fact, "wonderfighters" designed in Poland and Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia and Netherlands were either unfledged, or produced in insufficient numbers, or both. And Belgium, again, was no exception.…

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Added by lord_k on January 28, 2012 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Lord K's Garage #123: Albion. Sure as the Sunrise

Ladies and gentlemen! Omnibuses, coaches and lorries from Glasgow, Scotland!

Albion Motors, founded in 1899, were amongst the great survivors of the British vehicle industry and, especially, of the indigenous Scottish motor industry - many early companies failed and it was only in the 1960s that there was a vain attempt to re-introduce mass vehicle production…

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Added by lord_k on January 27, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Potato Digger in Beantown

In 1919 America was gripped by a Communist scare and Boston was no different. Coupled with the rampant paranoia of a vast infiltration of the United States by Red agents, the City of Boston was facing a peril from within, a strike of its entire police force.

Boston raised the United States' first professional police department in 1838. And now, in  the fall of 1919 the…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on January 25, 2012 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

The Complete Fleischer Superman Cartoon Collection + Analysis

The above video is an omnibus collection containing several episodes of this classic cartoon. Featured in this collection are these episodes: "The Arctic Giant", "Billion Dollar Limited", "The Bulleteers", "Destruction Inc.", "Japoteurs", "Jungle Drums", "The Magnetic Telescope", "The Mechanical Monsters", "Volcano", and "Secret Agent"

The following films…

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Added by Clinton on January 24, 2012 at 10:01pm — 7 Comments

Review: Ian Fleming's Commandos

If you look at Ian Fleming purely through the fictional lens of his seminal creation Cdr. James Bond, you might scoff at his comprehension of skullduggery and gadgetry especially watching the 007 movies of the 1960s and 70s. You may also doubt how immersed Fleming was in the world that is said to have inspired him, specifically clandestine warfare of World War…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on January 24, 2012 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with The Shadow - The Firebug

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 January 24, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Chilehaus, Hamburg

I'm sure the building looks familiar to a lot of our friends, especially in Europe. But I've just found a good reason to show it here.

After an obligatory night shot (by christoph_bellin @ Flickr), a bit of info.…

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Added by lord_k on January 24, 2012 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Canadian WWII Posters (2)

Some more examples of Canadian war propaganda brought to us by Mr. Malon in his fabulous photostream:

(Anonymous illustrator)

We already ran two batches of Canadian war art - Posters and…

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Added by lord_k on January 23, 2012 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Brazilian Anthology - Dieselpunk: Relatos confidenciais de uma bela época

Hello, folks! A small disclaimer on this review: English isn't my native language, and since I really don't have much opportunities to keep up with it, it may get a little rusty or plain weird -- although, talking about Dieselpunk, "rusty" and plain "weird" may fit...

I have just finished reading Dieselpunk - Arquivos confidenciais de uma bela época (Dieselpunk – Confidential files from a belle epoque), by Draco press, 2011. It's a tales selection on the…

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Added by Luiz Felipe Vasques on January 23, 2012 at 1:30am — 9 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #19: Memphis Jam! (Triple Music!)

Memphis, Tennessee!  It's the jewel of the Mississippi, a musical crossroads where the rural sounds reach an urban audience.  Here the Blues found a forum, Rockabilly a stage.  And tonight, we celebrate this musical city with a triple-feature of music, exploring the lineage of Delta music from one of he last great Jug bands and two of the first great Blues musicians!  And a drink, of course.…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on January 22, 2012 at 9:13pm — 4 Comments

Movie Review: Red Tails

I saw this yesterday, and I thought it might be of interest to the Dieselpunk community. It's an unabashedly retro-styled, old-fashioned, somewhat subversive film about the Tuskegee Airmen and their service during WWII. It paints these men as true heroes in a way that you do not see very often in films nowadays. Not to say that the main characters do not have their…

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Added by Clinton on January 22, 2012 at 8:07pm — 3 Comments

Sunday Streamline #50: The Big T

The Pennsylvania Railroad Class T looked fast just sitting there.

In the twilight years of steam locomotive developement, the scale of the American main line engine was reaching epic proportions. Greater size and power meant stronger, heavier reciprocating machinery; increasing the destructive forces of weight imbalance and of pulsing thrust upon railroad plant.…



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Added by lord_k on January 22, 2012 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

Saturday Matinee - Louise Brooks in Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)

On Saturday Matinee, we showcase full-length films from or about the diesel era.

This week, we're showing the second half of the film pair that introduced Louise Brooks to the world as the "it" girl of the 1920s.

What you need to know about Diary of a Lost Girl

Diary of a Lost Girl (German title: Tagebuch einer Verlorenen) is a 1929 silent film directed by George Wilhelm Pabst and starring the American…

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Added by Tome Wilson on January 21, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

S.A.M. #30: The Giant Duck

This Saturday, we have a really big bird here. This bird never flew. Actually, it never existed in metal. Anyway...



What about a flying wing, carrying 80 passengers over the Atlantic? Sounds 1930s, uh? But the concept was developed much earlier, in early 1920s. Dr. Hugo Junkers patented the Nurflügel (literally - "wing only") configuration in 1910 and…

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Added by lord_k on January 21, 2012 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Lord K's Garage #122: American Compact

Meet the cheapest mass-production car of the Great Depression era:

In the aftermath of 1929 stock market crash and subsequent financial crisis, many automotive companies lost their economic backing and were forced to close. Others quickly lost their clientele and ceased to exist. Remaining companies struggled to stay alive, often drastically changing their business…

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Added by lord_k on January 20, 2012 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Project Orcon - The pigeon guided missile.

Project Orcon (short for organic control) aka Project pigeon, has to rank as one of the most outlandish weapons projects of the 20th century.  It was the brainchild of American animal behaviorist Burrhus Frederic Skinner, and built on his own work on operant conditioning in the 1930s.

The Gist of the device was to place three specially trained pigeons into compartments in the nose of…

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Added by Robert A.K. Mckay on January 19, 2012 at 7:30pm — 7 Comments

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