Today, a camera that looks superficially like a 35mm rangefinder. Don't let the looks deceive you: it takes 127 film. Besides, it comes from the United Kingdom.
Ensign are one of the great British camera companies with a history dating back to 1836 when George Houghton begain selling glass products. It was one of the major British camera makers, responsible for a number of still and cine cameras…
The cool air snakes in from an open doorway, and coils around my ankles; biting me awake me from a day of white collar beatings. My coin slot eyes open at the first sound of the cymbal crack, and the dance hall swings around me. A pinstripe sea shifts towards the stage, and the slow tide of music turns into a storm.
To outwit the great powers. To invent a completely new class of warships. To insert a diesel into an armored hull... What could be more Dieselpunk?
The Treaty of Versailles limited Germany to warships of no more than 10,000 tons displacement. A number of technical innovations, including large scale use of welding (rather than rivets), and diesel engines made the hull lighter, and allowed a formidable warship to be built within this restricted… Continue
It may seem a little odd to use our most advanced technology to live in the past, but we've certainly turned the internet into our little time machine. Besides learning about 'punk and retrofuturist culture, we've been able join… Continue
This tank was often called 'the heaviest World War I tank' but this is not strictly accurate, since the FIAT 2000 never actually saw combat in World War I.
The order to design and produce the first Italian tanks was accepted by the FIAT automobile company in 1916. The prototype of the new tank was displayed to a military commission on 21 June 1917; its mechanical systems were complete but its superstructure was added later, being… Continue
Courtesy of people who have a financial stake in the success of biodiesel, today has been declared the Official Biodiesel Day in the United States, in honor of Rudolph Diesel’s birthday. (Not to be confused with International Biodiesel Day, which is August 10.)
Unbiased information might be tricky to find, but if you’re interested
in learning more, check out this biodiesel basics article on the… Continue
Added by Tome Wilson on March 18, 2010 at 12:27pm —
Welcome to Two Fisted Tuesdays, Dieselpunks' weekly beat on the mean streets.
We're listening to The Adventures of Philip Marlowe until we either run out of ammo or until poor Philip lays down for the big sleep.
Starring Gerald Mohr and starting with the famous lines, "Get this and get it straight! Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave. There's no other way, but they never learn." The…Continue
Added by Tome Wilson on March 16, 2010 at 12:00pm —
I'm crafting an alternate history to support a story I'm writing. When I sat down to play "what if?" I chose the approach of listing the aspects of dieselpunk (and steampunk) that I most liked and the sensibilities ascribed to them. Then I went about trying to craft justification for them (ie, why did the alterna-tech not come into the forefront in the main timestream, and what could change to make it so?). I don't know if this is the wisest way to create a logical existence for alternative… Continue
The Saunders-Roe Princess was a British flying boat aircraft built by Saunders-Roe, based in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The Princess was one of the largest aircraft in existence.
In 1945, Saunders-Roe was asked by the British Ministry of Supply to bid for a long range civil flying boat for British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), who planned to use them on transatlantic passenger services.… Continue
One of the real pioneers in early application of causal positron energy was inventor Edwin Gray of Van Nuys California. In WWII Gray learned of radar during his tour in the U.S. Navy, having previously attended advanced engineering school in the Army until discovered to be under age (15) and discharged. After the war, by 1958 he had learned to perform what he called "splitting the positive", using "cold electrical energy" as well as the normal positive electrical energy. His first motor was…
My wife and I just watched Cabaret on DVD. In many way I would say that it's dieselpunk. It seems to have the three elements that I mentioned at my blog (contemporary, decodence, and irreverence). An excellent movie. Joel Grey as the Master of Ceremonies was wonderful and Liza Minnelli was just so sexy. And the ending was so ominous. A dieselpunk masterpiece.
Added by Larry on March 13, 2010 at 9:00pm —
While researching personalities for the tenets of dieselpunk culture quotes, I thought it would be fun to smash some diesel era figures with '70s and '80s punk art. It's a great project for our visual artists, and I'd love you guys to steal this idea and run with it. I'll start a new gallery in the photos area where we can share what we come up with.