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April 2011 Articles (56)

Knights of the Air: Wings Over Palestine

Sometimes a single photograph can be a key to a lot of little-known facts.

The picture was taken in 1916 by one of the members of Matson Photo Service (American Colony, Jerusalem) at Huj airfield, Palestine, 9 miles from Gaza. Before the United States entered the war, American photographers…


Added by lord_k on April 9, 2011 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #83. Scammell Pioneer

The Scammell Pioneer was an off-road design from the late 1920s, built for the Imperial market where made-up roads were scarce.

The combination of a suspension with a lot of movement while maintaining traction and a low-revving diesel engine gave it impressive pulling power on rough ground although at low speeds. Its capabilities and performance matched that needed for military vehicles. The…


Added by lord_k on April 8, 2011 at 6:00am — 4 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

Rifle of the French Airborne

Paratroopers possess a cache and collective bond no matter the nation or service. Look at their berets, pretty much every modern airborne force, no matter the nation, don the maroon beret as a sign of distinct and honored duty as airborne infantry.


As grunts who jump from perfectly good airplanes, airborne soldiers have always sought light and effective gear,…


Added by Jake Holman Jr. on April 6, 2011 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments


... as Cap'n Tony says !


Another glimpse into the dangerous World of Mañana with Cap'n Tony new story, "A Grand Business Opportunity" :

"He swims through the crowd like a shark, slipping between the flowing bodies and riding the currents of the revellers' drunken shoves. Loud laughs and screams share the air with joyous music in a caccophany of horns and whistles. Faces are concealed beneath masks; the scents of cheap…


Added by Stefan on April 6, 2011 at 10:00am — 8 Comments

Hugh Ferriss' Art Revisited

Ask me to name the precursors of Dieselpunk and Hugh Ferriss will be one of the first names on my list.

There's already an article about this genius delineator, accompanied by a small album. Now…


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

Two Fisted Tuesdays with Philip Marlowe - Pelican's Roost

Welcome to Two Fisted Tuesdays, Dieselpunks' weekly beat on the mean streets.

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." The Adventures of Philip Marlowe runs about 25 minutes without commercials. You can listen to this blast from the past in MP3 format for free at the link below.…


Added by Tome Wilson on April 5, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Captain Cigar

This is a Soviet poster (1939), promoting Captain's Cigars.

If "Soviet Advertising" seems to you as logical as "vegetarian carnivore" or "sweet salt", get ready for a big surprise. Actually, this poster is a teaser for my new mini-series starting next week - an overview of the Communist commercial art in the Diesel Era.

See ya!

Added by lord_k on April 5, 2011 at 6:30am — 8 Comments

Fokker D.XXI


The D.XXI was a monoplane fighter with fixed landing gear, in itself nothing new for Fokker. The D.XXI had an enclosed cockpit and cantilever main wheel struts. Despite inherent obsolesence, the type had considerable success in Finland, but the 39 Dutch D.XXIs had little luck in May 1940. Finland license-built over 140, Denmark 10. Plans to build it in Spain…


Added by Lejon Astray on April 4, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Weird Tales of Margaret Brundage

Today we honor a lady artist who established the standard for pulp covers.

Margaret Hedda Johnson Brundage (Dec. 9, 1900 - Apr. 9, 1976) was the lone woman to make her reputation as a cover artist in the lurid pulp magazines. Brundage's style and her choice of pastel as a medium were heavily influenced by the look and content of American women's magazines, but the content is pure Weird Tales.…


Added by lord_k on April 4, 2011 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Sunday Streamline #26: The Electroliner

Light, articulated and fast, they looked fantastic, straight from the brave new world.

Tom aka Railfan 45 recalls his childhood impression of an Electroliner: "I remeber this trainset as a very young boy of about 3 or 4 years old. I thought it was a rocketship. I was in the loop waiting for an L with my parents when it…


Added by lord_k on April 3, 2011 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

The Dieselpunks Spring 2011 setlist is now broadcasting

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages...

The Spring 2011 Dieselpunks setlist is now broadcasting.  With over six hours of jazz, swing, and dieselpunk music from today and yesterday, you're now ready to dance the night away.  Spread the word!



Added by Tome Wilson on April 2, 2011 at 2:49pm — 2 Comments

The World of Mañana


I have had the privilege, a while ago, to be asked by our dear friend Cap'n Tony to make some illustration for his great  concept The World of Mañana. Here is a cover image for one of the stories set in this alternate timeline, Cocktails on the Street of Bones.

Here is how Cap'n Tony describes The World of Mañana…


Added by Stefan on April 2, 2011 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Knights of the Air: Albert Ball

The first of Britain's great aces, a violin-playing young maverick, winner of the Victoria Cross. Between mid 1916 and early 1917, he shot down forty-four German aircraft.

He enlisted at age 18 when the war started and joined the Sherwood Foresters. Upon receiving his Second Lieutenant's commission, he was sent to the North Midland Cyclist Corps.

May, 1915

Learning that pilot Lt. Rhodes-Morehouse had won the Victoria Cross, he paid for his own…


Added by lord_k on April 2, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - #82. Mistral

This could be a perfect All Fools Day hoax, but believe me, the car is real. Just well forgotten.

The Mistral was presented at Salon de L'Automobile in Paris in 1933. Its aerodynamic body was designed by Pierre Mauboussin, a French aviator and aircraft designer (later of Fouga trainers and CM gliders fame).

In 1932,…


Added by lord_k on April 1, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

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