Originally published in 1907, a year before the Wright Brothers showcased their powered gliders at Kitty Hawk with an astounding (for the time) two minutes of flight, HG Wells was describing the effect that flying machines would have in warfare. The War in the Air starts in an alternate reality Victorian England where monorail lines hold the counties together like a cat's cradle, and the city people enjoy technological privileges unheard of at the time.
With the spectre of…Continue
This streamliner, photographed by Jack Delano in 1942, could be a Diesel Era icon like its famous brethren.
Alas, it never had a chance.
The locomotive belongs to Class E-4, Chicago & North Western Railway (C&NW). They were amongst the biggest Hudson type locomotives built; even larger than the New York Central's famous Hudsons.…Continue
Welcome to the Saturday Matinee on Dieselpunks.
Masterfully directed by Fritz Lang, Scarlet Street is a bleak film in which an ordinary man succumbs first to vice and then to murder.
Christopher Cross (Edward G. Robinson) is a lonely man married to a nagging wife. Painting is the only thing that brings him joy. Cross meets Kitty (Joan…Continue
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Leather jacket and "tit cap" (in Russian called pilotka, i.e. "pilot cap"):
The Russian Imperial Air Force uniform has been designed during WWI. Before the war, pilots who previously served with infantry, cavalry or artillery retained their "old" regiment insignia, although the Air Force was a part of Engineer Corps.…Continue
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Today we honor a small country with great automotive industries.
Yes, Belgium, the homeland of Philip Vandenberg, can be proud not only of its excellent breweries and chocolate factories but also of the automobile works (which in many cases were subsidiaries of arms and armament companies). Let's see some military vehicles from Diesel Era:
A Brussels company belonging to Brossel…Continue
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Let's start from an educational film, Comrade Airship (1931):
This 1931 poster by Stenberg brothers (signed "2 Stenberg 2") looks like propaganda, and propaganda it is. No less eye-catching than a pure propaganda poster by GV Kibardin, also from 1931. Even the color palette is the same. Of course, there were much more "quiet" educationals telling about the porcelain manufacturing…Continue
Today, anti-material rifles run the gamut from .338 Lapua up to 20mm shoulder fired weapons. Whether they are bolt action or semi-automatic, man portable weapons that take out soft skinned vehicles, equipment and personnel are being produced in every major arms manufacturing nation.
But go back to the eve of the Second World War, thinking still titled larger…Continue
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The first tank built in France wasn't an instant success. In fact, it wasn't a success at all.
Schneider & Co. was a large arms manufacturer in France. Having been given the order to develop heavy artillery tractors, in January 1915 the company sent out its chief designer, Eugène Brillié, to investigate tracked tractors from the American Holt Company, at that time participating in a test programme in England. On his return Brillié, who had earlier been involved in…Continue
Seventy years ago, on this very night, an event happened two miles from where I grew up which not only caught the attention of the world but has also gone onto become one of the most intriguing mysteries of the twentieth century.
At about 11pm on the 10th of May 1941, ploughman David McLean, who resided at Floors Farm, near Eaglesham, Scotland heard an explosion and saw a parachute…Continue
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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.…Continue
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In early 1920s, no architectural project was as daring and ambitious as the giant spiral structure designed by a Russian avant-garde artist.Continue
Long before our movement was called by its present name there were dieselpunks. Or proto-dieselpunks.
Robert Peluce was a painter, sculptor, and animator. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1937, Peluce studied at East Los Angeles City College and the Chouinard Art Institute.
“Robert Peluce was an artist unlimited by subject matter, materials or medium. With a fanciful imagination and well-crafted technique, he had an exceptional ability to blend the…Continue
Lights out, everybody.
On Miskatonic Mondays, we celebrate the "weird" fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror that it spawned.
News is spreading that the CW TV's hit show "Supernatural" will end their six season with a two hour homage to our favorite xenophobic author and his squishy dark lords. In the two part…Continue
The British ocean liner RMS Lusitania, famous for its luxurious accommodations and speed capability, primarily ferried people and goods across the Atlantic Ocean between the United States and Great Britain. On May 1, 1915, the Lusitania left port in New York for Liverpool to make her 202nd trip across the Atlantic. On board were 1,959 people, 159 of whom were…Continue
Is your humble servant guilty of discriminating a great streamline power? The answer is: guilty.
Yes, I'm guilty. Instead of using this weekly column as a splendid showcase for the world's finest and fastest I'm drawing forgotten locos out of obscurity, going to far places like Manchuria. The champions can wait, I say to myself, but the truth is they cannot wait forever. Two British streamliners per 30 columns - isn't it embarrassing?
So, the time has come to repent…Continue
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Welcome to the Saturday Matinee on Dieselpunks.
Today, I'm sharing with you one of the greatest inspirations for dieselpunk fiction. Alongside Fritz Lang's Metropolis, and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, HG's Wells' story The Shape of Things To Come should be experienced if you like the war & reconstruction side of the genre.
You can click here for our…Continue
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This torpedo bomber, designed to fight German U-boats, was one of the weirdest-looking flying machines of the Great War.
The Blackburn R.T.1 Kangaroo was a British twin-engine reconnaissance torpedo biplane built by Blackburn Aircraft.
In 1916, the Blackburn Aircraft Company designed and built two prototypes of an anti-submarine floatplane designated the Blackburn G.P. or Blackburn General Purpose. It was not ordered but Blackburn developed a…Continue
After all those red-starred steam streamliners it's time to look at streamline cars made in the USSR.
Most of these cars, built between 1934 and 1950, were one-offs based on serial production models.
The GAZ-A-Aero was designed in 1934 by Alexei Nikitin (1903-1974). At this time Nikitin was a Military Academy aspirant working on aerodynamics. He gathered information about the design and production of race cars from all over the world.…Continue
The Goodyear company has announced that it's replacing it's fleet of blimps for a semi-rigid hybrid made by ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik. Here's an article on it.