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May 2011 Articles (72)

The Pan-Pacific Auditorium, LA

Gone but not forgotten: the Streamline Era architectural icon.

The Pan-Pacific Auditorium, an arena-entertainment venue that served the Los Angeles area for close to forty years. Its towers reflected a sleek, aircraft-inspired look, and each was crowned with a high-reaching flagpole and corresponding flag or pennant. It opened on May 18, 1935 and was the first major…


Added by lord_k on May 5, 2011 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Monster Noir; a dieselpunk movie with ray-gun shoot-out, a robot an d a werewolf.

Hello good people of dieselpunk.


I have posted my latest film; Monster Noir, in the movies section.

I think its our best work yet, and the most dieselpunk-y.


We are once again in Norway, 1929, and follow the exploits of "Constitutionens Voktere",

a secret agency who battle evil and supertnatural phenomena. Agent J. Fjeld Jr. is

bitten by a werewolf, accused of murder, and hunted by his own colleagues.

And things are about to get…


Added by J. Fjeld Jr. on May 5, 2011 at 5:16am — No Comments

The Rocketeer -20th Anniversary

‘The Rocketeer’ returns to El Capitan with cast and crew

The 20th anniversary of Disney’s serial-spirited adventure ”The Rocketeer” will be…


Added by Piper Williams on May 5, 2011 at 12:00am — 5 Comments

Bren Gun: Icon of War and Pin Up Propaganda Pt. II

Weapons were needed in massive quantities with unerring reliability. Nations under the British Commonwealth, participants in the war against the Axis,like Australia, India and Canada were expected to produce their share of weapons for the fight. And with the Bren Gun, the premiere light machine-gun of the Commonwealth, production numbers soared through each year of the war.…


Added by Jake Holman Jr. on May 4, 2011 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Zoot Shooters Bring Gangster Style To The Gun Range

by JEFF BRADY via npr.org…


Added by Piper Williams on May 4, 2011 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Soviet Movie Posters, 1920s

"Of all arts, cinema is the most important for us. " (V.I. Lenin)

There is some argument about the context of this famous phrase, but the cinema's importance for the Soviet propaganda and lifestyle is beyond doubt. Moving pictures were screened everywhere: mountains and desert, sleepy provincial towns and distant villages, in trains and in churches converted into cinema theaters.…


Added by lord_k on May 4, 2011 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with Philip Marlowe - The Collectors Item

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 May 3, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Marianne Brandt: Life in Design

Brandt (1893-1983) was born in Chemnitz as Marianne Liebe. She studied painting and sculpture at the Weimar Fine Arts School from 1911 until 1918.

In 1919 Marianne married Erik Brandt, a Norwegian painter, in Christiana. The Brandts lived in Norway and the South of France, before joining the Weimar Bauhaus in 1923. There she became a student of Hungarian modernist theorist and…


Added by lord_k on May 3, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

"Metropolis" by Kaluta

Today, an opus magnum of Michael W. Kaluta:

He illustrated Thea von Harbou's Metropolis for the Donning edition of 1988. It's an absolutely fascinating work of art, very sophisticated, with strong echoes of Art Nouveau, Expressionism and Hugh Ferriss drawings. The images are different from Fritz Lang movie, but there's no contradiction - the novel itself is more complex and deep than the movie script written by von Harbou and Lang. This dark world is…


Added by lord_k on May 2, 2011 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

Miskatonic Monday - Arkham Sanitarium, a new H.P. Lovecraft movie

Arkham Sanitarium is a new H.P. Lovecraft movie from Survivor Films in the U.K. It's going to be a feature-length anthology film that includes three faithful adaptations of Lovecraft short stories set in the 1930s, tied together through the investigation of Arkham Sanitarium in the 1950s by a woman named Alice Crow.

According to Writer/Director Andrew Morgan, the film will start shooting next month and will be completed in October, with the goal of launching…


Added by Tome Wilson on May 2, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Sunday Streamline #30: Soviet Hudsons

This locomotive was an unofficial Soviet Railways symbol for two decades:

Its image appeared everywhere, from station decor to candy wrappings. When I was a kid (in the post-Steam Era) I used to think that all old locos had similar shape. It was quite an unpleasant surprise to discover that this dream machine was unique.

Its story begins in mid 1930s when the railway management realized that even the most advanced Soviet express locomotive, the IS, is too slow. Two…


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

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