Dieselpunk + Steampunk Culture

July 2010 Articles (78)

The Future of Dieselpunk is Good

Ok, maybe it's not dieselpunk per se but when I see young people dancing in Savoy Swing shows I really feel a sense of optimism. Check out this video I found on You Tube of a young couple… Continue

Added by Larry on July 24, 2010 at 8:47am — 2 Comments

The Killers by Ernest Hemingway

"The Killers" is a short story by Ernest Hemingway. It first appeared to the public in 1927 in Scribner's Magazine. The writer's depiction of the human experience, his use of satire, and the everlasting themes of death, friendship, and the purpose of life have contributed to make "The Killers" one of Hemingway's most famous and frequently anthologized short stories. The story features Nick Adams, a famous Hemingway character from his short stories. In this story, Hemingway shows Adams crossing… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on July 23, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - #47. Wimille Prototypes

This rear-engine three-seater was officially presented at the Grand Prix de l'Autoroute de l'Ouest opening, June 9, 1946.

Powered by the 1,911 cc (116.6 cu in) four-cylinder Citroën engine (56 bhp), it was fast - 150 km/h. Streamlined body had a remarkably low drag coefficient - 0.23. The car, named Wimille Prototype No.1, was built for one of the greatest French racing drivers - Jean Pierre Wimille.…


Added by lord_k on July 23, 2010 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments

Happy birthday Raymond Chandler

"Dashiell Hammett may have shown how mean those streets could be, but Raymond Chandler imagined a man who could go down those streets who was not himself mean."

-Kevin Burton Smith

Raymond Chandler


Raymond Chandler was one of the foremost authors (not merely one of the… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on July 23, 2010 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Reign of Death

A friend just sent me this link to this cool dieselpunk short movie. According to the site io9

"...it stars Doctor Who's Noel Clarke (Mickey!) and is directed by concept designer Matt Savage, who worked on Doctor Who, Kick-Ass, and the upcoming X-Men: First Class. The styling reminds me of Caprica, with its blend of mid-twentieth century styles and a hypertech future. This short has been making the rounds of UK film festivals, and just went live on… Continue

Added by Larry on July 22, 2010 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

Knights of the Air - Austria-Hungary's Royal and Imperial flying school (1911)

In 1911, the first graduating class of Austria-Hungary's Royal and Imperial flying school at Wiener Neustadt stands before a Taube monoplane designed by Austrian Igo Etrich. The plane was one of Austria-Hungary's fleet of five military aircraft.…


Added by Tome Wilson on July 22, 2010 at 12:00pm — 9 Comments

behind the music: rpm orchestra's new digital release "roundabout" ep

roundabout is a free 6-song digital EP release by rpm orchestra.

available @ archive.org/details/RoundaboutRpmOrchestra


it includes two cuts from the…


Added by RPM Orchestra on July 22, 2010 at 1:30am — 1 Comment


Recently, director Michael Mann (father of the crime epics Heat and Thief) put to celluloid the story of John Dillinger in Public Enemies. In the movie we see very briefly a weapon that captured the imagination of Americans as Dillinger and fellow gangsters blazed their way across the country.

The weapon: the baby machine gun.

Nothing more than… Continue

Added by Jake Holman Jr. on July 21, 2010 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Eiffel Tower

Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Eiffel Tower

Originally broadcast on May 23, 1955

The adventures of master detective Sherlock Holmes as he and his assistant, Dr. Watson, (and somewhat reluctantly, the bumbling Inspector Lestrade) battle criminals in London.

In this episode: After a famous criminal is run over and killed by a milk truck, Inspector Lestrade finds a mysterious coded note in the… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on July 21, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

1950's Kodaslide Table Viewer

So I found the picture below on my iPad. It's a screenshot from some video I had been watching, but I don't remember ever seeing it before. I blew up the image so I could read the title on the front metal plate "Kodaslide Table Viewer". I did a search on ebay and got one for $50 with free shipping. A serendipitous event to say the least. I know it's 1950's but it's styling, and lines make it almost look like some sort of view screen a mad scientist might be using in one of the late 1930's early… Continue

Added by Scott on July 21, 2010 at 1:51am — 4 Comments

Recollections At 30 (old-time radio series)


NBC (1956)

HOST: Ed Herlihy

ANNOUNCER: Fred Collins

Special series celebrating NBC's 30th year of broadcasting. Exellent programs chronicling the history of radio through NBC's vast library of shows dating back to…


Added by RPM Orchestra on July 21, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

Voss BV 141

One of the most unusual planes to be developed during World War II must have been the Voss BV 141. What set it apart from other planes was the crew gondola that was placed on the starboard side of the aircraft as well as it's odd tail design.…


Added by Larry on July 20, 2010 at 10:52pm — 4 Comments

The Man Who Owned the Sky

Lincoln Beachey was one of the greatest U.S. aviation pioneers, a true hero, admired by his colleagues and even more - by the cheering crowds.

He was a perfect Sky Gentleman, fearlessly performing the most dangerous flights in his business suit.

Here's bis brief biography from Carroll Gray's website:

Beachey was born in San Francisco, California, on… Continue

Added by lord_k on July 20, 2010 at 2:30pm — 9 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with Philip Marlowe - The Ebony Link

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 July 20, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Faster Than A Speeding Bullet? 2


Added by BlaqueSaber on July 19, 2010 at 12:44pm — 3 Comments

Fallout Amateur Movie

A couple of friends of mine did a video about the videogame Fallout 3 but in real life, set in Europe instead of DC. I'm sort of the official editor. It's relatively short, but more episodes are promised. Let me know what you think of it.

Enjoy as our pipboy-less vault dweller disembarks on the shores of Portugal only to find the true extent of the…

Added by Hayen Mill on July 19, 2010 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Miskatonic Mondays - The Rats in the Wall

Miskatonic University Lights out, everybody.

On Miskatonic Mondays, we celebrate the "weird" fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror that it spawned.

This week, we're highlighting one of Lovecraft's more approachable works entitled, The Rats in the Walls. I've heard several complaints that HP Lovecraft used such an obtuse and impenetrable style, most readers are hesitant to pick up any of his work. And while I can agree that the sentences do… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on July 19, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

More Porsche Punk that never was, but is: The Silver Bullet

While searching for some shots of the interior of the Type 64 Lord K posted, I came across this one off 356. I respectfully submit the following for your review:

1955 356A 'Silver Bullet' custom

More can be found at…


Added by Sparky Gage on July 18, 2010 at 11:58pm — 3 Comments

Dieselpunk motorcycle - Art deco bike rebuilt by Frank Westfall

Frank Westfall, owner of Middle Earth Leather in Syracuse, NY (Little Italy) rebuilt and restored this classic 1936 art deco motorcyle, originally designed by visionary O. Ray Courtney. It recently appeared at the Rhinebeck Grand National Meet just north of NYC and it was love at first site.

The motorcycle photos below were shot by Grail Mortillaro of knucklebusterinc.com…


Added by Tome Wilson on July 18, 2010 at 9:30am — 15 Comments

The Flying Proletariat by VV Mayakovsky - English (1925)

The Flying Proletariat (1925)

By: V. V. Mayakovsky

Originally composed in 1925 by communist VV Mayakovsky, I know of no scholarly translations of this excellent dieselpunk poem. I hereby offer this (poorly) autotranslated version in an attempt to expose The Flying Proletariat to our Western audience. Should you know of a proper translation, or are willing to provide us with one, please contact me. Thank you.…


Added by Tome Wilson on July 17, 2010 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

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