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July 2011 Articles (57)

Miskatonic Monday - HP Lovecraft at the Seattle Art Museum

This October, the Seattle Art Museum will be hosting lively discussions, cinematic interpretations, and an art show curated by David Verba in honor of weird fiction author HP Lovecraft.


  • S. T. Joshi: THE world authority on Lovecraft and his works is your host (http://www.stjoshi.org)
  • Greg Bear: Speculative Fiction author extraordinaire joins the fray with…

Added by Tome Wilson on July 18, 2011 at 12:00am — 5 Comments

Sunday Streamline #41: Pilsner Pacific

The one and only steam streamliner of the Czechoslovak State Railways (ČSD) made its first appearance in 1936:

Probably it had a nickname but the archives know it only by its serial number: 386.001. And this number is a bit confusing: built in 1927 at Škoda works in Plzen (also known as Pilsen, the birthplace of Golden Lager) it initially belonged to 386 class, for some…


Added by lord_k on July 17, 2011 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Lets Bring Back

Here's a book that seems to fit right in with Dieselpunk: Let's Bring Back by Lesley M.M. Blume. 



According to The Huffington Post:

"Let's Bring Back..." columnist, Lesley M. M. Blume, invites you to consider whatever happened to cuckoo clocks? Or bed curtains? Why do we have so many "friends" but have done away…


Added by Larry on July 16, 2011 at 4:53pm — 3 Comments

Saturday Matinee - The Shadow Strikes (1937)

On Saturday Matinee, we showcase full-length films from or about the diesel era. If you have any favorites you would love to see on the next Saturday Matinee, shoot me a message or comment in the box below.

This weekend, we're showing The Shadow Strikes starring Rod La Rocque and directed by Lynn Shores.  Both The Shadow Strikes (1937) and its sequel, International Crime (1938), were released by Grand National Pictures.



Added by Tome Wilson on July 16, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Dudok's Hilversum Town Hall

The town hall (stadshuis) of Hilversum in 1934.


Architect Willem Marinus Dudok (1884-1974) designed the town hall of Hilversum in 1924. It was built from 1928 and opened in 1931. It is considered his most important work (more on Dudok here).



Added by Dieter Marquardt on July 16, 2011 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

John Carter Movie Trailer

 The  trailer for the John Carter is out. They are going with John Carter and not the full title of the first book A Princess of Mars. I don't know if it falls under dieselpunk genere per se but there are definitely some art deco elemets in the trailer, which looks beautiful by the way. I really like the Edgar Rice Burroughs books and I hope the movie does them justice.

The link to the trailer is below, they also have some artwork from the movie available for download on the…


Added by Scott on July 16, 2011 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

S.A.M. #9: The Sky of Alexander Deineka

This mosaic, so full of joy and the "future-we-were-promised" spirit was created in 1942 for one of the Moscow subway stations.

Skies underground. This paradox can inspire a lot of philosophical ramblings, but philosophy is definitely not the point here. Today, the Saturday Air Mail is happy to present the aviation art of Alexander Deineka (1899 -…


Added by lord_k on July 16, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Gangster Stories Magazine

Gangster Stories was a controversial pulp magazine of the early 1930s. It featured hardboiled crime fiction that glorified the gun-toting gangsters of the Prohibition era. It was published by Harold Hersey, as part of his Good Story Magazine Company pulp chain. The inaugural issue was dated November 1929; the final issue was dated November 1932. When Hersey sold his…


Added by Larry on July 15, 2011 at 10:32pm — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - #97. The Jupiter

A small British car, built postwar -  not the most advanced design but very characteristic of the period.

Jowett Jupiter sports cars were built from 1950 to 1954 all of which were powered by a Jowett-designed 1486cc flat four pushrod engine of 60-62BHP in standard form. Most Jupiters constructed were the aluminium-bodied Mk1 (731) and the Mk1a (94). A…


Added by lord_k on July 15, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

"News of the World" in the Dieselpunk era

The phone-hacking scandal around the English Sunday paper News of the World has dominated the news of the last week. Owner and media giant Rupert Murdoch pulled the plug as a result and publication of the paper with a history of 168 years and 8,674 editions ceased last Sunday.


The paper was first published on 1 October 1843 and held the title of being the newspaper with the largest circulation in the world. Its mission as defined at its launch in 1843 has been followed…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on July 15, 2011 at 3:36am — 2 Comments

Knights of the Air: The Bullet

This Thursday, to celebrate our founder's birthday together with the French national holiday - a stylish fighter:

The Morane-Saulnier Type N, not the most successful WWI warplane (you can read about it here), this aircraft with a racing pedigree is an ultimate example of early…


Added by lord_k on July 14, 2011 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

One Shot Forward, One Shot Back

It's summer and you've undoubtedly heard the bass strings of the Jaws theme as you approached the surf's edge. To this day that movie, and its predecessor book, has kept swimmers nervously looking below the waterline for a great white nibbling on their toes.


Why do I bring up Jaws, here in an article about Weapons of War? Well, in the film the character Quint,…


Added by Jake Holman Jr. on July 13, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Two Fisted Tuesdays with Philip Marlowe - The Long Way Home

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 12, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Comic Art: Detective Dick Bos

Although the comic strip Dick Bos, a pipe-smoking detective with expert skills in Jiu-Jitsu, was never widely known or famous outside his country of origin, The Netherlands, I believe he deserves an article in this community. For two reasons.

Firstly, it does not happen very often that the life of a comic artist outshines the adventures of his…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on July 12, 2011 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

1925: Art Deco is Born

For more than two years, we all but ignored an event of tremendous significance. It's time to mend our ways.

A quote from The Art Deco Exposition by Arthur Chandler: "The Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes was supposed to bring together the…


Added by lord_k on July 12, 2011 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

P-51 Mustang Collides and Crashes Over England

At the Flying Legends Air Show near Duxford over the weekend a P-51 Mustang collided with a Douglas A-1 Skyraider and crashed. The Skyraider suffered only minor damage. The Mustang's pilot bailed out and no one was injured, it's still very sad to loose one of the P-51s.


Below is a scene from one of my favorite movies of all time Empire of the Sun, Featuring the…


Added by Scott on July 11, 2011 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Miskatonic Monday - HP Lovecraft’s Commonplace Book

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, I'm highlighting Lovecraft's "Commonplace Book."

This was a personal item to young HP, and was used as a storage place for his story seeds and inspiring quotations. He gave it to RH Barlow on May 7th, 1934 to type, and that's where this copy comes from.

As an author, it's always fun to…


Added by Tome Wilson on July 11, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Dead End

From my own personal collection of films noir that never were, again.

Added by Stefan on July 10, 2011 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Sunday Streamline #40: Silver Charger

This proud member of the Burlington family is a class of its own.

We can call it a nephew of the famous Pioneer Zephyr and the big brother (or rather an uncle) of another celebrity, the Silver Pilot. Built two…


Added by lord_k on July 10, 2011 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

50 years ago

I know. I am a week late. And there is no excuse for it. (Although I have not seen anyone else here comment on the event that took place exactly 50 years ago either).

In the night from Friday 1 July to 2 July, a Nobel-prize awarded writer stepped out of bed, went down the stairs to the basement storage room, fetched a two-barreled shotgun, inserted two shells.. – the rest is history. There could not have been any other ending to Ernest Hemingway’s life. A life worth remembering, for…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on July 10, 2011 at 2:46am — 4 Comments

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