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August 2010 Articles (89)

Miskatonic Mondays - Supernatural Horror in Literature (2 of 10)

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 continuing our look at "Supernatural Horror in Literature" by HP Lovecraft. First published in 1927 in the one-shot magazine The Recluse, "Supernatural Horror in Literature" is a long essay by the celebrated horror writer H. P. Lovecraft surveying the field of horror fiction.…

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Added by Tome Wilson on August 16, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

Spirit of Energy of the Niagra Building

I'm sure this has been posted here before but I thought I would post it again. Not only is it cool. which is reason enough, but my wife and I used it as the cover to the programs for our Silver Anniversary Celebration that we had today.



Our theme was Art Deco. For our reception I loaded about 3 hours of retro-swing and classic swing music. Even got a few people… Continue

Added by Larry on August 14, 2010 at 10:40pm — 7 Comments

Behold der Dampfmensch - The amazing Steam-Man!

Added by Tome Wilson on August 14, 2010 at 1:35pm — 3 Comments

Workers' Versailles

What is the architectural icon of Diesel Era? A skyscraper? Yes. Futuristic exhibition pavilions? Yes. But social housing projects are equally important and iconic.

This is Karl Marx-Hof, Vienna - the longest single residential building in the world. Its length is enormous - 1100m (0.68 mile). It was built between 1927 and 1930 by city planner… Continue

Added by lord_k on August 14, 2010 at 7:30am — 12 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #50. Buick Y-Job

I wanted to show something very special in the Garage Jubilee Issue - and here it is:

Built in 1938, this unique car is one of the most important Diesel Era icons - and a perfect example of influential design. We can trace the the development of Y-Job ideas in the shape of GM cars and their competitors (most notably 1942 DeSoto).

Created by General Motors Styling…

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Added by lord_k on August 13, 2010 at 7:30am — 10 Comments

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

Anyone who's looked at Google today saw that today, August 12th, is the 71st anniversary of the release of the Wizard of Oz.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wizard_of_Oz_%281939_film%29

Added by Larry on August 12, 2010 at 10:08pm — No Comments

Knights of the Air - Belgium's WWI air force



Four members of Belgium's air force, 37 pilots strong when the War began, rest beside their French-designed Farman HF20 biplace in October 1914.

Though pushed to the sea by Germany's opening onslaught, the Belgians fought on. Fernand Jacquet, second from left, scored his nation's first air victory in April…

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Added by Tome Wilson on August 12, 2010 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Ever heard of LILO?

Didn't think so. But during World War II the British decided a simple, effective weapon was needed to punch through heavily fortified fighting positions, pill boxes and bunkers.



The lessons were learned the hard way as the United States and British encountered Imperial Japanese forces in robustly protected positions.



In France the United States found that a single 155mm artillery round would effectively destroy a 7ft thick concrete German bunker. And to truly… Continue

Added by Jake Holman Jr. on August 11, 2010 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Baker Street Bachelors

Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Baker Street Bachelors

Originally broadcast on June 20, 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: A political leader is being blackmailed, and to find the blackmailers, Holmes and Watson join a lonely… Continue

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

Empire Terminal

I'm sure many of those who browsed through the Art Deco Elements album* were fascinated by this statue**:

It decorates the entrance to the National Audit Office, Buckingham Palace Rd., London.

Of course the winged persons holding an arrowhead-shaped device are not auditors. But who are they?

These Dieselpunk…

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Added by lord_k on August 11, 2010 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

A classic example of the punk in dieselpunk from HG Well's "The War in the Air"

As I was reading The War in the Air by HG Wells (War of the Worlds, Things to Come, et al) I came across a description of young, brash futurist Bert Smallways.


Bert is the everyman character in a book about world war (suspiciously written in 1907, several years prior to World War I). Read for yourself how the speed of motorized progress helped widen the generation gap and utterly…
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Added by Tome Wilson on August 11, 2010 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

Real life newsies

Newsboys as young 6 years old hit the streets of Wilmington, St. Louis, New Haven, Jersey City, St. Louis and New York City. The HD photos and video give a glimpse of life on the streets for these young boys: Hard work, gambling, smoking and fighting.







All photographs are from the lens of Lewis Wickes Hine, 1908-1912, courtesy of the Library of Congress. Video is from the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903, courtesy of the Library of Congress.… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on August 10, 2010 at 7:54pm — 2 Comments

Crazy 1920's Inventions



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Added by Hayen Mill on August 10, 2010 at 1:18pm — 5 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with Philip Marlowe - Key Man

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.…

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Added by Tome Wilson on August 10, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Dieselpunk. Early years photo.

It's rather difficult to define time borders of steam- and dieselpunk. I think that the demarcation line between them is the First World War - the war that really ended XIX century, ruined great empires and completely changed the face of Europe. And what can you name border between them?


Ah, i forget. Photo.



It is british Mk.V tank in front of Flatiron… Continue

Added by Павел Скрыльников on August 10, 2010 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

The Fall - 2006, and what kind of car is that?

Since the last movie I suggested, "The Mutant Chronicles", was far from what anybody would consider good. I thought I should post about one my personal favorite films "The Fall". Directed by Tarsem Singh.





Summary from IMDB:

In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastical story about 6 mythical heroes, the ex-slave, the… Continue

Added by Scott on August 9, 2010 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

The Colossus

Of course it was mentioned in my "Super Heavies" post, but this incredible machine fully deserves a special place of its own.

The Großkampfwagen or "K-Wagen" (short for G.K.-Wagen) was a German super-heavy tank, two prototypes of which were almost completed by the end of World War I.…

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Added by lord_k on August 9, 2010 at 6:30am — 10 Comments

Miskatonic Mondays - Supernatural Horror in Literature (1 of 10)

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 looking at "Supernatural Horror in Literature" by HP Lovecraft. First published in 1927 in the one-shot magazine The Recluse, "Supernatural Horror in Literature" is a long essay by the celebrated horror writer H. P. Lovecraft surveying the field of horror fiction.…

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Added by Tome Wilson on August 9, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

Steampunk World’s Fair 2011

Steampunk World’s Fair applications for Vendors and Performers will be opening around August 15th.

Check out the website for more details: http://steampunkworldsfair.com/

Added by Tome Wilson on August 8, 2010 at 10:16pm — 2 Comments

Say no to smoking

Added by Tome Wilson on August 8, 2010 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

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