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August 2010 Articles (89)

Charlie Chaplin in Shoulder Arms (1918)

Charlie Chaplin

Shoulder Arms is a silent film made by Charlie Chaplin, released at the end of World War I. It details the adventures of Chaplin’s world-famous Little Tramp character, Charlie, as he is drafted. The film begins with the little Tramp in boot camp, with a very funny bit where he’s trying to learn the basics of using a gun, pointing it every way except the correct way, dropping it on a fellow soldier’s foot, and his large feet getting in the way of his marching.…


Added by Tome Wilson on August 8, 2010 at 4:20pm — 2 Comments

Steam Subs

"The most fatal error imaginable would be to put steam engines in a submarine."

It is not a piece of anti-steampunk hate speech but an opinion of John Arbuthnot Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher of Kilverstone, former First Sea Lord, expressed as early as in 1913. Of course Admiral Lord Fisher had his own follies that, together with hot… Continue

Added by lord_k on August 8, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Knights of the Air: Francesco Baracca

Francesco Baracca (1888-1918) was Italy's leading fighter pilot during World War One.

Baracca, who was born on 9 May 1888 in Lugo di Romagna, entered the Scuola Militare at Modena in October 1907. Within the space of a year he had reached officer rank within the Royal Piedmont Cavalry.

April 1912 saw Baracca… Continue

Added by lord_k on August 7, 2010 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Constant Payne - Kids show TV pilot

You'll notice immediately the dieselpunk theme of the show during the credits. The story is about a Teenage girl, Constance Payne and her Father Doc Payne.

If you watch it check out the the name of the girls High School.

Here's the summary from the creator Micah Wright.

Constant Payne is an animated pilot created by Micah Wright for Nickelodeon in 2001. It was designed to compete against Toonami on Cartoon Network. The pilot tested well, but never made it to series… Continue

Added by Scott on August 6, 2010 at 10:32pm — 2 Comments

coolest thing ever!

Have ya'll seen the jetman? He's a swedish engineer and the real life rockateer! heres a website link


also check out a video of him with a couple amazing old planes and their wing walkers!

Added by Dizzy on August 6, 2010 at 8:44pm — 5 Comments

Advertising Slogans from the 30's

Check this out

Some examples:…


Added by Hayen Mill on August 6, 2010 at 4:43pm — 4 Comments

Sillof dieselpunk Star Wars toys

Star Wars (1942)

A series of dieselpunk-inspired Star Wars toys designed by master customizer Sillof.

First shown in 2008, the next wave of Star Wars (1942) has recently been shown to the public.

You can read all about each figure and the inspiration behind the character mods at:… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on August 6, 2010 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #49. Triumph Free Flow

Today, a rare bird from the British Isles:

Unique and rarely exposed 1938 Triumph Vitesse with a Free Flow Salon body designed by Walter Belgrove (chief stylist and body engineer at Standard Triumph).…

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Added by lord_k on August 6, 2010 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

US pilots WWII uniform

I think there is something... unhuman in it.

Added by Павел Скрыльников on August 5, 2010 at 6:05pm — 5 Comments

Heartbreak House by George Bernard Shaw

Heartbreak House

A Fantasia in the Russian Manner on English Themes

Heartbreak House is a play written by George Bernard Shaw, first published in 1919 and first played at the Garrick Theatre (New York) in 1920.

On the eve of World War I, Ellie Dunn, her father, and her fiancé are invited to one of Hesione Hushabye’s infamous dinner parties. Unfortunately, her fiancé is a…

Added by Tome Wilson on August 5, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Knights of the Air - British Army's Bristol Boxkite (1910)

A largely civilian crowd examines a Bristol Boxkite at the British Army's 1910 maneuvers as Captain Bertram Dickson prepares to take off.

Added by Tome Wilson on August 5, 2010 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Airships: a second age

Airships: a second age

By Horatia Harrod

They were once the future of travel. Now, more than 70 years after the Hindenburg crash, engineers are designing a new fleet of airships

At Cardington Airfield, just south of Bedford, two vast corrugated steel hangers tower over the surrounding area. More than 800ft long – the length of almost three football pitches – and 190ft high, they are the heroic relics of the once great British… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on August 5, 2010 at 11:48am — 2 Comments

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943

Summary from the Denverpost.com

These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations. The photographs are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in… Continue

Added by Scott on August 5, 2010 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Free Old Time Radio Shows

I just found this site. Hopefully this hasn't been posted here before. It's called "Free Old Time Radio Shows" and it's just what it sounds like. According to the site:

We are happy to be able to offer hundreds of old time radio shows for free download. Once you download these free OTR shows you can then

listen to them on your computer or copy them to a cd so you can listen

anywhere! We started…

Added by Larry on August 4, 2010 at 10:08pm — 2 Comments

The Mutant Chronicles - 2008

The Mutant Chronicles released back in 08... well some say released, others say escaped is a dieselpunk puree of WWI and WWII aesthetics, plus some of Fritz Lang's "Metropolis", and Alexander Korda's "Thing's To Come" thrown in for good measure. The movie was shot almost entirely digitally, and looks very similar in color and style to Kerry Conran's "Sky Captain" released four years before.

Is it a good movie? That all depends on how picky you are. It only got 16% on… Continue

Added by Scott on August 4, 2010 at 8:32pm — 2 Comments

Nutcracker and the Rat King (2010)

A Christmas classic is going dieselpunk, and it looks great!

Set in 1920s Vienna, nine year old Mary lives in a home filled with lovely things and loneliness. Bothered by bratty brother Max and neglected by well intentioned, but distracted, parents, she yearns for companionship and adventure.

On Christmas Eve, Mary's beloved Uncle Albert arrives with the gift of a wooden nutcracker doll. Later that night, Mary's imagination brings the doll to life. Introducing himself as… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on August 4, 2010 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

The Monitor: FBIs First Fighting Rifle

When American gangsters, bootleggers and outlaws ran police roadblocks in the 1930s they were often better armed than the law enforcers manning the blockades. With no real uniformity in long arms, police around the United States picked up anything and everything they could to enforce the law against well equipped criminals.

And at the height of the gangster wars of the 1930s, the Federal Bureau of Investigation went toe-to-toe with automatic weapons without an official long… Continue

Added by Jake Holman Jr. on August 4, 2010 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Impromptu Performance

Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Impromptu Performance

Originally broadcast on June 6, 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 condemned man scheduled to hang the next day uses his last request to ask Sherlock Holmes to prove his… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on August 4, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Steampunk Globe Controls Google Earth On The iPad

Steampunk Globe with iPad

Steampunk gadgets almost always look good, but what happens when you pair up a Steampunk-themed globe with Apple's iPad? The Electromagnetic Geospacial Globe and Remote View with Obligatory Goggles is a rather cool setup, as it uses RFID tags that are attached to the surface of the globe to control the Google Earth app on the iPad, allowing users to navigate Google Earth using the external physical control, making the whole setup really cool.… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on August 4, 2010 at 8:36am — 2 Comments

Deco on the High Seas

In my eyes, S.S. Île de France was the most significant passenger ship of the Roaring Twenties. She had the style.

Here is an excellent article by Daniel Othfors published @ The Great Ocean Liners website:…


Added by lord_k on August 4, 2010 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

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