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September 2009 Articles (34)

Struggle for Peace. 9.30.1938

Neville Chamberlain and Edouard Daladier were responsible leaders of two greatest European democracies. They wanted to create a solid base for lasting peace. So they went to Munich, the beautiful capital of Bavaria.

There, in Munich, for the sake of peace, they signed a treaty with two villains - Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. For the sake of peace they didn't sacrifice a thing of their own. Instead, they robbed, raped and mutilated a… Continue

Added by lord_k on September 30, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Amelia Earhart

The world's most famous female aviator disappeared in 1937, as she attempted to become the first woman to fly around the world. With her navigator, Fred Noonan, her Lockheed Electra was last heard from about 100 miles from the tiny Pacific atoll, Howland Island on July 2, 1937.

President Roosevelt authorized an immediate search; no trace was ever found.

Over the years, the disappearance of Amelia Earhart has spawned almost as many conspiracy… Continue

Added by lord_k on September 29, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Hugault in the Sky

Let me present you a French painter and aviator, creator of amazing graphic novels, M. Romain Hugault. His manner is colorful and vivid, full of fine detail and representing the best of Gallic tradition (please believe me, I grew up on French comics!).

Aviation, flying heroes and villains (not forget the girls, too), plus a bit of Belle Epoque and pin-up. Enjoy!…


Added by lord_k on September 28, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Iofan's Children

It's not easy to present this website in a right way. But I'll try.

Two young Russian architects, Stepan Liphart and Boris Kondakov, are trying to capture and revive the positive spirit of the early 1930s. From the Westerner's point of view, their projects bear an obvious resemblance to the famous Hugh Ferriss' sketches. Soviet? Thirties? Ferriss? All this calls for an instant stereotype:… Continue

Added by lord_k on September 27, 2009 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage - 4th Issue. Tanquettes' Age

Who said my garage is for cars only? And why should I waste my precious parking space on some SUV when I can use it for AFV, armored fighting vehicle - a tanquette or some battlecar with a fuel-saving 70 or even 30 H.P. engine? Machine-gun or flamethrower available as an option. Something like this:

Thanks to shushpanzer_ru@LJ community we can see a bunch… Continue

Added by lord_k on September 25, 2009 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

INTERVIEW - Captain Robert of Abney Park

Captain Robert of Abney Park

Singing aether shanties into the lost horizon


Abney Park - Steampunk music

It's a hard life being a musical airship pirate. You can never tell which to loot first when you land, the instrument dealer or the liquor store.

Thankfully, Abney Park can build their own gear, so there's always more time for rum.

Since… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on September 24, 2009 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

Streamlined commuter train

Innovative streamlined train of the private "Lübeck Büchener Eisenbahn", operating 1936-1939.

Picture of the engine:


Picture of the coaches:


Wiki entry on the… Continue

Added by Saschkin on September 24, 2009 at 5:43am — 2 Comments

Mark V Tanks Restored

Two British WWI tanks displayed in Lugansk, Ukraine went through a serious overhaul this year. Now they look smarter than ever in their beautiful green paint.

Review in brief:

Find more photos like this on Dieselpunks

Special thanks to dymov@LJ and… Continue

Added by lord_k on September 23, 2009 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

Dymaxion Car is being rebuilt... and they need your help!

Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Car is being restored by the company Crosthwaite and Gardiner. Only three of the vehicles were produced in the 1930s and only one survives.

The car is still in pieces and you, young dieselpunk, can help assemble this masterpiece again.

Some of the pieces are yet unidentified, so if you know what some of these pictures are, let them know.

Check out… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on September 23, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Steampunk blogs on G4TV's Attack of the Show

Venture forth to the world of Victorian-inspired technology with these three steampunk influenced blogs, from the latest lifestyle news, art and tutorials on bringing a little retro punk to your… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on September 22, 2009 at 9:24pm — 3 Comments

Bucks' Backs

Just a few examples of the US bills' obverses - from the time where there were several types of currency (FR Notes, Gold & Silver Certificates and notes issued by private banks with Treasury charters):

Worth of notice: different colors, variety of scenes and a perfect image of a German steamship on 1914 $20 bill (the last on display). Enjoy!

Find more photos… Continue

Added by lord_k on September 22, 2009 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Happy Birthday H.G. Wells!

On Sept. 21, 1866, H. G. Wells was born in Bromley, Kent. His origins were lower middle class, his father being a semiprofessional cricket player and his mother an intermittent housekeeper. At the age of 7 Wells entered Morley's School in Bromley, leaving at the age of 14, when he became apprenticed to a draper. He rebelled against this fate in 1883. After a… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on September 21, 2009 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Edgar Allan Poe - The Man That Was Used Up

I've received some email regarding yesterday's post about Edgar Allan Poe.

In summary, the emails read, "Poe was a good writer, yes... but what does he have to do with steampunk?"

Let me point out a rather satirical piece from Poe that can be used as inspiration for your alternative history.

The Man That Was Used Up

An unnamed narrator meets the famous Brevert Brigadier General John A. B. C. Smith, "one of the most remarkable men of the… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on September 20, 2009 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Dieselpunk Aviation

Let me present a devilish (but not devil's!) dozen of sketches made by my good friend lnago, an aviation and Dieselpunk enthusiast. Floatplanes and landplanes, communication and transport airframes, gunships and liners.

Designs that can make a specialist to raise an eyebrow - but full of genuine passion for the future like it used to be.

And more (enjoy the… Continue

Added by lord_k on September 20, 2009 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Delivered by Zeppelin

LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin carried not only scores of passengers but also tons of mail. Zeppelin postcards and covers were prized by collectors from the first day. It's not a secret that thousands of letters were delivered (and usually returned to sender) only for sake of a special postmark or two.

During the Golden Age of Zeppelin lots of theme stamps were issued not only by German Mail, but also by the states that never had a dirigible of… Continue

Added by lord_k on September 19, 2009 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

The Edgar Allan Poe Digital Collection

Fall is just about here in the States, and that means Halloween is right around the corner.

It's time to bone up on your Edgar Allan Poe, Godfather of late-Victorian horror.

The Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas now houses a rather large digital archive of manuscripts and letters created by Edger Allen Poe. Named The Edgar Allan Poe Digital Collection, it was launched to accompany… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on September 19, 2009 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Art Deco Money

In 1920s and 30s, Art Deco and its derivatives were nearly-official in publishing and advertising business, industrial and interior design, etc. But central banks and mints are always conservative. Too conservative. So Deco-styled legal tender is very scarce. Nevertheless, it exists.

Here are some Art Deco coins. Let us begin with a Portuguese classic:

More (not much, only nine) in the album:…


Added by lord_k on September 18, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Crimebusters! Help find the custom eyepiece stolen from Brute Force Studios.

Brute Force Studios had a one-of-a-kind eyepiece stolen on Saturday afternoon at DragonCon. The following is cut and pasted from his own posting:

Some of you may have heard, I had a piece stolen from me at Dragon Con. Not just some ordinary piece but a one of a kind Monacle that was to be in featured in a Steampunk Exhibit at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford this October.

I will pay $200.00 for it's safe return on a… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on September 18, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Photos from Russia (circa 1890's)

Thanks to Warren Ellis for the link to… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on September 17, 2009 at 2:01pm — 1 Comment

The War of the Worlds - Book Cover Collection

The War of the Worlds, by H. G. Wells, has been continuously in print for over 100 years. Collected here are the covers of many of those editions, submitted by generous fans from around the world.

Check out Dr. Zeus for the complete collection > http://drzeus.best.vwh.net/wotw/wotw.html

Thanks to vae_editor… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on September 16, 2009 at 2:36pm — 1 Comment

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