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September 2010 Articles (79)

Giant robot attacking its human masters in "Master of the World"

Master of the world by A. M. Cay (1934)

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Via: Vintage Poster

Added by Tome Wilson on September 22, 2010 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Happy birthday, HG Wells!

Happy birthday, HG Wells!

As "the man who invented tomorrow," HG Wells is very important to both the steampunk and dieselpunk aesthetics. Along with Jules Verne and George Griffith, HG Wells helped to invent the genre of the scientific romance (a precursor to science fiction) while capturing the spirit of adventure in an age of adventure.

In honor of his birthday, here are some gifts we can all share. May you be inspired to create in…


Added by Tome Wilson on September 21, 2010 at 1:12pm — 2 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with Philip Marlowe - The Eager Witness

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 September 21, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Bell Airacuda

In 1936 Bell started under supervision of chief-engineer Robert J. Woods with the design of their first own airplane: the FM-1 Airacuda*.

The FM-1 was a twin-engined heavy fighter totally designed according to the philosophy of the air-cruiser: a well-armed plane with a multi-headed crew that could stay airborne for a long time, meanwhile creating havoc under enemy bomber formations with well-aimed fire… Continue

Added by lord_k on September 21, 2010 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

Miskatonic Mondays - Supernatural Horror in Literature (7 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.…


Added by Tome Wilson on September 20, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

Sunday Streamline #1: Commodore Vanderbilt

The United States was recovering from the Great Depression in the 1930's and the railroads decided that it was time to create a new impetus to increase travel.

Streamlining was the latest advent in industrial design and plans were made in 1934 by the New York Central System to produce their first streamlined locomotive, which would be named after the founder of the…


Added by lord_k on September 19, 2010 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

The Angel of the Revolution: A Tale of the Coming Terror by George Griffith

The Angel of the Revolution: A Tale of the Coming Terror (1893) is a science fiction novel by English writer George Griffith. It was his first published novel and remains his most famous work. It was first published in Pearson's Magazine and was prompted by the success of The Great War of 1892 in Black and White magazine, which was itself inspired by The Battle of Dorking.

A lurid…

Added by Tome Wilson on September 19, 2010 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

1890s Airship Pirates in The Outlaws of the Air by George Griffith

Okay, folks. This one took forever and a day to complete, but it's done.

You can now download George Griffith's proto-steampunk masterpiece "The Outlaws of the Air" for free via Dieselpunks. It's been out of print for a long time, but it's important for our generation to read the story of this band of airship pirates and anarchists written in the days before airplanes.

Download this book for free at the links…

Added by Tome Wilson on September 18, 2010 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

Modern hand dancing

This video is making the rounds on YouTube and is well worth… Continue

Added by Lenore Glover on September 18, 2010 at 6:12pm — 1 Comment

Saturday Matinee - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916)

Welcome to the Saturday Matinee on Dieselpunks.

The Universal Film Manufacturing Company was not known in the silent era as premier producer of motion pictures, but in 1916 they produced a film that could not be made effectively without expensive special effects and special photography. Marshalling the expertise underwater experts Ernest and George Williamson, Universal financed the extensive production which would require location photography, large sets, exotic costumes,… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on September 18, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The World Peril of 1910 by George Griffith

The World Peril of 1910 by George Griffith In 1894, one of the most famous science fiction writers in England - or "scientific romance" as it was called back then - was George Griffith. His stories introduced an extraordinary array of technological marvels to an enthusiastic British audience but his novels were almost never published here in the States.

H.G. Wells admired Griffith for his ability to write great high adventure stories while packing them with plausible science and prophetic invention. In 1897… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on September 18, 2010 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Dieselpunk Banknote

Added by Gerard Willing on September 18, 2010 at 8:33am — 1 Comment

Game Informer goes retro in honor of BioShock: Infinite

Recently unveiled at PAX, the October 2010 issue of Game Informer Magazine will have three alternate retro covers in honor of the upcoming BioShock Infinite.

Designed by Irrational Games' art team, the covers were illustrated to mimic early 20th-century periodicals like The Saturday Evening Post. On the back sides are fictional ads for products you might find in the game's floating city of… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on September 17, 2010 at 8:05pm — 1 Comment

A beautiful Art Nouveau travel poster from 1889

Servizi Espressi Transatlantici, La Veloce Navigazione Italiana a Vapore, vers 1889.

Le Bateau est le Nord America.



Added by Tome Wilson on September 17, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

This is why Canada lost the war.

Americans have Uncle Sam

Brtions have Uncle Mustache…


Added by Tome Wilson on September 17, 2010 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #55. Flxible Clipper

The Clipper, an undisputable Golden Age icon, was born in the Diesel Era.

Flxible High Life cruiser nose

In 1938, the Flxible Company presented its first rear-engine bus, a 25-passenger streamliner with Buick engine. Next year, the number of seats was increased to 29.

Here are some pre-war Clippers:…


Added by lord_k on September 17, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Chicago circa 1907

Chicago circa 1907. "Arriving from the suburbs."

8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by Hans Behm, Detroit Publishing Company

Photo via: Shorpy

Added by Tome Wilson on September 16, 2010 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Armored Trains, Part II

With the fall of Poland the armored trains story wasn't over.

Nazi Germany reintroduced them into its own armies, just in time for confrontation with the Red Army and its diverse fleet of armored trains and carriages.

In the meanwhile, the British forces revived…


Added by lord_k on September 16, 2010 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Knights of the Air - WWI Fighter Pilot Training

Learning how to shoot from a moving vehicle, a British airman fires his machine gun from a simulated cockpit that moves along rails.

Added by Tome Wilson on September 16, 2010 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Fall at the Athena Exhibition

Fall is finally making an appearance here in the Dieselpunk-topia, and

while some of us are still smoldering from the crushing heat wave,

there's a cool breeze fanning our sails and inspiring us to create once

again with the assurance that whatever we build won't immediately melt.

The Athena Exhibition has been nicely received for its first test

flights. We (my robot minions and I) are still shaking her down and

tweaking her mechanicals, but she's ready...now… Continue

Added by Athenaprime on September 15, 2010 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

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