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October 2009 Articles (101)


Bela Lugosi - THE MAN

Bela Lugosi Born Be'la Ferenc Dezso Blasko on October 20, 1882 in Lugos, Hungary (now Lugoj, Romania) .

It's ironic that Martin Landau won an Oscar for impersonating Bela Lugosi (in 1994's "Ed Wood") when Lugosi himself never came within a mile of one, but that's just the latest of many sad ironies… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on October 26, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

My Dieselpunk Outfit, So Far, by Deven Science

This weekend was fairly relaxing, as my girlfriend Kris and I had little on the agenda, but to work on our Halloween/dieselpunk costumes. That is, Kris worked on her Halloween costume, since we're still designing her dieselpunk outfit, and we worked on my dieselpunk clothes, since I'm just using last year's Cobra Commander costume. IThe hood was too tight last year, giving me a massive headache by the end of the night, so Kris has agreed to alter the hood before the day of.

We ended… Continue

Added by Deven Science on October 26, 2009 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

Dieselpunk Icon: Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson (August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004) was a French photographer considered to be the father of modern photojournalism, an early adopter of 35 mm format, and the master of candid photography.

He helped develop the "street photography" or "real life reportage" style that has influenced generations of photographers that followed.

In 1931 he acquired the Leica camera with 50 mm lens that would accompany him for many years. He… Continue

Added by lord_k on October 26, 2009 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

The Mascot (1933)

Let's start Halloween week off right... with a clip that used to creep me right out as a child.

The Mascot is a short created by animation genius Ladislaw Starewicz in 1933. It combines live action footage with stop-motion puppets and early special effects.

The story is simple. A poor sick girl wants nothing more from her hard working mother than an orange (hey... it was the 30's). The mother's tears for her sick daughter bring to life a small dog toy… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on October 26, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

One Airship, Some Blimps

Here are the photos of USS Macon, a flying aircraft carrier, plus some US Navy Blimps, taken on different locations in 1934 and 1942:

USS Macon (ZRS-5) was a rigid airship built and operated by the United States Navy for scouting. It served as a flying aircraft carrier, launching Sparrowhawk biplanes. In service for less than two years,… Continue

Added by lord_k on October 25, 2009 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Photo of a Spirit Medium (1875)

Edouard Isidore Buguet, "Antispirit photograph", late June 1875, Albumen silver print

Added by Tome Wilson on October 25, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

Louise Brooks - Movie Star

Louise Brooks Louise Brooks is a 20th century icon. Her hair is her trademark. Her distinct Dutch bob framed a face of astonishing beauty. Fair skinned and freckled, Brooks appeared on film as something almost luminous. Her sleek black hair - the famous "black helmet" - defined a face both inviting and enigmatic. Her's was a "face that the camera… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on October 24, 2009 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Cornerstone of the Genre: Huxley's 'Brave New World'

Ridley Scott is going back to the futurism, Reuters tells us. The "Blade Runner" director is joining forces with Leonardo DiCaprio to take on one of the most highly regarded dystopian works of literature:

While Sir Ridley is making all the necessary preparations let us refresh the info on Huxley's novel. It was written in 1931 and published in… Continue

Added by lord_k on October 24, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

Spirit photo (1920)

Anonymous, "Partial dematerialization of the medium Marguerite Beuttinger", 1920, Gelatin silver print

Added by Tome Wilson on October 24, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

Veronica Lake visits USAAC flying cadets (1941)

Added by Tome Wilson on October 23, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - 8th Issue. HUMBLE WORKHORSES

It is a perfect day to pay the tribute to the American trucks - full-size and pick-ups, so beautiful even in their ugliness, so cool, almost human. Like this 1940 Dodge Half-Ton Pick-up:

Or this 1938 Studebaker Coupe Express:

Or these 1939 International Harvester D-300s (beer, anybody?):

Humble workhorses of the Great… Continue

Added by lord_k on October 23, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Spirit photo (1905)

Jacques Henri Lartigue “Zissou as a ghost Pont-de-l'Arche”, 1905 Modern gelatin silver print from a stereoscopic plate

Added by Tome Wilson on October 23, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

Carole Lombard - Movie Star

Because we can always use more classy dames in this gin joint...

Carole Lombard (aka Jane Alice Peters)

1908 - 1942

American actress and comedienne who starred in some of the most successful comedies of the 1930s.

After studying acting and dancing as a child, she made her screen debut as a 13-year-old tomboy in A Perfect Crime (1921); legend has it that the actress was cast in the role after the film's… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on October 22, 2009 at 10:55pm — 2 Comments

London Art Deco

London is rarely considered an 'Art Deco Mecca'. But actually there is a place for all styles in the British capital - with a rather good deal of Deco and the 30s Modernism. Just a few examples:

Adelphi House

By Mister Peter! @ Flickr…


Added by lord_k on October 22, 2009 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

Spirit photo (1896)

Paul Nadar and Albert De Rochas, "Astral body through trickery. Portrait of Albert de Rochas", 1896, Albumen silver print

Added by Tome Wilson on October 22, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

Inside the Zeppelin

Just a few photos of the magnificent LZ127 Graf Zeppelin. Interior photos:

Now the kitchen (equipped with double electric stove and other useful appliances) without the cooks:

Passenger compartment

Deck plan

Ladies' bathroom

Dinner hall

Radio room


Added by lord_k on October 21, 2009 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Spirit photo (1893)

John Traill Taylor “Spirit photograph”, 1893, Albumen silver print

Added by Tome Wilson on October 21, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

How did you like Killer Serials?

Our first Killer Serials showing is over now.

Tell me, how did you like it?

Did you watch it every day? Did you catch up with it when you could? Or, were you simply not interested?

If you didn't like it, please let me know why. Was it the story, or are you just not a fan of serials?

If you did like it, let me know how we can improve Killer Serials for next…


Added by Tome Wilson on October 20, 2009 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

KILLER SERIALS - Houdini: The Master Mystery (1920) (Part 20 of 20)

And so ends Houdini: The Master Mystery.

So many improbable escapes... so many cliffhangers... so many missing scenes!

I hoped you enjoyed the feature.

If you want more, tell us and we'll keep rolling with the KILLER… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on October 20, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

What if?.. An Indirect Contribution

Among the books that ignited interest for 'a future that never was' this novel is probably the most significant.

Fatherland, written by Robert Harris, appeared in 1992 in the midst of political debate around European integration and German re-unification. Part of this debate (first and foremost, the fear of German-dominated Europe) helped to sell over 3 million copies. From the point of pure literature, the book is far from… Continue

Added by lord_k on October 20, 2009 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

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