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November 2009 Articles (57)

Artzybasheff's Covers

Here is something like an epilogue to the 'Almost Human Machines' series. From 1940s, Boris Artzybasheff created about 200 covers for Time magazine.

Some of them are formal, but the artist's unique manner is easily recognizable - especially when he makes a switch from portraits to machinery or manages to merge different subjects into one powerful piece. Let us begin with the wartime cover with Admiral Doenitz (notice the… Continue

Added by lord_k on November 21, 2009 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

ART HISTORY - Practical achievements of the Bauhaus

Practical achievements of the Bauhaus

Bauhaus cabinet The greatest practical achievements at the Bauhaus were probably in interior, product, and graphic design. For example, Marcel Breuer created many furniture designs at the Bauhaus that have become classics, including the first tubular-steel chair. He said that, unlike heavily… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on November 20, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Best Bike In Scandinavia

The Best Bike In Scandinavia

Photos and text by TBear with Peter Jonnson

From: http://www.bikernet.com/bikebarn/PageViewer.asp?PageID=936

Twin Club MC is one of the oldest and most respected motorcycle clubs in Sweden. It was founded in Norrtälje in the autumn of 1969. For 34 years, since 1974, Twin Club MC produced the biggest and most prestigious Custom Motorcycle Show… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on November 20, 2009 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Lord K's Garage - 12th Issue. BIOPUNK VEHICLES

To Hayen Mill,

who knows to ask the proper questions

Gasification was an important and familiar 19th and early 20th century technology, and its potential and practical applicability to internal combustion engines were well-understood from the earliest days of their development. Town gas was produced from coal as a local business, mainly for lighting… Continue

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

ART HISTORY - The Bauhaus curriculum

The Bauhaus curriculum

Bauhaus chair The Bauhaus curriculum was divided into two broad areas: problems of craft and problems of form. Each course had a "form" teacher and a "craft" teacher. This division was necessary because a faculty could not be found during the first four years who were capable of integrating the theory and… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on November 19, 2009 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Through the Time: Helmut Newton

Helmut Newton, born Helmut Neustädter (1920-2004) was a German-Australian fashion photographer who achieved international recognition in the 1950s.

He settled in Paris in 1961 and continued work as a fashion photographer. His works appeared in magazines including, most significantly, French Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. He established a particular style marked by erotic, stylised scenes. A heart attack in 1970 slowed his output… Continue

Added by lord_k on November 19, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

ART HISTORY - The Bauhaus Movement

The Bauhaus Movement

Bauhaus The first proclamation of the Bauhaus declared: "Archiects, painters, and sculptors must recognize anew the composite character of a building as an entity... Art is not a 'profession.' There is no essential difference between the artist and the craftsman. The artist is an exalted craftsman...… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on November 18, 2009 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Rail Zeppelin

The Schienenzeppelin or rail zeppelin was an experimental railcar which resembles a zeppelin airship in appearance. It was designed and developed by the German aircraft engineer Franz Kruckenberg in 1929.

Propulsion was by means of an airplane propeller located at the rear, and only a single example was ever built.

The train was built at the beginning of 1930…


Added by lord_k on November 18, 2009 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

ART HISTORY - The Creation of the Bauhaus

The Creation of the Bauhaus

Bauhaus workshop One of the most remarkable cultural phenomena in Europe of the 1920s was the Bauhaus, the school established in 1919 by the architect Walter Gropius. In the disastrous wake of World War I, the Staatliches Bauhaus was formed in Weimar, Germany, from two schools of arts and crafts. As was the… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on November 17, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Boris and his Almost Human Machines, Part III

Industry and science can be as creepy as war. Civil machines sometimes make much more impression than military gear. Peacetime tools carry a lot of human spirit - so why can't they be anthropomorphic?

Postwar commercial illustrations of Boris Artzybasheff together with his pictures from As I See serve a proof not only of the author's skills but also of our feelings towards the machines. We tend to see them as 'beings' - almost… Continue

Added by lord_k on November 17, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

ART HISTORY - Architecture between the Wars

My degrees are in Fine Art and Graphic Design, so I decided to go back to my roots and share what I know about art during the diesel era.

Part one of this scholarly series (Monday - Friday at 1700h EST) will focus on architecture and cover the creation of the Bauhaus and International Style through to the skyscrapers of New York, Chicago and Philadelphia. Famous architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, and Walter Gropius will be given the… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on November 16, 2009 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Coin Operated Drive-In Movie Projector

I was on eBay and ran across some old coin operated radios they use to have in hotels. I thought it would be kind of cool to make a dieselpunk style, coin-operated, movie projector. Here's my first attempt. There's pico projector inside the parking meter.

The whole photo set is here. Feel free to provide… Continue

Added by Scott on November 16, 2009 at 11:08am — 8 Comments

Monday Camera #2: Rolleiflex

This camera is often considered an old-school Steam Age artifact. Actually it is younger than Leica: the first Rolleiflex appeared in 1928.

The most famous camera ever manufactured by Franke & Heidecke (Braunschweig, Germany) introduced the innovative twin-lens reflex scheme: its bright upper lens was used for viewing/focusing and the coupled lower one for… Continue

Added by lord_k on November 16, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Larry Steele: Private Detective (1937)

Larry Steele is a young man from an upper middle class family who is just setting up as a private eye. In many ways, he acts more like a gentleman adventurer in the E. Phillips Oppenheim tradition, than a private eye. He is courageous, and gung ho about his work and facing danger, but he is hardly a denizen of Raymond Chandler's "mean streets". In the Oppenheim tradition, he is idealistic and willing to help out people in trouble, as well as having a thirst for adventure. Larry Steele also… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on November 16, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

READ ALL ABOUT IT - The Opening of King Tut's Treasure (1923)

Treasures of the Tomb - Lord Carnarvon's Story

The Times | February 19, 1923

Click the story below to enlarge.

The Opening of King Tut's Treasure

Added by Tome Wilson on November 15, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Bugatti Autorails

In 1932 Ettore Bugatti started his most successful project - the Autorail. He designed a railcar capable of doing 200 km/h on standard gauge.

The 'heart' of the design was 12,5 liter 8-cylinders twin-carburetor 200 h.p. petrol engine. The same engine that moved the magnificent Type 41 Royale Bugatti cars. But the…


Added by lord_k on November 15, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Deadly nightshade botanical society new cd pre orders!

Hi everyone! just a heads up we are running a pre order special with lots of cool perks, including a free copy of the digital cd when you get a copy of the physical cd, a digital copy of the christmas cd for free, and a whole lot of other cool stuff the preorder page is right here at http://deadlynightshadebotanicalsociety.com/store/catalog/

Added by Dizzy on November 14, 2009 at 10:07pm — 1 Comment

Brough Superior SS100

Purchased at the fortieth anniversary of company founding by Dunlop Rubber in 1928 for tyre test and publicity purposes. Originally furnished with sidecar and pictured in 'The Dunlop Story' by James McMillan.

Having seen war service, the machine survives sans sidecar and with replacement frame, however retaining all period components. Engine verified by machine…


Added by lord_k on November 14, 2009 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage - 11th Issue. GUESS WHERE

Today, the first car at the exhibition is gorgeous, streamlined and... anonymous. Try to guess where it was built. Not when - beyond any doubt, it's 1930s, - but where?

And there are some other cars, too. Can you name their country of origin?

United States? Negative.

Probably, Germany? Nein.

Could it be Italy? No, signori e signore,…

Added by lord_k on November 13, 2009 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

Boris & His Almost Human Machines (Part II)

Tome called antropomorphic machines 'just plain creepy'. And what can be creepier than machines of war? Today, just a few Artzybasheff's pictures related to war and its unheroes.

And don't forget that Boris Artzybasheff was an expert advisor to the U.S. Department of State, Psychological Warfare Branch during WWII. So let's take a look:…


Added by lord_k on November 12, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

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