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December 2009 Articles (57)

ART HISTORY - The PSFS Building in Philadelphia

The PSFS Building in Philadelphia



The PSFS Building in Philadelphia A more revolutionary interpretation of the skyscraper than any of those discussed is the PSFS Building, by George Howe (1886-1955) and Wllliam Lescaze (1896-1969). The PSFS is the first fully realized application of the International Style in skyscraper design (and only the second… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on December 8, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Forever Changes

Berenice Abbott (1898 – 1991) was an American photographer best known for her black-and-white photography of New York City architecture and urban design of the 1930s.

Abbott first became involved with photography in 1923, when Man Ray, looking for somebody who knew nothing about photography and thus would do as he said, hired her as a darkroom assistant at his portrait studio in Montparnasse. Later she would write: "I took to photography… Continue

Added by lord_k on December 8, 2009 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

ART HISTORY - The Influence of Raymond Hood

The Influence of Raymond Hood



Chicago Tribune Building The architect who principally oversaw the Rockefeller Center project in its first stage was Raymond Hood. With so many important commissions for commercial office buildings, Hood contributed significantly to the evolution of the skyscraper between 1920 and the early 1930s. His NeoGothic… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on December 7, 2009 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Monday Camera #5: Leica II/III

We're back to Leica. Today, the most influential 35mm cameras of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s:

Actually, they are a major upgrade of Leica A/Standard. The main addition is a built-in rangefinder:

The rangefinder wasn't coupled with a viewfinder. You have two eyepieces - one to focus, the other to compose your picture.…

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

The Capitalist Airship: R100

HM Airship R100 was a privately designed and built rigid airship made as part of a two-ship competition to develop new techniques for a projected larger airship for British military use.

The other airship, R101, was built by the UK Air Ministry. Following the completion of the R101, the R100 followed closely on, being an innovative and modern ship when compared to its… Continue

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

B-uhr: Evolution

The German term Beobachtungsuhr goes back to pilot's watches of WW II. Strictly translated it has to be an „Observer's watch“ or „Observation watch“ but on most watch related fora you'll read "navigator's watch“, "pilot's watch“, "B-watch“ or even "Flieger“*.

These B-watches have been made for the German Luftwaffe by only 5 manufacturers:

  • A. Lange & Söhne
  • Laco (Lacher &…
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Added by lord_k on December 5, 2009 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

ART HISTORY - Rockefeller Center, New York

ART HISTORY - Rockefeller Center, New York - A City Within a City



Rockefeller Center, New York The most comprehensive complex of skyscrapers from this period is Rockefeller Center in New York, begun in 1931 and finished in 1939. The center was proposed by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., to house the Metropolitan Opera Company within a large commercial… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on December 4, 2009 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Where's my parade?

In thanks to their excellent service records and outstanding contributions to the website in times of war, the following members of Dieselpunks have been promoted to the office of "Rockers and Shakers" allowing them increased privileges on www.dieselpunks.org.



Put your hands together and congratulate our newest Rockers and Shakers, Hayen Mill and… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on December 4, 2009 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage - 14th Issue. THE ZEPHYR

Introduced in November 1935 as a 1936 model, the Lincoln-Zephyr was extremely modern with a low raked windscreen, integrated fenders, and streamlined aerodynamic design.

It is noted for being one of the first successful streamlined cars after the the tall and gawky looking Chrysler Airflow market failure. The Airflow was actually more aerodynamic than the lower wider sleeker looking Lincoln-Zephyr. The Lincoln-Zephyr was extremely… Continue

Added by lord_k on December 4, 2009 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

ART HISTORY - The Chrysler Building and the Rise of the Skyscraper

The Chrysler Building and the Rise of the Skyscraper



Chrysler Building The historic and prophetic nature of the Chicago Tribune Tower competition was largely overlooked, even by the critics of Raymond Hood's neo-Gothic design, for whom the most effective solution was that of the second-prize winner, Eliel Saarinen (1873-1950). The… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on December 3, 2009 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Buckminster Fuller Homage

This is my first blog post here, so i'll keep it short and sweet.



Here's an homage to a Dieselpunk Icon and personal hero of mine: Buckminster Fuller.





After a brief (and sadly failed) passage at business, he published more than thirty books, inventing and popularizing terms such as "Spaceship Earth", ephemeralization, and synergetics. He also… Continue

Added by Hayen Mill on December 3, 2009 at 3:07pm — 2 Comments

Tech Know: Fast forward to the past

Tech Know: Fast forward to the past



By Mark Ward

Technology correspondent, BBC News




In Victorian times much chatter in drawing rooms and salons was directed towards defining the qualities of a gentleman.



Novelist and sportsman Robert Smith Surtees ended debate in 1858 when he wrote that they prove themselves by their actions rather than by simply declaring their membership of that distinguished breed.



Steampunks - contemporary… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on December 3, 2009 at 2:06pm — No Comments

Curtiss T-32 Condor II

 

Condor II was a 1930s American biplane airliner and bomber aircraft built by the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company. It was used by the United States Army Air Corps as an executive transport. It was a two-bay biplane of mixed construction with a single fin and rudder and retractable landing gear. Condor II was powered by two Wright Cyclone radial engines.…

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Added by lord_k on December 3, 2009 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

ART HISTORY - The Lasting Effects of Mies van der Rohe

The Lasting Effects of Mies van der Rohe



Brick country house

At its best, the uncompromising rationalism of Mies's architecture could produce compelling examples of pristine, streamlined form. In lesser hands, as is apparent in skylines across the United States, Mies's minimalist forms could come redundant… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on December 2, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Before It All Began: The Visionary

Antonio Sant'Elia (1888 - 1916) was an Italian architect who built only a small villa - and had a tremendous influence upon the modern architecture.

He was born in Como, Lombardy. A builder by training, he opened a design office in Milan in 1912 and became involved with the Futurist movement. Between 1912 and 1914, influenced by industrial cities of the…

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Added by lord_k on December 2, 2009 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

ART HISTORY - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and the American Skyline

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and the American Skyline



Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969). The spare, refined architecture of Mies van der Rohe, built on his edict that "Less is more," is synonymous with the modern movement and the International Style. He has arguably had a greater impact on the skylines of American cities… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on December 1, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Shukhov tower on the Oka River

Dzerzhinsk High-Voltage Mast is the world’s only surviving hyperboloid electricity pylon. It is located in Russia, in the western suburbs of Nizhny Novgorod, on the left bank of the Oka River near Dzerzhinsk.

Only a few years ago there was a pair of 128-meter-high masts. Before 1989, one could see six hyperboloid pylons - two 20-meter, two 68-meter and a tall…

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Added by lord_k on December 1, 2009 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

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