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December 2011 Articles (51)

Saturday Matinee - Seven Footprints To Satan (1929)

On Saturday Matinee, we showcase full-length films from or about the diesel era.

Today, in honor of New Year's Eve, we're playing a debaucherous yet creepy silent film from the 1920s entitled Seven Footprints To Satan.

What you need to know about Seven Footprints To Satan

A fearless adventurer (Creighton Hale) and his fiance (Thelma Todd) find themselves imprisoned in a house of…


Added by Tome Wilson on December 31, 2011 at 12:50pm — 2 Comments

S.A.M. #27: Butterfly Wing

For my last entry this year, I have chosen a very unusual aircraft - the Belyaev DB-LK.

An "almost flying wing" with double fuselage and swept-forward wing, it looks like some secret German WWII design - but it's Soviet, developed before the war.

Six years ago, a gentleman calling himself…


Added by lord_k on December 31, 2011 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Happy New Year! Prosit Neujahr!

Design (probably) for a New Years postcard by Fritz Schönpflug (* 15 June 1873 in Vienna; † 18 February 1951 in Vienna).

Wishing you a fantastic 2012,



Added by Dieter Marquardt on December 31, 2011 at 3:40am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage #119: Austin Seven

While the year is nearing the end of the course, I want to offer you a ride in the first true "people's car" produced in Old World - the Austin 7.

"The Seven is an enthusiast's car. A mechanic's car. It can be truly be enjoyed by a driver who has touched all it's bits and pieces. The Seven begs that every nut and bolt be tightened, adjusted and…


Added by lord_k on December 30, 2011 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Revolver Unusual

Revolvers, reliable and rugged. Essentially reaching their peak of development within the first 20 years of the first viable model, revolvers of the early 19th century through ones created of light-weight composites are pretty much identical. Except for one notable exception.

In the waning years of the 19th century Russia pistol designers saw the reliability of the…


Added by Jake Holman Jr. on December 28, 2011 at 2:00pm — 11 Comments

Sonora WAU-243 Radio

Most dieselpunkers worth their salt are familiar with at least a few of the following radio companies: RCA, Atwater Kent, Addison, Belmont, Zenith, Philco, FADA etc. It wasn't until recently that I'd heard about the Sonora radio company.

Sonora began as the Sonora Chime Company back in the early 1900s, they made chimes for clocks. Later it became the Sonora…


Added by Scott on December 28, 2011 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with The Shadow - Sabotage

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!

Since hitting the airwaves in August 1930 as part of the "Detective Story" radio show, The Shadow has become one of the most beloved heroes in pulp history.  On Two-Fisted Tuesdays, we'll follow the adventures of The Shadow as he battles a rogues gallery of crooks and villains from around the world.

Click on the link below to download…


Added by Tome Wilson on December 27, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Getting the "Jump" On The New Year

Okay, Christmas is over, and now comes the rest of the winter that isn't any fun at all... You freeze your tuchis, and for WHAT? With that in mind, here's some hot music to keep your house (or hovel) warm.


Added by Pilsner Panther on December 26, 2011 at 5:42am — No Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #15: A Christmas Clipper Cabaret!! (Double Cocktails!)

'Twas a high flyin' Christmas and up in the sky,

A sleek Pan Am Clipper is roaring on by!

An Empire C-class is boarding up at the quay,

And Saint Nick's got a ticket, 'cause that sleigh is passe!


This is your Cap'n speaking. Ahoy and all aboard for a special non-stop cabaret…


Added by Cap'n Tony on December 24, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

A Christmas Carol (1901)

An early Christmas bonus from the British Film Institute - they've released a fragment from the 1901 film of Dickens's A Christmas Carol on their excellent YouTube site.

Scrooge, or Marley's Ghost, was produced by R. W. Paul the early film pioneer, and based on a stage adaptation by J. C. Buckstone.

This Times review of Buckstone's Vaudeville Theatre production from the same year gives an idea of the style of the thing:

Ebenezer Scrooge is, of course, the…


Added by Tome Wilson on December 24, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

S.A.M. #26: Savoia Marchetti S.55

Happy holidays everyone! The Saturday Air Mail is here with the most incredible serial-built flying boat of the Interbellum.

An epoch-making design in every sense, the S.55 prototype flew in 1925. In an era still committed to the biplane flying-boat, it had a revolutionary formula: a cantilever shoulder-wing monoplane with twin hulls and delicate booms…


Added by lord_k on December 24, 2011 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Lights Out - A Christmas Story

I typically save episodes of Lights Outfor Miskatonic Mondays, but this one deserves a quick play tonight.  

If you're not familiar with Lights Out, it was an old radio show (1934 - 1947) that originally played at midnight to catch the attention of listeners during the witching hour.  It ran the gamut between horror and sci-fi, and was a clear precursor to Rod Sterling's Twilight Zone.

Today's episode is entitled "A Christmas Story."  It…


Added by Tome Wilson on December 24, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #118: Adler Autobahn

KdF-Wagen aka the Beetle was the people's car. For people of means, German engineers developed less spartan, more powerful cars.

The best example is the Adler Typ 10, dubbed Autobahn or Stromform (Streamshape). It was presented at Berlin Car Show in early 1937…


Added by lord_k on December 23, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Knights of the Air - Eyewitness art by a bombardier

Lieutenant Henri Farré, an observer-bombardier with the French air corps, carried a sketch pad with him everywhere he went—even into the air. His sketches, which he later committed to canvas, constitute an eyewitness record of the air war that, as Farré said, "was not only painted, but lived by me on the different fronts of France."

Oftentimes, the record was a somber one. The two paintings shown here describe the death of one of Farré’s fellow aviators, killed by enemy bullets while…


Added by Tome Wilson on December 22, 2011 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Italy's Flame Tank

Flamethrowers are gruesome, horrific weapons. All weapons can be deadly, but rare is the infernal device that achieves horror by its appearance on the battlefield. One such flamethrower was the Lanciafiamme modello 35, the Italian fire weapon of World War II.

Every nation of the Second World War fielded such flame weapons and for the most part they were backpack…


Added by Jake Holman Jr. on December 21, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays - Who is the Shadow?

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!

Before we jump into our new Two-Fisted Tuesday series, a few of you may not know who The Shadow is or where he came from.

The year was 1930. To boost sales of their Detective Story Magazine, pulp publishers Street and Smith decided to…


Added by Tome Wilson on December 20, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Enlist Now!

What are you waiting for?

Added by Stefan on December 19, 2011 at 11:58am — 4 Comments

Miskatonic Monday - Cthulhu Christmas Tree

A very Lovecraft Christmas!

Faced with the realisation that we suddenly had room enough to put up our own Christmas tree, I was initially at a loss when considering how to decorate it. We have no ornaments and the idea of shopping for them made me drowsy. I can’t remember what first brought to mind the image of a tree covered in tentacles (perhaps it’s best not to ask), but as soon as I envisioned it I couldn’t let go of the idea.…


Added by Tome Wilson on December 19, 2011 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

S.A.M. #25: Cierva Windmills

In my eyes, the autogyro is a very important Diesel Era symbol. For more than a decade it was seen as viable alternative to light airplanes and helicopters.

There were different autogyro designs and makes but the most significant are those of Juan de la Cierva y Codorníu.

Jeff Lewis wrote in his…


Added by lord_k on December 17, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #117: Cadillac V16 Hartmann Cabriolet

This 1937 Cadillac is probably the most extreme cabriolet ever built.

Wealthy playboy Phillipe Barraud personally commissioned this design through local Cadillac dealer in Lausanne, Switzerland on one of the finest chassis that America had on offer.

Phillipe chose the Cadillac V16 for its monstrous 452 cu engine and robust chassis that could support any coachwork…


Added by lord_k on December 16, 2011 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

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