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Another set of WWII posters:

This time they come from the United States (preserved by Jackson Library, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro), and their target audience are women. Ladies eager to perform their patriotic duties with US Army WAC…


Added by lord_k on February 28, 2012 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Sunday Streamline #55: Flying Turks

There are two trains on a photograph taken at the old Ankara depot and published in 1955: one (left) has got a distinctive postwar look, the other (right) is more rounded, surely coming from Diesel Era.

Looks are deceptive. The "postwar" train was designed and built during WWII, and its streamlined brother was introduced in early 1950s. Both were based on prewar concepts, as we…


Added by lord_k on February 26, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

S.A.M. #35: Need for Speed

This is the story of a German aircraft design - hastily built, too small for its primary role, a failure in its new emploi... - but it was fast and had a long life, almost two decades.

The Heinkel He 70 Blitz (Lightning) was designed as a high-speed four seat passenger aircraft, and with its streamlined fuselage and elliptical wings was a forerunner…


Added by lord_k on February 25, 2012 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Lord K's Garage #127: Front Wheel Drive

One of the most important Interbellum car designs, the Citroën Traction Avant was both innovative and trend-setting.

Making it a habit to be at the forefront of the newest technological inventions, Automobiles Citroën has always tried to be the leader in this arena. Citroën needed a totally new revolutionary model in 1933, despite all of its financial problems. The desired features…


Added by lord_k on February 24, 2012 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

Knights of the Air: The Winner

The guy at the controls was a businessman, a writer and a socialite. First and foremost, he was an aviator.

 But a WWI ace he wasn't - although his contribution to war effort cannot be overlooked.

"Owned one of the first petrol-driven cars in England; toured South Africa; established motor engineering business in Albemarle Street; became…


Added by lord_k on February 23, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Sunday Streamline #54: Who Cries For You, Argentina?

Where do I begin?..  Should we take a narrow gauge or a broad 'Indian' one? There are five main gauges in Argentina, you know.

At least two of these gauges - 1000mm and 1676mm (5 ft. 8 in.) once had streamliners running on them. In 1934, Buenos Aires Western Railway received one British-built diesel electric 48-seat railbus, powered by an Armstrong-Saurer 6BXD 122hp engine. The…


Added by lord_k on February 19, 2012 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

S.A.M. #34: Farman Goliath

Want to fly over Paris? A mere hundred francs will buy you a seat onboard the Goliath, the Jazz Age flying streetcar.

The two FF.60 bomber prototypes of 1918 heralded the start of a great family of passenger airliners and night bombers which dominated European aviation for the next decade. However the design formula remained fairly constant with equal-span…


Added by lord_k on February 18, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #126: Morris Eight

In the second half of 1930s, streamline design started to conquer the lower segment of the automotive market.

This small British car can serve a good example of the streamline expansion. The streamlined Morris 8 Series E was launched in 1938 and continued production after the War until replaced by the Morris Minor Series MM in 1948. The Morris 8 Series E had a…


Added by lord_k on February 17, 2012 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Knights of the Air: Mercedes Inside!

Among all WWI bomber designs, German DFW biplanes earn a special mention, thanks to their unusual powertrain.

The first was the R.I (don't forget that "R" index is for Riesenflugzeug, i.e. giant airplane). Developed as a private venture by DFW, it was a…


Added by lord_k on February 16, 2012 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

The Art of Jean Carlu

In 1924, a young artist was commissioned a label for Château Mouton Rothschild wine:

Baron Philippe de Rothschild, an extravagant Jazz Age playboy, thought not only of car races, beautiful actresses and night clubs. Exactly like the more conservative members of the family he was very keen on promoting his "discriminated" (i.e. exluded from Grand Cru status) Mouton;…


Added by lord_k on February 15, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Sunday Streamline #53: 20th Century Victorians

One of the most stylish steam locomotive designs comes from Australia. It is the Victorian Railways S class:

The S class was the final design of the VR Chief Mechanical Engineer Alfred E Smith. Being VR's first three cylinder locomotive, it was influenced by Nigel Gresley's GNR A1 class 4-6-2 with its Gresley conjugated valve gear. The S class also showed…


Added by lord_k on February 12, 2012 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

S.A.M. #33: Monster Multiplanes

Don't be afraid of this beast. The Saturday Air Mail will do you no harm!

Remember the WWI Caproni bombers? They looked weird with their puller-pusher twin-boom layout but their inflight stability was exceptional and performance was great at all altitudes, allowing for…


Added by lord_k on February 11, 2012 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage #125: The Greyhounds of Progress

An advertisement brought to us by Paul Malon (who else?) on his Flickr photostream:

From the Greyhound official history: "1933. Greyhound is selected as the official transportation carrier at the 1933…


Added by lord_k on February 10, 2012 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Knights of the Air: The Unlucky Schmitt

In wartime, even of the most brilliant technical innovation can lead to a failure.

This is exactly what happened to a talented French engineer, his story told by Gary Warne (Warnepieces blog):

Variable Incidence, the mechanical…


Added by lord_k on February 9, 2012 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Cigarette Paper and Revolution

These fine examples of Hungarian poster art were quietly waiting for several weeks before being presented on Dieselpunks.

The reason is simple: in our community, pictures should tell a story. And Modiano posters printed in Hungary in 1932-1933 can tell a lot if someone cares to ask - or to research. Often erroneously attributed as "Italian", the posters promoted an…


Added by lord_k on February 8, 2012 at 6:30am — 11 Comments

Sunday Streamline #52: The Royal Pacific

During their visit to France in 1938, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth proceeded from Calais to Paris in Pullman car hauled by a streamline locomotive:

The loco chosen for the Royal train was the SNCF 231C78, the one and only C-class Super Pacific fitted with streamline shrouding. Initially designated Nord 3.1280, it belonged to the third batch of the 231C…


Added by lord_k on February 5, 2012 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

S.A.M. #32: Diesel Era Jumbo

September 27, 1929. The day when an an aircraft well ahead of its time made its maiden flight.

"The Fokker F-32 was truly the "Jumbo" of the 1930s era. " - wrote Ed Coates, a celebrated collector of aircraft images & data. -…


Added by lord_k on February 4, 2012 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Lord K's Garage #124: Another Hanomag

This small streamline sedan was built by Hannoversche Maschinenbau AG.

This German company was producing passenger cars (including the famous rear-engine Kommissbrot) as early as the 1920s but they struggled financially through that decade. In 1931, Hanomag had 25% of the small-car market in Germany,…


Added by lord_k on February 3, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Knights of the Air: Something Different

Meet Oberleutnant Max (Maximilian Karl) Hesse.

Here he is, holding a dog, with Leutnant Rudolf Stanger. Hesse was not an ace but he had an illustrious war career, crash-landing in the enemy territory in 1914 and being the pilot of the first plane in history which corrected artillery fire through wireless messages (Jan. 12, 1915). Promoted to Hauptmann, he was…


Added by lord_k on February 2, 2012 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

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