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Lord_k's Article – December 2010 Archive (28)

Lord K's Garage - #70. Bugatti Type 51 Dubos Coupe

This Bugatti Type 51 Coupe was originally built as a Bugatti factory team Grand Prix racer that was driven to great success by legendary French racing driver Louis Chiron.

Chiron won the Monaco race in April 1931 and following the racing season, Bugatti gave the car to Chiron. Chiron sold the car and it was acquired by Parisian playboy Andre Bith who drove the car in rallys and sporting events. In 1937, Bith commissioned Louis…


Added by lord_k on December 31, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

Short Shetland Flying Boats

Not so famous as the Saunders-Roe Princess but mighty and impressive:

The Short Shetland was a British high-speed, long-range, four-engined flying-boat built by Short Brothers at Rochester, Kent for use in the Second World War. It was designed to meet an Air Ministry requirement (defined in Specification R.14/40) for a very-long range reconnaissance flying boat. The design used…


Added by lord_k on December 30, 2010 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Slaughterhouse Number ...

I stumbled upon this picture yesterday and it hit me pretty hard.

It's an abandoned matadero (i.e. "slaughterhouse" in Spanish) of Azul, Argentina, designed by Francisco Salamone (1897-1959) - an Argentine architect of Italian descent who, between 1936 and 1940, built more than 60 municipal buildings with elements of Art Deco style in 25 rural communities on the Argentine Pampas within the Buenos Aires Province. These buildings were some of…


Added by lord_k on December 29, 2010 at 7:00am — 10 Comments

Wonderful Art of Frank R. Paul

Today, let's take another look at the artwork of the Diesel Era greatest sci-fi illustrator.

Gernsback's Amazing Stories magazine was successful, but Gernsback lost control of the publisher when it went bankrupt in February 1929. By early June he had launched three new magazines, two of which published science fiction. The June 1929 issue of Science Wonder…


Added by lord_k on December 28, 2010 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

A7V Heavy Tank: The Moving Fortress

The A7V was a tank introduced by Germany in 1918, near the end of World War I. One hundred vehicles were ordered during the spring of 1918, but only 21 were delivered.

It was nicknamed "The Moving Fortress" by the British because of the shape of the hull. They saw action from March to October of that year, and were the only tanks produced by Germany in World War I to see operational use.

Following the appearance of the first British tanks on the…


Added by lord_k on December 27, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Sunday Streamline #15: New South Wales 3801

NSW 3801 is not the first Australian streamline steam locomotive, but it's the only preserved streamliner of the C38 Class.

Built from 1943, the 30 locomotives in the class were designed to haul express trains and replace the C36 class on these premium workings. They were the first NSW locomotives to use the popular Pacific 4-6-2 wheel arrangement.…


Added by lord_k on December 26, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Knights of the Air: Bulgarian Air Force in WWI

An aviator with his girlfriend. Sofia, 1918:

As we already know, Bulgaria entered the First Balkan War as a serious air power and has a credit of performing the first-ever aerial bombing. In 1915 when the Kingdom joined the Central Powers and declared war on Serbia, the country's only aircraft unit was attached to the Second Army. Later, the Second Aeroplane Section was created,…


Added by lord_k on December 25, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - #69. Pierce-Arrow Part II

The greatest American car make of 1910s and 1920s has been featured in our 5th Issue.

Today, a Holiday Pierce-Arrow Special. Let us see the rise and fall of the Safest Car Around.

It all began in 1903:

Towards the end of 1900s, the…


Added by lord_k on December 24, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Christmas Gifts

Warning: Golden Era advertisements can seriously harm your health!

So if you're afraid of tobacco, booze and petrol lighters - don't look inside. Forewarned is forearmed, you know.…


Added by lord_k on December 23, 2010 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Civil Defense Art

A cover of Japanese Air Raid Defense guidebook, 1940:

In 1938, the Japanese Red Cross worked with government authorities to create a series of posters to teach the public about the new Anti-Aircraft Defense Law, which was enacted in seeming anticipation of air strikes following the outbreak of war in China (1937). Among other things, the new law required citizens to take protective measures against gas attacks and prepare for disinfection, evacuation and relief. For…


Added by lord_k on December 22, 2010 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Armstrong Whitworth A.W.154 Argosy

Argosy? Isn't it that fat twin-boom military transport?

No, this one is older and much slender. The original Armstrong Whitworth Argosy was a British three-engine biplane airliner built by Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft, and operated by Imperial Airways from 1926 to 1935.…


Added by lord_k on December 21, 2010 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Amazing Art of Frank R. Paul

A network like ours must have its own gallery of Frank R. Paul's covers and illustrations.

Let us begin with Amazing Stories, the first English-language science fiction magazine, founded by Hugo Gernsback in 1926. By the way, Gernsback, an inventor, writer and entrepreneur, coined the term "science fiction" (he preferred to call the genre "scientifiction" but the public failed to share his choice). In April 1908 he founded…


Added by lord_k on December 20, 2010 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Sunday Streamline #14: The Big Engine

The PRR S1 experimental steam locomotive (nicknamed "The Big Engine") was the largest rigid frame passenger locomotive ever built.

The streamlined Art Deco styled shell of the locomotive was designed by Raymond Loewy. In 1937, Pennsylvania Railroad officials decided to build a new passenger locomotive to replace its aging K4s locomotive. The PRR officials also hoped that the new S1 steam locomotive would have performance equal to their…


Added by lord_k on December 19, 2010 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Knights of the Air: René Paul Fonck

René Paul Fonck (1894-1953) was the Allies' most successful  fighter pilot of World War One, and also the highest-scoring survivor of the war.

He was born on March 27, 1894, in Saulcy-sur-Merthe, a typical French village in the mountainous Vosges region. At 20, when the war started, he was assigned to the engineers and spent several months digging trenches, building bridges, and fixing roads.

In early 1915, he entered flight training, first at Saint-Cyr,…


Added by lord_k on December 18, 2010 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #68. From Venus to Carioca

Today, the Swedish chapter of the Streamline Story:

In 1933 Gustaf L-M Ericsson (son of the telephone company founder) presented a special handmade vehicle of which only one version had been produced. Ericsson was named designer and the project was his brainchild. "Venus Bilo" (an obvious wordplay: Venus of Milo +…


Added by lord_k on December 17, 2010 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Battle of the Bulge

Today is the 66th anniversary of the last German mass-scale offensive on the Western Front during WWII, known as the Battle of the Bulge or the Ardennes Offensive.

By the end of 1944 Germany was losing on all fronts. Her generals, faced with ever increasing armies armed with superior technology, fell back under the combined assaults in Italy, the Eastern Front, and France. Optimism was absent from the German command. In September 1944, as…


Added by lord_k on December 16, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Forgotten Exhibition

It looks like a cover of some American sci-fi magazine, but it's British and everything you see is real.

"Modern Wonder" was a weekly bulletin of Empire Exhibition, Scotland (unofficially known as the British Empire Exhibition, Glasgow) was an international exposition held at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, from May to December…


Added by lord_k on December 15, 2010 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

The Teletype Story

Teletype, together with radio and air mail, are the most important means of communication introduced before the advent of Diesel Era but developed and perfected in the Interbellum. It doesn't enjoy iconic status like pneumatic mail. But it has a tremendous effect of presence. Anyone who begins a research of Dieselpunk roots will hear the teletype rattle sooner or later.…


Added by lord_k on December 14, 2010 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

Japanese Book & Magazine Covers

Today, no machines of destruction, no war, no propaganda.

It's a set from the blog called A Journey Around My Skull (recommended to everyone who loves book design). "These covers come from Bookcover Design in Japan 1910s-40s (ISBN 4-89444-426-7) edited by Masayo Matsubara. Published in 2005 by PIE Books, this incredible book is already out-of-print and becoming hard to find, " - writes Will,…


Added by lord_k on December 13, 2010 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Sunday Streamline #13: Belgian Atlantics

A class of six Atlantics (Class 12) was introduced in May 1939 by SNCB, the state Belgian railways, to haul trains from Brussels to Ostend – 70.8 miles – in one hour exactly, with a 60 second stop in Bruges. They were designed by Raoul Notesse and modeled after 4-4-4 Canadian Pacific locomotives (minus one axle). Mr. Notesse delivered a light, sound and rather conservative design, mostly ignoring American and French innovations of the time.…


Added by lord_k on December 12, 2010 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

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