It took a unique trimotor to deliver your Saturday Air Mail.
The Pander S.4 - known also as Postjager and Panderjager- was a very stylized Dutch trimotor designed by Theo Slot that first flew in 1933. It was built by the furniture company Pander & Zonen as a high speed mail plane, intended for…Continue
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Don't be confused by the number - I somehow managed (or rather, mismanaged) to miss it three months ago. Here it is, so no one would search for a missing article #156.
Next one (and the last in 2012) will be numbered 164. And today, we'll give some Dieselpunk love to another forgotten car make. Have you ever heard about Marendaz, the man and/or the automobile?…Continue
The Saturday Air Mail presents: another French biplane family.
The Lioré-et-Olivier Type 20 and its derivatives are probably less famous than the Farman F.22, but no less important - and their looks are even more…Continue
Back in 1940, a really hot car emerged from the Alfa Romeo workshops. Meet the 512 Gran Premio, a wannabe rival of the German streamline racers.
In the second half of the 1930s voiturette racing became increasingly popular*. As the name suggests, voiturettes were smaller Grand Prix racers; there was a 3-litre limit for the big…Continue
Just look at this car:
Isn't it fantastic?
The Maybach Zeppelin DS-8, powered by a 8-liter V-12 engine, was introduced in 1931. It was one of the most refined automobiles of the period, a formidable rival of the Rolls-Royce, Grosser Mercedes and Hispano-Suiza. Superficially, the Zeppelin was a rather…Continue
This Saturday, the Air Mail is delivered to your doorstep by a small, elegant, and well-forgotten British aeroplane.
Meet the Spartan Cruiser!
This wooden-framed, low-wing tri-motor was originally designed in collaboration by Saro and Percival as the A-24 Mailplane in 1931. The consortium lost interest in the venture as…Continue
This futuristic concept, drawn by Jo Gault in 1946, could be a Buick:
Real postwar Buicks, no less impressive with their beautiful curves, massive fenders and extensive chrome trim, were developed from 1942 models:…Continue
It's Saturday, and your Air Mail is here again, delivered by a state-of-art flying Leviathan.
The following article was published on Boeing official website:
The Boeing Model 307 Stratoliner was the world's first high-altitude commercial transport and the first four-engine airliner in scheduled domestic service. With names like…Continue
This Saturday, your air mail is brought to you by a flying boat called "Wal" (Whale) and designed by no other than Claudius Dornier.
The Do J was a fairly modern (compared to World War I types) flying boat with a high-mounted strut-braced monoplane wing. Two piston engines were mounted in tandem in a nacelle above the wing and…Continue
Between the two World Wars, Renault (responsible for the first mass-produced light tank) remained an important car & truck manufacturer.
Their designs weren't revolutionary but I can't call them "ultra-conservative. " Some luxury models boasted eye-striking bodywork, like the one we see below, the engines were constantly…Continue
Eva and yours truly finally present: Strangers' Journey.
You don't need to guess twice: it's a book, written in Russian, and the artist behind this cover art is Stefan. Actually, he created two…Continue
This will be a short one - with a few really great pictures, although.
With the increase of passenger traffic on the New Haven's Shore Line requiring trains of fourteen to sixteen cars, the capacity of the I4 Pacifics which had been used for twenty years was severely taxed. As a result of tests with two of…Continue
If you're going to design a very unusual aircraft for your Dieselpunk setting, read this entry.
Maybe your dreamplane has been already designed and flown eighty years ago. Or probably you'll see something well beyond the borders of your imagination. So give your inventive spirit a little rest and let me introduce you to the designs of Boris Ivanovich…Continue
Sorry for being late. Took a long stroll this morning. Pomegranates everywhere, so today's color will be red.
Red is the traditional Italian racing color. And, with all due respect to Maserati, 1930s races, especially in the first half of the decade, were dominated by Alfa Romeo. But German teams slowly but surely began to steal the laurels from their future allies. Alfa had to develop something new.
Here is …Continue
A company once known as "world's greatest travel system" had a lot to advertise.
Established in 1881, the Canadian Pacific Railway quickly evolved into a business empire. Their activities stretched far beyond the railroads: the CPR operated steamships and hotels, telegraph services and radio stations, and, quite naturally, an…Continue
When I read that one of these locomotives was pressed into service in 1965, I could hardly believe my eyes.
But it's true. The WP class Pacifics were built for Indian Railways from 1947 through 1967. If we agree to call them 'streamliners' (in India, they prefer another definition - 'bullet nose'), here is the largest steam streamliner class…Continue
I won't be surprised to see this handsome fighter in a new version of Crimson Skies or some Dieselpunk/althistorical opus.
The Italians were the first of the participants in World War II to build a canard combat aircraft, the SAI-Ambrosini "S.S.4". Italian aircraft engineer Sergio Steffanutti had become interested in canard aircraft in…Continue
Another well-forgotten car make - once famous for its "True Blue" laquer finish. Quick-drying laquer was supplied by DuPont, and cars were a part of General Motors marketing scheme.
Founded in 1907, Oakland made solid, medium-priced cars. It was named for Oakland County, Michigan, where its cars were produced. The firm attracted the attention of General…Continue
Added by lord_k on September 21, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments
To tell you the truth, I could post this entry three years ago. But I've been posting everything else. Why?
With so many Americans in our community (including at least half a dozen Cleveland citizens), who am I to tell about this Diesel Era marvel? Alas, those who see the tower every day do not feel like telling about it. And yours…Continue
This poster comes from the Netherlands:
Painters' trade union informs us that the hand holding a brush can also be a fist. Beware!..
Recently, yours truly and Stefan exchanged opinions on Interbellum art. Speaking of creativity and imagination, I mentioned…Continue