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Art Deco Money

In 1920s and 30s, Art Deco and its derivatives were nearly-official in publishing and advertising business, industrial and interior design, etc. But central banks and mints are always conservative. Too conservative. So Deco-styled legal tender is very scarce. Nevertheless, it exists.

Here are some Art Deco coins. Let us begin with a Portuguese classic:

More (not much, only nine) in the album:…



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Added by lord_k on September 18, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - 3d Issue. Automotive Wellsiana

It's so hard to pick a proper vehicle to carry H.G.Wells' heritage.

The author of 'Time Machine' started his way to eternity in Vernesque era and left this Universe in the most dystopian days of Dieselpunk period when most of his prophecies came true. So, his life is a kind of a bridge between two epochs.

Anyway, let's start:

1900 De Dion Bouton



1907 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Barker… Continue

Added by lord_k on August 21, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - Interlude

There are myriads of images and thoughts one can associate with Gil Elvgren's pictures. It is so easy to pick a healthy dozen or two of automotive snapshots, ads and fine artwork - and title them all as 'A Tribute to Gil'. But I want to publish only one picture this week - and not of a pin-up kind:

Now see its full version:

Chrysler Imperial Advertisement,…

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Added by lord_k on August 7, 2009 at 3:30am — 2 Comments

Know Your Pulp: Lord K's Garage #2

Pulp Cars: Are They Real?

Not only heroes and villains decorated the covers of assorted 'Amazing stories', comics and detective series. There were also the heroes' and villains' cars - sleek, vicious, packed with sex appeal. Cars with an individuality - something completely lost nowadays.

You see them and cannot believe your eyes. But they are real.

Here are some unique automobiles - prototypes of the 30s and 40s, dream cars of… Continue

Added by lord_k on July 31, 2009 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage - 1st Issue. Crime Doesn't Pay

This 1934 Ford Model 730 Fordor Deluxe Sedan is probably the most famous car of the Thirties. Bought for $835 by Mrs.Ruth Warren in February, 1934, it was stolen by a pair of criminal sweethearts (or sweetheart criminals, if you like) - Clyde S. Barrow and Bonnie Parker.

Most of its mileage (2500 mi) was done by Bonnie & Clyde on their way to death. Here it is, perforated by automatic, semi-automatic and non-automatic… Continue

Added by lord_k on July 24, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Streamline: Too Sleek for Its Time



This car was built in 1922. I repeat: in Nineteen-Twenty-Two.



The body was designed by Paul Jaray, a former Zeppelin Luftschiffbau employee who is often called 'The Father of Streamline'. Introduction of aviation principles and technologies to car industry was not easy, but things that looked futuristic in the 20s became common in the mid-30s. Revolutionary Tatra 77, streamlined German Wanderers and Auto-Unions, pre-war Austrian Steyr cars - they all owe much to… Continue

Added by lord_k on June 21, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Weegee, the King of Noir

Weegee, one of the most distinguished American reporters, was born Arthur Fellig in Złoczów (Galicia, Austria-Hungary). When he was ten his family moved to the States.

 

He is best known as a candid news photographer whose stark black-and-white shots documented street life in New York City. Weegee's photos of crime scenes, car-wreck victims in pools of their own blood, overcrowded urban beaches and various grotesques are still shocking, though some… Continue

Added by lord_k on June 19, 2009 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Battersea Power Station

Decorated with four glorious chimneys, this is one of the most famous buildings in UK. Living Dieselpunk symbol, the station is looking fine in a Steampunk entourage:

Construction works started in 1929 and were accomplished only in 1955. Sir Giles Gilbert Scott was in charge of exterior design.

Battersea Station owes a lion's share of its fame to Pink Floyd album Animals (1977). Long before that it was featured in The Beatles'… Continue

Added by lord_k on May 28, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

To the Moon. 1929

80 years ago a man (and a woman) landed on the Moon - in Fritz Lang's Frau im Mond movie (known as By Rocket to the Moon and Girl in the Moon).

Today the landing episode may look ridicoulous, but the start is still majestic as ever.

Famous rocket scientist Hermann Oberth provided Lang with technical advice and stuff.





First woman to the Moon. First countdown. Don't forget it's 1929.

And here's the synopsis by… Continue

Added by lord_k on May 26, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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