Sunday, April 29, 2012

Red Army Uniform

Colonel, Armored Division / Major, Red Army Air Force
See "Alternative Military Style" (NEW!) @ Dieselpunk Encyclopedia

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012

Into the Night

Second International Aeronautics Salon,
1937 Milan Fair

A poster by Manlio Parrinii

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fighter Seaplane

Loire-Nieuport LN.210

The aircraft entered service with the French Navy in August 1939, within three months five aircraft had been lost due to structural failure of the wing. All the remaining aircraft were grounded and withdrawn from use.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Red Dawns Street

LOSPO Culture Club, Red Dawns st., Leningrad (fragment)
Built in 1930-1938 to an altered design

Architects: EA Levinson & VO Munz

Special thanks to rdp4v @ LJ

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Imgoldby Transporter

An Interbellum design, I assume. No description of this wonderful vehicle, sorry. Will be grateful for every bit of info.

And, by the way: European Steampunk Convention needs your help!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bakelite Streamliner

Radio Phonola Modello 547 
Designers: Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Livio e Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

De Agostini Picture Library

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Eight Years Before the Leica

Levy Roth Minnigraph (1915) - first European serial-produced 35mm camera, taking fifty 18x24mm exposures using a special cassette.
Introduced eight years before the famous Leitz camera, the Minnigraph was still produced by Levy Roth, Berlin as late as in 1928.

See "Before It All Began" @ Dieselpunk Encyclopedia

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Crossley Delta Coach

The only coach built on the Delta chassis was this petrol engined, streamlined example that was supplied to Manchester City Transport in 1935 for their airport service.

Source: Crossley Motors

Friday, April 13, 2012

DT Machine Gun

The first originally developed Soviet machine gun was the 7.62mm FP (Degtyarev Pekhotny, i.e. Infantry), which appeared in 1926.
The DP was the first of a series of Degtyarev machine guns adopted by the Soviet Union. A tank version called DT (Degtyarev Tankovy) may still be found on older Soviet armored vehicles in use among Ex-Soviet allies and the third world countries.
Photos 2 & 3: MKFI @ Wikimedia Commons
Photographed in the "Winter War - 70 years" exhibition in the Military Museum of Finland

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Deco Ribbon Tin

Herald Square, distributed by F.W. Woolworth Co, USA.
Alfred R. Wepf collection.

Photo by shordzi @ Flickr

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

To Those Who Will Never Return

Il Monumento ai caduti (WWI Monument), Como
Giuseppe Terragni, 1933

Photo by trevor.patt @ Flickr

Monday, April 9, 2012

Radio Age

British field wireless station, WWI
See "Before It All Began" (NEW!) @ Dieselpunk Encyclopedia

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Silver Sausage

The Mercedes-Benz SSKL was a streamlined variant of the famous SSK 'Kompressor'.
This supercharged streamliner was built especially for 1932 Avusrennen - 2nd international race at Avus circuit.
Manfred von Brauchitsch was at the wheel.
He won the race, doing 294.42 km in 1h 30m 52.4".
Average speed was 194.39 km/h.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Just For Kids

Liliput - a small 36mm point-and-shoot camera produced in 1937-1939 at the State Optical & Mechanical Plant, Leningrad.
It had a bakelite body, fixed-focused f9/38mm lens, behind-the-lens leaf shutter and Albada viewfinder. Instead of regular film rolls or cassettes, the Liliput used special cartridges for eight or twelve 24x24mm frames.
Indeed, it was marketed as 'Kids' Camera".

Monday, April 2, 2012

Type IXB

U-123 returning from patrol 
(U-201 in the background)
Lorient, June 1941

Photo: Bundesarchiv

14 boats of the Type IXB were built by AG Weser Bremen. This was the most successful class of U-boats, or for that matter any class of submarines based on tonnage sunk per boat during the Second World War. Each of these ships sank over 100,000 tons of Allied shipping. They were slightly larger than the IXA boats and had a significantly longer operational range of 24,600 miles on the surface at 10 knots. The U-107 of this class had the most successful war patrol of any U-Boat in the war sinking nearly 100,000 tons of Allied shipping off Freetown Sierra Leone while U-103 sank over 237,000 tons of Allied shipping during 11 war patrols over the course of 4 years. These boats were involved in Operation Drumbeat off the coast of the United States in early 1942.
U-123, commisioned on May 30, 1940 was a Type IXB U-boat of the German Kriegsmarine that operated during World War II. Her victories: 42 ships sunk for a total of 219,924 gross register tons (GRT). Scuttled at Lorient, she was raised after World War II to became the French submarine Blaison (Q165) until she was decommissioned on 18 August 1959.

Sunday, April 1, 2012