Friday, May 29, 2009

Colored Streamline

Auxiliary power station of Red Banner factory,
Leningrad / St. Petersburg
Design: Erich Mendelsohn & L. Shishko

Photo by Richard Pare

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Four Engines

Sikorsky S-40 Passenger Flying Boat

More pictures (incl. interior) @
Thanks to sad_rascko for a pleasant reminder


Radio tower at Shabolovka st.
Designed by Vladimir Shukhov

Moscow, Russia

© Richard Pare, 2007

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Motorcycle Midget

September 15, 1937

"First of fair sex to obtain motorcycle license in Capital. Although she weighs only 88 pounds -- one-third of the machine she rides, Mrs. Sally Halterman is the first woman to be granted a license to operate a motorcycle in the District of Columbia. She is 27 years old and 4 feet, 11 inches tall. Immediately after receiving her permit, Mrs. Halterman was initiated into the D.C. Motorcycle Club -- the only girl ever to be accorded this honor."

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Ministry of Plenty

Shell Mex House at 80, Strand, London
Designed by Messrs Joseph, with F. Milton Cashmore responsible for most of the work.
Built in 1930-31.
During the Second World War, the building became home to the Ministry of Supply which co-ordinated supply of equipment to the national armed forces. It was also the home of the "Petroleum Board" which handled the distribution and rationing of petroleum products during the war. Beyond any doubt these institutions were a model for George Orwell's Ministry of Plenty (see 1984).
View from the Thames by Barbara Rich @ Flickr

Fantasy Tri-Motor Seaplane

By lnago @ Livejournal

Regia Aeronautica Futurista

Italian Futurist Hero by linseed @ Deviantart

Monday, May 11, 2009

Zeitgeist: Gene Clark, No Other

Though Clarks's ambitious musical efforts recorded here have nearly nothing in common with the 20s or 30s scene, the cover is perfectly in style.

Pneumatic Mail

Just out of the tube.
Mail capsules received at Main Telegraph Office, Berlin.
© Bundesarchiv

from Strangers' (Eva & Mark) blog

Sunday, May 10, 2009

CC, Style Anglaise

2009 Mitsuoka Himiko
Small Japanese convertible coupe built on Mazda MX-5 platform, powered by 160 H.P. 2-liter engine and has a retractable metal top.
The car bears a striking resemblance to British Morgan Roadster, except for the grille which is more or less Daimler-esque.
Post-modernism on wheels.

See more @ Dieselpunk LJ Community.
Thanks to Ottens for a nice hint.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Stout Scarab

1932. William Bushnell Stout designs his rear-engine 6-to-8-seat 'travelling machine'. Two years before Hans Ledvinka's Tatra 77. Long before the start of KdF-Wagen aka VW Beetle serial production. Only nine Scarabs were made. Five survived.