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    Flash Gordon - Conquers the Universe 1941

    Flash and his friends return to planet Mongo for an antidote to the Purple Death. But Ming the Merciless has other plans for them...
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    Flash Gordon - Conquers the Universe 1941

    Flash and his friends return to planet Mongo for an antidote to the Purple Death. But Ming the Merciless has other plans for them...
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    Superman - The Fleischer Years 1941-1943

    Watch all 17 episodes of the Fleischer Studios Superman cartoons, including his first animated appearance, available in shorts
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    Superman - The Fleischer Years 1941-1943

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Our History

under_sea_kingdomAccording to the wikipedia definition Dieselpunk is based on the aesthetics of the interwar period between the end of the World War I and the beginning of World War II. This sub-genre is sometimes named Decopunk, referring to the Art Deco art style (including its Streamline Moderne variant). The genre combines the artistic and genre influences of the period (including pulp magazines, serial films, film noir, art deco, and wartime pin-ups) with postmodern technology and sensibilities. First coined in 2001 as a marketing term by game designer Lewis Pollak to describe his role-playing game Children of the Sun, dieselpunk has grown to describe a distinct style of visual art, music, motion pictures, fiction, and engineering. Examples include Rocketeer, Crimson Skies, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Dark City, Greed Corp, Gatling Gears, Iron Sky, the BioShock series, K-20: Legend of the Mask and Skullgirls.

It happened in 1981

The first instance of Dieselpunk I can remember was the movie serial Undersea Kingdom. Starring Ray “Crash” Corrigan. That was around 1981 so I was about 9 or 10 at the time. Most kids my age were into Star Wars, or Star Trek, they would have thought Undersea Kingdom was corny, low budget, with no special effects. But for some reason I loved it. I don’t know why. I think it had to do with the art deco aesthetics. Who knows?, I just knew I liked Dieselpunk before it had a name…

Skip ahead 24 years.

acm_logoApple comes out with podcasting and the video iPod. I was working at a TV studio at the time with access to tons of computers and equipment so  I start encoding public domain movies and uploading them to the web, from those movies I created my first podcast. Eventually this grows and I create my own website archiveclassicmovies.com. I called it that because I like old movies, obviously, and I was hosting all my content at archive.org. The site was big and tough to maintain so I let things slide, and eventually I just let the site die all together.

Skip ahead a few more years…

It’s 2012 and I’m a web designer for a marketing company, and I’ve learned how magical a properly build content management system (This is all WordPress for the curious.) can be, and how much time and effort it can save  you.  Now I have a quick and convenient way to pull together all my resource and share all the vintage crap I’ve been collecting off and on for the past 30+ years. I hope you all enjoy.

Thanks,
Scott

Dieselpunk Industries HQ

the_door Dieselpunk Industries is located in the Guilford Building in Greensboro NC. The building finished construction in 1927, originally built as a hotel it would be competing with a previously existing hotel located two blocks away the plans changed to make the building a bank. The bank stayed in business for two years after the wall street crash in 1929. Now it serves as a major communication hub for several telecommunication companies, various offices, and marketing companies.