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How Dystopias Influenced Dieselpunk

The dystopia is a familiar trope in the “Piecraftian”, darker side of dieselpunk.

Erika Gottlieb argues in Dystopian Fiction East and West: Universe of Terror and Trial (2001) that dystopian fiction looks at the totalitarian dictatorships of the dieselpunk era as its prototype: “a society that puts its whole population continuously on trial, a society that finds its essence in concentration camps, that is, in disenfranchising and enslaving entire classes of its own citizens, a society that, by glorifying and justifying violence by law, preys upon itself.” Continue reading “How Dystopias Influenced Dieselpunk”

1939 New York World's Fair

The World of Tomorrow: 1939 New York World’s Fair

From the official 1939 New York World’s Fair pamphlet:

The eyes of the Fair are on the future — not in the sense of peering toward the unknown nor attempting to foretell the events of tomorrow and the shape of things to come, but in the sense of presenting a new and clearer view of today in preparation for tomorrow; a view of the forces and ideas that prevail as well as the machines.

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Cinquantenaire Museum Belgium Djehutihotep exhibit
Djehutihotep exhibit at Cinquantenaire Museum, Belgium, January 10 (Hilde Heyvaert)

The secondary Egypt exhibit at the Cinquantenaire Museum is accessible on both a Sarcophagi ticket, or a general admission one and is located on the top floor of the museum in their small Egypt collection section. While their Egypt collection is amazing in its own right, displaying many pieces you won’t see anywhere else, it is treated a bit like the unfavored stepchild. Everything else is beautifully presented throughout the museum, yet these are all simple displays and often the light sucks, which is a shame. Some pieces have also been moved (possibly to Sarcophagi) leaving ugly empty gaps. Continue reading “Djehutihotep”

Nazi Party Rally Grounds Nuremberg

Albert Speer’s Nazi Party Rally Grounds

The Nazi Party Rally Grounds in Nuremberg, Bavaria were Albert Speer’s first assignment as Adolf Hitler’s chief architect. The grounds he designed — and which featured prominently in Leni Riefenstahl’s propaganda masterpiece, Triumph of the Will — were based on ancient Doric architecture, magnified to an enormous scale and capable of holding over 240,000 spectators. Continue reading “Albert Speer’s Nazi Party Rally Grounds”

Johannes Huwe photo

The Photography of Johannes Huwe

We were acquainted with the wonderful photography of the very talented Johannes Huwe via Japan Camera Hunter and had to share it here as well, since most of the imagery is distinctively dieselpunk in nature.

The photographer chooses subjects like racing with old-timers, hot rods and land-speed racing, but also flight safaris and Artic expeditions. Truly in the spirit of adventure! Continue reading “The Photography of Johannes Huwe”

Atlantropa Gibraltar dams map

Atlantropa: The German Plan to Dam the Mediterranean

Discerning viewers of Amazon’s alternate-history drama The Man in the High Castle may have noticed when one of the characters made a passing reference to a German plan to drain the Mediterranean.

It sounds like just the sort of thing a megalomanic Third Reich would do, but they actually didn’t. The Nazis weren’t interested in the plan, but it was real. Continue reading “Atlantropa: The German Plan to Dam the Mediterranean”