WWII Magazine has a great set of infographics by Max Gadney on their website. They cover various weapons, equipment, and vehicles, as well as comparison charts like the one above. These are great for adding that extra touch of realism or finding that extra bit of inspiration for your dieselpunk story.
*Update: Improbcat is the photographer, not the person pictured below. Sorry for the confusion.
The hat, tie, headphones, and armband are excellent touches.
The contrasts are easy to see next to the steampunk costumes that are in other pictures from that set. While the crew of Steam Trek looks quite good in tassles, gold trim, and other such extravagances, the military look in dieselpunk style takes on cleaner lines, simpler uniforms, and modern neckties. This outfit cuts a very distinct 40s-era airforce or navy look with a few well-chosen accessories. It looks great as it is, but if someone else wants to try a variation on the theme: add medals, some more early electronic equipment, try a shirt with buttoned breast pockets, chevrons and other military insignia, boots, map cases and period backpacks, etc.
Improbcat: if you see this post, we’d love to see a few closeups of that armband, the equipment you have on your tie, and are those straps for a backpack? Let us know if you have any detail pictures in the comments.
It’ll be at least a few days before we get another substantial post up, but in the meantime, here are a few bits from around the web that are definitely worth a look:
- Ratmmjess of Slouching Towards Bethlehem recently put up a huge post covering the “zeppelin pulps,” a subgenre of 1930s pulp stories that focus on zeppelins. He’s got other pulp-related posts on the blog as well.
- Here is a small collection of 1939 sales brochures for cars from Auto Union (brochures in German).
- Megan-swing’s blog is full of WW2-era art, ephemera, ads, and what-have-you (site in Cyrillic).