Steampunk

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Judge’s Library, 1889:

Judge’s appliance for the prevention of accidents by electric wires.

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Ilustration from “The Floating City” (1870s)

November 9, 2012
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Captain Nemo’s Nautilus

November 9, 2012

A scene from an early Universal Pictures movie.

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Iron Frame Finisher Card Machine

June 12, 2012

I have no idea what this is. Iron frame finisher card machine? Maybe. Still don’t know what that means. But this is beautiful! From “One hundred years’ progress of the United States,” published in 1871.

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Castagno viaduc

April 25, 2012

I am unable to find any recent pictures of this 19th century viaduc in Castagno, Italy. Does it mean that it no longer exists? Are arches not as durable as VW commercials make us think? The design is reminiscent of Roman structures, but the train crossing over at the highest level looks almost futuristic. See [...]

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French translatlantic cable, 1869

April 18, 2012

These pictures represent the laying of the French Atlantic Telegraph Company cable, connecting Brest, France to Canada via St. Pierre Island. Early submarine communications cables are an extremely impressive technological achievement and, as you can see, they required considerable skills and bravery.

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Steam tractor

March 30, 2012

Steam tractor transporting wood. One sweet ride!

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The Outlaws of the Air by George Griffith (1895)

March 8, 2012

The theme of asocial types ruling the air was very popular at the end of the 19th century. George Griffith’s “The Outlaws of the Air” is yet another specimen of this genre. Something actually makes me think that the author was too sympathetic towards his anarchist characters…

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Hartmann the Anarchist or The Doom of the Great City

March 6, 2012

“Hartmann the Anarchist or The Doom of the Great City” is a novel by Edward Douglas Fawcett, published in 1892. The ship’s name is, very appropriately, Attila.The whole thing is very steampunkish! For a while I was silent. I thought of my Utopian project. Then I said, “So far as my theories go, I will [...]

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