Verne’s “Clipper in the clouds”: on deck of the Albatross

March 6, 2012

Well, gentlemen, do you believe in the possibility of aerial locomotion by machines heavier than air?” It would have been difficult not to succumb to the evidence. See also: Aeronefs! An old Jules Verne illustration

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Aeronefs! An old Jules Verne illustration

March 6, 2012

As you can see, one of the aeronefs is experiencing some trouble. The other one is about to attempt saving the crew. This is from Verne’s “The clipper of the clouds.” Aeronef, of course, is a French and therefore fancy word for airship.

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Hole through the Earth

March 2, 2012

You read it right, but it’s not so bad. The whole was supposed to be only exploratory, as envisioned by Camille Flammarion and described in The Strand in 1909. I have had the idea in mind for some time past of sinking a shaft into the earth for the express purpose of scientific exploration, descending [...]

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Mechanical figure (1851)

February 27, 2012

Piece of mechanism intended to illustrate the different proportions of the human figure: it admits of being expanded from the size of the Apollo Belvidere to that of a colossal statue. Count Dunin’s invention. As seen in the catalog for the 1851 Great Exhibition (UK). Only if this mechanical figure could fight zombies…

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Russian ponyskin cap with goggles (1905)

February 16, 2012

One of the phases which makes our stock the greatest in scope and the most complete of which we know is the number of clever patented garments and requisites of which this new cap is one of the cleverest. Only $8.50? Compared to the lady’s coat at $165 this is a positive steal. Can you [...]

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If Washington crossed Delaware today (1907)

February 15, 2012

Unfortunately, not a very clear image, but it is obvious that George Washington is inside a very cool submarine. Related: Washington monument inscriptions: Welsh and Latin

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Shark protection suit (1907)

February 10, 2012

This invention has for its object the preservation of human life while in the water and contemplates not only the protection against drowning, but also from the onslaught of ravenous fish.

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Imroved sunshade

February 8, 2012

The object of this invention is to provide a shelter from the rays of the sun, or from rain which may be maintained in position without effort or inconvenience by the wearer. That’s cool. But how about a hat??

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Moran’s patented fire-mask (1904)

February 7, 2012

This invention by William Moran  “relates to new and useful improvements in fire-masks; and its object is to provide a device of this character adapted to protect the head of the wearer from the flame and smode and which has means for permitting the admission of air to the mask.” Well, it sure does have [...]

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Diving apparatus. Mid-19th century

February 6, 2012

An apparatus has also been devised to enable a person to quit the diving bell, and remove to a considerable distance when requisite, and still to receive the necessary supply of air. It consists of a copper helmet, fitting water-tight to the shoulders of the wearer, and furnished with a mouth piece, to which is [...]

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