This is showing of printing types from the 1906 American Type Founders type specimen book, in the form of a fictitious ad for an airship line - this three years before the first commercial airship service in 1909! So it isn't a Steampunk…
"One of the best places to start is with the works of Tim McCreight. His "Complete Metalsmith" has been a standard for years, and pretty much anything he writes is very good. Secondhand copies of "Complete Metalsmith"…"
"A couple of thoughts...
First, I would strongly encourage you NOT to tear apart your 1930s Remington. You'll regret not having it, and it is almost certainly repairable and (with tlc) usable. It's survived long enough that it…"
"Some time ago I was able to borrow a copy of the 1963 edition of the Keuffel & Esser Compensating Polar Planimeter manual to scan. I've just compiled that scan into a PDF and put it online at The Internet…"
"Each of the two main pieces (lead holder and point holder) should have a rectangular (or thereabouts) hole through it. You can use any rod that these two will slide on and clamp to. The rod does not provide any calibration. You set…"
"The instrument in the green case is a form of a "Beam Compass." You supply the "beam" and slide the lead holder and the point holder onto it. This lets you draw arbitrarily large circles. This particular Beam…"
Yes, this is more dieselpunk than steampunk, but it's still a great image. It is a photograph supplied by Westinghouse for the cover of "Little Wonder Book" No. 401, "Pioneering in Science." Published 1946. Now in the public domain.
Doctor of Words. Linotype machinist-in-training. Apprentice typecaster. I seem to like every machine with "graph" or "type" in its name: Linotypes, Intertypes, Typographs, Graphotypes, Telegraphs, Teletypes, Teletypesetters, (Printing) Type, Typewriters, Addressographs, Multigraphs, Varigraphs, Pantographs, Mimeographs, Diagraphs, and the Elrod. Words as physical things. I love stationary steam engines, the smells of coal and machine oil, and ragtime music. I feel most at home in a library or a machine shop, which is perhaps why our home resembles both.
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