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April 2010 Blog Posts (75)

Beyond Victoriana Special Edition Odds & Ends #4

I'm preparing for some big events in May (like co-hosting two panels at the Steampunk World's Fair. Will you be coming? It's bound to be INTELLECTUALLY STIMULATING and IMMENSELY ENTERTAINING.) Thus, the next post will be delayed. But never fear, I have some nifty reads that have been building up in my inbox for you to… Continue

Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on April 30, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Dr. Muttenstein, Mad scientist of Waleska campus

The skies were bluer than they’d been in a fortnight, almost as if mocking the inhabitants of the Blackrose. Foul weather had plagued the airship’s voyage- and storms were a major threat to such. But just when hope had risen with the sun, a spot was noticed upon…


Added by Oliver Crouley on April 30, 2010 at 1:45pm — 1 Comment

Exciting news my fabulous aviator steampunk costume is going to be in a Fashion Competition!

I'm new, but what better place to post a blog about Project Twinsburg. What is Project Twinsburg? It is a fashion competition spanning from 1910 to 2010 fashions. A celebration that the local Twinsburg Public Library is putting on for their Centennial birthday. I am one of four designers that will be competing and I chose to represent modern steampunk fashion. So I embarked on a wonderful journey of putting together my outfit. Chose some nice fabrics in black, gold, and rust. The outfit has a… Continue

Added by the Aviatrix on April 29, 2010 at 5:26pm — 10 Comments

the Sac Steam Ball TONIGHT

As most of you should know by now the Sac Steam Ball is tonight after your meeting so I hope to see some familiar and also some new faces there tonight! This promises to be alot of fun! I think…


Added by Miguel Valdez on April 29, 2010 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Substance Control -a poem

It's funny how one single insect can ruin a glass of Sunny D

Is the end a means to our desires

And when has sense meant anything

It's funny how one single glass of Sunny D can ruin a insect

Are desires a means to an end

And when has anything made sense

Contain the Sunny D take away the taste

Contain the Insect make away with waste

And they both expired in one single moment

And they both leave the substance of… Continue

Added by Bridget Innes on April 29, 2010 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Join the cause.

Ladies, and gentlemen of the Empire. We are spread all over the world, though we are separated geographically, we are one in spirit. All of you by your own free will, choose the path less tread upon, a path that takes commitment, dexterity and wisdom. I salute all of you, every man and woman, but I come to you with a question, will you join me. As of now I have started a militia, The Imperial Forces of The Steampunk Empire. Its purpose will be to defend any Steampunk around the globe. If they… Continue

Added by Lt. Sir Alexander Von Gitzinger on April 29, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

AnachroCon and New Projects

My schooling is finally taking a break (only for a month, I'm afraid), so I now have more time to dedicate to my sewing. I've had the materials to create three gentlemen's waistcoats and two pairs of ladies' bloomers for months now and just haven't had time to make them. I'm hoping that I'll be able to get them done in the break between semesters, as well as do work on some of my own projects.

First up, however, is AnachroCon, which is this weekend, and which I will be sitting two… Continue

Added by Joie-Elise Prideux on April 28, 2010 at 7:37pm — 2 Comments

Calling All DC Steampunk Enthusiasts

If you live in the DC Metro Area, Maryland or Virginia, it would be great to meet you guys. I am part of a small troupe located in Calvert County, Maryland called the Lucky Gamble, and we are eager to meet other steampunkers like ourselves! Feel free to comment and we can talk about possibly meeting up or planning an event.

Added by Navigator Isaac Chase on April 28, 2010 at 2:15pm — 2 Comments

I have have received a letter from Lady Diega Marino Cavallos the Marquessa of Santa Inigo de Ona. She says that she wishes to meet me to discuss matters of mutual interest and benefit. I cannot shak…

I have have received a letter from Lady Diega Marino Cavallos the Marquessa of Santa Inigo de Ona. She says that she wishes to meet me to discuss matters of mutual interest and benefit. I cannot shake the illogical feeling that this is an ill-fated letter, but my curiosity is tickled, and I am in need of another source of funding. I will ponder this while I install the wireless telegraph. Continue

Added by Prof. Wolfram Von Zott on April 28, 2010 at 8:38am — No Comments

steampunk linkblog, April 27 2010

Remember our giveaway for Ghosts of Manhattan? Now the first six chapters are available online, so even if you didn't win the giveaway, you can read part of the book. (That being said, our winner has not yet responded with an address, so we still have the book.… Continue

Added by Steampunk Librarian on April 27, 2010 at 7:02pm — No Comments


Well I decided the first thing to do was to go through my existing wardrobe to see what I could pull together. And below is what I put together for a casual outfit til I can get a nicer one made.

I thought I might wear a cameo at my throat, a little fancy magnifying glass on a delicate chain, and a pocket watch.

I'm open to suggestion.

thanks to anyone who…


Added by Lady Paullé Jung Alexander on April 25, 2010 at 5:45pm — 4 Comments

Mr Bear's Cucumber Sandwiches

No tea is complete without these elegant and tradional finger sandwiches. These were served at the recent (Satyrday, April 24th, 2010) Imperial Tea hosted by Miss Kitty at the Wauregan in Norwich, Connecticut Though the recipe sounds rather unimaginative these morsels are quite delicious. The touch of lemon juice really does make this dish shine.

Mr. Bear's Cucumber Sandwiches
1 large loaf of firm textured white sandwich bread ( brand…

Added by Baldur Makepeace Bear on April 25, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Remains Untitled -is the title

By Bridget Innes

his beauty the moths did know

mockingbirds never could catch his sound

mounted were the butterflies

as he lay beneath the ground

but her bones wont bring him back

the shadows all were fading

as the sun hung over head

dried up were the ink wells

oh how the paper bled

and this world is on it's back

she mulched the family plot to protect her roots

but the stones are so narrow

her feet… Continue

Added by Bridget Innes on April 25, 2010 at 6:21am — 1 Comment

My Life in the Grave

My interest in cemeteries began at an early age. As a toddler I would fall asleep looking out my bedroom window towards Hillview Cemetery. Hillview as suggested is positioned on a hill, our home was at the top of this hill which made for a wonderful view. My brother and I would venture through this cemetery almost daily to reach the park on the other side.

After my family moved it would be several years before I found myself in any cemetery. In the meanwhile a friend and I began… Continue

Added by Bridget Innes on April 25, 2010 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

Beyond Victoriana #24 African Junk Artist Willie Bester's Apartheid Laboratory

Soldier II

"What I try to get behind is why it is so difficult for people to change from their old ways. It hasn't worked out the way I imagined. People who thought they were superior before haven't really changed. I try to find out through studying history what gives people the right to think that way. I try to find a solution, not to be disappointed, to reach an understanding." - Willie Bester (… Continue

Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on April 24, 2010 at 9:32pm — No Comments

A Band in Need

The band, Colourslide, is not a steampunk band, but they do need help, and since this is a community full of artists and entertainers, I figured many of you could relate to their current troubles.

"On Sunday, March 21st the band was traveling back to Florida…

Added by Lisa Rooney on April 24, 2010 at 9:42am — No Comments


While I would very much like to see her in a corset, my wife has previously shown little interest in joining me in the world of steampunk. This changed when she saw online that the Curio Theatre Company was going to be doing a steampunk-styled production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" in Philadelphia the same Friday night that I was going to be in Piscataway, NJ for the Steampunk Worlds… Continue

Added by Zebulon Vitruvius Pike on April 23, 2010 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

FAREWELL: The adventures of Lady Hay on the first flight around the world

For all of you who appreciate the beauty of the dirgible, the documentary, FAREWELL, is about the adventures of Lady Hay on the first flight around the world in a Graf Zeppelin in 1929. It will be playing at Toronto's Hot Docs Festival which runs from April 29th to May 9th. For more information, here is the link to the films website which has a lovely trailer and some nice photos of the ship as well:…


Added by Louise Kiner on April 23, 2010 at 1:17pm — No Comments

The Conquest of the Pole. A story Chapter One

The paddlewheel flashed in the cold waters of the Yukon River as Samuel Archer looked down from the Texas Deck of the Steam boat River Queen. He wondered if he had had the right choice. He could have stayed in his comfortable rooms in Seattle, with his arms around his fiance Belle. He could have been warm and happy. But, no. He elected to take on the assignment of his editor to interview the eccentric American inventor August Challenger in his laboratory in White House, Canada. He thought it… Continue

Added by Richard L. Senate on April 23, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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