Beard & Moustache Contest – Blackbeard (aka Dr Forge)

Ladies and Gentlemen . . . we present to you our latest contestant for the Firehouse Moustache Wax Beard & Moustache Contest . . . Blackbeard (aka Dr Forge) of Cincinnati, Ohio. I have been trying to perfect the Blackbeard look for over a year now since transitioning from steel fabricator to full time musician with Band of […]

Voodoo Carnival 2015 – The Pickled Brothers Circus

  Susan Fessler, Travis Fessler and his brother Erik Kloeker form the internationally celebrated troupe of sideshow freaks known as The Pickled Brothers Circus! The Pickled Brothers eat fire, juggle, swallow swords, crack whips, and lay on beds of nails. They’ve performed all over the world amazing and amusing kids and adults. You may have seen […]

This Day in History – November 26th, 1863

On November 26th, 1863 United States President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed November 26 as a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated annually on the final Thursday of November. The first documented thanksgiving services in territory currently belonging to the United States were conducted by Spaniards in the 16th century. Thanksgiving services were routine in what was to become […]

Freedonia – Richmond, Indiana

Not an airship, a whole damn country, sadly, there are only two citizens at present. We are looking for ex-pats, renegades and anyone else in our general vicinity who is willing to take advantage of our generous amnesty program. We have open relationships with airships in the Cincinnati/Dayton/Indianapolis/Louisville polyhedron. Thaddeus T. Venture organizes Freedonia.  Email him at […]

Symposium Weapons Policy Update

  Starting in April 2015, the International Steampunk Symposium will not permit the use or display of realistic looking prop guns within the convention. This decision is designed to increase the overall safety of the roughly thousand people who be in attendance the weekend of April 24th to 26th, 2015. In light of recent and local events […]

This Day in History – November 25th, 1874

Following the Panic of 1873 the United States Greenback Party was established as a political party on November 25th, 1874 consisting primarily of farmers affected by the stock market crash. The Greenback Party (known successively as the Independent Party, the National Independent Party, and the Greenback Labor Party) was an American political party with an anti-monopoly ideology which […]

An interview with cosplayer and artist, Erica Willey

Erica Willey is a freelance artist from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is a recent graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design and also is a fan of Anime, Steampunk, and cosplays both.

Ceremonial Sashes, Medals, & Pins.

Ladies & Gentlemen of the Aether and attendees of the International Steampunk Symposium, with the increase number of excellent pins and medals that people are sporting at Steampunk events we have noticed that people are running out of room on their lapels and such, but we have also noticed those who have begun collecting their […]

This Day in History – November 24th, 1859

Around the world there are many who recognize today as “Evolution Day,” as it is the anniversary of the first publication of On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin on November 24th, 1859. Charles Robert Darwin, (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory. He established that all […]

Sunday Summary – November 23rd, 2014

So what did you miss this week? Monday, November 17th, Sweden declared war on Britain, we celebrated a quartet of Steampunk movies featuring Doug McClure, and added The Diabolical Steam Machine Of The Bluegrass to our list of Kentucky airships and steampunk groups.   Tuesday,November 18th, writer Mark Twain published his first short story, we looked at the career of Edgar […]

Steampunk Short Story Sunday

Ladies and Gentlemen of the creative writing persuasion, we invite you to share your tales with our readers. Coming soon we would like to publish Steampunk Short Stories each Sunday throughout the year for the reading pleasure of the Pandora Society. Writers retain all the rights to their work, but you just grant us permission […]

This Day in History – November 23rd, 1876

William Magear Tweed (April 3, 1823 – April 12, 1878) – often erroneously referred to as William Marcy Tweed and widely known as “Boss” Tweed – was an American politician most notable for being the “boss” of Tammany Hall, the Democratic Party political machine that played a major role in the politics of 19th century New York City […]