May 5th, 1865 – The First Train Robbery!

Train robberies were more common in the past than today, when the speed of trains was slower, and often occurred in the American Old West. Trains carrying payroll shipments were a major target. These shipments would be guarded by an expressman whose duty it was to protect the cargo of the “express car“. Expressmen, conductors, […]

How to Train Your Dirigible

A signature event of the 2015 International Steampunk Symposium was the dirigible races taking place Saturday night. Since I had never witnessed this sport it was at the top of my list of must-sees, but due to the costume contest running over I missed the first several flights. A helpful neighbour quickly filled me in, however, […]

“Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes” – Film Review

That’s right, there was another Sherlock Holmes movie that came out around the same time as the Robert Downey Jr. movie and it totally had a dinosaur in it. Didn’t hear about it? I am not at all surprised. I am a huge fan of terrible movies. These are films that you can’t help but laugh at even though […]

May 4th, 1859 – The Final Bridge of Isambard Kingdom Brunel

The Royal Albert Bridge is a railway bridge which spans the River Tamar in England between Plymouth, Devon and Saltash, Cornwall bank. Its unique design consists of two 455 feet (138.7 m) lenticular iron trusses 100 feet (30.5 m) above the water, with conventional plate-girder approach spans. This gives it a total length of 2,187.5 feet (666.8 m). […]

Sunday Summary – May 3rd, 2015

So what did you miss this week? Alas due the 2015 International Steampunk Symposium we did miss giving you a summary on April 26th, but here is your report for this week that has just gone by. Monday, April 27th, in 1909 began the fall of the Ottoman Empire with the toppling of Abdul Hamid II, […]

2015 International Steampunk Symposium Entertainment Poll

The Pandora Society wants to hear from you! Let us know what you thought of the entertainment this  year, and what you’d like to see in the future in the poll below! Loading…  

May 3rd, 1913 – The Birth of Bollywood!

Raja Harishchandra (Marathi: राजा हरिश्चंद्र Rājā Hariścandra) is an Indian silent film, directed and produced by Indian icon Dadasaheb Phalke; it is the first full-length Indian feature film. The film was based on the legend of Raja Harishchandra, recounted in the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Although a silent film with intertitles in English and Hindi, its cast and staff was […]

Symposium Curiosities in Review

Over four years ago, when Aloysius Fox announced he’d be throwing a little thing called the Steampunk Empire Symposium, I (who at the time had just barely been Steamborn as Calamity Dawn) suggested he hold some kind of artistic venue. Not a traditional art show, not quite a maker faire, but something almost like that. […]

Food from the Symposium: France and Vietnam

I’m so happy to be one of the newest contributors to The Pandora Society! I’ll be talking about food and culture (and how the two mesh and influence one another) as well as a touch of food history. Look for a post or two about Victorian food technology, etiquette, traditions — and, of course, I’m […]

May 2nd, 1885 – More than “just” a Magazine for Women.

Good Housekeeping is a women’s magazine owned by the Hearst Corporation, featuring articles about women’s interests, product testing by The Good Housekeeping Institute, recipes, diet, health as well as literary articles. It is well known for the “Good Housekeeping Seal,” popularly known as the “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.” The magazine was founded May 2nd, 1885 by […]

The Symposium Ambassador Program

What is the International Steampunk Symposium Ambassador Program? It’s a fantastic opportunity to help the Symposium grow in 2016. It’s an excellent opportunity to save money off of Symposium tickets. It’s an awesome opportunity to earn some exclusive Symposium swag, but the International Steampunk Symposium Ambassador Program is not open to just anyone . . […]

Three Must-See Music Videos that Celebrate the Future

How do you pin-point the moment when something moves out of the realm of social outcasts and closet loves, and into the light of general acceptance, and ‘even the gas station clerk knows what that is’? One pretty clear indicator is when it makes its way into pop music. Here are three music videos that […]