The First Dirigible Takes Flight!

While Francesco Lana de Terzi may be considered the designer of the first airship, Lieutenant Jean Baptiste Marie Meusnier is mostly accepted as the inventor of the dirigible in 1784.

An interview with Itt – Felix Silla at the All Night Flea Market

It was recently this writer’s privilege and pleasure to have a chat with the actor, stuntman, and circus performer, Felix Silla.  This was during the Zurko Promotions, All Night Flea Market, in Wheaton, Illinois.

August 31st, 1864 – Sherman Marches on Atlanta

When Abraham Lincoln called Ulysses S. Grant east in the spring of 1864 to take command of all the Union armies, Grant appointed General William T. Sherman (by then known to his soldiers as “Uncle Billy”) to succeed him as head of the Military Division of the Mississippi, which entailed command of Union troops in the Western […]

Sunday Summary – August 30th, 2015

So what did you miss this week? This week we flew with “pilots of the future,” got a sneak peak at new Russian super heroes, realized that many of the Star Wars rebels were actually British, visited the Steampunk capital of the world, flew on the Goodyear blimp, and plenty more . . .

Calling All Artists!

We’re excited to announce that The Pandora Society will soon launch a regular steampunk serial by KT Sebastian. The story features sweeping grandeur and clever details, diverse characters and rollicking adventures. It is, essentially, begging for illustrations. We are currently seeking artists of all styles to design cover art for the serial’s individual chapters. For […]

August 30th, 1836 – Houston is Launched!

August 30th, 1836, two real estate entrepreneurs—Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen—from New York, purchased 6,642 acres of land along Buffalo Bayou, Texas with the intent of founding a city. The Allen brothers decided to name the city after Sam Houston, the popular general at the Battle of San Jacinto, who was elected President of Texas in […]

So You Wanna Be A Rocket Scientist

“It’s not rocket science” is a phrase we’ve probably all used at one point or another–in frustration over a whining child or an inept employee, or just as reassurance to someone we’re trying to teach to use a web browser. The phrase was coined in the 1980s, replacing the previous term “It’s not brain surgery.” […]

August 29th, 1898 – Look! It’s the Goodyear Blimp!

The first Goodyear factory opened in Akron, Ohio, on August 29th, 1898. The thirteen original employees manufactured bicycle and carriage tires, rubber horseshoe pads, and poker chips. The company grew with the advent of the automobile, and later started experimenting with airship design.

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