"I was a rather sickly, rather timid little boy, very fond of desultory reading and of natural history, and not excelling in any form of sport. Owing to my asthma I was not able to go to school, and I was nervous and self-conscious, so that as far as I can remember my belief is that I was rather below than above my average playmate in point of leadership; though as I had an imaginative temperament this sometimes made up for my other short-comings. Altogether, while, thanks to my father and…Continue
Added by Tome Wilson on October 16, 2010 at 1:42pm — No Comments
Happy birthday, HG Wells!
As "the man who invented tomorrow," HG Wells is very important to both the steampunk and dieselpunk aesthetics. Along with Jules Verne and George Griffith, HG Wells helped to invent the genre of the scientific romance (a precursor to science fiction) while capturing the spirit of adventure in an age of adventure.
In honor of his birthday, here are some gifts we can all share. May you be inspired to create in…Continue
Servizi Espressi Transatlantici, La Veloce Navigazione Italiana a Vapore, vers 1889.
Le Bateau est le Nord America.…
Added by Tome Wilson on September 17, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Silver certificates are an older form of U.S. currency; their value was backed by silver held in the U.S. Treasury, and they could be redeemed at the Treasury for silver dollars. An 1886 Act of Congress authorized the creation of a new series of silver certificates, and so it came to pass that the Secretary of the Treasury gave the Bureau of Engraving and Printing the task of designing and printing the new currency.
Claude M. Johnson, then Chief of the BEP, had definite ideas about…Continue