"When we all think alike, then no one is thinking."
— Walter Lippman

Monday, August 9, 2010

Steampunk Man

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction set in the 19th century Victorian era when steam power was still widely used.  It features futuristic technology as people of this historical period would have envisioned it.  
It contains fictional machines like those found in the works of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne.
Below is the original cabinet card I found in a local antique shop.   It had $5 printed in pencil on the back and, not having my reading glasses on, I though it read $8.   I nicely asked the owner of the shop if he would take $6 for it and he said "Sure!"   Later as my friend Katie and I were having lunch I took it out and with reading glasses on, realized my mistake and we had a good laugh about it.    For the rest of the afternoon as we explored local shops, it became our joke that whatever the price tag said, maybe I could offer a bit more.   As we get older we really need to keep our sense of humor and just roll with it.
The man in the photo seemed the perfect candidate to become "Steampunk Man" for this month's ATC exchange.    I had fun transforming him and really think it was worth the extra dollar paid.
If you are not familiar with Steampunk, do a little Google image search..... there is some amazing creative stuff going on in this genre!

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