We’ve got a pretty nice poster for the Steampunk Leisure exhibit starting on September 22, if I do say so myself.
I know you’re getting ready to ask “Where did this AWESOME image come from?”
This image is from a collection of illustrations entitled “The Growth of Industrial Art” prepared for Cincinnati Industrial Exposition, Cincinnati, Ohio. The person responsible for getting this material together was Benjamin Butterworth, who was not only a Representative from Ohio, but served as the Commissioner of Patents from 1896 until his death on January 16, 1898. He was also a Regent for the Smithsonian Institute from 1890 – 1891.
This particular illustration is based on a patent awarded to G. W. Pressey in October 1880. The bicycle was called “The American Star.”
Submissions for the exhibit are due tomorrow, September 7, 2012.