I totally missed mentioning this back in February, but Edwardian Promenade had a lovely series of posts for Black History Month:
Lifting as We Climb: the Women’s Club Movement
Edmonia Lewis’s “Death of Cleopatra”
Cocotte of the Week: Sissieretta Jones
The Negro Exhibit at the 1900 Paris Exposition
Honey For Friends, Stings for Enemies: The Washington Bee
The Souls of Black Folk: Arts & Literature
Images of Progress: African-American Women
The Black Elite in America
W. E. B. Du Bois & Booker T. Washington: Two Sides of the Same Coin
And another interesting post from her about the transnational fashion influences between Japan & Europe:
Women of Meiji Japan & Western Fashion
Meanwhile, here’s G.D. Falksen’s post about The Zouaves on steamfashion.
A bit of Islamic sci-fi in Sultana’s Dream. The description: “Sultana’s Dream was originally published in The Indian Ladies’ Magazine, Madras, 1905, in English. This edition is transcribed from Sultana’s dream; and Padmarag: two feminist utopias by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain.”
And this webcomic was recently featured on The Steampunk Workshop:
Virtuoso: A webcomic about an alternative Africa by Jon Munger and Krista Brennan. The description reads:
Virtuoso is an alternate history of an Africa that never existed, one run by steel and springs, commanded by vast matriarchies and past the height of its culture.
Virtuoso is the story of Jnembi Osse, a professional weapons manufacturer for the most powerful empire in the world, and how her private rebellion becomes a full scale international incident.
Need I say more? Read on their website.
We’ve all seen the Steampunk Home, but how about the Steampunk Home on the Prairie? In the middle of Manhattan no less? New Yorker Rob Schleifer has effectively turned his apartment into a 19th-century frontier cabin:
Frontier cabin in Manhattan.
The New York Times did a profile on him: On Avenue A, a Quirky Slice of Faux Frontier Past
In the UK, Empire Line & Monarchs Of The East End is photographer Gavin Fernandes’s exhibition that renders “the politics of clothing and its relationship with class and caste in 19th century India ruled by the British Raj.”
Bryce Smith created this fierce battle for his submission for the Steampunk Myths & Legends contest at the CS Society:
A little gem for last: this was created for another Help Haiti project.
Gileonnen’s Hijabi Sky Pirate
Her LiveJournal post featuring this picture has a thoughtful discussion about steampunk and cultural appropriation.