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Our Steampunk Telegraph Office at Clockwork Alchemy 2014. The Telegraph Office has operated at every Clockwork Alchemy to date.

Steampunk Exhibition logo For the weekend of March 12-14, 2009, we deployed the Aetheric Message Machine for the first time at the Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition in Emeryville, California.
Front view

In operation

The Machine at the Exhibition. with all brass polished.

Attendees sent messages to the machine by texting from a cell phone. The messages were printed and then hand-delivered within the Exhibition by uniformed messengers of the St. Clair Aeronauts.


Rear view

Rear view

The Message Machine from the rear, with messages awaiting delivery in wire baskets.

Operator tearing off message

Incoming message

Our operator, in proper green eyeshade and corset, tearing a message off the machine.

Operator cutting apart messages Stamping message and putting it in envelope

Message processing

Our busy operator cuts the messages apart, checks the name to which they are to be delivered, stamps them "Deliver by Hand", time and serial number stamps them, puts each message in a yellow envelope, and rings the brass desk bell for a messenger.

St. Clair Aeronauts delivery


Delivery by messengers of the St. Clair Aeronauts.

During the 2 1/2 days of the Exhibition, over 240 messages were handled.

December 31, 2015