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Babbage, Ready For His Close-Up

From a little over a year ago, some beautiful pictures of the Babbage Difference Engine #2:

For some reason, we’ve been conditioned to think of old technology as clunky or ugly.  Often, it was anything but.  The clean lines and repetition, lend even things like power stations, telephone exchanges, and pneumatic tube centers elegance and beauty.  It’s not necessarily better or worse than today’s Apple stuff, just different and lovely in its own way.  No wonder steampunk is so popular.

Posted in Design, SciTech.