The Wunderkammer of the Mild Colonial Boy, Esq., a Reactionary Tory Gentleman, who armed only with a Steampowered Babbage Engine and Pure Intentions, wanders the Time Streams and Aetheric Plane gathering an Eccentric Hodgepodge of Curiousities, Frivolities, Whimsicalities and Nonsense.
Q. Why is your Tumblelog called "My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning"?
A. Because "My Grandmother's Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning" wouldn't fit in the available space.
The LVCI No. 1 “Cerere,” one of fifty engines built by Stevenson for the Lombardisch-venetianischen und central-italienischen Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft, which soon merged with the Südbahn, in 1857/58. Some of them were used till 1905. Johann Strauss’ Excursion Train might well have been pulled by such an engine. The photo is from before 1864.