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.
‘Possess all that’s good in Motor Vehicle Construction - No. 1. Steam Runabout’ Advert, 1902
That steam runabout looks mighty fine.
ca. 1885, [Industrial series novelty mechanical clock barometer in the form of a steam engine], A. Mucoli & Figlio of Palermo.
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.
A full size working replica of the 1832 steam bus Enterprise.