RIT Libraries Research Guide - Steampunk Rochester


1916 Rochester - City of Varied Industries

Directory from 1920 Rochester - a trove of people, places, and things.


Fuel Magazine: The Coal Operators
Black Button Moonshine
Rochester inventions
  • Church tank to crush speakeasies
  • Ornate mechanical animals used as showpieces for the rich
  • Ostriches and elephants as alternative transportation
  • Zoos full of exotic mechanical animals
  • Submarine that busts bootleggers, or is used for bootlegging---or dueling submarines?
  • Zeppelins for regional and long-distance travel

  • Weapons
    • High class
      • Precision pistol
      • Thrice-forged steel saber
      • Medici's Expanding Cane
        • Like the hollow appearing canes that magicians have, only they can be filled with water by means of a discrete pumping mechanism.
    • Middle Class
      • Blunderbuss
      • Pistol
      • Rifle
      • Old war saber
    • Low Class
      • Knife
      • Shank
      • Garrote
      • Illegal gunpowder

  • Mechanical Organs and Prosthetics
    • Organs
      • Heart
        • could consist of a couple pumps that operate on a timer to move blood
        • as the human heart is constantly pumping, the machine may wear down quickly, could be problematic
        • perhaps might run better than a normal human heart, increasing the demand for them
      • Lungs
      • Eyes
      • Jaw
    • Limbs
      • Arms
      • Legs
    • Medical Applications
      • used to treat people with failing organs
      • used to treat injures received after the war
    • Intentional "Enhancement"
      • perhaps people could be adding machine parts to their bodies
        • machine parts might be stronger than organic parts
        • machine parts may be thought to be stronger, but may not be
      • could be a fad
        • some people may disagree with, naturalists could see as abomination
        • people might show off more ornate or custom designs and features
    • Class Issues
      • poorer people will not be able to afford the best working ones
        • might be more prone to failure or sloppier design
      • wealthier people may be able to afford parts with "extra features" or custom designs
        • hidden compartments
        • hidden weapons
        • built-in watch
        • portable type writer
  • Alternate History of World War 1
    • Depending on the technologies and resources available, there might be a complete shift in the events of the Great War
    • Examples:
      • The Black Hand used efficient automatons to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand
      • Various battles of the war ended in a different combatant's victory
      • War ends in White Peace or Central Power Victory
  • Name Generator & Census Data