Steampunk Hands Around the World, Lafayette Square

Hello Lovelies,

This is the last piece I completed for Steampunk Hands Around the World,

Lafayette Park, St. Louis, MO

Any Steampunk wanting to enjoy life’s natural pleasures would certainly enjoy a stroll through Lafayette Park in St. Louis, MO.  Once a common area for grazing cattle in the early 1800’s, Lafayette Park was dedicated in 1851, as one of the first public parks in the nation. At almost thirty acres, it was also one of the largest parks of the time and was certainly the biggest Victorian Park west of the Mississippi River. It was named after the Marquis de Lafayette, a French statesman who had volunteered under George Washington during the American Revolution.

Sturdy black iron fences surround the park adding to its regal splendor. Four stone gateways mark each corner of the park with additional gates at each midpoint.

A large lake hosts a variety of water fowl including ducks and swans.

Walking paths treat the visitor to delightful expanses of fields, forestry, and fauna. The St. Louis Perfectos play Vintage Baseball on one of these fields. They follow the rules of America’s greatest pastime from 1860.

The recently refurbished iron bridge that crosses the Rockery is one of the most favorite places in the park for photos. Not far from the bridge is the Elizabeth Cook pavilion where many a celebration has been hosted.  Just East of this scenic area is the Park House which was once a Police Station for the Lafayette Square area.

There are two historic statues in the park:  George Washington and Thomas Hart Benton. Benton was Missouri’s first great senator. His tribute was created by sculptor Harriet Hosmer, who rose to fame and prominence in the late 1800’s art world despite being female.

Remembrances of war are also in the park, with two immense cannons that were salvaged from the 28 gun British frigate Actaeon that was scuttled in Charleston, South Carolina during the Revolutionary War in 1776 during the Battle of Sullivan’s Island. A group of veterans purchased the pair of cannons for the Park in 1897, a year after the Great Cyclone of 1896.

The Great Cyclone decimated the park and many of the colorful homes, known as the “painted ladies”,that surrounded it. After 5 p.m. on May 27, 1896, this massive tornado leveled almost every tree in the park along with the bandstand, pavilion, and boat house. 255 people in the greater St. Louis area were killed and hundreds injured. By the turn of the century, the neighborhood fell into disrepair and was actually given a slum number for city tracking purposes.

But the Park and the city rose from the despair of the storm and poverty. Today, Lafayette Park continues to host family and public events, including the ever popular twice annual house tour. Several committees and volunteers maintain its magnificence. It is a perfect place for a steampunk day or evening in the park.

The YouTube vlog for this post is here:

Thank you for reading,

Victoria

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EVENTS

-Feb/March Art Show at Soulard Art Market, Steampunk III-https://www.facebook.com/events/117030105776686??ti=ia

-Spring-AKC Museum of the Dog group show

-March-Will the Vampire returns

-June 2018-Book Releases, watch this space!

-Labor Day Weekend 2018-Big River Steampunk Festival

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The kindle e-short stories will soon be gone forever. They are $.99 until then.

Steampunk!!!-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow”, its sequel, “Revenge and Machinery”, and the spinoff “A Long Reign” are on Amazon and Kindle. My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” and the Amazon bestseller “A Long Reign” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.
-A Sleepy Book of Dogs is now available on Amazon as well. Great for the pooch lovers!
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Steampunk III Opening

Hello Lovelies:

I’m almost finally recovered from a really nasty head cold. I managed to get well enough to attend the Steampunk III Opening last Friday.

I can finally reveal my three pieces:

“A Truly Mad Hat”, a huge hat:

“Steam Stepping” some super fancy shoes:

And “Collered”, a fun shrug:

I’ll have pics/video of the works in process soon.

The turnout was amazing! Some pics of the fine people who showed.

And the winners list:

The show will be up until March 27th.

I did a lot of catch up this weekend. Posted a live read on YouTube. I chose to read a portion of “Wounds” from “Strax and the Widow”, after recovering from so many illnesses myself. Enjoy!

My other latest blogs and vlogs here:

My first Steampunk:

http://www.steampunkcavaliers.com/uncategorized/my-first-steampunk-experience-by-victoria-l-szulc/

Eads Bridge for Steampunk Hands Around the World:

Follow all the Steampunk Hands Around the World Adventures during the month of February here on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/361976560880906??ti=ia

And again, Will the Vampire is returning very very soon.

As always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

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EVENTS

-Feb/March Art Show at Soulard Art Market, Steampunk III-https://www.facebook.com/events/117030105776686??ti=ia

-Spring-AKC Museum of the Dog group show

-March-Will the Vampire returns

-June 2018-Book Releases, watch this space!

-Labor Day Weekend 2018-Big River Steampunk Festival

LINKS:

-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box.
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!

BOOKS:

-A vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is here on Amazon and now on kindle too!:

The First Ten Bites, Black and White Edition: The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series, v. 1-10 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1978093241/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kzm4zb0KAZABG

The kindle e-short stories will soon be gone forever. They are $.99 until then.

Steampunk!!!-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow”, its sequel, “Revenge and Machinery”, and the spinoff “A Long Reign” are on Amazon and Kindle. My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” and the Amazon bestseller “A Long Reign” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.
-A Sleepy Book of Dogs is now available on Amazon as well. Great for the pooch lovers!
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
https://mobile.twitter.com/thecountesssp
-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen
-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steampunkcountess/
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-Fine Art America-store coming soon
-goodreads-Victoria Szulc

In the Works

Hello Lovelies:

Today I’ve been sleeping off and on with a nasty head cold that snuck up on me like a ghost.

Which reminds me that Will the Vampire returns soon.

And I have so many other things in process. After an exhausting few weeks, I dropped off my pieces for the Steampunk III Show. A sneak peek here:

I’ve got a bunch of blogs I’m working on for Steampunk Journal including the opening of Steampunk III. Most recent pieces are listed below.

I’ve extended the mask sale to next Sunday-ALL masks are marked 50% off in the Etsy store through Sunday 2/18/18. No coupons necessary. My link here:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen

Latest blogs and vlogs here:

My first Steampunk:

http://www.steampunkcavaliers.com/uncategorized/my-first-steampunk-experience-by-victoria-l-szulc/

Eads Bridge for Steampunk Hands Around the World:

Follow all the Steampunk Hands Around the World Adventures during the month of February here on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/361976560880906??ti=ia

As always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

————–
EVENTS

-Feb Art Show at Soulard Art Market, Steampunk III-https://www.facebook.com/events/117030105776686??ti=ia

-Spring-AKC Museum of the Dog group show

-June 2018-Book Releases, watch this space!

-Labor Day Weekend 2018-Big River Steampunk Festival

LINKS:

-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box.
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!

BOOKS:

-A vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is here on Amazon and now on kindle too!:

The First Ten Bites, Black and White Edition: The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series, v. 1-10 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1978093241/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kzm4zb0KAZABG

The kindle e-short stories will soon be gone forever. They are $.99 until then.

Steampunk!!!-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow”, its sequel, “Revenge and Machinery”, and the spinoff “A Long Reign” are on Amazon and Kindle. My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” and the Amazon bestseller “A Long Reign” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.
-A Sleepy Book of Dogs is now available on Amazon as well. Great for the pooch lovers!
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
https://mobile.twitter.com/thecountesssp
-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen
-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steampunkcountess/
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon
-goodreads-Victoria Szulc

Etsy Mask Sale!

Hello Lovelies:

Happy Mardi Gras! And a special thank you for all who’ve supported my Etsy store. So to celebrate ALL masks are marked 50% off in the Etsy store through Sunday 2/18/18. No coupons necessary. My link here:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen

A sample of masks in the store:

Now furiously working on visual art for Steampunk III, the info here!:

https://www.facebook.com/events/117030105776686??ti=ia

But feel free to check out my latest blogs and vlogs here:

My first Steampunk:

http://www.steampunkcavaliers.com/uncategorized/my-first-steampunk-experience-by-victoria-l-szulc/

Eads Bridge for Steampunk Hands Around the World:

Follow all the Steampunk Hands Around the World Adventures during the month of February here on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/361976560880906??ti=ia

As always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

————–
EVENTS

-Feb Art Show at Soulard Art Market, Steampunk III-https://www.facebook.com/events/117030105776686??ti=ia

-Spring-AKC Museum of the Dog group show

-June 2018-Book Releases, watch this space!

-Labor Day Weekend 2018-Big River Steampunk Festival

LINKS:

-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box.
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!

BOOKS:

-A vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is here on Amazon and now on kindle too!:

The First Ten Bites, Black and White Edition: The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series, v. 1-10 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1978093241/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kzm4zb0KAZABG

The kindle e-short stories will soon be gone forever. They are $.99 until then.

Steampunk!!!-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow”, its sequel, “Revenge and Machinery”, and the spinoff “A Long Reign” are on Amazon and Kindle. My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” and the Amazon bestseller “A Long Reign” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.
-A Sleepy Book of Dogs is now available on Amazon as well. Great for the pooch lovers!
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
https://mobile.twitter.com/thecountesssp
-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen
-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steampunkcountess/
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon
-goodreads-Victoria Szulc

Full Moon Creativity

Hello Lovelies:

With the Super Blue Blood Moon and me being a creative nut in general, I have been cranking out an unbelievable amount of work.

So let’s take a quick look at what’s been going on…

First the moon, it was a “super” rare event, so I got up at 6:45 am to check it out, but it was too cloudy here. So I turned on the tv and the stream online:

After a few minutes, I went to bed. After all Creativity needs dreams and sleep.

From the writer side:

1) A new read is up on YouTube from Strax and the Widow:

2) I did a blog and vlog for Steampunk Hands Around the World on the Eads Bridge:

Blog here:

https://mysteampunkproject.wordpress.com/2018/02/01/steampunk-hands-around-the-world-the-eads-bridge-st-louis-mo/

Vlog here:

Follow all the Steampunk Hands Around the World Adventures during the month of February here on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/361976560880906??ti=ia

3) My piece for Steampunk Cavaliers, “my first Steampunk” is here:

http://www.steampunkcavaliers.com/uncategorized/my-first-steampunk-experience-by-victoria-l-szulc/

4) Also working on a series of history and other bits for a certain steampunk publication. Pieces TBA soon!!!

5) Recently saw/rented a few movies for inspiration: the Dress Maker, The Magnificent Seven and Winchester.

6) Made a visit to Campbell House here in St. Louis for future creations and more inspiration. More pics coming, but in the meantime enjoy this:

Several interviews and guest blogs also coming soon!!!

From the visual/other art:

I’ve sold a bunch of stuff in the Etsy store, so I’ve stuffed it with MORE masks and more unique items! Great pieces for Mardi Gras and gifts for Valentine’s Day! I’ve raised my mask game ladies and gentlemen. Check it out here:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen

A visual sampling:

And yes, there are still more things I’m working on for the Etsy store, writing, and upcoming shows. Watch this space, 2018 is going to be magical!

As always, thank you for reading!

Victoria

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EVENTS

-Feb art show, details coming…Steampunk III

-Spring-AKC Museum of the Dog group show

-June 2018-Book Releases, watch this space!

-Labor Day Weekend 2018-Big River Steampunk Festival

LINKS:

-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box.
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!

BOOKS:

-A vampire collection “The First Ten Bites” is here on Amazon and now on kindle too!:

The First Ten Bites, Black and White Edition: The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series, v. 1-10 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1978093241/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kzm4zb0KAZABG

The kindle e-short stories will soon be gone forever. They are $.99 until then.

Steampunk!!!-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow”, its sequel, “Revenge and Machinery”, and the spinoff “A Long Reign” are on Amazon and Kindle. My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” and the Amazon bestseller “A Long Reign” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.
-A Sleepy Book of Dogs is now available on Amazon as well. Great for the pooch lovers!
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
https://mobile.twitter.com/thecountesssp
-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen
-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steampunkcountess/
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon
-goodreads-Victoria Szulc

Steampunk Hands Around the World, The Eads Bridge, St. Louis, MO

Hello Lovelies:

This month I am happy to guest blog for the Steampunk Hands Around the World event.

Today’s trip leads us to the Eads Bridge in St. Louis, MO.

If you were a steampunk coming into a real or imagined St. Louis from the Eastern United States in the late 1800’s, you would have undoubtedly crossed the Eads Bridge.

Eads Bridge is named for James Eads, a brilliant engineer and businessman who designed the bridge in 1867.  At the end of the Civil War, St. Louis was fighting to become the continued gateway to the west. The booming city was still competing with large Midwestern cities like Chicago and fighting the steamboat industry for a piece of the national transportation pie. It was said a bridge over the Mississippi River would be imperative to St. Louis’ survival.

With support from Andrew Carnegie, construction began on the steel and stone bridge in February 1868. It was created in ways that had never been attempted before. Trains, horse and buggy carts and eventually cable cars would use the bridge. Two enormous pneumatic caissons sunk below the muddy Mississippi to bedrock. They were the largest ever built and sunk to depths never reached before. This resulted in the first mass outbreaks of “the bends” or decompression sickness. During the construction of the bridge, 15 workers died, 2 were left disabled for life and 77 injured.

But two massive stone piers rose from the river and became the base for a cantilever method of support. Massive arched beams soon connected the piers and the shorelines.  Yet the steamboat industry and the Army Corps of Engineers still declared it unsafe even as the bridge was nearing completion. Eads called in a favor to President Ulysses S. Grant to overrule the Corp, and on June 14, 1874, an elephant strolled a “test walk” across the bridge to prove that it was safe. Two weeks later Eads sent 14 locomotives back and forth across the bridge at one time.

The bridge was completed before the famous Tower Bridge in London. It spans 6,442 ft. with a width of 46 ft. The center span reaches 520 feet and has been high and wide enough for planes to fly under its clearance of 88 ft.

Many businesses thrived and new buildings sprung up along the waterfront including the old Switzer Licorice Factory. Ironically the factory’s upper floors collapsed during a freak thunderstorm in 2006 and scattered bricks and mortar onto the bridge.

It has survived harsh winters where the mighty Mississippi froze over enough to allow people to walk across the massive span of water. Flood waters have risen around it countless times including the Flood of 1993. And it resisted the horrific tornado of May 27, 1896 which roared through St. Louis, Missouri and East St. Louis, Illinois, killing and injuring hundreds of people. Damage to the shoreline towers was sustained, but the bridge stayed strong.

Today, a modern steampunk can take the Metrolink Train, drive one of the four lanes, bike, or walk across the bridge. Several lookout points allow pedestrians to look over the water or watch the trains along the riverfront. Once arriving in St. Louis, one can venture into the Landing Entertainment District,  see the oldest church west of the Mississippi, The Old Cathedral and the Old Courthouse made famous for the Dred Scott decision.  And ironically, adventurous steampunk folk can still book passage on steamboats on the riverfront and take a cruise under the bridge.

Poet Walt Whitman wrote: “I have haunted the river every night lately, where I could get a look at the bridge by moonlight. It is indeed a structure of perfection and beauty unsurpassable, and I never tire of it.”

Photos courtesy of the Missouri History Museum and my own collection. More photos and video footage from the top of the bridge here:

Thank you for reading,

Victoria

The Countess

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