The electric man & the electric horse

The electric horse

Here. More Victorian Era robots. Thanks, David.

The woodmobile

Woodgas volvo

Who needs gasoline or batteries? John Dutch’s Volvo 240 is powered by wood.

“After 2000 kilometers on woodgas everything worked properly. Top speed is 120 km/h. Cruising speed 100-110 km/h. Fuel consumption approximately 30 kilos of wood for one hundred kilometers, which is also one effective filling of the fuel bin. The back seat loaded with sacks of wood make the total range approximately 400 kilometers.”

Update: “Wood gas vehicles: firewood in the fuel tank“.

Lost London

lost london

Picture gallery. Via Things Magazine.

Kite aerial photography

Kite aerial photography

Introduction / Picture gallery / What you need / More at Wikipedia. Via Cabinet Magazine.

Scrap it

“Because between 15 and 20% of a car’s emissions are produced during its manufacture, the optimal age for a car, the paper says, is 19 years. It would make more sense for the government to pay us to keep our old bangers on the road.” Read at Monbiot.

The development of the electric motor

Electric motor

Picture gallery at the Spark Museum.

Lost knowledge

Lost knowledge

Makezine goes low-tech with a weekly column on lost knowledge and a special issue (on paper).

Early Machine Technology

Early machine technology

At BibliOdyssey.

Street life in 1905

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Steam log haulers

Steam log hauler

Steam log haulers: The handful of
Lombard steam log haulers known to still exist today are a part of
history that illustrates the ingenuity of those who came before us. 
That history came alive Saturday as one of these surviving 19-ton
machines steamed into action in Brunswick.