Sunday, October 2, 2011

October Preview

19th century watercolor depicting a Punjabi funeral procession (gdhillow)
October is another one of those months filled with observances and meanings- seemingly more than usual! Since Miss Kagashi is still buckling down her Fall semester, the weekly post goal is going to be two (perhaps three if it's a slow or inspiring week). Here's what you can expect for the month of October:

Clothing You'll Love
Once Upon a Time in Mexico...

Focus on Folkways
The Other Ways to Love (A Survey of LGBT Culture in the 19th century)
Ashes to Ashes (Exploring Mourning and Funeral customs- just in time for Halloween)

Kagashi's Kitchen
Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skulls

Featured Traveler of the Month

It was also noted on the blog's facebook page that a few days ago the Steamer's Trunk officially turned one year old. As is the case with anything online, its success is a mirror of the many wonderful people that subscribe, read, and repost- so thank you all. It's been a hell of a year and I've learned a lot through my research- and I hope you've learned something too! Or perhaps that you saw something and was inspired. My deepest thanks to all of you, from the casual reader who was linked here by a friend, to the lovely people who link, to the subscribers that have been here from the beginning. Hopefully I can meet you on the road somewhere (we'll have a cup of tea!).

Nautical hijinks! Mummy unwrappings! Irate Germans! OCTOPODES!
Speaking of which- I'll be appearing at Teslacon II in Madison, WI in November! In addition to my duties playing Kapitan von Grelle, the irascible captain of the Imperial Anti-Piracy Squadron, I'll be giving a panel on the possibilities of Multicultural Steampunk! Sitting on the panel with me are Captain Anthony Legrange of the Airship Archon, Aaron Egan the Steampunk Chef, and the blog's Archaeology and Anthropology consultant Jade Luiz. If you have a ticket to this sold out event, don't miss it!


  1. Very much looking forward to the Ethiopia post! <3
    Your Teslacon banner, by the way, seems to be linking to... the banner image. Did you mean for it to link to the Teslacon site? (Just wanted to bring that up :D)

  2. You know, I start following your blog for the great thought articles on integrating multiculturalism in steampunk, but also your good sense analysis on HOW to integrate these influences intelligently.
    I'm now using it for reference in all kind of my stories. You have gathered a great reference list about costumes, customs and reference for all over the worlds, and even if it's not complete, it's give solid base to help us search on our own.
    Thank you for everything.
    (And yum sugar skull!)

  3. Exciting! I've just started my freshman year at college, so I won't hold it against you if you fall behind on posts. It's tough :)

  4. Looking forward to your panel at Teslacon... your blog and others have inspired me to work up some non-European wear for Friday. Thanks very much for your writing!

  5. Very much looking forward to Teslacon! And what a perfect venue for a multicultural steampunk panel - glad you brought it to our attention, I know I'm going to be overwhelmed by the con in general, and this is something I don't want to miss out on! See you in Nov.

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