Steampunk Wind in the Willows illustrations are bursting with charm

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Artist Krista Brennan adds a touch of bespoke technology to Kenneth Grahame's classic tale of a curious mole, a leisure-loving rat, and the fad-crazed Mr. Toad, lending her own vision to the characters and their world.

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For her Steam in the Willows illustrations, Brennan takes as her inspiration the industrial era in which Grahame was writing, but chooses to celebrate artisanal technology in lieu of mass production, while adding the occasional flourishes of steampunk-style retrofuturism and Art Nouveau. And the natural world that Grahame paid tribute to is present alongside her mechanical fishing poles and phonograms.

Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, Brennan is planning to release a new edition of The Wind in the Willows featuring her steam-powered illustrations. You can see more at the project's website and Brennan's deviantART page.

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Illustration for article titled Steampunk emWind in the Willows/em illustrations are bursting with charm
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CarnivalofBowls
CarnivalofBowls

Kind of weird that Mr Toad's car is a steam-powered contraption - gasoline-powered cars were definitely the norm then as today, but I suppose they're not steamy enough to be steampunk.

Interestingly, electric cars were quite popular in the very early days of the automobile. The rich buyers liked that they operated silently and were much easier to drive, and although the batteries of the day meant their operating range was limited to small drives usually within city limits, that was enough for most car buyers of the time. Few early automobilists used their cars for anything more than small outings - any sensible person took the train to cover any real distance back then.