This is my friend Carey. He is an old-school steampunk from before the nerfgunification of steampunk happened. He has a warehouse where one floor is miniature locomotives (meaning only 18 feet long or smaller), one floor is pipe organs, one floor is pennyfarthings, and one floor is Victorian motion picture equipment.
He collected HO scale trains as a kid, and when that scene peaked, he sold his collection. From there, he just sort of traded up, buying a Victorian house and filling it with jukeboxes, and so on until he needed a warehouse to store all his stuff.
When all the grand old theaters and drive-ins started getting torn down, he went around asking if he could take the projection and sound systems out, and he usually got them for free. Now he is a significant collector of vintage motion picture equipment, although he will say, “The Smithsonian has a finer collection.” When Magnolia was being filmed, Paul Thomas Anderson insisted on using a particular vintage camera for the black and white opening scene. Carey was the only person who had a working one. Get this: He had a CINERAMA. There are three in the world: Paul Allen’s in Seattle, the one in Dayton, Ohio, and his, now in the UK somewhere.
He is active in the Wheelmen as an Ordinary rider, crossed Canada on a railbike, drives his tiny trains for local parks, and is married to the one-time Turkish women’s pennyfarthing champion. He opened a Museum Of Victorian Motion Picture Technology in Chicago, and people came from all over the world to see it- but not that many of them, so it closed.
We met on Critical Mass as penny riders. The Wheelmen’s budget comes from appearing in suburban 4th of July parades as the guys on the pennyfarthings, and he has let me ride original pieces in those parades, an act of considerable trust given the value of the bikes. I was fully prepared to break myself to save the bike but the need, thankfully, did not arise.
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