Google Mars, a functionality in Google Earth, contains inter alia animated simulations of Lowell’s and Schiaparelli’s Mars maps, depicting the Red Planet as they thought it looked like one century ago. Great for retro fans.
This programmable mechanical marvel would fit perfectly into Vidonia, the main geographical region of my renaissance fantasy role-playing game Gondica and my novel Spiran och staven. The Mechanurgist magician-artificers in that culture construct devices like this, though often even more fantastic.
I also think that it could be appropriate technology in the Swedish 18th-century horror RPG Götterdämmerung.
Every once in a while, I find small treasure troves on the web. Here is a Russian fellow who has created a lot of illos of great-looking diesel- and atom-retro devices and vehicles — link >>>
In the beginning of the 1950s, the United States military built a major air base in the icy wastes of Greenland. Quite a feat with the technology available 60 years ago. This enthusiastic period documentary tells how and why.