For those of you who do not know me I am a New Babbage Resident dating back to the Sprocket days. I am not part of the “Old Guard” or what I call “Babbage 1.0” but more like Babbage 1.5 (If you must know I think we are on about “Babbage 3.5” right now.) In my almost 4 years in New Babbage I have seen many changes, many great builds come and go and even the mysteriously destroyed Academy of Industry Mk1 (I am looking at you Dr. O).
As some of you might know, my typist is a photographer and engineer when not sitting behind a computer. He also lives in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, an area that was almost real life steam punk 120 years ago. The Springfield Armory was the birthplace of interchangable parts, The Stevens-Duryea produced in Chicopee was the first production Automobile in the United States (several years before Henry Ford invented the moving production line) not to mention a Rolls Royce Automobile plant, the second commercial radio transmitter, and many other precision industries.
While taking some photographs on Labor Day (you can read about it here http://holyokephoto.com/main/2011/09/06/water-street-mills-on-labor-day-2011/ ) my typist began thinking what will 1880’s New Babbage look like in 2011? Will it be like Holyoke or Springfield, MA? Like the meat packing district of New York? It is a really interesting question to entertain. There really is no way to know for sure, but he’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject.