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Steampunk Symbols and Meanings: History of the Genre’s Iconography

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In addition to these artistic touches, the genre imagines the era utilizing the technology of the Industrial Revolution, and having many of the same advances as we have, but importantly, only powered by steam. And so, any steampunk materials and ideas must reflect that.

For your best experience in the steampunk genre, it is important to have a strong understanding of what the symbols mean and where they come from. Whether in fields of alchemy or technology, the more you know about the background of the Industrial period, the more you will be able to appreciate the characters in your favorite steampunk book.