The Life of Emma Allison

The 1876 Centennial Exhibition Women's Pavilion Steam Engineer

Archive for May 2013

The Baxter Steam Engine with Flowers

Emma Allison was the engineer of a six horsepower Baxter steam engine. The engine itself is not generally mentioned in accounts of Emma’s work but this article, from¬†Pacific Rural Press, Volume 12, Number 13, September23, ¬†1876, gives a delightful description of how Emma decorated it. It also confirms that she spoke to people about moving to California after the Centennial.      

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Who was A.D. Marchand?

After a great talk at the 2013 Steampunk World’s Fair about Emma Allison and her fate, I thought more about the man she may have married later in life, A.D. Marchand. Someone in the audience had asked what I knew about him and to this point very little. But I have learned that if you keep doing the same search online, you can get different results because so much new […]

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