Steampunk Festival Celebrates Retro Future

Sunday, Dec 1, 2013  |  Updated 1:16 PM EDT
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Steampunk Festival Celebrates Retro Future

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Antique keys lare among the wares at this year's Gilded Festival.

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A festival near Philadelphia is celebrating a kind of retro future, as if today's technological marvels were designed in the 19th century.

The Gilded Festival in King of Prussia is about a relatively new subculture known as Steampunk, which celebrates an imaginary past.

The festival features items such as a computer keyboard built from brass, leather, and typewriter-style keys, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports Sunday.

Festivalgoers dressed as time-travelers or pilots of steam-powered airships, with men in top hats and brass goggles, and women in leather corsets.

Vendors sold old-time clocks, various metal gears, and skeleton keys.

The three-day festival continues through Sunday afternoon.

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