The Aetheric Message Machine Company will have a steampunk Telegraph Office at Clockwork Alchemy again in 2014. We're looking for two to four reliable people per shift to work in the Telegraph Office at the event. Steampunk cosplayers especially!
Anyone at the convention can send a telegram for free by texting from a cell phone. The messages are printed on antique printing telegraph equipment, stamped, sorted, put in envelopes, and delivered around the con by messengers. We did this at the last three Nova Albion events, Clockwork Alchemy 2012 and 2013, and once at Maker Faire.
We have two jobs:Operator:
Works in the Telegraph Office and handles incoming messages from our brass and glass Aetheric Message Machine. Requires some typing and office skills. You'll be in a highly visible location, a glass-fronted office facing the main corridor to the ballrooms at the Doubletree. Expect to be photographed and interviewed. About half an hour of training is required.Messenger:
Runs around the con delivering messages. Requires energy and a good voice. "Telegram for ..." You'll be on your feet a lot.
This is a fun job to do in steampunk costume. You're handling real messages, using real antique machines, and do it in character. It gets busy, with the machines typing out messages and messengers running in and out. We'll be operating for the same hours that the vendor room is open, Friday through Sunday.The Telegraph Office at Clockwork Alchemy 2012
(Do come in and visit. We make our office look like a real telegraph office. It looked so official at the first Clockwork Alchemy that some people thought they weren't supposed to come in. We made it more inviting last year. Come in and take a close look at the machines.)
See our web site: http://www.aetherltd.com
Here's a video of the Telegraph Office in full operation
at Nova Albion.
Our training manual for operators.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or leave a message here.
Each job comes with a hat - choice of the cap shown above or a green eyeshade. And a brass badge.
The volunteer refund deal is the same as for other Fanime volunteers
, and will be coordinated through the volunteer office.The Aetheric Message Machine Company, Ltd. - bringing text messaging to the 19th century.