Science Art: Leavitt Pumping Engine, from Appletons’ cyclopaedia of applied mechanic, 1880.

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E.D. Leavitt, Massachusetts mechanical engineer, designed many huge machines in the 1870s.They moved things, macerated and mangled them, mined and melted them. Leavitt’s machines did things measured in the millions of gallons.

And his niece was one of the great women of astronomy, too.

[image via Old Book Illustrations]