Steampowered flying machines of yesteryear

David ! of the Wondermark webtoon sez, "To make my comics, I collect all sorts of weird old books and mine them for images. I found these photos in a recent acquisition -- an attempt at a steam-powered flying machine from 1893! The entire article is very long, but I think these three photos perfectly tell the whole story."

True Stuff: A New Flying Machine (Thanks, David !)