The Steam Man was created in 1868 by famed inventor John Brainerd. As the world's first robot, its significance cannot be overestimated.

45 ton mechanical Elephant created, in France, from junk.

▶ 'The Writer' Automaton - YouTube

Robots!

steam punk animals

Behold the Power of Steam!!

The Hindenburg over Manhattan on May 6, 1937, hours before the famous disaster.

ROBOTS IN THE VICTORIAN ERA

Bearded Robot - 1909

Victorian carriage

*Steam of Consciousness, A Steam-Powered Kinetic Skull Sculpture - http://laughingsquid.com/steam-of-consciousness-a-steam-powered-kinetic-skull-sculpture/?utm_source=feedburner_medium=feed_campaign=Feed%3A+laughingsquid+%28Laughing+Squid%29

Toast... #Robots . . . Pgeist271 - "The Breakfast Robot"

Meet Freddie Ford, a robot made mostly of the component parts of Ford cars, in order to appear at Trade shows.

Robot

The advent of the mechanical man. 1890-1920

circus

Bliss Kolb - Duck Wing

I found these images browsing through The Illustrated London News for April (date obscured) 1853. In my experience seeing articulated, steam-driven robots in the mid-19th century is pretty unusual

HISTORY OF ROBOTS IN THE VICTORIAN ERA

Vintage robot and lady.