POD 56 Cover
Actually whipped this one up at the last minute. Like the one for 54, this relates to stuff actually inside Point of Divergence. But since I didn't have much time, I couldn't make a whole workbench...and just went with a TV-tray instead...

The "POD TV-Tray of Doom" here has a newspaper relating to my discussion with Mark Ford on just what a "Disney Star Wars" in the early 60's would be like, with me suggesting that a mashup of War of the Worlds and it's semi-sequel Edison's Conquest of Mars might do the trick. This is actually a copy of the War of the Worlds knock-off that was done for the Boston Evening Post newspaper at the time (setting all the events in, of course, Boston rather than England). It was this version that Edison's Conquest of Mars is the actual sequel to (and it ran in the same paper too). It's got a nice little "Disney Research" stamp on it - though I haven't got a clue if they were using that sort of thing in 1962...

Sitting on top of the paper is a picture of a nice hunting prize - and a thylacine hunting "dog." This of course is from Dale Cozort's story Kyle Hits a Thylacine, as seen in POD 55 (see what you miss not being a member!). It's made up of an actual picture of the hunting duo and their dog, with the dog crossed out and a picture of a stuffed thylacine.

Moving to the right and past the pizza (from AJ Barile's, in Yucaipa - which I recommend), are a couple of maps of nineteenth-century Africa, specifically West Africa. These, of course, are a nod to Kurt Sidaway's brilliant Sahel Confederation timeline, about which I can't say enough good - even if my pizza's oils are soaking into the map.

Tucked in between them is a map of colonial America, show the potential divisions as of the result of Mark Ford's Southern Strategy timeline, where Britain retains South Carolina and George after the Revolutionary War..

And, yep, another "To Do" list shows up.

It should be noted that - apart from the pizza and the cup lid - nothing in this image is a real 3-D object. Which is to say, I got flat images and curved, bent and occasionally texturized them to look like "real" objects - well, a photograph of real objects, anyway. The TV-tray itself was particularly fun to do, even if I then covered most of it up. I think I got just the right air of over-the-top graphics and molded fiberglass that just screams early 60's TV-tray. Though most of them aren't embossed with "Point of Divergence" in gold...:)