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The Zimphone


When telephones were the cutting-edge of technology, cheap knockoffs arose. This Radio-Shack-style wired intercom sought to cash in on Ma Bell's high standards. Imagine stringing one mile of wire from your house to your friend's home through the neighborhood.

There are several sets for sale on eBay as I post.



Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri May 16, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Communications, Imitations, Forgeries, Rip-offs and Faux, Technology, 1950's

The God Helmet

Wikipedia info here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 04, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Inventions, Religion, Technology, Brain

The Pig Swing

Alas, today's factory farming of pork precludes such luxury treatment.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Mar 27, 2014 | Comments (19)
Category: Animals, Farming, Technology, 1960's

Mystery Gadget 20


Taking into account the presence of a wired-up conch shell, please explain what this gadget from the 1920s does.

Answer after the jump.

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 16, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Technology, 1920's

Slideshow, 1957-style

The camera: $26.75 in 1957 = $222.68 in 2014

The projector: $64.50 in 1957 = $536.92 in 2014

Total costs to take pictures and display them for others to admire: $759.60

16GB iPhone, no contract: $649.00
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 09, 2014 | Comments (17)
Category: Photography and Photographers, Technology, 1950's

Smoke Messages

This iPhone add-on, created by Dennis Be Bel, allows two people to send each other smoke messages. It's called the Smoke Messaging Service, or SMS. But the two have two agree in advance on what the smoke signals mean. [via likecool]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Feb 24, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Technology, Telephones

Vox Wah-Wah Pedal Commercial

"You can even make your guitar sound like a sitar!"

The history.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Feb 18, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Music, Technology, 1960's



Original ad here.


Original ad here.

Read the fascinating history of this device, plus others of the "vacuum suction" mode, at this site.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Dec 04, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Technology, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1910's

Delivery Drones

Amazon has announced their intention to eventually deliver small orders by drones. Dominoes Pizza is also talking about the idea for pizza deliveries. If things go down that road we could have some very busy skies!
Posted By: patty | Date: Mon Dec 02, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Technology

Hohner Tremolo Sextet


Because one harmonica was often not enough to obtain the desired lugubrious and annoying tone, Hohner used to make a model that offered six mouthpieces in one.

Hear it played excellently in the clip below by Paulette. The text for this video at YouTube is in French, and when Google translates it, I can make no improvement.

Paulette self-taught harmonica for many years has blown the 80 candles. For several months she has been practicing music theory with you and Jackie interpreter sight reading this pretty piece "Love me tender"

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Nov 18, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Music, Technology
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