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Mystery Gadget 23


Take your best guess!

The answer is here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Sep 14, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Technology, 1920's

Woman Swallowed by Escalator


Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Aug 28, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Death, Technology, 1980's

Mystery Gadget 22


Answer is here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Aug 25, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Technology, 1930's

What a Wonderful World It Would Be

The lesson? If only doctors could build our cars.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Aug 23, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Annoying Things, Family, Medicine, Technology, 1960's, Cars

Simplex Typewriter


Original ad here.

From 1891 to at least 1948. Not a bad run for any toy.

More info here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 30, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Technology, Toys, Comics, 1940's, Nineteenth Century

Fading Email

A new email service allows you to send emails that fade away seconds after the recipient opens them. Though I assume, of course, that the NSA will still have a full, permanent record of it all.

Available at

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jul 24, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Technology, Internet

Threading the RCA Projector

The latest entry in our boredom contest. This guy's voice is particularly deadly--especially when he repeats the same passage!

However, I now want to say "sprung idler" and "snubber roller" over and over, so the film must have worked!

The fact that this skill is extinct does add a certain piquancy to the boredom, though.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jul 08, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Boredom, Movies, Technology, 1950's

Home VCR:  1965


I really was unaware that home video outfits debuted as early as 1965.

Of course, there was the stated price range to consider, from $500.00 to $1100.00.



Full article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jul 03, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Technology, 1960's

Mystery Gadget 21


Early fecal transplants? Your best guess, before clicking through to the answer. (Scroll down half a page.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 19, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Technology, 1920's

The Good Old Days of Electronics


Sure, it's only 25 inches on the diagonal, with the resolution of an Etch-a-sketch. But look at that wood cabinet!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 03, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Money, Technology, Television, 1970's
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