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The Good Old Days of Electronics



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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

Operation Ranger and Operation Buster-Jangle



What a crazy old world that was. "Mutually Assured Destruction." But we just thought it was normal at the time.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 22, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Death, Destruction, Dreams and Nightmares, Science, Technology, War, Armed Forces, Weapons, Documentaries, 1950's

1920s Anti-Forgery Pen

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To read the text better, visit original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed May 21, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Crime, Technology, 1920's

The Zimphone

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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.

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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

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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 (18)
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
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