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Ahead of its Time #1

Of course, not everyone had bad ideas in those old issues of Popular Science. Many of the ideas for new products were quite brilliant. This series will look at ideas that were ahead of their time. Today's lesson: In Car Tape Deck.

(from the March 1954 issue of Popular Science)

For a little background, the modern tape recorder came about in 1939, but it wasn't refined enough for commercial use until the late 1940s. Reel to reel tape recorders started to become common home recording machines in the mid 1950s and as a professional home audio format in the late 1950s. The first automobile tape player was the Muntz Stereo-Pak of 1962 which evolved in the Lear Jet Stereo 8 (better known as 8 Track) in 1964. Even so, 8 track players didn't become common in cars until the late 1960s, so unfortunately A. P. Sabol had another fifteen years to wait before his request was answered...
Posted By: Salamander Sam | Date: Thu Nov 12, 2009 | Comments (7)
Category: Technology, 1950's, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Two Girl Hitchhikers

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 27, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Fashion, Underwear, Law, Sexuality, 1940's, Cars

Car Talk

Is anyone else reminded of the callers on Coast to Coast AM?
Posted By: Salamander Sam | Date: Tue Oct 13, 2009 | Comments (9)
Category: Technology, 1980's, Parody, Cars

Key to Our Horizons

As we contemplate Peak Oil and other scary scenarios, here's a look back at a time when the automobile was king.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 01, 2009 | Comments (8)
Category: 1950's, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Moment of Decision

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Sep 24, 2009 | Comments (6)
Category: Crime, Stupid Criminals, Juvenile Delinquency, 1960's, Cars

Vorsprung Durch Technik?

An accident on Germany's A2 autobahn involving 259 cars has left 66 people injured, 10 of them seriously, but incredibly resulted in no deaths.

The pile-up occurred in the late evening, when a combination of heavy rain and a setting sun hampered the drivers' vision and made the road conditions slippery. The first accident happened near Hamelerwald, and began a cascade of other accidents that over the next two hours grew to span a 30 kilometre stretch of road. It finally took 340 emergency workers well into the next morning to finish dealing with the people and vehicles involved and the clean-up cost is expected to exceed 1.75 million Euros, i.e. $2.5 million (NY Daily News).
Posted By: Dumbfounded | Date: Sat Jul 25, 2009 | Comments (7)
Category: Accidents, Destruction, Disasters, Motor Vehicles, Cars

Pimp My Garage?

You may not be able to afford that "West Coast Customs" look for your ride, but how about the garage where you leave it?

image are offering a range of self adhesive garage-door covers that depict the contents of your garage as everything from a fighter jet to a strip joint. There's even one showing it to be completely empty. So if you fancy having an alligator, a speedboat or even a metro station in your garage, have just the thing for you (Daily Mail).
Posted By: Dumbfounded | Date: Thu Jul 23, 2009 | Comments (9)
Category: Art, Surrealism, Design and Designers, Graphics, Motor Vehicles, Cars

Riding with Hunter

A little tribute from the man who always reminded us: "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 01, 2009 | Comments (4)
Category: Celebrities, Death, Drugs, Guns, Regionalism, Cars

Evil Clown Car

Continuing WU's focus on clowns good and evil, here we see a photo of some bad ones, courtesy of Jeff Balke's Flickr page. The photo was taken at a Houston, Texas, parade, so WU readers in that vicinity who have clown-o-phobia need to be on the alert.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri May 15, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Clowns, Regionalism, Cars

Inventions of Buckminster Fuller, part 1:  the Dymaxion Car

This is just one of the many strange inventions that Fuller imagined would improve society. Dymaxion, which is an abbreviation of dynamic maximum tension, was the name he attached to many of his inventions.
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Posted By: fyshstyxx | Date: Fri May 15, 2009 | Comments (10)
Category: Inventions, Odd Names, 1930's, Cars
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