Category:
1960s

RFD Greenwich Village

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 06, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1960s

They Had That Back Then? #3

Today's lesson: Flat Screen TV (this is a long one to make up for not posting anything in a while).

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From the February 1972 issue of Popular Science.



More in extended >>

Posted By: Salamander Sam - Sat Oct 31, 2009 - Comments (9)
Category: Technology, Television, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s

Cyber-pigeon!

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In this photo from the Life archives, we see a 1962 experiment involving the affixing of goggles to a pigeon to learn more about its vision.

Please be sure to magnify the photo for full horrifying effect.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Oct 18, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Science, Experiments, 1960s

Trik Trak



Who wouldn't want one?!?

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 12, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Toys, Advertising, 1960s

Early TV Remote

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 08, 2009 - Comments (8)
Category: Technology, Television, 1960s

30 Dumb Inventions

This has been making its way around the internet over the past few days, but it is still interesting. The Life website has a photo gallery of 30 dumb inventions. Most of them are just terrible, like an external baby cage for your (high rise) apartment window or a phone answering robot (who just happens to be mute), but this one in particular just strikes me as a great idea: Illuminated tires.

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If these were actually available, which doesn't seem likely, I would definitely buy some. They just look so cool, especially on vintage cars like the one pictured above.

Posted By: Salamander Sam - Tue Oct 06, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Technology, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, Yesterday's Tomorrows

What Were They Thinking? #2

I don't know, to me large amounts of DDT and small glass boxes don't seem like a good combination...

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(from the May 1963 issue of Popular Science)

Posted By: Salamander Sam - Tue Oct 06, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Products, 1960s, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Follies of the Mad Men #74



This little film is simply the most brilliant surrealistic, dadaistic piece of cinema of the second half of the twentieth century. Opening with a full minute of a young woman wandering an autumnal landscape, it evolves into an anti-capitalist treatise featuring a world where decorative refrigerators rule mankind. And it's all done without dialogue. Forget Bunuel and Dali! Westinghouse and the Jam Handy Organization rule!

Considering it was made circa 1968, one has to ask: what were they smoking/dropping, and where can I get some today?

Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 02, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Domestic, Interior Decorating, Drugs, 1960s

Follies of the Mad Men #73



Why do I get the sense that this "game" is just one card away from turning into a full-fledged orgy?

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 29, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Games, 1960s

Romper Room, Aussie Style



Viewing this clip is a Twilight Zone experience for me--and, I expect, for others of my generation. I grew up watching ROMPER ROOM, but the Aussie accent of this gal on the Downunder version jars with my nostalgia. I've fallen into some alternate timeline.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Sep 25, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Insects, Television, Children, 1960s

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