Monday, February 28, 2011

1950's Fifth Wheel Parking Concept

In the 1950s in California someone invented a retractable fifth wheel to aid in parking. Genius.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Home Taping is Killing Record Industry

Looks like the recording industry survived home taping

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Music Vest

A horrible invention from 1985, the music vest!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Cars of Tomorrow

These cars never made it big

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Bayer Heroin

Did you know that Bayer once sold heroin?

Mr. T’s Mother’s Day Rap “Treat Your Momma Right”

A lame attempt at rapping by Mr T

Celebrities When they were Young

Celebrities When they were Young

Boys Beware – 1950′s AntiGay Video

Watch out!

Young Madonna

Here is a very young Madonna before she hit it big!

Fonzie Socks

Fonzie socks were the Happy Days of pop culture

Y2K Backup Floppies

In the year 1999 these were very popular, the 1.44 MB floppy diskette in rainbow colors.  The year 2000 was thought to crash many computers but it never did.

Retro 80s Moustache

Look at our cool moustaches!

It’s easy to see why this portable bike stereo never hit it big with the crowd - tacky teal!

World’s First Digital Camera

From 1975 comes this crude portable digital camera powered by 16 nickel cadmium batteries

Retro Tree

Old Tjikko is located in Sweden and is the world’s oldest tree at 9550 years old!

Volkswagen Car Ad

Here is a vintage Volkswagen ad that show a bit of sexism from back then.  The ad states “Women are soft and gentle, but they hit things”

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

World’s First Mobile Workstation

This was the world’s first mobile workstation. People were able to travel and get work done at the same time!

Alice in Wonderland (1903)

The first-ever film version of Lewis Carroll's tale has recently been restored by the BFI National Archive from severely damaged materials. Made just 37 years after Lewis Carroll wrote his novel and eight years after the birth of cinema, the adaptation was directed by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow, and was based on Sir John Tenniel's original illustrations. In an act that was to echo more than 100 years later, Hepworth cast his wife as the Red Queen, and he himself appears as the Frog Footman. Even the Cheshire cat is played by a family pet.

With a running time of just 12 minutes (8 of which survive), Alice in Wonderland was the longest film produced in England at that time. Film archivists have been able to restore the film's original colours for the first time in over 100 years.

Chuck Norris Retro Jeans Ad

DO you know who Chuck Norris is?  Of course you do!  Here is a vintage ad for Chuck Norris action jeans

Ronald Reagan Chesterfield Cigarettes Ad

Remember when cigarettes were socialally acceptable in mainstream media?  Here is a vintage ad of once actor Ronald Regan and his Chesterfield cigarettes.

Cool 80s Fail

From the hair to the clothes, there is nothing cool about this 80s look.

Prisencolinensinainciusol by Adriano Celentano, The First Rap Hip Hop Song?

Prisencolinensinainciusol by Adriano Celetano was made in 1972 and is considered by many to be the first instance of a rap/hip hop song

Restaurant Menu from 1860

Here is a restaurant menu from the 1860s, the time of the civil war. Back then restaurants more likely carried everything unlike specialty restaurants today that have a theme. A few odd things to note that are really expensive considering the time – “Black tea” was 15 cents!

Kodak 1922 Kodachrome Film Test

A sample of some of the earliest color motion picture film you will see.

The TV Remote Control

OMG!It's a remote that controls the TV!

Retro Belted Sweaters

What a nightmare these Retro Belted Sweaters were!

1984 Apple’s Macintosh Commercial

This was the commercial that introduced the Apple Macintosh Computer to the world.

World’s Oldest Computer Animation

Soviet computer animation was made in 1968. A group of russian physicists and mathematicians with N.Konstantinov in the head of it created mathematic model of the cat and its moving and realized this model in the program for the computer "BESM-4". Computer printed hundreds of frames on the paper using alphabet symbols and then they were converted to the cinefilm.

Retro Pimp

Check out how slick your grandparents were back in the day…here is the retro jock doing the retro pickup with his cool cut shorts.  This was “Athletics” back in the day

Fire Box Fail

From 1938 comes this retro fire box meant to thwart pranksters and make accountable those who pull the fire alarm by trapping them.  The down side is that you’ll probably die in the fire if you’re an honest person.

What Will the Typical American of the Future Look Like

New York Tribune from 1910 tries to predict what the typical American would look like in this day and age by taking everyone and combining them into 1.

Retro Fail – Knife Throwing Mother

This mother would be arrested today!

The 7-Up Milk Trick

Don’t you just love the “Mothers know that this is a wholesome combination”?  You wouldn’t be able to get away with that ‘dumb talk’ these days

First Ever Photograph Portrait in the US

This portrait of Dorothy Draper was taken between 1839-1840 and is believed to be the first photographic portrait ever taken in the United States.
When you think about it, it’s about 170 years old!

The portrait was taken by Dorothy Draper’s brother Dr. John W. Draper (1811-1882) in his Washington Square studio at the New York University in 1839 or 1840

Different Afro Styles

Different Afro Styles

Cool 80s Kid

Cool 80s Kid is not so cool anymore

Brylcreem Retro Ad – What is Sexy?

Wow sex appeal was a lot different back then according to Brylcreem

Retro Retarded - The Swing Wing

What a dumb toy!

Retro Smoking Fail

Back in the old days it was ok to smoke at any age!

Steve Jobs demos Apple Macintosh, 1984

Demo of the first Apple Macintosh by Steve Jobs, January 1984, in front of 3000 people. Andy Hertzfeld captured the moment quite well in his retelling: "Pandemonium reigns as the demo completes. Steve has the biggest smile I've ever seen on his face, obviously holding back tears as he is overwhelmed by the moment. The ovation continues for at least five minutes before he quiets the crowd down."

Retro Easter Bunny Fail

Back in the day the Easter Bunny was SERIOUS business!

Vintage Atari Home Computer Display

Here is a picture of a vintage Atari home computer demonstration display that you would go and demo before you decided to buy.

Retro Commercial - Radio Shack Cell Phones - 1990

Introducing a revolutionary new concept… a cell phone you can CARRY WITH YOU. Sure, you have to wind it up and add plutonium, but it’s worth it. Ah, the early 90′s.

Daisy Rifle Gun Ad

Here is a vintage Daisy Rifle ad that you wouldn’t see today. It shows a family on Christmas day with their pellet rifles!

Retro FAP

Retro FAP

World’s First Video Game

This is one of the world’s first video game machines, it was of course video tennis!

Arnold Schwarzenegger Used to Have a Doll

Who back then was going to tell Arnold Schwarzenegger he couldn’t have a Doll?

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