The Guardian rounds up the passport photo-pages of various glamorous and celebrity personages of the 50s and 60s. I'm very partial to both Einstein and Janis Joplin's.
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Joe sez, "A recruiting ad I stumbled across while browsing copies of my college newspaper. It's from January 1976."
This National Security Agency recruiting ad ran in my college's newspaper, January 1976.
Imagineering Disney has a great gallery of construction shots of the Contemporary Resort, a huge, modernist A-frame structure whose rooms were all prefabbed offsite and crane-lifted into place.
WDW Construction: Contemporary Resort
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This smashing illo, from a 1950 RCA ad for electron microscopes, is just one of many wonderful images in Man Writing Slash's Vintage Ads post, "E is for Electron."
E is for Electron
Today's jam is "Beep Beep," by the Playmates, which charted in 1958 with the tragic tale of a Nash Rambler and a Cadillac locked in competition. I dare you to listen to this without bouncing in your seat -- and without humming it afterwards.
The Hatbox Ghost is the Great White Whale of Disney Haunted Mansion fandom, a remarkable spook-house effect (a ghost holding a hatbox has his head disappear and reappear in the box) that didn't work well in the ride. No one has been sure if it ever made it into production -- if anyone apart from Disney employees ever saw it in action -- but now, for the first time, footage of the actual Hatbox Ghost in the actual Haunted Mansion during general admission has surfaced. I am STOKED.
Derp, I posted this in 2011
! Shows you how beat I am after Comic-Con. Wizard needs sleep, badly.
Disneyland History 1969 - Mystery of the Hatbox Ghost
Ross sez, "If you loved the Soviet erotic alphabet, you're going to love this. Mind-blowing graphics, and hilarious titles. Interesting historical presentation and contextualization also."
My favorites among these include the “electrification” board-game, the chemical war game, and the Reds vs. the Whites game. You can tell that they reflect the immediate experience of devastating world war, revolution, and bloody civil war, followed by a project of social engineering and economic modernization the likes of which the world had never seen. The only other thing I’ll say is that, from an aesthetic perspective, one can see the change in the officially-sanctioned styles from the more avant-garde lines, shapes, and typography to the cartoon realism of caricatured figures in the Sots-art of the 1930s. Enjoy!
Soviet board-games, 1920-1938:
Games of revolution and industry
Stephanie writes, "I found this absurd 60s adolescent psychology record in a thrift store years ago and finally digitized it - the world needs to hear it. It's plagued by bad acting but peppered with amazing quotes about paisley-wearing longhairs, dating older boys, and mothers who force you to go to church." (here's the whole thing)
(editor of the Pirate Party's No Safe Harbor book
) says, I've been translating old public domain German-language books
that I have been finding on Gutenberg.org. So far I have done two - a book of Japanese Fairy Tales and an old never-before-translated science fiction novel from 1909. The science fiction novel, The Red Comet (or Der Rote Komet), is interesting because it takes place in the year 2439, there's a comet on its way to crash upon the Earth. A comet. Not a meteor. Also, the most noteworthy invention is a special camera created by Romulus Futurus (now that's a Sci-Fi name)."
Here's a delicious potted history of the Euphonia, a mid-19th century gadget that could simulate human speech by pumping bellows-fed air over an artificial tongue set in a chamber of weird plates and valves. It had a severe woman's face and coils of hair in ringlets, and spoke in a "weird, ghostly monotone."
By pumping air with the bellows and manipulating a series of plates, chambers, and other apparatus, including an artificial tongue, the operator could make it speak any European language. It was even able to sing the anthem God Save the Queen. The Euphonia was invented in 1845 by Joseph Faber, a German immigrant. A little known fact is that this machine greatly influenced the invention of the telephone.
The Euphonia - A Marvelous Talking-Machine (Curious History via Kadrey)
In 1940, my grandmother graduated from the Central High School of Commerce in Toronto. As a condition of graduating, she had to write a book-length thesis project, and hers was called "RADIO," and was a history of radio to date, with emphasis on its applications to business. My grandmother pulled this out at a family gathering last year, and I passed it on to Bobby Glushko, who was working with Hathi Trust at the time on a book-scanning project (he's since landed a plum gig at the University of Toronto), and he arranged to have the book scanned and uploaded to the Internet Archive under a CC-BY-SA license. I think it's a fascinating read, especially considering my grandmother wrote it when she was 17 years old.
Zack sez, "For a starting bid of a mere $40,000, you can own the adorable Roddy McDowell-voiced robot from the eerie, somewhat incomprehensible 1979 Disney SF flick THE BLACK HOLE. The full-sized model includes lights, an internal motor to make the robot's head move, and a certificate of authenticity from the Disney Company. Sadly, there is no word on the availability of Old B.O.B. or Maximillian."
Lot 620: Full-size, screen-used V.I.N.CENT the robot hero from The Black Hole.
Norman sez, "When the space race raged in the 1950s, fantastical visions of the future of travel were everywhere. Magazines like Popular Mechanics ran speculative articles about the rockets and space stations that would take civilization to the stars, and the accompanying artwork blurred the line between fiction and plausible reality. This art had a real affect on the space race in both the United States and Soviet Union; where Popular Mechanics, Mechanix Illustrated, and Disney's Tomorrowland set the tone for the US space program, the Soviet Union's most influential art may have come from the magazine Tekhnika Molodezhi."
They've collected more than 200 covers, some of them absolutely stonking. If this is your sort of thing, try our archive of sovkitsch posts, and including a couple space-themed ones.
The Incredible Space Art of Russian Magazine Tekhnika Molodezhi
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Jim sez, "My sister and I helped my mom start cleaning out her basement yesterday, and this 1978 Tony Graham Graphics 'United States of New York' poster was one of the things we found. As a little kid living in Brooklyn, this definitely goofed up my ideas about geography. My parents didn't want to keep it, so I got to snag it. I need to re-frame it, but then it's going up on the wall, since I definitely remember it from when I was a kid. So I wanted to share a very very big copy of it for any New Yorkers out there that may be interested. Sorry for the blurry bits, there's only so much resolution you can squeeze out of your cell phone."
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Greg sez, "I generated a panoramic photo out of the video of 1955 Disneyland posted yesterday. I pulled the frames from the video from about 0:50-1:15, cleaned the frames, and then stitched them together."