Window to the Future: The Golden Age of Television Marketing and Advertising (Chronicle, 2005) is a book with over 150 magazine advertisements from the 1920s to the 1960s. Besides being full of great old design examples, it's also interesting to see how certain ideas about the future never go away. Look at this cover from a 1924 issue of Radio News magazine with an illustration of a telemedicine session (click thumbnail for enlargement). The doctor is looking at the kid using a webcam, plus he's checking his pulse and temperature. Looks like the machine is printing out a prescription for the ailing youngster, as well. Dig the old-fashion rotary telephone interface.
UPDATE: Mike Ward says: "I checked our somewhat better copy of that cover you thumbnailed and think that that dial-phone looking thing is an old-fashioned microphone. In any case it has eight holes, not enough for a dial phone."
Maria Farrell admits that comparing smartphones to abusive men (they try to keep you from friends and family, they make it hard to study or go to work, they constantly follow you and check up on you) might seem to trivialize domestic partner violence, but, as she points out, feminists have long been pointing out […]
Trump wants to roll back regulations that promote low-power light bulbs, even though at this point the industry has moved on and isn’t likely to do much in the way of modernizing incandescents. His interest is, as always, deeply personal: he thinks LED lights make him look orange. “The light bulb,” the president began. “People […]
The wonderful folks at Paleotronic (previously) have rounded up scans of articles from 1980s-era computer magazines that advised new computer users on navigating the burgeoning world of dial-up BBSes.
Studies have shown cannabidiol (more popularly known as CBD) to be effective in two main areas: Pain relief and stress relief. Both of those make the non-psychoactive, cannabis-derived compound a natural for topical creams. There’s no shortage of CBD products out there, but here’s eight of our favorites, all specifically designed for dermatological use – […]
If you’re part of the maker community, you know Make:. Though Make: magazine is off the shelves as of this year, the eBooks and resources put out by Maker Media are still a fantastic resource for the new generation of tinkerers, hackers, and robotics geeks. If you’re in that tribe, listen up: they’ve released a […]
Life isn’t getting any less hectic, and pressure cookers are a quick, healthy solution for a growing number of kitchens. But if you thought your Instant Pot was versatile, there’s a major upgrade on the market: The Yedi 9-in-1 Total Package Instant Programmable Pressure Cooker. If you’ve somehow never used a pressure cooker before, try […]