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You're Getting Old!
Do you think time is catching up with you? Perhaps it's already overtaken you and left you in the dust.

Do the years seem to be going ridiculously quickly now? There's a reason for it. You're getting old.

We will provide you a report full of interesting stuff.
history  age 
7 weeks ago by xr
The Yoda of Silicon Valley - The New York Times
Donald Knuth, master of algorithms, reflects on 50 years of his opus-in-progress, “The Art of Computer Programming.”
history  programming  nytimes 
7 weeks ago by xr
Robert Shanebrook - Kodak Film - Photography - Photographic Film Manufacturing - Rochester - Ny
The first edition was published in 2010. In 94-pages, it gives a high level view of film technology. It is suitable for those with a general interest in photography and is easily understood by high school students. It explains how film is made in a state-of-the-art factory. The second edition gives far more information in its 470-pages.
books  film  photography  kodak  history 
october 2018 by xr
Flashbak - Everything Old Is New Again
Flashbak is a digital collection of thousands of wonderful pictures, stories, letters, sounds and movies from across the past, with one aim – to make the past come alive.
blogs  retro  design  history  popculture 
september 2018 by xr
Our World in Data
Explore the ongoing history of human civilization at the broadest level, through research and data visualization.
data  economics  history  visualization 
march 2018 by xr
Open Plaques - linking historical people and places - Open Plaques
Documenting the historical links between people and places as recorded by commemorative plaques
history  plaques  databases 
february 2018 by xr
The Cutting Room Floor
The Cutting Room Floor is a site dedicated to unearthing and researching unused and cut content from video games. From debug menus, to unused music, graphics, enemies, or levels, many games have content never meant to be seen by anybody but the developers — or even meant for everybody, but cut due to time/budget constraints.
games  history  wiki 
december 2017 by xr
You Must Remember This
You Must Remember This is a storytelling podcast about the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. Distributed by Panoply from Slate Magazine, the podcast is the brainchild of Karina Longworth, who writes, narrates, records and edits each episode in her home.
podcasts  history  movies 
june 2017 by xr
Sgt Pepper Photos
Discovering the source photos for The Beatles' 1967 album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
art  photos  history  beatles  music 
may 2017 by xr
The Quietus | Opinion | The Quietus Essay | Music For A Purpose: KPM And The History Of Library Music
It's the music we hear more than nearly anything else, but rarely know who made it. Bobby Barry tracks down some of the people who made the library music that became some of our favourite TV and film themes
history  music  librarymusic  2016-08 
september 2016 by xr
Modern art was CIA 'weapon' | World | News | The Independent
For decades in art circles it was either a rumour or a joke, but now it is confirmed as a fact. The Central Intelligence Agency used American modern art - including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko - as a weapon in the Cold War. In the manner of a Renaissance prince - except that it acted secretly - the CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world for more than 20 years.
art  culture  history  politics  cia  theindependent  1995-10 
june 2016 by xr
Welcome to the Society for Commercial Archeology! | Society For Commercial Archeology
Although as commercial archeologists we rarely walk the ribbon of highway, we love to drive the country’s highways and see the remnants of the golden age of the American roadside.  “From California to the New York island, From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters” filling stations and tourist courts and bridges, parks, and diners, remind us of a time before the Interstates when the American road trip was truly an adventure and a journey of discovery of unique places to visit.  However, with each passing year there seems to be fewer and fewer sites that remain.  Unfortunately, an increasing number of roadside attractions are endangered due to a variety of factors including new development, a lack of funds for maintenance or restoration, or a lack of knowledge and appreciation of the roadside landmark that is in our backyard.
architecture  usa  history 
october 2015 by xr
The First Apple Homepage
Without further ado, the earliest known (so far as I can tell) Apple home page:
apple  history  web  graphics 
may 2015 by xr
The Rialto Report
Oral history, audio, photo, and documentary archives from the golden age of adult film in New York, and beyond
porn  podcasts  history  blogs 
january 2015 by xr
The Living Room Candidate
An archive of presidential campaign commercials from 1952 to the present, organized by year, type, and issue, with teacher resources and playlists by experts.
politics  advertising  history  video 
december 2014 by xr
Sears and Fine Art
n 1962, art was not really new to Sears. As early as 1895, Sears offered oil paintings at prices of 90 cents and up. The services of many distinguished artists, such as Andrew Loomis, McClelland Barclay and Norman Rockwell had designed covers for the Sears catalog. Yet, company executives observed that except for a few major cities, fine art was virtually inaccessible to the general public.

Sears set out to end this isolation by merchandising art throughout the country, in a presentation from which pictures could be readily purchased to enrich American homes. Vincent Price was approached to take charge of this program. Price, although well-known by the public as an actor, was also known in the international art world as a collector, lecturer, former gallery-owner and connoisseur who spent a dozen years studying art at Yale, the University of London and other art centers abroad.

Price was given complete authority to acquire any works he considered worthy of selection. He searched throughout the world for fine art to offer through Sears. He bought whole collections and even commissioned artists, including Salvador Dali, to do works specifically for this program.

At first, the idea of a large merchandising organization, such as Sears, maintaining a serious, top-quality art collection met with skepticism. But the public - and the artists themselves - soon learned that Sears would not compromise with good taste or artistic quality.
art  history  shopping  sears 
december 2014 by xr
Welcome - Clio
Clio is your guide to the history around you.
history  local 
november 2014 by xr
arcade games, video games and slot machines...
Dear visitor, welcome to Arcade-History, a large searchable & comprehensive database which provides a WIP list of known antique & modern, rare, prototype, non-released and released arcade games from all over the world.
games  videogames  reference  history 
july 2014 by xr
Come and Take a Look at Me Now | Texas Monthly
When British pop star Phil Collins revealed that he owned one of the largest collections of Alamo artifacts in the world and that a psychic had suggested he just might have been at the mission in a previous life, the world reacted with predictable scorn. But as with his music, Collins is willing to suffer for his passions.
philcollins  texas  history  collectors  alamo  texasmonthly  2012-01 
june 2014 by xr
Classic Refuse Trucks
Welcome to Classic Refuse Trucks (CRT), a site dedicated to the preservation of the history of mechanized refuse collection equipment. Through photos and articles, the mission of CRT is to document the evolution of this equipment from the earliest self-loading wagons right up to the modern high-compaction trucks of the 21st century. CRT is fortunate to have contributors from around the world, many of whom are involved in the hauling and refuse body industries.
history  transportation  obsess  trucks  garbage 
may 2014 by xr
Sidis Archives
William James Sidis (SIGH-dis), the world-famous child prodigy said to have been a "prodigious failure," actually wrote many books, articles, and periodicals under pseudonyms.  In addition, there are as many as ten manuscripts not yet found.

The W. J. Sidis Archive presents here all of his writings found so far: four books, four pamphlets, 13 articles, four periodicals (36 issues), 89 weekly magazine columns, selected letters, financial documents, a proposal and design for a corporation owned by its employees, and one wonderful invention. There is also some biographical material including Dr. Abraham Sperling's short bio of Sidis, and Dan Mahony's annotated bibliography of Sidis's writings and news articles about him.
history  people  archives  writers 
may 2014 by xr
Could Disney finally give us the remastered, unedited Star Wars we want? | Ars Technica
But assuming Disney wanted to invest the time and effort into such a release, is it actually possible? Do the original Episodes IV-VI exist in a restorable state, or is the oft-repeated story that they were "destroyed" during the editing of the 1997 Special Edition re-releases actually true? And even if a restoration is actually possible, would Disney be able to do the work and release the movies under the terms of its existing Star Wars license?
arstechnica  history  movies  starwars  lucasfilm  2014-05 
may 2014 by xr
The Burglary - Home
On the night of March 8, 1971, eight seemingly ordinary people showed extraordinary courage and carried out one of the most powerful acts of non-violent resistance in American history. In a search for evidence of whether the FBI was spying on Americans in order to suppress dissent, they broke into an FBI office in Media, PA, a sleepy old town southwest of Philadelphia that once was a stop on the Underground Railroad, the network of secret routes slaves traveled from the South to freedom. In the dark, and with the crackling sounds of the first Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier world championship boxing match filling homes and bars throughout the world that night – and providing cover for this burglary – these amateur burglars stole every file in the office.

Dramatic news at the time, but little remembered now, the Media burglary was the beginning of the end of the mythical FBI the bureau’s director, J. Edgar Hoover, had constructed in the American mind over nearly a half century through the successful efforts of a vast internal public relations office operated with public funds.

Now, with the publication of The Burglary, the full story of the Media burglary is told for the first time. The burglars, never found by the FBI despite one of the largest investigations in the bureau’s history, have been found by the author and interviewed extensively for The Burglary. In addition to revealing the motivations and life stories of the burglars, who kept their secret for 43 years, The Burglary also documents the very significant impact of this burglary that shocked the public and moved congress, long intimidated by Hoover, to acknowledge the FBI director’s illegal and damaging actions.
books  fbi  history  usa 
march 2014 by xr
David Wallechinsky Is A Human Encyclopedia | VICE United States
A longtime reader of this magazine (such as yourself) already knows about David Wallechinsky because you read the People’s Lists feature in every issue. That’s the column that takes excerpts from Wallechinsky’s (along with his late father and sister) brilliant 70s and 80s reference books about… everything.

The People’s Almanac and The Book of Lists were the internet before there was an internet, Wikipedia before Wikipedia: free and loose approaches to ideas, radical thought, and new ways of thinking about history. But oh, wait, that isn’t what the internet is at all, is it? That’s what the internet is supposed to be and would be if it weren’t all porn, photo blogs by wealthy children, and flame wars. In fact, if the internet were anything like David Wallechinsky’s brain, we’d all be getting smarter rather than dumber.
interviews  writers  vice  2008-05  history  historians 
january 2014 by xr
Computer History Museum - Selling the Computer Revolution - Marketing Brochures in the Collection
The brochures selected here (just a fraction of the Museum’s holdings in this area) show some of the more important technologies, companies, and applications in computing from 1948 to 1988. This covers the period from mechanical and relay-based computers to those based on the microprocessor—a remarkable transition that occurred over only 25 years. We hope you enjoy browsing through these historical documents.
computers  history  advertising  marketing  ephemera 
january 2014 by xr
Exploding The Phone
Author Phil Lapsley traces the birth of the telephone, the rise of AT&T's monopoly, the discovery of Ma Bell's Achilles heel, and follows the kids and outlaws who used it for fun and profit. Along the way you'll meet an oddball cast of characters ranging from FBI agents to whistling blind kids, from informants to entrepreneurs.
books  telephones  history  tech  hacking  explodingthephone 
december 2013 by xr Macintosh Stories
Anecdotes about the development of Apple's original Macintosh computer, and the people who created it.
apple  history  mac  anecdotes 
december 2013 by xr
Our story - the future needs fixing - sugru
A partial visual history of sugru
From "hmm" to "yay" via "eureka" and "wow".
business  history 
november 2013 by xr
Old TV Tickets
A gallery of old amission tickets to the tapings, filmings and live performances of television programs...and even a few radio shows
tv  history  ephemera  markevanier  ghostsites  blogs 
november 2013 by xr
Why Microsoft Word must Die - Charlie's Diary
I hate Microsoft Word. I want Microsoft Word to die. I hate Microsoft Word with a burning, fiery passion. I hate Microsoft Word the way Winston Smith hated Big Brother. Our reasons are, alarmingly, not dissimilar ...
history  microsoft  microsoftword  wordprocessing  rants 
november 2013 by xr
Arcade Ambience Project
As a child of the 80s, I will never forget the feeling of walking into a crowded arcade -- the sounds, smells, excitement, etc. This page is dedicated to recreating the audio portion of that experience in the form of a long, non-looping ambient audio track.
audio  games  history  mp3  ambient  backgroundsound  1980s  arcades 
november 2013 by xr
CinemaTour - Cinema History Around the World
The mission of CinemaTour is to research and document the locations and histories of cinemas throughout the world. This information will be shared as an educational resource for anyone interested in what makes going to the movies special
movies  theatres  history  databases 
november 2013 by xr
RCA VideoDisc Web Site - CED Magic
This web site pertains to Capacitance Electronic Discs or CED's, a consumer video format on grooved vinyl discs that was marketed by RCA in the 1980's. This is the home site for the RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc FAQ and the CED Title Database. Additional information on the RCA VideoDisc System will appear here as it is prepared.
homevideo  history  deadmedia  obsess  tech  video 
november 2013 by xr
Blockbuster Video: 1985-2013 - Hollywood Prospectus Blog - Grantland
Time only moves in one direction, and my daughter will never set foot in a Tower Records. Or a Waldenbooks, or a Coconuts, or even a Borders. All those chains were gone by 2011, victims of Amazon and Netflix and iTunes and our hunger for convenience, which is almost always the force that makes technology's wrecking ball swing.
movies  history  retail  blockbustervideo  defunct  grantland 
november 2013 by xr | All about Reddy Kilowatt (sightings, history, memorabilia, items for sale and more)
This is a completely unofficial web site dedicated to Reddy Kilowatt. It features history, memorabilia, items for sale and more.
history  advertising  ephemera  obsess  electricity 
november 2013 by xr
Weird Vintage
Ads, illustrations, and photographs of a vintage or antiquated nature that make you just a tad bit confused/alarmed/amused.
tumblr  photos  history  unusual 
november 2013 by xr
Permanent Record
Permanent Record, an object-based history project by journalist Paul Lukas, began as an investigation into the stories emerging from a bunch of old report cards found in a discarded file cabinet. The report cards are still the core of the project, but Permanent Record has expanded to include examination of other found objects, including postcards, business records, photographs, things left inside of old books, messages in bottles, and so on. Basically, if it's an old object, seems to have an evocative story to tell, and has been orphaned, lost, or otherwise isolated outside its natural habitat, Permanent Record is interested in it.
blogs  ephemera  history 
november 2013 by xr
Interview: Sheldon Harnick, John Russell And Steve Young, Author Of 'Everything's Coming Up Profits' : NPR
Why would someone write a sentimental ballad about a bathroom? For the same reason someone would write a rousing song about tractors: So the song could be used in what's called an industrial musical.
music  interviews  business  history  ephemera  freshair  npr  industrialmusicals  musicals 
november 2013 by xr
Ethan Persoff,
Political ephemera, drug hysteria, vintage sex & health items delivered to you in a timely, inappropriate manner since 2001
comics  history  culture  ephemera  ethanpersoff 
november 2013 by xr
The Monitor Tribute Pages
This site is dedicated to all of us who remember (and those who want to learn about) "NBC Monitor," the wonderful weekend radio program that aired from June 12, 1955, to January 26, 1975.
radio  history  obsess 
november 2013 by xr
Historical Software Collection : Free Software : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
This collection contains selected historically important software packages from the Internet Archive's software archives. Through the use of in-browser emulators, it is possible to try out these items and experiment with using them, without the additional burdens of installing emulator software or tracking down the programs. Many of these software products were the first of their kind, or utilized features and approaches that have been copied or recreated on many programs since. (historic software, vintage software, antique software)
software  history  games  computers  archives  internetarchive  emulation 
october 2013 by xr
Welcome to Retail History!
history  shopping  malls  defunct  obsess  retail 
october 2013 by xr | Supermarket History
Established in 1999, is a site about the history of the American supermarket, from the 1920s through the 1980s.
history  business  shopping  usa  obsess  supermarkets  grocerystores  retail 
october 2013 by xr
The Hole in Our Collective Memory: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish - Rebecca J. Rosen - The Atlantic
A book published during the presidency of Chester A. Arthur has a greater chance of being in print today than one published during the time of Reagan.
books  copyright  theatlantic  history  2013-07 
october 2013 by xr
World's Fairs are very special times and places. For all too brief a time they transform an everyday setting into someplace magical, one of exotic landscapes, international foods and visitors, playful architecture and projections of the future. Although they are with us for just a short time, they often leave long-lasting memories with those lucky enough to attend. Happily, they also leave behind a wide array of souvenirs, including photographs that forever memorialize these international galas.
worldsfair  photos  history 
october 2013 by xr
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