Archive | July, 2011

The 1960’s Needlecraft

30 Jul

Old Paris

28 Jul

These photos are from collection of the very famous French documentation photo-agency Roger-Viollet and show some extraordinary sights.

Stark 100-Year-Old Photos of Destitute East End Children

28 Jul

Taken by Horace Warner in 1912 in Spitalfields England, these images of poverty stricken children show the horrible existences they had to endure just to survive.

MS-DOS Turned 30 Years Old

28 Jul

The first MS-DOS system was introduced by Microsoft on July 27, 1981, after they purchased the rights to QDOS, which was created by Seattle Computer Products.

Future-Predicting Postcards From Around 1900

27 Jul

Cool Inventions From the Past

26 Jul

The fast pace of technology change in the 20′s brought us the lie detector, traffic signal, bubble gum and Penicillin. An all-electronic moving-image television system somewhat similar to that used today was invented and demonstrated in 1929. The 30′s were not less invention-intensive bringing us the jet engine, helicopter, tea bags, sticky tape, ballpoint pen and the first photocopier.

However, somewhere between these great world-changing inventions there were some fun and sometimes even hilarious inventions the world has forgotten.

All terrain car able to descend slopes up to 65 degrees (England, 1936)

The Cyclomer, a bicycle on land and water can ride with a load of 120 pounds (Paris 1932)

Hamblin glasses. A pair of spectacles especially designed for reading in bed (England 1936)

Bulletproof glass, demonstration by the best rifle man of the New York police, 1931

Kind of shovel on a car. Purpose: reducing the number of casualties among pedestrians (Paris 1924)

Electrically heated vest, developed for the traffic police in the United States. The power is supplied by electric contacts in
the street (USA 1932)

Extensible caravan, built by a French engineer, 1934

Used to protect ones face from snowstorms. Canada, Montreal, 1939

In 1938 the first wireless newspaper was sent from WOR radiostation in New York. Photo shows children reading the children’s page of a Missouri paper

Folding bridge for emergencies, invented by L. Deth can easily be transported on a handcart (Netherlands, 1926)

Gas War Resistant Pram (England, Hextable, 1938)

Early GPS (1932)

Early GPS (1932)

Portable radio in a straw hat, made by an American inventor, 1931

A group of youngsters tied a bike tyre around the body as a swimming aid (Germany 1925)

One wheel motorcycle (invented by Italian M. Goventosa de Udine). Maximum speed: 150 kilometers per hour ( 93 Mph), 1931

Piano especially designed for people who are confined to bed (UK 1935)

Pram provided with a radio, including antenna and loudspeaker, to keep the baby quiet (USA 1921)

Colt 38 carrying a small camera that automatically takes a picture when you pull the trigger.
At the left: six pictures taken by the camera (New York, 1938)

Incredible Photos of Russian Peasants in the 1800s

26 Jul

Russian peasants were a completely separate class from the land owners and nobility, many of whom must have considered their underlings less than human. Most peasants were actually serfs – individuals owned by or legally tied to their masters – before The Peasant Reform of 1861. The first major liberal reform in Russia, it freed serfs to marry without consent and to own businesses and property. About 23 million people were affected.

Yet life was still tough for the peasants. They made their living working the land or were employed in unskilled jobs. The 1905 Russian Revolution may have been on the relatively distant horizon at the time these photographs were taken – in the 1860s and ’70s – but the seeds of revolt had surely already been sown by the harsh living conditions in which these people were forced to live. [via]