Interesting picture from Shorpy of Pampa, Texas circa 1943. It looks an awful lot like Gaithersburg, Maryland, circa 1975.
“Newsdealer says she uses viler language than the newsboys do.”
Shorpy has a great picture from 1956 of the General Motors Technical Center front lobby. Design by Eero Saarinen (of course).
Ross Wolfe’s blog has an excellent post featuring some early Soviet board games.
Shorpy has a picture of what appears to be a very very early (1927) fax machine.
This picture from Shorpy of a 1950s lounge in an IBM plant is bizarre: it looks almost identical to my 1970s elementary school style, down to the chairs, the orange couches, the magazine racks, and the acoustic tile.
Today’s Mental Floss has a great article on the miniature demo models traveling salesmen used to carry with them. A hot item on eBay (but a lot are fakes!)
The way speech recognition used to be.
“The tiniest change in the course of events could result in a completely different outcome: Imagine if the Nazis had invaded England instead of Poland, or if Napoleon had unleashed a squad of Dinobot Dragoons during the defining moments of Waterloo.” —Jacopo della Quercia & Edward Chusid
Today is Route 66’s 86th birthday. The Santa Monica pier was made the official Western terminus three years ago.