14 Historical Photos That Show the Evolution of Television From the 1920s Through the 1980s

Despite its status as a device that defines the modern age, the television has its roots in the 19th century, when scientists found ways to transmit images and sound. Even the word “television,” combining Greek and Latin roots to mean “far-sight,” stems from the 1900 world’s fair. Perhaps more than any other medium, TV hasContinue reading “14 Historical Photos That Show the Evolution of Television From the 1920s Through the 1980s”

Vintage Photos of 12 Amazing Flying Cars That Really Existed in the Past

Even before the Wright brothers made their first flight in 1903, people have widely imagined a future where flying cars — or aerocars — are a fact of life, whisking us about without the hassles of roads and traffic. A flying car is a type of personal air vehicle or roadable aircraft that provides door-to-doorContinue reading “Vintage Photos of 12 Amazing Flying Cars That Really Existed in the Past”

20 Vintage Photos of Iron Lungs for Polio Victims From Between the 1930s and 1950s

In the early 20th century, polio was one of the most feared diseases in industrialized countries, paralysing hundreds of thousands of children every year. A highly infectious disease, polio attacks the nervous system and can lead to paralysis, disability and even death. The symptoms – pain and weakness, fatigue and muscle loss – can strikeContinue reading “20 Vintage Photos of Iron Lungs for Polio Victims From Between the 1930s and 1950s”

Monowheel: Failure of the Weirdest Transport Known to Man From the 1930s

The monowheel is one crazy idea from the past that has always inspired and enthralled us from its first appearance in France in 1869. Arguably the most well-known iteration of the strange type of vehicle is the one above, created in 1932 by Dr. J.H. Purves. The motorized monster was called the Dynasphere, and itContinue reading “Monowheel: Failure of the Weirdest Transport Known to Man From the 1930s”

The Isolator: This Insane Anti-Distraction Helmet From 1925 Would Fit Into Any Modern Open Office

Maybe you blame your smartphone or your open office for the fact that you can’t concentrate at work. But distraction isn’t exactly a new problem: In the 1920s, Hugo Gernsback published a design for a creepy-looking helmet that blocks out sound and vision so someone can focus on their work. As a writer, editor andContinue reading “The Isolator: This Insane Anti-Distraction Helmet From 1925 Would Fit Into Any Modern Open Office”

Long Before Inline Skates Were a Thing, There Were Ritter’s Aptly Named Road Skates, ca. 1898

Like inline skates, they were meant to free skating enthusiasts of those pesky iceless roads. As an advertisement reads, “Ritter Road Skates allow anyone to practice the graceful and healthful pastimes of speed and figure skating on any road or other suitable surface.” The skates were sold by the Road Skate Co of Oxford Street,Continue reading “Long Before Inline Skates Were a Thing, There Were Ritter’s Aptly Named Road Skates, ca. 1898”

The Fascinating Story of George Crum, Inventor of the Potato Chip in 1853

Every time a person crunches into a potato chip, he or she is enjoying the delicious taste of one of the world’s most famous snacks – a treat that might not exist without the contribution of black inventor George Crum. George Speck, also called George Crum was born on July 15, 1824 in Saratoga CountyContinue reading “The Fascinating Story of George Crum, Inventor of the Potato Chip in 1853”