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Before The Internet, This Archaic Machine Is How Photos Were Transmitted

Well before the internet made it a breeze to instantly send a photo from one side of the world to the other, this ancient-looking machine, the United Press International UPI Model 16-S, scanned black and white photos and sent them across the globe via phone lines.


Here's What The iPhone Would Have Looked Like In 1985

Some of my fondest childhood memories involve booting up my parents’ Macintosh Plus to play Super Munchers or make pixelated masterpieces in MacPaint. Alas, Apple hadn’t gotten into mobile devices just yet, but that didn’t stop Pierre Cerveau from imagining what the tech giant’s very first smartphone might have looked like if it were made in the 80s, too.


Happy Birthday To Betamax, Sony's Next Big Thing

On May 10, 1975, Sony took out full-page ads in a bunch of newspapers to proudly announce the arrival of a new product, “The Next Thing”: Betamax.


That Time The US Postal Service Actually Used Gyrocopters To Deliver Mail

When a Florida mailman landed a gyrocopter with a USPS logo on the lawn of the Capitol today, I’m sure you were asking yourself the same question I was: Does the US postal service really deliver mail via gyrocopter? Not today. But it turns out they did, back in the 1930s.


This 3D-Printed Television Will Transport You To The 1950s

Once upon a time, long before Twitter or Xbox live, you could turn on a TV that looked a lot like this and watch spacemen valiantly defeat their enemies with rayguns and plutonium-powered rockets. We can’t travel back to that simpler age, but we can re-create the experience using 3D printing.


Satellites Looked So Futuristic In 1958

You’d be forgiven for thinking that this was a piece of modern sculpture. But in fact you’re looking one of NASA’s old Vanguard satellites, photographed at Cape Canaveral, Florida in 1958.


This Digital Mondrian Was Made In 1964

Piet Mondrian sits well in the world of science and technology, his clear geometric forms so neatly and rationally ordered. But perhaps the earliest example of technology and Mondrian intersecting is in these images, created digitally way back in 1964.


The Wild, NSFW World Of Old Teletext Porn

Back in the 70s and 80s, there was a little piece of technological magic known as Teletext. Basically, it allowed the broadcast of text, and crude text-art, over unused TV spectrum, so long as you had a special decoder. Very proto-internet. And so of course, it was used for pornography.


And Here's A Treasure Trove Of '90s Videos About The Internet 

Remember the ’90s, when we had videos on VHS to teach us about this new thing called the internet? Lucky for us, Andy Baio (@waxpancake) has preserved those tapes for the YouTube generation.


The 110-Year-Old Light Bulb That Has Never Been Turned Off

The oldest lightbulb in continuous use was installed before the Wright Brothers took flight, is 110 years old, and is still as beautiful as the day she was born. In fact, it’s likely the oldest electrical device in continuous use period. Take a moment and consider just how much the world has changed around this one, singular device.


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