Science & technology

New super-locomotive train capable of 100 MPH (1937)

A 16-cylinder streamlined steam super-locomotive capable of whisking 14 standard Pullman cars along at a speed of 100 miles an hour on a level, straight track will make its appearance soon in the railroad world.

New drug found in common soil (1948)

New drug found in common soil It is the first quick cure for typhus: Chloromycetin In a bit of common soil taken from a Venezuelan field, Yale scientists have found a new and spectacularly successful weapon... Read more...

Computer sports challenge players (1978)

Computer sports challenge players Once upon a time, playing a sports game entailed opening a board that simulated the arena, throwing some dice or spinning a spinner and then looking at a chart to see what had... Read more...

Space age: Amazing retro futuristic homes of the ’60s

What did the future look like from the '60s? In this ad series for Motorola, commercial artist Charles Schridde depicted modernist homes of the future - and perfectly captured the era's sleek style and space-age optimism.

Male ‘Pill’ shows promise (1976)

It's interesting that, 40 years later, we're still seeing the same kinds of news stories about the potential of male contraceptives. For example, 2011 brought us Could a birth control pill for men be on the hor... Read more...
The Telephone & How We Use It (from 1951)

The rotary-dial telephone and how we use it (1951)

The Telephone and How We Use It was published by Bell Telephone System in 1951. Geared toward children, the booklet covers the basics of how to use a rotary-dial telephone - the latest technology of the time.

Apple introduces the Macintosh personal computer (1984)

Here's the original press release that a small California company called Apple released back in January 1984, announcing the launch of their new PC -- the first mass-market personal computer featuring both a graphical user interface and a mouse.

Phone faster by touching buttons (1965)

How you'll phone faster by touching buttons The new Touch-Tone Bell telephone, made by Western Electric, is actually an electronic musical instrument. Each button you touch causes it to produce a different c... Read more...

Maxell cassette tape ads (1980s)

Maxell was one of the leaders in the cassette tape world -- and, amazingly, the company is still making blank audio tapes. So if you still have your tape recorders from the seventies and eighties, you're set! ... Read more...

Artificial daylight made by Tesla (1899)

The promise made by Nikola Tesla to the world some two years ago that he would soon give it a means of lighting its homes, its offices and its streets at night time by “artificial daylight” has been fulfilled.

Meet Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of Pluto (1930)

Because of the discovery made by this young farmer of Kansas, every dictionary in the world will have to be revised. For all time to come, students of astronomy will read that the ninth planet, Pluto, was discovered in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh.

The quick and quiet Douglas DC-9 (1967)

The quick and quiet Douglas DC-9 is bringing the jet age to just about everybody. The new Douglas DC-9 is opening an entirely new approach to air transportation for more and more cities and towns all over th... Read more...

The Dictaphone Time-Master (1955-1958)

Dictaphone: Here's the secret (1955) Here's the secret of the world's most timeaving, worksaving, money-saving dictating machine -- the Dictaphone Time-Master. This secret is the Dictabelt Record. It's crystal... Read more...

Microsoft’s hottest tech from 1982

Microsoft's RAMCard with RAMDrive... ...takes the whir, click and wait out of the IBM PC. Solid state disk. When you add the Microsoft RAMCard to your IBM personal computer, you also add RAMDrive, which let... Read more...

All aboard for the moon! (1908)

All aboard for the moon! The conquest of the air is assured now for interplanetary space Click here to see a larger version In a recent number of the Contemporary Review, there appeared an article by Col. ... Read more...

International phone calls (1965)

International calls for just $12 for the first three minutes? The ad says the cost is "low." We say... not so much. A handy little inflation calculator says $12 of 1965 dollars would be worth $86.42 in 2012. ... Read more...

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