1945

Vintage pinball game
See 40+ vintage pinball machines from the 1940s

The Humpty Dumpty pinball machine was released in 1947, and was the first machine to include flippers the player could move, which required more skill – and that ushered in a whole new era of vintage pinball machines.

How X-ray shoe fittings used to really be a thing years ago
How X-ray shoe fittings used to really be a thing years ago

Back in the 1920s, footwear manufacturers and merchants decided that X-ray shoe fittings could bring in lots of customers – people who would be thrilled to let a recent scientific advance help them find the perfect shoe. There was just a little problem…

WWII fighter planes compared (1940s)
WWII fighter planes compared (1940s)

The Allies weren’t just trying to create the very best WWII fighter planes that they could – they were also constantly evaluating what the Nazis were using. Here’s a look.