RCA Victor Dealer Catalog, 1932 Even in this digital age, vinyl records continue to appeal, both for their sound quality and the delight in their sheer physicality – a 12-inch disc in a colorful cardboard sleeve with liner notes and musical information. Audiophiles know how the 33 RPM long-playing “LP” was introduced in the late … Continue reading The Birth – and First Death – of the Long-Playing Vinyl Record
I wish I could show you the cover of this 2010 Crutchfield catalog in person. Because it’s lenticular – 3D, like one of those funny old souvenir postcards. Continue reading 3DTV – Fad? Or Fad?
A gallery of all the most popular musical instruments from the 1920s…some of which are still popular today… Continue reading Sweet Sounds for Spring
Who doesn’t love the idea of getting the latest tech as a holiday gift? And yet… Continue reading The Trouble with Tech
I hadn’t realized Sears sold fruitcakes at Christmas as late as 1992… Continue reading Where are the fruitcakes of yesteryear?
In 1976, the year of America’s bicentennial, Neiman-Marcus hit a perfect note for their his and hers gift – real live Buffalos. Continue reading His and Hers, Hides and Furs
This Kodak flyer from 1937 is the opening trickle of a subsequent flood of future Black Friday madness. Continue reading Black Friday Starts Now
Behold that mighty marvel of miniaturization: two speakers, cassette tape recorder, AM FM radios, equalizer – the Boom Box. Continue reading When Boxes Boomed
Before Netflix, there was blockbuster. Before video, there was film. And always, there was porn… Continue reading In the days before Netflix
A few years back there was a reporter who noticed that virtually every gadget pictured in a Radio Shack newspaper ad from 1991 could now be replaced by iPhone apps. With these two pages from a 1981 S&H Green Stamps catalog, we’re almost in the same place… Continue reading Ancient History…from 1981