Leica is to cameras as Rolex is to watches: on balance, just about the most pricey, collectible camera line in the world. Expensive when new, still expensive decades later. Continue reading Liking Leica
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 long, long time ago, when you wanted to make a phone call you couldn’t dial the telephone number yourself. Actually, you haven’t really “dialed” a number in ages either Continue reading Hello, Central? Give me Mr. Stromberg or Mr. Carlson!
In 1978, Sears’ business was still in a solid state, selling “solid state” watches Continue reading The Solid State of Sears
Once upon a time, Sears was so ambitious they built their own automobile: the “Sears Motor Buggy” Continue reading “All Speeds from 1 to 25 Miles per Hour”
In the 1990s Mario loyalists were pitted against the Sonic crowd – the playground was bitterly divided over which videogame system was the best. Continue reading The Battle of the Century – SNES vs. Sega Genesis
“Hmmmph – kids today! Why, when I was your age and we wanted a computer, we had to build it ourself. None of them fancy fruit stores to take your money. You ordered the computer from a catalog, then get out the ole’ soldering iron and put it together! Continue reading Build-it-yourself Computers
Who is this Grecian goddess? Who is her girlfriend? Why is this radio literally on a pedestal, looking like a cross between a Greek Temple and an Art Deco skyscraper? Continue reading High Fidelity Art Deco
Who doesn’t love the idea of getting the latest tech as a holiday gift? And yet… Continue reading The Trouble with Tech
What happened here? The pages from this 1932 Spear catalog are absolutely accurate – they really ARE selling a $175 top-of-the-line phonograph for 30 bucks… Continue reading Highest Fidelity. Lowest Prices.