In 1922, when radios were introduced to the general public, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle — the creator of Sherlock Holmes and a staunch believer in Spiritualism — donned headphones and experienced radio for the first time, in Atlantic City. He speculated that the new technology might be quite efficacious in communing with the dearly departed. More inside.
Check out this crazy prototype — a streamlined aluminum locomotive with a propeller and a BMW V12 engine. The videos are cool.
Mosquito bars were serious business in the days before wire screens covered windows and doors. If you expected to get an insect-bite-free night’s sleep without having to rub yourself with kerosene, a mosquito bar was essential. See a variety of them as depicted in fine art, popular art, and photography.
Elvis Presley and Liberace were, arguably, the most famous performers of 1956. They met twice that year and seem to have enjoyed both occasions. See the odd pairing captured in photos and film footage, inside.
“Stick for you, automatic for her.” Click to see full classy, sassy ad.
And it certainly is. (Click to see full photo — there are antennae….)
What a great promo poster for a movie meant to be a follow-up to “Wings” but which was never actually made.
As Britain entered the war, well-founded fears of bombings and gas attacks led citizens and communities to construct air raid shelters. More illustrations inside.
The motorcycle was first used in active service by the U.S. military by Gen. “Black Jack” Pershing in order to chase Pancho Villa across rugged terrain — some were outfitted with sidecars and Colt machine guns.
Movie poster for a saucy, pre-code spoof of late-’20s Hollywood. “Big-shots,” look out.