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December 27, 2010 12:09 PM   Subscribe

Retronaut: someone who makes the conscious effort to experience life outside of time and modernity. Artist David McDermott. Chris Wild, keeper of the How To A Retronaut Site, full of arcane anachronisms: WWII in modern Amsterdam, Map of abandoned London tube stations, 50 years of Japanese concept cars, 1940's London in high resolution color images and much more.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul (8 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

So, retronauts is a fancy word for hipsters?
posted by hincandenza at 1:24 PM on December 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


This site has great content all over it (despite the interface struggling against my every effort to use it) but the 50 years of Japanese concept cars page is just amazing. Cyclops car!

So, retronauts is a fancy word for hipsters?

I think the spirit behind this site comes from a particularly British attitude to the past and has little or no connection to hipsterism.
posted by A Thousand Baited Hooks at 1:35 PM on December 27, 2010 [3 favorites]

aaaand that's my afternoon shot to hell. Thanks for the link - awesome stuff!
posted by Mooski at 1:44 PM on December 27, 2010

Completely fascinating -- terrific post!
posted by vers at 2:42 PM on December 27, 2010

It seems a few steps up from a Tumblr account, in terms of information provided. A fantastic array of images, but not much in the way of background.

Which is to say, it sends me searching for more information, which might well be the purpose. And if you're looking for any more information on those Japanese concept cars, you can hover your cursor over the images for more, or click on the images and look at the file names.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:57 PM on December 27, 2010

[obligatory Louis C.K. comment about time travel]
posted by Eideteker at 5:34 PM on December 27, 2010

This is great, thank you!
posted by Miko at 8:05 PM on December 27, 2010

Love this!
posted by SisterHavana at 8:18 PM on December 27, 2010

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