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The invention of the shopping cart and how it changed shopping

This collection of six Saturday Evening Post from decades past depict a significant change in grocery shopping, from the time when grocers picked and weighed all items for the shopper, to the modern "self-service" stores we know today, including the now ubiquitous (to the point of invisibility) tool that lead to this change. The shopping cart (or shopping carriage, buggy or trolley, seen here in its original form) is far from glamorous, but when he invented the combination basket and carriage, Sylvan Goldman changed how people shopped: an Oklahoma Story. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 1, 2016 - 32 comments

The fine art of making wallpaper by hand, in the "machine mad" 1960s

Two short, incomplete clips of making patterned wallpaper, largely by hand, in the 1960s from British Pathé: Wallpaper (1963) made by routing sycamore wood blocks hand block printing, seen again in Perfect Match (1968) where "color mixing is still a primitive pour and stir method." Bonus: Out Takes / Cuts From Cp 433 - Wallpaper, Feather Flowers And Perspex Sculpture (1963) and see also: Lino Decor (1958)
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 20, 2016 - 9 comments

Fir dearth spurs work

With a possible Christmas tree shortage looming, now's the time to take a closer look at artificial Christmas trees—by watching How It's Made style clips about them, of course, as well as a bunch of other holiday-related products. [more inside]
posted by knuckle tattoos on Dec 3, 2015 - 14 comments

Making Shoes by Hand

Shoemaking (the job of a cordwainer) is a very particular blend of artistry and science. Here are some masters at work: Emiko Matsuda at Foster & Son; artisans at Saint Crispin's; and at Paul Parkman. [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Nov 24, 2015 - 12 comments

"I don't make mistakes."

Hans Kühner, of G. Henle Verlag, a publisher of classical music urtexts, hypnotically engraves a sheet of Liszt the old-fashioned way.
posted by theodolite on Apr 14, 2015 - 18 comments

How It's Unmade - Oreo Cookies

In this episode, we follow an assembly line as it processes bags of Oreo-style cookies into raw materials.
posted by anazgnos on Mar 12, 2014 - 56 comments

Steinway & Sons

The making of a Steinway piano in 1929 and nearly 80 years later. via Kottke. [more inside]
posted by nadawi on Jul 19, 2013 - 16 comments

An angel gets its wing[tip]s.

The making of a pair of John Fluevog's Gateway Angel / Brandenburg shoes (SLYT).
posted by seanmpuckett on Mar 2, 2012 - 26 comments

Pop-up fabrication of a flapping-wing robot

Pop-up fabrication of a flapping-wing robot (SLYT)
posted by Behemoth on Nov 18, 2011 - 15 comments

A peak behind the curtain: the making of Disney animation

Journey back to the late 1930s, and see how Walt Disney cartoons are made, with a focus on that groundbreaking new Disney title, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Now let's dash ahead a few decades, to watch Ed Wynn and Jerry Colonna as they inspire the animators in a test-run of dialogue from Alice in Wonderland, synced with final animation for comparison.
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 5, 2011 - 12 comments

How Condoms Are Made

How A Condom Is Made (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by griphus on Aug 20, 2011 - 46 comments

LEGO my... wait.

Oh, you never would believe where those LEGO bricks come from. Well, you might. It turns out it's a pretty awesome process. BuisnessWeek gives us the behind the scenes info on LEGO bricks. Did you know LEGO is the world's largest tire manufacturer?
posted by SansPoint on Nov 29, 2006 - 29 comments

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