[Parts I & II, each a 15:00+ minute
An urban planning film from 1939 that takes a nostalgic look at country life, compares it to the hustle and bustle of 1930s big city life, and presents a utopian alternative.
The City, Parts I & II, can be found at the Prelinger Archives
if you want to read about them before you commit to watching the 30 minute movie. I tripped across this while surfing around on the forums
: The urban planning portal. Also notable: Music by Aaron Copland
posted by Doohickie
on Jan 20, 2005 -
A Punk Rock Flyer Archive 1982-1984.
"This site contains an archive of flyers for mostly hardcore punk gigs from the era 1982 to 1984 that took place in Tucson Arizona, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. Historical narrative and observations are included as well as stickers, various handbills, and other curiosities from the same era."
posted by greasy_skillet
on Dec 14, 2004 -
Everyone's favourite stickers from childhood are back. The originals were developed by Maus author Art Spiegelman way back in 1967, with the first series
of stickers being released in 1973.
, often gross
, Wacky Packages were a 10-year-old's dream come true (with Garbage Pail Kids
a close second).
posted by fizz-ed
on Jul 7, 2004 -
Retro toys: I remember using the garden hose to frantically try and dissolve that pink shit. We eventually cleaned the knife, but I remember big blobs of it still on the ground with ants stuck in it. We ended up keep Stretch's head as a trophy.
People reminisce about their old toys. Mostly about topics like how they tortured GI Joe
, made mrs. beasley
look like a victim of domestic violence, and knew that Steve Scout
was living an alternative lifestyle. Not every memory's a gem, but some are a real laugh.
posted by Mayor Curley
on Jul 2, 2004 -
One two three, four five, six seven nine ten, eleven twelve
. [6.5mb .wmv]. An excellent remix video of the the Sesame Street 'Pinball Song'. Features the Pointer Sisters on vocals, apparently. The remix was done by Braces Tower
, who also have the mp3
up on their site.
posted by tapeguy
on May 18, 2004 -
Before there was Maxim there were these manly men's magazines from the '50s and '60s. Take that, you metrosexual pansies!
posted by owillis
on Feb 25, 2004 -
Old Time Candy
- ready to say goodbye to your New Year's Resolution diet? Old time candy will sell you gift boxes based on decade! We looked for the nostalgic sweet stuff before, but here is another good collection.
posted by plinth
on Jan 29, 2004 -
"A lot of you were jerks."
It's one of those scenes that could've been lifted from a John Hughes teen coming-of-age movie. An unpopular kid gets the joke vote for class valedictorian, and he uses the opportunity provided by the valedictory speech to chastise them. Has this ever happened at your high school? If you had a chance to go back (or perhaps forward) in time and address your high school graduating class, what would you say?
posted by AccordionGuy
on Dec 27, 2003 -
Inaugural Speeches from Our Action Heroes:
"As the first robot/semitruck to be elected to these hallowed halls, I pledge to rebuild America. To repair our crumbling roads and bridges, to lower gas prices, and to increase the speed limit. Things that all Americans need." [via queso
posted by mathowie
on Nov 25, 2003 -
Hinterland Who's Who
Back in the mid 1906s the Canadian government made what have now become the longest running public service annoucments ever. They're also possible the most boring, but that can't stop them from being amazingly popular. Don't forget to check out the spoofs.
posted by tiamat
on Oct 21, 2003 -
Those of you with crazy multi-tasking skills might want to check out Arcadia
, where you play four different super simple games at the same time. Extra points for the stylishly retro chunky pixels look, which brings me right back to happy afternoons spent with my 2600
posted by lia
on Aug 5, 2003 -
. It's more than a photo collection and group of essays about his parents' failures with interior decoration; it's a nostalgic website brought about by Wes Clark's impulse to let his children know what it was like growing up
during a more innocent age.
posted by debralee
on Jun 17, 2003 -
is an electronic anthology of sorts. Due to the technological advancement of these things we call "computers", it's a subject ripe for nostalgia. As seen here by bloggers writing about their first . . .
posted by jeremias
on Jun 2, 2003 -
If you're of a certain age, you will easily recognize the sign
. Warhol made art
out of them. Many families
whiled away lazy rainy days licking them. Despite being one of the most dominant forces in cosumer's lives during the middle of the 20th century, the 80s saw them fade away, and eventually disappeared
entirely just this year. Since 1999, though, they've been back, albeit in virtual
form. You might even still be able to redeem
your old stamps! Let's fondly remember the most successful
implementation of the granddaddy of all today's shopping 'reward
' programs...S&H Green Stamps
posted by WolfDaddy
on Apr 14, 2003 -
[warning: pop ups] became well known for a few scientifically unexplained phenomena. They are Telepathy... Dowsing... Bending, breaking and softening metal and other solids with the power of the mind, e.g. spoons, keys etc, more rarely plastic and glass; Fixing broken watches and appliances, and using collective power, influencing the Big Ben to stop; Moving compasses with the power of thought; Erasing computer tapes and disks; and Sprouting, causing tiny seeds (mainly red radish) to grow a few centimeters in seconds." Why not thrill to a biography
of this favorite pseudo psychic of the 70s? To be frank, until just now, I wasn't even aware that he was back!
posted by Joey Michaels
on Mar 24, 2003 -
Let's talk about childhood toys.
A wander down memory lane, past care-bears and etch-a-sketches and barrel-o-monkeys. Warning: this site resulted in the bidding up of auctions for Weebles "Tree House"
action sets. I'd forgotten how marvelously upright they remained until I whipped their little egg-like bodies out of a second-story window onto concrete. What was your favorite childhood toy? Do you still have it, or do you have the sudden need to re-acquire it?
posted by answergrape
on Mar 21, 2003 -
ATTENTION ALL GROWNUPS.
"Your "inner child" has long been waiting for a chance to usurp control of your body and force it to perform certain actions. The time is now at hand. Read and follow the instructions below
posted by Fat Elvis
on Feb 18, 2003 -
Show and Tell Music - Thrift Store Vinyl.
There are lots of vinyl sites out there, but some of the items in this collection had me floored.
And the quantity is just as impressive as the quality -- several pages of unintentionally funny Christian vinyl you have to see to believe. MP3 samples too! Via BoingBoing
, but got lost under a lengthy EFF post (which was also good).
posted by condour75
on Dec 5, 2002 -
Pocket Calclulator Show
looks like it started as a sideline of a shortwave radio show
about "products from the electronics revolution of the 1970s and 1980s", but its of primary interest for their collections of classic nerd toys. Thrill to the memories in the Digital Watch Museum
, the Walkman Museum
, the Boombox Museum
, and especially the collection of Magical Gadgets
, which includes a not-so-useful-anymore cb radio to 8-track adapter
, an incredible casio talking clock/calculator (listen to it talk!)
, and, of course, that great pioneer of personal sound technology - the Bone Fone
(it vibrates, you know!)
posted by yhbc
on Nov 14, 2002 -
Did The Good Old Days Really Exist
or was it just the iconography that was cute? Not to mention the cars. Or the clothes. Or the refrigerators. And the music. Or the supermarkets
.... But were any of these commodities and comforts actually any good? Could we live with them today? Accomplished websites like Ephemera Now
and Fifties Boulevard
give the impression of an increasingly unrealistic American Dream that's still fighting against waking up. Is there - can there be - any equivalent nowadays? [First two links from today's Bifurcated Rivets
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Nov 11, 2002 -
The 80's Movie Gateway.
"Like an encyclopedia, we've got mini-sites for loads of your fave films from the 80's, packed with info, pictures, trivia, soundtrack details, trailers and much, much more... Like a web directory, on each page, we also give you links to the best sites dedicated to each movie."
posted by Joey Michaels
on Nov 4, 2002 -
Obsolecence and adolescence
I came of musical age during the beginning of the tectonic shift between cassette/vinyl/CD (vinyl on the way out, cassette taking precedence and CD waiting in the wings).
Crushes, science and lots of bad music I still love (yeah, too much Anglophilian pop
) was spooled on those tapes. This story
about the demise of the cassette has it all! And it's a great bit of writing, too...
posted by chandy72
on Oct 30, 2002 -
Remembering the crazy dot-com boom.
In November of 1998, a small California Internet provider named AvTel Communications announced they were providing local ADSL service to the community via a typical (and innocent, at least so it was thought) corporate press release. Business wires
completely mis-interpret the release, CNBC talks about it on air, then clueless investors hoping to get rich quick start throwing money at the stock causing the stock price to rise an amazing 1284% in one day
before trading is suspended. After several class-action suits
, and a company re-name
, the company managed to survive the hoopla, but only barely. Now they're being de-listed
like yesterday's trash. Did something like this ever happen to a company for whom you worked? Let's share! (Yeah, I worked there then.)
posted by WolfDaddy
on Sep 12, 2002 -
A Day in Radio.
"On September 21, 1939, WJSV, an AM radio station in Washington, D.C., recorded the entire 19 hours of its broadcast day... Along with the news coverage, the station ran the standard stream of music, soap operas, sports, and other programming." Looks like you can listen to pretty much the entire's day's broadcasts.
posted by Tin Man
on Sep 10, 2002 -
A Scranton, PA man is auctioning
250,000 pieces of software mostly games from the 80s and early 90s composed
of around 20,000 unique titles
(2MB Excel Spreadsheet) for $250,000. He says its the worlds biggest collection and many games are rare and in demand
. You will need trucks and warehouse. If anyone can afford to sit on these for a few decades untill the 80s generation gets old and nostalgic it could be the Schoyen
of early computer gameing software.
posted by stbalbach
on Sep 8, 2002 -