is a collection of early 20th Century industrial design culled from the archives of the U.S. Patent Office, featuring architecture, automobiles, toys, and trains.
posted by crunchland
on Aug 3, 2005 -
Mold A Rama!
Remember those plastic lions
How about an Abraham Lincoln bust or locomotive
? You remember those machines
where you stuck a quarter in and watched as 250 degree plastic was pumped into a mold and then automotive antifreeze was hosed in to supposedly cool the mold before the animal was pushed into the compartment below for your waiting hands
. Remember the burnt plastic smell? Those really hot to-the-touch animals that you wore down your parents until they gave you a quarter animals are not just simply things from your fading memory
. Uh uh, new molds
are being made even today. Not good enough you say? Then buy
your very own vintage Mold A Rama for a mere $9,500!
posted by Juicylicious
on Jan 21, 2005 -
For the neighbor kid who keyed your car, for the paperboy who rode his bike through your daisies, for the pack of urchins who were throwing snowballs at your car last week, you now have a wide selection of ideal gifts.
Roll to taste.
posted by Gooney
on Jan 19, 2005 -
"Its discreet, its funky and now none of your friends will ever know you have a problem." Well, as long as they aren't observant enough to notice that you're ripping the head off of a stuffed bear and trying to drink from its neck...
posted by miss lynnster
on Jan 5, 2005 -
As if working in an office isn't enough. This is one toy
I will NOT be buying for my kid. I get the irony, but man, how depressing would it be to see this under the xmas tree?
posted by mountainmambo
on Dec 16, 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 -
is the electronic art of the implementation of the creative audio short-circuit. This renegade path of electrons represents a catalytic force capable of exploding new experimental musical forms forward at a velocity previously unknown. Anyone at all can do it; no prior knowledge of electronics is needed." - Reed Ghazala. More proselytizing
from Ghazala, and a LiveJournal
for up-to-the-minute advice, feedback and opinions.
posted by jon_kill
on Jan 28, 2004 -
: Ken Blackburn holds the World Record for time aloft for a paper airplane. Visit his site to read how he did it, the history of paper airplanes, read some competitive airplane flying rules, and learn to fold some new airplane designs of your own.
posted by anastasiav
on Nov 10, 2003 -
A fascinating archive of the ways early photography was used to give the illusion of motion, as well as information on the evolution of optical toys and early cinema.
posted by anastasiav
on Nov 8, 2003 -
The gallery of Kidrobot
is a collection of toy photos I ran into on a recent search for a U.S. retailer of a desktop toy
I wanted by Cube-Works
. Outside of finding what I came for, I enjoyed just browsing the photos and descriptions. In the vein of "fair and balanced", I also found the toy at Sweatyfrog
, which has some other neato-torpedo things.
posted by rudyfink
on Nov 4, 2003 -
Lego Master Builder search
"After kicking off at The Art Institute of California – San Diego on Thursday, Oct. 30, the official LEGO Master Model Builder Search will head to Art Institutes in Washington D.C., Boston, Charlotte, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Los Angeles before its final stop in Orange County, California. Winners from each city will be invited to travel to the LEGOLAND theme park in Carlsbad in 2004 to interview for the ultimate job – and the chance for the coveted spot as the seventh LEGO Master Model Builder." Ladies and gentlemen, start your brick building!
posted by Irontom
on Oct 15, 2003 -
There have been some unusual homemade characters popping up, but I thought the names and descriptions for these were unusually clever. For example: Chestaire, who "secretly wishes he had more hair (on his head)." Or Jacques Heepoe ("the 's' is silent") the hippo who is "an avid tonette player".
Hey, Kelly Osborne owns one. And if you're out of work like me, the creator is open to swaps. Sweet.
posted by sparky
on Sep 19, 2003 -