Archived Articles: Vintage & Retro

The future has passed, and will again - what seems like cutting-edge tech today may look prescient or silly tomorrow. For those fascinated with futures past, here are vintage visions of planes, trains, automobiles and more from times gone by.

Micro-Cycle: Hubless Bike Folds Down & Fits into Backpack

Few folding bikes can boast such compact proportions (even when fully collapsed) as this umbrella-sized wonder you can sling at your side or slideĀ into your ...

Lego Blocks + iPad = Classic 1984 Macintosh Computer

Technology comes full circle thanks to an iPad and a creative usage of Lego blocks. Oslo-based designers Jason Kinsella and Charlotte Bakken recreated a ...

Turn Back the Dial: 13 Retro Historical TV Set Designs

Early television sets ranged from tiny screens housed in laughably oversized cabinets to stylish midcentury modern designs. Some, like a Russian TV from 1932, ...

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Retro Rail: 14 Real & Visionary Historic Monorail Designs

There’s nothing on earth like a genuine, bonafide, electrified six-car monorail. Or a one-car monorail with a propeller, or a high-speed rail plane, or ...

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Dental Nightmare: 17 Truly Terrifying Tooth-Related Objects

As if going to the dentist wasn’t scary enough already, you can now augment your odontophobia with a series of nightmare-inducing dental training ...

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Bizarre Inventions: 15 Idiotic Ideas from the Past

For every invention that actually makes it to production, there are dozens of failed ideas, most of which failed for very good reasons. Like the fact that ...

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Rare Visions of the Past: 30 Old Color Photographs

The red banners of Nazi Germany, female factory workers in 1940s America, and views of Paris from the turn of the century are captured in rare color photos.

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15 of the World’s Weirdest Low-Tech Film Cameras

A French revolver that shoots photos, a picture-taking harness for homing pigeons and a human skull are among these weird and unusual film cameras.

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Future Past: 7 Weird Wonders Predicted 100+ Years Ago

In the year 1900, an article printed in the Lades Home Journal envisioned what life would be like in 2001, with some predictions more accurate than others.

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Hunt, Peck & Paint: Chromatic Typewriter Prints Landscapes

Many works of amazing literary art have been printed on typewriters in times past, but this reinvention goes beyond words and into the realm of colorful ...

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