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This Lamborghini Countach Limousine Was a Car and a Half, Quite Literally!

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It could happen only in America; where else would anybody create a stretched Countach lookalike with four doors? Continue reading »

Björk With a Cute Pixie Cut Photographed by Herb Ritts in 1989

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Björk was born on October 21, 1966, in Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik. From the age of six until she was 14, she attended a local music school, where she studied the classics, and learned to play the flute and the piano. These amazing portraits of Björk were taken by photographer Herb Ritts in 1989, when she still was in the Sugarcubes. Continue reading »

A Love Letter to The Golden Age of Corporate Kitsch

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From shimmering skyscrapers and astro-turf carpets to monotonous rows of grey computer boxes offset by dusty pink walls, the Instagram account @__________office has all of the workplace tropes we grew up seeing in movies and on TV, but didn’t get to experience ourselves. Continue reading »

The Messerschmitt KR200: A Sunny Day out In Germany’s Two-Seater Tandem Bubble Car, 1959

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In 1952, German aircraft engineer Fritz Fend (April 14, 1920 – November 22, 2000), a former technical officer with the Luftwaffe in World War 2, took his design for a Kabinenroller (Cabin Scooter) to the Messerschmitt aircraft corporation. Continue reading »

Amazing Vintage Japanese Pachimon Postcards With Famous Places Around the World

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Pachimon is a vintage series of budget bromide trading cards made by the Japanese companies Yokopro and Yamapro featuring unauthorized alterations of pre-existing kaiju collaged with other photographic elements. The term Pachimon itself is a fan-created moniker roughly reading as “stolen monsters.” Continue reading »

Beautiful Kodachrome Slides of West Germany Taken By a Nurse During Her Tour of Duty in the Early 1950s

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These slides appear to have been taken by a US Army nurse who seems to have been attached to the 97th General Army Hospital at Frankfurt, (West) Germany in 1952 and 1953. During her tour of duty she was able, like most US service personnel, to travel in her free time to various places in Europe and Algeria (and possibly other countries in North Africa). Continue reading »

Vintage Photos Show Lifestyle of Teenagers in the 1950s

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The term ‘teenager’ was first introduced to the American public in the 1940s as a moniker coined by advertising executives looking to sell their products to a new audience. Continue reading »

Scary Photos of a Young Linda Blair as Regan MacNeil in “The Exorcist”, 1973

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When The Exorcist was released in 1973, Linda Blair was just 14 years old. Though the film generated a considerable amount of controversy, the young actress blew audiences away with her haunting performance as possessed preteen Regan MacNeil. Continue reading »

Artist Spent 116 Hours In Total To Create All These Drawings Of His Childhood Objects From The Nineties

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According to Bert Musketon (previously featured): “I grew up in the nineties and I love to draw. The combination of those two led me to draw all my favorite childhood objects. From a Gameboy to a Casio watch. Continue reading »

Lush Kodachrome Photos of New York in the Late 1960s

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In the late 1960s, 25-year-old Tod Papageorge came to New York as a photographer in the making. Every day he would spend time taking photographs all over the city with his fellows. Continue reading »

Cars of New York City: Snapshots from The 1970s and Early 1980s

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About 13 years ago, Andy Blair decided to send off batches of these hidden gems for digitizing. Once in the digital domain, he spent months enhancing the images taken so long ago. “Talk about a labor of love!”, he says. A friend mentioned Flickr to Andy and after checking it out, he tentatively decided to start uploading. Continue reading »

Mesmerizing and Haunting: The Surreal and Stunning Artwork of Jaco Putker

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Jaco Putker is a contemporary artist and printmaker from The Hague, The Netherlands. He combines digital and traditional techniques to produce images which are both playful and sinister, nostalgic and magical. His preferred medium is photopolymer, or solar plate, etching. This technique is a non-toxic way of etching which allow for photorealistic depictions. Continue reading »

The Superb Black & White Retro Sci-Fi Pencil Drawings by Juan Osorno

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Created by Colombian artist Juan Osorno, ‘Contact’ is a series of pencil on paper illustrations inspired by old school science fiction films. Continue reading »

Galaxy of Horrors!: NASA Posters Highlight Spooky Alien Planets, Just in Time for Halloween

With Halloween just around the corner, NASA has released its latest Galaxy of Horrors posters. Styled like horror film advertisements from the 1950s, they feature different exoplanets—planets that orbit stars other than the sun—and highlight what exactly makes them so frightening.

“People are often most interested in finding exoplanets that could resemble Earth or potentially support life as we know it,” Thalia Rivera, an outreach specialist at JPL who led the development of the Galaxy of Horrors posters, said in the same statement.

“But there are so many other amazing, mystifying planets out there that are completely unlike Earth and that show us the huge variety of ways planets can form and evolve,” Rivera added. “My favorite thing about exoplanets is how extreme they can get!”

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Rains of Terror: This far-off blue planet may look like a friendly haven – but don’t be deceived! Weather here is deadly. The planet’s cobalt blue color comes from a hazy, blow-torched atmosphere containing clouds laced with glass. Howling winds send the storming glass sideways at 5,400 mph (2km/s), whipping all in a sickening spiral. It’s death by a million cuts on this slasher planet! (NASA-JPL/Caltech) Continue reading »

Terrifying Pictures Showing Bizarre Medical Treatments From the 1900s to 1960s

Health cure in the Institut Finsen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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The road to modern medicine has not been entirely smooth. Things have really changed in medicine since the early 20th century and you should be thankful for that! Along the course of history, there has been no shortage of strange, bizarre, and macabre medical practices to horrify us to this day. Continue reading »

Andy Blair Captured Fabulous Photos of Vintage Jersey City c. 1970s

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These fabulous photographs are from Andy Blair’s Flickr site (previously featured). He’s taken us back to 1970s New York before, but now we’re focusing on Jersey City. Continue reading »

Stunning Examples of the Rhinoplasty Surgery from the 1920s and 1930s

Most people assume that the history of rhinoplasties (nose jobs) began in the middle of the last century among Hollywood starlets who wanted to improve their facial features to get more work. While this was undoubtedly true of rhinoplasties starting around the 1930s, the truth is that the procedure has a much longer history, dating back thousands of years.

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In the 18th century, rhinoplasties were often performed on patients in the late stages of syphilis, during which the nose loses its structure. It was no coincidence that in 1794, Sushruta’s “Indian rhinoplasty” technique was finally translated into English in an article in the British publication Gentlemen’s Magazine. Continue reading »

Amazing Photos of the Fiat 8V

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The Fiat 8V, or “Otto Vu”, is a V8-engined sports car produced by the Italian car manufacturer Fiat from 1952 to 1954. The car was introduced at the 1952 Geneva Motor Show. The Fiat 8V got its name because at the time of its making, Fiat believed Ford had a copyright on “V8”. Continue reading »

Vintage Photos Show Men’s Fashion Styles in the 1980s

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While men’s fashion didn’t change as dramatically throughout the 20th century as women’s fashion, 1980s men’s fashion trends and styles developed new looks alongside a resurgence of older styles. Continue reading »

These Creepy Vintage Photographs From the Early 20th Century Will Make Your Skin Crawl

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In today’s world, it’s easy to forget that everyday life used to be a lot different. People wore different clothes, read encyclopedias, and used rotary phones. Continue reading »

Steve Jobs Showing Andy Warhol How To Use a Macintosh Computer that Sean Lennon Received for His 9th Birthday in 1984

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It was October 9, 1984, and Steve Jobs was going to a nine-year-old’s birthday party. He’d been invited just a few hours earlier by journalist David Scheff, who was wrapping up a profile of the Apple Computer wunderkind for Playboy. Jobs was far from the highest-profile guest, however. Walter Cronkite, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Louise Nevelson, John Cage, and singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson were also in attendance. And Yoko Ono, of course—it was her son’s birthday, after all. Continue reading »

Vintage Postcards Capture Shopping Malls of the U.S. in the Mid-20th Century

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The first shopping mall was technically an outdoor shopping plaza that opened in 1922 in Kansas City. However, the first indoor shopping mall that mirrored how we think of malls today was opened in 1956 in Edina, Minnesota. Malls were often anchored by a large department store with a cluster of other stores around it. Continue reading »

Vanity’s Heaven: Spectacular Retro Inspired Collages by Moon Patrol

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Moon Patrol is a Southern California based artist. Taking themes including 80s cartoons and video games, classic pulp illustrations, other worldly narratives Moon Patrol remixes these many and varied cues using a collage technique he compares to “Kid Koala’s turntable albums, and in part by William Burroughs’ cut-up technique.” Continue reading »

Bad Girls: Movie Posters of Dangerous Dames, Sizzling Sirens, and Gun-Toting Gals

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These are posters of films featuring women who were themselves. Happy gunslingers. Dedicated nymphos. Bruise-lipped sirens who have nothing to sing about and nothing to lose. Continue reading »

Hot Dog Sizzler, an Auto Oven Cooks Hot Dogs From the 1950s

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Want a hot dog on the road? Just plug this heater into your car’s electrical system. This 12 volt electric cooker could cook two wieners at the same time in three to five minutes in your car! Continue reading »