Anomalies & Curiosities

A cool century of design and technology.

Stumbled upon Google's fully browsable archive of Popular Mechanics Magazines for the entire 20th century. It's truly fascinating and delightful -- as a typography and illustration specimen, and a mind-blowing study of the progress of 20th century technology.


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If FORM were a person, this would be a little peek into its brain. Cool things. Random thoughts. Even the silly and stupid stuff. Only without all the icky gooey bits.

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Ray LaMontagne

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Desktop Friday
"Mindless" - Josh

"Mindless"
Josh
Feb 03, 2012

Someone Said

Open Quote You do seem like the type of guy who'd drink pickle juice. Close Quote

Desktop Friday
"Altitude" - Adam

"Altitude"
Adam
Dec 13, 2013

Someone Said

Open Quote I mean, how much Jeff Bridges can you have in one movie? Close Quote

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"Chair" - Alexis

"Chair"
Alexis
May 12, 2012

Someone Said

Open Quote I’m getting a full-on chest plate tattoo of FORM riding on the back of a magical unicorn to show my appreciation. Close Quote

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Thom Stauffer

Thom Stauffer
Steve
Dec 19, 2011

Desktop Friday
"Hammer" - Teresa

"Hammer"
Teresa
Nov 01, 2013

Someone Said

Open Quote No, you need megadoses of vitamin D. Close Quote

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A Pale Blue Dot
Josh
Dec 16, 2011

Desktop Friday
"Quicksand" - Josh

"Quicksand"
Josh
Oct 18, 2013

Someone Said

Open Quote This is too helpful. Close Quote

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Melting Wood Frames

Melting Wood Frames
Steve
Dec 06, 2011

Desktop Friday
"Deny" - Steve

"Deny"
Steve
Apr 27, 2007

Someone Said

Open Quote I'm bringing iFrames back. Close Quote

Desktop Friday
"Chasing" - Teresa

"Chasing"
Teresa
May 28, 2010

Someone Said

Open Quote The wild cheeses grow aplenty here. Close Quote

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Shorpy Inspiration

Shorpy Inspiration
Teresa
Oct 07, 2011

Desktop Friday
"Comfortably Numb" - Teresa

"Comfortably Numb"
Teresa
Mar 08, 2013

Someone Said

Open Quote Well. I guess we're having stock photos for lunch. Close Quote

Desktop Friday
"Route" - Teresa

"Route"
Teresa
May 02, 2008

Someone Said

Open Quote It works! Close Quote

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Place in Time

Place in Time
Teresa
Sep 16, 2011

Desktop Friday
"Zero" - Steve

"Zero"
Steve
Jun 15, 2012

Someone Said

Open Quote Then I thought, why not just make it Helvetica? Close Quote

Desktop Friday
"Stomp" - Rachel

"Stomp"
Rachel
Feb 29, 2008

Someone Said

Open Quote I've been to New Jersey? Close Quote

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Outmatched

Outmatched
Teresa
Aug 15, 2011

Desktop Friday
"Dishpan" - Jeff

"Dishpan"
Jeff
Feb 06, 2009

Someone Said

Open Quote I just keep making ears by accident. Close Quote

Desktop Friday
"Horse" - Teresa

"Horse"
Teresa
Jun 28, 2013

Someone Said

Open Quote Can you Swissify it? Close Quote

Desktop Friday
"Operation" - Josh

"Operation"
Josh
Nov 18, 2011

Someone Said

Open Quote It doesn't work in IE. Close Quote

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