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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Desktop Friday
"Rescue" - Teresa

"Rescue"
Teresa
Jan 07, 2011

Someone Said

Open Quote Fancy code is the only kind I write. Close Quote

Desktop Friday
"Dishpan" - Steve

"Dishpan"
Steve
Feb 06, 2009

Someone Said

Open Quote I'm going to look up thesaurus in the dictionary. Close Quote

Desktop Friday
"Goldfish" - Josh

"Goldfish"
Josh
Dec 17, 2010

Someone Said

Open Quote You just have to hope for the best until it doesn't happen. Close Quote

Blog
Thom Stauffer

Thom Stauffer
Steve
Dec 19, 2011

Desktop Friday
"Overpriced" - Jeff

"Overpriced"
Jeff
Mar 31, 2006

Someone Said

Open Quote I'm bringing iFrames back. Close Quote

Blog

A Pale Blue Dot
Josh
Dec 16, 2011

Desktop Friday
"Amplification" - Steve

"Amplification"
Steve
Apr 29, 2011

Someone Said

Open Quote I just smelled fries in my head. Close Quote

Blog
Melting Wood Frames

Melting Wood Frames
Steve
Dec 06, 2011

Desktop Friday
"Remember" - Jacob

"Remember"
Jacob
Sep 20, 2013

Someone Said

Open Quote Your sweat smells like Dolce & Gabbana. Close Quote

Desktop Friday
"Chasing" - Kory

"Chasing"
Kory
May 28, 2010

Someone Said

Open Quote I don't believe anything you're about to say. Close Quote

Blog
Shorpy Inspiration

Shorpy Inspiration
Teresa
Oct 07, 2011

Desktop Friday
"Waffle" - Rachel

"Waffle"
Rachel
Apr 04, 2008

Someone Said

Open Quote They're switchin' browsers and clearin' cookies! Close Quote

Desktop Friday
"Hotel" - Josh

"Hotel"
Josh
Feb 21, 2011

Someone Said

Open Quote No. They don't have have budget for robots. Close Quote

Blog
Place in Time

Place in Time
Teresa
Sep 16, 2011

Desktop Friday
"Stomp" - Kory

"Stomp"
Kory
Feb 29, 2008

Someone Said

Open Quote I've looked at that alpaca all day. Close Quote

Desktop Friday
"Altitude" - Teresa

"Altitude"
Teresa
Dec 13, 2013

Someone Said

Open Quote Is hot dog one word or two? Close Quote

Blog
Outmatched

Outmatched
Teresa
Aug 15, 2011

Desktop Friday
"Plot" - Josh

"Plot"
Josh
Jan 21, 2011

Someone Said

Open Quote I was working, until I got distracted by this Madonna song. Close Quote

Desktop Friday
"Unhelpful" - Kory

"Unhelpful"
Kory
Feb 22, 2008

Someone Said

Open Quote My middle toe went numb and I thought I had something in my shoe. Close Quote

Desktop Friday
"Scrappy" - Rachel

"Scrappy"
Rachel
Sep 12, 2008

Someone Said

Open Quote It's a torsional thing. Close Quote

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