Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Photobooth: A History

Just found my bookmark of this: an excerpt in The Telegraph from the new book American Photobooth by Näkki Goranin, published by W.W. Norton & Company. From the preliminary blurb: "Women have stripped off in them, Fred Astaire has danced in one, Andy Warhol turned them into a business. Näkki Goranin, who has spent 10 years collecting these pictures, tells the remarkable story of the photobooth and its camera-mad inventor." Read the article here. I wouldn't mind getting the book, actually -- it sounds like a great read.

120 Years of Electronic Music

Another interesting link: a history of the electronic musical instrument, from 1870 to 1990. Shown here is Lucie Bigelow Rosen playing the Theremin, back when it was a serious instrument (and not a sound effect for 1950s sci fi movies).

More Retro Technology

And while we're on the subject of machines from the past, here's the Dishmaster Imperial, which promises to make dishwashing faster and just that more space age cool. The design reminds me of how cars of that era looked -- I'm not sure if I should wash the dishes or just take the kitchen out for a drive. Via Retro Thing.
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