Thursday, May 26, 2011
Retrotechnology For Daily Life
Modern Mechanix, this feature about the "Newest Devices for General Use" in the June 1935 issue of Science and Mechanics reveals several interesting points. With the U.S. still climbing out of the Great Depression, some of these items emphasized economy, like the ink bottle that could be recycled into a lamp with accessories sold by the manufacturer. That product, along with the door chimes, also relied on the do-it-yourself spirit of the time. Finally, other than the materials and technology used, items such as the one cup coffee maker and pocket flashlight would not be out of place in today's market.