For Day 3 of my Cooper Mini tribute, I found a sweet little video that contains images and history of the Mini throughout the years, and I thought it was very pleasant viewing to share with all of you. It details most of the makes and models throughout the years including its earliest models in the late 1950s and early 1960s. All the acclaims and years of staying power are quite impressive...hope you enjoy!
When I took on doing this blog, my plan was to have a theme for each week's postings. I had a few ideas for themes this week, but those plans were thrown out the window when a chance meeting with a Mini Cooper took place.
I was going to my local parking lot to pick up a Zipcar for an afternoon road trip (it was a Toyota Prius, if you must ask) when I noticed a shiny vintage Cooper Mini sitting in the nearby parking garage. It was a bright red 1970 Mini - not one of the convertible … Read more
The appliances that graced our grandparents' kitchens had a special sort of design aesthetic, and today those designs get celebrated in every imaginable appliance and gadget. Sometimes the nod to retro style is as subtle as the color choice on a standing mixer or the button design on a built-in oven. Every once in a while, an appliance design is revived in full, as in the case of this Electrochef all-in-one vintage kitchen.
Made from white porcelain and metal, this heavyweight free-standing kitchen looks just like those you find in antique stores. It includes an adjustable height oven, four spiral … Read more
Legend has it that on December 4, 1877, Thomas Edison was the first person to record and play back the human voice. Maybe not.
The Video Interchange site notes that "a possibility exists that Edison himself, in fact, might not have been the very first person to have recorded and played back the human voice. This was most likely made by his two key assistants: Charles Batchelor, his chief assistant, and John Kruesi, his head machinist."
You can see Edison's machine on the Video Interchange Web site. And while you're there, check out a few of the fascinating but obscure audio formats on display.
Video Interchange offers transfer services for a vast range of ancient and recent audio formats. For example, Video Interchange can transfer 78 rpm records to CD.
I live in a neighborhood where vintage style is king. People will spend huge sums of money to populate their Brooklyn apartments with furniture and lamps that are antiques (or new with antique finish), clothing from vintage shops, and appliances in chartreuse, pink, and taupe.
Maybe it's because we've run out of ideas that we have a tendency to recycle styles in everything from fashion to haircuts to housewares, but I think that as humans, we have a tendency to come full circle in our likes and dislikes. Having experienced enough styles to have a wider frame of … Read more
Kitchen gadgets have been around for a long time. Toasters first appeared in the early 1900s, and it seemed gadget hounds have been filling their kitchens with them ever since. Luckily, they have progressed somewhat from their earlier, more dangerous days. But there are some items that deserve a second look as possibly being the best solution to a given task.
The Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper is a classically styled, vintage-inspired design that uses good old-fashioned arm strength to accomplish the task. Popcorn is popped directly on the stovetop. Simply place kernels and oil in the pot and start cranking. … Read more
Everyone has a wire box -- that container you toss random wires, plugs and other tech junk into. It's generally all the useless stuff that you just can't bring yourself to get rid of just yet. Being in "the biz," my wire box is actually a set of four interlocking plastic storage containers, which had become a serious closet hazard, to put it mildly. Here's how I spent part of my MLK weekend -- the dreaded annual wire box cleanup.
Just a quick heads-up--
Because of the current tough economic times, the non-profit Alameda County Computer Resource Center (ACCRC) is auctioning off its collection of vintage computers, video-game systems, calculators, and other collectible electronics to fund its other operations, which include job-training programs and refurbishing more modern PCs, which it donates to schools, other non-profits, and disadvantaged individuals.
The ACCRC auction is being managed by the Vintage Computer Festival organization in multiple rounds. The second set of systems being auctioned is online now, with a deadline of noon (PST) on Jan. 5; more will follow. VCF proprietor Sellam Ismail says … Read more
The year was 1983--the last De Loreans were produced, the final episode of M.A.S.H. aired with more than 125 million viewers tuning in to watch, the "Just Say No" anti-drug campaign debuted, Jaws went 3D (don't know why), and the A-Team released so much ammunition without ever hitting anyone--Oh, What a Feeling!
This time portal has been initiated because I've dug something up from my closet. Not a skeleton, but a working 1983 original Game & Watch Nintendo Popeye tabletop system. For those who don't know how the Nintendo tabletop models worked, … Read more
Longing for a stylish way to create more storage in your tiny kitchen? Borrow a solution from one of the tiniest food-prep areas known to man: the airplane kitchen. Thanks to trendy travel retailer Flight 001, you can get your hands on a vintage airline food cart for use as a dry bar, serving vessel, or kitchen storage.
The carts were actually used on planes, so they come complete with small dents and scratches. Fortunately, Flight 001 has prettied up the exterior with a number of groovy finishes to appeal to your modern sensibilities. Inside you'll find a retractable … Read more