Category: vintage


As part of the “Annie” atomic test at the Nevada Proving Ground on March 17, 1953, scientists filmed the destruction of “House No. 1” located 3,500 feet from ground zero. The time from the first to last picture as 21/3 seconds, shot from a camera encased in a 2-inch lead sheath to protect it from radiation. 

(Department of Energy)

A joke by Amsterdam eyewear designer Jan Oostman. The Netherlands, March 6, 1967. Photo by Jacques Klok.

(Koninklijke Bibliotheek)

The peppy intro to NASA’s 1968 “Aeronautics and Space Report.” It’ll put a spring in your step.

Johnny Bruck cover art for A Step Further Out by Raymond Z. Gallun, 1963.

Space Age covers for Soviet science magazine Tekhnika Molodezhi, 1966.

February 4, 1932 – Moro the Human Iceberg, aka William Aspinwall, encased in ice in San Diego, California.


Atmospheric Technology, June 1973, published by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Cover art by Howard Crosslen.

“Automation Comes to Banking” — New York City, January 12, 1960: “The console for the first fully automatic data processing system for the savings bank industry, being assembled and tested by the Teleregister Corporation for the Howard Savings Institution.” (Harry Ransom Center)

When @nasa considered a scooter for the Moon.

(NASA History Office)

The beard is strong with this one.

(Salt Spring Island Archive)