Old enough to remember
GPO rotary dial
The UK called regional dialing codes STD codes. The STD code for a specific community changed depending on where you were calling from. That dialing system has now been replaced.
Log Train - Virginia Lumber & Extract Co. 1913
Similar to the logging trains used in the Seattle area.
Vintage 1950s Danish Nesting Tables by Hans Wegner.
This set of Scandinavian Nesting Tables are in like-new condition. Nesting tables are helpful and can eliminate the need for a coffee table because you can easily move a table to wear you need it without taking up too much space. Ready for pick up, delivery, or shipping.
These are five of the seven pictures Dorothea Lange took of Florence Thompson in Nipomo, Calif. in February, 1936. Thompson was a pea-picker and mother of seven children. Ever since Lange took her iconic photograph of Thompson — shown above in the best-known form, and at bottom in un-modified form (note the thumb in the lower right) — she’s been known as the Migrant Mother. These are five of the seven known Lange photographs of Thompson. Each is in the collection of the Library of Congress.
Tonight most PBS stations will premiere an "American Masters" documentary on the life and work of Dorothea Lange. Titled "Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning," the film looks at Lange’s life from her upbringing outside New York City, to her emergence as a major American photographer. Lange is best-known for her work chronicling the Dust Bowl era, but her oeuvre includes much more, including pictures of Depression-era labor strife, the internment of Japanese-Americans and early environmentalist documentary photography. Such was Lange’s stature that just after she died in 1966 the Museum of Modern Art devoted just its sixth retrospective of a photographer’s career to her work.
Taylor was the lead guest on last week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast. She and host Tyler Green discussed the documentary and Lange’s life and work.
I didn’t know audio electronics giant RCA ever made mainframes. 1969
The Octoputer was the Spectra Model 70/46 (basically a 70/45 with more RAM and emphasis on shared multiuser use) and the Octoputer II was the Spectra Model 70/61 (capable of holding 1 megabyte of RAM, 262 kilobytes at a time). Data was inputted on punchcards and saved on magnetic tape or 7.25 megabyte hard drives. The Spectra 70 series was compatable in software with the IBM System/360 series of computers, their biggest competition, but differences in operating systems meant they didn’t get to talk much — and Spectras came to market after the 360s so RCA lost potential market share.
The nearly-outdated machine you’re reading this post on, whether it’s a tablet or a cell phone or a desktop machine, is infinitely more powerful with infinitely greater storage than these serious business work-octopi.