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The Princess Phone: Timeless Communicator

Jul 21, 2014 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

During the economic boom of the 1950s, companies enhanced the design of plenty of practical products to attract new customers and inspire existing customers to upgrade. Bell System nearly missed its mark, finally introducing the Princess telephone in 1959. It would be Bell’s first real foray into widespread marketing, with a product created primarily for

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Cars, Radios & Appliances: How Powel Crosley Jr. Changed Industries

Jul 18, 2014 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

The brand name Crosley is primarily associated with radios, but behind that vintage sound is a wealth of other product lines, many of which changed their industries. From automobiles, to the first refrigerator with shelves on the door, inventor Powel Crosley Jr’s life was filled with both failures and triumphs, along with many firsts. Born

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The History Behind that Soothing Telephone Operator’s Voice

Sep 01, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

If you ever dialed a rotary phone, you probably remember hearing a calm, soothing voice when asking for assistance or answering a collect call. While during the 1940s to 1970s there were some male telephone operators, this field was dominated by women. It wasn’t a sexist thing. Research showed that a likeable female voice simply

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Retro Google Search (Mad Men Style)

Mar 18, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

In the 1960s, office machines required a great deal of human input. The traditional clicking and clomping sounds of printing devices echoed throughout office floors, as executives sat in private offices, doors closed. It was the “Mad Men” era – a common reference based on the modern-produced television show. And anything Mad Men is considered

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The Future of Computers and Gadgets (Steve Jobs, 1983)

Oct 04, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

An interesting audio recording from June 15, 1983 features Steve Jobs talking about the future of “personal” technology. Mike Beauchamp posted at the ZAGG blog about the hour-long recording, comparing Jobs’ predictions to the introduction of the iPad, 3G and 4G service, mobile email and more. The talk took place at the International Design Conference

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Zenith 500D Transistor Radio

Oct 30, 2009 |  Retro Staff |  1  Comment

This is a vintage Zenith transistor radio. This particular style, called the Model 500D was manufactured in 1959. The Model D was the third generation of the 500 model Zenith radios that were first introduced in 1958. This model was only available in two other colors: tan and maroon. Weighing about a pound, this radio,

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American Icons: Apple Computer

Apr 13, 2009 |  Retro Staff |  3 Comments

Founded in 1976, Apple Computer has worldwide recognition. Those of us who grew up with the Apple Computer revolution may have hardly noticed the changes as they occurred, but when you look back it’s amazing how far the original 3-man partnership has come, what they have created and what effect it has had on global

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