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The Innovative IBM Selectric Typewriter

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  For more than 25 years, secretaries, students and writers put thoughts to paper using a technically-advanced piece of equipment. The IBM Selectric series made it’s debut on July 31, 1961, featuring some 2,800 parts. The Selectric was a game-changer in the world of typing and continued to be used in offices and classrooms long

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Our Fascination with Aliens and UFOs As Reflected in Popular Culture

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  Mankind’s belief in extraterrestrial life forms dates back to at least ancient Greece. In more modern times, the fascination with aliens visiting Earth was reawakened in 1897 with the release of H.G. Wells’ science fiction novel, “The War of the Worlds,” in which he described a horrifying alien invasion in southern England. On Halloween

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Celebrate Woodstock with Groovy T-Shirts and Home Decor

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The ’60s and ’70s were a time when everything changed. There was a move away from tradition and a time of trying new things. The Woodstock Music Festival had a lot to do with this revolution. What began as an outdoor concert in a dairy farmer’s field in Bethel in upstate New York, evolved into a

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The First Little Orphan Annie Comic

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Created by cartoonist Harold Gray, the Little Orphan Annie comic stripped debuted in the New York Daily News on August 5, 1924. The strip featured the adventures of Annie, her dog, Sandy, and Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks. By the 1930s, Little Orphan Annie was one of the most popular strips across the US, and was ranked

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The Shelvador Refrigerator by Crosley

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By the early ’30s, Powel Crosley Jr had already built cars and radios. His foray into household appliances started with the Icyball, a refrigerator that was powered by kerosene rather than electricity. It was the Shelvador, though, that would make him millions, while an industry eagerly awaited its chance at the same success. The story

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Santa Claus Land

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In the early ’40s, retired industrialist Louis J. Koch conceived a retirement community in Indiana. During his travels, he visited Santa Claus, Indiana, only to be heartbroken for countless children. Families would travel to the town and children would be horribly disappointed to find that Santa Claus wasn’t even there. So, Koch opted instead to

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