A few odds and ends, because I am full of food and unlikely to come up with anything of interest to anyone.
A 1959 ad for a record player. I love this:
Portable music players, the early years. If you ever knew a device like this, you know the feel of the cover - thin fabric over something stiff but eventually pliable, if you put your mind to it. The needle was featherweight and skittered across the platter if you stomped your feet. There was a button for "Tone," which either made the music bright and clear or sound like it was played through a pillow in the next room. You'd turn it all the way down, wonder who liked it like that, then turn it all the way up and delight in the brightness; it was the audio equivalent of putting the covers over your head until you ran out of air and then throwing them back and drinking in the fresh 02.
From the same ad, a console record player:
Or, a TV that just played static. No, a record player - and a minimalist one at that. Apple design, 54 years ago.
I also saved, for some reason, pictures of clocks from the mid 50s.
The clock on the bottom could be from the 30s or 40s; the one top wouldn't be out of place in the 40s, either. So: did clock design lag? Everything else got modern, but clocks, for some reason, remained comfortingly stable.
Silent? Not completely. A faint whirrr. Beside electric clocks remind me of the farm house, for some reason.
My favorite clock in the house:
The Moonbeam. Classic 30s / 40s design, eh? No. 1952.
Then clocks got MOD as hell in the early 70s, and suffered greatly. Or they abandoned the standard clock face for the digital look - first little cards that clicked as they changed, then the start of the LED plague.
I hate LED clock faces. I’ve lived with them my entire adult life, and I don’t understand why their replacements haven’t become ubiquitous. Cost, probably. But I don’t like the way they slant. The weird insect-writing vibe you get if you look at them close-up. There are five in my kitchen alone.
Wherever practical I have an analogue clock. Digital clocks tell you the time. Analogue clocks suggest it.
Motels today instead of tomorrow, because I mistakenly told an emailer that the Key motel would be back today. That's right: someone looked up the page just as I was finishing the update, and it wasn't there. I try to keep URLS persistent for a long as possible, but you know, there are only so many things I can worry about. A couple of days ago I noticed a defect in the motel design - inconsistent font sizes, and HORROR OF HORRORS the little Google boxes were not flush left, because for some stupid reason I'd put them in the wrong space in the table. This required redoing every page. It doesn't take much time, and it's unnecessary, but these things bother me.
I hope they bother you, too. Pay for my sins! Rejoice in my redemption!
See you around the usual places. The STAR below is the Strib blog, which pops up around 12:30. Likewise the T, for TUMBLR. Bookmark 'em. Would it just kill you to bookmark them?
Kidding. Have a grand day. (And bookmark them.) (And if you want those bulbs or the clock, hit the BOOK link over there, skip the book part if you've bought it, then search for EDISON BULBS or MOONBEAM CLOCK. I'd cobble together a product box but I'm just. So. Full.