Chester E. Macduffee next to his newly patented, 250 kilo diving suit, 1911.

Chester E. Macduffee next to his newly patented, 250 kilo diving suit, 1911 Is this the inspiration for Robbie the Robot (Return to the Forbidden Plant)?

Audience members enjoy opening night of the first full-length American 3-D feature film: Bwana Devil, 1952

J.R. Eyerman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images The opening-night screening of Bwana Devil, the first full-length, color movie, November at the Paramount Theater in Hollywood.

The world's first cell phone, the Motorola DynaTAC, built by Martin Cooper, 1973.

Motorola DynaTAC - 1973 Martin Cooper built the world's first cell phone in just 90 days. Without large-scale integrated circuits, engineers had to stuff thousands of resistors, capacitors, inductors, and ceramic filters into a pound package.

What a difference 25 years can make.

This is the "WalkMac" one of Apple's first forays into portable computing. The comparison device is the MacBook Air of today.

Elemental Cars, RP1 lightweight racer

British sports car start-up Elemental Cars unveils lightweight racer

1978 JVC 3100R Video Capsule Television/Radio

1978 JVC Video Capsule Television/Radio - I want to rebuild one of these with modern tech inside!

1920s toaster, "The Sweetheart"--no idea how well it worked, but it sure looks nice!

toaster, made by Landers, Frary & Clark. Photo via the Cyber Toaster Museum . We ran across this photo of a toaster t.

1935 Stout Scarab--imagine driving this around today

Stout Scarab 1935 / World's first production minivan -w the Ford-built engine in the rear of the vehicle. - by Stout Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan

Is RYNO's single-wheel electric scooter cooler than a Segway?

RYNO Motors' single-wheeled electric scooter is self-balancing, has a turning radius of zero when stopped, & only takes up about as much space as a folding bicycle -- so it's conceivable that commuters could bring one onto a train.

Aboriginal man using newly installed phone for the first time in Amhem Land, Australia, ca. 1975. By Penny Tweedie

Aboriginal man using newly installed phone for the first time in Amhem Land, Australia, ca. Photo by Penny Tweedie. This probably isn't supposed to be funny, but just the look on his face.and the bright orange phone.

Volkswagen 1966 Vintage Bug Ad

The second car I owned; my first was an MGB. All this just to say Twill be going no where tomorrow as I had a flat tire!

Astronomer Edwin Hubble peers though the eyepiece of the 100-inch Hooker telescope at Mt. Wilson Observatory, 1937

Astronomer Edwin Hubble peers though the eyepiece of the Hooker telescope at California’s Mt. Wilson Observatory by Margaret Bourke-White.

A light-beam contour map measures an Air Force pilot's head for a flight helmet, 1954.

Ralph Morse :: A light-beam contour map measures an Air Force pilot’s head for a flight helmet, 1954 [Life magazine]

Edwin Land, co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation, demonstrates his company's "60-second film" in 1963.

60 iconic moments from the by CNN “Polaroid adds color – Inventor Edwin Land, president and co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation, demonstrates his company’s new instant-color film in

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