So it's a perfect day to gain some historical knowledge of the Cutler mail chute and mailing kids.
By: ZiB
Sunday, Nov 8th 2015 (11:59am) | Thanks: Mefi
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OK, I have to admit this this is a strange collection. In the late 1980's and early 1990's, I worked for Kmart behind the service desk and the store played specific pre-recorded cassettes issued by corporate. This was background music, or perhaps you could call it elevator music. Anyways, I saved these tapes from the trash during this period.
By: dave
Tuesday, Oct 13th 2015 (12:00am) | Thanks: nazgulcane
The L-shaped building on the corner of San Pablo Avenue and Page Street in Berkeley is currently occupied by Fenton MacLaren, a home furnishing store run by two brothers. ("Fenton MacLaren" comes from the middle names of Scott and Ken Parker.) They've been a successful family business for over 30 years, which is a long stretch, particularly for a city in the midst of a gentrification changeover. But it's nothing compared to the site's previous tenants, another band of entrepreneurial brothers.

This location is the site of the old Jacuzzi Brothers machine shop, home to an ever-expanding family of Italian immigrants who experienced triumph, tragedy, fame, great wealth, and then poverty. The Jacuzzi's influence on American culture is hard to overstate, though: Few can claim to infiltrate the national vernacular in such a profound and memorable way. Before there was Netflix-and-chill, there was a large tub filled with steamy bubbles, and room for two.
By: spam_vigilante
Friday, Oct 9th 2015 (1:12am)
What you are about to see are not film sets Stanley Kubrick thought too isolated for The Shining, or David Lynch considered over-egging the eerie for Twin Peaks. These are postcards from North American nursing homes in the 1950s and 1960s.
By: dave
Tuesday, Sep 8th 2015 (12:00am) | Thanks: digg
The other day at work I made mention of GLOW to a room of blank stares. "It was like a cross between wrestling and Hee-Haw" I explained to further blank stares. Exasperated with the lack of culture in the modern workplace, I dropped it and shuffled off muttering about how good things used to be.

For those who are unlearned and for those who remember it fondly, here's a great documentary on the phenomenon that was the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Be warned, graphic video of Suzie Spirit's arm injury gets a lot of attention.
By: dave
Tuesday, May 26th 2015 (12:00am)
Like many others my age online, I cut my teeth on the single-line BBS (ran a few, even) back in the days of 300 baud and acoustic couplers. If this is all greek to you, junior, check this out on your damn smart watch.
By: dave
Monday, Mar 16th 2015 (12:01am)
Take a look at this kitchen in pristine shape.
By: spam_vigilante
Tuesday, Feb 24th 2015 (1:40pm)
Oh man, the 80's. The clothes! The hair! THE MALLS!
By: dave
Thursday, Dec 4th 2014 (12:01am) | Thanks: mefi
...and as luck would have it, the Trapper Keeper is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. A look back at the TK phenomenon.
By: dave
Friday, Sep 20th 2013 (4:10am) | Thanks: mefi
Know who just turned 50? THE LAVA LAMP! Far out, man.
By: dave
Friday, Aug 30th 2013 (1:10am)
With hundreds of drive-in theaters expected to close at the end of the year once studios stop distributing 35mm film prints, Honda is backing a national effort to save the screens built around car culture.
By: dave
Thursday, Aug 15th 2013 (12:08am)
Found this while trying to figure out when my memories included the actual year. I mean, I can remember seeing Star Wars IV in the theater, but the year was not part of the memory. Comment when your first memory+year was.
By: ZiB
Friday, Feb 1st 2013 (11:20pm)
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What would the googles have been like in the 80's? Try it and see.
By: dave
Friday, Dec 14th 2012 (4:46am)
A computer will win the Campbell & Hubbard Awards.

Close, Jeopardy is sorta the new Campbell & Hubbard Awards.
By: ZiB
Tuesday, Jul 24th 2012 (1:58pm) | Thanks: Mefi
Back in the 70's, Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific shampoo was all the rage, and now you can recapture your capricious youth... in odor form, anyway.
By: dave
Tuesday, Feb 28th 2012 (12:03am)
Stereo Stack: A kaleidoscopic-wonderland of hi-fidelity and dual-dynamic vibrancy!
By: dave
Monday, Nov 7th 2011 (4:58am) | Thanks: boingboing
... but is it just me, or are kids' imaginations more splendidly violent than 30 years ago?
By: batware
Thursday, Jul 21st 2011 (1:35pm)
Wait till you read this list. Might want to take a Geritol or three first, grandpa.
By: dave
Thursday, May 12th 2011 (5:58am) | Thanks: jai dubs
I got my first computer in the late 70's, when RAM was 10 bucks a kilobyte and 20 meg hard drives weighed 50 pounds and cost as much as a new car. These days you can wear comparable tech on your wrist for less than 50 bucks. The mind reels.
By: dave
Friday, Jan 21st 2011 (4:59am)
I spent my kid years in the 70's - a fantastic time to be a kid - and as the years pass, more and more nuances of grooviness from that era get pushed out of my brain to make room for stuff like mortgage payments, php functions, point spreads, and prescription refills. It's enough to make you consider buying a suit. Tragic.

Fortunately, we have the intarwebs. The web has become an archive of experience, and sites like Retrospace are an invaluable cultural reference. From ABBA to Zotz!, Retrospace's curator Gilligan digs forgotten nuggets from the cracks of memory with style.
By: dave
Wednesday, Jan 19th 2011 (12:01am)
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I know, Kodak ceased production of the best color film in history last year, but there were still remnant film and chemicals out in the wild as existing stock... until today. Today the last roll ever gets processed in Kansas. Truly the end of an era in personal photography, another cultural juggernaut falls to modern technology.
By: dave
Thursday, Dec 30th 2010 (1:04pm)
Time to feel old! Every year, the Beloit College compiles a list of what incoming college students have and have not known in their lifetime. F'rinstance:
Clint Eastwood is better known as a sensitive director than as Dirty Harry.
Computers have never lacked a CD-ROM disk drive.
Czechoslovakia has never existed.
Pizza jockeys from Domino's have never killed themselves to get your pizza there in under 30 minutes.
Having hundreds of cable channels but nothing to watch has always been routine.
Fuckin' kids these days. GET OFF MY LAWN!
By: dave
Thursday, Aug 19th 2010 (12:08am) | Thanks: brady
If years of watching HGTV has taught me anything, it's that you have to stage your house properly to have any hope of selling it in today's market. And, with everyone staging their houses, you'll need something to separate your offering from the pack. Consider, then, a retro theme based upon the fabulous look of the 70's home. It'll get remembered, that's for sure.
By: dave
Thursday, Aug 12th 2010 (4:55am)
I'll never forget my mother and I pulling a highchair with a 12 month old whose diarrhea diaper was dripping all over into the restroom at a roadside cafe on the way to Jerome, AZ. Three tables were occupied when we went in, empty when we came out. Hubby also puked in parking lot. This site may be a perfect argument for birth control.
By: dave
Monday, Jun 7th 2010 (12:06am) | Thanks: azcrazeee
I managed to buy a used pay phone a number of years ago, and have tried to buy old, unencumbered-by-a-phone booths from folks who have them on their property.
It's not gone well, except for the enclosure I salvaged from an old Grand Union.
(For some reason, Verizon wants them back and is piggy about it!)

It, and this CNN peice, got me thinking about making a booth, but all I found was this.
And I really don't want to buy one.
Craigs List? Just for sale, nothing free.
The Mojave? Nope.

The search goes on...
By: Mr._Dog
Saturday, Apr 3rd 2010 (7:17am)

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