How Far Weve Come: These Vintage Cigarette Ads Could Never Have Run Today

Before the strict regulations of the 60s, cigarette companies took an anything-goes approach to advertising, creating ads with sexist, racist, and wildly misleading content that would be unthinkable to see in print these days. Take a look back at the Wild West of tobacco ads, Read More …

By Adding Color To Famous Photographs, This Artist Forces Us To Confront The Past

There are certain images that become inseparable from the human psyche over time — photographs that capture human history in a series of familiar snapshots. Whether you’ve dedicated your life to historical study or you’re a casual consumer of the past, you probably associate tattered, Read More …

Curta Mechanical Pocket Calculator Explained

Today, we take digital consumer electronics so for granted we often forget that just two generations something as simple as a calculator was a marvel of engineering and technology.  Actually, before electricity, mechanical calculator machines had been around for centuries. But only Curt Herzstark was able to successfully Read More …

28 Ghost Signs From London’s Past You Can Still See Today

James Lewis has been pounding the streets of London to discover and document all the faded, forgotten signs that you probably hadn’t noticed. 1. “For your throat’s sake, smoke,” – cigarette advert on Brixton Road. View this image › James Lewis / imgur.com These photos Read More …

Pictogram History Posters by H-57

If you like history, black humor and minimalism in design, then you must check out these pictogram history posters by H-57. H-57 works as a advertising agency, design studio and experimental laboratory. “The pictogram history posters were born out of an art-like collaboration with the Read More …

The History of Windows in Startup Sounds

History of Windows Startup Sounds 1. Microsoft Windows 3.1 Startup Sound Back in 1992, 3.1’s startup sound was jarring and unpopular. This prompted Microsoft to create a more aurally pleasing version for its next operating system. 2. Microsoft Windows 95 Startup Sound In 1994 Microsoft Read More …

Social Good Summit Day 2: Highlights and Pics

Social Good Summit Day 2 Pete Cashmore, Mashable CEO Maria Bello, actor and women’s rights activist The Audience Actor and women’s rights activist Maria Bello discusses connecting and empowering women globally with Brian Sirgutz, Co-Founder & Editor of Impact, The Huffington Post Tim Pool, Independent Read More …

6 Ridiculous Historical Stories You Think Are True

From hearing about George Washington chopping down a cherry tree to being told of Benjamin Franklin flying a kite in a lightning storm, we were all taught a good amount of things in school that turned out to be totally false. Here are a few Read More …