Monday, March 26, 2012

Oddball inventions

Brain Pickings discovered this trove of weirdly cool vintage photos at Holland’s Nationaal Archief.
These boisterous bathing beauties sport suits made of buoyant wood.
A very complacent bondage club? Victims of a balloon clown's ministrations? Au contraire, it's bicycle tires used (rather indelicately) as a swimming aid.
Blast out the Toccata in D major from the comfort of your own recumbent piano bed!
Portable bridge. Would have come in handy at the River Kwai.
Stock market analysts in training? Small fry peruse a 1938 faxed newspaper.
They look like sci-fi death rays, but they're really anti-snow masks. Right, electrically warmed jacket. My Irish cop forbears would have loved this!
We know babies can be smelly, but jeez! (wartime stroller)
A portable radio meant to lull an infant. Those kids look suspiciously fake though. She just wants to read all day with no social repercussions. Don't we all?

2 comments:

  1. Wow!! This is some bizarre stuff. Anti-snow masks?! So that's what Madonna was wearing!!! Had no idea they were so practical, haha...

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  2. ANTI-SNOW MASKS, love them!!! I would have probably have marketed them as 'Fashionable Face Snow Cones!!!'

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