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Lamborghini 2241R Tractor

Before Lamborghini started making supercars, this 2241R tractor was the company's crown jewel. This piece of farm equipment may not be fast, but it's powered by a 2-cylinder air-cooled diesel engine generating 18-horsepower, which makes it perfect for the fields and transporting equipment. It also features a Gulf Oil-inspired orange and blue and paint job. One caveat: it'll set you back $45,000. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Modern Rotary Phone

Designed by the firm of Henry Dreyfuss, the 302-type telephone included design elements influenced by Ericsson model DBH 1001 of 1931. It was built upon a rectangular steel base plate on which are mounted the ringer unit, the induction coil, a metal can containing two capacitors, and a connector terminal plate. Now this is what a modern version of the telephone could look like. Featuring a touchscreen and wireless receiver. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Soviet Spy Camera Ring

At first glance, this may look like a normal gold ring, but it's actually a rare Soviet spy camera used by the KGB, and worth approximately $20,000. It's made from 14k solid gold and the camera lens is disguised as the central stone of the ring. How did this person obtain it? Well, the camera is allegedly from a Japanese collector named Mr. Shibata. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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New York 1911

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Filmed by Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern on a trip to New York City in 1911, this extremely well preserved footage has been speed corrected to a natural rate, and sound was added by video-grapher Guy Jones. As you can see, there was mayhem on the streets with all of the street cars, automobiles, pedestrians, and yes, horse carriages. Continue reading for more pictures and a bonus video.

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1950s America

Yes, Smokey the Bear was based on a real three-month-old American black bear cub who in the spring of 1950 was caught in the Capitan Gap fire, a wildfire that burned 17,000 acres in the Lincoln National Forest. Smokey had climbed a tree to escape the blaze, but his paws and hind legs had been burned. The image above shows a forest ranger playing with the real Smokey at a camp. Continue reading for more rarely seen color photos of the US during the 1950s.

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Eiffel Tower Then Now

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Ever wonder how "The City of Lights" looked over 100-years ago? Well, this photo archive shows just that, starting with the iconic Eiffel Tower. "Next to the Eiffel Tower, the "Globe Celeste" was one of the main attractions in Paris. It was a monumental heavenly globe of 45 meters in diameter, in which visitors could sit in a chair, while panoramas of the solar system were passed over. The ball was carried by 4 pillars, between which stairs and elevators allowed the visitors the ascent. In the 'Marerama,' the building with the four corner towers to the left, visitors were simulated to be on the deck of a ship with a panorama of the large Mediterranean ports. The exhibition pavilions located directly on the shore on the left were dedicated to navigation, trade and navigation," according to photographer Nicolai Wolpert. Continue reading for more photos and information.

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Jesse James Photo

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Justin Whiting from Spalding, U.K. stumbled upon a vintage photo while browsing eBay back in July 2017, and what caught his eye was that it resembled Jesse James. So, he purchased it for $9.99 and went about his business, that is until...he took it to forensic experts in the United States who then confirmed it was original and most likely handled by the famous outlaw himself, aged 14. "It was an easy match since it was compared to a longtime known image of the young Jesse James at 14. Justin's image, however, was the same pose taken the same day by the same photographer[...] [It's a] one-of-a-kind original that most likely was handled by the teenaged Jesse James himself," said 19th-century photo expert Will Dunniway. Continue reading for two more pictures, another video and additional information.

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Amelia Earhart Leica Camera

Amelia Mary Earhart, born July 24, 1897 and disappeared July 2, 1937, was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, as well as being known for writing best-selling books about her flying experiences. She was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots, and now, her personal Leica camera could be yours, if the price is right. "I'm selling Amelia Earhart's camera which was gifted by her to a family member in 1933 after returning back from a trip to Chicago with her husband. The camera has been in my family possession since that time and has been in long term storage, the camera appears to be working correctly. The hand signed card was personally signed by Amelia and given to my grandfather, along with the camera by Amelia Earhart back in 1933 in Rye, New York," said the seller. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Tesla Vintage Ad

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Did you know that electric vehicles first appeared in the mid-19th century? Or that one even held the vehicular land speed record until around 1900? Unfortunately, the high cost and short battery range led to a worldwide decline in their use; although electric vehicles have continued to be used in the form of electric trains as well as other niche uses. Continue reading to see how more modern products and services would look in 1950s-style ads.

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JVC Videosphere

The space helmet-inspired JVC Videosphere just might be the strangest CRT television ever. It made its debut in 1970 and was sold up until the early-1980s. In addition to the white, red, black and orange colors, buyers could also opt for an alarm clock base. Due to its sci-fi look, a red model appear as a background prop in the 1999 film The Matrix, though they have appeared in sci-fi films since the early 70s. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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