For those who don't already know, Oscar-Claude Monet was a French painter, a founder of French Impressionist painting and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein air landscape painting. Unfortunately, color photography was not widely used during that time, but thanks to the power of modern software, at least one of his portraits has been given new life. Continue reading for more colorized historical photos.
The Autozam AZ-1 is basically a mid-engined sports kei (the Japanese legal category for the smallest and most limited power, highway-legal motor vehicles) car that was designed and manufactured by Suzuki, but sold by Mazda under its Autozam brand. It was available in Siberia Blue or Classic Red from October 1992 to 1994, and most noted for its gullwing doors. Power came from the same Suzuki-sourced 657 cc turbocharged engine used by the Mazda Carol that produced 65 hp at 6500 rpm and 63 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. Continue reading for another test drive video, more pictures and information.
Soviet spy cameras are nothing new, but this one is definitely more than meets the eye. Unlike the others, this one is disguised as a Zenit E 35mm SLR camera nestled in a leather case, which enabled spies to stealthily snap photos. If you remove the leather case, you'll find a 3x2x1-inch F-21 AJAX-12 camera with a 28mm f/2.8 lens pointed out the side, right under where the strap is mounted to the case. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Long before Amazon existed, there were a plethora of general stores and markets, with the photo above showing one of them. The former was normally located in rural or small towns, and carried a broad selection of merchandise. These stores carried routine stock and obtained special orders from warehouses. Unlike convenience stores or corner shops, these general stores were the main shop for the community rather than a convenient supplement. They often sold staple food items such as milk and bread, and various household goods such as hardware and electrical supplies. Continue reading for more vintage photos of grocery stores.
The Domus Aurea was basically a vast landscaped palace built by the Emperor Nero in the heart of ancient Rome after the great fire in 64 AD had destroyed a large part of the city and the aristocratic villas on the Palatine Hill. Architects designed two of the principal dining rooms to flank an octagonal court, surmounted by a dome with a giant central oculus to let in light. Only fragments have survived, but that technique was to be copied extensively, eventually ending up as a fundamental feature of Christian art: the apse mosaics that decorate so many churches in Rome, Ravenna, Sicily and Constantinople. Continue reading to see more historical ruins reconstructed back to their former glory.
The face you see above is a reconstructed "Stonehenge Man" who once lived 5500-years ago. Forensic analysis enabled scientists to create the most lifelike model yet of an individual from British prehistory, and their work also reveals how he lived, ate, along with possibly shedding some light on the origins of Stonehenge itself. This well-preserved skeleton was first discovered in an elaborate tomb in the 1860s, the face was been brought to life by Swedish sculptor Oscar Nilsson, using information from bone and tooth analysis. After measuring the length of the man's bones, the skeleton's weight, and his age, it's estimated that he died between 25 and 40 years old. Continue reading to see more historical faces reconstructed. Click here for a few bonus images.
Before the internet, there were several game that came installed with every single copy of Microsoft Windows, including 3D Pinball Space Cadet. It was originally packaged with Microsoft Plus! 95 and later included in Windows NT 4.0, Windows ME, Windows 2000, and the 32-bit editions of Windows XP. The look and feel of Full Tilt! Pinball and 3D Pinball are similar, with a few exceptions: The latter contains only the Space Cadet table and only supports 640x480 pixel resolution, while the former supports three different resolutions up to 1024x768 pixels. The image on the side is a two-dimensional image as opposed to pre-rendered 3D. Continue reading for more nostalgic things you might remember from the 90s. Click here for a few bonus images.
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.
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.
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.