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Young Stephen Hawking

What you're looking at above are two photographs of a young Stephen Hawking. When Hawking was a graduate student at Cambridge, his relationship with a friend of his sister, Jane Wilde, whom he had met shortly before his diagnosis with motor neuron disease, continued to develop. The couple were engaged in October 1964, Hawking later said that the engagement gave him "something to live for," and the two were married on July 14, 1965. Continue reading for more interesting historical photographs.

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Nintendo PlayStation

The Nintendo PlayStation might still be fresh in the minds of gamers, but many have not yet seen this rare prototype from 1998. Development of the format started in 1988, when Nintendo signed a deal with Sony to produce a CD-ROM add-on for the SNES. After several years of development, Sony introduced a standalone console at 1991's summer Consumer Electronics Show called the "Play Station." The system was to be compatible with existing SNES titles as well as titles released for the SNES-CD format. However, due to licensing disagreements with Sony, Nintendo announced that it had formed an alliance with Sony's rival Philips to produce the SNES-CD add-on. Continue reading for more.

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Adults Recreate Childhood Photos

Photo credit: Reddit

You can find all sorts of web content on Reddit, even people recreating old childhood photos. That's right, they have a sub-Reddit called "Past and Present Pics" where users recreate scenes from the past using many of the same things (clothes, props, etc.) as possible. Above, we have two father and son photos that were probably taken around 20-years apart. Continue reading for more.

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First Space Selfie

Gemini 12 was a 1966 manned spaceflight in NASA's Project Gemini. It was the 10th and final manned Gemini flight, the 18th manned American flight and, including X-15 flights over 100 kilometers (54 nmi), the 26th spaceflight of all time. Above, we see astronaut Buzz Aldrin taking the first space selfie while performing an EVA during the Gemini XII mission, with the Agena Target Vehicle visible in the background. Continue reading for more.

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Shipwreck Picture

Technically speaking, a shipwreck is the remains of a ship that has wrecked, which are found either beached on land or sunken to the bottom of a body of water. Shipwrecking may be deliberate or accidental. Exposed wooden components decay quickly. Often the only wooden parts of ships that remain after a century are those that were buried in silt or sand soon after the sinking. An example of this is the Mary Rose. Steel and iron, depending on their thickness, may retain the ship's structure for decades. These photographers manage to capture a few beautiful shipwrecks that are being slowly consumed by nature. Continue reading to see them all.

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Oklahoma Time Capsule

After a long 100-years, a time capsule from the 1910s was was dug up and opened in an Oklahoma church. Called the "Century Chest", this treasure trove has been entombed under 12 inches of concrete, in the basement of Oklahoma City's First Lutheran Church since 1913. Among the vintage goods found inside were an April 22, 1913 issue of The Daily Oklahoman, an intersting map, a number of Native American artifacts, a pair of women's shoes, a pen used by President William McKinley to sign the 1900 Free Homes Act for Oklahoma, and a phonograph record featuring voices of people from that era. Continue reading for the video news report and more pictures.

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Colorized Photos

Photo credit: Colored History

Twitter user ColoredHistory specializes in giving old black and white photos new life, with some color. Computerized colorization began in the 1970s with a process developed by Wilson Markle. Movies colorized using early techniques have soft contrast and fairly pale, flat, washed out color; however, the technology has improved since the 1980s. To perform digital colorization, a digitized copy of the best monochrome film print available is needed. Technicians, with the aid of computer software, associate a range of gray levels to each object, and indicate to the computer any movement of the objects within a shot. Continue reading to see more.

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Isaac Asimov Prediction

During the 1964 World's Fair in New York City, Isaac Asimov, the prolific sci-fi author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, took the time to predict what the world would be like in 50 years. Here's one: "Gadgetry will continue to relieve mankind of tedious jobs. Kitchen units will be devised that will prepare 'automeals,' heating water and converting it to coffee; toasting bread; frying, poaching or scrambling eggs, grilling bacon, and so on. Breakfasts will be 'ordered' the night before to be ready by a specified hour the next morning." Continue reading for more.

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Teddy Roosevelt Plane

Theodore Roosevelt became the first US President to fly in an airplane, on October 11, 1910. It all started when he visited an aviation field in Kinloch, MO, a year and a half after he left office. There was a pilot there named Alex Hoxsey who had just descended from a flight and soon was introduced to the former president. "Colonel," Hoxsey said, " I'd like to have you for a passenger." The president wanted no time replying, "Thanks," before proceeding to climb into the plane.

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Automated Store

Before these unusual vending machines, there was Keedoozle. It's basically a vending machine-style supermarket from 1948 that was founded by Clarence Saunders. This store was ahead of its time and proposed to be the world's first self-serving store. Unfortunately, the logistics of such a process were not ironed out, as selecting an item required shoppers to have keys. Electric circuits caused perforations to be cut in a ticker tape attached to the face of the customer's key. The customer then took the punched out tape to the cashier for processing. The cashier would insert the tape into a reading mechanism that would electronically read it. That set off electrical and electronic circuits which started the goods sliding down conveyor belts and did the cost tallying in the process. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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