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1800s Camera

Photo credit: Giles Clement via My Modern Met

Nashville-based photographer Giles Clement wanted to produce moody portraits, but with vintage equipment. So, she decided to use equipment that dates back 160-years, "from an era when cameras were made by craftsmen in small shops and lenses were designed using slide rules, experience and feel." Her techniques involve the use of tintype and ambrotype, with the former taking up to 10-minutes to make. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Seiko TV Watch

Before other smartwatches, there was the Seiko T001, which basically linked a portable television receiver to a 1.25-inch LCD screen. It actually has 2 separate displays, with the one up top just for displaying the time, date and alarm features, while the lower is used for video output. However, each one also came with a Walkman-sized TV receiver that enabled you to choose from VHF / UHF channels or FM radio. Even back in 1982, this beauty retailed for $495 - around $1,232.30 today. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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George Lucas Mark Hamill

When principal photography began on March 22, 1976 in the Tunisian desert for the scenes on Tatooine, the project faced several problems. Lucas fell behind schedule in the first week of shooting due to malfunctioning props and electronic breakdowns. Moreover, a rare Tunisian rainstorm struck the country, which further disrupted filming. Mark Hamill can be seen in the photo above conversing with director George Lucas. Continue reading for more hand-colorized images that give vintage photos new life.

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Bombshell Betty

Looking like a vehicle straight from Gotham City, this record-setting 1952 "Bombshell Betty" Buick Riviera can be yours for a cool $195,000. This is a Frankenstein-like vehicle because it combines the front end of a 1968 Chevy Van, with the rear from a 1973 Ford Thunderbird, whereas under the hood, you'll find a 1950 Buick Roadmster-sourced 340HP 5.2L engine. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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K-36D Ejection Seat

The K-36 Ejection seat provides emergency escape for a crew member in a wide range of speeds and altitudes of aircraft flight, from zero altitude, zero speed (zero-zero) upwards, and can be used in conjunction with protective equipment, such as pressure suits and anti-g garments. The seat consists of the ejection rocket firing mechanism, gear box, headrest rescue system with a dome stowed in the headrest, and other operating systems all of which are aimed at providing a safe bail-out. Continue reading for two videos on how ejection seats work, and more information.

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Twin Pines Mall Back to the Future

Photo credit: Phil Grishayev via Peta Pixel

Twin Pines Mall/Lone Pine Mall is a shopping center located outside Hill Valley, where Doctor Emmett Brown first experiments his time machine, making his dog Einstein the first time traveler in the world. The site where the mall was filmed for the movie is actually Puente Hills Mall, located in City of Industry, California. The J.C. Penney location seen in the movie has been shut down, and is now occupied by a 24 Hour Fitness center. Continue reading to see more iconic movie locations that film buff Phil Grishayev revisited.

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NASA 1961

Photo credit: Vintage Everyday via Bored Panda

Before high-resolution displays, NASA scientists frequently used large chalkboards to convey idea and / or solve equations. Whats' even more significant is the U.S public's perception of the Soviet lead in putting the first man in space. This motivated President John F. Kennedy to ask the Congress on May 25, 1961 to commit the federal government to a program to land a man on the Moon by the end of the 1960s, which effectively launched the Apollo program. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you should never mess around with a $70,000 video camera.

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1919 Amusement Park Ride

Photo credit: Kotaku

Just when you thought amusement park rides couldn't get any crazier, this attraction from 1919 surfaces. Devised by two New York inventors, the electromagnetic cannon shoots a bullet-like shell onto a large cushion of water, and upon striking the lagoon, it's guided back to the starting point by a link-belt. Special electric cars carry the "rockets" back to the station, thence around to the gun breech, where a hydraulic plunger loads the carrier into the gun. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone who fell asleep with Tesla's Autopilot turned on.

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Best Buy Ad 1990s

For $1998 back in October, 1994, you could have purchased a Packard Bell 486DX2/50MHz computer system with 720MB hard drive, 4MB of RAM, 2x CD-ROM drive, 16-bit stereo sound card, Canon Bubble Jet printer, and a 14-inch Super VGA monitor. If you didn't already know, Best Buy was founded by Richard M. Schulze and Gary Smoliak in 1966 as an audio specialty store. In 1983, it was renamed and rebranded with more emphasis placed on consumer electronics. Continue reading to see the rest of this circular - SNES and SEGA Genesis included.

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Tyson Time Traveler

Photo credit: The Daily Mail

The first camera-equipped smartphone was released in 2000, yet a video has surfaced of an alleged time traveler with one at a 1995 Mike Tyson boxing match against Peter McNeeley. While some may say it's a Casio QV-10 or Logitech Fotoman, the lens and flash placement just do not match up. "I dunno if it's a time traveler or not, but no one can explain what camera it is; a QV-100 doesn't have a silver bit on the right, and this camera doesn't seem to have a black line under the lens," said one commentator. Continue reading for a hands-on video of one of the purported cameras.

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