A Look Back


120-Year-Old Time Capsule Undeveloped Film
French photographer Mathieu Stern discovered a 120-year-old time capsule in the basement of an old family home, and inside the antique box that dates back to the year 1900, were two glass plate negatives. After combing through the other items, which included coins, a paper doll, seashell, and even a letter, he decided to develop the glass plates using an classic photographic printing method called cyanotype. Read more for a video and additional information.

2001 Buick Blackhawk Concept Will Smith Bad Boys 2
H/t: Car Scoops
Buick’s Blackhawk is a retro-styled 2+2 convertible concept that was revealed in 2001, with its most prominent feature being the grille, which was inspired by the 1940 Buick Y-Job. The main body is based on the 1948 Buick Roadmaster, complete with a retractable hardtop, shaved door headlights and hidden headlights. Does it look familiar? If so, that’s because the vehicle was featured in “Bad Boys II” and was driven by actor Will Smith after the mortuary scene. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

AI Upscale Colorize Downtown Los Angeles 1930
Downtown Los Angeles in the 1930s was definitely something else, and thanks to the power of AI, we’re able to get a somewhat clear look at rare footage uncovered by A/V Geeks. On the technical side, the FPS was boosted to 60 frames per second, image resolution given an HD makeover, and then colorized only for the ambiance. Read more for the remastered version as well as the original footage.

1959 MG EX181 Bugatti Veyron
H/t: Car Scoops
Put simply, the MG EX181 was a unusual supercar built by the MG Car Company back in 1957 specially for land speed record attempts in its engine size class. It is powered by a 1.5L twin-cam, supercharged MGA engine making 300 hp, and it managed to achieve 254.91 mph at the Utah Salt Flats in 1959, piloted by Phil Hill. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Bricklin SV-1 Price Specs DeLorean DMC
The DMC DeLorean was manufactured between 1981-1982, but several years before its debut, there was the Bricklin SV-1. Less than 3,000 of the Bricklin SV-1 vehicles were built in 1974-1975, and one of them in pristine condition made their way to auction earlier this month. This vehicle was created by American entrepreneur Malcolm Bricklin and manufactured in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Hop Rod Gas-Powered Pogo Stick 1960
A pogo stick basically refers to a device for jumping off the ground in a standing position, through the aid of a spring, and it even led to an extreme sport named extreme pogo or “Xpogo”. George H. Herrington of Wichita, Kansas patented a spring stilt utilizing compression springs on each foot in 1891, and since then, there have been countless versions, including Hop Rod. Read more to see how this gas-powered pogo stick from the 1960s works.

Microsoft AI Ancient Olympia Common Grounds
Microsoft collaborated with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sport on Ancient Olympia: Common Grounds, a project that aims to digitally preserve as well as restore ancient Olympia using artificial intelligence. This digital recreation enables viewers from around the world to explore ancient Olympia as it stood over 2,000 years ago through an immersive experience using a free interactive mobile app, web-based desktop experience, or a Microsoft HoloLens 2 exhibition at the Athens Olympic Museum. Read more for a video and additional information.

Concorde Last Flight British Airways Heathrow Airport
The Concorde operated its last passenger flight on October 24th, 2003 taking off from New York, while the final flight in the US took place in November 2003 when it flew from New York’s JFK Airport to Seattle’s Boeing Field to join the Museum of Flight’s permanent collection. The latter of which was piloted by Mike Bannister and Les Broadie, who claimed a flight time of 3 hours, 55 minutes and 12 seconds, a record between the two cities, thanks to Canada granting use of a supersonic corridor between Chibougamau, Quebec and Peace River. Read more for a video and additional information.

Buick Riviera Touchscreen Graphic Control Center GCC
H/t: Car Scoops
Touchscreen infotainment systems are nothing new, but back in 1986, they were a big deal, especially on a family car. The 1986 Buick Riviera had a touchscreen Graphic Control Center (GCC) as standard equipment, or to be more specific, a CRT screen covered with an invisible Mylar switch panel that utilized transparent conductors. That’s right, this switch panel was row- and column-encoded to perform a specific task on a particular page. Read more for two videos and additional information.

Anti-Aircraft WW2 German Searchlight
During World War II, massive searchlights were used to detect and track enemy aircraft, but most have never seen one in-action. They normally came in 60, 150 and 200cm sizes, all of which were capable of receiving signals from a control station. An operator would then switch the searchlight on to start the arc burning, while also ensuring that the carbons used to create it are burning correctly and that the beam is focused. Read more for a video and additional information.