A young passenger asks a station attendant for directions. Bristol Railway Station, England, 1936, by George W. Hales
A tiny model farm built for lightning research and power line tests, June 1950.Photograph by Westinghouse Electric Corp.
The construction of the cable road on Union Square, NYC, 1891
Colt Single Action Army
Probably one of the most famous revolvers in U.S history for it’s simplicity, reliability, stopping power and famous users, such as Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid. In the fictional realm, the Single Action Army is also the preferred sidearm of Revolver Ocelot in the Metal Gear franchise.
I’m not much of a collector of old revolvers and pistols like these and in spite the rather rough condition, the one in the picture actually sold for $6,000+ at auction.
"So here’s the list of what I’ve replaced with my iPhone.
- All weather personal stereo, $11.88. I now use my iPhone with an Otter Box
- AM/FM clock radio, $13.88. iPhone.
- In-Ear Stereo Phones, $7.88. Came with iPhone.
- Microthin calculator, $4.88. Swipe up on iPhone.
- Tandy 1000 TL/3, $1599. I actually owned a Tandy 1000, and I used it for games and word processing. I now do most of both of those things on my phone.
- VHS Camcorder, $799. iPhone.
- Mobile Cellular Telephone, $199. Obvs.
- Mobile CB, $49.95. Ad says “You’ll never drive ‘alone’ again!” iPhone.
- 20-Memory Speed-Dial phone, $29.95.
- Deluxe Portable CD Player, $159.95. 80 minutes of music, or 80 hours of music? iPhone.
- 10-Channel Desktop Scanner, $99.55. I still have a scanner, but I have a scanner app, too. iPhone.
- Easiest-to-Use Phone Answerer, $49.95. iPhone voicemail.
- Handheld Cassette Tape Recorder, $29.95. I use the Voice Memo app almost daily.
- BONUS REPLACEMENT: It’s not an item for sale, but at the bottom of the ad, you’re instructed to ‘check your phone book for the Radio Shack Store nearest you.’ Do you even know how to use a phone book?
You’d have spent $3054.82 in 1991 to buy all the stuff in this ad that you can now do with your phone. That amount is roughly equivalent to about $5100 in 2012 dollars.
The only two items on the page that my phone really can’t replace:
- Tiny Dual-Superhet Radar Detector, $79.95. But when is the last time you heard the term “fuzzbuster” anyway?
- 3-Way speaker with massive 15″ Woofer, $149.95.”
The great-great-great grandchildren of Dickens take a selfie with him on his 202nd birthday.
Although the author himself hoped to avoid such commemoration, a statue of Charles Dickens was unveiled last week just in time for his 202nd birthday.
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