Monday, July 19, 2010

Bad Ideas for New Products

(Above) FACE PROTECTION FROM SNOWSTORMS, 1939. For the fashion-forward person!


(Above) RADIO HAT, 1931; portable radio for the first real nerds.


(Above) .38 REVOLVER CAMERA, 1938; great for street photography where you are seeking average, normal reactions.


BACK IN THE 1930s, PEOPLE THOUGHT ANYTHING WAS POSSIBLE. And as we can well witness, we have come a long way. Ski masks, portable radios and automatic cameras—all done—thanks to these visionary inventors of things to come.

Via Bored Panda.

11 comments:

Tattered and Lost said...

Wow, the first two look like the Spy characters from Mad magazine. The second guy looks like the old Mister Machine toy. As to the third one...camera gun. I fear that a future upgrade of cell phones might include this.

billyjane said...

first two were nicked from
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationaalarchief
[maybe 3rd as well]

bad panda!!!

billyjane said...

yeap,third as well/all from their inventions set,and all public domain,no ugly watermark!!!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationaalarchief/sets/72157623018193396/

Laurie said...

I enjoyed viewing the mad inventions, thank you. I didn't enjoy the point scoring from sillyjane [sic]. Ho Hum! I always enjoy visiting accidental mysteries.

John Foster said...

I always try to give credit where credit is due— link back and show sources. Sometimes I miss, sometimes I screw up. It's a big old wide universe out there and so if I tap something from Bored Panda and they have wrongly watermarked it as their "own" (which is not cool) then I have no way of knowing. I think billyjane is just pointing that out. Peace, love and share.... John

April said...

Yeah, point a camera gun at someone on the street is a GREAT way to get a "average, normal reaction." Wha?! Thanks for the laughs.

billyjane said...

Yeap,I know that you always credit your sources and that you couldn't know about the real source [unless you're a flickr friend with national archief;] I just couldn't believe that someone would blatantly put their watermark on stuff that's public domain,that's so wrong,that's all...

John Foster said...

I hear you billyjane-- to put their logo on someone else's stuff—is a bad practice!

Laurie said...

Point taken, everyone. Love and peace!

Amanda said...

hey john,

agree with tattered and lost that the first two look like mad mag's spy vs. spy --

seriously someone would wear this stuff?? they're almost as bad as the elizabethan collars we sometimes have to put on our poor pets!

ArtSparker said...

The face protectors remind me of the stomach "tubes of intention" in the cult classic Donnie Darko.

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