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How Filmmakers Created Fake Newsreels in the 1920s

A horrifying magnitude 7.9 earthquake hit Japan on September 1, 1923, killing over 140,000 people. And while news of the devastation reached newspapers around the world by the next day, there was no way to get film footage from Japan to the United States that quickly. But that didn’t stop filmmakers from making fake films to show in cinemas around the U.S. – like a fake newsreel of the earthquake in Japan that was rushed to cinemas in a matter of days. Read More >>

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This Futuristic Colour TV Set Concept From 1922 Was Way Ahead of Its Time

I’m pretty obsessed with the ideas that illustrators, writers, and technologists had for television in the 1920s. It was a decade when radio broadcasting went from niche to mainstream. So the ideas that people had for TV, before the first successful TV transmission was demonstrated in 1925, look like amazing contraptions that stretched the sci-fi imagination. Read More >>

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I Want This 1923 Prediction For the American City of the Future To Be Real

When the world is descending into chaos, it can be hard to believe that optimistic visions of the future are within our reach. But personally, I think I’ve hit that point where escapist fantasy worlds of tomorrow are the only thing that can ease the stresses of our modern world. This 1923 illustration, for instance, is a picture that I’d just love to crawl inside of and pretend is real. Read More >>

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This 1920s ‘Taste Organ’ Was Like a Symphony for Your Mouth

Think of it like music, but for your taste buds. Confused? Well, the people in this illustration from 1926 probably were too. Read More >>