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08.15.14 Sophie Weiner

Sure, Google Glasses and Oculus Rifts are cool, but when was the last time you played music off a postage stamp? In 1972, that was possible thanks to these “talking stamps” from Bhutan, which were sticky on one side, with a playable record on the other side. They are still legal for postage use today, but […]

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08.13.14 Sophie Weiner

ANIMAL’s Radicals Of Retrofuturism uncovers stories by the technological rebels of the past in vintage media and looks at their predictions in the context of today’s digital world. This week, we look at Wendy Carlos’ letter to the Whole Earth Catalog. In 1971, Grammy Award winning composer and electronic music vanguard Wendy Carlos wrote a humorous and convoluted […]

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06.05.14 Sophie Weiner

Meryl Meisler was in the wrong place at the right time. While photographing the disco scene in 1970’s New York, she’d only heard of the chaos of the 77′ blackout in Bushwick, where the loss of power lead to rioting and looting. When she took a teaching job in the neighborhood, it exposed her to […]

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04.12.11 Bucky Turco

New York City was a rough place in the ’70s according to this wildly EPIC historical video recently uploaded to YouTube that offers a glimpse of the Big Apple when it was rotten to the core. It was a time when crime, graffiti, and drugs permeated both the streets and the transit system. […]

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