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If James Bond Lives in 1800s, This Pocket Watch Camera Would Probably Be His Spy-cam of Choice

Mankind desire for concealed camera is not new, but do you know, human race has been experimenting and making concealable camera as far as back as 1800s? That’s 19th century, which at that point, was almost 300 years since the invention of camera and an era where camera was still a rather clunky device. The Hegelein Watch Camera, circa 1895, is one example of a concealable camera that disguises itself as a pocket watch, another device which was popular among the gents at that time. Hegelein watch camera was an American copy of the earlier British Lancaster watch camera and was sold in the U.S. at 5 bucks a pop. Continue reading If James Bond Lives in 1800s, This Pocket Watch Camera Would Probably Be His Spy-cam of Choice

This Vintage Multiblade Folding Knife Packs 100 Tools, Including a Functional .22 Caliber Revolver

When we talked about folding knife or Swiss Army knife, the image of a pocketable knife conjures up, but not in the case of the Multiblade Folding Knife. Hailed as the “Mother of all Swiss Arm knives,” this thing is a monster in the foldable knives’ world, both in terms of sheer size and number of tools it has. Measuring an astounding 9 1/4 inches long, 3 1/2 inch wide and thick, it packs a whopping 100 tools (!), including a serrated blade, two daggers, a selection of shears and scissors, auger, corkscrew, two saws, a lancet, button hook, cigar cutter, tuning fork, writing instruments, a mirror, razor and even functional .22 caliber five-shot pinfire revolver – just to name a few. Continue reading This Vintage Multiblade Folding Knife Packs 100 Tools, Including a Functional .22 Caliber Revolver

Is This Game Console Relic Precursor of the Sony Playstation?

Game console exists as far back as the 60s, but it was only in the 1980s that the competition got really heated up. The competition continued into the 1990s, which saw Sega and Nintendo dominating the market. However, unbeknownst to many, during that time Japanese electronic giant, Sony was toying with the idea of a game console too. It started by striking a deal with Nintendo to add CD capabilities to the then-hot Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and Sony itself will design and produce a separate console that will play SNES cartridge games and titles for the SNES CD called Play Station (note: two separate words). Continue reading Is This Game Console Relic Precursor of the Sony Playstation?

In 1870s, They Actually Had Ring Pistol That Shoots Tiny Bullets

Looking at the “Femme Fatale” Ring Gun that hails from the 1870s, it kind of makes us feel ashamed about today’s conceal carry. As the name implies, it is gun which was designed to worn as a ring and totally capable of unleashing seven tiny leads at unsuspecting victims (whom are likely to be men). Designed to be worn as a ring (duh!), it is finely crafted in Germany from a silver ring, featuring herringbone borders flanking the words “Femme Fatale” engraved on the band. Perched on top would be, presumably, the 1870s girls’ best friend: a seven-shot brown-finished cylinder with fold-down fire-blued trigger and outer spring band. Continue reading In 1870s, They Actually Had Ring Pistol That Shoots Tiny Bullets

This Beautifully Worn Hasselblad is the First Hasselblad in Space and it is Set to Hit the Auction Block

Can’t get enough of actual space exploration memorabilia? Well, here’s another one that might appeal to camera collectors and Hasselblad fans alike: Hasselblad 500c, the first Hasselblad in space. Set to go under the hammer at an auction in Boston organized by RR Auction, this piece of the space exploration history also boast the first Carl Zeiss lens, the Planar 80mm f2.8 lens, in space and was fed with film magazine used to capture breathtaking images from space. The lot comprises of three parts: the camera body, the lens, as well as the film magazine. The camera with the Zeiss lens orbited the Earth with Wally Schirra on Mercury-Atlas 8, while the lens did its duty with both Schirra on Mercury-Atlas 8 and Gordon Cooper on Mercury-Atlas 9. The film magazine was used in a setup flown on the Mercury-Atlas 9 with late astronaut Gordon Cooper onboard. Continue reading This Beautifully Worn Hasselblad is the First Hasselblad in Space and it is Set to Hit the Auction Block

This 1957 Evinrude Flying Saucer Fishing Boat Is So Radical That It Should Be Called ‘Fishing Saucer’

this is not the latest in boat design, though it might look like one and we would obliged to think it will still look pretty out-of-this-world even in fifty years time. in fact, it was a designed circa 1950 by maritime company Evinrude and was said to be the work of Brooks Stevens. while the U.S. military had experimented on flying saucer flying contraption without any obvious practical success, this Evinrude outboard fishing boat, aptly named Flying Saucer outboard, was the opposite. it did sail, albeit briefly. however, we shan’t question the boat’s hydrodynamic efficiency and we also can’t say if it had seen any commercial success. if not, we would be seeing similar design today. anywho, the Flying Saucer fishing boat was the first of its kind to be built and had seen trial runs, reportedly on Milwaukee River and had even graced the 1957 New York Boat Show. Continue reading This 1957 Evinrude Flying Saucer Fishing Boat Is So Radical That It Should Be Called ‘Fishing Saucer’

This 1977 HP LED Calculator Watch Is Probably The Grandaddy Of Today’s Smartwatch

the 1977 Hewlett-Packard HP-01 Chrome Prototype LED Calculator Watch is a gadget of the bygone era which we think any geeks will appreciate. created by HP engineers in 1977, this wrist watch was the most technologically advanced intelligent timepiece that was well ahead of its time and could easily be the forefather of today’s smartwatches. sure. it has no touchscreen or gesture commands, but under the hood, it is every bit of a technological marvel. the watch has a narrow, but ample, LED display and a keypad with 28 keys, of which 22 are recessed, useable with a clasp-hidden stylus, while 6 buttons are protruding and can be pressed without stylus. Continue reading This 1977 HP LED Calculator Watch Is Probably The Grandaddy Of Today’s Smartwatch

You Can Own This Joystick That Was Used to Land On The Moon

though forward-looking, we do appreciate tech from the past too, especially when it is off significant historic value, such as this Rotational Hand Controller from Apollo 15’s Lunar Module Falcon of the Apollo 15. no kidding. this is the real deal component which has been in Commander Dave Scott’s procession since. just exactly why astronauts have the privilege of stashing away awesome mementos like this is beyond us. anyway, this was exact the controller use to steer the Lunar Module to and from the Moon surface on the fourth U.S. manned mission to the Moon back in August 1971. manufactured by Honeywell, it was this joystick that enables then Commander Dave Scott to maneuver the LM back on track when the craft was found to off the intended landing spot by nearly 3,000 feet and to that end, it had served its purpose well and it is now ready to find a new home when it goes under the gavel starting on May 15-22, 2014. Continue reading You Can Own This Joystick That Was Used to Land On The Moon

Vintage Arcade Skeeball

back in those days when electronics have yet to take the world over, fun comes in a more healthy way, such as using your arms to actually roll some balls for points. depending how strong is your desire for such good old fun (and how deep your pockets are), you may want one of these Vintage Arcade Skeeball machines, peddled by Restoration Hardware, in your pad, or more specifically, in your man cave. i know i would – if i have the means to drop a grand $6,995, which is how much this baby cost. granted that today you still can get one of these skeeball machines, they won’t be as alluring as this Centennial Edition, which bears the classy 1930s look. features include a hand-finished oak exterior for that authentic retro skeeball alley look, a single ball system with front net, pull-handle activation lever and even the score board is of flip-style item, just like the good’ol days. Continue reading Vintage Arcade Skeeball

Teal Midcentury Sofa by Kelly Wearstler

the market is ever sprouting with new and awesome designer furniture, but you have to admit, sometime the old can be equally attractive as newer designer pieces like the Cassina MyWorld Sofa and the Teal Midcentury Sofa by Kelly Wearstler you see here is one excellent example. this modern channeled green leather sofa features a wood base and legs, and was originally used in the Avalon Hotel lobby, circa 1960s. so yes. this piece of furniture is an one-off, real-deal vintage that has its fair share of wear through the years of use. the fact that it is standing today is a testimony of the build quality and design that could put some of today’s modern pieces to shame. for this particular piece, it was described as having color loss (due to age, obviously) in the leather, plus various imperfections such as stains on the underside, a pen mark roughly 1.7 inches long, and white scuffs on the top left of the sofa. Continue reading Teal Midcentury Sofa by Kelly Wearstler