Monday, September 22, 2008

Credit cards of the past

Saw these two on Kottke, which had found them on the Smithsonian Museum site. They say:

Plastic American Express credit card, 1963. The first plastic credit cards appeared in the early 1960s. By this time the old booklets were no longer very useful. Credit cards were beginning to be accepted by an increasing number of vendors making the booklets too cumbersome and negating their purpose. Plastic enabled vendors to use the cards in charge plate machines, making the recording of transactions easier and more accurate.

Friday, September 05, 2008

UK power stations

There's poetry in our brutally futuristic industrial units – unless you actually live within ten miles of one. Sadly, we won't be making stuff like this when all our electricity comes from recycled mung beans. Progress? Pah.



Fiddlers Ferry


Tinsley Towers: The demise

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Bathtimes will never be the same again. Seriously

Not really much to add is there? Got this from the ever so pretentious Cool Hunter blog, who in turn nicked it from Wallpaper. The only problem is that it looks a little bit like a urinal for dead big people. Still, if you're that rich to buy one of these Ron Arad jobs who cares if it looks like you bathe in piss.