The Golden Age of Drilling

In 1960, when the Black & Decker Company celebrated its 50th birthday, some executive -whose name has been stricken from all records because of the catastrophe that would ultimately follow his seemingly brilliant plan- thought it would be a good idea to commemorate the occasion with a golden drill. The financial department had some serious doubts concerning the feasibility of …

Fat Boys Unite

Just like me, the Agfa Clack is lovely and chubby. Also a bit like me, it’s a camera, a device recording the world around it without taking part in most of its activities. There’s also a few obvious differences. Its focus is better than mine, it’s from Germany and it was born in 1954, fifteen years before me. The Clack …

Philips Magic Lamp

The Philips PDF-040 Mood Lamp was a brilliant invention from the early Seventies, combining a mood ring, a lava lamp and a dash of magic science to form a bipolar light fixture that had the power to swing any mood. Feeling down? Switch on the white light to brighten your day. Getting a bit hyper and manic? Dampen the mood …