1984: Super Computer In Color!

Radio Shack advertised this "Super Computer" in 1984. It was color, and you could program it in BASIC. I’m so old that when I was a kid, we had BASIC in our math books. We never actually did those exercises, but we could have, and we did learn just enough BASIC in computer classes to…
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1959: Penney’s Sees Stars

This 1959 Penney’s ad is made of awesome. And stars. I can see a 1959 ad manager looking at some ad man’s design, and barking ("The Front Page" style) "Needs more stars, Wilson. More stars!" to a nebbishy little graphic designer wearing a dark suit. The graphic designer thinks: Fine. You want stars? I’ll give…
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1944: The War Isn’t Over Yet

No Letup, and No Letdown It takes more power to overcome a stubborn enemy than simply to hold him in check, according to James Thrasher, NEA editorial writer. The end of America’s third year of participation in this war finds our forces in Europe approaching the climax of what may well be the greatest and…
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