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The Mid Century Modernist

The Mid Century Modernist

Stephen Coles' really visual blog dedicated to the Modernist era of design from 1940 to 1970 (aka Mid-century Modern). Fantastic images, style and color! Use the left hand nav to browse specific topics, e.g.... Read More or Visit Site

Ars Machina

Ars Machina

Tom Grill's site dedicated to the 'art of the machine' - specifically vintage scientific instruments he claims exhibit a 'high degree of aesthetic' in their design. Focus areas include antique microscopes,... Read More or Visit Site

Coinspicuous

Coinspicuous

If you just want to see beautiful photographs of coins, without any clutter whatsoever, this Flickr site is for you. Based in St. Paul, but otherwise anonymous, this photographer (whose screen name is... Read More or Visit Site

Remember the ABA

Remember the ABA

Remember the ABA chronicles the colorful history of the NBA’s short-lived competitor, the American Basketball Association. Ever wonder what the Kentucky Colonels’ road uniforms looked like? Or which ABA... Read More or Visit Site

Cinema Treasures

Cinema Treasures

This user-contributed database of classic movie theaters currently lists over 17,000 theaters worldwide. Browse by location, architect, style, status and number of seats. If you're into classic theater facades... Read More or Visit Site

Silversugartongs.com

Silversugartongs.com

Graham Hodges' collection of antique Georgian (as in King George of England) silver sugar tongs from 1760 to 1820. Hundreds of tong photos including hallmark close-ups and descriptions, browsable by maker and... Read More or Visit Site

Dollreference.com

Dollreference.com

This densely packed index of antique and vintage dolls claims to offer over 10,000 images of dolls from the 1800s to 1970s, and we don't doubt it. Equally interesting, however, are the histories and... Read More or Visit Site

American Package Museum

American Package Museum

Ian House's gallery of early 20th Century American package designs. Browse the exhibits in slide show mode or view the full index of your favorite brand names. It's all here, from Q-Tips to Heinz Spaghetti to... Read More or Visit Site

Petroliana.co.uk

Petroliana.co.uk

Alan Chandler’s impressive collection of early British and European petroliana, including galleries with beautiful photos of pumps, globes, signs, light boxes, and other automobilia. Many items feature... Read More or Visit Site

Chess Museum

Chess Museum

Many chess websites focus on the principles of the game and the tactics and strategies to help you win. Nicholas R. Lanier’s Chess Museum devotes itself to the pieces—from traditional Staunton style in... Read More or Visit Site

Lee Maxwells Washing Machine Museum

Lee Maxwells Washing Machine Museum

Grab some laundry and get ready for old washing machine heaven. Lee Maxwell's definitive and amazing website includes a database of antique laundry machines from Acme to Zenith, with dozens of brands in... Read More or Visit Site

Drainspotting

Drainspotting

Josh and Cam Larios have created this site enabling people to upload and 'tag' photos of historic or artistic manhole covers. To explore the site's 3000-plus cast iron and steel beauties, start at the featured... Read More or Visit Site