The 1955 equivalent of online dating: “Women would approach a machine that looked a bit like an old-school automat. The machine had photos of different men, each with a short description. She would put her coins in a slot and out would pop a more detailed note, describing just what kind of guy her potential suitor was. The woman would then take her letter to a love-agent who was able to make an introduction.”

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Official Marty McFly Knockoff Nike Trainers

While we’re all still holding out for flying cars, we can at least have these sneakers that look just like the self-lacing ones worn by Marty McFly in Back to the Future II. Plus, they are a million times cheaper than the Mags Nike released on eBay back in 2011.

In fact, these are officially licensed by Universal so they look exactly like the real deal complete with LED lights in the insoles. If only they actually laced themselves, too.

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Dreaming of the plane you’ll travel in tomorrow, soldier? Cruising up to five miles a minute, sound-proofed, air-conditioned, smartly decorated, with the softest seats known to the anatomy of man… and a good-looking stewardess to serve you piping hot meals when you’re hungry!

The Airlines will be ready with the planes and the service and the speed you’ll need when it’s all over and you’re back on the job, hustling yourself a career out of the opportunities which await you. May that day come soon!

Already the nation’s Airlines are winning the wartime struggle to provide enough passenger capacity for all who must get there the fastest way. And nearer comes the day when, with larger planes and expanded schedules, they will fulfill the demand of millions for the speed, economy and comfort of travel by air and for the swift handling of cargo and mail.

As any serviceman can tell you, air transport is a mighty important thing to America. Never, in time of war, has a nation been so favored with a weapon ready-forged to meet its enemies.

Never, in time of peace, could a nation find so ready at hand so powerful and efficient a tool of reconstruction.

Image: June 16, 1945 Saturday Evening Post by way of the Duke Library special collections

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The Man Who Tried to Invent the Like Button in the 1930s:

Think Facebook invented the Like button? Think again. Back in the 1930s one man hoped to create a device that could send feedback to radio stations with the push of a button. He called it the “radiovota.” Get it? The radio… voter.

Dr. Nevil Monroe Hopkins, pictured above left, was a research engineer and lecturer in electrical engineering at New York University. He imagined a world where broadcast media could actually become a two-way street of communication. His radiovota was an interesting little box you attached to your radio and contained three buttons: Present, No, and Yes. [read more]