Awesome Vintage

Restoring a Mechanical Coin Bank

Restoring a Mechanical Coin Bank

The cast iron toys of yesteryear were subject to rusting and corrosion like nothing else. But in the capable hands of Awesome Restorations, old things can look as good as new once more. Watch as they breathe new life into an old 1930s coin bank, sandblasting off the caked-on rust and giving it a shiny coat of enamel paint.

13 Vintage Halloween Songs

13 Vintage Halloween Songs

It seems like Halloween songs have become a bit of a lost art. But back in the 1920s and 1930s, we had plenty of creepy songs to choose from for our trick-or-treat playlists. History Tea Time with Lindsay Holiday compiled an appropriate quantity of these vintage tracks to set the mood for your festivities.

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1948 Bowling Trick Shots

1948 Bowling Trick Shots

Long before Dude Perfect was posting trick shot videos on YouTube, bowler Andy Varipapa was knocking down pins with such skill that he could target specific pins on two separate lanes at the same time, throw backward strikes, and even bowl with his foot. This vintage newsreel’s voiceover is as entertaining as the bowling.

Defusing an Old Mine

Defusing an Old Mine

This vintage newsreel footage provides a fascinating glimpse into the dangerous process that WWII soldiers faced when disarming mines. Watch as these brave Royal Navy servicemen approached and disassembled a German “murder” mine that washed up on the East coast of Britain.

Undone Vintage Killy Watch

Undone Vintage Killy Watch
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Undone’s handsome dress watch spiffs up any outfit with its classical styling. The typeface on its creamy beige watch face and propeller-inspired hands pay tribute to vintage watch design, while its Seiko quartz chronograph movement and hardened K1 domed crystal make it anything but dated.

Restoring the Michelin Man

Restoring the Michelin Man

The Michelin Man, aka “Bibendum,” is one of the most iconic advertising mascots of all time. Awesome Restorations, got their hands on an antique metal sculpture of the rotund character and sandblasted away years of rust, then repainted it, restoring its former glory. He looked like a toasted marshmallow man before his makeover.

Manual Typewriter Typing Robot

Manual Typewriter Typing Robot

If you’ve ever played with a vintage manual typewriter, you know how hard it can be just to hit those mechanical keys with enough force. JBV Creative built a custom robot that uses 3D-printed “fingers” and servo motors to type text and ASCII art on an old Remington Rand Office Riter. Money shot at 15:34.

Vintage Logo Design Inspiration Compendium

Vintage Logo Design Inspiration Compendium
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Designers and artists looking for a source of inspiration would do well to add Vault Editions‘ idea books to their library. This two-volume series features nearly 1000 engravings, etchings, and woodblock prints from the 17th through 19th centuries. It’s loaded with skulls, animals, and vintage objects and includes high-res downloads.

Papercraft Heidelberg Letterpress

Papercraft Heidelberg Letterpress

Korean artist Lee Ji-hee created this incredibly intricate papercraft replica of the original Heidelberg Letterpress. She made the sculpture from paper and corrugated cardboard, to celebrate the history of the printing industry in Seoul, South Korea. Find more of the artist’s awesome work in her Behance portfolio.

Fractal Jaw Vise

Fractal Jaw Vise

Hand Tool Rescue shows off an amazing workbench vice that can hold oddly-shaped objects. Made by Mantle & Co. in the early 20th century, the vice uses a series of rotating semi-circlular jaws to hold items firmly in place. See the fully-restored vice at 34:00, then check out the original patent for the design.

Classic Truck Carries Classic Cars

Classic Truck Carries Classic Cars

While visiting a classic car show in Nebraska, Tim from Pickup Truck Plus SUV Talk came across the most appropriate method of transporting collectible show cars. What he saw was this restomodded 1947 Ford COE Semi carrying some sweet hot rods and vintage wheels, and snagged an interview with its owners.

Replicating a Rock Cannon

Replicating a Rock Cannon

Back in the 19th century in Wales, one of the common ways of celebrating was with something called a rock cannon. Tom Scott reminisces about these forgotten gunpowder displays and works with a professional pyrotechnician to reproduce their explosive effect.

Timex x MadeWorn Watch

Timex x MadeWorn Watch

Timex teamed up with Blaine Halvorson’s MadeWorn to create this special timepiece based on their American Documents. This variant has a two-toned dial that splits day and night, a one-of-a-kind patina finish, and a rough-hewn leather band for a lived-in look. Each one is handmade in America with a quality Swiss movement.

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General Admission Playing Cards

General Admission Playing Cards
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Inspired by the look of vintage ticket stubs, designer Jackson Robinson’s playing cards for Kings Wild Project definitely stand out from the crowd. Each card is splashed with a patchwork of colors and halftone patterns, while the court cards feature full-body images of the royal crew.

The Madman’s Library

The Madman’s Library

Books written by the dead, the insane, and the Devil himself. Books made from knots. Books written in blood and bound in skin. Edible books, wearable books, books written in ciphers. Filled with fascinating discoveries on every page, The Madman’s Library reveals the obscure histories of the strangest books ever made.

SampleTron 2

SampleTron 2

IK Multimedia’s virtual instrument can replicate the rich and emotive sounds of tape-based samplers like the Mellotron. SampleTron 2 comes with over 400 virtual tape tracks, including choir, strings, brass, organ, piano, bass, synths, and vocoders. You can also load your own samples and run them through the tape sound engine.

The Mini Mutoscope

The Mini Mutoscope
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Created by Tentacle Media Ltd., the Mini-Mutoscope is a 3D-printed replica of a 19th-century mechanical flipbook. The display works like an animation flipbook, only its movements are smoothly controlled by a crank. It holds up to 42 squares that you can load with your own animations, or one of the samples provided by Tentacle.

ROKR Wooden Gramophone Kit

ROKR Wooden Gramophone Kit

Vinyl records are all the rage thanks to their warm, analog sounds. But if you’re going to go retro, why not go vintage? ROKR’s 424-piece kit gives you everything you need to build your own hand-cranked gramophone. A centrifugal governor helps maintain the record’s speed, and it can play 33s, 45s, and 78s.

Silent Movie Special Effects

Silent Movie Special Effects

Today’s movie VFX rely on green screen and CGI, but in silent movie times, neither of those existed. Pedro Cinemaxunga created this fascinating analysis of vintage moviemaking techniques that shows how in-camera effects managed to fake out audiences. We always thought Harold Lloyd was really hanging from that building.

Inside the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

Inside the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

With locations in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines is filled with vintage arcade machines that date back to the Soviet era. Incredibly, the machines have all been restored and are playable. Baklykov. Live takes us on a tour of the museum, its machines, and other artifacts.

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The Typewriter: A Supercut

The Typewriter: A Supercut

Typewriters may have gone the way of the dinosaur for most people, but they served their purpose well and provided the basis for today’s computer keyboards. Editor and film buff Ariel Avissar compiled this great supercut of movie and TV scenes where typewriters played a major role. The track is The Typewriter by Leroy Anderson.

Atoll K: The Fan Edit

Atoll K: The Fan Edit

In 1951, Laurel & Hardy made their final movie, Atoll K (aka Utopia). The production was a disaster, and the finished film a disappointment. Film buff Joe Ramoni at Hats Off Entertainment worked tirelessly to re-cut the best footage and replaced the soundtrack, resulting in a fun slapstick comedy reminiscent of the duo’s classics.

Core Memory

Core Memory
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Photographer Mark Richards and author John Alderman offer a visual guide to some of the earliest examples of computing devices. The 176-page hardcover book features artistically-composed images of machines like the Eniac, Cray 1, and the original Apple 1, which call Silicon Valley’s Computer History Museum home.

Restoring a Toy Cash Register

Restoring a Toy Cash Register

Fully-mechanical cash registers are relics of a bygone shopping era. But there was a time that they were so popular that they even made a version for kids to play with. Watch as Rescue & Restore takes on the challenge of tearing down and rebuilding a rusted-out Tom Thumb model that dates back to the 1950s.

USB Cordless Light Bulb

USB Cordless Light Bulb
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We love how they’ve figured out how to make LED light bulbs that look like vintage filament bulbs. But this one has another trick: it doesn’t need to be screwed into a socket at all. Suck UK designed this glass and metal bulb to run wirelessly. Its rechargeable battery provides about four hours of light per charge.

Win a Restored 1966 Chevy Impala

In 1966, Chevrolet produced just 1856 of its Impala Sport Coupe, rocking a 427ci Turbo-Jet V8. This Regal Red Impala has a 4-speed manual, cranks out 425 horsepower, and looks as good as the day it left the factory. One lucky entrant will win this awesome car while helping to support charities. Plus, Awesomer readers get double entries.

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