For the last forty years or so, the trend in American politics, culture and the intellectual elites of the country has been to ignore the deindustrialization of the country. In fact the elites have been enablers of the process through polices and behaviors that strangled the industrial companies and their business.
This is a sort of search and discover newsletter of my findings of things that may relate to technology in one way or another. It might be the latest gosh wow tech, it might be something as old of humanity. It might relate to science large or small. It might be art for art’s sake. Or somebody just doing something funky. Because I think that technology is just the representation of human creativity and breaking boundaries. So I’m certainly not going to place boundaries here except that it won’t be the same old, same old. So almost no gadgets or yacking about the latest phone or whatever, unless of course it involves taking them apart or destroying them in unusual ways. Or putting them to work in imaginative ways that most people won’t even think of. So buckle up, it’s going to be a fun ride.
This week: moving a big transformer on Britain narrow roads, Barbed wire used to connect telephones, mine tractor and more.
Perhaps then you would not look like a blithering idiot on television. Of course you weren’t the only idiot.
The internet continues to provide.
Boston in 1930
Two Coney Island videos.
Transcontinental air service.
Public baths in NYC?
1929 Boston Marathon.
Fourth Ave bookstores.
More NYC stuff.
Some construction videos.
Here’s some more link and related stuff. In this post I’m going to do things like link to books in my library as well. Do I think that everybody will be able to access naval academy textbooks from the 1930’s? Not really, but I never expected to find them either, but when I did I bought them. and the set of The History of Technology and that book on farm life in the Nineteenth Century. The reason I have those references is that that I was open to buying them in the first place. As a writer the goal to be to write a book that Sarah Hoyt will not throw across the room. Your goal should be to not insult the reader’s intelligence, not go so far off the deep end that reader never wants to come back. You should do enough world building that the reader will feel comfortable living in that world.
When I was growing up there was a small pencil factory in town, the Ruwe pencil company. They had their shop in a small building on the West side of town and I think that just about every pencil in school came from them. I think that I went on at least one field trip there as well. At least I remember the mills and gluing machines working away.
I’m going to visit some of the local small museums and post about them. Small museums tend to have be more open and have more eclectic collections. They are usually specialty museums, but tend to collect all sorts of odd stuff. They also tend to be rather less organized than a larger more professional museum. They make up for it in the enthusiasm of the people presenting. Try a small museum out. You probably will not be disappointed.
The museum in this post is the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks CT.