1939 Selfie sticks are not a millennial invention. They’ve been around since the late ’30s in the form of a stick, rather like a fishing rod, set up to be able to take pictures from odd angles and capture perfect selfies. In a perfect illustration of necessity being the mother of invention, a photographer came up with this idea after falling out of a tree while attempting to take a complicated shot.
1962 Making planes is no easy job and in the throes of the Space Race and the Cold War 1960s it seems that many unconventional materials were being used to gain an edge over the opposition. Everything from cupcake tins to tennis balls was harnessed as part of the planemaking process. In this issue, our Super Planes feature shows how far aircraft have evolved.
2001 In this issue we talk super planes, but in ’01 we looked at a giant airliner of a different sort: a plane big enough to house, well… a house. With four levels and two decks, the airbus A380 is to this day the largest commercial assenger airliner. The A380 design features a stand-alone bar, restaurant and a duty-free shop.
1972 It might look ridiculous in today’s era of remote monitoring, but once upon a time using the telephone to check your heart rate was the best in long-distance medical care. Heart patients would get a warning of any trouble from an electrocardiogram recorder, then call up a doctor to listen to their heartbeat via the telephone. PM