A lot of the designs and technology that inspired today's gadgets are finding a new life with retro lovers. Old-school telephones, "simple" but fun computers and game consoles, record players with some modern guts in them — all this and more you can find below.
Although Russia's Sputnik launch in 1957 was the country's highlight during the great space race, inspiring amazing accomplishments by NASA, USSR geeks never stopped envisioning a tech-powered future.
This series of spectacular planetary posters is the work of artist Stephen Di Donato. They're styled after artwork from the 1960s, and include all eight planets but no icy dwarfs (I'm looking at you, Pluto). The "Beyond Earth" series was funded (way over-funded, in fact) on Kickstarter, but luckily for you, you can still buy digital copies of all of these images in formats ranging from iPhone all the way up to monstrous desktop (2650x1440). You get 88 (!) different images in total, including multiple formats for each poster, for a mere $10. That may have been a bunch of money in 1960, but nowdays, it's chump change, so improve your life and buy yourself a set.
They didn't have Twitter back in the 1960s when Mad Men's Don Draper was defining cool style, but if they did, Don would probably use a Twitter client like this one.
In 1996, I was in middle school. We had Prodigy at home, I'd just opened my first Hotmail account, and I signed up for AIM with a ludicrous username that I'm stuck with to this day. This Best Buy ad from way back then with 133 MHz computers, multiple megabytes of ram, and The Macarena on VHS (!) is a nightmarish reminder of how important tech really is.
Swiss artist Andy Denzler has quite an eye for still-life painting. Not just any moment in time, either — the paused VHS variety, complete with all that magnetic tape-induced fuzz. Who knew scanlines could be beautiful?
If Alexander Graham Bell went on to invent a pocket phone back in the day, it would probably look a little something like the "Rotary Mechanical" by designer Richard Clarkson.
If you've played Super Mario Bros. on your $85,000 HD 3DTV, you might have noticed how the game has been looking especially 8-bit as of late. We now have a computer algorithm that can automatically fix that for you, and make Mario look as smooth as a freshly-installed toilet fixture.
In the 1950s, nuclear power was something new and amazing and nobody was really thinking about the dangers of radiation. Instead, they were thinking about how to cram nuclear reactors into everything that moved, from cars to planes to zeppelins.
Remember those old electronic video game handhelds like Game & Watch? Of course you don't. Why would you? They lacked color screens and only had blippy sound effects. Website Pica-Pic has "digitized" those retro machines and programmed them to be playable on the web with a keyboard or mouse.