Retronaut

Retronaut

The Photographic Time Machine

Book - 2014
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"An emporium of retro treasure...from shocking sculptures of the 1700s, to Kodachrome snaps of 1950s Piccadilly Circus, to biblical scenes captured by Google Earth. Rather than nostalgia or folly, the aim is enlightenment, wonder and the pleasure of weirdness." --The Guardian 
 
Based on the widely popular blog that started as a side project in a basement, Retronaut reveals strange yet enlightening photographs from the past that somehow seem to depict another version of now. Martha Stewart as a fashion model, Kim Jong Il in a bumper car, and Ronald Reagan modeling for a sculpture class—this quirky page-turner enriched with author Chris Wild’s unique wit and oddball knowledge is a must-have for collectors of the unusual. 
 
Wild, a former museum archivist, has revolutionized the way we think of dusty photos—turning them into a sensation that has taken the Internet by surprise. He has selected over 300 of the best photographs from the site's most visited eras and themes, mashing up Victoriana with vintage advertising from the ’60s and ’70s and unearthing rare snapshots of evil dictators taking vacations. Page by page, this unconventional, thought-provoking photographic time machine will change what you think you know about history. 


 


Baker & Taylor
A treasury of rare photographs from the past challenges popular conceptions about history and includes such entries as Martha Stewart as a fashion model, Kim Jong Il in a bumper car, and Ronald Reagan modeling in a sculpture class.

Baker
& Taylor

Based on the popular basement blog, a treasury of rare celebrity photographs from the 1960s and 1970s challenges popular conceptions about history and includes such entries as Martha Stewart as a fashion model, Kim Jong Il in a bumper car and Ronald Reagan modeling in a sculpture class. Original.
""An emporium of retro treasure...from shocking sculptures of the 1700s, to Kodachrome snaps of 1950s Piccadilly Circus, to biblical scenes captured by Google Earth. Rather than nostalgia or folly, the aim is enlightenment, wonder and the pleasure of weirdness." --The Guardian Based on the widely popular blog that started as a side project in a basement, Retronaut reveals strange yet enlightening photographs from the past that somehow seem to depict another version of now. Martha Stewart as a fashion model, Kim Jong II in a bumper car, and Ronald Reagan modeling for a sculpture class--this quirky page-turner enriched with author Chris Wild's unique wit and oddball knowledge is a must-have for collectors of the unusual. Wild, a former museum archivist, has revolutionized the way we think of dusty photos--turning them into a sensation that has taken the Internet by surprise. He has selected over 300 of the best photographs from the site's most visited eras and themes, mashing up Victoriana with vintage advertising from the '60s and '70s and unearthing rare snapshots of evil dictators taking vacations. Page by page, this unconventional, thought-provoking photographic time machine will change what you think you know about history. "--

Publisher: Washington, District of Columbia : National Geographic, c2014
ISBN: 9781426213830
Branch Call Number: 779 WIL
Characteristics: 351 p. :,ill. (some col.), col. maps ;,23 cm.

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KathleenRiley
May 27, 2016

This book had some wonderful photographs showing retro pieces of our collective history. Not too hard to look through and enjoy recalling things and learning some new things.

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PatEe
Sep 20, 2015

Not as good as all the hype attached to it. The best photos are on the cover.

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