Normally we try to bring you the coolest, cutting-edge gadgets and innovations from around the world (or just stuff we’d like to have for Christmas). But we’ve always wondered: what would it be like if inStash had existed in another time period? Like, say, 50 years ago? What would have been the must-have items/inventions/entertainment options when we weren’t cutting grass for extra money, necking up at the Lovers’ Lane, or listening to President Kennedy give a radio address?
Today, we find out. Step into the time machine with us as we go back 50 years to the glorious pre-assassination days of 1963. It’s time for our very first inStash Retro Edition!
9. Lamborghini 350 GTV
Every guy knows that chicks dig a man with a nice set of wheels. Well, if Lamborghini’s turn at the Turin Auto Show this November is any indication, you can expect to pick up the greatest set of wheels ever produced next year from the newly formed Italian auto manufacturer. This is the Lamborghini 350 GTV, a prototype for next year’s inaugural ride that features a sure-to-be controversial semi-fastback body and a stunning V12 engine.
8. The Avengers From Marvel Comics
Not gonna lie, guys. I always thought reading comics was a little geeky, but then, I’d never seen the Avengers before. Marvel, a relative newcomer to the comics scene, launched the first issue of Earth’s Mightiest Super-Heroes this year. The team consists of Ant-Man, Thor, Iron Man, and Hulk. Each brings a unique power to the table. Naturally, being a guy, my favorite is this Hulk guy, who turns green when he’s angry and then runs around smashing stuff in his underwear. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I think this might make for one heck of a movie.
7. Pop Tarts
Do you need a quick, hot breakfast before work or school? Getting tired of the same bland piece of toast? Well, Post has a product that could end those morning blues and have you well on your way to an energetic day. Pop Tarts are rectangular, flat, and contain a fruit filling for extra flavor. Word is that Kellogg, Post’s largest competitor, is green with envy and currently working on their own version of the pastry that will incorporate multiple flavors and frosting, but we’ll have to see about that. After all, it’s doubtful that a frosted layer could survive the heat of a toaster, right?
Just last year, Philips invented a new system for storing data that we think is really going to take the world by storm. They’re called cassette tapes, and they come in a plastic casing with two spools inside. As these spools turn, they rotate a tape-film, which in turn records or plays back sound. Rumor has it this new form of media might even be able to be used one day for storing documents on a computer device, playing back movies, and even recording live television. (Don’t hold your breath though. We’re still a long way from that being possible.) Still, the technology is now in circulation, so we thought it worth a mention.
5. The Lava Lamp
Want to blow a girl’s mind when you take her back to your place? You’ll get the job done with this awesome, mind-blowing lighting device from British inventor and entrepreneur Edward Craven-Walker. Finally, Mathmos gives us more options than the standard, boring old yellow lights our parents swear by, and it’s about time. After all, it’s the Sixties, Daddy-O.
4. Computer Mouse
Doug Engelbart at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) sent over this concept for us to share with inStash readers. Personally, we find this a little far out. It’s called a “computer mouse.” He said the idea came to him at a computer graphics conference in ’61. This is how it works. There are two wheels — one that rotates horizontally, one that rotates vertically — inside a small wooden box. The user can move the box along a tabletop and produce rotation coordinates that are then beamed to the computer via cable. (Yeah, like anyone will ever own a computer.)
3. Push-Button Phone
Leave it to those innovators at the Bell System to come up with the Push-Button Phone. What’s cool about this is you don’t have to use that stupid rotary dial. (God help you if you’re calling long distance.) We can definitely see the use out of this, though it’ll probably be a while before they’re affordable enough to hit the consumer market.
2. Doctor Who and the Daleks
Since the unfortunate assassination of our President in November, you may not have had time to catch this new show on the BBC. Oh, you don’t know what the BBC is? That’s right. It’s 1963. You get CBS, and that’s pretty much it. Well, it’s a British channel. So if you’re ever in England, seek out a television immediately because this show Doctor Who has been off the hook. Hopefully, it’ll be around for a while.
1. The Hang-Glider
In October, John Dickenson of Grafton, N.S.W., Australia, applied for a provisional patent for an invention that we think you’d have to be insane to try. Nevertheless, it does sound cool. Actually, the Hang Glider has been around for a while in other forms, but Dickenson is the first to adapt airfoil, which creates aerodynamic force for better flight. Recommended use is on the water affixed to the back of a boat. At least that way, there’ll be something soft to break your fall.
Those are our top picks for 1963. It’ll be interesting to see what comes from them!