Meccano spanner of the gods

One for the online museums: The Meccano Magazine Index, a massive collection of magazine scans from 1916 to 1981. Meccano Magazine was a mix of Wired and Make for the inter-war years, a source of news and information about all forms of new technology, combined with a crusading approach to improving educational standards. In November 1917, although the Editor was apologising for ‘war difficulties’ making publishing rather infrequent, the magazine didn’t waver from its quest to make able engineers of every male in Britain: ‘Every day we have evidence that Meccano boys stand in a class by themselves. When a boy becomes expert at Meccano his friends look up to him, his parents think better of him, and his employer knows that he has brains and knowledge. The time will shortly come when the qualifications of an expert Meccano boy will compel recognition from every educational authority and employer in the country. We have a scheme in preparation which help considerably to bring this about, and which will add new joys to the Meccano hobby.’ Related, Google’s archive of Popular Science.


Modernist houses, suburban views and more at living_room’s photostream. We especially like the journey around the residential architecture of Poole, which shows the evolution of Seaside Deco into the millionaire moderne of today / related, From Mad Men to Mies: Why Modernism Holds Sway, ArchDaily on the show’s setting at the apex of post-war Modernism / parceling up the imagery of the modern fashion campaign at Gif Couture (via b3ta) / the aesthetics of angles are played out at hyperform / tower crane reading light by Charlie Davidson / Lost Albion’s Photostream.


So is rock and roll dead yet again? From the comments: ‘We forget that R&R was for a long time considered rebellious to even listen to. It was a political act to go to a concert. OK so now R&R won (or more accurately, the old people died). R&R has lost its rebellious color, we see parents teaching their 7 year olds how to play Metallica on YouTube and kindergarten teachers doing a punk rock sing along with the class. R&R is culturally benign. It’s like the Romans who absorbed other cultures into their Empire by incorporating their gods into the pantheon, so it is with R&R, it’s myths have been absorbed into mainstream culture. No longer is R&R an outsider, it is at the core, and in a sense that is why it is dead.’ See also, critic Dave Simpson on The trials of life in a rock band and The Hammer of the Dads, returning to music beyond (conventional) retirement age.

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