Stylus Pressure Gauge

Thursday, 28 December 2006

The design in the 50’s and 60’s was so beautiful. Especially for people like me, who lived half of their lives in the 70’s and 80s, without any doubt the most ugly period in the history of this planet. Friends gave me this (empty) box. Well, it was not really empty, there was a 40 gigabyte I-Pod in it. But I would love to have had that Balanced Sound Kit too!
I collect trivia like these. In a world were both the music and the technique to make it audible is more and more dematerialising (we are creating a world made of light; what you watch right now is pure light, the whole Internet is a No-Thing made of photons!), these things seem far more miraculous than they did in their own time.
Hm, this is another example of the beautiful way ordinary products were designed in the 50’ and 60’s. It is a Paint Edger. I doubt if you really want to know what it is, but i will tell it anyway. It is a device to paint edges without making a mess. I work as a house painter and Ernest Utermark gave this museum piece to me, after i complained a bit about having to do this work (painting houses) for a living.