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How Volkswagen relied on clever advertising to build its reputation

VW built its reputation by using impactful advertising. Here’s a selection of car adverts that appeared in the Guardian from 1956-1991<p><b>1956:</b> A best selling car loved by many, the Beetle was a German export success story after the second world war.<p><b><br>1962:</b> No matter which of their cars you bought, …

Doug Boyd on a Google for oral history recordings

It sounds like something you might find on the Starship Enterprise but the oral history metadata synchroniser (OHMS) could transform the way oral …

6 Interview Questions You Must Ask if You Want to Hire the Best People

Toss the canned interview questions and try these instead.<p>There's no lack of sources for canned interview questions. A quick Google search on the phrase <i>interview questions</i> turns up about 20 million hits! Good luck with that.<p>In 30 years of interviewing people for roles in fast-paced startup …

Employment

If it flew 100 years ago, it will fly again: the 1916 warplane built from drawings

A 93-year-old is among 13 volunteers constructing a replica of the pioneering 1½ Strutter, which they hope will be airborne next year to mark its centenary<p>In a ramshackle air hangar in a windswept field on the east coast of Scotland, Bernard Ginty, 83, is frowning in concentration at an intricate …

Aerospace

These photos Apple's first employees showed us from the company's earliest days are absolutely wonderful

The pair had successfully begun shipping their first computer, a naked circuit board called Apple I. It had neither a keyboard nor a screen, and functioned more as part of a kit that computer hobbyists could build into something more useful, if they knew what they were doing.<p>Two early Apple …

Silicon Valley

Here's how Wall Street traded before Bloomberg terminals were everything

Early Friday, Bloomberg LP experienced a "significant" unexplained outage of its terminals.<p>With the Bloomberg terminal outage, traders were forced to pick up the phone and do it the old fashioned way.<p>A Bloomberg Terminal is a must-have machine for traders. They use them to message others, obtain …

Markets

Rescuing History’s Forgotten Frames

For me, photography has always been about anticipation. Each time I unwind a reel of film I get the same thrill—the slippery strip slides off the spool, and in that moment I hold my breath as I raise my freshly developed roll up to the light to see what the negatives show me. Over 70 years ago, …

Boston

What happened to England's forgotten railway stations?

<b>In living memory, hundreds of railway stations have closed across the country and have since been abandoned, demolished or converted to other uses. But many former passengers still remember the days when they were a hive of activity.</b><p>Manchester Central: Closed in 1969<p>Manchester Central has been …

Trains

The most magical job in Britain: Enchanting story of our last gas street lights, and the five men who keep them burning just as they did in Dickens' day

• <b>There are just 1,500 gas lamps left in London, each one hand-lit by a member of a five man team every evening</b>• <b><br>The 19th-century lamps offer a glimpse</b> …

Digging Up Ads From WWII—When They Pushed Products No One Could Buy

During World War II, companies stayed in the public eye by advertising products—often with the government's help—that weren't available to civilians.<p>In the May 1944 issue of <i>National Geographic</i>, an advertisement shows a U.S. military officer in a dark war room, using a Bell & Howell Filmo projector, …

Digital Advertising

Berlin Wall anniversary: photographs from the symbolic rise and fall of the Iron Curtain - Telegraph

Germany

The Man Who Disobeyed His Boss And Opened The Berlin Wall

To many Germans, Harald Jaeger is the man who opened the Berlin Wall.<p>It's a legacy that still makes the former East German border officer uncomfortable 25 years after he defied his superiors' orders and let thousands of East Berliners pour across his checkpoint into the West.<p>"I didn't open the …

John Lennon's first typewriter in Boston exhibit of typewriters of famous: Hemingway, Bradbury, etc. http://t.co/ZCE005bhbh

Happy world typewriter day, fellow nerds!

D-Day, 70 Years Later: 11 Photos from Normandy and Beyond

June 6 marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day. In 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed to fight Nazi Germany along a 50-mile stretch of …

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Health Nuts: A History of Nutritional Advice

The Remarkable History of “Y’all”

<b>The Origins Of Y'all</b><p><b>One word. Two continents. Three shores. Four centuries. Five separate dialects.</b><p>Where did “y’all” come from in the first place? - linguist Michael Montgomery:…Montgomery claims that “y’all” goes back to the Scots-Irish phrase “ye aw,” and he offers as evidence a letter written in 1737 by an Irish immigrant in New York to a friend back home: “Now I beg of ye aw to come over here.” As I understand Montgomery’s hypothesis, “ye aw” was Americanized into “y’all,” which is indeed a …

Charanjit Singh, acid house pioneer

Could Ten Ragas To A Disco beat, recorded by the leader of an Indian wedding band in 1982, be the first ever acid house record? Louis Pattison investigates<p>Charanjit Singh doubtless stood out as unusual in the Hindi film industry of the 1960s and 70s. Veteran of countless Bollywood soundtrack …

The Beatles Come to America

The Beatles ham it up during a press conference following their arrival at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, on their first visit to the United States 50 years ago today on February 7, 1964.<p><b>This Week in Universal News: The Beatles Come to America</b><p>On this day, fifty years ago, the Beatles landed at New York City’s recently renamed John F. Kennedy airport. Here’s the report from Universal, complete with John, Paul, George, and Ringo’s trademark charm, screaming teenagers, and a condescending …

The 1911 schoolchildren strikes

<i>London schoolboys on strike, Shoreditch, September 1911 – Getty Images</i><p>Advertisement<p>September 2011 saw the hundredth anniversary of a series of little …

Working-class

Indian Ocean's Oldest Shipwreck Set for Excavation

The oldest known shipwreck in the Indian Ocean has been sitting on the seafloor off the southern coast of Sri Lanka for some 2,000 years. In just a …

Archaeology

Stuntmen from old movies

Beautifully Designed Movie Theaters in Golden California

<b>The Fox Theater I, Oakland</b><br>New York-based French photographer Franck Bohbot traveled to California to spotlight the most amazing movie theaters, big and small, as an homage to the history of film in his series titled <i>Cinema</i>. He captures the grandiose scale of some exquisitely designed theaters as …

San Francisco

bint battuta on Twitter: "Copying out sacred texts, Kashmir, 1895 (The British Library http://t.co/Kr3rKx5aUk) http://t.co/kCmtcFHiH0"

New conversation<p>End of conversation<p>Replying to @<b>bintbattuta</b><p>Fotokopiciler “@<b>bintbattuta</b>: Copying out sacred texts, Kashmir, 1895 (The British Library …

Treaty of Versailles: Was Germany Guilty?

By Antony Lentin<p>Published in History Today Volume 62 Issue 1 January 2012<p>Interwar period, First World War Europe<p>The Treaty of Versailles, negotiated …

From a Society with Slaves to a Slave Society

Recreated Powhatan village at the Jamestown Settlement<p>In 1621, an Angolan named Antonio was captured by an enemy tribe and sold to an Arab merchant …

The men who measured Earth’s curves

For much of 1966, John Keay wrote pamphlets and newsletters to persuade Londoners to hire the One Number Service’s plumbing, gardening and household …