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15 Vintage Postcards From Around the World

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Before mobile Facebook uploads allowed you to broadcast your vacation photos to the world before you even left the beach, postcards were the best way to show family and friends where you had been on your adventures. Here’s how visitors back home would have imagined the world back in the days before frequent flyer miles. 


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Check out the appropriate 1908 beachwear for ladies! 


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A 1906 postcard picturing bamboo growing in the Filipino capital, at that time under United States control.


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The Regina Hotel in the Swiss resort town of Interlaken is still up and running today. Here’s what it looked like in 1906.


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A postcard from the 1940s shows Miami’s Little River area. A few decades later, the neighborhood would become an enclave for Haitian immigrants.


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This main street photo, taken back in the days when horses and buggies shared the road with streetcars, is probably from sometime around World War I. The German town of Cronenberg was folded into the city of Wuppertal in 1929.


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This card from 1939 shows the main drag of Amarillo, Polk Street, lit up at night. 


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This postcard, postmarked from the 1905 World’s Fair, shows Manitoba’s capital from the viewpoint of City Hall. (Notice that the postcard calls it Winnepeg, not Winnipeg.)


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An undated postcard shows the Seattle Space Needle at dusk. The observation tower was built for the 1962 World’s Fair.


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A 1906 souvenir shows the cathedral of Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois, built starting in the 7th century.


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The Vatican hasn’t changed much since 1906. 


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The Vancouver skyline has changed pretty drastically from when this image was created. It’s now one of Canada’s densest cities.


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A Kyoto bridge called Shijo Bashi as it stood in 1907. This is what it looks like today. 


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This card, sent in 1930, bears a vista of the Detroit River with the steamer Owana in the foreground. In 1906, the steamer carried almost 30,660 people


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Then known as Bombay, this postcard shows the Indian city as it looked in 1906 (no cars on the streets!). At that time, it was ruled by the British, who controlled India until its independence in 1947. 


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This 1933 card features Enchanted Island, a children’s playground at the Chicago World’s Fair.

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The iMac Was Almost Called the MacMan
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After breaking out with its Macintosh line of personal computers in the 1980s, Apple was in a slump. Sales had flagged as Microsoft's Windows operating system made waves. In 1998, the company was set to unveil a product that it hoped would reinvigorate its brand.

And they almost blew it.

According to Ken Segall, the advertising genius behind their "Think Different" campaign, Apple founder Steve Jobs was expecting the iMac to reverse the company's ailing fortunes. Where older Macs had been boxy, beige, and bland, the iMac came in an assortment of colors and had a transparent chassis that showed off its circuitry. The problem, as Segall writes in his new book, Insanely Simple, was that Jobs didn't want to call it the iMac. He wanted to call it the MacMan.

"While that frightening name is banging around in your head, I'd like you to think for a moment about the art of product naming," Segall writes. "Because of all the things in this world that cry out for simplicity, product naming probably contains the most glaring examples of right and wrong. From some companies, you see names like 'iPhone.' From others you see names like ‘Casio G'zOne Commando' or the ‘Sony DVP SR200P/B' DVD player."

According to Segall, Jobs liked the fact that MacMan was slightly reminiscent of Sony's Walkman branding concept for its line of cassette players. (Later, Sony had a Discman, Pressman, and Talkman.) But Segall, who named products for a living, feared the name would take away from Apple's identity as being original. It was also gender-biased, and alienating an entire demographic of consumers was never a good thing.

Instead, Segall suggested "iMac," with the "i" for internet, because the unit was designed to connect easily to the web. Jobs "hated" the idea, along with other suggestions, even though Segall felt the iMac could provide a foundation to name other devices, just as Sony's Walkman had. Segall kept suggesting it, and Jobs eventually had it printed on a prototype model to see how it would look. After encouragement from his staff, he dropped MacMan. With this key contribution, Segall made sure no one would be lining up to buy a PhoneMan 10 years later. 

[h/t FastCoDesign]

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The Bizarre Reason Burger King Wants to Keep It Out of Russia
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For decades, Burger King and McDonald’s have been engaged in one of the most competitive corporate rivalries in fast food history. In the 1980s, the two actually went to court over accusations about Burger King's sourcing and preparation of meats. In 2016, a BK restaurant in Queens, New York, was draped in sheets and made to look like the ghost of McDonald’s.

The sniping continues, but this time McDonald’s isn’t really involved. According to The Hollywood Reporter and coming our way via Eater, the Russian branch of Burger King has filed a complaint with the country’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) over the recent horror blockbuster It. The reason? They claim the movie’s evil clown, Pennywise, is so reminiscent of Ronald McDonald that the release will constitute an unfair advertising opportunity for their competitor.

While this sounds like either a prank or publicity stunt hatched by Burger King’s marketing arm, the FAS confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the burger chain did indeed request the movie be banned. That doesn’t mean it’s not a marketing ploy—there must be economic advantages to comparing a chief competitor’s mascot to a child-murdering clown—but it does offer some substance to the claim. The FAS told the outlet that it “can’t be concerned” with a fictional character in a movie that has nothing to do with hamburgers, but hasn’t made any final decision.

Owing to the recent scary-clown hysteria, McDonald’s has actually dialed down Ronald’s appearances in public over the past two years, which does raise suspicion over what he’s been doing with his downtime. It: Chapter Two is scheduled to infuriate Burger King even more when it’s released in 2019.

[h/t Eater]  


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