Popular Science Online Forever!

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Hey fellow nerds, guess what? Every Popular Science has gone online! All 137 years. And it’s free! And it’s searchable! It’s much better than watching the Oscars. I promise.

I did a search for “Rumpus” and came up with this picture from 1947. Also, there were instructions on how to use the already existing plumbing from a “powder room” to make a bar, without losing the powder room. All of that seemed about right.

And then I decided to search for the phrase “uh-oh,” because that could only end well, and I learned what kind of man uses Vaseline Hair Tonic.

What can you find?

(via Boing Boing)


Seth Fischer’s writing has twice been listed as notable in The Best American Essays and has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize by several publications, including Guernica. He is a board member of BiNet USA, and he was the founding Sunday editor at The Rumpus and is the current nonfiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown. He’s been awarded fellowships and residencies by Ucross, Lambda Literary, Jentel, Ragdale, and elsewhere, and he teaches at the UCLA-Extension Writer’s Program and Antioch University, where he received his MFA. More from this author →