PF Photo Contest - Old Technology (9/9-9/15)

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Old Technology

Certainly the word "old" is relative, but let's try to have photos representing technology that many of us would consider to be "old". Something that is obsolete is a good start.

Contest Rules:

1. Any digital photo or digitally-scanned photo relevant to the theme will be accepted within the contest period. In case there's a gray area, or you're not sure if the picture is suitable, check with me first.

2. Please resize your digital photo to no more than 800 x 600 or 600 x 800 pixels. You may also crop your picture if you wish. You are also allowed to adjust the brightness and contrast of your picture but these should not dramatically alter the look of the picture. But other than those, any form of picture editing or modification is not allowed. This is a photo contest, not a picture editing/special effect contest. You may add a watermark or your name/nickname to the photo for identification purposes.

3. Upload your photos to any of the photo servers such as imageshack or photobucket. Then post it the relevant contest thread and link your picture using the img command. PM me if you do not know how. Alternatively, you may simply upload your image file to PF, and then have the full image displayed in your post.

4. Only ONE picture per member per contest. Once a picture is posted, it cannot be changed other than a total withdrawl by that member from that week's photo contest. Exceptions will be made for modification to comply with the rules, such as resizing.

5. At the end of the contest period, I will open a poll and every PF member can vote for the picture they like best.

6. Note that in case we have a large number of entries, I will do the polling in more than one thread. If that's the case, you can vote in each of the polling threads. The photos will be assigned in the polling threads in the order they were submitted.

7. The photo of the subject must be something that you took directly, not via in intermediary medium, and not taken by someone else. Unless otherwise noted, a photo of another photo, painting, print, etc. does not qualify.

8. You can use a picture only once. Once it is used in a contest, it cannot be reused in another contest.

9. Please post only pictures meant for submission in this thread. Photos not meant for submission must not be posted in the contest thread. Posting of more than one photos by a member may result in an automatic disqualification from the week's contest.

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And I summon @dlgoff for this contest, OP of this thread... :wink:
 
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Nothing inspires runners and football players better than an old Steam Engine!
They always know they are expected to be as powerful and swift and steaming hot
(and to drink only pure water).
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This was an absolute necessity back when I was in engineering school. This was back when everybody lived in log cabins and had to walk to school, uphill in both directions.
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Apple IIc - I still remember when this was NEW technology. I feel old!

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This was an absolute necessity back when I was in engineering school. This was back when everybody lived in log cabins...
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I bet you even had log tables.
 
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This was an absolute necessity back when I was in engineering school. This was back when everybody lived in log cabins and had to walk to school, uphill in both directions.
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remember those well

I bet you even had log tables.
uh huh and for punishment for being bad in some classes students were given detention where they had to copy out a page from the tables
 
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This is a fairly old Veeco ER-2A air cooled oil diffusion pump that's really useful.
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Horse-drawn streetcar built in 1859.

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2016.07.08.1611.OCF.boiler.temp.recorder.png

Might have been brand new when I took this picture last year.
But it looked old.
The boiler it was monitoring was definitely old. (Oct 13, 1921, Birchfield)
 
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an old Steam Engine!
How did a steam engine (locomotive) end up in the "end zone" of a sports stadium? :wideeyed:
 
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Old photo taking technology.
What make/model? Except for the eyecup, it looks a lot like my old Pentax K1000 that's buried in my closet somewhere, but a lot of those SLRs looked pretty much the same from the rear.
 
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How did a steam engine (locomotive) end up in the "end zone" of a sports stadium? :wideeyed:
TD James Watt?
 
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What make/model? Except for the eyecup, it looks a lot like my old Pentax K1000 that's buried in my closet somewhere, but a lot of those SLRs looked pretty much the same from the rear.
Canon AE-1
 
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This was a tough challenge for me- while there's lots of 'old tech' and even 'obsolete tech' around here, it all still works and is regularly maintained- spare parts are still available, for example. I wanted to find something not just old but also 'unusable'.

I'm not sure how it came to be in my possession, but I have a copy of 'Johnson's Fact Book' (unfortunately available online, so it's not completely obsolete), a slim tome packed with 'labor-saving short cuts : practical suggestions for practical people'. It's a window into pre-electrification technology, and page after page is filled with what was then essential information but is now completely irrelevant. It's not organized in any way- items concerning livestock (moving, feeding, castrating...) are mixed in with tips on how to mend clothing. Here are 2 random pages:

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filled with what was then essential information but is now completely irrelevant
Just wait for the collapse of civilization :wink:
 
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Just wait for the collapse of civilization :wink:
You mean it hasn't happened yet? :)
 
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This was a tough challenge for me- while there's lots of 'old tech' and even 'obsolete tech' around here, it all still works and is regularly maintained- spare parts are still available, for example. I wanted to find something not just old but also 'unusable'.

I'm not sure how it came to be in my possession, but I have a copy of 'Johnson's Fact Book' (unfortunately available online, so it's not completely obsolete), a slim tome packed with 'labor-saving short cuts : practical suggestions for practical people'. It's a window into pre-electrification technology, and page after page is filled with what was then essential information but is now completely irrelevant. It's not organized in any way- items concerning livestock (moving, feeding, castrating...) are mixed in with tips on how to mend clothing. Here are 2 random pages:

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Unfortunately, per the contest rules, a picture of a picture of the subject is not acceptable. The photo must be of the subject itself.

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Final day to submit your photo of an old technology for this contest.

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