Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

Manufactum: Old-Fashioned Design and Mechanics

Merc kit

Tom Whitwell recently sent me a link to the Manufactum site. They also produce a fantastic color catalog which he sums up as "a beautiful printed catalogue on thick matt paper, full of ludicrously expensive but nice things from Germany - lots of steel, aluminium, wood, leather."

Since I'm a huge fan of ludicrously expensive German things, I (foolishly) took a look. And now I'm hooked. My favorite items are the fantastic mechanical toys, including the coil-spring powered Schuco Mercedes Silver Arrow kit  (shown above) and the demented Katita wind-up walking bug.

Manufactum: The good things in life still exist. (suggested by Tom at MusicThing)


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