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.

The Pyrotomic Disintegrator


Behold the incredibly rare and surprisingly beautiful space blaster of my dreams. The Pyrotomic Disintegrator was one of a series of imaginative designs produced by Pyro Plastics in the early 1950s. Even a half century after their release, these look like something worth slipping under your coat while loitering in the local spaceport bar.

Not quite as cool in a Fisher-Price color scheme...

The innovative little company's use of metallic plastic added an air of credibility that was sorely lacking in many toys of the day.

However, plastic technology in the fifties just wasn't up to the rigors of childhood space battles and the fragile weapons disintegrated *cough* under the strain of rambunctious kiddie combat. Few Pyro weapons survived to be handed down to a new generation of space fanatics.

Actually, I find it inconceivable that no one has seen fit to reissue updated versions of this brilliant toy. Any takers?

1952 Pyrotomic Disintegrator [Doc Atomic's Attic of Astounding Artifacts]


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