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Published August 12, 2016
Updated August 11, 2016
Published August 12, 2016
Updated August 11, 2016

The best of old-school cool, America’s strangest conventions, history’s dumbest inventions, Missouri’s summertime Santa convention, and appalling vintage anti-suffrage propaganda.

Retro Photographs That Define Old-School Cool

Old School Cool

So Bad So GoodA suave Harrison Ford in 1980.

There’s cool and then there’s old-school cool. Our favorite pop culture icons are often celebrated for their creativity and contributions to their arts. But sometimes, we forget to appreciate them for being simply themselves. These photographs serve to remind us that these “cool kids” are effortlessly chic regardless of what they’re doing — whether they’re relaxing in their car or hanging out at home.

Ladies and gentlemen, take note. View more photos at So Bad So Good.

Old School Cool 2

So Bad So GoodBlondie’s Debbie Harry, New York City, 1977.

Old School Cool 3

So Bad So GoodThe Beatles before they were famous.

Scenes From America’s Kookiest Conventions

Clowns

Arthur Drooker/Slate Clown Cluster, World Clown Association, Northbrook, Illinois, 2014.

Photographer Arthur Drooker spent three years traveling to conventions all around the country, investigating the niche hobbies of American culture. The result is his new book, Conventional Wisdom.

“Americans love to perceive themselves as rugged individualists,” he said. “While, on some level, that might be true, it struck me, going to these conventions, that Americans, like most people, feel most comfortable when they’re with their own kind, their own tribe.”

You can see the rest of Drooker’s hilarious and touching photos at Slate.

Merfest

Arthur Drooker/Slate Mermaid Matrimony, Merfest, Cary, North Carolina, 2015.

Lincolns

Arthur Drooker/Slate Hail to the Chiefs, Association of Lincoln Presenters, Natchez, Mississippi, 2014.

The 20th Century’s Dumbest Inventions

Baby Cage

Reg Speller/Getty Images via Vintage EverydayBaby Cage, 1937

The laryngaphone was designed so that the user would hold the receiver to their vocal cords, allowing the device to pick up vibrations directly from the throat without a sound being made.

And as puzzling and strange as that idea is, it’s just the first of many. The 20th century is positively littered with failed inventions that don’t make a lick of sense.

Check out a few of the most bizarre at Vintage Everyday.

Cigarette Umbrella

YALE JOEL via Vintage EverydayRainy Day Cigarette Holder, 1954

Laryngaphone

S. R. Gaiger/Getty Images via Vintage EverydayLaryngaphone, 1929

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