Happy Birthday, John James Audubon! The famous student and painter of birds was born on April 26, 1785. In celebration of his great work, and of the conservation movement he helped inspire, we present a few examples of his illustrations.
All of these images come from his seminal work The Birds of America, printed in a series from 1827 to 1838. These drawings come courtesy of the digital collection of the New York Public Library, which includes many other illustrations from Audubon.
Above is an adult male whooping crane, which appears to be going for a meal of baby alligators. The bird is presently endangered.
Our eyes here at Txchnologist are usually firmly set to the horizon, scanning for what the future holds. Sometimes, though, we get a kick out of turning around and seeing what the past’s modern technology looked like and how people back then thought about the future.
Today, we bring you a few good finds from the vault that capture the future machines of the past.
We start with the one above. It’s a 1947 advertisement from the Bohn Aluminum and Brass Corporation that showed the transportation of the future—presumably using Bohn’s aluminum and brass.