Miss Honeywell

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12 Responses:

  1. Jim Sweeney says:

    Extension cord technology has changed surprisingly little since the 1960's.

  2. oranchak says:

    Can't shake the feeling that this is a pastiche of 60s cheeseball and not actually from that era. Guess that's the price of living in a post-real video era.

    • Nick Lamb says:

      Sure, it isn't though, the entire structure of the piece is like a Betteridge's Law headline, the Pathé team producing the "news" know this is just a conjuring trick but it's nice bit of filler for the reel. TV news does exist by this point, and is little bit more slickly produced and more timely than the newsreel but it has markedly poorer quality pictures - a lot of it is still black and white, and all of it is low resolution. Honeywell's advertorial looks great in a movie theatre (where this would have been shown) in an era when the newsreel is beginning to feel irrelevant. And we witnessed previously that it doesn't matter how obviously it's real, some dimwits will insist they can see the pixels anyway, so who even cares?

  3. Jeremy Wilson says:

    FAKE NEWS

  4. J. Peterson says:

    First Steampunk, then Dieselpunk. I'd call this Spacepunk (as in moonshot era).

    • Not Frank says:

      Spacepunk feels too general somehow. Apollopunk?

      • Jeremy Leader says:

        In keeping with the "motive substance" theme of steampunk and dieselpunk, maybe LOXpunk? Or kerosenepunk (if you want to include the Jet Age)?

        • jwz says:

          Or how about - a fake robot from the actual 1960s has nothing to do with "punk" in any way, shape or form, so just stop with the meaningless "punk" suffixing?

  5. Elusis says:

    2:00: "Can I fuck this?"

  6. MattyJ says:

    Those of us of a certain age and perhaps with an odd proclivity for old tyme magicians might recognize the man in the video as Mark Wilson, a pretty legendary American magician. His son Greg carries on the family tradition and you can see them both if you do a quick search for 'greg wilson penn and teller fool us' where the old man (still kicking!) makes an appearance.

    Further investigation uncovers a patent for the apparatus in the video and additional uses of the robot to sell various products.

    So, yeah, completely legit video. I'm sure Honeywell was well aware that this wasn't fooling anyone but it looks to have been one hell of a publicity stunt in 1968.

  7. Laura says:

    We still use those damn cables for operating display pyrotechnics. Ugh.

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