March is National Women’s History month in the United States. The National Women’s History Project pushed for the month-long commemoration first in 1987, and it has been approved every year since. The Library of Congress, the National Archives, Smithsonian Institution and more have collaborated on a commemorative website. It’s a great resource, with galleries of images, audio and video; articles and profiles about women breaking barriers; and lesson plans and resources for educators. If you get a chance, you should browse the site. Maybe I’m just a nerd, but I appreciate that there has been an effort to digitize these national records and put them online for all of us to access more easily.
I know this commercial has been around for some time now — it premiered during the Super Bowl — but I just like seeing all the “old” technology in it. It’s like a museum in a Hyundai commercial! The commercial is titled “Anachronistic City” and you can read more details about it — like who made it — here.
If you want to see old communications technology up close and personal, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. is of course a good place to start. It is the official national museum for such things, after all. Their collection of early communication technologies includes Alexander Graham Bell’s box telephone and a Morse telegraph register.