I was reading up on mechanical amplifiers the other day, and found a link to information on this rather esoteric period in technological history. It also has all sorts of other interesting links, to things like heliographs or mechanical computers. Worth mining for more info.
When I was a very young kid, my dad had copies of the old Mechanix Illustrated lying around. I remembered as a kid reading an article called "You'll Own Robot Slaves by 1965!" which I remember making me think "Heck, it's 1970, where is my robot slave?" Okay, heck, I was six. But oddly enough, it stuck with me, all these years later. Imagine my surprise to see that very article show up on the modernmechanix.com blog:
I just thought it was neat.