“A gallery of vintage snapshots and vernacular photography.” What’s the story behind 48 photos of women on late-night TV taken by a lonely photographer in 1957? Or the crazy 1970s swinger party? There are worlds within worlds in these pictures.
They got all this machinery, but that ain’t everything. We the machines inside the machines.
—Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
It’s alternative history time, kids! This is something I wrote last year as part of an alternate history writing game. Some explanation follows at the end.
Aka: Handy, John Henry, Gernsback-B
Tesla couldn’t do it. He was never going to do it. J.P. Morgan was standing on his neck for results and it didn’t matter. Tesla couldn’t make his wireless power caster work. Not until Tesla’s assistant, W.C. Handy, figured out the problem: Tesla’s coils were too tightly wound. Isn’t that always the way?