Photographer Todd McLellan takes apart everyday objects from our past: every minute screw, tape, and ribbon gets separated, sorted, and re-arranged to change the way we look at the machinery in our lives. Sometimes this means seeing all the parts lined up in neat rows, and sometimes this means watching the object explode into bits:


What makes the photos all the more intriguing is the variety of vintage machinery– I had a hard time identifying some of these items (the yellow one, by the way, is a push mower). Its odd that some of the things that were considered “new-fangled” or “essential” in the not-so-distant past have become almost entirely obsolete in a few short years, and the photos bring light to the simpler machinery of past times. [Via Ufunk.]

I personally would love to own a vintage typewriter, but that would mean I’d have to also invest in gallons of white-out. I’m not sure if I could altogether live without the “ctrl+z” and “delete” functions on my modern computer…

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