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Stitching Through Time A Journey with Sewing Machines from Thomas Saint to Modern Day Marvels

Jun 13, 2024

Stitching Through Time A Journey with Sewing Machines from Thomas Saint to Modern Day Marvels

Did you know that we have a special day dedicated just to sewing machines? Sewing Machine Day is an opportunity for us to pause and appreciate this marvelous device that has stitched its way into our lives and history.
Al Capone's prison cell at Eastern State Penitentiary, featuring a bed with a red blanket, antique wooden furniture, a vintage lamp, a small writing desk, and peeling walls with exposed plaster, creating a historic and somewhat eerie atmosphere.

May 18, 2024

Al Capone’s “Sweetheart” Colt 1911 Going Up for Auction

When it comes to American history, few figures are as notorious and captivating as Al Capone. Known as "Scarface" and often dubbed as the modern-day Robin Hood of Chicago during the Prohibition era, Capone’s life was marked by both infamy and fascination.
An antique Morse code telegraph machine with a prominent telegraph key in the foreground, and various mechanical parts out of focus in the background, on a wooden surface.

Apr 27, 2024

Celebrating Morse Code Day: The Legacy of Samuel Morse

In the rich tapestry of history, there are threads that stand out not just for their age, but for their significance in connecting the stories of human achievement. This Morse Code Day, we pay homage to one of those threads, Samuel Morse
A vibrant display of multicolored shoelaces hanging in rows, featuring a wide array of colors like blue, red, yellow, green, orange, and purple with various textures and patterns.

Mar 27, 2024

The Shoelace: A Tangle Through Time

On this day, March 27th, over two centuries ago, a seemingly mundane yet profoundly influential invention was patented that would change the way we secure our shoes forever. The humble shoelace, a staple in the wardrobes of billions across the globe, was patented in 1790 by an Englishman named Harvey Kennedy.
Celebrating International Women's Day with Women Inventors and Patent Holders

Mar 8, 2024

Honoring Women Inventors and Women Patent Holders on International Women's Day

In the spirit of International Women's Day, Retro Patents celebrates the monumental contributions of women inventors and patent holders who have shaped our world.
Tetris Has Finally Been Beaten

Jan 8, 2024

Tetris Has Finally Been Beaten

In a remarkable feat in the world of gaming, 13-year-old Willis Gibson, known as "blue scuti" among gaming enthusiasts, has set a new precedent by becoming the first to conquer the original Nintendo version of Tetris.
video game industry

Sep 11, 2023

1983: The year the video game industry almost died

 The blame for this crash can be attributed to the saturation in the number of home consoles and available games and to increased interest in personal computers. 
Toys of the 1960s

Sep 10, 2019

Toys of the 1960s

The 60s are a considered a golden era for toys.  Many parents had more money to spend on their children, many families had more children than later generations and there were so many more toys to choose from than ever before. 
Remembering the Commodore 64®

Aug 28, 2019

Remembering the Commodore 64®

For a substantial period of time in the 80s, the Commodore 64 dominated the computer market outselling IBM, Apple and Atari. 
The Boombox Era

Aug 24, 2019

The Boombox Era

If you weren’t around during this slice of American history or can’t remember, never fear, let’s take a brief glimpse into this vintage era that shaped not just how we listened to music, but shaped the music we listen to today.    
Introducing Lego Prints on Retro Patents

Nov 21, 2018

Introducing Lego Prints on Retro Patents

A new print just in time for the Holidays!

Aug 10, 2018


A new print color to fit your space! Retro Patents prints have always been classic, clean and timeless and that trend...

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