Soviet particle accelerator control panel, 1968

Soviet particle accelerator control panel, 1968

Something major engineering projects are missing these days: parquet flooring and chandeliers.

Besides that it’s very easy to fetishise this era of technology, with all the dials and lamps and its sheer monumentality. You can probably get everything in this photograph running off a laptop or two these days.

Size isn’t everything but it really can be something.

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