The Internet: Portal to the Past

July 2018

Laura Emery, Field Editor

The word “past” is defined as the time before the present. But the word can mean many things to many people. The word can trigger thoughts on a wide range of topics: Hollywood nostalgia, American history, world history, family genealogy, antiques, personal experiences from the past, items and technologies of the past, significant people in the past, and more. Here’s a sampling of websites that’ll help you peer into the past.

A Simpler Time — Nostalgic Items
www.asimplertime.com
The creators of this website hope a visit to the site reminds you of a simpler time — when the web was something you watched a spider weave while sipping iced tea on a lazy summer day.

Classic Cars
classic-car-history.com/index.htm

Classic-Car-History.com is a great resource for classic-car and collector-car communities and enthusiasts. The website features special-interest articles and classic-car news. As the site explains, whether you own a British sports car, are restoring an American muscle car, or thinking about buying a classic Jeep, there’s something for everyone on the website, to quote: “This site was written for motor- heads of all ages. You’ll find everything from flatheads of the forties, to muscle cars of the sixties, to the computerized machines of the eighties.”

secondchancegarage.com
This website on auto restoration features how-to articles, as well as sections on auto history, car technology, and repair and maintenance tips for antique cars. You will find in-depth articles dealing with all aspects of the DIY classic-car-restoration hobby. “Everything from Auto Theory to Troubleshooting Guides is presented as easy-to-read, concise articles. Over 600 car-restoration articles are available so that you can learn to restore your own cars, add to your appreciation of Classic Cars, and generally make your interest in the old car hobby more fun,” reads the site’s description.

Sounds of History
www.historyplace.com/specials/sounds-prez/index.html
History usually begins with people telling stories about what happened to their families and in their communities. In small towns or villages, oral historians hold the community’s collective memories. Oral historians kept the past alive by retelling (and recording) the history of their communities for succeeding generations. Oral histories have been collected in many university archives and special collections; now many of them have gone online. At HistoryPlace.com, you can listen to RealAudio of dramatic moments throughout history in the form of speeches and announcements.

This Day in History
www.historychannel.com/today
History usually begins with people telling stories about what happened to their families and in their communities. In small towns or villages, oral historians hold the community’s collective memories. Oral historians kept the past alive by retelling (and recording) the history of their communities for succeeding generations. Oral histories have been collected in many university archives and special collections; now many of them have gone online. At HistoryPlace.com, you can listen to RealAudio of dramatic moments throughout history in the form of speeches and announcements.

Old Stuff — Antiques
antique-central.com
Here, visitors can explore over 390 million items and images from both auction houses and online marketplaces.

Vintage Games
www.retroplanet.com/CTGY/classic-games.html
Here, visitors can explore over 390 million items and images from both auction houses and online marketplaces.

To understand the present we must study the past.

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