Check Out a Miniature Machine Catalog From 1961

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Back before computers were ubiquitous, salespeople had a hard time showing their customers what stuff looked like, especially big stuff. Sure, there were photographs and drawings, but for a full three-dimensional effect, you needed a physical model. That’s where Topping, Inc. came in.

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Having developed new injection molding methods, Topping was the place to get models back in the 50s and 60s. Remember that scene in The Graduate? (“One word: PLASTICS”) Well, Topping would’ve been the place to work. If you peruse the 1961 Topping catalog that was uploaded to the internet after half a century in hiding, you can tell from the clients it showcases, that these guys knew their plastics.

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Again, the full catalog is online in PDF form, and it’s a lot of fun to peruse. Not only do you get to gawk at cool models of crazy things like the Air Force’s experimental flying saucer or a truck-mounted missile; you also get a sense of what cutting edge technology looked like in 1961. Even though the designs are all half a century old at this point, many of the models still seem futuristic. Unfortunately, the plastic model business was not very futuristic. Topping went out of business in the early 1970s. [Collect Space via Boing Boing]

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Man...an XF8U-3...that was a badass jet. Though, if I had to buy one and only one item, it’d have to be the A-5 Vigilante. That jet was 20 years ahead of anything else.