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Teenage parties, 1950s and 1960s

The middle-aged teenagers

So much for rebellious youth. Judging by these vintage album covers, teenagers in the ’50s and ’60s were either horribly misrepresented, or things didn’t start getting truly messy for parents until teenie proto-punks started ramming safety pins through earlobes and refusing to take showers. Just look

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Mechanical magic

Now here’s a thing – an extraordinary thing. The so-called Peacock Clock is an unbelievably elaborate 18th century automaton that once belonged to Empress Catherine the Great (who seems, by the way, to have acquired more than her fair share of covetable tchotchkes), and is housed in