This is Esther, this is Gladys, and they will bust a cap in your ass
To see a series of interesting, completely random objects from the past, look no further than the Detroit News Archivist. This series of high-quality images taken from the late 1800s to the 1990s contains more black-and-white eye candy than you're likely to find on any website. It is presented completely randomly, with little in the way of curation, but that makes it more fun to browse through. Here are some pics/picks:
In the pre-CG 1960s, the only way to show the public how the inside of a car was constructed.
Who knew that the early municipal water supply was piped through hand-bored wooden logs?
A bookbinding machine from 1930.
Boys and their toys: Cop on a brand-new Harley in the '30s.
Check out the furniture-like seats in this police car from the '20s.
It being Detroit, cars and junked cars are in high supply, explaining why this shoeshine guy from the '80s runs his operation out of the back of a hacked Cadillac.
Mechanics' rolling tool chests haven't changed much since the 1950s.
Hard to believe that kitchens once looked like this.
Call-outs reveal the fabric materials and weights of a 1953 Patrolman's winter uniform.
An early GM testing apparatus. Top Gear it ain't.
There is no explanation given for what the heck this device from the 1990s is. My guess: A CCS student project.
Female police officers circa 1958.