Pay homage to a pivotal moment in technological history with these Telstar coasters, produced on the occasion of the museum's Silicon City exhibition. In 1962, NASA launched Telstar, the world's first active communications satellite into low-earth orbit, where it became the first satellite to transmit television pictures from space to Earth, as well as a phenomenon for the space-obsessed American public. More than 50 years later, we take for granted the massive amount of information that satellites beam to Earth every second of every day. These sleek neoprene coasters bear a seal depicting the famous "Tower in the Sky" transmitting its signal from orbit, and they make for a fitting tribute to this critical chapter of the Information Age.
Long before Silicon Valley became synonymous with all things digital, New York was a hub for imagining, developing, and selling the technology that ultimately reshaped entertainment, commerce, and daily life. The Silicon City exhibition at the New-York Historical Society explores this overlooked history of the city as a center for computing, and the museum store has a wonderful collection of fun, high-tech (and low-tech) gifts for the occasion.
Four (4) coasters, each measuring 4" in diameter. Neoprene. Bagged and boarded, with sturdy information card.