Author(s): Chris Wild
Millions are addicted to the Retronaut blog, one of the Web's leading visual sites, that shows you the past you never knew existed. Here, in the first of a new series of books, the site's founder, Wolfgang Wild, brings together an astonishing and thought-provoking collection of photographs from the hidden and forgotten corners of the archives. Often witty and entertaining, sometimes thought provoking, and at times puzzling, these images will make you think, look again, and marvel at the way we were. The Retronaut Guide to Keeping Pets is the first book to reveal how people once thought it amusing to picnic with crocodiles, and will appeal to anyone who enjoys laughing at cats on the internet.
Wolfgang Wild is the creator of Retronaut, a brand that shows "the past like you wouldn't believe". In 2014, Wild licensed Retronaut's digital curation to Mashable where it became an immediate smash hit. His first book, published by National Geographic, was described by the Daily Mail as "A magical tour of the past". Number 20 in The Times of London's list of the "50 people you should follow on Twitter", Wild worked across the museum and archive world for the better part of a decade. He is guest curator for a range of digital and physical museums, and lives near Oxford, England, with his wife, Annie, and two children.