From the "everything that is old is new again" file: I was watching an old Burgess Meredith film the other night from 1948 called "On Our Merry Way."
The plot of the film wasn't that great, but about fifteen minutes into the beginning Burgess Meredith turns to the camera and begins addressing the audience directly.
I can remember the first time I saw this in TV and movies, and I thought it was a brand new technique. I remembered thinking how clever it was. Now I find out it's a decades old idea.
What next? I'll probably find out capri pants were actually introduced in the '50's as 'pedal pushers'.