gone the way of the buffalo

gone the way of the buffalo

Paul was telling me yesterday about a CNN segment about things that have faded out of use in our culture as technology and styles change. It was more talking about recent things – things in our lifetime. Here were some of the things they brought up:

  • Beta and VHS tapes (although Paul argues that Beta are used extensively in TV – I know when our company does commercials, we have to send them to a TV station on Beta tapes)
  • Vinyl records (Paul again argues that there are a lot of people who swear vinyl have better sound quality than digital)
  • Phone booths (Superman would be sad)

We were trying to think of other things we could add to the list. Here’s what we came up with:

  • Letter-writing (sadly…)
  • Cassette tapes (I remember the first time I heard a CD, I was amazed that they were able to rewind back to the beginning of the song so fast and perfectly!)
  • Walkmen (Sony Walkman – would the plural be “walkmen”? I had one of these :-))
  • Typewriters (type-what-ers?)
  • Department stores (they’re still around, but definitely have lost the appeal they used to have, like in Miracle on 34th Street)
  • ICQ (I remember when I was so addicted to ICQ…)
  • 35mm cameras (point-and-shoot ones anyways… oh yeah and 110 film cameras!)
  • Dollar theaters (do any still cost only a dollar?)
  • Rotary dial telephones
  • Pagers and beepers (although I could be wrong… are they widely used still?) (looks like I was wrong!)

What other things do you have to add to the list?

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