When I began my collection of obsolete technology it was very scattershot. I acquired items either because I had personal memories associated with them or else I liked their design or I simply was in the right place and the … Continue reading
This is the Kodak EK6 Instant Camera. History This is an interesting piece as I was unable to find any sort of detailed discussion of it online. I was able to find that it was manufactured between 1976-1978 and retailed … Continue reading
This is the Crosley FC-17TOS. Today is Canadian Thanksgiving and so I figured this television would be an appropriate entry for today. If you’re like me, one of the images that comes to mind when thinking of Thanksgiving is the … Continue reading
I’m still working on my first few full-item posts, and so today I’d like to show a video I did last year which used the record-player/8-track/cassette player/radio combo unit I found at a garage sale last year. I was around … Continue reading
In 2010 my Uncle Ron passed away. When my aunt was going through his things and trying to figure out what to do with his stuff, she came across his old Apple IIe computer. She asked my dad what she should do with it and he told her that I would probably be interested in it. Growing up we had had a very similar machine and it was the primary computer in our home for most of the 80s, and so I was very interested in seeing one again. I took it home and set it up, and I was immediately overcome with nostalgia. The memories of the hours spent playing around with an Apple IIe flooded back. I had also just recently acquired a new Canon HD camera, and so I decided to film my experience with the Apple IIe.
The response to the video was incredibly positive. I had dozens of people tell me how they too had been whisked back to the 80s and their fond memories of a age when the Apple was rainbow-coloured. That was just the beginning.
In the months that followed I found myself thinking more and more about older technology. I acquired a giant cabinet tube TV, and then a record player/8-track/cassette player/radio combo. And the more I started to collect, the more I started to figure out about what it was I was looking for. This blog will be a record of what I’ve found. My collection has now grown to over 30 pieces, mostly of the audio-visual variety, some pieces going back to the early fifties. My plan is to take pictures and video of each piece, give a bit of history about what it is, a bit of personal history of how I came to acquire it, and then maybe talk a bit about why I think it’s important.
To begin, here is the video that started it all.