Obsolete Electronics From The Past

An Underwood typewriter from the past.

When is the last time you saw someone use a typewriter? I can’t remember one being used by anyone, for at least the last 20 years. A good typist was worth their weight in gold, since typing a letter or legal document required a typist, who was not only fast but was accurate. I wonder what typists did before whiteout was invented. I guess they just started over and hoped for no typing mistakes.

The Harvard Junior Talking Machine  was a machine that reproduced records. This 1907 version was priced at only $4.50  and showed that even in the 1900’s people were recording music.

Antique radio consoles like this were still being used as late as 1959, when I listened to it on my grandpa’s farm in Missouri. I will never forget how the sound was better than most radios of today. Radios like this can be restored and found on eBay or at the websites of dealers, who refurbished them, so they could be used again. If you don’t want an antique console in your living room, this model can play records, CD’s and includes an AM-FM radio. It may be pricey at $358.96, but for those wh0 have the money to spend it would make an excellent addition to a den or living room.


Old-fashioned pay phones are just about obsolete today, due to the proliferation of cell phones. Very few people don’t own a cell phone today, so there is very little need for pay phones.

The Commodore 64 was very popular in the 80’s, but the desktops and laptops of today, have relegated it to being just another computer of the past.

Video recorders of the past were bulky in the past, but today video recorders can fit in a shirt pocket like this one.

Kodak ZM1-NM 1 MP 1-Inch LCD CMOS Sensor Digital Camera with 3 x Optical Zoom (Silver)

This video camera is much lighter than the pictured camcorder. It only weighs 2.2 ounces, so it will fit into a pocket easily.


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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