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[REV 25-NOV-2014]

 
 
NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Trade You for an iPod: 1979

Trade You for an iPod: 1979

It's a sobering thought that this accumulation of consumer audio gear, though approaching high-end levels but not all that esoteric for the period, may look as archaic to present-day eyes as those examples of enormous, steampunk-like telephone and radio contraptions we've see here on Shorpy. Maybe if it was all black enamel rather than brushed aluminum it wouldn't look so old-hat, er, I mean retro. Of all this stuff all I have left is the turntable; a visiting friend recently took out his cell phone and snapped a photo of it in action, then emailed it to his daughter. He said she'd never seen a record playing.

Lest anyone think that some form of perverse, fetishistic self-absorbtion inspired this as well as Beam Me Up, I took these photos as a status update for a fellow audio and video enthusiast friend who had moved out of state sometime previously.

A Kodachrome slide which, in keeping with the theme of nostalgic technological obsolescence, was processed by Fotomat. View full size.

The Gas Shack: 1920

The Gas Shack: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Penn Oil Co., Columbia Road station between 17th & 18th." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Manhattan: 1908

Manhattan: 1908

New York circa 1908. "Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Wye Plantation: 1936

Wye Plantation: 1936

Queen Anne County, Maryland. circa 1936. "Wye Plantation." Watch your step, and your head. Acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Light Rail: 1905

Light Rail: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Miniature railway, Coney Island." All aboard! 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

On Broadway: 1905

On Broadway: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Broadway and Times Building (1 Times Square)." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Hot Bed Sash: 1926

Hot Bed Sash: 1926

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "Washington Cadillac Co." A glossy new Cadillac in front of Barker Lumber, your headquarters for newels, balusters and "hot bed sash." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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