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Everyday items are now obsolete in New Jersey

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Recently my sister texted me a picture saying: “Maybe you could blog on phones … (this one) obviously doesn’t work.

Before the cell phone, the public phone was the only way to “reach out, reach out and touch someone“when you were” on the road “.

Pay phones were all over.

My dad on a bike trip … with a phone booth in the background. (Craig Allen Photo Archives)

Now they might as well be in museums.

It got me thinking … why stop there?

Jersey Telephone Directory. It got smaller, if you can find one. (Photo by Craig Allen)

Do you remember the phone book? They were in every home and business and were updated every year. Yellow Pages, are you interested? “Let your fingers walk.

He is “only” 13 years old. Now it’s a paperweight. (Photo by Craig Allen)

The flip phone? It was my first cell phone, summer 2008.

“Fixed line.” Not very mobile. (Photo by Craig Allen)

Until then, above, was the only way to reach me. Now this is the “last” way. Did you “cut the cord?”

Check out this OLD rotary telephone. (Photo by Craig Allen)

It’s not only Phone (s… like many other Jersey “essentials” have disappeared from everyday use.

Instant gratification is still a relatively new thing when it comes to photos.

Black and white and color film not used. (Photo by Craig Allen)

Do you remember going to the “photo booth” or the drugstore … and in the late 80’s you visited “Dusty Lenscap” at the K-Mart … to pick up your photos?

An envelope of color negatives … where are the prints? (Photo by Craig Allen)

I processed my own black and white film …

Behind my camera. They have changed too. (Craig Allen Photo Archives)

… and photos printed in black and white “at the time“.

This sticker is all that is left of the “dark room” of my father’s cellar. (Photo by Craig Allen)

Or, maybe, you took some “slides”.

Both are obsolete and take up space in the garage. (Photo by Craig Allen)

It’s a two in one photo … note the slide tray, and my typewriter. Yes, it’s electric.

Replaced by a series of PCs, and now by my laptop. (Photo by Craig Allen)

And, no, that two-in-one photo was not “staged” for the article. Just a happy (?) Coincidence.

Turntable on the left, AM / FM tuner on the right. (Photo by Craig Allen)

Remember when you listened to the radio and played records (read: music downloads) on the “family stereo?” It was a prized piece of “fine furniture”.

Then it turned into this …

My grandfather … around 1979 … and it WORKS. (Photo by Craig Allen)

… complete with 8 tracks. Grandpa B was not an ELO fan … this one is mine.

Of course, one could buy 8 blank tracks. As a kid, I bought (old) 8 prerecorded tracks from garage sales for a quarter, and recorded my own music (and radio) on them.

Personally, I preferred the cassette to the 8 tracks … who didn’t?

Def Lep. ROCKS. (Photo by Craig Allen)

How many “mix tapes” have you done for your friends?

Not open. He’s waiting for a special project. (Photo by Craig Allen).

Unfortunately, it had been a few years since I had been able to enter any store …

The end of my stock of blank tapes. (Photo by Craig Allen)

… and buy blank tape.

Reel-to-reel in box recording tape. (Photo by Craig Allen)

Forget the “reel to reel” tape stock, it is beyond obsolete.

Ribbon in the box. (Photo by Craig Allen)

Then there’s the sight and sound of Jersey, together:

This 1960s television is (obviously) going in the trash. Obsolete. (Photo by Craig Allen)

Yes, your television was also a piece of furniture. A big pipe. IN COLOR (please).

It does not flash 12:00. A miracle. (Photo by Craig Allen).

Let’s not forget the VHS video recorder (which made the Beta video recorder obsolete). Recording programs, so that you can watch them later, was … awesome.

Driving around the “Garden State?” Planning a “road trip?”

Who could forget paper maps?

This card has been traveling with me since 1995. (Photo by Craig Allen)

Obsolete by “New Jersey Traffic North & South”, online directions and GPS.

Hmmm … as I think back to all those things that weren’t planned for obsolescence, it seems to me that ALL have been replaced by the capabilities of the SMART PHONE.

Calls … photos … entering letters (emails and SMS) … listening to music and TV (downloads or live streaming) … recording live sound / action. .. and routes / GPS.

The article comes full circle. Phone to … phone.

I still have plenty of other “obsolete” to add … but I entrust it to you.

What would you add?

Crank pencil sharpener? Obsolete. (Photo by Craig Allen)

Let’s come back to this idea in the not-so-distant future. Together.

In our fast-paced, tech-driven world, everything becomes obsolete … eventually.

Except this idea.

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