Obsolete Technology

Currently Obsolete
T he following is my list of technologies that I consider to be Effectively Obsolete. Do you remember them? Would you go back? With the advent of A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) the list may eventually include Humans.
  1. Pay Phones The Death of the Phone Booth
  2. Phone Books (How do you search for a phone number now? Google? Ask SIRI? San Francisco has banned their unsolicited distribution)
  3. Dictionaries & Encyclopedias (select text > right click > Look Up)
  4. Pagers (Now mostly used by emergency services)
  5. Flip Phones
  6. Rotary Phones
  7. Party Line Phone Service (last used in the U.S. in 1990)
  8. Land Line Phones
  9. Answering Machines (replaced by cellphone voicemail)
  10. Busy Signals

  11. Paper Folding Maps (still useful in cellphone 'dead' zones)
  12. Pinball Machines (some still around although their lights have been replaced with LEDs)
  13. Video Arcades (now mostly in theme parks and miniature golf courses)
  14. Video Game Cartridges
  15. Walkie Talkies
  16. Rabbit Ears for TVs
  17. Black and White TVs
  18. Horizontal Hold & Vertical Hold knobs on TVs
  19. Channel Buttons on TVs (I'll bet you use your remote 100% of the time!)
  20. TV antennas

  21. TV Repair Trucks (they would come to your house and replace the tubes, etc.)
  22. Radio Antennas on vehicles (most are incorporated into the wind screen)
  23. Analog Radios (replaced by DAB, Digital Audio Broadcasting)
  24. Dial-up Modems
  25. Modem Connecting (handshake) Sounds
  26. Polaroid Cameras View a 1950s Polaroid Camera Ad (2:57 min YouTube)
  27. Still Film Cameras (Movie Cameras still use 35mm film at this date)
  28. Flash Bulbs (replaced by strobes, I remember using flashbulbs underwater while diving!)
  29. Flashcubes for Kodak Instamatic Cameras See Original 1965 Flashcube Ad (YouTube)
  30. Waiting to get film developed from the drug store (I sure don't miss this one!)

  31. Filmstrips & Projectors (35mm positive filmstrips, a precursor to powerpoint presentations)
  32. 8mm & Super 8mm Movie Cameras and Projectors
  33. 35mm Slides & Box-Tray Projectors
  34. The Carousel Projector View a MadMen presentation for the 'New' Round Projector.
  35. 'Magic Lantern' glass slides (advertising still slides for movie theaters until about 1950)
  36. Typewriters
  37. Mix Tapes & CDs (replaced with personal 'Playlists')
  38. Boom Boxes
  39. 8 Track Audio Tapes & players (last available in 1990)
  40. Casette Audio Tapes & players (still available in India!)

  41. Floppy Disks (All Sizes) Sony (the last manufacturer stopped in March, 2011)
  42. A:\   B:\   (A & B drives were intended for 'Boot-up' and portable storage. The C:\ drive prompt is the computer's main hard drive.)
  43. Video Tapes (Beta & VHS)
  44. Magnetic Tape Recorders
  45. Laser Discs & players
  46. CRT (Cathod Ray Tube) Computer Monitors & TVs (Replaced by Flatscreen Smart TVs)
  47. IBM Punch Cards (One 80-Character line of code per card) IBM Card Video (9:08 min)
  48. 'Disc Full' Errors
  49. Hard Drives (we are moving towards 'Flash' memory)
  50. AOL CDs (Thank God!)

  51. Mechanical Adding Machines
  52. Carbon Paper / Carbon Copy (Cc) Is still used for eMail. Also Bcc (Blind Carbon Copy)
  53. Slide Rules Slide Rule 20 minute Training Movie (1944)
  54. Tin Foil (Superseded by Aluminum Foil after World War II)
  55. Button Copy Road Signs (Superceded by 'Embedded Diamond Retroreflective Sheeting' developed by 3M)
  56. Drafting Tables
  57. Lettering Guides
  58. T-Squares
  59. Note Pads
  60. Pocket Address Books

  61. Electronic Organizers
  62. Mimeograph Machines
  63. Dot Matrix & Daisy Wheel Printers
  64. Telegrams (the last Telegram in the U.S. was sent on January 27, 2006)
  65. Ticker Tape
  66. Cigarette Lighters in Cars
  67. Ash Trays in Cars
  68. Writing Letters (I'll bet you send eMails & Texts or use social media)
  69. Newspapers (sales continue to decline, down approx. 40% in the last decade)
  70. Paper Routes (teenagers used to deliver newspapers to your door, usualy via their bicycle)

  71. Want Ads in Newspapers (replaced by online ads)
  72. Magazines (sales continue to decline, down over 50% in the last decade)
  73. iPods & MP3 players
  74. Dash-mounted GPS
  75. Metronomes & Tuners (As with most such devices, an APP is available for free)
  76. Personal Digital Snapshot Cameras (However DSLRs are still very much alive!)
  77. Wrist Watches (now more of a status symbol than anything else)
  78. Credit Card Slide Imprinters
  79. Credit Card Magnetic Strips (Replacement with an imbedded chip is well underway)
  80. Fountain Pens (Replaced almost entirely with ball-point pens)

  81. Roller Skate Keys (If you even know what this is, then you're as old as I am!)
    😊   Song 'New Key' by Melanie (1971)       👁👁 Google Image Search
  82. 'Wing Windows' on cars and trucks (began being phased out in the 1970s)
  83. S&H Green Stamps and Blue-Chip Stamps
  84. 45 RPM Record Adapter (needed to play big hole 45 RPM records on a 33⅓ RPM LP record player)
  85. 45 & 78 RPM Vinyl and Bakelite records
  86. 'Church Key' Beer Can Opener (superceded by 'Pop-Top' and 'Twist Off' bottles & cans)
  87. White-Out Typewriter Correction Fluid (amazingly it is still available)
  88. Doctor house calls (yeah, they actually would come to your house and give you medicine!)
  89. Wire Recorders (last used in Flight Recorders and Satellites as late as 1970s)
Soon To Be Obsolete
  1. Optical drives (CDs & DVDs) - Apple did away with Optical Drives in 2008
  2. Rental DVDs (Digital Versatile Disk) (As of Oct, 2018 there is only 1 Blockbuster store left located in Bend, Oregon)
  3. Blue Ray Disks (BD) (for a short while meant to supersede the movie DVDs)
  4. Books except for very special printings (Textbooks first, then the rest - all available online)
  5. Cinemas (Movie theaters are now in decline and this will accelerate)
  6. FAX machines (Now primarily used for legal signatures, but we now have Docusign)
  7. Inkjet Printers (except for large formats, eventually will be replaced by Laser Printers)
  8. Buttons on electronic devices (replaced by touchscreen technology)
  9. Underwire Bras (quickly being replaced by Bralettes and Sports Bras)
  10. Food Store Clerks - Amazon Opens Market with NO Checkouts

  11. Manual Transmissions (Even race car drivers agree that automatics are now superior)
  12. Keys (will be replaced by a single programmable fob)
  13. Video Tape Cameras (Digital formats will take over)
  14. Postage Stamps & Letter Mail (Down 36% in the last decade)
  15. Incandescent Light Bulbs (It is now illegal in the U.S. to manufacture or import 40-100 watt incandescent bulbs)
  16. Flourescent Light Bulbs - LEDs are more efficient, better for the environment, and cheaper
  17. Telephone Land Lines (By 2018 over 50% of American homes are completey wireless.)
  18. Pennies & Nickels - Pennies cost 1.7¢ to make & Nickels cost 8¢
  19. Coins - South Korea Going Coinless
  20. Cash - India scraps ₹500 and ₹1000 Rupee notes

  21. Credit & Debit Cards (replaced by ApplePay & similar digital payment methods)
  22. Paper Receipts (Apple and many others will ask if you want one or be sent one via eMail)
  23. Paper Checks (In 2012 only 15% of ALL transactions in the U.S. were by check)
  24. Telephone Poles (New or upgraded Utility & Fiber Optic Cables are put underground)
  25. Disposable Plastic Grocery Bags
  26. Plastic water bottles (replaced by Biodegradeable Water Bottles ?)
    DISTANT FUTURE OBSOLETE (My guess, 20+ Years or so)
  1. Peepholes (Patented in 1949) will be replaced by CCTV or home security apps.
  2. Doorbells (These intrusive, panic creating, disruptive devices that many people simply NEVER push are already being rendered obsolete by apps like NoBell Doorbell. They disrupt sleep, peace & quiet, panic dogs & children, and create unsafe home security practices. One Millennial Refuses to ring any Doorbell
Life in 1919 ~ 100 Years Ago
The 1950s
This decade has significance for me. A lot happened and I was there.