Technological Dinosaurs

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    The classic black mid-20th century rotary-dial desk telephone.

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    A 'hotline' telephone to the White House that traveled with President John F. Kennedy.

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    Three 1.44-MB floppy disks, circa 1990.

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    A 'professional-looking' businessmen checks his wristwatch.

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    A man looks at new releases on VHS tape in an old-time -- i.e., about 10 years ago -- video store.

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    A mid-1990s television set, complete with VCR atop.

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    A fluorescent beeper from Metromedia Paging Services, state of the art in the mid-1990s.

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    Edwin H. Land, inventor of instant photography and founder of the Polaroid Corporation, demonstrating his revolutionary film.

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    Famed American writer Dorothy Parker at her trusty typewriter.

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    The IBM Selectric electric typewriter, state-of-the-art in 1961.

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    Sony's second-generation Walkman, vintage 1980, with an external battery pack. Note the dual headphone jacks -- the second one disappeared on later models.

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    Four Walkman-brand items by Sony, playing, clockwise from top left, CDs, cassette tapes, MiniDiscs and FM radio.

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    The America Online startup window on Apple's Mac OS 8 operating system, probably in the late 1990s.

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    An early (March 1999) external DVD player for a PC. Notice the floppy-disk-style cartridge to protect the DVD inside.

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