10 Things That Were Once Essential But We Don’t Really Use Anymore!

Over the last few decades technology has moved on in leaps and bounds. Some of the things we used in the 70s 80s and 90s aren’t really needed anymore. Most of them have been replaced by the latest tech. In 30 years time we might be talking about iPhones and smart TVs as obsolete technology! How many of these things did you use daily back in the day?

1. Betamax Video

BetamaxIt was the better of the two formats, but lost out to it’s cheaper more popular rival VHS!

2. Encyclopedias


Before computers and the internet, we had these as a source of all information, they were of course more likely to be accurate than Wikipedia!


3. Video Rental

There were only two legal ways to watch the latest movies back in the day, go to the cinema or wait for the video release and go rent it!

4. Cassette Tapes

CassetteTypesNeeded of course for recording the charts off the radio and making your boyfriend or girlfriend a mix tape!


5. Floppy Disks

The only way to store your computer files – you couldn’t even really fit one mp3 file on them now!

6. Camera Film

How-to-Choose-Film-for-Your-CameraRemember sending them off and waiting a week for the prints to come back?


7. Pay Phones

In the late 70s and early 80s not many of us had a phone at home so there was one of these on most street corners!

8. Video Cassette

VHS-cassetteWe had cupboards full of these, with our favourite TV shows and movies on them. I wish i still had some of those recordings!

9. Personal Cassette Player

I would never leave the house without mine! Essential of course for listening to the mix tapes your boyfriend or girlfriend made you!

10. Telephone Directories

Undated Newscast handout of a person looking through a Yellow Pages directory. Yellow Pages owner Yell Group today suspended dividend payments to shareholders in a bid to reduce debt.

Back then we let our fingers do the walking, now we just reach for our smart phone and look up the number on the web!

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