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Tomorrow Is Yesterday!

by on ‎12-07-2019 11:50 PM (52,006 Views)

“You there, check the coordinates on the temporal array!”


<Indecipherable static erupts from the communications device.>




<…skkk… *pop!* …hsss…>


“Hmm… This is most irregular. You’re saying that this is two thousand… nineteen?”


<*crackle* nine…teen…>


“That can’t be right.”


If you had just arrived to the here and now from the future, you could be forgiven for mistaking the present from the past. Retro tech is all around us these days, and it’s cropping in places that you might not expect. Design trends come and go, but there is an unmissable urge to return to a simpler time where clean lines and minimalistic style was wrapped in statement materials like wood or chrome.


Join us on a trip to the not too distant past to see a modern technology remix of some of your favorite devices from yesterday. From reduced sizes to increased functionality, these remakes can hold their own against the classic originals. As one very British time traveler might say, “They’re fantastic, absolutely fantastic!”.


Retro Appliances


Do you remember when your grandparents would pick you up to babysit you for the day? You probably weren’t old enough for school yet, but you were old enough to know that Grandpa would probably let you have a soda. Maybe even an ice cream cone if you behaved yourself.  He’d take you around town as he ran errands, and suddenly you would be standing in front of the pharmacy. You knew that today would be a good day.


Inside, there was a big red and silver machine that hummed. Grandpa would give you a coin, and pick you up. Waaaaaaay up. You’d drop the coin into the slot, and Grandpa told you to press a button. What color did I want today? This time I had settled on “green”. A whir and clank later, I was in sugar heaven.


I could never fully duplicate the memories of those summers from so long ago, but I can come close with the Frigidaire Retro Mini Fridges. They even come in red.


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Find more retro appliances here.


Retro Gaming


You always liked going to your cousin’s house for Christmas. They had an Atari AND a Nintendo. The closest that you got to a Nintendo is when you read all of your books and got to go to the local pizza restaurant to cash in your reading rewards. They always had a least two different games, and you couldn’t wait to see what was going to be there. Was it still the racing game with the steering wheel that you could barely reach? Was it the pinball game with the medieval knight? No… it was something far better. This one had two karate guys, a green monster, and a man that could stretch his arms and legs!


You can relive those memories and save space with the wide verity of Arcade1Up cabinets. They have styles ranging from the traditional stand up, smaller counter top, and even sit down cocktail models.Star Wars Game.jpgAsteroids.jpg































Find more retro gaming here.


Retro Music


Growing up meant having your first love, and coincidentally, your first mixtape. Whether or not you’ve shared this tape with the subject of your affections, you can still remember not daring to listening to it out loud. If your friends found out that you were listening to and hand selecting power ballads and 70’s soul music, you would probably never live it down. It was much safer to work on this while wearing headphones.


I never shared my mixtape, but I can look back and appreciate the more dynamic range of things that I started to hear when listening to music on a headset versus on my parent’s old stereo speakers.Headphones.jpg






















Find more retro music devices here.

on ‎12-12-2019 11:45 AM

Way cool Scott! ! !

on ‎07-16-2020 02:38 PM

I agree some of the best games are retro! I'm kind of a fan of the retro headphones, I might need to pick those up! Great post.

on ‎03-15-2022 10:23 AM

Thanks for the reminder on Retro Gaming. We just moved into a house of our own and I finally can have my office/gaming room setup. I'm looking forward to getting a couple retro gaming stand-alones, especially the gaming table with PacMan and Galaga...those were definitely my favorite as a kid. 

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