In With the Old.

Out with the old, in with the new.

My friend recently purchased a new Mac. It’s sleek and fast and reminds me of everything I love about ever-changing technology. But when he told me his computer didn’t come with a CD drive, I was shocked. So you can’t make mix CDs for road trips?! Naturally, he responded, “Do people still make those?” I definitely still make them, but I understood his point.

Technology is ever-changing.  I can’t say that I necessarily miss floppy discs or the Walkman, but today, I fell in love with two technological antiques.

I went to the EN Miller Antique Mall, a four-story treasure-filled building by the railroad tracks in Verona. After only 10 minutes, I stumbled upon an old Polaroid Land 95 camera. This model was the first commercially distributed in the US, sold to the public beginning in 1948. Over 60 years later, I found one in pristine condition.

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My next find of the day was a Hermes 3000 typewriter. Paillard, the company that created the Hermes, originally manufactured music boxes in the early 19th century. Their first typewriters were launched in 1933, and the 3000 was made available to the public in 1958. Many typewriter aficionados consider this a dream machine, coming in mint or ivory colors. I had to agree.

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It is our appreciation for old technologies that makes the latest and greatest toys of today so exciting. So today, we changed the old adage. In with the old, in with the new.

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