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Oldest technologies: TEKsystems staffers dust off beloved vintage tech

May 05, 2015
By Katherine Kozelski

Maybe you love to have (or at least covet) the latest and greatest gadget, but that doesn’t mean you’re ready to leave some of your oldest technologies behind. Neither are we.

Inspired by a recent TechRepublic article featuring their staff’s oldest tech pieces, we were curious to see what our coworkers might have hiding under their beds—or still in use. So just how quickly have we been outpaced by technology? Take a look below at some of the TEKsystems Marketing Department’s oldest tech pieces.

Lisa Dare’s radio

grundig majestic radio

“This is my mid-1950s Grundig Majestic radio, which my father gave me about 10 years ago. It’s an old tube radio, so the audio doesn't come on immediately when you power it up—you have to wait a minute for the tubes to warm up. But then the sound is rich and gorgeous, and the radio still gets terrific FM reception. Of course, since I can’t plug my iPod or CD player into it, I don’t use it very often.”

Katherine Kozelski’s BlackBerry

blackberry curve

“This is the phone that got me through college. I was so excited to finally feel tech-savvy and connected enough to have BlackBerry Messenger. And then the iPhone came out and blew that thought right out of the water. I am now a dedicated Apple fanatic.”

Kevin Carmack’s computer monitor

crt computer monitor

“I remember playing on this at my grandparents' house. We would all crowd around it to play computer games. My grandparents used it for a long time, hence the stained screen frame from Post-it notes that stayed on there for years.”

Alex Lucas’s Mario Brothers video game

mario bros handheld game

“I turned on this Mario Brothers game to make sure it worked about two years ago. This one is interesting because it predates NES and the console introduction of the Mario Bros in the U.S.”

Heidi Schubel’s iPod nano

apple ipod nano

Who didn’t love when Apple came out with this colorful collection? “I got my first iPod nano in high school, but was excited to get this second generation iPod nano as a graduation present because this was pink and had 4 GB of storage!”

Lisa Nicholson’s Pantech Swift

pantech swift

And the winner for the most obsolete technology still in use goes to Lisa! This damaged beauty is still going strong and yes, it receives picture messages, but not group texts. Lisa’s ancient phone was nominated for this story the second I emailed the old tech request.

Alex Lucas’s film camera

kodak brownie camera

“I got it at an antique shop for $10 but the Brownie was the first cheap personal, consumer film camera on the market. The original 1900 model cost only $1. Also, this model from the 1950s was made with Bakelite, one of the first plastics.”

Susan Lackey’s cow clock

cow alarm clock

Yep, apparently people still have alarm clocks. “I love cows and so when my parents saw this in a store, they thought it would make a good gift one holiday. We keep it in our guestroom now so it does not really see much use but it is still pretty retro and awesome (at least I think so ha ha).”

Alyson Hayward’s new/old camera

polaroid camera

While it’s not technically old, bonus points are in order for Alyson’s throwback, Polaroid-style camera. “We used it for our guest book at our wedding. Guests took pictures and taped them into a book. Old-school Polaroids used to be so fun to use and the idea of seeing your pictures instantly—instead of waiting for the store to develop your film—was awesome.”

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