Reminiscing and Collecting Old Tech From Our Childhood Past

Many are in a perpetual state of anticipation for next new tech device that's coming out, but sometimes it's fun to take a look back, like at this collection of Apple computers (who owned the under-appreciated Cube?). That's what #ThrowBackThursday's are for right? Here's a look at old technology that have long since run their course, yet still resonate in popular culture thanks to nostalgic memories. Some have even become collector's items...

Pin it button big

Apple Newton MessagePad: Does anyone remember the Apple Newton PDA? This is one of the lower profile products that was released in the early '90s, but hinted at what later evolved into the iPhone and Touch. The original Newton came in an opaque black but the MessagePad was translucent, almost like when Apple finally released the white iPhones. The MessagePad is highly collectible and is up for auction around $1,350.

Pin it button big

Super Mario Brothers 3: The Nintendo NES was my first videogame console as well as for many other people in my generation I imagine. When Super Mario Brothers 3 came out, it was a big deal. I still remember the excitement of turning Mario into a raccoon and flying around. This game definitely brings back childhood memories from way back, and I'd proudly display it on my bookshelf if I could still find it.

Pin it button big

Deluxe Talkboy: The Deluxe Talkboy combines to nostalgic feelings into one - Home Alone and the device itself. I totally envied Kevin McCallister's Talkboy and how cool it was that he used it for his pranks and deceiving the bad guys. Sometimes you find one listed available on Amazon, so it's best to keep checking back if you want to play around with one. And be sure to check out similar toy tech memories over at the Vintage Toys You'll Never Get Again thread.

Duck Hunt: Remember those orange plastic rifles? I'm not into any of the new shooting games but I was a huge fan of Duck Hunt as a little girl. How cool was it to point your little plastic rifle at the screen to play? It basically felt like turning home into an arcade. Unfortunately I'm unable to dig up this old game as well, but if you have a yearning to play it there's a computer version where you play using your mouse. Not the same, but still brings back memories.

Pin it button big

Sony Walkman: Another item that's kind of difficult to find is the Sony Walkman. I actually never owned the original model myself. However, this is the first iconic music device for listening to cassette tapes. Seeing one brings back memories of stealing my older sister's mixed tapes when I was a kid.

(Image: Creative Commons photo by Matthew Pearce; Nintendo; Apple; Tiger Electronics; Sony)

5 Comments