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TV & Video of the Future!

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TV & Video
Electronic Revolution

Direct from the 1980s: cutting edge video and television. To give everyone some historical context, video cameras were just starting to become mainstream when this was published. When I got married in 1982, a cousin brought in a giant video camera to record our day. It was quite the discussion topic. Never saw the video result, but somewhere out there is a video tape of my wedding.

Evidently, this book is part of a set on technology. (See the back cover for other titles) This is still on the shelf of a few public libraries. I doubt that the parents of today’s youth remember this stuff.

Now everyone get off my lawn,


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One ringy dingy…

Telephone Systems coverTelephone Systems
Zim and Skelly

Ah, the good old days! Note the actual dial. How about an old cord switchboard? Yours truly had a job with an old school cord board in the late 70’s and early 80’s as well as a “modern” PBX system. It was a nice skill set back in the day. (Just call me Ernestine!) I was thinking that this book was so out of date that today’s kids (as well as the parents) wouldn’t even recognize the equipment.

I will be busy having an age crisis. Leave a message with the operator.


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American Living– 80s Style!

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Submitter: I just found this book on the shelf in our academic library.  Being 25 years old, some sections are more outdated than others.  Particularly amusing from today’s perspective are the bits about communication: public pay phones, long-distance phone calls, and telegrams!  I actually thought telegrams had gone by the wayside a lot sooner than 1988.

Holly: Anyone new to this country would be very disappointed to find out that pay phones are not in booths, gas stations, lobbies, etc. and that answering machines are not “becoming widespread,” but disappearing as voice mail takes over.  Western Union might have still sent telegrams in the late 1980s, but it wasn’t as common as this book makes it sound.

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