Obsolete Products

  • Rotary Telephones

    Rotary Telephones
    The first patent for a rotary dial was granted on November 29, 1892. The devices became widespread in the mid-1950s and allowed people to communicate with others on their own. Popularity of rotary telephones continued until the 1980s, when the push-button era began.
  • Filmstrips

    From the 1920s to the 1980s, filmstrips provided an easy and less expensive alternative to full motion educational films, so they gained their popularity. And then the demand for them went away, as they found more multifunctional replacements.
  • Vinyl Records

    Vinyl Records
    The fiirst vinyl record was introduced in 1948. The so-called golden age of vinyl records lasted from the 1950s to the 1980s. During this time, they greatly influenced culture, fashion, art, etc. In the 1990s, records began to lose thier importance due to the advent of CDs.
  • Paper Maps

    Paper Maps
    Paper maps have been a part of human history for thousands of years, and are said to date back as early as 16,500 B.C. All of people actively used them and they did an exellent job. However, with the advent of GPS navigation, everything has changed. Most of the population have completely forgotten about the existence of such maps.
  • Alarm Clocks

    Alarm Clocks
    The first alarm clock was invented in 1787, but the first alarm clock with mechanical movement and adjustable time was patented in 1847. The device was in great demand in society, since everyone needed to wake up from sleep at a certain, right time. After the advent of alarm clocks in phones, the need for a physical device disappeared.
  • Polaroid Cameras

    Polaroid Cameras
    The first Polaroid camera and associated film went on sale in 1948. The demand for cameras began almost from the very beginning, because they were sold out from the very first minutes, but Polaroids only became a pop culture phenomenon in the 1970s. Some people still use these devices, but their numbers have dropped dramatically.
  • Flip Phones

    Flip Phones
    Flip phones appeared in 1996 and gained immense popularity in the 2000s. They were used by many, at that time it became the most convenient method of communication and the device was a stunning success. By the mid-2010s, most major cell phone manufacturers had stopped producing flip phones altogether.
  • MP3 Players

    MP3 Players
    MP3, or Motion Picture Expert Group Audio Layer 3, was originally developed in 1987. People have been using this invention for many years, the companies that made them made good money and were popular, especially Apple and their iPod. With the release of smart phones the MP3 Player slowly died down. Most believe that in the 2010s is when the MP3 Player became obsolete.
  • Typewriters

    The first typewriters were placed on the market in 1874, and the machine was soon renamed the Remington. Typewriters were a standard fixture in most offices up to the 1980s. Thereafter, they began to be largely supplanted by personal computers running word processing software.
  • Compact Disks

    Compact Disks
    CD sales were slow at first, but by 1985 they began to grow rapidly. In 1988 compact disc sales surpassed vinyl LPs, and by 1989, they outsold pre-recorded music cassettes for the first time, thus becoming the most popular audio format. CD sales continued to rise until they reached their peak.