Calling all history buffs! Today I’m taking a quick detour away from our typical trend-led features in favor of something a little more nostalgic. On the one hand, there are plenty of home decor trends specifically suited to the millennial generation. But now I’m going to do a complete 180 and focus on those trends that sit on the cusp of the millennial memory.
From landline telephones, to clocks and the fax machine, read on for a round up of all the household items we no longer use anymore. How many of these do you remember?
With the number of worldwide cell phone users expected to pass the 5 billion mark by 2019, it’s no wonder the landline telephone has become obsolete in recent years.
Invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, it wasn’t until the 1900s that telephones became a widespread phenomena. In the mid-50s, with the advent of color telephones, they then became a decorative household accessory in their own right. Nowadays, the number of landline telephones are rapidly decreasing, and are mostly used for enabling an Internet connection.
Confession time alert: never have I ever sent a fax. In fact, I find the concept as alien as sending a telegraph, or using a carrier pigeon.
As with the landline telephone, modern technology has brought an end to the reign of the fax machine. But boy what a reign it was. Though many attribute its development to the 20th century, the fax machine’s story actually began in 1842. The original ‘Electric Printing Telegraph’ went through various iterations, and was eventually perfected into its modern form by the Japanese in the 70s. Ultimately, the convenience of email won out, rendering fax machines out of date in most modern households.
The history of the VCR player is short but sweet. They were first introduced in 1956, but priced at an eye-watering US $50,000, VCR players were unsurprisingly out of reach for the average consumer. By the 70’s, VCR players had become widespread across America. Beloved for their ability to watch and record TV shows at any time, this is a novelty that has slowly worn off with the introduction of services like TiVo, Hulu and Netflix.
Photo albums may still be a staple in our parents’ homes, but for the millennial generation, they’re a bona fide rarity.
This is probably the one I’m most bummed out about. But between Instagram and Facebook, and that (literal) tiny issue of small space living, the practice of keeping photo albums just doesn’t make any practical sense. Instead, I recommend incorporating a photo wall into your abode. This way you can easily see your cherished memories every day!
When was the last time you used an actual physical map? If it’s bordering on over ten years, join the club.
The decline of maps can again be attributed to the cell phone, or more specifically, Google Maps. But seriously, it’s just so much more convenient, especially for the directionally challenged like myself. On the plus side, full size retro maps can make for a great, cost-effective piece of wall decor.
What time is it where you are? I bet you just instinctively looked at your cell phone – am I right?
Although clocks have been a longstanding home accessory, the fact of the matter is that there are so many other ways to find out the time. Having a clock at home is no longer considered to be an essential. In fact, it feels old fashioned and dated, which is the antithesis of what a millennial wants their home to be.
Can you think of any other household items we don’t use anymore?
For more walks down memory lane, make sure to check out our ‘Furniture Guide’ series where we throw it back to the very best home decor trends of the 20th century.