The Top 11 Inventions That Have Become Obsolete in the Last 50 Years

Between IPads and IPhones, the latest technology has truly revolutionized the entire world. The latest gadgets have changed the way we obtain information and communicate with one another. Not to mention the fact that we are able to do such things so much faster than before. So, it’s no wonder that many of our favorite 20th century inventions have been disappearing from store shelves.

But, for nostalgia’s sake, here are 11 inventions that have become obsolete over the past 50 years: 



Remember the days of standing at the payphone and depositing a quarter to make a call? And then when the limited time was up, having to deposit another quarter before getting disconnected? Or, how about having to wait in a long line to use a payphone? Well, thanks to cellphones, the days of pulling into a gas station to find a phone booth are long gone.


How about those old rotary phones that were connected to the wall? How ‘old school’ was that? Remember how the cord would get all tangled into a wad? Now, with wireless service, people are using their mobile phones and Internet voice services as a primary source of connection. As of June 2009, one-fifth of American households were already wireless, so it will come as no surprise when the landline is completely obsolete in the next few years.


Remember the days of having to rewind VHS tapes before returning them to the movie rental store? Well, those days are also long gone. In fact, in 2002, VCR’s were officially outsold by DVD players. Now, with the digital movie industry and the invention of DVR, VHS is an archaic tool of the past.



Remember sitting in a library, reading through Encyclopedia Britannica, researching information for a history paper? Well, now we don’t even have to leave our homes, thanks to the Internet. In fact, it’s hard to imagine life without Google, Bing, and Wikipedia.



CD’s are another music relic of the past fifty years. Now that we have digital music and the IPod, who needs to carry around those cumbersome mini albums, anyway?

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