Vintage gadgets on display in NYC

Vintage gadgets on display in NYC

Summary: From the Blickensderfer Portable Typewriter to the Apple Tablet Prototype and every Dyson G-Force Vacuum and Polaroid Land Camera in between, the temporary Gizmodo gallery installation at the Reed Annex in New York was the place to see vintage gadget milestones alongside the newest technology of today.I took a trip by foot and brought my camera along to document the temporary installation.

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From the Blickensderfer Portable Typewriter to the Apple Tablet Prototype and every Dyson G-Force Vacuum and Polaroid Land Camera in between, the temporary Gizmodo gallery installation at the Reed Annex in New York was the place to see vintage gadget milestones alongside the newest technology of today.

I took a trip by foot and brought my camera along to document the temporary installation. Check it out:

Gizmodo Gallery Gallery: Vintage gadgets on display in NYC

The gallery was small but fun, but I didn't quite see the reasoning behind some of the selections. Landmark gadgets like a portable typewriter and an Apple tablet, sure -- but what about the random phones and toys that were merely "pretty"?  Were these products landmarks of design, or utility? (In which case, where's the iPod prototype? And what about that NES bong, eh?)

Either way, it was a fun stop, and it's free to the public for four days starting today (Dec. 4-7; 151 Orchard St.). They ask you for a donation for Toys for Tots as moral compensation, and it's worth stopping by if you're in the area.

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Andrew Nusca

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Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.

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  • Gizmodo Rocks! (nt)

    Gizmodo rocks!
    ParrotHeadFL
  • RE: Vintage gadgets on display in NYC

    A previous manager I had used to work for Sears, who kept a musteum/archive of every piece of data processing equipment Sears had used. Some of the pieces could be loaned out to upper management as office curios. My manager had on her desk a punchcard unpuncher. It would take a punchcard and paste paper back over the holes so that it could be re-used.
    DigitalFrog