[Blog Post]’90s VINTAGE: 5 Gadgets that Rocked the Decade

In January 2010, “the 1990s officially became vintage.” This is according to the people who deem things vintage, and of course publications like as Glamour and Cosmopolitan. Even Selfridge’s vintage department store in London celebrated the occasion.

Vintage is normally associated with more than just fashion. All you have to do is watch an episode of Full House or Dawson’s Creek and you’ll soon get a feel for the ’90s.

I feel lucky to have grown up in the ’90s. I believe it was the last true decade of the American Dream, before the great recession set in. A time when things were more simple, when actresses wore less makeup and Laura Ashley wallpaper was popular.

The ’90s was a Hollywood record breaker with unforgettable classics released that blew our minds, movies such as Pulp Fiction, Titanic, Pretty Woman and Forest Gump. Pop music and grunge bands such as the Spice Girls, Backstreet boys, No Doubt, and Nirvana dominated the charts. When it came to television, MTV and Nickelodeon were unrivaled.

The technological advances in the ’90s were pretty incredible, too. However silly they might look now, they were pretty awesome then. Although, we all thought computer programs would come crashing down on us with the Y2K bug.

The ’90s really were a fantastic spin-off from the ’80s, another decade to be proud of! Some of the gadgets I listed below might not have been invented in the ’90s, but they sure did make an impression.

#1. The Polaroid Camera. This brilliant little invention printed pictures in just minutes; a popularized gadget in the ’90s. This vintage camera has made a full comeback in 2013, gaining popularity with hipster stores like Urban Outfitters and Etsy. Even though most of us own a digital camera now, or take photos with our smartphones, we don’t often print our photos. Perhaps we should start Polaroiding again! 

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#2. Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Released to North America in 1991, there is no wonder why the ’90s has become vintage. This video game system was state of the art at the time. Does anyone else remember having to blow on the game to make it work properly? If only everything else worked that way now.

I remember my parents kicking us off of the Super Nintendo, putting us to bed, only so they could stay up all night to play Mario Kart. It’s when video games were uncomplicated and less violent; when the hottest video game girl was Peachy. Oh the simplicity of the ’90s!

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Super Nintendo 1991

#3. The Walkman. The photo below should be revised as it wasn’t only for those “born in the ’90s” who listened to their music on a Walkman. Although, it was pretty much the device that everyone was seen with in the ’90s. This will be the decade credited for changing music forever; a time of Napster and the MP3 player. People could now download music for free, burn it to disc and walk around attached to their Walkmans. Think of it as the iPod of the ’90s. 

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#4. The PAGER. Before there were text messages on our smartphones, there were pagers also known as beepers! I personally didn’t own one, but I remember every teenager having one and my parents. Beepers were the birth of texting, but it was a one-way receiver. you could only message several digits at a time. Even though pagers were invented at an earlier date, it wasn’t really until the ’90s that these devices really took off.

Clueless (1995) Actress Alicia Silverstone with a Pager.

Clueless (1995) Actress Alicia Silverstone with a Pager.

#5. Talkboy. A portable, variable speed cassette player and record player. Originally, this was just a non-working prop made for the film, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), however in 1993, Tiger Electronics made it a reality after the masses of fans wrote-in campaigning that the gadget be made a reality.

Home Alone 2: The Talkboy

Home Alone 2: The Talkboy

Please feel free to share some of your favorite gadgets of the ’90s – there are tons!

One thought on “[Blog Post]’90s VINTAGE: 5 Gadgets that Rocked the Decade

  1. You do realize that Polaroid cameras have been around since the 1950s, right? And you should say that if you were a teenager in the ’90s you listened to your music on a Walkman. If you were born in the ’90s then you were listening to your music in the 2000s on an MP3 player, most likely.

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