Celebrate Retro Day: Remember These 20 Items From Days Gone by?

Old telephone and obsolet electronic equipment on wooden floor

Today is a day to remember and reminisce about all things retro! Retro Day (February 27) was founded in 2018 by Hermelinda Aguilar, Robert Duran, and Tina Duran as a way to look back on life before the Internet, smartphones, and social media. Many people refer to the decades before the 2000s as nostalgic and love to daydream about the times of the rotary phones, typewriters, and record players. Hardcore nostalgia enthusiasts may still have some of these items in their homes but for many, this list is a way to remember retro items that have come and gone. Comment and let us know how many of these items you still own or once owned!

Rotary phones

Vintage black rotary dial telephone hanging on the wall

Floppy Discs

Obsolete floppy disks on office desk


vintage typewriter with blank paper to write text, isolated

Video games

The days of blowing into a cassette are way gone, or even spending our allowance at the arcade.

Atari 2600

Record Player

Vinyl trends are now hot again!

Helen Shapiro, the pop singer who had greatest success in the early 60's, lying on the floor playing records on her Dansette gramophone player.

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Cassette tapes

The art of making mixed tapes or fixing them!

Cassette tape unraveled



Vintage 8-Track Tape Player inside dashboard of a 1977 AMC Pacer DL Wagon at auto show, March 9, 2002 in Pasadena, California.

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VHS/Video Stores

Remember spending hours at your local video store picking out a movie or waiting for that hot new release to be returned?

Old VHS Video Cassettes on Old Video Recorder Isolated on White Background.


GhettoBlaster boombox straight on.


Pay Phone

Phone books

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 01: A pile of phone books sits in the back of a pickup truck during a press conference on February 1, 2011 in San Francisco, California. San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu plans to introduce proposed legislation that would ban Yellow Pages phone books from being dropped off on the doorsteps of consumer's homes and offices. If the legislation passes, San Francisco would become the first city in the nation to ban unsolicited delivery of phone books.

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rotary card file for storing contact information

Fax machine

Old office fax machine shot on white background

Paper maps

various travel maps


Ahh the early days of the Internet, how we don’t miss those!

TV/Rabbit Ears

Remember when there was a limited amount of channels and you had to get up to change stations and adjust the antennas?

A vintage portable television with rabbit ear antennas and real static.


UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1950s: Family reading newspaper.

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Pencil Sharpeners

Old manual pencil sharpener of metal


Disposable cameras/Polaroids

We no longer need to wait to see what special moment you may or may not have captured.

London, England - September 09, 2009: Polaroid 1000 Land Camera, A fixed focus camera producing instant photographs, First introduced in 1977.


Blank check book with pen isolated on a white background.

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