Essential college gear from the past

I recently read an article on and it turned out to be really entertaining. They take you back through the decades to see how college gear has changed and evolved. Some of my favorite featured items are mentioned below. Most college students will tell you that fashion and function are both important when it comes to choosing what college gadgets you “must have”. What were “must haves” when you or your parents went to college? Let’s take a look!

Personal TV
The personal TV made it’s debut in the late 1950’s to early 1960’s. They weighed only 26 pounds and they were a hit with college pals. It wasn’t a possiblity to take the giant family TV that was forever stuck in the basement because of it’s sheer size. The portable personal TV made it possible for college students to take their favorite shows with them like “Gunsmoke”.

Record Player
The record player was not a new item in the 1960’s but having something small enough like the one above that could fit in any size dorm room was essential to all college students that loved Rock-n-Roll and the Beatles.

Floppy Disks
If you were born in the 1990’s you might not even know what it is that you are looking at. Floppy disks “ruled the data storage scene” in the 1970’s. This was it when it came to saving your college papers and homework. The easy to use flash drive’s of today can store thousands of times more data than the floppy drives of the past. Wow kids, you are so lucky!

Computer Labs
If you were a college student in the 1970’s the idea of a personal computer that you could take to class with you would blow your mind. At this time period college students would have to go to the college provided computer lab to use a computer. It did have it perks however when it came to socializing and learning.

These were just a few of my favorites from the article. It amazes me how tiny everything is 2009 and I know that it is just going to get smaller. One thing however has not changed and that is the desire for young college bound students to want or need the latest fads when it comes to technology. I guess this is all the price we pay for our education!

1 Comment

  1. Craig Oct 23, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Except for the ‘I’m old’ feeling, I love stuff like this. Every year around High School graduation time a list comes out about all the things that didn’t exist in the current graduating class lifetime. 5 and a quarter floppies – awesome, plus I’d add most probably don’t even know what a 3.5 floppy disk is either.

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