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Things are disappearing

Growing up in a family where your grand father and father were antique dealers and you later became one as well you notice things pass in and out of fashion. Like antiques, so many times people say the purchasing of antiques is over, but one of the most loved TV shows is Antiques Roadshow. There is nothing greener than buying an antique chest of drawers, makes much more sense than something from one of the chain stores.

This last week Ed Silva was commenting on trying to find a post card. As we were clearing up our basement this past week, all the kids have finally taken most of their stuff from home.  We were going through old photos, I brought all the photos from my mothers house when she died a few years ago and they have been sitting in these boxes since then. So, I knew I have to go through them and edit them down, how many copies of one photo do you need? My plan is eventually to scan them and get rid of the originals. Trudy came across some old photos of our first grandson and wanted to put them in a small photo book for when they visit. 

Well, do you know, like post cards, it is very hard to find a photo book as well. She eventually found one, I believe at Michael's. But so many places don't carry them, because, well you know everything is digital now, who prints photos up to put in a book any more. They are all on phones, on computers or simply in the cloud. My comment above about scanning our photos fits into this general idea exactly.

Think about land line phones, although the cable companies push triple bundles including a land line, most people just use their cell phones nowadays.

Last year, I had a millenial purchasing a new home. The builder had installed phone jacks, neither she nor any of her friends knew what they were for and when I told them they looked at me in a very strange way as if I came from Mars. They all use their cell phones.

In our clear out we found a bunch of vintage fountain pens we put up on eBay for sale, because again who uses a fountain pen today, so few people even write today using a keyboard for everything.

I am sure the fax will soon go the same way. What do you remember that is no longer used?

 

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Comment balloon 36 commentsNick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • February 24 2019 04:06PM

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Nick,

Ron is busy scanning all the photos for the family.  And photo albums are definitely scarce...we threw all ours away after removing the photos.  The photos except the black and white are slowly disintegrating.  We are putting them in acid free envelopes to keep the damage down..  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 3 months ago

Typewriters are rarely used by people these days. Love the tapping of an earnest writer at a typewriter - we just don't hear it anymore. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 3 months ago

Hello Nick- - - I passed by a typewriter store in Pasadena yesterday it almost had a museum-quality appearance. So many of yesterday's necessities and luxuries have gone by the wayside. Pay telephones. Cash registers. Elevator operators. 

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 3 months ago

To me it is the good stuff that that's disappearing everywhere 

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 3 months ago

When did you last see a typewriter, Nick?  Some of my favorite lipstick colors are disappearing! 

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 3 months ago

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543   The world is an entirely different place today than it was 30 years ago.  So much of what we once took for granted is obsolete

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) 3 months ago

Speaking of millennials buying a home, I have seen that builders are now doing outlets in the homes with usb ports, rather than phone jacks.  We are certainly in an age of technology!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 3 months ago

Hi Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - I recently saw a YouTube video that went viral because it showed that millenials did not know what to do with a rotary telephone!

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 3 months ago

There are a lot of things not used but they will never be forgotten. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) 3 months ago

Hi Nick- oh how true this is!  I've been trying to scan photos as well, especially after going through hurricanes where I was concerned about their being lost to water or my roof blowing off. This may be why I love watching American Pickers. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 3 months ago

My Fax Machine blew up four years ago, and have not needed it or made me feel I needed to replace it... I have my scanner and email life is good, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 3 months ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel I am just starting the process, way to many family photos. I even bought a large stand alone hard drive to back everything up.

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JDMichael Jacobs  and Nina Hollander you all think alike and just the thought got me thinking about my Dad who used to sit every Sunday at a desk typing letters at home with two fingers, I can hear the typewriter clacking now.

William Feela unfortunately as we get older friends as well as stuff starts going missing.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 3 months ago

Ed Silva I think it is all a matter of viewpoint, nothing I like more than writing in my journal longhand preferably with a fountain pen, although to be honest I usually use a roller ball pen nowadays.

Brian England I just changed out some outlets in my kitchen and that was an option which Trudy said I should have done.

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I saw that, it was very funny.

Pat Champion most of it is in my basement, and I am trying to get rid of stuff.

Kathy Streib always a good idea to scan photos, and how technology has changed so quickly.

 

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 3 months ago

Endre Barath, Jr. the first time I sent an invoice to a client overseas and we got paid in a matter of days instead of weeks I thought the fax was a wonderful machine. Nowadays with scanning, the fax has become obsolete, although some mortgage companies still require everything to be faxed.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 3 months ago

Hi Nick... I had to laugh at your comment... that's precisely how my husband types on the computer to this day!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 3 months ago

Nina Hollander I can see him sitting there in my minds eye with his carbon paper copies as well. Clack, clack, clack...ding as he hit the return. As a kid it was exciting to type on the typewriter, now who wants to.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 3 months ago

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - Family photos are treasured keepsakes. What we do with them is always a challenge. Whenever I go into an Antique store and see old photos, it makes me sad to think some of my own relatives, or even I may be there and I would never know it. I wonder who are these people with price tags and is there a market for someone to buy them? 

Personally, I think digital is great but then again, how many times do I go and preview all the photos I took on my scan disc? The quality of digital keeps getting better and better. But those old vintage photos are rare and need to preserved properly. If the cloud disappears - Poof! It's gone. If you store photos on your computer or cell phone and it crashes, gets destroyed, disappears, lost, or stolen - Poof! It's gone. 

What to do with old photos is a challenge for everyone. I like your blog post, very much. It does make you think. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 3 months ago

                                 

                                Thank you, Nick!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 3 months ago

Good morning Nick. This made me think and made me sad. I agree with your assessment. Really too bad.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 3 months ago

Good morning Nick - How true this is.  I remember the photo book with the corners pasted in the edges.  And yes, what are phone jacks?  Instead we need to have USB outlets.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 3 months ago

Several years ago I decided to make copies of a very old audio tape and for the life of me couldn't find a tape player in any store. Silly me, walking into Walmart expecting to just pick one up. LOL

Luckily we had a friend who had one and let us borrow it.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 3 months ago

VCR's are hard to find now too, if you have any old videos you want to watch or transfer.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 3 months ago

Maps--good old paper maps. There was a time I'd give a map to all my buyers new to the area; I came to realize that they didn't want maps, didn't know how to use them, so I stopped. GPS devices get people from A to B very efficiently, but often folks have no idea where they are in relation to other points.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) 3 months ago

PS--on occasion I've pulled out a map and almost forced my buyers to look at it, showing them the proximity to town from the various houses we toured! 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) 3 months ago

Hi Nick:

This was a fun read, and it really makes you think about how so many things have changed. We have boxes of photos and photo albums and while they would be great to have stored digitally the thought of doing all that makes me cringe. But they are fun to look at when we take the time.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 3 months ago

What I miss the most are 5¢ Fudgscicles. 

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) 3 months ago

I really miss my turntable and record collection!!  There is something missing in the digital music world big time!!  Thanks for the post to get us thinking.  

I was mesmerized by fountain pens at one time...

Posted by John Henry, Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design (John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc.) 3 months ago

TV, Beeper or Pager repairmen.

Posted by Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker GRI, SRES (Windermere/lane county) 3 months ago

I still have photo albums and not sure if I will scan them or not. 

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) 3 months ago

I laughed at the phone jack conversation - I was just looking at one in my house yesterday and wondering if I should get rid of it.

I have a "cloud" fax and even that is something I wonder if I should get rid of. I hardly ever use it, although every once in a while someone (usually a government agency) insists on its use.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 3 months ago

I too laughed at the phone jack conversation, too funny but yet so true, when it comes to Millenials.  I showed an old house with a rotary phone and my client asked "what do they use this thing for?" Well, guess what, It's a phone!

I still have Video Tapes and my VCR in which I can plug into my first flat screen TV that still works from back in 2005. I kept that TV just for old movies and family movies that we took with the old VCR tapes in a video recorder for our family nights with the grands.  The grands get a kick out of seeing their parents little.

Posted by Graziella Bruner, Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County (NCS Premier Real Estate) 3 months ago

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP photos are a hard one, as you realize when you go through them you hold onto those with people and discard those which are landscapes or city views. My computer is filled with photos, and as we discard older computers we move photos over to the newer ones. But even all those photos need cleaning up.

Thank you once again Kathy Streib for featuring me in a weekly round up, really appreciate your support.

Sheila Anderson it is amazing what is disappearing and the rate at which things are becoming obsolete.

Grant Schneider very true, although the cost of those is very high.

Sharon Tara very true, what about track eight tapes in cars...

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 3 months ago

Lottie Kendall that is what I don't like about GPS, I hold the map in my head and have a good idea where I am and how to get from one place to another, but GPS like smart phones in general are making us lazy. when was the last time you had to remember a phone number. When we were young you held lots in your head. 

Photos are the big one, and yes it takes time and labeling to do it correctly so others know who everyone is Jeff Dowler, CRS 

Carol Williams I'll have to take your word, I don't remember anything being 5c, although electrical junction boxes are only 27 cents at Lowes.

John Henry I can imagine an architect liking a fountain pen, and we have a friend who swears by analog records and has the most awesome hi-fi system.

 

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 3 months ago

Rob D. Shepherd almost any repairmen, but it made me smile to see pager repairmen. I am in the process of trying to get my laptop repaired, but the cost of repair today often triggers purchase of a new item.

Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® I think phots are the new mational geographic filling up our storage areas.

Kat Palmiotti I have a fax through docusign, but rarely use it as you say.

Graziella Bruner weshould ahve held onto a vcr player, but will probably get our tapes transferred to a disc.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 3 months ago

Very interesting post. Got me to thinking about so many things that are no longer or seldom found.

Film cameras. I have a very nice one but finding good film is not easy. Also, getting them developed is something of a chore.

Posted by John Wiley, Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA (Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty) 3 months ago

John Wiley I just sold my film cameras, haven't used them for a long time. 

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 3 months ago

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