For my A to Z Challenge theme I will be posting items that are no longer with us or are close to becoming extinct.
These are great items to use if you are trying to set a time period in your story or to stay away from if you want your story to be timeless.
Radio Shack The makers of the first home computer the TRS - 80 (To see it in action watch "War Games") is about to exist only in memory, just like that computer.
Roller balls in the computer mouse. Replaced by a red light.
Rolodex The way we stored important phone numbers before our phones did everything for us. I am amazed at how many items that I have put on this list that have been replaced by the smart phone.
Rotary dial phones. There is a funny scene with rotary dial phones in both "Aliens in the Attic" and "In & Out". If you have not seen "In & Out" you are missing out! It is a must see.
These phones made winning call-in contests unbearable. You would sit and anxiously wait for the dial to spin back into place so you could dial the next number.