Revolutionary Home Inventions That Are Now Extinct ...


There are a lot of old home inventions that are now extinct because technology has evolved and new things have replaced the old ones, since they are more complex and they can offer the user a lot more benefits.

Itโ€™s funny, but try to imagine that someday other things may replace our computers, smartphones or tablets, since most of these gadgets will become obsolete.

Here are a few very interesting and old home inventions that are now extinct:

1. Phonograph


In my opinion, one of the most interesting old home inventions that are now extinct is the phonograph, which was created by Thomas Edison in 1877.

Apparently, Edison was actually working on the telegraph transmitter when he discovered that he invented something else.

I donโ€™t know if you know but records were the standard recording media until 1960 when cassettes were introduced.

2. Cassette Deck

Cassette Deck

This old invention is very close related to the previous one, since it offered consumers the possibility to transfer music from records to cassettes.

Cassettes were smaller and less fragile than the record discs, thus, easier to use.2

They also offered longer playtime (up to 90 minutes in total) but in the mid 1980s cassettesโ€™ popularity was declining as CDโ€™s took over the market.

3. Rotary Telephones

Rotary Telephones

I was actually pretty surprised to find out that many kids now days donโ€™t know what a rotary phone is since I thought it was something everyone used to own.

Alexander Graham Bell invented the first telephone in 1870 and patented his invention in 1876.2

The rotary telephone was developed in 1923, which was then replaced by push-button phones.

4. Washboard


Well, maybe washboards are not totally extinct now days since I think that in some parts of the world they are still being used.

Scrubbing boards with textured ribs actually originated in Scandinavia in the 19th century.2

Later, their design was improved, they became metal washboards and they also cleaned clothes more effectively.

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