If you're like me and occasionally get fed up with the electrically buzzing of laptop computers, printers and other assorted modern technology, sometimes reminiscing in retro thingamabobs, vintage contraptions and old-fashioned customs can be a welcome change. Here is my short list of my favourite things to use/do that will keep you feeling retro:
While writing letters to pen pals might seem like a bit of a childhood novelty, or an old fashioned custom that went out of date when telephones became readily available, there is still a huge tradition of 'snail mail' through websites such as Tumblr and magazines such as Oh Comely* where letter writing is not only kept alive and kicking, but has been transformed. It's not just about writing letters but also about art, as there are countless ways to decorate your letters and parcels into lovely little bundles of brown paper packages tied up with string.
*Oh Comely magazine organise the 'Perfect Strangers Project' where you can swap a surprise with someone from somewhere around in the world selected for you by the magazine. I participated in the project this year and wrote a blog post all about it, too. For anyone thinking about snail mail, taking part in the project is a great way to start!
Tapes might seem like something from a bygone era (even though it wasn't that long ago that we all used them) but the quality of the audio on tapes is surprisingly great, and let's face it, they're more interesting to look at than boring old CDs which I imagine will also be made obsolete soon what with the progression of digital and online music. (Technology moves too quickly for me.)
Typewriters have also seen a revival lately with poets using the vintage contraptions to exhibit their work including Tyler Knott's Typewriter Series amongst others.
Typewriter Series #730 by Tyler Knott Gregson #tylerknott pic.twitter.com/4SgSomUDyW
— Tyler Knott Gregson (@TylerKnott) March 27, 2014
What do you do to 'keep it retro'? Let us know in the comment section below.