Nostalgia’s gauzy backward gaze can only do so much when the memory involves something unloved.
Remember video rentals? Blockbuster, based on late fees and other penalties, crashed once people started using Netflix and Redbox. Good riddance.
Does anyone miss the fifteen dollar CD with one great song? Just the profiteers. Adios jewel boxes and skips.
Payphones were in a class of their own for high price and marginal reliability with a helping of germs.
This one on Pearl Street in Boulder is still in place even though it doesn’t work. Being a canvas for some street art isn’t a bad way to spend its remaining days. Given the youthful demographics of the town, I’m certain that few people even know the purpose of a payphone.
Now everyone has a video store, CD jukebox, and payphone in their back pocket in a much-improved package. I’ll take that any day.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.