Hanging on to the past

  • Article by: CHRISTY DESMITH , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 25, 2011 - 10:22 AM

These Twin Cities shopkeepers are sticking with what they know: technologies and products from decades ago -- watches, film processing and typewriters.

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davehougOct. 24, 11 7:39 PM

Just read in either Popular Science or Popular Mechanics how the old stero amplifiers and big old speakers are enjoying a resurgence. There is no depth of detail like real film or tone like the old equipment.

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shakinstreetOct. 25, 11 7:27 AM

There's nothing more "eco" than a hand-wound, spring driven watch. Button batteries- bah! Nasty chips of mercury laden toxic waste!

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BrewmanOct. 25, 1110:35 AM

It's great to see shops of this type still exist. Makes me want to go out and buy a vintage Hamilton Electric- if I could find an affordable one. Or a purely mechanical old pocket watch.

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goodharborOct. 25, 1110:45 AM

What a great article! Thank you Ms. DeSmith.

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goodharborOct. 25, 1110:47 AM

What a great article! Thank you Ms. DeSmith.

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rkn55811Oct. 25, 1110:50 AM

If you care about having your change counted out to you correctly, you will have to go to an antique store. Cashiers today simply dump it into your hand and rely 100% on the cash register readout.

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gojohnnygoOct. 25, 1111:21 AM

The vinyl record business is also booming: there are currently 30 different businesses in the Twin Cities area in which you can buy phonograph records. And that's not including antique shops or thrift stores.

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gojohnnygoOct. 25, 1111:22 AM

The vinyl record business is also booming: there are currently 30 different businesses in the Twin Cities area in which you can buy phonograph records. And that's not including antique shops or thrift stores.

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oriyahOct. 25, 1111:39 AM

I love Anderson's Lampshades on 7th and Walnut in Saint Paul. They have a huge array of really great old lamps,chandeliers, and lighting, and have been able to fix any lamp I've broken. The employees are so sweet and knowledgeable.

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mouthwashOct. 25, 1111:39 AM

One thing that has been forgotten: those items were not "virtual" but rather, solid technology. Things got DONE back then, and it would surprise most people to know that they had such devices even centuries ago.

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