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Retro Christmas Wishlist: Day 20 – 25

Have you been enjoying this vintage electronics advent wishlist, along with the chocolates you’ve been snacking on in your boxed advent calendars? Five more days to go. Make sure you go back and start reading these wishlists from the beginning if you haven’t done so already! Day 21: Simon! (1978) I don’t think there is […]

Retro Christmas Wishlist: Day 16 – 20

We’re past the halfway point on this Wishlist series. I know it’s bringing back a flood of memories for me. How about you? Do you now suddenly feel the urge to hit up eBay for any of the old electronic devices you always wanted, so you can buy back your childhood? Don’t forget to go […]

Retro Christmas Wishlist: Day 6 – 10

Continuing the countdown, I decided it would be best to break up the summary posts into five day block. Doing so will prohibit the need to keep scrolling, just to get to what’s important… details of the newest posting. Then again, many of you actually reminiscing about these items because you also remember when you […]

New Video Series – “Vintage Minute”

I like using vintage electronics. I also like to share the experience with others in order to familiarize people with the wide variety of vintage technology our society had at its disposal. In a compromise between available recording time and the sheer variety of vintage electronic items, I decided to start producing a series of […]

Throwback Thursday – Mattel Dungeons & Dragons Game – 1981

Portable gaming in 1981 was limited to individually configured devices, most of them with a new look and feel to both confuse and amaze the child who just received the game. The Mattel Dungeons & Dragons game is no exception. This game is one of the earlier LCD based handheld games. During its heyday, most […]

Milton Bradley’s Microvision – The First Commercial Interchangeable Electronic Game System

Forget your Nintendo DS, DSi, 3DS, or one of the many variations of cartridge based games in the past 30+ years. None of them are as innovative as Milton Bradley’s original cartridge based system, called Microvision. My first experience with the Microvision was a few days after Christmas in 1980 or ’81. I had some […]


Merlin was made by a company called Parker Brothers back in 1978. It’s about the size of a man’s shoe and looks kind of like a telephone that’s red and burgundy in color  There’s a built in speaker at the top end and two sets of flat, membrane style buttons. One set of buttons is […]

The way ELECTRONICS used to be!