Photos: 60 Years Of Technology Down The Lane
Computers : Then And Now
In 1952 IBM announced its first fully electronic data processing system, the IBM 701 (left). The computer was IBM's first commercially available scientific computer and took up a huge amount of space. Nowadays computers with much greater processing power than the 701 can be held with one hand.
Music Players: Then and Now
From the gramophone and Jukebox to the iPod. Whilst a Wurlitzer Jukebox in the 50's could only hold 52 records a modern day iPod can hold over 40,000 tracks.
Newspapers : Technology Then And Now
Whereas in the 50's Telegraph readers could only read the newspaper once came off the press and was delivered to a newsagent, new technology such as the iPad means that our readers can get the latest news without even having to leave their beds.
Radio : Technology Then And Now
The 1950's saw the start of a mass production of transistor radios (left.) These radios, whilst great at the time, would sometimes suffer from poor reception. The advent of digital radios (right) means listeners now have access to a wider range of stations and better sound.
Television : Technology Then And Now
- Where, in the 50′s, viewers were constricted to a few stations, a small screen, a limited broadcast schedule, and set that took an age to warm up and display a picture, now they enjoy 52-inch behemoths that show a high quality picture, in 3D, and that connect to the internet.
Refrigerator : Technology Then And Now
During the days of the coronation fridges were only able to do boring things, like keeping your food cold. The latest fridges can connect to the internet, create shopping lists for you, and have touchscreens so you can leave your family messages without clogging up the surface with post-its.
Vacuum Cleaner : Technology Then And Now
New technological advancements made by the likes of people such as James Dyson mean that vaccum cleaners can suck harder, clean up more mess and are even greener than their 1950's counterparts which had to rely on bags.
Clothes Irons : Technology Then And Now
The 1950's saw the creation of electric steam irons. Irons haven't evolved much since, however, nowadays new irons do have seperate steam generators to make ironing that little bit easier.
Phones : Technology Then And Now
When the queen was being crowned UK citizens had to put up with a phone that was plugged into a wall, couldn't easily be moved, and would take an age to dial with their ridiculous rotary dialing systems. Now however we enjoy phones that can fit in our pocket, give us the news, tell us what the weather will be like tomorrow, connect to the internet and much, much more.
Source: Telegram, (UK)