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The Kodak Brownie Camera (1900’s)

With the introduction of the Brownie camera, an inexpensive, quality camera for the masses, a photography boom began that has continued through present day. But the invention of photograph came long before the Brownie camera hit the streets and in fact, can be traced back as early as the year 1021.

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Video Games (1980’s)

As early as the late 1940’s, missile defense systems employed by the United States government and run off of large mainframe computers, resembled a video game in both appearance and internal design. A couple of years later, Charley Adama created a “bouncing ball” program at MIT. By the late 1950’s university students in various colleges in the United States were using university computers to write rudimentary interactive games including popular collegiate hits such as tic-tac-toe and Spacewar. These developments built the base that the 1980’s video game craze was founded on.

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The CB Radio Craze (1970’s)

The CB radio was invented in 1945 by Al Gross, the inventor of the walkie-talkie, who later started the Citizens Radio Corporation. By 1960, the costs to produce the 23 channel radio came down enough that everyday Joes could afford to buy the radios. It became popular with small businesses and blue collar workers like carpenters, plumbers, and electricians who used the radio as a tool to communicate with coworkers. By 1973, it moved into the private sector and with the onset of the oil crisis, the CB Radio craze erupted.