An Old Relic in the Modern World

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By Mel Boone | Jun 4, 2019

One thing about technology is that it keeps getting more modern every time you turn around. For every new gadget, there is a more modern one to take its place before you have time to blink. When I was a child, if you wanted to call someone, you used a landline phone. Then as a young adult, everyone just had to have a cordless phone to talk on. Now, smartphones like the ones from Apple, Samsung, LG are all the rage. Even Google has a smart phone, right?

Our cars are no exception. We’ve gone from Stanley Steamer cars and Henry Ford’s “Tin Lizzies” to cars and SUV’s that have touch screen control panels on the dash. It doesn’t seem so long ago that I was hearing about Bluetooth and OnStar for the first time. I wonder what modern technology will be like should I live to be twice the age that I am now.

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With all the modern technology that we have now, I stood at a local auction site a few weeks ago and stood in awe as to what was there. What looked to be one of Henry Ford’s “Tin Lizzies” has survived to see the 21st century. I don’t know what year it was made, but I’m guessing late teens or early twenties of the previous century. I wonder who bought it and where it is now. Whoever has it now, I hope he or she takes good care of the old car.

There’s no luxury in that old car. Those who remember them when they were new may be few and far between now. I guess the old adage is true, they really don’t make them like they used to.