21st Century Dodos: A Collection of Endangered Objects (and Other Stuff)

By Steve Stack

A fond farewell to the numerous inanimate gadgets, cultural icons and common stuff round us that locate themselves at the verge of extinction.

We’ve all heard of the checklist of endangered animals, yet not anyone has ever pulled jointly an inventory of endangered inanimate objects.

Until now, that is.

Steve Stack has catalogued good over 100 gadgets, traditions, cultural icons and, good, different stuff that's liable to extinction.

Some of them have vanished already.

Cassette tapes, rotary dial telephones, half-day remaining, milk bottle deliveries, Concorde, handwritten letters, typewriters, international locations that not exist, white puppy poo…

…all those and plenty of extra are vast a fond farewell during this nostalgic, and occasionally irreverent, journey down reminiscence lane.

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