Museum of early consumer electronics and 1st achievements

  Reel to reel B&W video
    Reel to reel colour video  
    1st Umatic  
    Philips n1500 n1700 v2000  
    1st VHS VCRs  
  1st Betamax VCRs  
    1st compact video cassette  
    Old video cameras
    1st camcorders
    1st laser disc player
  Vintage satellite (receivers with knobs on!)
    Old televisions
    1st home computers
    Vintage electronic devices
    Turntables & tone arms  
    Valve (tube) amplifiers  
    Reel to reel audio  
    1st audio cassette recorders
  1st brick cell phones  
  Antique telephones  
  Old toys  
  Old books magazines adverts brochures  
    Milestone product history with dates      
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The first handheld brick phones.

Brick Phones Brick Phones

Nokia Cityman 100.

My very fist Nokia brick phone was the Nokia Cityman 100. Owned from new in 1992

Nokia Cityman 100 Nokia Cityman 100 Nokia Cityman 100 manual

Panasonic transportable phone

A Panasonic transportable phone of the type fitted in cars with full-sized handset and much more.

Brick Phones

The Motorola MicroTAC -1989
The 1st ever flip-up phone.

Motorola Motorola

In 1989 Motorola launches MicroTAC, its first flip-phone.
It had a hinged cover that flips open from the bottom of the device to reveal the keypad.
As the smallest and lightest phone on the market at the time, the unit weighed 12.3 ounces,
measured 6.75 x 2.25 x 1.25 inches and retailed between $2,495 and $3,495
An interesting design feature was the retractable aerial. In fact, the aerial does nothing
as it is purely for show. The unit features an internal antenna, however, the pull up plastic
was added after focus groups in the US felt that any phone should have a visible aerial.
We have 3 Motorola MicroTAC phones in the museum. (But no Star Trek communicators.)
It is interesting to note that 20 years earlier, in 1968/69 a flip up phone / communicator
was part of the original science fiction Star Trek series.

Several Motorola 8000 series brick phones.
including the UK model the 8500

Brick Phones Brick Phones

The Motorola 8000x 28 oz 1983. The Motorola DynaTAC 8000X phone became the
first FCC-approved portable cellular telephone in 1983 Price $3,995
Then followed the 8438AG at 24 oz and 8500X at 26 oz
The 8500X was sold in the U.S. in 1986, and overseas around (circa) 1990.
The 1986 model is putty in color. The overseas version have was a dark
charcoal gray in colour. A red triangle with blue and white stripes to the left
of the Motorola logo marks the non-U.S. versions.

The Motorola 8000X

By February of 1973, Motorola had succeeded in producing the first working DynaTAC portable phone prototype.

8000X library picture Original 8000X phone 1984. Library picture

The left hand picture shows a man in 1973 holding the prototype. The right hand picture shows the final 8000X in 1983/4

We also have in the museum very early digital mobile phone with credit card sized simm card.

The museum on tour

Making a donation.

The Rewind Museum is a non-profit making endeavor. The web site and the touring exhibitions are run on
a voluntary basis. Donations, not money, just old items you no longer want, are always welcome.
If you have something that you think would be of interest, please contact us with the details.
We can send in a courier to pick them up. (Even an international courier). Thank you.

Also see

The 1952 Chevy truck

The 1952 Chevy truck web site.

Link to our main site. Satellite TV.

Sponsored by Vision International.
Note. One of our businesses, Vision International (established 1991) sponsors the
Rewind Museum including financial support for this web site.
Vision International is one of a group of businesses that we have in the field of
Satellite TV. This is a link to our sponsor.

Dreambox DM8000 60cm Clear dish

tune in an extra 8000 channels? Watch the world? Links to some of the pages are below,

Sky Receivers Freesat Receivers Transparent Dishes Motorised systems High Definition Receivers. Caravan satellite
LNBs Catalogue index page of all satellite products. Technomate Installation equipment. Satellite finder meters

The Rewind Museum web site is maintained on a non-profit
making voluntary basis. Our main business website is at
Our main business is satellite TV and we are a specialist satellite company.
We supply satellite goods in the UK and worldwide including fixed and
motorised satellite systems, accessories and installation equipment.

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