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Retro Roadmap – The 1990s Version – Pre Internet! #TBT

Posted on: April 3, 2014

Mod Betty has been “Retro Roadmapping” long before she even coined the term ๐Ÿ™‚ And now it’s crazy to realize that my Vintage Road Trips from back in the day are now almost vintage themselves!

I thought I’d share a few snapshots of how we did these things BEFORE THE INTERNET EVEN EXISTED!

I had a 3 ring binder (remember those?!) with notebook paper(!!), pocket folders, index cards and dividers. There I would jot down places I had heard of, stuff newspaper clippings, and once I even collected up a list of the diners I had looked up in the yellow pages, word-processed it and printed it out via a fancy dot matrix printer!

Retro Roadmap Archives - #TBT - Massachusetts Diners To Visit 1995

Once I’d find a place – using a paper map ย of course, because there was nothing else – I’d visit, hoping that the place was still there, and open. I’d try to eat there or get my thoughts of the place then run out to my car and take notes – by hand of course. These were just meant to be the rough drafts of something…something I wanted to share with people, but how? My plan was to create a fanzine using a Xerox machine and a stapler, but then life got in the way.

I never stopped tho – I couldn’t – this is what I LOVE to do!

Retro Roadmap Archives - #TBT - 3 Ring Binder and Notebook Paper

Remember – there were no digital cameras, there were no phone cameras, cell phones, Instagram, Facebook, Myspace, Flickr – nothing like that.

Wanted a “selfie” in front of a vintage diner? You better have someone there to point the camera – filled with film – at you and hope you look good! You wouldn’t know how the photo turned out until weeks later, when you finished the roll of film, dropped it off at the drugstore where they’d mail it away to get printed, get the prints back and hope for that you got at least one good shot where you didn’t look dumpy or like you had your eyes closed.

Retro Roadmap Archives - #TBT - Massachusetts Diner Al's Chicopee

Unfortunately you would not realize ’til the photos came back that you looked like you only had one leg!

So that’s how we did it back in the day – and that’s why I had to wait for technology to catch up with ME so I could bring you all along on my Retro Roadmap road trips, to share the cool vintage places and retro fun that is out there!

Mod B