Menu Filter

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 :-) 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  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

  • HP

    I LOVE this! Kids these days…they have no idea ;)

    • Mod Betty

      Seriously! And we easily forget as well! I mean back in the day it was “must have fancy camera, must have publisher lined up, must have a gazillion dollarz” to do anything like this. Now it’s practically free! And not that I’m making any money from it, but I wasn’t making any $ back then either ;-)

    • Mod Betty

      Seriously! And we easily forget as well! I mean back in the day it was “must have fancy camera, must have publisher lined up, must have a gazillion dollarz” to do anything like this. Now it’s practically free! And not that I’m making any money from it, but I wasn’t making any $ back then either

    • RetroRoadmap

      Word, hon!

  • Marifran Ritchie

    awesome!

    • RetroRoadmap

      and how funny is it that my vintage road tripping from back then is now even vintage (paper! Film! no cell or internet!)

  • Janet

    Great reminder of how we used to get and share information!

    • RetroRoadmap

      I know! I bet it’s foreign to some of the “younger set” but I think we tend to forget how much more labor intensive it was to scout out anything. Example – knowing some random bit from a TV show that is no longer on. That info would be just in your head, since the show wasn’t on anymore. Nowadays folks have access to EVERYTHING with just a few keystrokes. Totally changes the playing field.

  • Phil

    Still watching your web site. This is great. What a shock sometimes, to see old photos of yourself looking younger I do the same and shock myself… sorry about the 1leg. I never knew. Black and white or monochrome shows the age of photos as well. x

    • http://www.RetroRoadmap.com/ Mod Betty / RetroRoadmap.com

      Always glad to see our international fanbase growing! Thanks Phil. And no worries, I still have both legs :-)