Jill Hulm, of Mosgiel, introduces her grandson Otis
Jorgensen (6) to an old-fashioned manual typewriter at the
Retro-Lab in Mosgiel Public Library on Monday. Photo by
Mosgiel Public Library went back to the future this week.
Inventions and gadgets from yesteryear, which sparked the
development of modern technology, have been fascinating young
and old alike.
The Retro-Lab was ''an opportunity to play with some
old-school gadgets; the sort of stuff we thought was so out
there and innovative back in the day'', Dunedin Public
Libraries marketing co-ordinator Kay Mercer said.
''Amazingly, 90% of these things you can do on your
One of the most popular exhibits was a cassette recorder.
''The parents have been enjoying showing their kids how these
old inventions work.''
Others include 33rpm and 45rpm vinyl records, a Walkman,
slide viewers and box Brownie cameras.
The Retro-Lab will appear in the Dunedin Public Library
today, Port Chalmers and Waikouaiti libraries tomorrow and
Blueskin Bay Library on Friday.