History of consumer electronics told in pictures

A fascinating new web site offers a look back at the storied history of AV with a treasure trove of original photography covering more than 100 years of consumer electronics.

Created by veteran AV journalist Barry Fox,  features a multitude of technical milestones and product launches, and could well be the only lasting record of these historically important photographs.

2021 heralds the fiftieth anniversary of home video recording and the introduction of the consumer video cassette recorder, and this is just one of the industry breakthroughs documented by this unique site. For example, type ‘U-matic’ in the search field to discover when the first video recorder went on sale and to reveal who manufactured it.

No subscriptions or fees are required to use the site, which is a completely free, non-profit archive of pictures and articles covering the history of home gadgetry before the days of Apple, Google, YouTube, Spotify and Netflix. Tekkiepix also includes a comprehensive timeline of consumer technology landmarks starting from 1877.

01_Barry  Fox With The Late Akio Morita , Founder Of Sony

“Tekkiepix has taken a great deal of time, investment and hard work to prepare and publish,” says Fox. “The Covid lockdowns have provided the opportunity for me to sort, digitise and meticulously index many piles of press and publicity photos that I had been storing in my garage and attic.”

Included in the collection is the above image of Barry Fox meeting with the late Akio Morita, founder of Sony (pictured above).

So far, many hundreds of rare pictures have been processed and posted, along with the intriguing stories behind each image. As a keen photographer, many of these pictures were captured by Barry personally at numerous product launch events, while others were issued by technology manufacturers over the years. “Tekkiepix is giving these publicity pictures the chance of a second life,” says Fox.

With more material to be added, with boxes of negatives and transparencies still to be scanned, Barry hopes that through donations from enthusiasts, or perhaps sponsorship by an interested organisation, he can expand Tekkiepix much further: “I have added a Donate button to encourage contributions. Through this support, I’ll be able to build the site and turn it into an even more valuable and educational resource for younger generations to appreciate in the future.”

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