No Tool is Gone, Under the Sun
February 1, 2011 1:46 PM Subscribe
, writer and founding executive editor of Wired
magazine, made the bold statement: "I say there is no species of technology that have ever gone globally extinct on this planet.
" The challenge was laid, including a search through the agricultural tools section of an 1895 Montgomery Ward & Co. Catalogue
. Every item listed in that section was still made, somewhere in the world (and found online, to boot). Additional challengers were found
, from the 8-Track (still being made [previously]
), anvils (plenty
), astrolabes (pick one [listed under Astrolabe Reproductions]
). Button hooks? Check
. Shoe X-Ray Machine? Probably extinct
Bonus fun: Montgomery Ward Catalogue no. 13, spring and summer, 1875
, on Archive.org.