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By Steve Stack

A fond farewell to the numerous inanimate items, cultural icons and normal stuff round us that locate themselves at the verge of extinction.

We’ve all heard of the record of endangered animals, yet not anyone has ever pulled jointly an inventory of endangered inanimate objects.

Until now, that is.

Steve Stack has catalogued good over 100 gadgets, traditions, cultural icons and, good, different stuff that's susceptible to extinction.

Some of them have vanished already.

Cassette tapes, rotary dial telephones, half-day final, milk bottle deliveries, Concorde, handwritten letters, typewriters, international locations that now not exist, white puppy poo…

…all those and lots of extra are giant a fond farewell during this nostalgic, and infrequently irreverent, journey down reminiscence lane.

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