It’s hard to believe that the 1980’s began over 35 years ago, and a lot of things that feel like they happened just yesterday, were, in fact three and a half decades ago.

MTV first launched in 1981, and Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married that same year. In 1983, McDonald’s introduced the Chicken McNugget. Two years later, the first version of Microsoft Office was released, and in 1987 the antidepressant Prozac was launched in the American market. 1989 brought the longest running cartoon, The Simpsons, to viewers and the Berlin Wall fell that same year.

If any of those events sparked feelings of “I remember where I was when that happened“, you’re not alone. However, with parts of the 1980’s being over 35 years ago, there are surely readers who weren’t alive for any of them, let alone remember what everyday products looked like then. If you were around to use these things for yourself in the 80’s, seeing these 14 products again will be a nice trip down memory lane. Or, if you didn’t experience these things for yourself, you’ll probably have a new appreciation for the technology we have today.

Cell Phones

Motorola launched the first hand-held cellphone in 1987, and cellular technology hasn’t slowed down since. A far cry from the slim and lightweight cellphones we have today, it’s very hard to imagine fitting a phone like this in your pocket.


The ease of bringing your computer with you wherever you want thanks to its lightweight and portable design didn’t always exist. In the 1980’s, most computers looked something like this, and surely weren’t easily portable.

Sony Walkman

The Sony Walkman was the 1980’s answer to what the iPod is for us today. These were once considered to be the most important thing to bring with you when you left the house, and they sparked a musical revolution in many.

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