September 3, 2013
When Dumb Phones Were Cool: A Visual History

Cell phones as fashion statements. Yes. Which fit perfectly into the context of the late ’90s — a time when N’Sync was n’style, and when their stylishness was evidenced, in part, by the guys’ employment of brick phones as fashion accessories. And they weren’t alone: Celebrities everywhere, on-screen and off, demonstrated their fame and/or fortune with hunks of plastic they held to their ears. Dumb phones, in a way that smartphones never fully did, became fashion statements. They represented a culture negotiating with a new technology, and vice versa.
So, below, a brief history: 15 reasons the old-school cell phone represented not just personal technology, but personal style. Guest-starring the Spice Girls, the Olsen twins, and, obviously, Zack Morris. 
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When Dumb Phones Were Cool: A Visual History

Cell phones as fashion statements. Yes. Which fit perfectly into the context of the late ’90s — a time when N’Sync was n’style, and when their stylishness was evidenced, in part, by the guys’ employment of brick phones as fashion accessories. And they weren’t alone: Celebrities everywhere, on-screen and off, demonstrated their fame and/or fortune with hunks of plastic they held to their ears. Dumb phones, in a way that smartphones never fully did, became fashion statements. They represented a culture negotiating with a new technology, and vice versa.

So, below, a brief history: 15 reasons the old-school cell phone represented not just personal technology, but personal style. Guest-starring the Spice Girls, the Olsen twins, and, obviously, Zack Morris.

Read more.

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