A small but significant theme of this blog is that historical change is all around us in small details, details. An obvious example is buildings in decay or demolition. The old television aerial below (it was originally a complete X) takes us back to the time when an aerial was like this or an H or just an I. In those days when there were only three TV channels, a new generation of televisions came in which took sets from low resolution 405 lines to super-duper 625. Since then, we’ve had more and more innovations. Widescreen replaced ‘old’ tv’s which you could pick up for a few pounds in a secondhand shop, then the widescreens were replaced by LCD flat screens so that the bulky widescreens can now be picked up for a fraction of their original selling price. Roof tops and chimneys are now adorned with satelllite dishes and a wide variety of aerials, and LCDs are being replaced by LEDs (don’t ask). Soon it may be that all aerials and satellite dishes will be merely historical remnants as we are all wired to fibre optic cables running underground. There’s some good pictures of old aerials here. As today, some of them were made to look ‘advanced’ although they were no better than simpler ones. Design sells!
Telephone poles are quite quaint too. They still exist as part of our everyday experience but they too will probably be great oddities to future generations. The older pole pictured above has the interesting addition of an ornament at the top. We may consider why in our recent past we were careful to try and make functional objects look more ornate. Some lamp posts in Liverpool still demonstrate great care in their design to wrought iron adornments.