Disappearing sight from roadways -- Nostalgic Garbage

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The above photo used to be quite a regular sight along roadways and highways over twenty years ago and now it is a rarity.  Most kids wouldn't even know what it is.

It is actually a cassette table that is broken and unwound.  Gone are the days when the music in the car came from the cassette player that played a spool of magnetic tape.  When the tapes would find their way out of the window, they ended up in a tangle mess on the side of the highway as above.  When the tapes got old, they would jam, and I must admit that there were times when I would jettison a non-functioning tape out the window in frustration.

It is ironic that garbage on the side of the road can bring a flood of nostalgia.

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