Summary of “Where Movies Get Their Vintage Electronics”

Have you ever watched a show like Mad Men and wondered where they found those early Xerox machines? Or where The Americans got their hands on all the Reagan-era IBMs that you thought would be piled in a landfill? Well, there’s a good chance these historically-accurate gadgets came from a massive warehouse in Brooklyn with a specific mission: to preserve some of the world’s oldest, most cherished electronics.
Since early 2012, the E-Waste Warehouse has been helping New Yorkers get rid of their unwanted electronics in an eco-friendly fashion.
Some of the best finds however, make it into the warehouse’s very own prop library, where they are made available for film and television productions to rent and use.
The E-Waste Warehouse is where you can take that old VCR or your grandfather’s console TV so that their e-waste and the toxic chemicals it contains stay away from landfills at all costs.
At the warehouse, huge piles of electronics are sorted through, dismantled, and shipped out for recycling on a daily basis, while others are are chosen to be refurbished for reuse.
“We give these electronics a second life, a second home, where they can be reused and make somebody else happy.”
In addition to passing older electronics on to new users, the Lower East Side Ecology Center also repurposes some of the rarer finds for a museum-like collection of over 2,000 vintage items.
These include beepers, Royal typewriters, personal computers, CRT monitors, news cameras, vintage Macs, slots machines, and countless more items, all preserved in order to display the development of technology over the last eight decades.

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