Ghost in the machine

Parts from the past, valve city, what happens when the cutting edge becomes memory lane? There is something definitely eerie about this electronics warehouse for discontinued lines of vintage components, redundant surveillance machines and obsolete technology.

It reminds me in an oblique way of a vendor I visited in London’s Brick Lane markets in the 1990s whose stock included piles of printers type and associated equipment, no doubt recovered from the basements of nearby Fleet Street when it was restructured into digital cubicles by Murdoch and co. The haunting air of the past hung like a cloud over the place.

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