Old Is New Again

Who could have imagined that sewing machines would make their appearance in one of the trendiest shops in Georgetown. Leica M9, Summicron-M 28mm f/2.

First it was farmers’ markets, then retro camera, and now sewing machines.  No matter where you look, old has become new again.  Is it mere nostalgia, or is there something deeper going on around us?  For starters, enough time has passed since the popularity of these trends to justify the current generation’s fascination with the old technology and the way people used to buy their goods.  I can understand that.  But today, and like archeological sleuths, trendy city dwellers today seem quite fascinated with “the ways of the old” as if we were talking hundreds of years ago.  Retro has become the new buzz word, and anyone who can produce anything with their hands these days (besides typing, of course), is generally hailed as a master craftsperson who can command some good prices for whatever it happens to be that they are producing.  Of course, this may have to do with the fact that most of us in the service economy make a living moving data and information from here to there, so anyone that can actually make something is worthy of some level of admiration.  I guess times have changed, but I have to admit that seeing technology that was crucial to our lives while growing up being displayed as curious antiques of a bygone era is a little disturbing.  When store clerks approach me after they catch me staring at these old items, I immediately try to masquerade my nostalgia by asking: “Hey, what is that?”  Now I can only wonder if anyone is buying my line.