Back in 1991, Radio Shack was "America's Technology Superstore."

Really. You could buy computers, CD players, phone, and other useful electronics.

Those computers were only $1,600.

And those mobile cellular telephones were $199.

Today, that's a steal. But back then, the only thing you could do was call people on those. What fun was THAT?

This ad and story from MacTrast has a newspaper ad from The Shack in 1991.

It explains that 13 of the 15 items in the ad can now be replaced with just one iPhone. For real.

Some highlights:

  • All-weather personal stereo, $11.88. I now use my iPhone with an OtterBox case.
  • AM/FM clock radio, $13.88. iPhone.
  • In-ear stereo phones, $7.88. Came with iPhone.
  • Microthin calculator, $4.88. Swipe up on iPhone.
  • Tandy 1000 TL/3, $1,599. I actually owned a Tandy 1000, and I used it for games and word processing. I now do most of both of those things on my iPhone.
  • VHS camcorder, $799. iPhone.
  • Mobile cellular telephone, $199. iPhone.

Modern technology. Ain't it grand?