Films through the post? Yes. Subscribers to the Lovefilm service rented the movies they wanted to see, which were delivered to them by post. However, Lovefilm’s owner, Amazon has decided to close the service on 31 October 2017.


The original PowerPoint was first manufactured in the seventeenth century. The magic lantern was a form of image projector that used bright light to project pictures painted on sheets of glass onto a screen, perhaps a white wall or a sheet.

Video rental stores

Back in the 1990s, there was a video rental store on every UK high street. Their shelves were full of the fresh and the classics, the obvious and the odd, and no end of titles such as Cannibal Holocaust or Zombie Flesh Eaters. You could risk little by renting something you’d never heard of; you could always bring it back the next day.