They didn’t have video games in 1776

26 Apr

Currently, I’m in Colonial Williamsburg – thus the few days without a post.  But, today I took this picture that I wanted to share.  Yep, it’s a little boy wearing a tri-cornered hat while playing a video game on a smart phone.  When worlds (erm, historical eras) collide…

Williamsburg is great and I’ll have a much longer post with better pictures (it was hard to take this one without the kid’s mom thinking that I was a creep) later.  I’m really interested how they choose to represent the era.  It’s all been pretty shiny and happy, but I guess that’s easy when you’re portraying the side that won.

Also, Colonial Williamsburg’s website is history.org – how cool is that?


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3 Responses to “They didn’t have video games in 1776”

  1. Kristin Brænne April 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    ★★★★★

  2. Conal Flaherty May 3, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    Loved the post as it reminded me of a holiday back in 1997 when I too was in Williamsburg.

    Back then cameras had the rolls of film inside them and we didn’t have digital cos if we did i would find it easier to find the image of the Post Van parked around the back.

    It was a similar kind of thought to your own in that I found it funny that out of sight the Postman called in his little van. I had half imagined that they might at least of exchanged the post on the outskirsts of the town and then it may have arrived via stage coach or pony and trap.
    It didn’t really spoil the illusion though cos we had such a great day there.

    • Maggie May 7, 2011 at 10:39 am #

      I think I like Williamsburg more because they allowed the illusion to be spoiled. They didn’t take it too seriously and most people would break character all the time. If it had been a perfect illusion, I probably would have found it very annoying.

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