Enjoy browsing this list of 15 apps that will take you back in time. Listen to old time radio programs, read classic bedtime stories to your grandchildren, make a call from a rotary phone, take quizzes about classic motorcycles, challenge your memory with a vintage game, read a newspaper from the 1800's and more.
Music and Radio
Listen to your favorite vintage Old Time Radio (OTR) shows with this app. There are many great old shows like: Dragnet, Lum & Abner, Burns & Allen, X Minus One and more. Find your favorites among the classics. Genres include:
Also available for Android
Old Time Classical Radio Shows
This collection of classical radio shows grows with every new version. You can filter the shows based on genre, alphabetic order or the number of episodes. Genres include Drama, Sci-fi, Mystery, Comedy, Western, and Musical. Create a list of favorites. Episodes can be streamed or downloaded.
Use this app of an old-fashioned HiFi stereo from the 90’s to play music from your playlist. The controls enhance the sound with the digital sound processing features. There's a vinyl mode too. This gives the music the same sound as an old 33 turntable.
Cars and Motorcycles
1800 Retro Cars
Here are HD photos of vintage cars for you to enjoy. Save your favorites and use them as wallpaper on your iPhone or iPad.
Vintage Motorcycles Quiz
People who love motorcycles will love all these this app. There are more than 990 levels to this quiz game. You can compete with players from all over the world or boost your knowledge of vintage motorcycles by playing offline.
Calculator, Typewriters, Phone and Stopwatch
This app offers working HD calculators inspired by the vintage originals re-modeled in ultra-realistic 3D. RetroCalc supports both portrait and landscape orientations. Switch between calculators and backgrounds by swiping across the screen.
MiTypewriter for iPad
Here’s a realistic vintage typewriter for your iPad. Choose from Old Typewriter or American Typewriter font, red or black ink ribbon, and four keyboard layouts. Email your documents by image or text.
This vintage electric typewriter app was created by Tom Hanks. It recreates the experience of a manual typewriter, but with the modern features for deleting, document management, email, text alignment, color choice and more.
“With Hanx Writer, you’ll hear the rhythm of your work with SHOOK SHOOK or FITT-FITT.” – Tom Hanks
Vintage Phone Dialer HD
You can make phone calls by dialing the old fashioned way if you really, really want to.
Here’s an app that looks like a vintage mechanical stopwatch. It keeps a detailed lap history and lets you copy records to a clipboard. You can share recorded laps by Email, Facebook or Twitter. If you want it to seem even more authentic you can set it to make ticking noises.
Classic old pictures become challenging jig-saw puzzles with this app. You choose the difficulty level. Pieces are easy to move and you can rotate them for added difficulty. Scatter pieces with the click of a button. There are dozens of backgrounds to choose from and you can go back and forth between more than one puzzle.
Vintage Movie Posters Puzzles
Go back in time with vintage movie poster puzzles from the 60’s. There are 50+ puzzles to play. You can choose the number of pieces to play and whether to play with square or classic jigsaw shapes. Finish a puzzle and share it on Facebook.
For Fun and Reading
Challenge your memory with this familiar game from the 80’s. Repeat the sequence of tones and lights played by iMimic. It starts with a single tone and every round one more is added. The faster you tap the sequence, the higher your score. Challenge your memory even further with "Monochromic" gameplay.
Read American newspapers from the late 18th century and early 19th century with this app. It includes the entire collection of the Library of Congress Chronicling America project.
Enjoy sharing classic folktales and nursery rhymes with your grandchildren with this ad-free app. Choose to read or listen. Stories are professionally narrated and have beautiful 1940’s style illustrations. Three children’s stories are included for free when you download the app:
- ABC Picture Book
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit
- Mother Goose
Other books available for purchase:
- The Three Little Pigs
- The Three Little Kittens,
- The Three Bears
- The Gingerbread Boy
- Little Red Riding Hood
- The Little Red Hen
Also available for Android