The Lower East Side Ecology Center was founded in 1987 to help New Yorkers recycle electronic waste, keeping countless quantities of toxic chemicals from old computers, televisions, and other electronic devices from ending up in landfills. While much of what comes in is recycled, some products are refurbished for reuse. Interestingly, they’ve found that there’s great demand from movie and television studios for vintage electronic props, and this has resulted in the creation of a historical collection of devices, offering a prop library for recreating past eras. So if you’ve ever wondered where they got all those old televisions, typewriters, and phones for shows like Mad Men, now you know. Once I’ve finished writing my autobiographical screenplay, at least I’ll be certain I can find the right 8 track tape player and Fairchild Channel F console to recreate my youth.