In Series 1 Episode 1 of Ashes to Ashes, DI Alex Drake employs a whiteboard as she reasons out her situation with Shaz and Chris. Were whiteboards in general use in 1981? Is this an anachronism?


It's certainly not an anachronism, although they weren't in very wide use.

Their creation can be placed sometime in the late 1950s, although the first dry erasable marker wasn't invented until 1975.

So they were certainly around in 1981.

  • You might want to specify dry erase markers weren't available until '75 ;) – Catija Feb 19 '15 at 16:02
  • "During his work with film, he realized that notes could be recorded on film negatives using a marker pen and could be easily wiped off with a damp tissue". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marker_pen (marker pen information) – New-To-IT Feb 19 '15 at 16:05
  • @Catija: Definitely makes more sense with that in. Thanks – Andrew Martin Feb 19 '15 at 17:15
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    :D Yeah, I read it and was like... what did they use for 15 years before erasable markers?... did they just throw them out every day? :P – Catija Feb 19 '15 at 17:19
  • I think some liquid cleaning chemical was used to clear the whiteboards. – Gerald Edgar Feb 21 '15 at 0:37

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