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Remember Them? 17 Household Brands That Fell Victim To The Recession (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 09/10/10 03:11 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:35 PM ET

Here lies a leading big box electronics retailer, an iconic photography mainstay and a host of once ubiquitous consumer brands.

In the interest of recalling the dearly departed -- or just plain bankrupt -- consumer hallmarks that once populated our lives, we've compiled a graveyard of brands crippled by our most recent recession.

With consumers loaded with debt, the downturn has been particularly bad for big-box retailers, like Circuit City (which left 34,000 Americans jobless); Fortunoff, Linens N' Things; and Levitz Furniture. But the recession didn't discriminate by industry. Though a considerable amount of job losses were concentrated in industries like construction and real estate, stalwart brands in diverse areas of consumer world were also effected. The bedraggled U.S. consumer could no longer support standouts like Pontiac, Washington Mutual and even Gourmet magazine.

Below, we've compiled some of the top brands to have fallen victim to the recession. Some have emerged from bankruptcy, others may be gone forever. Which brand is most deserving of making a full comeback? Check them out below -- or suggest a brand we may have missed by clicking "Add A Slide."

 
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Kodachrome's Last Roll
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As the popularity of digital photography has exploded, demand for traditional film like Kodak's Kodachrome has essentially disappeared. When Kodak retired the 74-year old product in June, 2009, sales of Kodachrome were less than 1 percent of Kodak's still-picture film revenue. "Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away," begged Paul Simon in Simon and Garfunkel's 1973 hit. Sorry, Paul.
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