After reading the earlier post I picked up one of my Dad's old photography magazines today.
To put things into perspective here's a quote from a letter to the editor in the Spring 1948 issue of "Photo Arts".
"....I came across an article in your swell magazine on the future of color. The story began with this provocative question: "Is Black-and-White Photography doomed?" The accompanying photographs make the question a foregone conclusion. Obviously, black-and-white photography is not only doomed according to your pictorial evidence, but it seems incredible that it has survived this long...."
And yet, 60 years later, we can still buy black and white film. It's not as easy as it used to be but it's still here.