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#1 Smokeshadow


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Posted 14 May 2019 - 08:52 PM

What items from your childhood are no longer in use, available; and would probably baffle and befuddle todays kids?  :confused5:


broken records (or even unbroken ones)  :lol:

the little plastic insert that went into the big hole of a 45 RPM record so that you could play it on your record player without having to hunt down the adapter  :cool:

S&H Green Stamps (the S&H stood for Sperry and Hutchinson)

no seat belts in cars and NO digital interface on the dash

land line telephones; and, only one per household, located in a niche in the main hallway with an extremely long (25 foot or longer) coiled chord connecting the receiver to the phone


the cashier counting out your change at the check-out stand, instead of handing it to you in one fell swoop with the receipt  :bang:

driving your automobile into a service station, running over the rubber hose that sounded the alert bell, waiting in your car while the attendant filled up your gas tank, checked your oil and cleaned your windshield  :blink2:



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Posted 14 May 2019 - 11:59 PM

For some reason, the S&H Green Stamps weren't a big thing in Seattle.  Grocery stores didn't even do double coupons or honor coupons from other stores.


My grandparents had a party line phone.  Just 2 (a 4 party line was available), and the other "party" was a crabby old woman who never got off her phone.  She'd scream at you if you dared to pick up the phone while she was talking!


Phone exchanges (keeping on the phone topic) had names - guess they still do, just no one uses them!


There were pay phones on almost all downtown corners, and in most restaurants/bars.


There was a phone number (equipment often physically located at a bank somewhere - I have no idea why) you could dial to hear the correct local time.


Gas was CHEAP and with the advent of the freeways in the early 1960's, everyone drove to their vacation destinations.  Could also be that Airlines were regulated and the cost of a plane ticket was outrageously expensive!  I've seen "The Thing" in Arizona; Wall Drug in South Dakota; The House of Mystery in Oregon; Bedrock City & Mount Rushmore, also in South Dakota; and almost every national park and presidential site (home/library) west of Alabama.  Driving around the country gives you a unique perspective that you can't get from looking out a plane window.  I remember driving through the South West and stopping along the highway to look at the items the local Indians were selling (moccasins, pots, ...).  Those were the days before casino's.


Yeah, that should be one too .... there were NO FREEWAYS.  If you took a long trip, you drove on a highway that went through every little town along the way.  And there was AT LEAST one traffic light in each one.


People could read, and used, wait for it ....., ROAD MAPS!  You could buy them at most gas stations.  AAA gave them to you for free (I think they still do) if you were a member.


CB Radios became popular in the 1970's - not only for those doing long hauls, but the geeky people had them too.


Music was innovative.  Rock 'n Roll.  British Invasion.  Bubble Gum.  Acid Rock.  Totally new sounds because of people like Les Paul and companies like Moog and Electronic Music Studios.  And music became portable - first with 8 track and then with cassettes.  No one wondered why you carried a #2 pencil with your cassette tapes (or had a penny for your record player)!


People called their radio stations to request songs.  I don't think that's a thing anymore.


Many restaurants/bars had juke boxes, and the cool places had remotes on your table (yes, I have those too.  My yard sale is going to be quite unique).


There were Extended Play (EP) 45 rpm records - they had more than one song on each side (my 1958 Seeburg juke box can price them differently).


There were places one could go and play pinball all day (god, yes - I have one of those too).  Pool halls may have been shady, but every neighborhood had one (no, I don't have a pool table, but I do have my own cue).


NCR was THE big producer of cash registers, and many had a crank in case the power went out and they needed to be operated manually (I have one in my attic).  All the retail people knew what the tax was on any amount without need for a calculator or sci-fi computer.


Televisions were black and white, and had rabbit ears - only the neighborhood innovators had rooftop antennas where I grew up.


People ate TV Dinners, and they ate them on TV Trays.


Milk came in bottles and had tabbed tops, or paper caps.  There were milkmen who would deliver it to you.


Margarine was white and came with coloring you had to add (that's from my Mother's recollection of Iowa) because the dairy industry thought it would kill their business if margarine LOOKED like butter.


Kids played on jungle gyms in concrete playgrounds.  We threw yard-darts.  Slingshots and bb guns were as popular as was playing Cowboys & Indians.  


Grocery stores had community bulletin boards where you could post notices of things you were selling or wanted to buy, services you were offering, and lost & found pets.


Bowling was a HUGE sport.  Almost everyone's parents were on a league.  I'm pretty sure it's because bowling alleys had bars and they could escape the kids and get tipsy while competing against the asshole next door.



Ok, now my fingers hurt from typing and I feel fucking old.  I'm going to take my last 800 mg ibuprofen and get a good nights sleep!  :)

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#3 ChadCox


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 04:50 PM

Some of these things noted still exist. We're just so far ahead in advancement we're removed from the big picture of a broader worldview.


For the entertainment:





I remember when these were plentiful:



I also remember lusting over Tarzan and being jealous of these two. I wanted to be cheeta and Jane in one! LOL



As for feeling old but proactively medicating and resting, I concur entirely!


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