Last week, my grandson (age 11) had to brainstorm all of the things that have become obsolete over his life. He listed a few like televisions with a “box” at the back and computers that also come with a”box”. It got me thinking about the things we knew as adolescents that future generations will never know, because I still consider TVs with a “box” at the back new!
So take a walk down memory lane with me and think of all the things we once considered a part of every day life that kids today won’t ever know…
Bench seats across cars
This is where the game “corners” began I’m sure. In my family we’d argue about who sat on the edge and who sat in the middle. It was always going to be a bad time if you were in a cranky mood and got the middle seat! Did you also play “corners”?
Televisions with a dial and bunny ears
The television dial was the only way we could work the TV when we were younger, and we were lucky to have a TV in the first place! There were no remotes and we’d sit so close to the screen so we could easily change it. The bunny ear antenna was a feature that came with every TV sold, and if you dare bend that wire you better be ready to face the wrath of the whole family! Did you have a TV in your house? What shows did you watch?
Slide reels and view finders were how we captured moments and enjoyed memories, stories and photographs. Did you have a slide reel?
The traditional glass Coke bottle
It tasted better from a glass… And that is just the truth! The increased manufacturing prices and safety concerns have stopped coke from being the glass bottled goodness it once was. Do you think Coke tasted better in a glass too?
It was so much fun getting to put the coin in the juke box and choosing your favourite song! It was what we used instead of CD players or digital music streaming on websites like Spotify. My grandkids don’t understand when I talk about how exciting it was to choose your favourite song and put it on… What was your favourite Jukebox Saturday song?
The transistor radio was something so special. If you were lucky enough to have you own, you would sleep with it under your pillow and listen to your favourite songs late at night when the parents were asleep! We carried them everywhere and they made us so happy. They were the iPod of our generation and we loved them!
This is something rarely seen out of museums all over the world. But, in my early work years in the typing pool, it was a part of my life every single day. Replaced by the computers and Microsoft Word of today, I like to think we were clever because we couldn’t reply on a “backspace” button!
A twin tub washing machine
Remembering to get it out of one side and put it in the other was a challenge in itself! But, we swore by these trendy inventions in housekeeping… They made washing clothes a whole world easier!
Doing your “chores” wasn’t as easy as plugging a vacuum cleaner into a wall and running around the house in five minutes – it was getting out the carpet sweeper and vigorously covering every inch of the floor. Did you have to use the carpet sweeper?
So what else did you grow up with that you’ll probably never see again? How did you use it and what are your memories of it? Share your memories with us in the comments below…