Saturday Night Nostalgia: The things that time forgot 65



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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”?

nost benchseat


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?



nost telecision dial

nost bunny ears


Slide reel

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?


nost glass coke bottles



Juke boxes

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?

nost jukebox


Transistor radio

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!

nost radio



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!

nost typewriter



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!

twin tub


Carpet sweeper

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?

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… 

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  1. The transistor radio brings back memories. I was at a Convent boarding school and transistors were forbidden in the dorms. My friend loaned me hers one night to listen to the top ten under the blankets. It was in a case and had an ear phone. Unfortunately for me the ear phone popped out and music blared in the silent dorm. The nun in charge galloped down the dorm and took the radio from me. See left it on the end of her bed by the door and went to her evening chapel. I sneaked out of bed and took the radio from its case and substituted a bar of soap !!! I don’t think she ever knew or at least she never let on !!

  2. Didn’t have one of those view things but I remember the others and I still have and use the carpet sweeper.

  3. I remember those things we didn’t have a carpet sweeper as we had lino through out the house also no veiw finder but do remember them those were the days a lot more fun and no stress or I am bored.

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