Six things our grandchildren will never understand… 77



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As we find ourselves faced with iPads, iPhones, iWatches and iMacs, the days of our childhood are an increasingly distant memory…

The funny thing is, the things that we loved and grew up with are things that the younger generations will never understand. Anyone born after the millennium will never grasp just how important these six things were to us.

So tonight, let’s take a walk down memory lane and remember that if you have used and understand these six things, you know you had a great childhood.


1. Marbles – we had hours of fun with these things but if we gave them to kids today, they’re more likely to be confused… What machine do they go in?

vintage glass marbles


2. Camera film – easily one of the most precious things in the home, if you opened the wrong lid and exposed an undeveloped roll to light, you were not friends with mum!



3. TV antennae – these things were critical to our entertainment survival and if you were like us, it wasn’t too uncommon to find the odd coat hanger sticking out the back of a TV as a makeshift antennae too!

Grunge vintage television with antena isolated on white


4. Cassette tapes – These little things have given hours of entertainment to so many generations… Sadly to be replaced by the iPod.



5. Pager – Anyone important had one and you felt important if you wore one too. I think if the grandkids saw a pager today they’d be awfully confused – why aren’t there buttons and why isn’t the screen touch?




6. Street directories – We couldn’t live without them but now they are a rarity.



What other things will your grandkids never understand that you used? Share your thoughts in the comments below… 

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  1. I have told my granchildren I learnt to write with a slate pencil on a slate which you cleaned with a wet sponge! “But Grandma….what did you play on?” I guess there’s a huge gap there with no technology sixty years ago. 🙂

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    • May I ask how old you are? I’m 73 and also remember writing on slates, but I also thought they were out of the ark and I was dreaming !

  2. I knew all of these but u am enjoying today’s versions. I love learning new things and seeing new technology.
    The only thing that hasn’t updated us the marbles. They are still the same.

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    • Me too, Anne Gilbert. I love the technology of today. I learned to type on a typewriter and so glad our kids and grand kids don’t have to. Mind you we still play with marbles too and how wonderful is the marble run game. Times and games are always changing but my grand kids still like a big cardboard box.

  3. I helped my 5 year old granddaughter with a project about this very subject. We did the ice box and the ice man, tv, microwave and phones. We used the computer and she loved it. Got great comments too, at school!

  4. The evening conversations around the tea table and the yarnspinning that was the norm before electronic media took over.

  5. Playing outside after dark, hide and seek while the parents were talking inside or playing cards. Carting water inside for washing up and cooking before we had taps inside.Chopping chips for the wood stove. and the list goes on …..

  6. Us girls used to collect ‘Jewell’s’ which we would collect, swap etc. just different stones or beads or fake gems from old jewellry.

  7. Going to the corner shop and buying a pound of biscuits out of the Arnotts tin with the rosella on the front.

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  8. My great Grandkids, not only the boys, have marbles, but they get blown away when I tell them that we played cricket & kicked a footy on the road, didn’t ave Fridges & Washing Machines. But the upshot is, that I know nothing about my Facebook page. My 9 yr. old Gt. Grandson thinks I am “very dumb” not knowing anything about my Computer, Tablet & T.V Recorder. I tell him, I am not dumb, & it is very rude to say that, but I can spell better & do my sums better than he can. Yep, we also had knuckle bones which they know nothing about.

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