Obsolete Things from the Past

When you reach a certain age, you realize that some of the things from your past are so obsolete that you haven’t thought about them in decades.

Here is a list. Feel free to add to it:

Candy cigarettes

The Crayola crayon color called flesh

Suntan pantyhose

Playing cowboys and Indians

Toy guns that shoot caps

Tomato soup with popcorn

Swanson chicken pot pies

Ayds diet chews (yes, it was a real thing)

Girdles

Garter belts

Nylon stockings with seams

Slips

Phones plugged into the wall or hanging on the wall

Party lines

Long distance plans

Landlines

Travelers’ checks

Wallet photos

Watches

Calculators

Slide rules

Pencil cases

Lined paper

Paper invitations

Stationery

Pre-ordering wedding announcements

The taboo of tattoos

Newspapers (I still read eight per week).

Paper magazines (I still read six a month).

Paper coupons

Cemeteries

Paper maps

The Thomas Guide street guide

Travel guide books

Lawns

8 tracks

Cassette tapes

45’s

78’s

Record players

Highfi’s

Beta tapes

VHS tapes

CD’s (I have 200 of them)

Paper applications

Phone calls

Cursive writing

Hitch- hiking

Typewriters

Mimeograph machines

Thongs (flip flops)

Hot rollers

newspaper ads (personal, jobs, apartments)

card catalogs

sign-up sheets

telephone trees

aerosol deodorant

aerosol anything

waterbeds

davenports

coffee klatches

plain coffee

free pets

manners (sorry about this one)

cameras

film

film-processing places

seamstresses

perms

Sun-In

keeping to the right while walking on the sidewalk

letting older people have the right of way on said sidewalk

Presidential plates with Nixon in the center.

The list goes on and on. Please send me your thoughts.

One reader suggested:

rotary dial phones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “Obsolete Things from the Past

  1. Okay. Some of those are not gone completely and I/we still use :
    Record Players, Cassette Tapes, Cemetery, Slips, Manners,…
    You did forget rotary and push button phones of which I have one so at least I have one antique.

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    1. I meant to say that manners don’t seem to exist anymore. I need to rephrase that. I have a huge collection of vintage slips, but young women ( my customers) don’t know what they are. Only the hipsters have record players, I thought. You must be a hipster!

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