Skip to comments.100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About
Posted on 07/22/2011 5:55:13 PM PDT by Justaham
There are some things in this world that will never be forgotten, this weeks 40th anniversary of the moon landing for one. But Moores Law and our ever-increasing quest for simpler, smaller, faster and better widgets and thingamabobs will always ensure that some of the technology we grew up with will not be passed down the line to the next generation of geeks.
That is, of course, unless we tell them all about the good old days of modems and typewriters, slide rules and encyclopedias
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I got a masters degree in 2003. None of my classmates ever used a slide rule.
Pop in glass bottles
Rexall drug stores
The author has obviously forgotten it--or forgotten basic mathematics. The Apollo 11 moon landing was on July 20, 1969. That was 42 years ago.
I checked on eBay and there are 1200 for sale, LOL.
I think that was way before this ‘author’s’ time.
steam shovels, steam rollers, steam ships
Eating canned sardines
vacuum tube test stations
Replacement headlights half the size of a cantaloup that needed to be aimed
I remember going with my Dad to some kind of store back in the 50s to test the tubes from the tv. It might have been a drug store.
Those who are as old as I and look at this list will find other things that come to mind and the list could become endless. Before credit cards, it didn’t matter if you forgot your check book, all merchants had blank universal checks. Might be interesting to see things that we have today that we didn’t have then - certainly the NSF acronym didn’t exist.
Slide rules are faster than calculators or computers. So is the abacus.
Oil can spouts
Milk box at front door
S & H Green Stamps
Probably not since gas prices are getting higher and the Western world is getting poorer. Drive a stick the right way and you can get anywhere as high as 50MPGs on MT Fiestas, Aveos and Civics. Also, high performance MTs themselves have switched over to paddle shift. The MT is going nowhere because it’s so useful.
“Pop in glass bottles”
Pop in glass bottles cool down quicker, so that one’s not going anywhere either.
Newspapers are going to become niche products full of illustrations and announcements of local events such as the local team winning a sports championship or a gubernatorial/mayoral election but with little to nothing else in content.
I still have my original slide rule from the early 70’s (before I could afford a calculator). I often show it to people and always get someone asking what it is. I can still use it, by the way. LOL!
Just today I was manually unlocking the door on my 1984 BMW and thinking about what an old-school thing to do that was.
What’s with the rubber overshoes/galoshes disappearing? I thought people still used those. What has replaced them?
I recall going to a vacuum tube test station in the local Dart Drug with my father in the late 60’s or early 70’s. Wish I could find one now for my old 1930’s radio.
When we first got married, we bought a nonfunctional TV for $6. I pulled all the small tubes out of the back, went to the drug store with a tube tester, found the three bad tubes, spent another $5 or $6 and ended up with a good TV set.
This was in early 1971!
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this weeks 40th anniversary of the moon landing
I would hope my grandchildren never know about this
The moon landing I will tell them about happened in 1969
42 years ago...
Is this The Onion ???
Cold and wet feet.
And it really seems retro to remember cashiers at the grocery store manually typing in the prices.
Strange to think that joysticks are a goner. I've never been able to work the new control pad things.
Vinyl albums I think will live on because they were the original medium that so much great music was recorded on, and because they sound great.
I'm amazed at how dated analog video looks now. You see a camcorder video from the 90s on YouTube and it looks ancient.
Carbon paper disappearing. That's a weird one. I guess those manual credit card things that went "ka-chunk!" are doomed too.
I can remember the smell of mimeographs from when I was a kid in school in the '80s. The teacher would hand out the quiz and it would have the purple writing and sometimes be slightly damp with mimeograph fluid.
Cars with metal bumpers and ash trays. In fact, homes and office buildings with ash trays. It used to be just normal for places to smell like cigarette smoke.
Phone booths and public phones.
Incandescent brake lights on cars.
Ah yes - back when I could actually figure out out to save a station!
So people just slog around now, huh? I would swear I still see people wearing those things, but maybe not.
Last car I had with the push buttons was a 1986 Escort.
Getting on the campus bus with a shotgun to go rabbit hunting.
A bubbler on the hose bib.
Leaving the house on summer mornings with your bat and mitt and not coming back until sunset.
Outhouses, cisterns,hog scalding trough with scrapers,lard rendering pot,hay hooks, smokehouse,saturday night baths in a # 10 wash tub, featherbeds,wringer wash mashine , catching fire flies, cane poles and worms, plucking chickens,wood burning stoves for heat and cooking, no telephone and finaly a party line and finaly a Little Nash Rambler.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4W7oZBhAJg
It seemed as if every larger grocery store and hardware store had one. I remember those, too.
I've always used a manual transmission in my cars until just recently, where I finally had to give in to my arthritis and go with an automatic.
Rexall drug stores
This has special meaning to me: My cousins used to have a Rexall Drug chain - Shalinsky Rexall in Overland Park and KC Kansas.
Helping Hand in the window.
Ice cream truck.
Rotary dial phone.
Playing outside til the street light came on.
Oh, and Bookmobile :)
I remember when most drug stores and all Radio Shacks had these, and Radio Shack had knowledgable employees who could help you troubleshoot problems, make suggestions on how to fix things, and even come up with parts for interesting projects.
Today, Radio Shack's motto should be, "You've got questions, we've got blank stares."
I remember the scene in Apollo 13, I had to tell the kids what they were doing with those little rulers.
I think you could have posted this one in '81. ((;O)
The one that came to me was making popcorn with a pan, a little oil, stick of butter and bag of corn. Then shake, shake, shake...
How about Dials?
I miss dials sometimes. Now everything is buttons. I still have some old radios with dials.
In the early 1990s I worked for a DC not for profit that was obtaining office furnature alfrom the GAO warehouse in Springfield VA. Several of the gray metal desks had NASA asset tags on them ... And in one we found a slide rule. Whiche we immediately put in a place of reverence in our front office.
Back when books were good. We would get Junior Scholastic, and the books were 29 cents and I was allowed to buy 3 THREE! books, and I would beg for more.
And the stories always were about kids being junior detectives or such. I never had to worry about books like that. I still have a bunch of them - the Magic Tunnel, Secret in the Old Oak, Danny Dunn books. I loved Henry Reed also.
Yep, when the street light came on you had to come in.
We played jumprope (I’m a girl), May I, I Declare War, Foxes and Hounds, Hopscotch, Hand Clapping Games, and rode bicycles EVERYWHERE in a way that would be shocking to people nowadays.
Chalk, a ball, and a bicycle. Nothing else was necessary.
I have one.
Not knowing the sex of your baby until it was born. It seems amazing to me (and sort of missing something) that everyone knows what they are going to have in advance. That inital call from the recovery room - It’s a baby boy!
And people rushing in with little blue blankets they just ran out to buy to bring baby home in.
Add to that toilets that work,
showers that give you enough water to rinse off,
being able to do what you want with your own property,
light bulbs that give you enough light to read a book by...
.being able to kill and wolf that is threatening your life or killing your animals...
.being able to keep more than 50% of your income.
a town with no swat team that likes to kill dogs and innocent citizens in their own home.
being able to smoke a cigarette in the park.
free speech, freedom of religion,
( I love manual transmissions and pop in glass bottles,)
Rexall drug store, a drug store that sold only drugs.
Or "You've got questions, we've got cell phone deals".
While working as a DJ we used reel-to-reel tape recorders to play commercials and promos.
Today, I suppose all of that is on CDs or something similar.
And BTW, we actually had live people running the station. Today, there are no announcers, just computers which play the music and commercial CDs and in the case of national talk radio, the entire process is automated as the local station’s computer turns the network on and off.
There. Fixed it.
“Chalk, a ball, and a bicycle. Nothing else was necessary.”
But - I’ll bet you had an EasyBake Oven :-)
(Even as a boy I was secretly jealous of my sister - how cool to create tasty little cakes with a 60-watt bulb!)
Sometimes it’s fun to say to people when this topic comes up “you know, isn’t it amazing that for a child today, there’s been only one Queen of England in their lifetime.”
It’s a good way to see if people are listening.