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Car windows that roll down

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Telephone Booths - Real totally enclosed ones.

And maybe telphone directories also.

Dials on TV's for changing channels

Computers with floppy disks

Manual typewriters - with correction fluid.

8 Track audio tapes

 

 

 

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How about the non electric adding machinne.  I worked for a power company, billing an average of 100 electric bills each day. I did the postcard bills that went to the customer while the other billing clerk did the ledger billing.  When we were both finished, she ran her billed amounts on a 12 bank adding machine which she had to manually pull the handle to record what she had just entered and then continue to the next customer's page and do the same.  I also  entered all the billing amounts from each customer card

 

on the same adding machine and hopefully had the same total amount  as she did. (Heaven forbid that someone had made a mistake in entering the amount and the totals did not agree .)  {I wish I had a picture of that machine to show the younger generation}

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I saw the picture of Fels Naptha and it's surprising how many my age don't know about it!  It is still sold in the market and I use it to pre-treat stains.....It works great.  My mother used to make me use it in a bath after going in the woods in case of poison ivy. I will continue to use it and the bar will probably last me for the rest of my life.

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I'm a collector of anything and everything related to clotheslines!  I give presentations to folks of the age(s) that remember well the days when everyone hung their laundry out on the line to dry.  It's called "The Love, Lure, and Lore of the Laundry Line."  My talk along with the memorabilia I show, and the PowerPoint presentation, stir up memories long forgotten about those simpler times.  Today's youngsters, for the most part, know little if anything about clotheslines, so I also give talks to preschoolers and elementary schoolers to show them how we used to dry clothes, and all the good reasons why we did so.  I have an enormous collection of clotheslines depicted in many forms of art, photography, decor, in literature, advertising, people's personal stories, etc.  Of course many folks still use the clothesline, but for hundreds of thousands of those living in condo communities, no form of outdoor drying apparatus is allowed.  And today's young families just don't have the time to "hang out" any more.

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A typewriter!  No electricity, no spell check, and if I made a mistake I had to white it out or redo the whole page!

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What about the old wind up alarm clocks? I teach high school students who don't have any idea how to read the wall clock on my classroom wall. They have to pull out their smart phone to look at the digital time display. 

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@DaveMcK  What? No disc brakes? Get out. Smiley Happy

 

Yeah, bikes were once so simple I was actually able to put together a half way decent bike from two junker bikes. 

 

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@Epster I'm sure that the bikes you and your husband use are very up to date. I remember my first bike was a Schwinn Coaster Cruiser Bike with a coaster brake in the 1950's .
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@n566192l  Oh yes: the butter churners! We'd sit out on the porch and churn butter while my stepmom mended clothing on the treadle sewing machine. Neither of these are likely to be well known by anyone under the age of 30.

 

I have a slew of Indiana Glass Harvest Grape Milk Glass dishes bought (by my mom-in-law) with S&H greenstamps. Bet the younger folks don't know about S&H greenstamps either.

 

Or about school dresses made with gingham fabric that was once a flour sack. Smiley Happy

 

 

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