OT: Things that today's kids may have never touched

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Sep 4, 2004
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Kind of wild thinking that just a generation ago we were at least exposed to these things.
  • label maker
  • polaroid camera
  • floppy disk
  • can opener
  • microphone
  • cb radio
  • vhs cassette tape
  • kodak film
  • jacks
  • sewing machine
  • card catalog at library
  • cassette recorder
  • tiddlywinks
  • chalk board eraser
  • Sears catalog
  • vinyl records
  • pocket watch
  • phone booth
  • yo-yo
  • jiffy pop
  • bow tie
  • manual television channel knob
  • dollar coin
  • chinese checkers
  • yellow pages
  • film reel
  • car window crank
  • pinball game
  • microfiche
  • cash register
  • typewriter
  • photo album
  • rabbit ears antennae
  • rotary dial telephone
  • metal slide
  • rubber stamp
  • fountain pen
  • letter opener
  • wax seal for letters
  • pager
  • walkman
  • straw hat from 20s
  • clothes pin
  • encylopedia
  • slide rule
  • outhouse
 
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goldencohusker

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Kind of wild thinking that just a generation ago we were at least exposed to these things.
  • label maker
  • polaroid camera
  • floppy disk
  • can opener
  • microphone
  • cb radio
  • vhs cassette tape
  • kodack film
  • jacks
  • sewing machine
  • card catalog at library
  • cassette recorder
  • tiddlywinks
  • chalk board eraser
  • Sears catalog
  • vinyl records
  • pocket watch
  • phone booth
  • yo-yo
  • jiffy pop
  • bow tie
  • manual television channel knob
  • dollar coin
  • chinese checkers
  • yellow pages
  • film reel
  • car window crank
  • pinball game
  • microfiche
  • cash register
  • typewriter
  • photo album
  • rabbit ears antennae
  • rotary dial telephone
  • metal slide
  • rubber stamp
  • fountain pen
  • letter opener
  • wax seal for letters
  • pager
  • walkman
  • straw hat from 20s
  • clothes pin
  • encylopedia
  • slide rule
  • outhouse
Bought my teenage kids a 1998 honda accord with 45K miles on it a couple of years ago. Has manual windows. I told them they were going to finally understand what it meant to roll up the windows.
 

TFrazier

Graduate Assistant
Jun 8, 2001
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Kind of wild thinking that just a generation ago we were at least exposed to these things.
  • label maker
  • polaroid camera
  • floppy disk
  • can opener
  • microphone
  • cb radio
  • vhs cassette tape
  • kodack film
  • jacks
  • sewing machine
  • card catalog at library
  • cassette recorder
  • tiddlywinks
  • chalk board eraser
  • Sears catalog
  • vinyl records
  • pocket watch
  • phone booth
  • yo-yo
  • jiffy pop
  • bow tie
  • manual television channel knob
  • dollar coin
  • chinese checkers
  • yellow pages
  • film reel
  • car window crank
  • pinball game
  • microfiche
  • cash register
  • typewriter
  • photo album
  • rabbit ears antennae
  • rotary dial telephone
  • metal slide
  • rubber stamp
  • fountain pen
  • letter opener
  • wax seal for letters
  • pager
  • walkman
  • straw hat from 20s
  • clothes pin
  • encylopedia
  • slide rule
  • outhouse
Great list!!

Most kids have never “heard” of these times let alone touch them. Winking
 
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Suhrreal

Graduate Assistant
Jun 1, 2009
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Bought my teenage kids a 1998 honda accord with 45K miles on it a couple of years ago. Has manual windows. I told them they were going to finally understand what it meant to roll up the windows.
In ten years that car will probably be in better shape than the car you own now. Laughing
 
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schuele

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Apr 17, 2005
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A couple of years ago we were at an old train station that had been renovated into a visitors' center. It had a working outdoor phone booth that obviously wasn't new, but it wasn't exactly historic either - probably circa 1980s. It was hilarious watching people taking selfies while pretending to talk on the phone. You would have thought they discovered some cave drawings.
 

poundth3rock

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Jul 20, 2007
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I had a few BB guns growing up that got me in trouble more than a few times. Fairly certain you get Child Protectice Services called on you in 2021 for that.
 

Husker.Wed.

Athletic Director
Feb 13, 2004
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Omaha Metro
I really miss the triangular vent windows on cars between the windshield and main driver's passenger's side windows. There was no better way to blast some air into the car on a warm day than to "cut the wings".

Also, what genius decided to move the dimmer switch from the floor to the steering column? All that crap on the steering column makes it a nightmare to fix a bad light switch, dimmer switch, wiper switch or washer switch. Those switches used to be in the dash (or the floor in the case of the dimmer) and were easily popped out if they had to be replaced.
 

bomber89

Offensive Coordinator
Oct 12, 2004
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microfiche -- God I hated those things Doing research in front of a huge monitor that really isnt a monitor and you had to have the steadiest of hands. I do not miss those at all !
 
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At the risk of dating myself:

those red rubber dodge balls (I have permanent welts)
Schwinn Stingray
Schwinn Varsity
Voit anything
Popeil pocket fisherman
Stirrup baseball socks
Hokie pokie
45’s
Matchbook to hold the 8-track tightly in the Craig Powerplay
Ginn gas station
Siphon hose
AFX slot cars
 

RedMyMind

First Team All-Big Ten
Aug 22, 2017
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light guns for duckhunt/etc
LED/LCD TVs don't work with that technology