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Apr 12, 2018 20:45 |  #1

Ok, let's see how many here are old enough to do these tasks...;-)a

Changing the ribbon on a typewriter.

Checking your beeper.

Using a darkroom (I bet many here can).

Adjusting the rabbit ears on your TV.

Paying with a check inside a retail store.

Using a pay phone.

Calling a radio station to find out what song that was.

Popping in a flash cube.

Taping songs off the radio onto a cassette tape.

Sending a handwritten letter.

Buying from the Fuller Brush Man when he comes to your door.

Manually using the choke on your car.

Cleaning the head of your VCR.

Bringing your film to the drugstore for developing.

Getting out of your chair to change the TV channel.

Loading film into a camera.

Winding your watch.

Reading a print newspaper.

Using a dial-up internet service.

Use a Flip video camera.

Insert a floppy disk into your pc.

Stopping at the gas station to buy a map.

Get full service at a gas station (gas pumped, air & water checked, windshield cleaned).

Boy, have times changed! I confess, I remember how to do all of these (except the darkroom).
Just for fun, any other obsolete task you can think of?


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Apr 12, 2018 21:09 |  #2

All except buy from the Fuller Brush man. My dad WAS a FB man.

How about keep your 8-track going with a matchbook?


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Apr 12, 2018 21:37 |  #3

I'm old enough for all those things, but I haven't done all of them. Some seem positively modern (cassette tapes, video camera, beeper). I don't agree that all are obsolete, although I refuse to incur ridicule by revealing which ones I still do.

Additions:

Roll car windows up and down by turning the crank.

Create masters for print ads and book pages by pasting elements onto light cardboard. Order the display type by mail from a typesetter who uses hot lead. Alternatively, make display type by rubbing letters from plastic sheets onto a paper surface with a wooden tool.

Save up newspapers for the Boy Scouts' paper drive. That was the only recycling program.

Play chess by mail, using postcards and a rubber-stamp set. My father did this.

Smoke in college classes. Smoke in dormitories. Smoke in hotels, restaurants, movie theaters, and most other places.

Make and receive collect calls. Keep the phone book near the phone. Find businesses in the Yellow Pages.

Use the woodburning compartment of the kitchen (gas) stove.

Drink soda from bimetal cans.

Wear dresses or skirts to school because girls were required to.

Carry luggage; it didn't have wheels.

Lick postage stamps.


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Apr 12, 2018 21:51 |  #4

I was digging around for my old pastels and some nice paper last night and came across a couple large pieces of rubylith.


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Apr 12, 2018 21:56 |  #5

You made me feel old :-(




  
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Apr 12, 2018 22:01 |  #6

OhLook, those are good ones!


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Apr 12, 2018 22:10 |  #7

Left Handed Brisket wrote in post #18605757 (external link)
I was digging around for my old pastels and some nice paper last night and came across a couple large pieces of rubylith.

I think I used that to mark spaces for photos in offset printing, but I didn't know its name.

A long shot here . . . anyone happen to be familiar with register pins?

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OhLook, those are good ones!

Thanks!


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Apr 12, 2018 22:11 |  #8

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All except buy from the Fuller Brush man. My dad WAS a FB man.

How about keep your 8-track going with a matchbook?

Oh, that's interesting about your dad.
I remember the FBM visiting our house when I was a kid. Mom usually bought from him, as his products were pretty good.
And I got a free comb. Boy, those were the days. I think the last time he visited was in the early 70s. After that no more.

I never had an 8-track. Of course I owned many cassette tapes and players. One had to be careful that there was no
slack on the tape reel, or else the player might "eat the tape". Yikes!

Bassat, thanks for sharing the memories.


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Apr 12, 2018 22:13 |  #9

Sorry, register pins don't ring a bell.


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Apr 12, 2018 22:18 |  #10

Here's a more recent technology that has disappeared...home dvd recorders.

Of course there is Tivo. But I'm talking about a dvd recorder that accepts blank dvds and
allows recording of tv shows. Can't find any new ones. Gone...gone...gone!


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Apr 12, 2018 22:23 |  #11

My Sister-in-law, an OB/GYN, can remember when mothers could smoke in the delivery room.




  
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Apr 12, 2018 22:31 |  #12

Perfectly Frank wrote in post #18605723 (external link)
Insert a floppy disk into your pc.

I go back to using punched cards to run programs on mainframes. Then there were the dumb terminals, before I saw a computer.




  
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Apr 12, 2018 22:32 |  #13

All except Use a Flip video camera...I was never into shooting video

Additions which indicate age...

  • Owned a 45rpm record player, playing singles on 45
  • Owned a camera with rollfilm size other than 120 or 620
  • Been in a household with only a single B&W TV
  • Been in a household with a FM radio which was only monaural
  • Made a skateboard with real roller skates
  • Remember when phone numbers all had prefixes like CHerry, or WInchester and had no Area Codes
  • Remember when Zip Codes were added to mailing addresses
  • Remember when you created duplicates in the typewriter with carbon paper
  • Know how to use a slide rule


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Apr 12, 2018 22:36 |  #14

Perfectly Frank wrote in post #18605723 (external link)
Use a Flip video camera.

One more, I remember Super 8 film :eek:




  
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Apr 12, 2018 22:48 |  #15

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A long shot here . . . anyone happen to be familiar with register pins?

Thanks!


Yup, I know about the use of pins for registration of layers.


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