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Are you old enough to do these things?

 
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Jul 19, 2018 14:02 |  #331

Party line phones aren't exactly ancient history. My inlaws, in rural western Oregon, had a four-party line until the late '80s or early '90s. They had no choice: the phone company didn't want to run a new cable up the road so it was party line or no line.

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Jul 19, 2018 21:08 |  #332

Early 90s was still 25 years ago.:eek:


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Jul 19, 2018 21:35 |  #333

rrblint wrote in post #18666339 (external link)
Early 90s was still 25 years ago.:eek:

Only yesterday!


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Jul 20, 2018 10:27 |  #334

rrblint wrote in post #18666339 (external link)
Early 90s was still 25 years ago.:eek:

Now that's a post that makes me feel old!


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Jul 20, 2018 23:32 |  #335

A few items (I'm 68):

1) All airplanes were piston engine prop driven (1950s). DC-3, de Havilland Dove, DC-7, etc.
2) Radios and TV had tubes, took 30+ seconds to warm up (even those in cars - those that had them - they were options). We had to take them all out and check them on a regular basis. Most grocery stores and hardware stores had tube checkers.
3) No power steering, no power brakes, drums all around.
4) We were trusted to walk into a gun store, pick out what we wanted and walk out with it after paying. Just like buying a toaster.
5) Post cards and hand written letters were common forms of communicating and staying in touch.

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Jul 21, 2018 00:02 |  #336

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A few items (I'm 68)

5) Post cards and hand written letters were common forms of communicating and staying in touch.

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I find it interesting that my local stores still sell picture post cards. Greetings from Los Angeles and that kind of stuff. You would think that in the age of smartphones and social media no one would be interested in picture post cards.


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Jul 21, 2018 01:02 |  #337

Perfectly Frank wrote in post #18667127 (external link)
I find it interesting that my local stores still sell picture post cards. Greetings from Los Angeles and that kind of stuff. You would think that in the age of smartphones and social media no one would be interested in picture post cards.

A postcard becomes a physical memento of the trip or the relationship between sender and recipient in a way that ephemeral texts can't.


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Jul 21, 2018 01:07 |  #338

bergmen wrote in post #18667119 (external link)
A few items (I'm 68):

1) All airplanes were piston engine prop driven (1950s). DC-3, de Havilland Dove, DC-7, etc.
2) Radios and TV had tubes, took 30+ seconds to warm up (even those in cars - those that had them - they were options). We had to take them all out and check them on a regular basis. Most grocery stores and hardware stores had tube checkers.
3) No power steering, no power brakes, drums all around.
4) We were trusted to walk into a gun store, pick out what we wanted and walk out with it after paying. Just like buying a toaster.
5) Post cards and hand written letters were common forms of communicating and staying in touch.

Dan

Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8 were flying in the late 50’s. I flew on a DC-3 back in 1964, seemed to take forever to cross the ocean, I think the flight was 22 hours long from the east coast to Germany.
Power brakes have been around for a long tme, Chrysler and GM had power steering in the early 50’s.




  
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Jul 21, 2018 01:27 |  #339

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Perfectly Frank wrote in post #18667127 (external link)
I find it interesting that my local stores still sell picture post cards. Greetings from Los Angeles and that kind of stuff. You would think that in the age of smartphones and social media no one would be interested in picture post cards.

A postcard becomes a physical memento of the trip or the relationship between sender and recipient in a way that ephemeral texts can't.

Yes, most likely. I can't remember the last time I received a picture post card or hand written letter, it has been decades ago.


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Jul 21, 2018 01:32 |  #340

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

Changing the ribbon on a typewriter
-What's that? - fill inkwells on class desks

Put out bottled milk for the school class

Using a pay phone?? - Pick up the phone and just ask the exchange girl to be put through to 'Persons Name' not a number.
First phone numbers were just 3 digits

Manually using the choke on your car - Crank the car to start it!

Winding your watch - winding up the grandfather clock and pulling the weights up

Reading a print newspaper - Going to the butcher and bringing home the meat wrapped in newspaper. same with chips - fries

making your own charcoal for artwork

cleaning your boots (not shoes) to go to school

driving out of the Drive in theatre with the speaker still attached!! :p
Won't go any further with that discussion  :p



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Jul 21, 2018 01:35 |  #341

Perfectly Frank wrote in post #18667148 (external link)
Yes, most likely. I can't remember the last time I received a picture post card or hand written letter, it has been decades ago.

Last postcard I sent was one we made up from images of wildflowers I'd photographed on holiday, and printed onto a card at the nearest printer and just wrote on back and stuck a stamp on it.



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Jul 21, 2018 02:00 |  #342

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Perfectly Frank wrote in post #18667148 (external link)
Yes, most likely. I can't remember the last time I received a picture post card or hand written letter, it has been decades ago.

Last postcard I sent was one we made up from images of wildflowers I'd photographed on holiday, and printed onto a card at the nearest printer and just wrote on back and stuck a stamp on it.

That sounds like a great idea.
Hey, can you send me one? ;-)a


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Jul 21, 2018 02:01 |  #343

avondale87 wrote in post #18667152 (external link)
Ok, let's see how many here are old enough to do these tasks...

Changing the ribbon on a typewriter
-What's that? - fill inkwells on class desks

Put out bottled milk for the school class

Using a pay phone?? - Pick up the phone and just ask the exchange girl to be put through to 'Persons Name' not a number.
First phone numbers were just 3 digits

Manually using the choke on your car - Crank the car to start it!

Winding your watch - winding up the grandfather clock and pulling the weights up

Reading a print newspaper - Going to the butcher and bringing home the meat wrapped in newspaper. same with chips - fries

making your own charcoal for artwork

cleaning your boots (not shoes) to go to school

driving out of the Drive in theatre with the speaker still attached!! :p
Won't go any further with that discussion  :p

Wow, that's really going back in time!


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Jul 21, 2018 06:28 |  #344

Speaking of cars ....
Carb adjustment for altitude change.




  
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Jul 21, 2018 06:59 |  #345

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Speaking of cars ....
Carb adjustment for altitude change.

Setting the distributor points gap.


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