Mimeographs, carbon paper, boom boxes, roller skates with four wheels and a key, penny candies, Barq's Creme Soda, soda machines with the doors and you pulled the bottles out, manual cash registers, starter buttons for cars(although these are back, there is one on our Z06 Corvette). Speaking of cars, curb finders, water bags(no a/c), outside visors on the windshields, manual headlight dimmers on the floor.
When you're chewing on life's gristle[br]Don't grumble, give a whistle[br]And this'll help things turn out for the best...[br]And...always look on the bright side of life...[br]Always look on the light side of life.[br]Monty Python's Life of Brian[br]
I have some love letters wrapped in a satin(very faded) ribbon. When we got burglarized many years ago they took a little wooden box with some others,WTF for,a random throw in the old pillowcase senseless theft. I looked in some empty lots around to see if they tossed Thank you for allowing me to ventilate.
"church keys" for punching a hole in a drink can before pull rings existed.
detachable "pull rings" on drink cans before the pull tab was invented (I confess that I still see pull rings from time to time in developing countries).
Oh my goodness, yes! And remember you used to get a free church key thrown in when you bought a six-pack. Strange little memory -- buying a six-pack in a small grocery story in Lafayette, La. @1967 or '8: The grocer commented as he put the can opener in my (paper!) bag, "this is probably one of the last one of these you'll ever get". I asked why, and he said that all the metal was going to have to go to the war in Vietnam.
Speaking of pull rings, I absolutely hate cans of regular stuff -- beans, etc. -- with pull-ring tops. Gimme something that can be opened with a can opener (my trusty Swing-Away) every time.
Post by patricklondon on Jun 25, 2009 18:10:05 GMT
detachable "pull rings" on drink cans before the pull tab was invented
My mother once told me that, quite a few years after these had been in common use, my father came home with a puzzled expression and said "I can't understand it. Why have so many women started losing the clips off their suspender belts in the street?"
As for old technologies - I still have a turn-the-handle gramophone, my first office job involved using a mechanical adding machine (where you keyed in a number, moved a lever to plus or minus it and then a handle to make the sum), and a later one saw me in charge of the office Gestetner stencils.
Bring it here. It's still used in all govt. offices on their ancient upright typewriters.
When I changed my address with immigration recently, I had to present a letter saying I was changing my address. For this I went to the last scribe in the downtown market and got a letter typed on a manual typewriter and a carbon copy, both very blurry and faint on stiff heavy paper. The scribe was old. There used to be a whole bunch of them when I first moved here. Anyway, as usual something needed to be changed, so I needed to get a different letter. The lady in immigration said, go to an internet café!, which I did. It was cheaper & looked nicer.