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I remember when

  1. Jan 31, 2008 #1

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    I thought it might be interesting to see what members can come up with as far as old technology that was replaced by newer technology, or new technology that took things to a new level.

    One item per post. You may post another item as soon as someone posts after you, this will give everyone a chance. If you have information or pictures to go along with your item, please feel free to add it.

    I'll start - I remember when toothpaste tubes were made out of metal.
     
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    Pull tabs on Coke cans.
     
  4. Jan 31, 2008 #3

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    Radios had tubes in them and they had to warm up for several minutes before the radio would work.
     
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  5. Jan 31, 2008 #4

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    Eight-track tapes that would change tracks mid-song. CLUNK-CLUNK!!
     
  6. Jan 31, 2008 #5
    When the internet was steam-powered.
     
  7. Jan 31, 2008 #6

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    I remember when cars had dashboards made of painted unpadded steel with no seat-belts.
     
  8. Jan 31, 2008 #7

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    I remember when there were no handheld calculators.
     
  9. Jan 31, 2008 #8

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    I remember when writing a computer program meant sitting at a huge punch-card console, turning in the stack of cards, and waiting days for a print-out.
     
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    I remember typing too fast on the typewriter, and the little things that hammer the letters onto the ribbon (the type bars?) getting tangled together.
     
  11. Jan 31, 2008 #10

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    I remember having to buy naphtha and flints to keep my cigarette lighter working.
     
  12. Jan 31, 2008 #11

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    Our first remote control for the TV was connected by wires.
     
  13. Jan 31, 2008 #12

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    I remember when TVs were so rare that people would congregate at the houses of other to watch a special show. All B&W, of course.
     
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    Garth

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    I remember the good old days before nostalgia.

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  16. Jan 31, 2008 #15

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    78s........
     
  17. Jan 31, 2008 #16
    are those for Victrolas?
     
  18. Jan 31, 2008 #17

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    Yes, but most regular record players would play 78s as well.

    My grandmother had a large collection of 78s and a Victrola.
     
  19. Jan 31, 2008 #18
    I don't know how old you are---did you play cylinder records when you were a kid?:wink:

    my grandparents left one of the players and some of those cylinder records out to be thrown away when I was there one time when I was a kid--I guess that's how some things get more rare
     
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  20. Jan 31, 2008 #19

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    Heh, no, but there were records for kids that were still made in the 78 format.

    My parents had a mono HiFi, but my first real record player was stereo, so it had two hand cranks.
     
  21. Jan 31, 2008 #20
    I remember when there weren't any antiques.
     
  22. Jan 31, 2008 #21

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    Goose Grease!

    When as kids we got sick, we were covered in Goose Grease.
     
  23. Jan 31, 2008 #22
    I remember when most threads in physicsforums only got three or four replys and sometimes you had to wait all day for someone to say something.
     
  24. Jan 31, 2008 #23

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    I remember when LL Bean was not a catalog store, but was just a funky, innovative old sporting goods store that used to stay open 24 hours a day WAY before that caught on with other stores. My uncle would show up at 8 pm and say "Let's go to Beans", which involved hours of driving each way, because 1-95 had not been built yet. It would turn into an all-night pilgrimage with Thermoses of coffee and a big bag of sandwiches.
     
  25. Jan 31, 2008 #24
    I remember when Lucky Charms had three marshmallow shapes
     
  26. Jan 31, 2008 #25

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    I remember when my grandparents bought the first color TV in town, and the only show broadcast locally in color at the time was Flipper.
     
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