Here is another trip down memory lane. Here are things that I remember using that we no longer need to keep around the house or community. The lesson here is that things, many of which we think we need, and may actually do need at the time, become obsolete. Be careful where you spend your money! Of course you could always hang onto them until they become ‘collectibles’.
Who cooks at home anymore, many people eat out. Even if you do cook at home, have you ever worn an apron? They were used to protect clothing while cooking – to keep grease splatters and spills contained on the apron. Of course, many times they were for show as well.
OK, I confess, I do still use my iron, on occasion but I believe I am in the minority on this one. Most clothing comes out of the dryer wrinkle free. If that dress shirt needs ironing, off to the cleaners it goes!
When I learned to drive, Dad taught me that I should use a grease gun to lubricate the ball joints by clamping on the hose of a grease gun and pumping in some grease. Today’s cars apparently come factory sealed and no longer need to have the ball joints lubed.
Used oil pans
Dad also made me change my own oil. Granted, oil still needs to be changed, but most of us don’t do it ourselves anymore and so don’t need to collect the oil as it drips out of the car into some old pan for used oil.
Before air conditioning, attic fans pulled in volumes of cool night air through open windows in the summer time. The noise was horrific but the moving air was soooo nice. I’m sure some folks do still use an attic fan, especially in areas that aren’t hot and muggy in the summer, but we don’t.
Unfortunately, in a lot of places, folks are afraid to leave their windows open at night!
We still have ours, do you? Remember how horrible the sound was that came from them compared to the quality we now experience.
Cell phones have killed pay phones. It used to be somewhat comforting to know that you could drive up to a phone and call for help if you needed to do so. Now you have to carry a cell phone and hope for coverage so you can make that call. Pay phones have all but disappeared from the landscape.
When I was a kid, most preserved food stuffs either came in a can or a glass jar. We used to be able to collect the soda bottles and turn them in for a nickel apiece. While some foods are still packed in glass, most companies use plastic now.
Here is one that I’m kind of glad went away. I never did get the hang of using mine! They were replaced by scientific calculators.
You may not be old enough to remember typing class but I am. We had a red covered text book that contained nonsensical paragraphs to type along with actual essays. The teacher timed us to see how many words per minute we could type. Mistakes subtracted from your time. In order to pass the class we had to make at least 45 wpm – on a manual (not an electric) typewriter. When typewriters became unneeded, so did white out. YEAH!
Mom taught fourth grade. She used to use the mimeograph machine at work to make copies of pages the kids needed to have. These machines used a specific type of blue ink that had a very unique smell. Copiers replaced mimeographs.
Most new refrigerators come with ice makers. I’ve had an ice maker since 1998, but it broke last year. Since the frig/freezer is still working fine, I have been making ice ever since, but most folks don’t. What a pain!
When my boys were babies, we had a play pen for them. It was a square 4 ft contraption, with a hard bottom, netting on the sides and a plastic or vinyl strip along the top. The bottom was about 3 inches off the ground and it folded up so you could take it along if you needed to do so. When moms needed to keep baby safe and occupied while she did something else, into the play pen the kid went, with plenty of toys with which to play.
So if you have some of the above things, hang onto them! As my Aunt M. used to say – “They might be worth money someday!”
What do you remember that is no longer used? What do you think will shortly be made obsolete?