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  1. aoiffe379 profile image55
    aoiffe379posted 8 years ago

    Remember when people used rabbit ears - antenna to collect signals for the television so it would be clear and not fuzzy?

    Remember when people bookmarked a page by folding the corner and it was called  a dog eared page?

    What can you remember that may not have seemed odd years ago but are obsolete or rarely used now?

    On the mark,get set,Go!

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      cosetteposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      cell phones were ginormous. i had one of the first ones and one night i was on a date and it rang and i answered it and people were going 'omg she has a phone in her handbag!'. i felt really conspicuous.

      boomboxes. i'm glad that fad is over.

      1. shazwellyn profile image62
        shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Did you ACTUALLY have a bag big enough?  I mean, I remember 'da brick' man!  Was it as big as that?  If so, you must have had a rucksack!! hehehe

    2. fratjoe18 profile image60
      fratjoe18posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I am still pretty young, but I rarely see anyone with a cassette tape players, except in older model cars.

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      Ghost32posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Last April, we moved off grid and went BACK to "antenna TV".  Not rabbit ears, but....

      Let's see...farming with horse power comprised of real horses, not gasoline-fed tractors.  Stacking "loose hay" rather than bales.  Roll Your Own was Bull Durham tobacco, not wacky weed paraphernalia.  Every restaurant had a "smokers section" which was, in fact, the entire restaurant.  If you wanted to build a house (at least in the country), you built it--no building permit required.  Vegetarians were myth and legend only.  Poodle skirts and sock hops.  Cars and tractors with cranks used to start 'em...and break your arm with the kickback if you were careless or unlucky.  Acme cowboy boots with (literally) newspaper as part of the super-cheapo built soles. 

      Yup.  I'm really that old. lol

  2. prettydarkhorse profile image63
    prettydarkhorseposted 8 years ago

    remember when cellphones are as big as handheld telephones and battery pack are five times the size now! the walkie talkie the policemen used before and what the football coach wear now, earplugs,

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    Denno66posted 8 years ago

    I had a Teac 8-track tape player. big_smile

    1. Stimp profile image72
      Stimpposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      "you can go your own way..." click click "you can call it...." Love it!!

  4. Sandy Thorn profile image56
    Sandy Thornposted 8 years ago

    Remember when you could ride in a car without a seatbelt and stand up in the back seat?

  5. Cagsil profile image81
    Cagsilposted 8 years ago

    remember when Henry Ford built his first car, just before 1900, based on hundreds of assembly-line personnel built cars by hand.

    Now- machines build our cars and workers are unemployed.

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      Denno66posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Wow! Now you are, by far, the oldest Hubber here. lol

      1. Cagsil profile image81
        Cagsilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        That's how old my body feels sometimes. lol

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          Denno66posted 8 years agoin reply to this

          lol lol

    2. shazwellyn profile image62
      shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I remember ford harrison navigating the millenium falcon

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        Denno66posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        OMG! lol lol lol

        1. shazwellyn profile image62
          shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          may the force be with you!

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            Denno66posted 8 years agoin reply to this

            These aren't the droids you're looking for... big_smile

            1. shazwellyn profile image62
              shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              Obi one waves his hand in front of the two stormtroopers.. they reply 'No... these aren't the droids we are looking for'.  They turn and go... (hehehe)

  6. Laura du Toit profile image85
    Laura du Toitposted 8 years ago

    Remember long playing records - must have about 400 - Jimi Hendrix , Pink Floyd, Beatles  - the list is as long as my arm - no longer have a record player so they are all just stacked away in a cupboard.

  7. europewalker profile image75
    europewalkerposted 8 years ago

    Remember when drive in movies were a treat?

    1. Cagsil profile image81
      Cagsilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Remember when drive-in movies existed? lol lol lol nevermind being a treat.

      1. wyanjen profile image80
        wyanjenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        There are a couple left in my area. Lot's of fun smile

        1. Cagsil profile image81
          Cagsilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I'm impressed. There were a couple that were tried in my area, but ultimately failed because of irresponsible kids trashing and destroying things. Now, gone.

      2. Wendi M profile image78
        Wendi Mposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        We still have a drive-in theater where we live.

    2. Paradise7 profile image83
      Paradise7posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You're taking me back.  Those were some good times.  Double dates.

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      sneakorocksolidposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I loved drive-ins!

  8. wyanjen profile image80
    wyanjenposted 8 years ago

    Remember camera film? Polaroids?

    At my job, I do everything that it used to take 4 people to do, before digital replaced film.

    I'm sad about that.

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    Denno66posted 8 years ago

    There used to be a drive-in restaurant( A&W ) across from the drive in theater in your city, Cags, on Memorial Drive that I used to go to as a kid.

  10. shazwellyn profile image62
    shazwellynposted 8 years ago

    Denno.. THE YOUNG ONES! hehehe.. Not the 9 oclock news and 12 inch records - remixed and dubbed.

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      Denno66posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I laughed so hard over those episodes! lol

      1. shazwellyn profile image62
        shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Weird how randomly, they got a band to play a little jitty in the basement!  It wasnt like that when I studied with the OU! lol

  11. yoshi97 profile image62
    yoshi97posted 8 years ago

    I remember when the news only came on twice a day ... once in the morning and once at night. I also remember when most stations went off the air at night.

    1. rebekahELLE profile image86
      rebekahELLEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I was thinking about that yesterday talking with my son about how rude people are now. people are filling their minds with too much non stop news and many of them identify their life now by what is on the news stations.

  12. Laura du Toit profile image85
    Laura du Toitposted 8 years ago

    I don't know if this is only true in South Africa but I remember when you could live in a house without burglar bars or security fencing and still feel safe. Now its unheard of to not have at least one of the two but mostly both.

    1. Dao Hoa profile image60
      Dao Hoaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      We don't have burglar bars where I live, but I remember when we don't have to lock the door at all. Now we have to lock it even to go out in the back yard!

    2. mega1 profile image78
      mega1posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I remember when we never locked our doors and if we considered locking them we couldn't because we couldn't find the keys!

  13. ediggity profile image60
    ediggityposted 8 years ago

    Remember when dial up internet took like 5 minutes to load a webpage.


    Remember when home phones had chords.


    Remember when gas was $1.00.

    1. shazwellyn profile image62
      shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      omg.. dial up.. it cost a flaming fortune here in the UK.  I must have been interneting for ages as an average bill was £250.00 per month!  God, that was a mortgage in those days!

      I can remember real voice chat.  Rooms created where you met people and no censorship.  you wouldnt believe what you could view.  Here on hubpages, there was a debate on a porno picture.  In those days people were cybering left, right and centre!

      We even used to have internet parties... the friends from our room that couldnt attend the actual gathering would go online and join.  It was really good to be part of this.

    2. GreenMathDr profile image73
      GreenMathDrposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      In college I paid 28 cents a gallon.

  14. MargaritaB profile image60
    MargaritaBposted 8 years ago

    Remember when it was safe to let your kids play by themselves in your yard?

    When women could go out for walk around the block after dark?

    When young boys could go out for a walk around the block after dark?

    When it was safe to take medicine or food without safety seals or caps?

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    ralwusposted 8 years ago

    I cannot say it and maybe some do recall "N" word babies. licorice candy in the shape of black babies. That's the only way I remember them named.[please don't be offended] Loved 'em as a child along with Smith Bros cough drops.

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    Denno66posted 8 years ago

    How bout the old VCRs, Betas, actually? The ones that you dropped the tapes into? Those were gigantic.

  17. lrohner profile image80
    lrohnerposted 8 years ago

    I remember the days of the old corded, dial phones. There was no call waiting or three-way calling. Gosh, phone conversations were much better back then!

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    Denno66posted 8 years ago

    Remember how quiet it was when you never carried a phone with you at all?

  19. ComputerGuy profile image56
    ComputerGuyposted 8 years ago

    Remember when the tape player was an upgrade?

    A 4 head vcr was the best video you could get.

  20. Black Lilly profile image60
    Black Lillyposted 8 years ago

    Remember when there were no remotes and you had to get up to switch channels on TV?
    Immagine that now...

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      Denno66posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It wouldn't happen wink

      1. wyanjen profile image80
        wyanjenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        My folks didn't have that problem.
        Before remotes, there were kids... lol

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          Denno66posted 8 years agoin reply to this

          lol

    2. dave272727 profile image61
      dave272727posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      No remote, no TV!

      1. Black Lilly profile image60
        Black Lillyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        oh come on! Moving keeps you fit big_smile

  21. StefanMDP profile image79
    StefanMDPposted 8 years ago

    When the personal computers had 64K RAM and no hard disk.

    Mine was a Tandy Radio Shack TRS-80 CoCo2

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    Denno66posted 8 years ago

    I sill live in an area where you don't have to lock your doors; for the time being.

  23. thranax profile image50
    thranaxposted 8 years ago

    I remember a time when online games weren't  full of ignorant people.

    ~thranax~

    1. Paradise7 profile image83
      Paradise7posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Whoa!

  24. profile image0
    Denno66posted 8 years ago

    online games? Try Pong. lol

    1. shazwellyn profile image62
      shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      ive still got a binatone console!

  25. wyanjen profile image80
    wyanjenposted 8 years ago

    I remember neighborhood games like kick ball, soft ball...
    Although they had their fair share of ignorant people just the same smile

  26. Paradise7 profile image83
    Paradise7posted 8 years ago

    I remember when a pack of smokes cost a buck.  Old, old days!

  27. Wendi M profile image78
    Wendi Mposted 8 years ago

    How about the Pacer or Le Car!

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      Denno66posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Aren't those used as paper weights nowadays? big_smile

      1. Wendi M profile image78
        Wendi Mposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        LOL, pretty much.


        My dad bought 2 of those silly Le Cars...a green one for himself and a brown one for my step-mom.  How embarassing!

  28. elayne001 profile image83
    elayne001posted 8 years ago

    I remember the first tv my dad brought home and it was black and white and a small little screen - we were so excited - how far they have come!! My Dad is still kicking - for his 82 birthday he went sky diving!

  29. profile image0
    lyricsingrayposted 8 years ago

    waist height underwear in pattern colors

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      Denno66posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      The Victorian Age's answer to thongs lol

      1. shazwellyn profile image62
        shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        That was what I was thinking!  She cant be that old!  She liked the bay city rollers when she was 16!

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    lyricsingrayposted 8 years ago

    socks that had individual toes with stripes

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    lyricsingrayposted 8 years ago

    Shoulder Pads

    1. shazwellyn profile image62
      shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      omg.. 'power dressing'!

  32. wyanjen profile image80
    wyanjenposted 8 years ago

    You made me remember leg warmers lol

  33. Black Lilly profile image60
    Black Lillyposted 8 years ago

    Remember streets with no traffic?

  34. profile image0
    lyricsingrayposted 8 years ago

    Fuzzy Dice

  35. profile image0
    Denno66posted 8 years ago

    Enclosed Phone Booths

    1. shazwellyn profile image62
      shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      that always smelt of piss.

  36. Black Lilly profile image60
    Black Lillyposted 8 years ago

    Remember bright pink/red lipstick?
    You could never kiss in that.

    Oh, condoms were very nice then too. Like a bus tyre.

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      Denno66posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      We all had fun with those.....

  37. Black Lilly profile image60
    Black Lillyposted 8 years ago

    remember hot summers in the office with no air con?

  38. profile image0
    lyricsingrayposted 8 years ago

    mobile phones weighed as much as your arm lol

  39. profile image0
    lyricsingrayposted 8 years ago

    no one used condoms

    1. Black Lilly profile image60
      Black Lillyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      ok, ok. But they WERE there!

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        lyricsingrayposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        good point big_smile

  40. profile image0
    lyricsingrayposted 8 years ago

    Payphones were a dime

  41. profile image0
    Denno66posted 8 years ago

    We were soooo poor we used balloons...

    1. profile image0
      lyricsingrayposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      um, think that was just you, how embarrassing lol

      1. Black Lilly profile image60
        Black Lillyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        well, sheep don't need condoms at all...

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        Denno66posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Well, my fifteen kids like the story.... big_smile

    2. shazwellyn profile image62
      shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      recycled at that!

  42. myownworld profile image78
    myownworldposted 8 years ago

    lol ALL it takes is L and denno, and any thread can end up wild! such a gift really....

  43. profile image0
    Denno66posted 8 years ago

    We aims to please, and she pees most of the time. lol

    1. myownworld profile image78
      myownworldposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      lol ((wait till she sees this...here she comes)))

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    Denno66posted 8 years ago

    Ack! No!!!(scampers away)

    1. myownworld profile image78
      myownworldposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      oh she'll get ya, no matter which thread...!
      ((claps hands in glee))

      1. profile image0
        Denno66posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        You are enjoying my torment, hmm? wink

        1. myownworld profile image78
          myownworldposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          doesn't everyone? yikes

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            Denno66posted 8 years agoin reply to this

            I'm starting to think I'm on the Sheep's equivalent of the Truman Show. big_smile

            1. myownworld profile image78
              myownworldposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              yeah sooner or later, u'll hit into that wall....then it's over for u honey!

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                Denno66posted 8 years agoin reply to this

                Smashing Sheep, sounds like a good song title.....

              2. shazwellyn profile image62
                shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                I just can't wait for someone to sign is as 'old shep'!
                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oygoivee30g

      2. wyanjen profile image80
        wyanjenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Did I hear somebody say "glee"?
        Is Denno on the run again... I always enjoy a good sheep chase!
        ((more glee))

  45. Black Lilly profile image60
    Black Lillyposted 8 years ago

    Guys, that's a serious thread about memories!!!

    Remember the last time you had mutton? big_smile

  46. Black Lilly profile image60
    Black Lillyposted 8 years ago

    ...or those nice warm sheepskin coats? big_smile

  47. wyanjen profile image80
    wyanjenposted 8 years ago

    Sorry, you're right. I feel sheepish.

    Remember having wool mittens when you were a kid?

    1. shazwellyn profile image62
      shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      what about those bloooooooming baraclavas! yuck!

  48. profile image0
    Denno66posted 8 years ago

    Still in the room, hey.....

  49. Rayalternately profile image60
    Rayalternatelyposted 8 years ago

    As a kid in the school holidays I used to play out all day, and only had to come in when it got dark.

    As a kid on fireworks night we used to have bangers that we threw at each other (these were essentially little bombs so I'm sure the hospitals were kept very busy).

    As a kid we had 1 TV in the house and 3 TV channels and they finished before bedtime most nights.

    As a kid computers were something you read about in books.

    Just reading that short list, you'd think I grew up in the middle ages... but it was only the seventies.

    - - -

    shameless plug for my nostalgia website, which is called When We Were Kids. Sorry about that, couldn't resist! big_smile

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      sneakorocksolidposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      The Star Spangled Banner and test patterns.

  50. Flightkeeper profile image71
    Flightkeeperposted 8 years ago

    when everyone used sugar.

    1. rebekahELLE profile image86
      rebekahELLEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      lol

      pac man?

      1. shazwellyn profile image62
        shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        space invaders!

 
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