Items that are extinct

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  1. Kat53

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    The addiction thread made me think about how far technology has come in recent years, and how many items we used to use are extinct.

    Things like:
    Film for cameras
    VCR's
    Stamps ( almost no need to send mIl anymore with emIl and online bill paying)
    Home phones

    What is something you remember using as a child or even a few years ago that you no longer use?
     
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  3. MrsC

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    Funny...I have all of those in my house right now (and use them).
     
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    I just think it is funny that when I was a kid almost everything was made of metal or glass - very few food items were in plastic, and even most of my toys were not 100% plastic.

    Cassettes - when I was a kid to make a mixed tape you had to sit by the radio and as soon as you heard a song you like, you hit record. So every song on my mixed tapes was slightly cut off at the beginning.

    typewriter

    floppy disks that were actually floppy.

    Ice cube trays
     
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    Hmmm, I have those too. I guess I really am living in the dark ages!
     
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    :lol:
     
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    I just bought some ice cube trays!!! LOL!!!

    Cassette tapes
    Walkman's... tape, cd
    I miss the little film canisters!!!
     
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    Oh my. Put me in the dark ages group. I still use stamps, a 35mm camera that uses film (and takes gorgeous pictures)so I have little film canisters, we have an ice cube maker, but have ice cube trays in our garage fridge, and I do love glass for food, as opposed to plastic!
     
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    K31- I still have my 35mm camera... but hubby bought me it's digital cousin, soI didn't have to buy new lenses.. Ah such a sweet & thoughtful man!!! I love it!!! I just snap away!!!
     
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    You guys pretty much said what I was going to say!

    - TVs with the actual rabbit ears before getting cable.
    - The computers I used in elem school that had the green-colored letters w/ black screens & the cursor blinked that green rectangle
    - I had an Atari 600XL computer at home & that model was hard to find video game cartridges.
     
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    I remember the mixed tapes, silver! And almost always, I would hit record and the DJ would start talking over the song!

    Old computers
    Floppy disks
    walkmans
    car phones that actually had to stay in the car!!
     
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    The huge bag phones!!!!
     
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    phones with a curly cord!
    or a rotary phone, we have that at our summer house :)
     
  14. MrsC

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    Oh no...I have one of those in the kitchen. :lol:
     
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    4 on the floor
    3 on the tree
    Carburetors
    Air cooled VW's
    Points and plugs
    Mechanical fuel pumps (went along with carburetors)
    Hub caps
    Tire tubes
    Bumpers on the outside of the car.
     
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    Stamps ( almost no need to send mIl anymore with emIl and online I still buy stamps...they are not EXTINCT...I send letters, greeting cards, and just a few bills via the USPSbill paying)
    Home phonesStill have one...as do most of my family and friends IN ADDITION to cell phones

    What is something you remember using as a child or even a few years ago that you no longer use?

    black and white TV

    leaded gas

    typewriters

    record players

    8 Track
     
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    We have a VCR and I frequently record shows from TV to use in class. Love Modern Marvels, Last American Cowboy, etc.
    We have a landline at home because we can only rarely get cell phone coverage at our house. I sent a text to students this morning to remind them to bring something to school and had to send it while standing in the bed of the truck out in the yard.

    I still use 35 mm film, but we are mostly digital now.

    Stamps - We can't get high speed internet, so we don't use any online bill pay. I also write letters to all the grandparents each Sunday night and send a postcard to grandparents and nieces each Wednesday. They really look forward to their letters.

    We don't use real floppy disks, green and black screened Apple computers, cassette tapes (except my son's books on tape that he likes to listen to). We aren't completely backwards out here.
     
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    - :lol: Ice cube trays - I have a bunch in my garage, left over from a Titanic lesson.
    - Rotary phone - still have one.
    - Stamps - still have them. Gotta send my Christmas cards every year :)
    - Ceiling fans in the classroom (boy, do I miss mine - A/C just doesn't cut it sometimes)
    - Things that were built to LAST, not be replaced every two years (I remember my dad taking the coffee pot and TV to repair shops...)
    - My first car had a manual choke... and carburetors are extinct now, right?
    - Freedom - parents couldn't call at anytime, no cellphones tracking you (I know parents might disagree with me on this one, but I don't have kids & I'm still thinking fondly on my own teenage days... I'm sure I'll be grateful for them someday!)
     
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    I went digital for my camera a long time ago, back when the cameras still used floppy disks, but I still use the my VCR, stamps, and home phone. We can't get good cell service at my house. I'm too far in the boonies. The local companies don't offer online billing & payments either.
     
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    Perculator coffee pots
    Wringer washers
    Pop corn poppers (I really miss these, as there was a different flavor)

    Mrs. C, you better not have all these.
     
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    Actually.....I don't have any.
     
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    I have all three of those! The wringer washer belonged to one grandmother, and the coffee pot to the other. They're in storage, though. My popcorn popper is in the house and gets used sometimes.
     
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    Nope, I'm right there with you!:D
     
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    I bought an old school Nintendo with the original Super Mario Brothers and Yoshis Island but it broke. I hear you can download them on Wii, though.

    My first computer was the size of a TV. Even non-flat screen tv's are hard to find in the stores I've been in.
     
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    We had an Atari hooked up in dh's office for quite a while.

    Just this past weekend my kids watched a movie on VHS, I mailed 5 bills with stamps and I use my home phone almost daily calling other family's home phones as I track down my children for dinner. I have a popcorn popper and ice cube trays.
     
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    I have a percolator and pop corn popper...

    And, if it makes you feel better, MrsC, I have all those other things as well...
     
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    Well, I do keep telling my students that I am older than the dinosaurs, I guess that's why I have so many things that are "extinct". :lol:
     
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    Here's my two cents worth -- warming syrup by taking the lid off and sticking the glass bottle into a pan of almost boiling water. Thank goodness for microwave syrup.
     
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    Mrs. C... you remind me of my mom.... She always said she was born in 1902... my best friend & I sat next to each other in high school & the teacher said something about 1902 & I said to my friend that's when my mom was born... We starting giggling & the teacher was not amused!!!

    We have an air popper for popcorn.
    Beta tapes
    What about those big huge discs you had to use to watch movies on.
    Leg warmers with my name on the
    Dance leotards with the high hips & crop shirts... Of course the word DANCE on it!! LOL!!
     
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    I have a Westbend Stir Crazy popcorn popper?
     
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    Where to begin?.....

    8-track tapes and tape players.

    Rotary phones - I still remember how COOL it was when my dad got new phones in his office that had the rotary dial on the handset!!!

    Record players (as mentioned before) - My mom actually brought one from the home she grew up in. Grandma died a couple of years ago and it was just sitting out there. We brought it home and my boys LOVED it (couldn't believe the needle still worked). I literally had a trunk full of LPs and 45's we listened to during most of the Christmas Holiday.

    Metal roller skates that were adjustable (and almost guaranteed to break your ankle - lol).

    Izod and Members Only jackets (although I think both of these are making a comeback).

    Parachute pants.

    McDonald's food in foam containers (worked at one for 6 years).

    TV's and stereos in HUGE cabinets. The bigger the cabinet, the more status it represented (even though the TV screen was often still only 19-23").

    Tape recorders.

    Jiffy Pop popcorn (or just popping corn in a pan on the stove).

    Saturday morning cartoons. I know they aren't really extinct, but they seemed a lot more special when you had to wait a week to see them instead of watching them 24/7.

    TV's with a large dial for changing channels.

    Atari, Sega, Nintendo, SuperNintendo, Nintendo64 (I remember when that was top notch), Gameboys. Actually, I think I have all of these except the Atari.

    ARCADES with games that only cost .25c

    Daisy Wheel printers

    Typewriters (even the ultra-cool electric models).

    Kids "cruisin" up and down Main Street on Friday and Saturday nights.

    The original Saturday Night Live.

    Music videos on MTV.

    Friday Night Videos.


    I'm sure I'll think of more later on.
     
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    And a home phone? And I think downstairs there maybe a computer with a hard disc drive, but I have progressed from floppy. You will be happy to know in our early ed program we have many toys that are not plastic, but I have to search hard to find them!
     
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    YES to all three of these!!! We loved driving up and down the drag!
     
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    I still have a perculator and popcorn popper. No wringer but the pasta machine reminds me of one we used when I was a kid.

    Not extinct but hardly anyone wears a wristwatch anymore or knows how to drive a stick shift or hangs their clothes to dry (although it is becoming more common again). We used to use a bedwarmer to warm up the beds before we got in and then use a hotwater bottle at night because we didn't heat the house at night. At our lake cottage the phone was a party line. Oh, I know - cars without seat belts! Juice in large cans instead of plastic bottles.

    Hmm...I will probably think of things all night!

    Oh - what about a coal burning furnace in the basement?
     
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    I grew up with my grandmother and great grandmother. We had a rotary phone forever. Perculated coffee reminds me of my aunts house. Always had a corn popper b/c we didn't have a microwave. My old house used to be heated by coal (way before I was born). Our record player went to my friend who still has it.
     
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    We had this weird toaster that was like a cap that you put over the flame on a gas stove when we were at camp. That's because we didn't have electricity during the summer.

    And we had an outhouse! (I'd rather go in the woods.)
    We used a chamberpot at night if we didn't want to get up and go outside.
    A hand pump attached to the side of the kitchen sink.

    Those were wonderful summers!

    How about canvas tents made out of the heavy tarp?
     
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    Ditto machines... that purpley color.
     
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    Canvas tents smelled wonderful. Ripstop nylon just isn't the same.
     
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    Cerek's printer comment made me think of the reams of paper my dad use to get for our printer-the kind with the holes in the side that you had to rip off. And I could never rip it perfectly, no matter how slow I ripped it, so the next time we printed the first page had a piece out of the top.
     
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    They came out with a 25th anniversary disc that has 3 version of Mario. My son gave that to me for Christmas. (for the wii)
     

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