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    WinnieThePooh
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    At the risk of dating myself…

    my kids love hearing stories of the olden days when I was little. They were fascinated when they recently saw a typewriter.

    Which gets me in the nostalgic mood.

    Who else remembers phones that were actually dialed? (and if you lost your grip when you dialed the 8 or 9 you had to start all over again)

    five and dime stores

    blue aerogrammes

    cameras with those impossible to load film and flash bulbs

    And of course, record players.

    What do you remember from your childhood that no longer exists today?

    #1209706

    golfer
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    Blue aerogrammes?

    Blue aerogrammes!

    What a wave of nostalgia that brought on!!!

    There are so many things I remember from my childhood that don’t exist any more, I wouldn’t know where to start.

    But it’s the people I miss most, WinnieTP.

    The type of people that don’t exist any more (except a few very old ones) that I couldn’t describe if I tried. People who practiced a type of Yiddishkeit that doesn’t exist any more. People who didn’t pretend to have all the answers, and who didn’t need answers to all their questions. People who were happy to be able to a Mitzvah, without demanding an explanation for why it has to be done exactly that way and what exactly is in it for them, besides the simple joy of serving their Creator.

    #1209707

    Joseph
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    Sending a telex, telegram, pagers, walkmans, CRT monitors, mainframes, dial up modems, floppy discs (3.5″ or 5.25″), Polaroid instant cameras, record players, tape recorders, ham radio, transistor radio.

    #1209708

    Lilmod Ulelamaid
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    payphones. There have been times when I really needed one (cellphone was broken), and was really frustrated that I couldn’t use a payphone. It was particularly frustrating because the payphones themselves still exist, but no one sells phonecards anymore, so they are not useable.

    My friend’s husband actually tried buying a typewriter because he wanted to be able to type up his Divrei Torah and didn’t want a computer in the house. He couldn’t find one. So he had to buy a computer in the end, but he calls it a word processor instead.

    I tried buying a CD player recently and the guy in the store seemed not to know what I was talking about. All my friends seem to have CD players, but I guess they bought them 20 years ago.

    #1209709

    Geordie613
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    Fax machines! Even fax machines are disappearing. and I remember when they arrived! I had to send a fax recently, and among about 10 friends I couldn’t find one. Eventually, a friend who is a software developer, scanned in the paper for me, and sent it somehow to the recipient’s fax.

    #1209710

    Lilmod Ulelamaid
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    Geordie – you serious? and here, I finally got around to figuring out to send a fax…

    #1209711

    Little Froggie
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    Ice boxes…Trolley…Horse & buggy…

    #1209712

    Lilmod Ulelamaid
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    I actually met someone who grew up without electricity or cars. He lived 3 days journey by donkey from the closest village. And this wasn’t even so long ago – he’d be about 40 now. He was Ethiopian.

    #1209713

    WinnieThePooh
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    I didn’t realize Froggies have such long life-spans!

    Who grew up with teachers handing out mimieographs? And taking notes for an absent classmate using carbon paper?

    #1209714

    WinnieThePooh
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    I didn’t realize Froggies have such long life-spans!

    Who grew up with teachers handing out mimieographs? And taking notes for an absent classmate using carbon paper?

    #1209715

    Little Froggie
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    obviously you duplicated your post with a …

    #1209716

    Lilmod Ulelamaid
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    He doesn’t have to be that old. He could just be from Ethiopia.

    We spoiled Westerners have no hasaga of how the rest of the world lives….

    #1209717

    takahmamash
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    My dad had a manual typewriter in the basement that he used for years. When I was in college, I bought an electric one. If the weather was nice and I needed to type, I’d set my typewriter up outside, plug it into our outdoor outlet, and type away while enjoying the weather.

    #1209718

    Lilmod Ulelamaid
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    Joseph: “Sending a telex, telegram, pagers, walkmans, CRT monitors, mainframes, dial up modems, floppy discs (3.5″ or 5.25″), Polaroid instant cameras, record players, tape recorders, ham radio, transistor radio.”

    They had telegrams in your days? I’ve only read about those in books. And what’s a telex?

    #1209719

    TheGoq
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    #1209720

    Joseph
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    Telegrams existed until fairly recently with Western Union.

    Telex is an electronic telegraph machine many offices had that could send a message to other Telex machines.

    #1209721

    Lilmod Ulelamaid
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    I saw a cute cartoon several years ago entitled: “blonde goes back to work after 20 years”. The girl starts typing on her computer, and when she gets to the end of the line, she puts her hands on the left side of the computer screen and pushes it.

    Remember those days?

    #1209722

    Geordie613
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    Interestingly enough there’s a picture of a old style telephone on the front of this week’s Mishpacha JR.

    There must be someone here who’s involved in the Mishpacha. The OP, WinnieThePooh?

    #1209723

    WinnieThePooh
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    Not guilty. My only involvement is that I’m a regular reader of Mishpacha, but I haven’t even seen the Jr yet this week. I actually was thinking about this thread last week but never got around to posting it.

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