For The Record


I’m so witty. ๐Ÿ˜† For the record, my daughter picked up this record and said WHAT IS THIS? I bet she wouldn’t know what an 8-track tape is or a transister radio or rabbit ears on a TV or for that matter what the KNOBS ON THE TV ARE FOR either. What can you remember that kids wouldn’t recognize today?

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  1. Jennifer says:

    I remember the days before 24 hour cartoon channels. Remember when cartoons were only on Saturday morning and you had to get up early to catch the good ones? One other thing I remember is going “outside” to play. I never see kids doing anything without an electronic device attached to them. They either have a video game controller in their hand or a phone attached to their ear. :wall:

    Okay, that’s enough for now. I’m sounding old and grumpy. :rotfl:

  2. Eve says:

    The store I work for is called Paperbacks Plus and the plus is all the other stuff we sell – old 45’s and albums, etc. We had a kid (18 or so) working for us at one time. A box of 45’s came in and one of the clerks was going over it. The kid looks at him and says “do you play both sides like you do with the big ones?”:hissyfit:
    I’ll have to think about the rest of this stuff while at work today – I know I’ll remember something.

  3. Carol says:

    Many kids have never seen dial telephones and manuel typewriters. TV’s only had a few channels. I even remember when it only came on in the evening!

  4. Laurie says:

    Let’s see…1)Walking to school. I didn’t get a car until I graduated from college.@) Talking on a telephone and actually dialing the numbers rotary style. No cellphones! No instant messenger. You actually had to send letters and birthday cards in the mail. No computer. No microwave. Black and white TV’s. No remotes. Reel to reel tape recorders. Regular roller skates with a key you hung around your neck for tightening. Dances with bands not DJ’s.

  5. Jill says:

    I can remember NOT wearing seatbelts, lying on the floor in the station wagon as we drove …

  6. Toni Anderson says:

    I remember the lack of seatbelts–4 little kids in the back of a tiny Ford Anglia. My hubby remembers holding on to a sibling as they leaned out of the window going down leafy lanes (they had five and obviously didn’t mind losing one!!!)

  7. ValMarie says:

    Yay! I won!

    So, I’m pretty young (two weeks away from 23), but I remember having to explain to the little boys that I babysit that I remember life before the internet. And on a slight tangent I want to smack all the kids who were the Atari shirts. I’m always rolling my eyes and making snide comments, because I know they’ve probably never played or seen on, while I grew up playing that before nintendo or sega came out. (why yes, I was on the cutting edge of technology growing up).

  8. Carol says:

    Double feature movies, no movie rentals, girls having to wear skirts or dresses to school, girls waiting for the boys to ask them for a date — I’m old!:cry:

  9. mary beth says:

    Dial up modems, typewriters and glass bottle cokes.

  10. Christy says:

    I remember when “thongs” were actually something you wore on your feet.

  11. Sandy J says:

    Drive in movies! The heat, the crackle from the speaker that didn’t work well and you strained to hear the dialogue, watching everyone in the other cars, the smell of Pic (anyone remember what that was?).

  12. catslady says:

    Cartoons before the main movie and having to dress up, drive-ins, no fast food restaurants, cash – no credit cards, no air conditioning, partylines on that old rotary phone – gosh I’m scaring myself – at least cars were invented hahahaha.:!:

  13. Estella says:

    I remember Black Jack and Teaberry gum, no TV, no seat belts, dial phones on a party line, manual typewriters and the only thing to entertain us was reading or playing outside with friends all day long without worring about being abducted by a rapist killer.I am older than dirt according to my teenage grandsons.:yes:

  14. Tori says:

    Some kids don’t even know what an electric typewriter is! And I heard about a guy who saw a pair of regular roller skates awhile back for the first time. He thought they were a new invention called quads!!!

  15. Eve says:

    Popcorn kernals you actually put in a pan with oil, underwear was not for public display, home movies on reel to reel that you watched on a sheet hung on the wall, flash bulbs on cameras.

  16. armywifetoddlermom says:

    using imaginations daily, without external stimuli…….

    being alone…

    kids are unable to build a fort in the middle of nowhere…

    pop for a quarter as a treat

    Sunday mantinee

  17. Michelle says:

    I remember not wearing seat belts, the pull tabs on soda cans, rotary phones, and having to wait until television started for the day because it wasn’t 24 hours. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Mary says:

    I remember typing on a typewriter and making a mistake and using correction fluid. Didn’t one of the Monkeys’ mother invent that?

  19. Beth Ciotta says:

    What is this?! OMG I feel so old. Did you show her a 45? Funny, earlier today I blogged about toys of my youth. My how times have changed. Remember Monkey’s in a Barrel? Geesh, I was easily amused. Pre-computer days! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  20. Eve says:

    Mary – Michael Nesmith’s mom invented White Out.

  21. Teresa says:

    She didn’t know what a record was? Wow! The times . . . how they have changed.:shocked:

  22. ruby55 says:

    I remember when:

    1. you had only one TV channel to “choose” from.

    2. you cranked a car’s engine if you wanted to start it.

    3. you could buy milk for $0.12 a quart.

    4. girls had to wear tunics and white blouses to school.

    5. you used slide fire escapes when you did fire drills at school.

    6. we wore snowpants in winter to walk two and a half miles to and from school–no school buses.

    7. every car had clutch and gear shifts.

    8. we had to be very careful not to scratch our records by jumping around or otherwise fooling around.

    9. there were no calculators.

    10. the only mathematical aid was a slide rule.

    There are more, but I’ll leave it at that. :talktothehand:

  23. raine says:

    Eight-track tapes.
    An abacus.
    Scooters made of planks and dismembered skates.
    Safe trick-or-treating.
    Sno-cones made with real snow that were safe to eat.

  24. Jordan says:

    45’s and dime stores.

  25. TeresaH says:

    mimeograph machines
    reel to reel tapes
    8 tracks
    going to McDonald’s with a dollar and getting a Big Mac, Fries and drink and still having change!
    bottles with deposits
    Dawn dolls
    Velvet dolls
    Howdy Doody shows
    getting in the movies for 50 cents!!!
    gas was less than 50 cents a gallon when I got my license, and cigarettes were less than that too!
    When you could dial 0 on the phone and get a “live” person the first time around
    Manual cash registers where you had to punch in each number then pull a crank!
    camera’s that took 126 or 110 film!
    Pop in tin cans
    2″ thick kotex with the belt :rolleyes:
    I am beginning to feel old…

  26. Eve says:

    Gasoline for around a $1

  27. Sonja says:

    My four-year-old niece once asked her mom how old she had to be to burn stuff. Her mom, worried that she was raising a pyromaniac, responded, “WHAT?!” My niece calming explained, “Burn stuff. You know, like CDs?” Her mom was relieved.

  28. ruby55 says:

    How about gasoline for $0.19/gallon.

  29. ruby55 says:

    You and me both, TeresaH. I feel dreadfully old. However, just consider that our knowledge and new products, etc. doubles about, what is it now, every year or so.

    I was talking to someone yesterday who still uses a hand-cranked register in his beauty shop. Why get something new, which sometimes goes on the fizz more easily than the old? Newer isn’t always better.

    I couldn’t believe it when I first heard that kids could use calculators in exams. We were supposed to have all those multiplication and division tables in our head, never mind addition and subtraction. No wonder people can’t do simple arithmetic problems without calculators anymore.

  30. Amy K. says:

    Atari!! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  31. Mary says:

    Theresa, we must be about the same age. My friend and I were talking about Dawn and Velvet dolls the other day! When I first started teaching, we had mimeograph machines. Loved the smell of those copies!

  32. Margery says:

    I remember not being allowed to wear pants to school, boys hair couldn’t touch their shirt (not t-shirt) collar. Penny loafers, sock hops, TV with only three network channels.

  33. Maddie says:

    In the 50’s I remember disaster drills where we were told to get under our desks in a crouched position and hold our heads with our hands. And of course THAT was going to save all our asses from a nuclear bomb attack. Other days a sharp siren would cause our teachers to rally us all into the hallways where we assumed the crouch/hold your head position too.

    Think this might also work for bioterrorism?? Obviously holding one’s head while crouching has magical powers whatever the l:yes:ocation.

  34. Maddie says:


    Remember when ALL maternity blouses had PUFFED LITTLE SLEEVES?? And maternity JEANS were very hard to come by.

    Kids (who survived us) today may not remember: no car seats for babies– just some little plastic thing we placed the baby in, then put on the FLOOR of the front seat of the car!!! ohmigod! My son rode with me in a 1968 Mustang, on the floor, next to the 3 speed shifter.

    Ovaltine? Do they still make it?

    CLOTH diapers.And moist wash cloths in a baggie, no “baby wipes.”

    Metal coffee pots that perked the coffee on the top of the stove.(Maxwell House not Starbucks)

    Slide rules.

    “Training” (what were they in training for anyway??) bras. My breasts were pretty self sufficient by the time they showed up.

    Black arm bands. (1960’s)

    Sanitary belts,handed out at our sixth grade “hygiene class.”

    Panty girdles with metal garters (ouch) to hold up our “hose.” MANDATORY in CATHLIC SCHOOL.

    Oh, also.. our kids today will never encounter a six foot nun armed with a BIG ruler,with a metal edge, that she will USE when provoked. I think it’s against the law, now?? I hope.

    Well I think that’s enough!

  35. Josie says:

    I was talking to my niece about the expressway and she didn’t know what I meant. Finally, she said, “What’s an expressway? Do you mean the freeway?” My son asks me, “How did you survive without Cartoon Network and video games?”