Last week I published Do You Remember – A Tuesday List of Ten which was a list of things that have been become nearly obsolete because of changes in technology or social policy over the recent past. The responses from readers listed other things that fit the same category. This week I present a follow-up which includes some responses from readers as well as other items that were omitted from the first list.
Do You Remember – Version 2.0
- Telephone calling cards for domestic calls. They were commonly used in the 90’s and early 2000’s for a period of time. I remember when my daughter left for school trips or girl scout outings she always had a calling card for emergencies. Calling cards were the status quo somewhere between collect calls and cell phones.
- Being able to show up for a flight either domestic or international about 30 minutes ahead of time and still make the flight.
- Smoking allowed in pubs, cinemas, restaurants and clubs.
- A caboose when it was actually the last car on a train and not just displayed as a museum item.
- Shorthand – a core part of secretarial training.
- Drive-in movies. Hirundine of Needle at Sea Bottom gave this description: “The place where we would drive in backwards and use the back of the wagon or van, to lay out and watch the movie. After, a trip to the drive-in restaurant was de-rigour?”
- Gas at $0.19 a gallon
- Kids leaving in the morning, being gone all day and coming back for dinner with the parents not necessarily knowing where they were but not worrying about it either. Mary of Walking My Path added, “Do you know that is actually illegal now? Sad.” It was a different time.
- Encyclopedias. There used to be people who sold them door to door. Many families with school aged children were made to feel guilty if they didn’t buy them to provide that valuable resource to their children.
- IBM punch cards from a time when a computer filled a large room before the days of personal computers. The cards contained the commands or data for computer programs of the time. Until the mid-1970’s most computers were accessed by the use of those cards.
I really these items except for 19 cents gas and not having to arrive early for flights may not have disappeared completely. However, they certainly are not as commonplace as they once were.
Thanks to Hirundine at Needle at Sea Bottom and Mary at Walking My Path whose comments on my first Do You Remember? post provided the impetus and many of the items for this follow-up list. Regarding collect calls from my first list, both of them mentioned a practice of letting their families know they were ok when they were trips by calling home collect, and then hanging up rather than having the call being accepted. It was a way they had to check in at home without the call having to be paid for.
Are there still more items to add to the list?