Do You Remember? Version 3.0 – A Tuesday List of Ten

This week I am posting my third  “Do You Remember?” Tuesday List of Ten. My first “Do You Remember?” list was published on July 7 in which I recalled things that were once prolific but that have disappeared from common use over the last several years. My first post prompted comments about other things that have disappeared which compelled me to do “Do You Remember? – Version 2.0”. After playing hooky from posting for a week, this post was prompted by a few comments on Version 2.0 that listed some things that I had not yet mentioned, so this week I am adding my third “Do You Remember?” post.

I also had one person who stated she was too young for anything on my list. I have constant reminders of my aging so that does not offend me, but I would be amused to know what things she now takes for granted in her young life will soon disappear.  Also is “playing hooky” still used in modern times? Once again I may be dating myself.

Do You Remember? – Version 3.0

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  1. Library Card Catalogs. Card catalogs was a physical listing of all the contents in a library, with one card for each item in the library. Young readers may need a description to know what I am talking about. They were an absolute necessity when trying to do research for a paper, or to find out if the library had a certain book. By the end of the 20th century most libraries had converted to computer systems. But the card catalog cabinets are somewhat sought after today for home uses.
  2. Book Mobiles. Book mobiles are designed to be libraries on wheels. In a rural society, bookmobilebook mobile day was very exciting as it would travel out to areas and communities that did not have their own library. You could browse the books just like a regular library and if you needed something specific you could request it. It would be brought out on the next visit. Book mobiles still exist in many communities but they seem to be less common as society becomes more urban. They are expensive to maintain and many times they have become victims of budget cuts.
  3. Phone Booths. I would like to believe that people still remember pay phones if not the phone-booth-480852_1280 (1)phone booths that contained them. With cell phones being so common place the need for pay phones in public places has been greatly reduced. They are still around but not nearly as common as they once were. I remember when you needed a dime to place a phone call, and it took me a long time to get used to needing a quarter. These days the traditional phone booth is frequently seen almost as a curiosity.
  4. Hand Written Personal Letters. Letter writing is a dying art. With quick communication provided by email and texting it is becoming rare to receive a personal handwritten letter. I recall when I was in college (in the 1970’s) my mom wrote me a letter every week. I also exchanged letters with several other friends. Now to actually get a personal letter in the mail is a real treat that happens much too infrequently.
  5. cassette-699292_1280 (1)Cassette Tapes. (I don’t dare mention 8 track tapes and reel to reel tape recorders). When cassette tapes first became commonplace music became very portable. From the 70’s through the 90’s they were among the most common format for pre-recorded media, first along side LP’s (long-playing albums) and then along side C.D.’s. Cassette tapes are still sold today but are not a common format for pre-recorded music. For that matter with digital music formats C.D’s are also declining in popularity.
  6. VHS Tapes and Recorders. I clearly remember when video cassettes, along with their recorders and players, first became popular. It was such a handy way to be able to watch movies at home. Along with them came the video rental industry where almost any movie could be rented.  Early on there was another format of video tapes called beta which competed with VHS tapes. Beta tapes required different devices and were beaten out by VHS tapes. Of course today, both have been widely replaced by DVD’s and more recently digital formats. We still have all the Disney cartoon movies on VHS although I wonder how long I might have a device to play them on.
  7. Camcorders. Along with VHS tapes came the very exciting and portable camcorders.paillard-bolex-331277_1280 (1) They became very common place and the lives of many babies and toddlers were recorded in a way that was never before possible. The long running show America’s Funniest Videos became possible because of the proliferation of camcorders. Of course now with the ease of recording videos on phones and tablets, the clumsy camcorders have also become relatively obsolete. Although some people committed to higher quality products may still use camcorders they are much less common in day-to-day usage.
  8. 8 mm or 16 mm movies. Prior to camcorders were the home movies. They seemed to be much more complicated than camcorders. You had to have the camera and a separate projector and a movie screen. I believe the movies had to be developed just like other pictures. The film is still used in commercial applications but I doubt that it is very often used for home type movies since quality video is so easily made with phones and tablets.
  9. Cars with Push Button Transmissions. This particular item is older than most of those onpushbuttons my list. Push button transmissions were never extremely popular but I remember our family having a 1956 or 1957 Plymouth that had a push button transmission. Rather than having a shift lever, you pushed the buttons. When I was learning to drive in about 1967 that was the car that I drove in around the farm. Several manufacturers have tried push button transmissions but they never really caught on.
  10. Brush Hair Rollers.   It isn’t really fair to include ridiculous Scan0111 (1)fashion trends in “Do Your Remember?” but that is the last item on my list this week. And I get to poke a little bit of irreverent fun at myself. This is definitely not the most flattering photo that was ever taken of me, nor is it the best quality but I used to run around looking just like that.  Seeing me in my cat-eye glasses with curlers in my hair around home was not unusual. My poor family probably rarely saw me looking any different. I was not someone who went out in public with curlers in my hair but many girls and women did. I used to sleep in those curlers. What torture! This was of course before blow dryers and curling irons and straighteners. I used those rollers not to curl my hair but to straighten it as it pretty much had a mind of its own without being coaxed to behave itself. I am very glad I passed that stage.

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Thanks to Jamie (Hirundine) at Needle at Sea Bottom; Mary at Walking My Path; Ann of Grubbs & Critters; Mary Mann at Breathing Life; Carol at Stitching Dreams; and the very youthful Ally B. Jones at My Kind of Pop Culture; as well as other bloggers who have followed these lists and have added comments to further my list development.

10 thoughts on “Do You Remember? Version 3.0 – A Tuesday List of Ten

  1. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature July 28, 2015 / 7:11 am

    I remember all of your list well. I actually still use cassette tapes. Passed on for me, though are 8 tracks. I remember tootling down the road in my VW van singing along to Joni Mitchell’s Ladies of the Canyon 8 track. My aunt had a push button car…a dodge dart. You know what I saw on the road the other day? A Pacer! Haven’t seen one of those for a while. Love your lists, Helen.

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    • Good Woman August 8, 2015 / 8:53 am

      I am very late in replying, but OMG–a Pacer? I remember one of my friends way back when bought a Pacer as his very first brand new car. This sounds like it could be a post–Cars We Have Known.

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  2. Carol July 28, 2015 / 7:18 am

    I so enjoyed your latest list! I would love to own a big card catalog so much, but have had to settle for a more affordable four drawer version 🙂 My library actually still has a bookmobile that stops in areas without nearby libraries. The memory of the push button cars brought a big smile–I had forgotten all about them. My dad was so proud of his first “modern” car’s push buttons! I vaguely remember them getting stuck now and then, though–yikes!

    I’m so glad my husband and I dated in the pre-computer era–we actually have those precious hand-written letters that I wouldn’t trade for the world!

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    • Good Woman August 8, 2015 / 8:57 am

      I once had hand-written letters from former love interests but I think I tossed them all when I got married. I only ever had a few hand-written letters from my husband–but you got me thinking as to where they might be. I had an aunt who passed away last year. She had saved all of the letters that she and my uncle had exchanged over the years. Her instructions to her kids were to bury them with her, and the kids were not to read them first. Your response brought that to my mind. Bookmobile day used to be a huge occasion for us–I am glad that some still exist as they would be so welcome in remote areas especially.


  3. Ally B. Jones July 29, 2015 / 3:39 am

    I remeber some of these ones…I had cassette tapes!! Lol…Really Enjoyed this list. Font Mix tape making memories…:D

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    • Good Woman August 8, 2015 / 8:59 am

      I am glad you were able to recognize one item on my lists! Some people still use cassette tapes but I think not so much as a medium to purchase music on. They do still have a place.

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  4. Ginny July 29, 2015 / 9:36 am

    I remember every item on your list except for the push button transmission. I had never heard of that before. Interesting 🙂 I LOVED the card catalog and dewy decimal system! I remember volunteering at the library in elementary school. Putting the books away on the shelves, looking books up for classmates. Totally miss that in the libraries today. Going to the computer to look up a book just seems so wrong.

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    • Good Woman August 8, 2015 / 9:01 am

      So interesting. I too volunteered at the school library. We had a library club and we helped the librarian with different tasks. At one point I thought I wanted to be a librarian when I grew up but my interests moved in different directions. I think there was something about the organization involved with a card catalog that appealed to me.


  5. Mary-Anne at Breathing Life July 29, 2015 / 9:44 am

    omg. brush rollers. my head is hurting just remembering trying to sleep on those items of torture! I am glad I finally embraced my straight hair.
    Thanks for the shout out – )


    • Good Woman August 8, 2015 / 9:02 am

      The things I used to put myself through! I am so glad I am older and wiser with much more emphasis on being comfortable rather than being trendy and putting such great emphasis on appearance–not that I am a slob but I am just not so willing to be uncomfortable.


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