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Old 03-19-2013, 09:54 AM   #41
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Elevator operators ("Third floor, Ladies' lingerie")
Paper catalogs.
I wish they were, but I still get a few jamming my mail box.

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Small paper bags in the produce department, and those large rectanglar scales that the produce clerk would use to weight and price your produce selection.
One of my grocery stores still has the scales. Not the same ones, but these print out a bar code price tag so you can scan it with your hand held scanner so you can check out without emptying your cart, having scanned everything while shopping. Sure they are different, but so are cars and everything else.
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Nut shops, candy shops, and bakery shops.
I've seen 2 candy shops, one was a kiosk in a mall and the other counter in a resort hotel. They still exist, maybe just re-sized. And I know that in my old home town there's a decent sized retro candy shop.
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Books are quite definitely not dead, yet. For some they may be, but even after getting a kindle I've checked hardcopy books out of the library, since their e-book collection is small. And my son still buys hardcopy college textbooks.
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:33 PM   #42
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How about film-based cameras? Though I would say that many of them still take better pictures than digital ones.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:23 PM   #43
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Not true. A ton of mainframe code - which is still the backbone of many large companies - run it, it works, and the original programmers are retiring at an increasing rate. There is still a demand for the skills. Even to covert it to another language requires understanding how it works.
Ah. Mainframes, JCL ... I still kept a couple of old textbooks just in case I need to holster up one last time one day like Garry Cooper in "High Noon"
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Not to mention all the things that came and went during our lifetime, like VHS players and tapes, and multiple generations of floppy disks and drives, dot matrix printers, etc., etc. Blink and you'll miss some of the tech advances.
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Service stations that pump your gas, check your oil and clean the windshield.
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Not going to be obsolete anytime soon in my state because it is the law. We are not allowed to pump our own gas. Very little oil checking and windshield cleaning though.
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Paper grocery bags.

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My city has made plastic bags illegal so you either bring your own reusable bag or you get a paper bag at the checkout counter. All grocery stores in the city have a large supply of paper bags.
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Not going to be obsolete anytime soon in my state because it is the law. We are not allowed to pump our own gas. .
One of many things I love about Oregon!!
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Mechanical calculators
Air Raid Blackout shades, car light covers
Hoodsie Cup Movie Star Covers
Yo-Yo Demonstrators outside 5 & 10 cent stores
Planters Peanuts Peanut man
Electric rubber tired busses
Zeppelins
C Rations
Vegetable, Fish, Trash, Rag, Scissors, Junk, Garbage, Bread, Insurance, Tinker (man/men) who came in trucks or horse drawn wagons.
Fourteen Cent theater admission
Penny candy
Coca Cola (open the lid) coolers... w/opener on front. (not coin operated)
Key mounted ice and roller skates.... (double runners)
Wool snow suits and wool bathing suits.
Legal cherry bombs, ladyfingers, salutes
Gillette blue blades
Kerosene and wood kitchen stoves
Treadle singer sewing machines
Tojo, Hitler, Mussolini Telephone pole hate posters
Before school busses walking uphill both ways
Eating/chewing tar from the streets
Free range dogs
All Stores closed on Sunday... no Malls
Kate Smith - National Anthem
Stainless Steel Temporary Crowns... (still have 'em 55 years later)
Metal nib pens and inkwells
Fountain Pens (rubber bladder)
Limited number of brand names in everything from clothes to food, to household goods.
Open bin grocery market - rice, flour, beans etc. Nothing frozen.
Penny change inside Cigarette Packages from machines. ie. Lucky Strike two cents back from the quarter machine.
5 Cent Seeburg Juke Box Players at every booth in local soda shop.
Wax Lips and teeth
Scottie Dog Magnets
Ten cent comic books
Penrod, Tom Swift and "Little People Who Became Great" Books.
Old Radio Shows... no TV
Commercial "Jingles"...
Knickers
Men's Felt Hats
Playing "tops", "horse chestnuts", "stoop tag"
Music Words Sheets
Player Pianos
Carbide Lamps

... just for starters...
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Similar thread from last Fall FWIW... What products/services are already obsolete to you NOW?

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Old 03-19-2013, 04:07 PM   #51
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Cursive is still being taught around here. My grandson was pleased to learn f in cursive so he could write "fart". My daughter-in-law was somewhat dismayed by this, but my son reminded her that there is art in fart. I love my quirky family.
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:08 PM   #52
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Penrod,

... just for starters... [/QUOTE]

Man, I loved reading Penrod as a kid! Quite politically incorrect, but in the same way Huck Finn is. The joys of fresh tar and all a young boy could do with it......
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How about film-based cameras? Though I would say that many of them still take better pictures than digital ones.
35 mm based slides as a subset of the above and projectors to show them. Digitizers are still going strong as folks digitize the sets they have around the house. (Note if you purchased color slides before the 1980s they likely have faded to a very red tint, that in some cases even photoshop can't fix). This was because the purchased slides likley were printed off negatives using eastman color film, which was also used in theatrical movies and is known to be subject to very bad fading.) Kodachrome and Ektachrome from even 1958 still has good color however.
As another data point the bulbs for most slide projectors are no longer made (of course because of the way they are used they have a short life)
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:11 PM   #54
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I remember learning it at University as part of my finance major. Never used it in the real world.
It was such a pain having to punch holes on the cards, only to have the computer spit out a huge report with all my errors. That put me off computer programming for good

COBOL is still very much alive.
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Are you referring to the unwrapped drinking straws?
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Eating/chewing tar from the streets

Eeww. Really?
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Film cameras?
Sony Walkman (tapes & CD's)
8 track converter to tapes for the 70's cars that still had 8 track
Same for cassettes to CD player in your car (before they were standard)
Cigarette lighters in cars
Smoking section anywhere in-doors
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Members Only and Zipper jackets

Sorry, child of the 80's here...
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Speaking about film cameras, I remember when digitals were just getting popular and readig an article with the question if a photograph was digital enhanced, would that qualify as a real photograph? How things have changed as now when seeing a photo the first thought is that may have been enhanced or altered digitally.
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