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Old 03-19-2013, 08:04 PM   #61
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Remember these?

Barely. I recall one on a vacation out west when I was a kid. Maybe another one in Kentucky in the 90's?

Ironically, that picture could include a recording by Michael Bloomfield (Guitarist with Paul Butterfield, Dylan, and others) and the straw dispenser and/or salt & pepper shakers are likely from his father's restaurant supply business, which he was supposed to go into.

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Old 03-19-2013, 08:11 PM   #62
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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.
That is a cute grandson story!
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:17 PM   #63
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Cursive writing. (It's not being taught in school any more).
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I wonder how their signatures will look like.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:23 PM   #64
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Automobile ash trays.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:23 PM   #65
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COBOL is still very much alive.
...and likely will be long after I am not.

Seems like yet another category of obsolescence: Stuff that nobody really wants to use but too much legacy/history/entrenchment/etc. to really fade away at this point.

Copper wire as a communications conduit is rapidly getting there for me.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:54 PM   #66
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I wonder how their signatures will look like.
Maybe they'll go back to using an "X" like illiterate people used to do?

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Old 03-19-2013, 09:19 PM   #67
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I'm kinda pleased that there's very little on these lists that i've actually seen or used. I guess film cameras, vhs, and cassette players are about it for me.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:32 PM   #68
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:16 AM   #69
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Things that have become "almost" obsolete in our lifetime :

Trusted politicians
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:39 AM   #70
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Eeww. Really?
Yep! I remember as a kid chewing street tar (it had to have zero other ingredients, such as gravel). Maybe this was only a Los Angeles area thing.

Bike & car tire innertubes: we used to love floating down the river or flying down snow banks on the fat car tire ones:

Telegrams
Pull top soda/beer cans (a variation of this has made a comeback in the form of soup can pull-off lids)
Paper drinking straws (got soggy & useless after a few sips; replaced in time by plastic straws)
Brick and mortar travel agent
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Car fenders: the detached chrome ones
Baby moon hubcaps/white wall tires (maybe more out of fashion than obsolete, except for retro car enthusiasts):
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Fondue.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:20 AM   #72
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Automobile ash trays.
Transistor Radios
Sony Walkman
Atari games
Betamax VCR
AMC Pacer

I still have an ash tray in one of my cars (a 2009 model) and I still have several transistor radios that I use regularly. Also I have a working Atari (but haven’t used it in some time) and I have a working Betamax which I still use once or twice a year to play some old Beta tapes. (yes they are still viewable) I also have a Sony Walkman but haven't used in in a long time but it still works. The only thing on your list that I don't have is an AMC Pacer (Thank God for that)

But I'd agree, while they still work, most are now obsolete
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:09 PM   #73
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Great thread but I can't figure out if it's making me feel old or young ! One thing I do know is that I'm not obsolete (yet !).
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Whitewalls are not entirely out of style but admittedly the bike does have a bit of a retro look to it:
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I miss the 35mm canisters that the film used to come in. There were aluminum ones with screw-on caps, and "modern" plastic ones. Both were awesome to store all kinds of things in. The kinds of things changed for me as I moved from an elementary school photographer through teen high school photographer until digital (almost) has killed emulsion on celluloid.
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I was fascinated by the table top juke remotes, but I was too cheap (LBYM ?) to put any money in them.
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Automobile ash trays.
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I recently paid a premium price on Ebay for an ashtray for my '95 GMC pick up. The '95 GMC was ahead of its time in that it had 3 12V outlets in the ashtray and when the original ashtray broke, it was a real inconvenience.
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Fondue.
"Melting Pot" is a national U.S. chain of fondue restaurants, with over 145 locations in 37 states. They seem popular around here, with 3 stores in this metro area.

So don't write-off fondue just yet. LOL

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The ability to tell non-politically correct jokes in public
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