posted on Aug, 26 2011 @ 12:28 PM
Okay, when I was a kid...back in the day...
Cars that had a radio only had AM, and you could sometimes pre-set it to your favorite station with one of five MECHANICAL buttons on the front after
you found it by using a knob to tune in the station. Music wasn't segregated into categories like rock and country. Just those that involved
classical orchestra and those modern ones that sometimes had someone singing. Whatever was popular played over the local radio station, and you could
call them to request songs to be played, if they even had it.
If you wanted to play with a car, or an airplane, or a rocket, you built it yourself out of scrap material laying around the house or yard, or went to
the store to buy a model kit that was either balsa and paper, or plastic. The plastic cement had an odor and later some even advertised that it had a
lemon scent. Some of the plastic kits recommended using the stiff cellophane wrapper off your dad's cigarette pack for making the windows.
Fireworks actually flew into the air and exploded, and could be purchased so that you could take them home and light them yourself.
Everyone seems to have watched the same shows among the three (maybe some extra for PBS, or the local UHF stations), and talked about it at school the
day after. Television sets were originally in black and white, with some screens even being ROUND because that was the shape that the company made
it. Some neighbor even got a fancy new remote once that used vibrating metal rods for each controlling feature where the television console somehow
picked up on the SOUND from the control box (no batteries). It just had three buttons to change the channel forward and back or turn the TV off and
Electric calculators were unheard of. That was a job title for someone really good at math. We played with slide rules a little and even saw the
occasional MECHANICAL calculator devices show up in the stores that were advertised mainly for helping with the checkbook or tracking the cost of what
was in your shopping cart.
Comic books were of the same paper as newsprint inside the cover, and had all sorts of neat things being advertised on the back cover. Kids even cut
the order forms off the back of their comics if they had the money to try to get one of those things (like the x-ray glasses).
Skateboards were made at home by taking a piece of wood and nailing one of your old strap-on roller skates under it.
Thanks OP for starting the thread.
More some other time...