As time marches on, change inevitably follows. While some changes are immediately apparent, others unfold so gradually that we only recognize them when someone else points them out. Recently, members of an online community were prompted to identify nostalgic items that have disappeared from American culture, and their responses will likely trigger a trip down memory lane.
11. Tape Recorders
These were a staple during meetings and the every day lives of professionals like journalists and reporters.
One may have also tried recording their favorite music on the radio at some point with a tape recorder! We all know that one modern gadget which has pushed tape recorders to oblivion.
10. Grocery Store Kiddie Rides
There was a time when a parent couldn’t enter or exit a grocery store with their kids without stopping to let them ride on the kiddie rides that were always strategically placed near the entrance, someone recalls. The rides only cost a quarter and lasted a minute or two, but those few minutes were a treat for many kids. Where have those rides gone?
9. Live Radio Song Requests
Before radio went corporate and started limiting their playlists to the same 20 songs, listeners used to hear a live radio DJ give out the station’s music hotline number so that they could request a specific song being played. If you were lucky, you made it on the air for all your friends to hear you. DJs taking live requests are less commonplace than they used to be.
8. Newspaper Boxes
Back when people obtained much of their local news from printed newspapers, you didn’t have to go into a store to buy them. You could walk to a street corner and buy the daily paper from a newspaper box. They worked on the honor system: you would put in the correct change to open the box and take one newspaper. Since print newspapers are less prevalent, newspaper boxes have become a rarity.
7. Telephone Books
Before mobile phones existed, most households had landlines for home telephone service. And each year, the phone company would print and distribute paper telephone books with everyone in the community’s names, addresses, and phone numbers. The white pages listed residential customers and the yellow pages had business listings. Larger cities would have their yellow pages printed as separate books.
6. Pay Phones
The widespread use and availability of mobile phones have rendered pay phones obsolete. Pay phone booths were once a regular part of the landscape of both big cities and small towns. Now, they’ve become another casualty of technological advances.
5. Dollar Menus
One of the best marketing strategies fast food restaurants implemented was the development of the dollar menu. In addition to the regular menu, the dollar menu offered specific a la carte items for one dollar each. Knowing that a full meal could be bought for a few dollars helped attract more customers. However, those inexpensive menus have gone by the wayside.
4. Record Stores
Every shopping mall in America had at least one music store that was part of a major chain, like FYE and Sam Goody, which sold vinyl records, cassette tapes, and CDs. In the mid-1990s, they added a feature that allowed customers to listen to a CD in-store before buying it. Now, most record stores are small, independent sellers.
3. B. Dalton and Waldenbooks
Before Amazon became a leading bookseller, shopping malls from coast to coast either had a B. Dalton or Waldenbooks store or even both if the mall was big enough. They weren’t coffeeshop style bookstores like Borders and Barnes & Noble, but they were everywhere. The fact that they only sold books was part of their appeal.
2. Saturday Morning Cartoons
Generations of kids grew up looking forward to waking up on a Saturday morning and spending hours sitting in front of the television watching cartoons. Morning television programming was mostly news shows geared toward adults, so Saturday mornings were special. Now, cartoons are available around the clock, on tv, and online.
1. Cereal Box Toys
One of the fun things about being a kid was having a box of cereal with a toy prize inside it. Sometimes the toy was at the top of the cereal, and other times, you had to wait until you reached the bottom of the box to get the prize. In recent years cereal companies stopped this practice. Have you noticed something that was once common but disappeared in America? Tell us about it in the comments below. Source: Reddit
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