Daily Archives: November 18, 2015
The way we were
I was recently asked what had I seen arrive or disappear in my lifetime. It is a massive undertaking and I will probably miss out a few of the obvious ones.
In this lifetime I have seen the record player, music studio magnetic tapes and records go to the wall, but it goes back further than that, the ink pen and inkwell school tables, tube radios and TV’s, using a projector in lessons was replaced with TV. Then there is the glass milk bottle with its customary inch and a quarter of cream on the top, leave so called full cream milk as long as you like today it doesn’t have any cream in it but additives (but that’s another story for another day). Cheep plastic sandles for the beach, sandshoes and baseball boots saw trainers knock them off their perches. Then there was the twin tub washing machine, the mangle (mum used it and so did dad). The Walkman and the portable CD players were also early shower candidates as well as the Betamax and VHS video devices.
The ones on the precipice are the land line phone, the digital camera is already making the creaking film industry shift it’s gears to. The wrist watch is becoming a luxury item again.
Even though I think the ball point pen is safe who can tell in this day and age.