There are things that used to be a regular part of daily life that just don’t exist anymore. Whether it’s due to extinction or evolution, these items are harder to find than Bigfoot!
The Manual Transmission
These are still pretty plentiful in older cars but are rapidly being phased out. There are only a handful of car manufacturers that even offer the option anymore. If you do find a new one, it’s usually on high end sports cars. The stick shift has stopped many a car jacking as kids and criminals are too stupid or lazy to learn!
The Floor-Mounted Headlight Dimmer Switch
This was always a favorite prank for every Dad to make the kids think he was magical. He’d tell you to watch the lights then snap his fingers. Whoa the lights got brighter! Another snap and they were back to normal. Dad’s a freakin’ warlock!
The Coffee Percolator
Before the Keurig there was the Mr. Coffee maker, before that, making coffee was a barbaric time-consuming ritual. You would often end up with disgusting coffee grounds littering your tongue and getting stuck in your teeth (making for a lovely smile) because there was no filter involved, just a straining basket that was inefficient at best.
The Home Deli Slicer
This must have been made by the same companies that make band-aids and surgical sutures! This was obviously a horrible idea from the get go. Doctors must have made a ton stitching fingertips back on!
Ink Pricing Stamper
Talk about old school. This was way before pricing guns or bar codes! Those who worked as “Aisle men” back in the late 70’s to early 80’s used this tool daily. One would derive pleasure and respect in competition with your peers to see who could more quickly price a case of corn! It was also a handy tool for the unscrupulous who would change prices when shopping in other stores.
S&H Green Stamps
You’d have to be pretty old to remember these. Back in the day Grocers, Department stores and even gas stations would give you a number of the stamps depending on the cost of your purchase. People would collect them in books until they had enough to redeem for items they could pick out of a catalog. Everything from Tupperware to Canoes. One of the earliest forms of a rewards program.
Collectible Jelly Glasses
There was a time when jellies and jams were marketed to the masses in collectible form. The idea was to make you collect the whole set. Many cartoon characters as well as movie characters would be used. They ranged from Tom & Jerry to The Flintstones, Jetsons, Underdog and more. Grandparents were usually the biggest collectors and knew which glass your favorite was. If you want a blast from the past, you have a pretty good chance of finding them at flea markets.