18 Photos Show That Old Things Were So Different

“This foldable fan has a box that says, “Keep cool and be gay.””

’My grandma put her wallpaper on her pencil sharpener.’’

“What a shopping list looked like back in the day”

’’My great-grandfather’s social security card was made out of metal, not paper.’’


’’This old Pringles can my grandma uses to hold her paint brushes.’’

“These must-have classic bird scissors”

“The cookie tin can, a.k.a. the sewing container that every grandma owns…”

’’My great-grandmother records the year every time she pulls out her turkey themed salt and pepper shakers.’’


’’This antique calculator my grandmother owns’’

’’My great aunt still uses a bread box.’’

’’My grandma still has her 16-year-old Nokia.’’

“A 1957 3D picture viewer from my grandparents’ wedding’’

“Grandma’s overused cutlery that has melted over time”

’’My great-grandmother’s vintage oven’’

’’My great-great-aunt’s makeup case from the 1920s’’

’’My grandmother has a fridge magnet showing the cost of living from the year 1929.’’

’’My great-grandma’s medical bill from 1950’’

’’I took the plastic wrapper off the family TV remote, and this was my mother’s response.’’

3 comments

  1. The “household reminder” shopping list device looks impractical to me. It would be inconvenient to carry it to the store, and if you did you would likely knock some of those pointers around. Personally, I use a similar but more practical technique: I entered a list of groceries I commonly buy into a computer and then print off a bunch of copies. As I realize I need things I circle them on the list. Then I take it with me to the grocery store.

  2. I bought a breadbox just a few months ago. They’re still a useful idea.

  3. I used to use a cookie tin just like that to hold electronic components, i.e. resistors, capacitors, etc.

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