No, We Didn’t Have That

Due in large part to the eclectic mix of friends I have collected, I am frequently the recipient of a variety of media via text and email. Contained within have been a few examples of all the stuff the younger generation has never heard of or things that predated their birth and therefore, have no relevancy. I, in fact, have published a post or two myself showing our youth struggling to fathom the intricacies of a dial phone or a typewriter.

I was thinking about this the other day when I tried to recall things that predated me and therefore caused me to question their use or purpose. It turned out to be a greater task then originally imagined. It seems that, in more cases then not, I fell more into the predated category than I did the postdated one. It seems that what I remember most is what we didn’t have, yet. Things I am sure we would have looked upon with the same sense of intimidation that our youth experience today.

I decided to jump out on the web and rediscover things we take for granted today that did not exist in my youth, or for that matter, well beyond. Going back just 50 years, proved to be a rather easy task.  However, much of what I found ironically, has already come and gone.  A lot of it would be again foreign to today’s generation as much as it would have been to mine while others have become an intergral part of most households. Some examples.

1980’s Disposable cameras, CD’s, Disposable contact lenses, the first space shuttle, IBM and MAC computers, HDTV, DNA fingerprints, and the first permanent artificial heart.

1990’s Adobe Photoshop, Text messaging, first compact cell phone, Google, World Wide Web, DVD, Easy Bake Oven, Scrunchies, Super Soakers, Slinkies, Hair Crimpers,

2000’s Camera Phone, USB flash drive, Bluetooth, Facebook, YouTube, IPhone, GPS, E readers, Skype, Uber.

So, what does this prove. Not much I guess other then that we live in a constantly changing world and that today’s grapes are tomorrows raisins. It also reminds us that today’s youth are not the only generation that has encountered rapid change. As for me, I probably have seen a few more changes then many, and have lived through a lot more. For instance, when I graduated from high school, there were only 48 states. Think about that.

About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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6 Responses to No, We Didn’t Have That

  1. scifihammy says:

    Interesting to see what has come and gone that today’s youngsters don’t know about. I remember feeling old when my young daughter found a 45 record and asked what it was!

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  2. I love the line “today’s grapes are tomorrows raisins”


  3. quiall says:

    You and I would survive if the power went out.


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