If you are among the population known as the ABB – aging, no, change that to AMAZING baby boomers – you are aware of items once considered essential that are now obsolete. Here is a short list.

*Rotary dial phones – It does work as an interesting accessory in particular decors. But you can’t ‘press one for…’ so it is useless for many calls made from home.
*Cassette tapes – It is amazing the number of younger folks who have never listened to one. If you still have a stash of them, you would need…
*Cassette tape players – It doesn’t usually have the best sound, but it is nice to have if you don’t want to get rid of your tapes.
*Ironing boards – A friend of mine thinks this is no longer used by many folks. Hold on, though! I do use mine for two or three items of clothing weekly in spring and summer for sure. If I had an old wooden one, I might think about making a chalkboard of it, or hang it from the ceiling for a clever primitive touch, but both of those tasks are way more bothersome than ironing if you ask me.
*Cameras – Have smartphone, will travel.
*Video recorders – Have smartphone, will travel.
*Mini-flashlights – Have smartphone, will travel. (I still have one.)
*Address Books – Have smartphone, will travel.
*Calendars – Have smartphone, will travel. (I still love them and use them. Does that make me obsolete?)
*Road maps in the glove box – Have smartphone, will travel. (I prefer a road map even if I never get it folded back correctly!!)
*Stamps – Sadly, more and more are texting and emailing rather than using these to send snail mail.
*33’s and 45’s – The big and the small vinyl records we bought so we could hear over and over our favorite songs on the radio. To play the ones you still have, you need …
*Record players – Many of us still have stacks of vinyl records, so this comes in handy if a nostalgic mood hits. Wouldn’t want to live without mine, though it isn’t in one of those stereo cabinets that were so popular with our folks. (Have smartphone, will travel?)

What can you add? And I just wondered if a glove box was ever really used for gloves.

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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