Sunday, 24 February 2008

Obsolete skills

I found a list of obsolete skills - some brought back memories!

Adjusting Rabbit Ears On Top Of ATV
Adjusting A Televisions Horizontal And Vertical Holds
Calling A Phone Sex Line (was this a skill?)
Changing The Ball Or Ribbon On Your Electric Typewriter
Darning A Sock
Dialling A Rotary Phone
Getting Off The Couch To Change Channels On Your TV Set
Knowing What Part Of Town Someone Lives In By Their Phone Exchange
Licking Stamps Or Envelopes
Making A Nail Art Picture
Remembering Telephone Numbers
Replacing Shoe Sole And Heels
Sending A Telegram
Taking The Tape Out Of An Answering Machine
Winding A Watch Or Clock

For the complete list have a look here.

Can you think of any more?

45 comments:

Chris H said...

I am too tired to think of any! Hope someone else comes up with a few goodies!

Honeysuckle said...

Very interesting list. Sadly, I'm still using some of the obsolete skills on the full list - altho' I haven't trimmed a quill pen in ages, and thank goodness the manual clutch is a thing of the past - no more panicky moments as you realise you've flooded the engine, yet again.

Wonder what made him think the Dewey Decimal system was obsolete? It's still in regular use in most public libraries throughout the land...

DJ Kirkby said...

Wow what a great list, I had forgotten so many of these!

frog ponds rock... said...

hehehehehe I am so showing my age as I nodded my head at most things on the list...

cheers kim..

Elissa - Managing Autism said...

I had to laugh when I looked at the complete list and saw rewinding a video tape... my kids found a video the other day that they wanted to watch, but then couldn't understand that when the movie got to the end they couldn't just restart it... being used to DVDs, the concept of rewinding was just too difficult for them to grasp!!

Tom Foolery said...

Cleaning the dust off a vinyl LP. TFX

Sally's Chateau said...

Must show this list to the resident teenagers in this house !!!

Jen said...

I can make soap from scratch, embroider, and milk a cow. And I like driving with a manual shift :-)

buffalodickdy said...

1. Tuning carburators- fuel injectors now.
2, Setting the points under the distributor cap- electronic ignitions now.
3. Drafting or designing on paper-- all computer now.
4. Dialing a rotary phone.

bullet said...

I have to wind the clock in the living room.

Mel said...

Oh geeze.....I suddenly feel old...LOL

Erasing typed mistakes with those silly eraser pencils....omgosh.

How sad is it that I have to look on my cell to find my own phone number? LOL
(I never call it..it's not my fault!)

Christy said...

Really? Are those things obsolete? I love nail art pictures. And I still lick my envelopes. Am I stuck in a time warp? This is kind of scary!

Smalltown RN said...

wash board, or Mangler(large press iron),making fries with the old potato chip maker,when they use to pump your gas and check your oil all for the same price as self serve,talking to an operator instead of a machine,typerwriters,using white out, carbon paper to make multiple copies,changing the roll of paper on the old fax machines

Niksmom said...

Oh, the LP one reminds me of balancing a penny on the arm of the record player to make the needle not skip on scratched 45's! (OMG, that makes me feel old!)

How about KNOWING your neighbors well enough to (a) visit with them or (b) borrow a cup of sugar?

Marla said...

Very strange to think about. I did not do all of those things but I remembebr nail art and thought that was so cool.
Anyone, like my mom who likes to clean...a lot...remembers washing the curly telephone cords. I know...I grew up watching that be done weekly. Can you even imagine?

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

When I worked in Tv many years ago we used to record in two inch video tape - on a machine called a quad machine . . .wow now that brings back memories of sitting with a cotton bud cleaning the heads whilst the machine was on air to stop the banding that was appearing on screen . . . .It didn't do the four video heads any good, or our nerves . . .Then we progressed to one inch tape machines . . . but I gather they are only used now to transfer archive material. . . .

Rrramone said...

Hey, I do still lick the occasional stamp. :-)

KAREN CLARKE said...

I don't know about obsolete skills, but discovered one I didn't know existed, when a man from the place we bought our sofa from recently came out to re-stuff the cushions, which had gone limp. 'Cushion filler' was his official title! The mind boggles.

(I remember those old cash registers - taught me to add up in my head really quickly!)

Sadie said...

Nail art!!! OMG! My grandfather and brother used to do those!!! They are SOOO cool! Why don't we see them anymore? Now I want one again *lol* My grandpa made an awesome ship one once...I think it still hangs in his house.

Suzy said...

Elevator operators...

Love to you and C.

Suzy

Jim said...

When driving, I remember "hitting high beam" from the floor button with my foot which they don't have anymore.

I don't miss any of those you have mentioned. I love my remote control. LOL

motherx said...

Had to laugh as we still do a lot of these things in our house! cant think of any new ones ...so far!

Anonymous said...

Putting down the needle on a record album so as not to scratch it.

Sharpening the blades on the lawn mower.

Crank calling.

Billy said...

My parents used to have me hold the rabbit ears on the TV in a certain position for an entire half hour (until I got out the tin foil and put a wad of it at the tips of the antennae. And please forgive me--everyone seems sick and out with the flu, so you're tagged

teeni said...

How about pulling over in order to park the car and use a pay phone? Winding a watch? Getting the quarter to sit just right on top of the record player arm so the record won't skip? I hope I'm not repeating any of the ones on that link you included. I didn't check it first. I better go read it now.

aims said...

These all brought back memories - and made me feel very nostalgic.

Where have all the good times gone?

Rising Rainbow said...

Oh man, I still do some of these things. Does that make me obsolete?

The good news it's not calling sex lines or adjusting rabbit ears or horizontol holds.

What about using a popcorn popper?

Melissa said...

These are great! My dad jokes that we were his first remotes. "Melissa, go change the TV" - served the same purpose, right? hehe

Dazzed and Confused said...

That does bring back the good old days. The only issue I have is that I still do some of them. Does that make me obsolete?

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

Boy do those bring back memories!

Babaloo said...

Oh my gosh, looking at that whole list makes me feel sooo obsolete now. I can still darn socks. And still do sometimes. And AS400? I swear it's still used in a company I worked for until last year. And at a push I could still work it.
This list is amazing, thanks for posting it! It will give me hours of fun.

the mother of this lot said...

Oh dear God, I'm skilled in every single one of those!

Cait O'Connor said...

I remember switchboard operators. I was one once.

Shorthand and typing skills are pretty obsolete I'd say. I was one of those too once.

Duplicating machine operators, I did that as part of secretarial job.

Blackboards and chalk in schools?

Cait O'Connor said...

PS
Library tickets for an uncomputerised system. Here in my county in Wales we were probably the last in the world to become computerised:))

Lady in red said...

I am glad we no longer have to start the car up with a crank handle like I remember my dad doing. Can you still get sewing machines operated by a foot pedal

~Miss Nelson said...

Using a pencil to wind a cassette tape that may be messed up.

Fixing a cassette tape with scotch tape and winding it back up.. lol

Having a beeper (pager) and knowing the codes that people leave with their phone numbers.

Maddy said...

Cleaning your teeth without a water pix or electric tooth brush!

Putting a key in a car door to unlock it!
Cheers

Judith said...

Place a needle on a turntable? Was that on the list? Man am I old ... but at least I'm old and happy.

Thanks for the fun..

Sweet Irene said...

Dipping a pen in a little pot of ink, which I still learned to do in elementary school.

Phil Plasma said...

Yes.

(You should always ask a part or full time literalist a question that involves more than a yes or no answer).

Angela said...

You've been awarded! Come get it!

Get Off My Lawn! said...

Tying shoes is on its way out! All the kids have velcro. Mark my words, tying your shoe will be on this list before too long!

Patti said...

Fun list..how a bout preparing dinner without a microwave oven?
I didn't see that one

Kahless said...

Hey, I wear a watch that I have to wind up!

Richard said...

Waiting impatiently for the daily newspaper to be delivered to find out the previous days football scores.

Sitting at home in the evening reading or watching tv without the urge to check my email (not that I knew what email was then!)