MattyC64c wrote:Walking home today I was passing some phone boxes, and it made me think about things from the past that are either no longer around or are less common.
The public phone box
Take my first thought, the humble BT phone box. I remember a time when there were loads of telephone boxes everywhere. In my local area there is one which is about 120 metres from my home. The next phone box from there is probably about half a mile away. Back in late 90's there were at least 4 within easy walking distance, not any more. Of course, this is understandable, not only does nearly everyone have their own land line, most people own a mobile phone these days. The public phone box has had it's day.
We still need Phone Boxes though, in the rare case that we DON'T have a Mobile Phone...they are life savers.
The Milk Man
Do you still have a Milk man? Is there even a milk round in your area these days? I'm certain I've seen one around recently, but not in my street. In fact, I can't remember the last time I've seen one near me. When I was a kid, my parents you used to have a regular milk delivery, he even sold bread. We used to get bottles of cheap lemonade and cola too on the weekends.
Yep, we even pay on Wednesday Evenings!
Arcade Machines everywhere
I miss arcade machines, I really do. I'm sure we can all remember a time when they were pretty much everywhere. In pubs, restaurants, fish and chip shops (if they were big enough) and video rental shops. Which brings me to my next change..
Less common, but are still found at Bowling Venues.
Video rental stores
I know we've already had a topic about this recently, but I do miss these shops. I do recall that back in the 80's there were about three near my home, now there's one, and they guy that runs it does more business selling and repairing computers than renting out films. With broadband internet, on demand TV, and DVD rentals by post, it's no wonder this trade has moved on.
To be honest, it's for the best. Unless people are willing to "Rent" for keeps.
The old fashioned pub
Back before cheap beer from supermarkets was all the rage, and the invention of the ingenious 'widget' for canned beer revolutionised home drinking, the only place to get a good old pint with a decent head was the local boozer. The boozers of old were proper drinking houses, none of that 'Gastro Pub' nonsense back in the day. These old pubs didn't do food, well not proper food anyway, and there were thousands of them. Many of these old pubs are now either derelict or have been converted into shops and apartments.
They're still around, and still as lively as ever! I don't go to them myself as I am not a fan of most pubs aesthetics, but they're still around for young people to get slashed.
Can you believe prior to 1997 that we used to be limited to only four channels? Heck, before November 1982 we only had access to three channels. How did we survive that? Taking about TV...
I actually prefer terrestrial over Digital channels. I watch the Chase everyday (it's on as soon as I come home).
Public information films
I remember quite a few of these, some were pretty scary. Much of the information these films contained are still valid today, so why don't we get these on our TV's anymore? Don't kids still get hurt venturing on building sites or touching electrical pylons anymore? What about crossing the road? Talking to strangers? Surely there are more paedophiles on the streets these days then ever before. Just ask the late Jimmy Savile who did the 'Clunk Click' public information films!!
What other things can you think of from back in the day that either no longer exist or have changed?
You're right here...never seen one in my life (I'm 23), but I guess parents ADVISE you to not talk to strangers or go near dangerous areas.