I wonder how many of today’s generation would have any clue to what some of these are… sigh

My uncle had one of these in his store…

This one is pretty easy…


This one is pretty easy too…

Not so much, but still easy…


And this one will confuse the hell out of them…

Enjoy your week and all those ‘modern’ things… Some of which DO make our lives easier, but others who’s planned obsolescence tends to bite us in the ass on a routine basis… Oh yeah, and NOTHING here required a battery to work… 😀


TBT… — 27 Comments

  1. Shoot, I had some to add, but I can’t figure out how to post a picture!
    Well, let’s see if this works. The link to the first one is here: mystery box.

    I have a couple more that will likely be unknown, but I’m not gonna fool around with trying to post a picture or a link if the first one blows up.

  2. I have used every one of those. My dad had #1 in his store, sat in #2, used #3 through high school, my childhood home was fused with #4, and #5 have used in a friends home.

  3. Have or used them all — the house I care for still is wired with numbers 4 and 5!

  4. Yep, know them all, well. Actually have a desk and chair in our house.

  5. Speaking of batteries.
    Think about how many batteries were in your house in the fifties, then the sixties, and so on.
    We once added up all the batteries in remote control, electronic devices and various headlamps and flashlights.
    The number was surprising huge.
    And yep, knew what they all were.
    The two strips of tinfoil would be the rabbit ears reception enhancers.

  6. I know what all of those are, though I’ve only used the old light switches and the card catalog.

  7. Have used them all, and worked on a few. Throw in cursive writing for the descriptions, and millenials would remain clueless.

  8. Yep, been there, done all of that.

    #4 Both the FuseStat, and the FuseTron styles…

  9. In reverse order, light switches (I learned about that type recently), I’d guess screw in fuses, card catalogs, desks, and I’m not sure.

    Looking carefully at the first, I’m not sure of the scale but suspect it is much smaller than I first assumed.

    I’m not sure, but think the cross piece is an actual cutter, and not just something for keeping the roll unspooling evenly.

    My guess, write the transaction manually, and tear off the receipt. I’ve seen something that does the same thing, that I think was probably a later development.

    • My grade school bought rolls of the stuff in the first image for us to draw on. We did not have the cutter, though, at least not that I recall.

  10. All- Y’all are as old as I am…LOL And yes, there was a spool of string and a black crayon that went with the butcher paper. And my uncle was NOT happy when I took off with the crayon once…LOL

    Posted from my iPhone.

  11. Used them all or equivalent in the case of the first – the rolls (and cutter) still exist – setup built-in to the case arrangement behind the meat counter at a local supermarket.

    I hadn’t encountered those style switches since the early 1970’s and they were old then… and the house they were in was renovated shortly after we left it, so almost certainly long gone. I used to rent a small house equipped with those fuses. It had been re-wired. I saw the knob & tube original wiring that had been abandoned in place in the attic.

  12. Orvan- That house probably dated to the 1930s. K&T went out in the mid-1930s, when grounding became popular. K&T had NO grounding to any switch or outlet!!!

    • 4plex I work on in San Jose has no grounding for the electrical system. Cloth covered duplex wiring to Bakelite outlet boxes with two slot duplex receptacles. Guilt in 1962, per city records. Place is a total PITA.

  13. My wife just sold a school desk like those.
    And there’s are switches like that still in use in our house.
    When we go to an antique store a common phrase is, “We have one like that in the basement.”

  14. But you didn’t have the penny under the screw in fuse in a fuse panel!. Also for odd geeks, reuseable ‘grasshopper’ fuses. And Single cotton/tar covered wires going thru porcelin tubes in really old houses.

  15. We had the card catalog when I was in school, and I vaguely remember seeing butcher-paper rolls somewhere (art class, maybe). Desks, obviously, and I recognized the fuses. Never seen light switches in that configuration before.

    I knew I was getting old when I made a gaming-related remark to a younger friend, only to be greeted with confusion. He didn’t know what Zork was. Owie.

  16. Went to a funeral visitation last night for a friend. When someone you haven’t seen for 20 years comes up, shakes your hand and says with surprise in his voice AND in his eyes,”You look GOOD!”…well, you know you’re getting old.

  17. The push button light switch’s are still being made.
    They run $15 to $20 per switch.

  18. Have both in my house screw in fuses and push button light switches.
    Have a pretty old house.