These Obscure Gadgets Used to Be Everyday Objects

Over the years, technology and the development of gadgets have been so profound. Think about it, 20 years ago would you have thought we’d be sending cars into space? We have most definitely surpassed what anyone could have imagined back then. It’s quite a lot to wrap your head around.[1]

Modern innovation has changed so dramatically. Take for example music streaming – back then all we had was the radio or cassette taps which eventually evolved into CDs and then MP3s.

There was no “internet” and information was not easily accessible. What we take for granted now was a long excursion to the library, just for a little bit of information! We have the world at our fingertips and it’s only just the beginning.

Of course, this means that a lot of old inventions have become obsolete, so younger generations have no idea what many of the common tools older generations used are.

What a Time to be Alive

As developments occur we advance, and that’s a good thing. We should definitely be more appreciative of what we have now and the ease in obtaining it. Sometimes, we just need a small nostalgic reminder of just how far we have come and how much we truly have to be grateful for.

Lets take a moment to think back to times that were simpler as we have a look at some of the gadgets from yesteryear.

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Remember These Gadgets?

Take a look at the following images and let us know if you remember them or what they were called and used for!

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needle threader

Any idea what this odd gadget could be?

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You guessed it! It’s a needle threader, and no repurposed biscuit tin sewing kit would be complete without one. If you struggled to thread a needle, this handy little gadget was your saving grace!

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tailor's chalk

How about these colorful little disk-like items?

Keeping with the sewing theme, these brightly colored gadgets are what’s know as tailor’s chalk. Specifically created to draw on fabric when making adjustments or putting a garment together.

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What’s That Gadget?

Here are a few more weird little gadgets from years passed by. We hope they give you that same nostalgic feeling as it did us!

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Etch A Sketch 

Etch A Sketch 

This one is for the 80’s kids who didn’t have iPad’s for those long car drives![2]

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Record Adapters

Record Adapter

This peculiar-looking device is a Record Adapter. If you listened to vinyl, you’ll know what it is and how it was used. They help records fit onto record players of varying sizes.[3]

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Overhead Projector

overhead Projector

This odd-looking, bulky gadget was used by schools to show a visual aid to the classroom. Paired up with special plastic sheets, everyone could see what was being taught. Those from the 80s or 90s should remember these bad boys.[4]

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Merlin

handheld tic tac toe gaming device

Okay, I’ll admit, I had no idea what this was until now. Parker Brothers created this handheld tic tac toe gaming device. Not to mention it was designed by NASA![5]

Church Keys

Church Keys

Back when twist-off bottle caps didn’t exist, these strange silver-colored gadgets were used to open containers and bottles.[6]

Wonder Sauna Hot Pants

Wonder Sauna Hot Pants

Okay, this one made us chuckle! You’ll be forgiven if you have never seen a pair of these before. Those born before the 70s would remember if they wanted to lose weight – people believed they would help decrease your waist size by making you sweat. Of course, they were not very effective.[7]

Corn-on-the-Cob Holders

Corn-on-the-Cob Holders

I actually still have a few of these! They made picking up hot corn on the cob so much easier, and they looked like tiny ears of corn, too![8]

Bead Hair Bands

Bead Hair Bands

Back when these hairbands were popular, every girl had little baubles on their heads! These things hurt – a lot. Why anyone thought this was a good idea to tie up someone’s hair with is beyond me![9]

Walkman

Walkman

iPod? What’s that? If you owned one of these bad boys, you were one of the cool kids. The first portable device to listen to your cassette tapes on the go. Paired with some awful spongy headphones and you were good to go![10]

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  1. Elon Musk: The man who sent his sports car into space.” BBC. Joel Gunter. February 10, 2018
  2. Etch a Sketch.” Spin Master.
  3. The History of the 45 RPM Adapter.” Electro Home.
  4. Overhead Projector.” Wikipedia.
  5. I Miss Merlin, the First Electronic Game I Ever Played.” Gizmodo.
  6. Church Keys.” Wikipedia.
  7. ‘Wonder Sauna Hot Pants’ was the most ’70s product to hit the market.MeTV.
  8. Corn on the cob is simple food. Why are there so many gadgets to help us eat it?” Washington Post.
  9. 21 glorious hair accessories from the ’90s that you can buy on Amazon.” Hello Giggles.
  10. Walkman Story: The Early Years of the Iconic Personal Cassette Player.” Nippon.

This article originally appeared on Secret Life of Mom and has been republished here with permission.

Jade Small
Freelance Writer
Jade is a freelance writer and content creator from South Africa with over 7 years experience writing and creating. She's also a proud single mom to a super 13 year old boy.
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