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Aug 14, 2019 - 6:57:40 PM
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1148 posts since 7/14/2004

I am old enough to remember when these were in common use. Smudge pots or highway flares. Used to warn drivers of construction areas much as traffic cones and digital signs are used today. Rain had a habit of putting the flame out on these things leading to many night time traffic accidents.




Aug 14, 2019 - 7:02:59 PM

chuckv97

Canada

41962 posts since 10/5/2013

I haven’t for a few years now, but about 15 years ago I still saw highway warning flares that truckers had if they were broke down on the shoulder. Now everybody uses the fluorescent triangles.


 

Edited by - chuckv97 on 08/14/2019 19:05:32

Aug 14, 2019 - 9:39:58 PM
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raybob

USA

13364 posts since 12/11/2003

I remember smudge pots and kerosene railroad-type lanterns marking out construction areas back in the day in Michigan.

Aug 15, 2019 - 3:50:58 AM
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figmo59

USA

29122 posts since 3/5/2008

Little....
Figmo.....................

Edited by - figmo59 on 08/15/2019 03:51:53

Aug 15, 2019 - 4:20:53 AM
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172 posts since 8/13/2018

Haven’t seen one of those in quite some time.

Aug 15, 2019 - 5:15:11 AM
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DC5

USA

6430 posts since 6/30/2015

Some of those mysteriously made there way to the lake where we had our camp. I have no idea how they got there.

Another thing that no one sees anymore, a car odometer turning over to all zeros.

Aug 15, 2019 - 6:29:40 AM
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Tobus

USA

1901 posts since 11/17/2015

quote:
Originally posted by chuckv97

I haven’t for a few years now, but about 15 years ago I still saw highway warning flares that truckers had if they were broke down on the shoulder. Now everybody uses the fluorescent triangles.

 


The only ones I see using those road flares any more is the police.  When there's an accident, they throw them down and they leave black scorch marks on the asphalt.  And this time of year, when everything is dry and crunchy from months without rain, they also cause grass fires next to the highway.  You'd think they would know better, but apparently they don't.

Aug 15, 2019 - 6:54:48 AM

784 posts since 12/2/2013

Hi DC5, how about odometers that measure tenths? Tiny breath inhalers like Binaca? Typewriter ribbons? Draft cards? Overshoes? Snow Tires? License tags on dog collars? Mood rings? 45-rpm singles records? Church missals? Woolen mittens? Metal "charge cards" from small businesses? Coin changers on a transit workers belt? Fare boxes that accept coins? Please don't get me started:):):)

Edited by - flyingsquirrelinlay on 08/15/2019 06:58:16

Aug 15, 2019 - 7:00:41 AM
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69687 posts since 5/9/2007

Earth shoes

Aug 15, 2019 - 7:09:53 AM
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Owen

Canada

3710 posts since 6/5/2011

... haven't quite achieved this yet, but....

Image result for cartoon fat person can't see scales

Aug 15, 2019 - 9:06:23 AM
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Tobus

USA

1901 posts since 11/17/2015

quote:
Originally posted by flyingsquirrelinlay

Coin changers on a transit workers belt? Fare boxes that accept coins? Please don't get me started:):):)


For that matter, how about cashiers who can even count change any more?

I can't remember where I was, but I paid cash somewhere the other day and the register wouldn't even let the cashier handle the change.  He had to type in the amount of cash I gave him, then it automatically dispensed the change into a little bowl on the front of the register.  I guess the industry knows that nobody can calculate change any more, or even count coins, so they just have the machine do it for them.

It is fun, though, to mess with kids' minds at the drive-through.  If my order comes up to $18.62 and I give the kid at the window $20.12, it blows his mind.  He doesn't know what to do.  He'll try to give me the 12 cents back and then give me $1.38 in additional change.  When I try to tell him, "no, dude, I gave you that so I could get quarters back", I can see that he absolutely has no clue what I'm talking about.

Aug 15, 2019 - 9:19:33 AM
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rinemb

USA

11447 posts since 5/24/2005

I only see the smudge pots in flea markets. You are right, they were some prominent in my hood growing up. on the ground near road or hanging on wire off of wooden barricades. Annnddd, sometimes they found their way in to our forts in the vacant lot. Brad

Things you don't see anymore...your correct in order in the bag when you get home from the drive-through. Last time through a Popeyes, my wife and I ordered two meals. When we got home there were 4 things wrong with order. Arggghhhh!

Aug 15, 2019 - 9:53:48 AM
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DC5

USA

6430 posts since 6/30/2015

quote:
Originally posted by rinemb


Things you don't see anymore...your correct in order in the bag when you get home from the drive-through. Last time through a Popeyes, my wife and I ordered two meals. When we got home there were 4 things wrong with order. Arggghhhh!


One of the many reasons I don't order food through drive throughs. Going in us usually faster, and you watch them put the order together.  I drink coffee black, if I go in I get it black, if I order from the window it will have cream and/or sugar about half the time.  

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:42:51 AM
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Banjo Lefty

Canada

1605 posts since 6/19/2014

Slide rules. Time was, you could tell the real nerds apart by the 6-inch pocket slide rule they all carried. Today's nerd wouldn't know how to use one if their lives depended on it.

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:49:59 AM
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DC5

USA

6430 posts since 6/30/2015

Carbon paper, mimeograph stencils or fluid.

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:50:25 AM
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figmo59

USA

29122 posts since 3/5/2008

quote:
Originally posted by DC5
quote:
Originally posted by rinemb


Things you don't see anymore...your correct in order in the bag when you get home from the drive-through. Last time through a Popeyes, my wife and I ordered two meals. When we got home there were 4 things wrong with order. Arggghhhh!


One of the many reasons I don't order food through drive throughs. Going in us usually faster, and you watch them put the order together.  I drink coffee black, if I go in I get it black, if I order from the window it will have cream and/or sugar about half the time.  


Musta been...half n half...

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:04:59 AM
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rinemb

USA

11447 posts since 5/24/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Banjo Lefty

Slide rules. Time was, you could tell the real nerds apart by the 6-inch pocket slide rule they all carried. Today's nerd wouldn't know how to use one if their lives depended on it.


Hmmm, I noticed that usually the smaller the nerd, the longer the slide rule.  I holstered a 12-incher even though I was considered a big guy.  They were legal in Kansas.  ;-)    Then the calculator became University legal in 1974.  Sure helped with those 10 to the whatever values and accuracy.  Especially in chemistry, eh.    Brad

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:06:49 AM
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rinemb

USA

11447 posts since 5/24/2005

I miss the smell of ammonia in the morning, running a blueline machine. Don't miss half fainting from too much fumes, though. Nor do I miss what the damage was when you spilled your coffee on a blueline print. Brad

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:11:14 AM
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grandpafive

Canada

299 posts since 8/30/2014

quote:
Originally posted by flyingsquirrelinlay

Hi DC5, how about odometers that measure tenths? Tiny breath inhalers like Binaca? Typewriter ribbons? Draft cards? Overshoes? Snow Tires? License tags on dog collars? Mood rings? 45-rpm singles records? Church missals? Woolen mittens? Metal "charge cards" from small businesses? Coin changers on a transit workers belt? Fare boxes that accept coins? Please don't get me started:):):)


Dave,  Come up in December, I'll show you some snow tires      devil

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:41:57 AM
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chuckv97

Canada

41962 posts since 10/5/2013

Continental kits


 

Edited by - chuckv97 on 08/15/2019 11:42:23

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:42:42 AM
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1743 posts since 1/16/2010

Railroad "fusees" and "torpedoes"!

We still use fusees...pronounced (few-zees)....if were actively switching back and forth over a private or public crossing without crossing gates or lights...we'll throw a fusee down on either side of the crossing. Also if your train is in distress on the main line, a brakeman was to drop a fusee 1 mile behind and 1 mile ahead to warn other trains to stop. I'll still carry a fusee with me when I'm out inspecting my train at night in the middle of the mountains....incase a cougar comes at me.

Torpedoes are all gone, but they were FUN! Little waxed pouches of black powder with lead straps on either end. Same concept as the fusee, if your train was broken down or in distress, the rear end brakeman would place torpedoes 1 mile behind, and the head end brakeman would place them 1 mile ahead. When the oncoming trains ran over them, they would explode sending a signal to the crew to stop. This was in the days of 5 man crews, and dark territories, where trains ran on schedules instead of signals. Torpedoes have been gone 15 years or so.

Dow


 

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:47:20 AM
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Aug 15, 2019 - 12:14:33 PM

784 posts since 12/2/2013

Battery powered portable radios. Bob, back inn 2015 I spent a week at the local Sheraton when the Outer Cape got more than 35 inches of snow in a local blizzard. So much for "all season" tires.

Edited by - flyingsquirrelinlay on 08/15/2019 12:18:41

Aug 15, 2019 - 12:30:05 PM

189 posts since 1/28/2011

quote:
Originally posted by Tobus
quote:
Originally posted by chuckv97

I haven’t for a few years now, but about 15 years ago I still saw highway warning flares that truckers had if they were broke down on the shoulder. Now everybody uses the fluorescent triangles.

 


The only ones I see using those road flares any more is the police.  When there's an accident, they throw them down and they leave black scorch marks on the asphalt.  And this time of year, when everything is dry and crunchy from months without rain, they also cause grass fires next to the highway.  You'd think they would know better, but apparently they don't.


Actually they do know exactly what they are doing.  If you had ever had your patrol car, with lights flashing, parked at an emergency scene, run into from behind, or had to jump out of the way of a driver who was paying so little attention to driving that they went right past the emergency cones, you would understand why something as bright as a burning flare is appropriate for police use.

Aug 15, 2019 - 12:43:36 PM
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mjt0229

USA

288 posts since 4/20/2015

quote:
Originally posted by Sheenjack

I am old enough to remember when these were in common use. Smudge pots or highway flares. Used to warn drivers of construction areas much as traffic cones and digital signs are used today. Rain had a habit of putting the flame out on these things leading to many night time traffic accidents.

 


I think what you've got there is the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch. It's hard to tell because of the patina but that will buff out.

Aug 15, 2019 - 12:59:11 PM
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276 posts since 2/27/2004

Or, in case someone didn't mention this one, the 80 pound Friden calculator.

Edited by - PickinFool on 08/15/2019 12:59:52

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