Friday Fun: Alphabet of Obsolete


I loved this photo one of my Facebook friends shared with me — a humorous look at things that don’t quite play the same role they used to a decade or so ago. I started wondering  . . . what other inventions are obsolete? So I asked you on Facebook what else is scarce these days. Here are some of things you came up with:

A – Audio tapes (Sharon McClendon Henning)
B – Bottle openers (Terri Kalmbach)
C – Carbon paper (Pam Kowal)
D – Dialing your phone numbers (Judy Smith Moseley MacLaren)
E – Eight track tapes (Karen Johnson)
F – Film projectors (Nancy Dunne Key)
G – Green stamps (Val Link)
H – Human relations (Mary Shipman)

Thank you for joining in the fun! Share more obsolete inventions, beginning with letters I-P, in the comment section for a chance to win Amish Values for Your Family! I’ll post the next set of the alphabet next week and announce the winner.

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  1. Regina F. says:

    I = Index Cards at the Library

  2. Connie Roberts says:

    Paper grocery bags, there are a few stores that offer paper but not many, it’s all plastic or those reusable bags.

  3. Shannon Bereza says:

    Movie rental stores (not totally obsolete but on the way). Also VCR’s and paper maps (even though I still have an Atlas in my car).

    • Shannon Bereza says:

      People also say the Nook is on its way out. I’m very sad about this because I love Barnes & Noble and my first generation Nook.

  4. sonja1971 says:

    Plastic pants for diapers…

  5. Melanie Backus says:

    Brush hair rollers were used many years ago. I haven’seen any in a long while.

    melback at cebridge dot net

  6. Carol Carman says:

    Powder puff mitts

  7. Carol Carman says:


  8. Carol Carman says:

    Playing jacks

  9. Carol Carman says:


  10. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I love this (even though it makes me feel SO old! LOL)
    Other people wrote some of my ideas for I-P before I got here, so I’ll say jukebox–which hasn’t been around for a long time, but maybe the younger generation doesn’t know what it is (their loss)

  11. Sandi Ansell says:

    i – icecube trays…and ice cream in gallons–it doesn’t come in gallons anymore. 🙁

  12. Elicia P says:


  13. Royce Seabaugh says:

    Inkpen 🙂

  14. Amy Bateman says:

    J – Jacks, Jump rope (and other outdoor activities)
    P – People skills, personal conversations

  15. Rach Merrott says:

    Kerosene lanterns, laser disc players, outhouses, popcorn popper nets( from my daughter who loves Little House).

  16. Rach Merritt says:

    Ice box …we have come a long way. My daddy used an icebox growing up

  17. Carol Edwards says:

    P- Paper Money

  18. Connie Kiers says:


    iron & ironing board

  19. Jan Hall says:

    Gee whiz. I still have and use some of the items listed. Ice pick. Ice cube trays, iron & ironing board, VCR Phonograph, P38 (opens cans) brush hair rollers, antique juicer.

  20. Donna B says:

    Pencils and pencil sharpeners.

  21. Carol Carman says:


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