Friday Fun: Alphabet of Obsolete (Part 2)


The Alphabet of Obsolete — a humorous look at the things that don’t quite play the same role they used to a decade or so ago. Thank you for joining in the fun and sharing some of the things you think are scarce these days. Here’s the alphabet of obsolete we’ve come up with so far!

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)

I – Index Cards at Libraries (Regina F.)
J – Jukebox (Natalie J. Vandenberghe)
K – Kick the Can (Darlene Miller McFalls)
L –  Letter writing (Val Link)
M – Mimeograph (Jennifer Dunkelberger Pederson)
N – Newsboys (Jeni Lee)
O – Ozone (Linda Marier Finn)
P – Playing Jacks (Carol Carman)

Thank you for joining in the fun! Share more obsolete inventions, beginning with letters Q-Z, 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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Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Ruth Hill says:

    (I remember those!)

  2. Amy Bateman says:

    P – Penmanship
    R- Record players, rotary dial phones

  3. Wilani Wahl says:

    S Slips. I am finding it increasingly difficult to buy one.

  4. Joanne Richel says:

    V a victrola

  5. Shirley M. Franklin says:

    S – Secretary! For some crazy reason corporate America feels that it no longer needs secretaries/administrative assistants for most corporate officials. I was laid off after 13 years with a corporation, my position was eliminated – my boss was only the CFO, not a president of the division. He had to complete a project that I was working on – what would have taken me less than 45 minutes to complete took him three and a half hours! Not a good use of his time at all.

  6. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I don’t hear much about Quince these days (I remember quince jam from my youth)

  7. Pam McPherson says:

    Quill-feather pen, now we use a stylus pen

  8. quill, rabbits foot,safety pins, telegraph, uniform worn by union solders in civil war,victrola, wringer washer, xylophone,yo yo, ziz zag stitching

  9. Melanie Backus says:

    R – Razor blades for straight razors
    T – Troll dolls

  10. Susie Koenig says:

    Quill pen

  11. Marsha C says:

    R – Record Store V – VCR

  12. Kathy Watts says:

    Q: Quills; R: Rotary dial Telephones and Records; S: Sewing ones clothing & short wave radio & flour sifters; T: trapping & Telephone Booths; U: Unicorns; V: Victorola and Vinyls, we called them records, 33, 45 & 78; W: Wigwams X: Y: Z: Zoot Suits

  13. Sonja says:

    Roller Skate Key

  14. Regina F. says:

    This is from my hubby, Darren: Vacuum tube (from radios, tv’s, etc.)

  15. Colette Crowell says:

    R- ring around the rosy
    S- saddle shoes
    T- top (toy)

  16. Wendy Bailey says:

    U – unicycle
    V – Victrola
    Z – zax

  17. Gayle Hofacker says:

    skate key

  18. Sue Williams says:

    Q-quackish meant boasting

  19. Laura Shuck says:

    Record stores
    Telephone booths

  20. Connie Roberts says:

    soft drink bottles made of glass

  21. Irene Menge says:

    Quality – apparently it is no longer appreciated. Now it’s planned obsolescence.
    Relax – does anyone say or do this anymore? Now it’s ‘chill’ or ‘veg out’. Is relax a bad word?
    Spiffy – Strange word, but it was useful.
    Tape – Now it’s recorded on discs.
    Ukelele – Do they still have them in Hawaii?
    VCR – I still have the one I got 25 years ago and yes, I still use it. Can’t afford a DVR or Blue-ray thingie.
    Waltz – Does anyone do this anymore? I love to waltz. So romantic.
    Xylophone – Haven’t seen anyone playing one of these for a long time.
    Yardstick – Used to be fabric shops, lumber yards and such would give these away for advertising. Not anymore.
    Zany – They call it something else now.

  22. donna harris says:

    P. Pay phones
    S. School Books kids around here use ipads etc. for school lessons.
    T. Treadle sewing machine

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