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2014-08-26 01:13:26 AM  
Get back to me when you can still buy the Big Chief tablets like we had in the Fifties. Those were the ones with the stereotypical Indian head on the cover, wide blue lines in which to write with the blue dashed line down the middle of each line so you knew lower case letters, for the most part, went no higher than that. also it was the cheapest, crappiest paper you could get. There were chunks of wood still in the paper.

farm1.staticflickr.com

chrisdahlquist.com
 
2014-08-26 06:17:42 AM  
Erasermate obviously never tested their pens with lefties.
 
2014-08-26 07:41:21 AM  

enry: Erasermate obviously never tested their pens with lefties.


We don't want no stinkin' liebruls in are schools enneywhey!
 
2014-08-26 07:47:39 AM  
'Vintage' is mass-produced stuff from the 90s?  Who knew?

/lawn
//off
///now
////adjusts slashies on his belt
 
2014-08-26 07:49:05 AM  
Get back to me when you can still buy the wax tablets like we had in the -500s.

www.bibleandscience.com
 
2014-08-26 07:49:23 AM  

Aulus: Get back to me when you can still buy the Big Chief tablets like we had in the Fifties.


Had them in the late 60s/early 70s. We kept out pencils in these too.

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2014-08-26 07:50:16 AM  
Eric Cartman is unimpressed by this list.

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-08-26 07:50:57 AM  

Aulus: Get back to me when you can still buy the Big Chief tablets like we had in the Fifties. Those were the ones with the stereotypical Indian head on the cover, wide blue lines in which to write with the blue dashed line down the middle of each line so you knew lower case letters, for the most part, went no higher than that. also it was the cheapest, crappiest paper you could get. There were chunks of wood still in the paper.

[farm1.staticflickr.com image 164x240]

[chrisdahlquist.com image 850x345]


That's a 1970's Big Chief
www.ddranchwear.com
 
2014-08-26 07:59:31 AM  
As the father of three kids...

Half that crap ends up around the house (ok, the Lisa Frank is the wifeys)
 
2014-08-26 07:59:32 AM  
 
2014-08-26 08:04:32 AM  
I expected a slide rule on the list.
Maybe an abacus.

Christ, I'm old.
If that shiat is vintage, then I'm a dinosaur.
 
2014-08-26 08:05:48 AM  
 
2014-08-26 08:08:31 AM  

Hack Patooey: 'Vintage' is mass-produced stuff from the 90s?  Who knew?


Some of those things didn't even exist when I was in school

Dancin_In_Anson: Aulus: Get back to me when you can still buy the Big Chief tablets like we had in the Fifties.

Had them in the late 60s/early 70s. We kept out pencils in these too.

[media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 736x471]


For a while some people used metal tennis ball cans.  If you put chalk in it and shook it up, then opened it, it looked like there was smoke coming out of it.
 
2014-08-26 08:09:40 AM  
List fails without For big mistake erasers, which apparently cost 23$ these days?!

/Have one right here, TO THE eBay!
 
2014-08-26 08:18:56 AM  
peechees?
 
2014-08-26 08:19:49 AM  
I miss the plastic multi-compartment pencil boxes from the 80s. Magnetic lid for your pencils, which popped out at an angle with a button. Another button popped out a sharpener, a third popped out a little compartment barely big enough for a few quarters, etc.

Seems you can buy a vintage one on etsy for 80 bucks, but nostalgia's not worth THAT much.
img1.etsystatic.com

The models I've found recently don't include the pop-up pencil compartment.
 
2014-08-26 08:26:44 AM  
I always had immaculate sets of pens, papers, pencils, books, etc for the start of the new year of school, determined to do better this year, and really try, and keep working hard all year... but barely a week in everything was a mess and I stopped caring. When I was 9, my best friend, who got sent to see the headmaster more often than I did, decided he was going to straighten up, and damnit he actually did, and then later in the year he said I was immature. I felt so abandoned, I had no one to be naughty with anymore :(

Anyway, that's enough Farkotherapy for one day.
 
2014-08-26 08:29:13 AM  
If I can remember it, then by definition it's not vintage.

Inkwells?  Slate pencils?  The strap?  Vintage.
 
2014-08-26 08:38:26 AM  
I am shocked kids can still buy and use pencils, pens and erasers.
 
2014-08-26 08:45:48 AM  
I'm 33...stuff from my childhood should not be vintage. Just like the music I like should not be on oldies...
 
2014-08-26 08:50:02 AM  

PizzaJedi81: I'm 33...stuff from my childhood should not be vintage. Just like the music I like should not be on oldies...


This.  I'm a year older than you and feel your pain.

Well, OK, the stuff I like is oldies, but recently I heard a song on the oldies station that came out when I was in high school.
 
2014-08-26 08:50:55 AM  
We went to school armed with these:

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2014-08-26 09:00:51 AM  

vudukungfu: I expected a slide rule on the list.
Maybe an abacus.

Christ, I'm old.
If that shiat is vintage, then I'm a dinosaur.



Yeah, I had the same feeling. All that is after my time.
Cripes, we still had holes in our desks to hold inkwells.
 
2014-08-26 09:12:52 AM  

Bondith: Slate pencils?


Slate pencils are actually quite cool.  They're cheaper and easier to produce than chalk.  They're efficient for writing on a slate tablet and (depending on the material they're made of) don't damage its surface.  Because they are so inexpensive, they are still used in primary school in many parts of the world.
 
2014-08-26 09:15:11 AM  

tillerman35: Bondith: Slate pencils?

Slate pencils are actually quite cool.  They're cheaper and easier to produce than chalk.  They're efficient for writing on a slate tablet and (depending on the material they're made of) don't damage its surface.  Because they are so inexpensive, they are still used in primary school in many parts of the world.


Slate equals cheap writing? That explains a lot!
 
2014-08-26 09:17:51 AM  

AlanSmithee: vudukungfu: I expected a slide rule on the list.
Maybe an abacus.

Christ, I'm old.
If that shiat is vintage, then I'm a dinosaur.


Yeah, I had the same feeling. All that is after my time.
Cripes, we still had holes in our desks to hold inkwells.


How many rooms did your school have?
 
2014-08-26 09:19:56 AM  

Marquis de Sod: We went to school armed with these:

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Don't get me started on the arsenal we toted daily...assault staplers, military-grade staple removers, sharpened pencils, tactical erasers, calculators powered by a nuclear reaction, lunches full of real sugar, salt, fat, and fiber! We had access to even deadlier items in the schoolroom; scissors, hot glue guns, metal yardsticks and ground up, chemically treated minerals that we handled without PPE of any kind! It was a sick, sad world and we're all sooooo much safer now! You feel safe...right?! RIGHT!?!

/don't get me started on the disease-ridden, skin-searing death traps we called 'playgrounds'
 
2014-08-26 09:25:23 AM  
Back in my days everyone had one of these for a school bag.
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2014-08-26 09:30:03 AM  

Bondith: If I can remember it, then by definition it's not vintage.


I dunno.  It seems to me, "vintage" is "stuff I can kinda remember, from a time when the world wasn't a (n as) scary place, and thus has emotional pull."  _Antique_ would be more "stuff from (way) before I [can remember | was born], and thus seems rare and valuable."  But that may just be me.

Either way, though, there are far too many articles like this, and song choices on the radio, reminding me that I am older than I ever wanted to be.

/ off lawn, please
// 'cuz it's pretty well maintained
/// criminey -- I have a lawn now... who the fark ever wanted to deal with a lawn?
 
2014-08-26 09:39:05 AM  
TI-83 graphing calculator?
 
2014-08-26 09:45:52 AM  

Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: AlanSmithee: vudukungfu: I expected a slide rule on the list.
Maybe an abacus.

Christ, I'm old.
If that shiat is vintage, then I'm a dinosaur.


Yeah, I had the same feeling. All that is after my time.
Cripes, we still had holes in our desks to hold inkwells.

How many rooms did your school have?


Did a small stint in a village school. 2 rooms, handling 4 grades.
 
2014-08-26 09:50:45 AM  

Tobin_Lam: TI-83 graphing calculator?


Ha! I carry one in my briefcase at all times now. I don't need it for anything, but a couple years back, I decided "I'm a grownup, and I can have my own TI-83 if I want it."

Plus, the neighbors were selling it at a yard sale for $2.
 
2014-08-26 10:01:02 AM  
Just my take on it:

nostalgic = your childhood

vintage = your parent's early years

antique = your grandparent's time and earlier.
 
2014-08-26 10:12:01 AM  

Marquis de Sod: We went to school armed with these:

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Take one of those today, you'd be facing a weapons charge.
 
2014-08-26 10:32:58 AM  

PizzaJedi81: I'm 33...stuff from my childhood should not be vintage. Just like the music I like should not be on oldies...


Isn't it still on adult contemporary (or is that the same thing?)
 
2014-08-26 10:34:37 AM  

Gonz: Tobin_Lam: TI-83 graphing calculator?

Ha! I carry one in my briefcase at all times now. I don't need it for anything, but a couple years back, I decided "I'm a grownup, and I can have my own TI-83 if I want it."

Plus, the neighbors were selling it at a yard sale for $2.


Except for programming those games you downloaded off of bulletin boards then typed in.
 
2014-08-26 10:49:08 AM  
Everyone calm down! This is internet vintage we're talkin' about here!

This is the place where you can feel nostalgic over a 6 year old video game!
 
2014-08-26 10:59:05 AM  

AlanSmithee: Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: AlanSmithee: vudukungfu: I expected a slide rule on the list.
Maybe an abacus.

Christ, I'm old.
If that shiat is vintage, then I'm a dinosaur.


Yeah, I had the same feeling. All that is after my time.
Cripes, we still had holes in our desks to hold inkwells.

How many rooms did your school have?

Did a small stint in a village school. 2 rooms, handling 4 grades.


We had desks like that when I started school.  They eventually got replaced but still did the job as a desk.  School was fairly good sized but that stuff was well built and really lasted a long time.

/Still have to buy some of those things for the kids so yea the list is internet vintage not real vintage.
//Need to look at my lawn to make sure you did not fark up the grass.
 
2014-08-26 11:03:12 AM  

Tobin_Lam: TI-83 graphing calculator?


What you used some fancy new calculator like that.  TI-30 baby.  Still have a 30 plus year old Sharp Scientific pocket calculator I use at work.
 
2014-08-26 11:12:30 AM  

Hack Patooey: 'Vintage' is mass-produced stuff from the 90s?  Who knew?


This.

Who the fark wrote that article, a 10 year old?
 
2014-08-26 11:16:04 AM  

xtalman: AlanSmithee: Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: AlanSmithee: vudukungfu: I expected a slide rule on the list.
Maybe an abacus.

Christ, I'm old.
If that shiat is vintage, then I'm a dinosaur.


Yeah, I had the same feeling. All that is after my time.
Cripes, we still had holes in our desks to hold inkwells.

How many rooms did your school have?

Did a small stint in a village school. 2 rooms, handling 4 grades.

We had desks like that when I started school.  They eventually got replaced but still did the job as a desk.  School was fairly good sized but that stuff was well built and really lasted a long time.

/Still have to buy some of those things for the kids so yea the list is internet vintage not real vintage.
//Need to look at my lawn to make sure you did not fark up the grass.


Yeah, I remember desks like that going to school in the 80s, obviously well after they were used for that purpose, but was interesting as it still had etched in graffiti from previous pupils going back to the 50s.

/I was also expecting slide rules and that sort of thing for it to be "vintage"
 
2014-08-26 11:34:10 AM  
Vintage?  I was expecting slide rules and such...
 
2014-08-26 11:39:59 AM  
Erasermate pens.
Yet another cruel prank played upon us lefties.

images.says.com
www.demotivation.us
 
2014-08-26 11:44:40 AM  

Obbi: Everyone calm down! This is internet vintage we're talkin' about here!

This is the place where you can feel nostalgic over a 6 year old video game!


THIS POST WAS A TRIUMPH
I'M MAKING A NOTE HERE -- GREAT SUCCESS
 
2014-08-26 11:46:32 AM  

give me doughnuts: Erasermate pens.
Yet another cruel prank played upon us lefties.

[images.says.com image 600x456]
[www.demotivation.us image 600x891]


More cruel than the accident of your birth, perpetrated by an unforgiving Creator for It's eternal amusement?


/Dramatic!
 
2014-08-26 11:53:09 AM  

Marquis de Sod: We went to school armed with these:

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Yep, and now you'd be arrested.
 
2014-08-26 12:06:53 PM  

Slaxl: I always had immaculate sets of pens, papers, pencils, books, etc for the start of the new year of school, determined to do better this year, and really try, and keep working hard all year... but barely a week in everything was a mess and I stopped caring. When I was 9, my best friend, who got sent to see the headmaster more often than I did, decided he was going to straighten up, and damnit he actually did, and then later in the year he said I was immature. I felt so abandoned, I had no one to be naughty with anymore :(

Anyway, that's enough Farkotherapy for one day.


That sounds exactly like me the week before every school year lol.
 
2014-08-26 12:08:06 PM  
Trapper Keepers were awesome. They prevented shiat from falling out of your binder if you had something loose in there because it didn't have the holes punched in it. And yes, since I was anal about being organized, I kept a 3-hole punch in my locker in order to keep my binders neat.

After Trapper Keepers went out of style, I got myself one of the Five Star Zipper Binders - those things were huge and could store tons of shiat. Hell, I still use those for certain things. I have had one of them for over 15 years and it is still in great shape, even though it is tossed into my car, thrown into carts, and generally abused fairly often.

Oh, and I love my Jansport backpack. Those things NEVER tear and last forever. Still have the one that my mother got me for my senior year in high school. Looks as good as new.

/just had a birthday
//still too poor for TF
///lupus is hurting today :(
 
2014-08-26 12:11:55 PM  
I brought a box of scented markers into class when I was 9.  They stunk up the whole room and my teacher immediately banned them.
 
2014-08-26 12:12:27 PM  
I still have my spacemaker. I use it to store my drawing pencils. Didn't have any of that other stuff growing up, but I did pick up a Lisa Frank binder about ten years back that I store smaller drawings in.

Anastacya: Five Star Zipper Binder


I love mine, it's overflowing with important paperwork I don't feel like making the time to sort through. And I seem to remember other kids' Trapper Keepers falling apart at the folds after about a year or so of use. The Five Star is still going strong after four years of being used that way.
 
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