I was sooooo upset about a year ago when I finally had to get rid of my boombox that had a CD and a tape player.
I got that thing for my birthday all the way back in 1990 and it lasted until 2019. A twenty-nine-year run for a piece of technology like that that I used consistently for all those years is pretty darn impressive, if you ask me.
Some things really do last a long time, don’t they? Built to last, that’s what I say!
Folks shared the things they’ve owned for a really long time that still work.
Let’s take a look!
1. Get ’em started young.
1960 Rock-Ola 1484 Jukebox pic.twitter.com/vZyYUbo4LO
— NORM (@_TUMULUS) June 8, 2020
2. Fancy calculator.
Going back to the ’90s.
My graphic calculator; my dad bought it for me in 1997 from France (hence the name graphique couleur). It can plot graphs, do matrix calculations, and more with 64 kilo bytes!!! pic.twitter.com/gvfqCV0o4o
— Moataz Attallah معتز عطا الله (@MoatazAttallah) June 8, 2020
3. Blend away.
You’ll always need it for something.
— Matthew Rees is wearing a mask (@reesmf) June 8, 2020
4. I can hear The Cars playing in my head.
Casio VL-Tone, 1979 🙂 pic.twitter.com/zCes8pdDkj
— Hamish Thompson (@HamishMThompson) June 8, 2020
5. Totally tubular!
I love it!
I got my baby pink radio alarm clock in the early eighties and it’s been following me around ever since! pic.twitter.com/Har4MUC875
— Bee (@yerlbeve) June 9, 2020
6. I wonder what year it’s from?
I’m guessing the 1940s.
Am/FM radio. pic.twitter.com/8ySPgiWPvo
— US_STEELDAVE (@davidprhoton) June 9, 2020
7. Weigh it out.
It had a previous life.
Possibly my oldest functioning gadget which is in (almost) daily use is this Pelouze® postal scale dating from the early 1980s.
I use it now in my kitchen for weighing out ingredients, but it had a previous life in my former employer’s post room in Houston, Texas. pic.twitter.com/PylsTHbpVa
— Paul Webster (@G7KVE) June 8, 2020
8. Very cool.
And possibly very rare…
circa 1970’s still works pic.twitter.com/R9BN87c9Mf
— Ceehaitch 🇵🇸#PLM🇵🇸🍊🍊🍊 (@Anonymoosh) June 8, 2020
9. Get gaming!
Do you remember these?
16-year-old son has inherited his mother’s little used Binatone computer games console from the early 1980s pic.twitter.com/UvS7rQtxZa
— Jorn Madslien – TheJornalist.com (@jornmadslien) June 8, 2020
10. World War II era.
Built to last back then.
WW2 era radio… built in 1942.. maybe some older stuff around here. https://t.co/0JSE27rJao
— AI6YR (@ai6yrham) June 9, 2020
11. An old toaster.
Hey, it works, right?
Allow me to introduce our toaster. Bought second hand by my husband’s parents in the 1960s. Possibly from the 1940s. In use most days. pic.twitter.com/4XtfhlUPUz
— Sue Archer (@SueArcher6) June 8, 2020
12. Looks familiar.
Has a very ’80s vibe to it.
To go with @grumpy_g1t‘s Philips kettle, here’s my Philips mixer which I rescued from my grandmother, complete with period plug. Remember when you had to fit your own? Was it the pesky EU that took that great British tradition away? 😁 pic.twitter.com/UTycRcmfdX
— Matthew Marks (@MatthewMarks42) June 8, 2020
Okay, now it’s your turn!
Tell us the oldest thing you own that still works and that you still use on a regular basis.
Talk to us in the comments!