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things from the past you dont see now

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paddyann Sun 06-Oct-19 01:39:45

Today I found an ANKH in a drawer ..remember them ? This one was made of Siamese silver which was really fashionable when I was in my mid teens .I think it was a gift from a boyfriend ...I haven't come across it for decades . I dont think I've seen Siamese silver since 1972. It just appeared out of nowhere.Do you have anything that isn't seen nowadays ?

rosecarmel Sun 06-Oct-19 05:12:21

I remember them- I had an ankh ring- It was silver but I don't remember what type of silver, probably Mexican if I had to guess-

The ankh reminded me of these jewelry cases that I don't see any more in stores- You would push a button and the shelves would rotate ..

BBbevan Sun 06-Oct-19 05:33:20

I wear a Siamese silver ring that DH bought for me in Arundel in 1963. It once had black patterns on it but is now plain silver. I never take it off.
I used also to have a string of popit beads which I was quite fond of. You never see then now

kittylester Sun 06-Oct-19 06:58:03

What is AKNH silver?

H1954 Sun 06-Oct-19 07:28:19

My Mum had a runner bean slicer. It had a little hopper in the top, a sucker on the bottom to secure to a work surface and you turned a handle on the side. Whole beans were put into the hopper and came out of the machine sliced perfectly. Can't find one now, only those that look like veggie peeler which are worse than useless!

All our homegrown runner beans are therefore sliced by hand!

Beechnut Sun 06-Oct-19 07:30:03

I didn’t know either kitty so I googled and it said it was an Egyptian hieroglyphic life symbol.

absent Sun 06-Oct-19 07:46:26

An ankh is like a cross but with a loop at the top. It's an ancient symbol of life.

H1954 Sun 06-Oct-19 07:52:59

Before I get inundated with comments, I know Wayfair market the style of bean slicer that I described BUT it's plastic, something that I try to avoid buying, and I doubt it would last anywhere near as long as Mums! Just can't get the quality these days.

There you go! Something else from the past that we don't see these days.......QUALITY!!!

Loislovesstewie Sun 06-Oct-19 07:59:08

Siamese silver is often called niello ware. It is still available , mostly online. I bought myself some niello earring a couple of years ago. They are decorated with images of the lightning goddess as lots were in the 60s /70s. I've just googled niello and a huge amount of jewellery is still available , you might even find an ankh!

Grammaretto Sun 06-Oct-19 08:27:30

My bf gave me a St Christopher medallion to wear to protect me when I rode on the back of his motorbike. It worked!
I lost it sadly but i wonder what happened to him.....

DoraMarr Sun 06-Oct-19 09:39:32

Spangles. I miss Spangles. And Caramac, although I once ate a whole Caramac Easter egg at once and I was sick.

tiredoldwoman Sun 06-Oct-19 09:48:07

Kids tying a rope to a lamp post and the whole street joining in to skip .

sunseeker Sun 06-Oct-19 10:50:44

Kids playing marbles!

Davida1968 Sun 06-Oct-19 10:53:49

Kids playing outside - & not on phones, I-pads, etc.....

Loulelady Sun 06-Oct-19 11:04:35

Everybody had St Christophers at my school in the late 70s

tanith Sun 06-Oct-19 11:10:41

Skates that adjusted to your foot size via a wing nut underneath, they usually came loose after 5 mins and fell apart 🤣🤣🤣

Loulelady Sun 06-Oct-19 11:11:29

Prams outside shops
White dog shit
Old ladies wearing those little transparent plastic rain hats/scarves
Yes to long rope skipping. That was such fun and good exercise. There were some amazingly complex rhymes and moves.

Noanana Sun 06-Oct-19 11:16:04

Oh yes, tooth rot spangles, loved them. Another tooth rot lovely thing was rosehip syrup. Mum put it in my dinky. I think that’s what it was called. A mini baby bottle.
Loved all those, hated the filling.

Chestnut Sun 06-Oct-19 11:25:49

Big black bakelite telephones with curly wires which kept getting knotted up.

EllanVannin Sun 06-Oct-19 11:26:00

Parish's Food.? An iron tonic I think.

EllanVannin Sun 06-Oct-19 11:27:01

Slippery Elm'
Scott's or Angier's Emulsion.

Loulelady Sun 06-Oct-19 11:32:25

Knitted bonnets on babies.

Greenfinch Sun 06-Oct-19 11:50:53

And knitted booties too.

Alexa Sun 06-Oct-19 12:00:41

Telegraph pole wires used to sing in the wind when I went cycle runs along country roads.

Bathsheba Sun 06-Oct-19 12:06:34

Foster Clarks soups - remember them? They were in a solid block, rather like a huge OXO cube, which you crumbled into water.