SOUNDS THAT KIDS TODAY HAVE PROBABLY NEVER HEARD
Youths don't know what they're missing.
- •Rotary Dial TelephoneThe old swooosh as the caller rotated the dial clockwise to the "finger stop" and then the click-click-click as the dial returned counter-clockwise to the start position is now a novelty application that you can install on your iPhones for nostalgic fun.
- •Manual TypewriterThe keys clacked loudly as they struck the paper, the carriage lifted up with a distinct clunk when the shift key was employed, and then there was the ping of the bell warning you that you were nearing the end of the line.
- •Flash CubeThe loud rapid-fire click-clack of an Instamatic camera equipped with a flash cube was a common background sound at any social gathering in the 1960s.
- •TV Channel SelectorThe standard TV dial went from 2 to 13, and you had to click on each number as you searched for one of the three channels that broadcast in your area. That meant a lot of clunk clunk-ing interspersed with the static-y sound of "snow" on the blank stations.
- •Gas Station Driveway BellBack in the days when all gas stations were full-service, the thin black pneumatic hose that snaked across the pavement was as familiar as the fuel pumps.
- •TV Station Sign-OffYou'd hear "We now conclude our broadcast day..." around 2AM or so. The format varied little from station to station across the country; first a few technical details were announced (broadcast frequency, physical address of the station, etc.), then a reading of "High Flight" followed by the National Anthem, and then the steady beeeeeeeeeeeeeep tone of the test pattern.
- •Cash RegisterThose push buttons were clumsy, but veteran cashiers could check you out just as fast with these old-style machines as their modern counterparts do with today's scanners.
- •Film ProjectorOne of the jobs of the classroom A/V squad captain was to run the film projector on movie days. The rapid tick-tick-tick of the sprockets really was that loud.
- •Broken RecordThe repetitive effect that happened when the needle got stuck and played the same few notes over and over and over again.