1800s Cash Register
Chunky push buttons and a hand crank made this cash register serviceable but clunky. Each button had its own function with the scratchy turn of the crank opening the drawer at the dinging of a bell. Cash registers are still around today but use scanners and are silent compared to their sounds of the past.
1949 Television Warm-up
Can you imagine a TV without a remote? That's right NO remote control. To turn on the TV or change channels required a click-i-ty turn of a knob on the front of the set. The picture did not appear immediately so there was a buzzing sound as the picture tube warmed up. Then, with each change of the channel came a static-y sound as it moved from one number to the next searching for one of the channels available in your area.
1960s Rotary Dial Telephone
With thoughts focused on the phones of today, can you imagine dialing a number one finger rotation at a time? The combination of turns, half-turns, quarter-turns makes for a unique swoosh-stop-click-click-click sound.
swoosh-stop-click-click-click, swoosh-stop-click-click-click...ring, ring, ring!
1950s-60s Manual Typewriter
The manual typewriter did not have a soft touch as the computer keyboards of today. It took a pretty hard beating when lengthy documents were typed thus taking much longer to complete the task. With its keys clacking loudly as they struck the paper, the carriage lifting with a distinct clunk, and the ping as you neared the end of a line, these sounds could never be misunderstood. Then, of course, the ziiiiip noise followed when you returned the carriage to its starting position.
Coffee Percolator(First coffee percolator was patented in 1865.)
The ‘percolator song’ creates giggles with excitement as the tune of the dark liquid pulsating up and down within its small glass bubble echoes throughout the kitchen. Watching intently, eyes never shift away until the last bloop has hissed.
1961 Kodak Flash CUBE
The little flash cube rapid-fire action click-clacked its way through 4 successive snaps allowing four - that's right FOUR - quick photos to be taken. No pause. No changing flash bulbs after each shot. And, that wasn't all either. Those cute little used cubes need not be discarded. No, sir! They could be utilized to make all sorts of arrangements and decorations.
pop in-click-clack, click-clack, click-clack, click-clack...4 photos, WOW!
1989 The Dial-up Internet
Internet dial-up service is relatively new compared to the others but already becoming obsolete. Only about 10% of Internet users still rely on dial-up. The unique screech-y scratch-y sound played on people's nerves, especially when connection was not readily made.
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