Changes


| 7/6/2016 11:24:42 AM


Mel BooneI am amazed how things have changed over the years. Have you ever thought about that? Starting out in kindergarten, my generation never had tablets, laptops, Ipods or Android devices. I never even heard of the internet. I never used a desktop computer until I was in high school and  that was few and far between. Now, I have an Ipod that I use for Flickr and Instagram, and use a computer daily for the past six years to check email.

How about your toaster? My first job after graduating high school was at a factory that made toasters. I worked there for a little over five years before the plant closed and sent the jobs and equipment to China. The toasters that I helped assemble look nothing like the ones from the "good old days"!

I remember one that my step dad used to use. You put it on top of a gas burner. Then you had to turn the bread by hand to toast it on the other side, being careful to not burn your fingers. His newest toaster is a Westinghouse model made in 1914. Yes, believe it or not, it still has the original electric cord. It still works! I can't believe that he paid three dollars for something that old and it still works. I wonder how many of the ones that I made on the assembly line will still be working a century from now.

Does anyone still use a landline? That's another big change for me. As a kid, I never really knew about cell phones, even though they did exist. They were bigger and bulkier, so not everyone had them. I'm old enough to remember the home phone being a rotary phone. I really thought that it was a big deal to get a home phone with push buttons. In a way, I'm still behind the times in the sense that even though I haven't used a landline in years, I still use a flip phone. I'll put away that one someday and upgrade to a smartphone. Not today, but someday!

Toaster



1914 Westinghouse toaster.



Subscribe today

Capper's FarmerWant to rediscover what made grandma’s house the fun place we all remember? Capper’s Farmer — the newly restored publication from the rural know-how experts at Grit.com — updates the tried-and-true methods your grandparents used for cooking, crafting, gardening and so much more. Subscribe today and discover the joys of homemade living and homesteading insight — with a dash of modern living — that makes up the new Capper’s Farmer.

Save Even More Money with our automatic renewal savings plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $6 and get 4 issues of Capper's Farmer for only $16.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and I'll pay just $22.95 for a one year subscription!




Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds