As technology changes quickly and makes our lives easier by the minute, smart things from the past become less and less useful. This seems to be true for almost everything we do, from listening to music to getting from point A to point B. Everything really does change.
This means that some of the “technology” of the past is now just a foggy memory, and in the future, people won’t know what some of the things we loved back then were. Such as these “coins”…
But do you know what purpose they served?
If you are over a certain age and reading this, you may know what these are. Yes, they are called “needle threaders,” and every home used to have one.
Remember when young girls were taught how to sew? It was easier to get the thread through the eye of a needle with these little guys.
This was part of every sewing kit, along with a needle, a tape measure, scissors, pins, and a pillow.
I remember that my mom showed me how to use these, but I don’t think I was ever that good at it. Did you?
Here are some more interesting facts… Could you describe these to me? You can post your thoughts on Facebook if you can figure out what they are… I also knew right away who they were. Oh no! Is that a sign that I’m getting older?
Here are three more things that most of my friends don’t know…
1. A spout that lets you open oil cans
The sheet metal spouts on these old can openers were made to open tins of turbine engine oil.
When oil came in cans instead of plastic bottles, oil spouts looked like hand shovels with a triangle piece of metal in the middle.
2. The church’s keys
When I was a kid, you had to have these before there were twist-offs and pull-tabs… Cans of beer and soda were drilled with the sharp ends of these tools.
3. Records adapters
So, what is this? If you tried to play a record that wasn’t the right size for the record player, you could use one of these adapters to make it work. Kids might think it looks like a ball more than anything else.
Tell your friends about this piece and ask them if they remember these old tools.