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I-pads in my day
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Re: I-pads in my day
« Reply #2 on: Sat Jun 30, 2018 - 08:51:45 »
Technological wonders of the day ........until the invention of the futuristic Etch-A-Sketch

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Re: I-pads in my day
« Reply #3 on: Sat Jun 30, 2018 - 09:29:26 »
Ah, you kids are so young.  Long before Etch A-Sketch, there were several renditions of its predecessor.

The first was just a pressure sensitive board with a piece of transparent film covering the front and only attached at the top.  You drew on the film with our old version of a stylus, a stick.  Your lines showed up on the film.... and when you were done, you simply peeled the film up from the bottom, erasing all marks, then smoothed it back down for your next drawing.

That wore out soon, and the film got ripped too easily'

So, next they invented one with no film, but rather a semi-hard sheet of rigid plastic on the front.  You drew with the same stylus, but to erase, all you had to do was swipe a built-in "slider" tab from left to right, and back again, and the picture was gone.

I think the first of these came out in the mid-50's.

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« Reply #4 on: Sat Jun 30, 2018 - 10:10:20 »
Ah, you kids are so young.  Long before Etch A-Sketch, there were several renditions of its predecessor.

The first was just a pressure sensitive board with a piece of transparent film covering the front and only attached at the top.  You drew on the film with our old version of a stylus, a stick.  Your lines showed up on the film.... and when you were done, you simply peeled the film up from the bottom, erasing all marks, then smoothed it back down for your next drawing.

That wore out soon, and the film got ripped too easily'

So, next they invented one with no film, but rather a semi-hard sheet of rigid plastic on the front.  You drew with the same stylus, but to erase, all you had to do was swipe a built-in "slider" tab from left to right, and back again, and the picture was gone.

I think the first of these came out in the mid-50's.


You made my day..... I have not been called a kid in a generation or two LOL...

Could be, but I did not have anything other then the one with the film that you lifted up to erase and that would have been in the mid to late 50s.

Etch a Sketch was out  but since the other worked fine I "did not need it" LOL.

Hmmmm... May have conditioned me to wait long before upgrading anything tech wise. Never got a laptop until 2013... was sure desk tops were better.

Still using my Galaxy S5 cell when they already have an S9 out.... And still driving my 2001 Buick Regal.....

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Re: I-pads in my day
« Reply #5 on: Sun Jul 01, 2018 - 02:22:22 »
I remember those tin pads (about 4"x6"), with a layer of carbon paper, and transparent film over the top, with a metal "erasing strip" that could be slid up/down  - for doodling purposes.  Now let me see! - um! - think mine came from our local Woolworths back in the late 1940s!  Guess that dates all of us posting here - perhaps we should have a sub-forum for old codgers reminiscing ::smile::

Back in the late 1990s - our daughter's (ex-)husband gave me his very old cell phone (really heavy and bulky, about 3"x5"x2") to use when we were "day-boarding" their ("current") Labrador dog, and I took the dog out for long "walkies" ("them was the days" when I could happily do a 12 mile hike) - out on the downs straddling the Isle of Wight from East to West - just in case we had a mishap and had to call for help. Now the cell phones are so slim and compact!  Modern progress has left my wife and self behind - we are lost with most of the modern developments.  In any case our family is now ridiculously small, so there is little point in phoning one another more than a couple of times a week - just to make sure we are "still alive and kicking".  Our brief phone calls aren't quite as bad as what an acquaintance of ours called, an "organ recital" - moaning about our ailments and medication - but not much else to talk about - life just potters on pretty much on an "even keel" - no dramatic occurrences!

The only exception to that last sentence of the previous paragraph, is the sad case of my sister - 12 years younger than myself and part of the other small branch of our family down in Devon, several hundreds of miles away from us in the West Midlands now - and difficult to get to, by train (would need to get to London first and then another train down to the Southwest).  She has terminal cancer and may not last many more weeks - needs increasing amounts of pain relief now, and consequently is "not with it" for longer than about 20 minutes at a time.  Sadly, not having our own transport, we can't just jump in the car and go visit her!  Our daughter lives (by herself with just her dog for company) almost a hundred miles further Southwards and can just do the journey in a reasonable time (she visited my sister yesterday) - but to collect us first, and bring us back and also be back in time to collect her "day-boarded" dog (another Labrador) from a "doggy play school" near her home - is not a valid proposition.  I have spoken over the phone with my sister, but of course she now tires very quickly.  All we can do is pray for her, that she will know the Lord's Presence and His Peace in the midst of her trial.  Not forgetting my brother-in-law, who needs courage to face the inevitable outcome as he sees his beloved wife "fade away"!  ::prayinghard::

"We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree; and wither and perish - but naught changeth Thee."  All our hope on Thee is founded - Dear Lord!
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Re: I-pads in my day
« Reply #6 on: Mon Jul 02, 2018 - 09:00:37 »
Ah yes, Willie T. hit the nail on the head when he said "I THINK" the first of these came out in the mid-50's."
 Yes, back in the days when you had to make your own letters and spell and everthang. We had to do it all.

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Re: I-pads in my day
« Reply #7 on: Tue Jul 03, 2018 - 09:33:01 »
Ah, the "magic slate."   Piece of cardboard with a layer of dark wax on it.  Grey plastic sheet over that.  Push on the plastic with a stick, and it made marks.

21st century version:


The "Boogie Board."   Write on it and erase it by pushing a button.   Very low tech; you can save your work by taking a photo of it with your phone.   Found one for less than $10.   It's not bad for roughing out projects with Mrs. Barbarian.


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Re: I-pads in my day
« Reply #8 on: Tue Jul 03, 2018 - 18:40:54 »
In my day.....


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Re: I-pads in my day
« Reply #9 on: Wed Jul 04, 2018 - 06:23:21 »
Witty interpretation of topic!  ::smile::
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