Technology and gadget development have progressed tremendously throughout the years. Consider this: would you have predicted that we’d be launching vehicles into space 20 years ago? We have far exceeded any expectations that anyone could have had at the time. It’s difficult to comprehend everything.

There was no such thing as the “internet,” and information was difficult to get by. What we currently take for granted was a long trip to the library for only a smidgeon of knowledge! We have the entire world at our fingertips, and we’re only scratching the surface.

Of course, this implies that many ancient innovations are no longer in use, and newer generations have no concept what many of the ordinary instruments used by previous generations are.

What a Time to be Alive

We progress as events unfold, which is a positive thing. We should be grateful for what we have now and the ease with which we may attain it. We all need a little nostalgic reminder now and again of how far we’ve come and how much we have to be thankful for.

Let us have a look at some of the devices from the past to remember simpler times.

Gadgets to Remember

Take a look at the photographs below and tell us whether you recall them or what they were named and what they were used for!

Any idea what this odd gadget could be?

You guessed correctly! It’s a needle threader, and a sewing kit made from reused biscuit tins wouldn’t be complete without one. This helpful little device was your saving grace if you failed to thread a needle!

How about these colorful little disk like items?

These vividly colored tools are known as tailors chalk, and they keep with the sewing concept. Designed to draw on fabric when making adjustments or putting together a garment.

What’s That Gadget?

Here are a couple more odd small inventions from the past several decades. We hope these bring back memories for you as much as they did for us!

Etch A Sketch 

This is for the youngsters of the 1980s who didn’t have iPads for lengthy car rides!

Record Adapters

A Record Adapter is this strange-looking gadget. You’ll know what vinyl is and how it was used if you’ve ever listened to it. They aid with the fitting of records onto record players of various sizes.

Overhead Projector

Schools used this odd-looking, hefty device to present a visual help in the classroom. Everyone could see what was being taught thanks to special plastic sheets. These bad guys will be remembered by those who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s.


Okay, I’ll admit that until recently, I had no idea what this was. This portable tic tac toe game was invented by Parker Brothers. Not to mention the fact that it was created by NASA!

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