Tuesday, July 21, 2015

You’re Probably Around My Age If...

...you remember what this was used for:


And you're definitely around my age if you ever used one.

Here's a hint for the young'uns:


Go ahead, take a guess. If you get it right, you win a moldy piece of cheese, a sweaty sock and three pieces of chewed-up bubble gum. (I think Wonder Woman will approve of these prizes.)

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

44 comments:

  1. I even remember the sound it would make as they pushed the top part back and forth over your credit card! Very distinctive.

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    1. Ha. That's exactly what I remembered - Ka-shuck - Ka-shuck.

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    2. For sure! Years of listening to the sound of these machines is sealed in my mind forever :)

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  2. I still see these being used from time to time.

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    1. Really? That is so interesting. I haven't seen one in years!

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  3. It's a scanner? Pleeeeease tell me I didn't win anything :-)

    Like they would say in war movie: Chaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarge!

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    1. Hahaha... You are answering but pretending not to. What...you don't like the prizes?

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  4. For credit cards :) I remember my first credit card and watching the charge go through :) So much more different these days!

    betty

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    1. It certainly is different now. And so much faster, too!

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  5. I used to see those all the time in cartoons and old tv shows. I saw one in person about five years ago believe it or not. A pizza place's card reader went out and they took out that old thing.

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    1. I bet it helped with their payments since their card reader went out. Or how else would they have handled it?

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  6. Yup I remember them had to use them in my jobs lol. haven't seen one in years my how the times change . Have a good day !

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    1. Yes, times have certainly changed. And payments are much different.

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  7. You had me on that one--don't think I'll be winning any prizes (but that might not be a bad thing!)

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  8. Oh yea, gotta love those credit card machines. And, when they gave you your receipt, the blue carbon paper would get all over your purchases in the bag.

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    1. That's right! And all over your hands eventually.

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  9. I am not sure if I've seen one of that being used.

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  10. Yep. I used one of those. I am actually surprised how many people didn't know what it was. Am I that old?

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    1. If you are, then so am I. And I'm older than you, too!

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  11. Oh, that definitely brings back memories.....I used these during some of my college years jobs.

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    1. I think those of us around my age and older have some type of experience with this!

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  12. Oh my word, I still have one of those "Knuckle Busters" in a cabinet somewhere - just couldn't bring myself to throw it away. lol
    BTW, I was at a restaurant not long ago and they lost their connection so could not swipe people's credit cards. They had to use a pen to write out each transaction and would have given their eye-teeth for one of those old swipers. :)

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    1. We laugh at those old relics but in desperate times they prove to be quite useful! LOL...

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  13. I remember the pinched fingers from using one of those :)

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  14. I thought they still used them!!!

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    1. I bet there are some places that still do!

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    2. Yes, I know the nature center I volunteer at uses one or tries to use it.

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    3. And when there's a modern technology glitch, there are places that wish they still had one around!

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  15. That's not that old! In places with no internet connection (like a surprising amount of rural Canada), they still use them. You need to get out into the back corners of the country more. (Just kidding, but lots of people I know still just have dial-up access. It's a different world out here!)

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    1. I guess you're right! I haven't seen one in years but that doesn't mean they don't exist. I'm sure they are still used!

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  16. Like many mentioned, its not the machine but the sound it makes that lingers on in memory.

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  17. Ah yes, the ole "knuckle grinder!"

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  18. iNDEED the whole mastercard-visa whatchyoumightcallit thingy...and yes I will take the moldy piece of cheese, because you know it gets better as it gets older you just chop off the mold....besides wouldn't that make it a piece of blue cheese? Good Girl .....lol

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    1. Hahaha...yes, blue cheese! That's exactly what it is :)

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  19. OMG things have moved on haven't they !!!

    All the best Jan

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  20. Oh my gosh, I love those prizes. So fun.

    I didn't have a CC at this time but I recall my gram did, I think it was her. Now I don't know?

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    1. I knew you'd love those prizes. I imagined you placing a sticker on my forehead as approval :)

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