One of the great things about antiques is that they help us realize just how much some things have changed. Some everyday-items from the past have become completely irrelevant, while others have changed dramatically. We’ve found 18 old items that have either gone the way of the dodo or have drastically changed since their heyday. Scroll down to see the first set of items, then click the next button to find the answer. See how many you can correctly identify, and leave your score in the comments below!
We’ll start off with an easier one. This was a necessity for those early mornings.
Here’s one that many of us still use, but they sure have changed! One of the more divisive of the household chores, we can’t imagine having to lug this thing around.
If you guessed coffee grinder and vacuum cleaner, you’re correct! Back before you could find a Starbucks on every corner, coffee beans were sold whole, and you’d have to hand crank them before you could make your morning cup of joe. I don’t think I could handle that much activity before my first cup of coffee.
The vacuum model pictured is the Baby Daisy. Designed in France and dating back to 1910, the baby daisy was a manually-powered vacuum and required two people to operate it; one person standing on the base of the vacuum while moving it back and forth, using a broomstick in the holder on the front, while the second person would do the actual vacuuming with the hose.
Back to the kitchen for number 3, which is also still around. If you can’t tell from the photo below, here’s a hint: this would go well with the coffee grinder from number one.
You might not see this in as many kitchens as you used to, unless that kitchen belongs to a baker. However, they do still make new versions of this baking utensil, and the technology really hasn’t changed much (things have just gotten a little bit more shiny).
If you said toaster and flour sifter, you’re correct! Yes, the best thing since sliced bread…err, the best thing to happen to sliced bread? Either way, toasters as we know them began to pop up when Albert Marsh developed a way to use a safe heating element in a toaster in the early 20th century. Before that, people used to toast their bread by fire!
While flour is still sold in relatively large sacks, back in the day the containers were even larger than they are now! All of that flour would eventually become packed pretty tightly. Running flour through the sifter would help aerate it, making it lighter and easier to mix; perfect for making bread for that fancy toaster!
Here’s one that’s simple, straight-forward, and really only serves one purpose. You’d often see it installed by the front door. And while they’re not all this fancy, they’re definitely quite efficient.
OK, so this one might not be an everyday-item, but we wish it was! Many of us probably did something similar to what this contraption does in our science classes growing up. Need another hint? It was perfect for a hot summer day.
If you said boot scraper and ice cream maker, you’re right! Boot scrapers were used to do exactly what their name implies: scrape the excess mud and dirt off the bottom of your shoes before coming inside. We’ve already seen how cumbersome vacuums used to be, and no one likes having to bust out the old broom or mop, so it’s no wonder these handy little contraptions were invented.
The old-fashioned ice cream maker used a hand crank and two bowls: one small bowl filled with the delicious ingredients, and a second bigger bowl filled with rock salt and ice. The rock salt allows the ice to absorb the heat from the ingredients, leaving us with a creamy, frozen treat!
Maybe it’s just us, but this is the one out of the entire list that we had the most trouble with. You don’t see them very often, although they are making a comeback thanks to food bloggers finding different, creative uses for them.
This metal object has several chains coming off of a central loop and the entire piece is highly decorated. What is it?
If you said egg slicer and chatelaine , then bravo! The egg slicer has been around since its invention in the early 20th century. These days, people use egg slicers for just about anything: cheese, fruits, vegetables, you name it!
During the 18th and 19th centuries, chatelaines were used to keep one’s tools at hand. A housewife might keep her sewing equipment from the chains, a businessman his pocket watch and knife, or a housekeeper her many keys.
This tool is chrome on top and red plastic on the bottom with a crank on the side. The general shape of the piece reminds one of a rocket.
This tool has a wooden handle and an intimidatingly sharp metal hook on the end. Do you have any idea what on earth this object was used for?