Friday, January 30, 2009

let's bring back

pocket watches
wash basins with matching pitchers in bedrooms
large indoor analog clocks
hats for men
hats for women
non-ironic suspenders
majestic facial hair (men)
travel by sea and rail
hand mirrors

You see where I'm going with this.
Feel free to add more.


Blogger DivaHick said...

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January 30, 2009 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger DivaHick said...

I think I just had this same conversation with someone the other day...

Our family already brought back the pipes, facial hair, and handkerchiefs and unfortunately, suspenders... We'll keep working on it. :)

January 30, 2009 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Shaun said...

non-synthetic fabrics
fur-felt hats (I guess that is an add on to your hats)
non-mechanical transportation (i.e. horses)
leather shoes

January 30, 2009 at 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

warming pans!
cast-iron cookware
iron bootscrapes
dinner bells

January 30, 2009 at 1:25 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

cloth napkins
handwork while visiting (knitting, embroidery, etc.)
pocket watches
3 piece suits
fountain pens
hand held fans when it's hot

i'm sure my mind will be dwelling on this all day, so don't be surprised if I make another post later

January 30, 2009 at 1:25 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

> wash basins with matching pitchers in bedrooms

This was my birthday request for something like 10 straight years. I finally gave up asking, but I'm still looking for just the right one every time I venture into a flea market or antique shop.

Oh, and while we're bringing back hand mirrors, can we bring back those hairbrush and mirror sets for women? And shaving kits for men.

January 30, 2009 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

Wood stove cooking
Handmade clothing
Real wood furniture
Lunch pails
Handwritten letters
Proper English (Yeah is not a word)

January 30, 2009 at 2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zippo lighters

Red and black plaid Woolrich hunting coats

Returnable 16oz. Coke bottles

Department store lunch counters with the little circulating coolers for orange drink and that grape stuff...whatever it was.

Basic utilitarian pickup trucks
with vinyl seats, rubber floor mats and AM radios

Bicycles with fenders

January 30, 2009 at 2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not having to have perfect white teeth.

January 30, 2009 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

~sit tall in the seat bicycles with a sturdy basket on the front.
~dropping by someones house unannounced, just to say hi.
~porch sitting
~playing in the street for kids
~front yard gardening
~standing with a gardening impliment in your hand and surveying the terrain.
~clean clothes swaying in the breeze
I could go on... :)

I really like the dinner bell suggestion! And handwork while visiting.

January 30, 2009 at 3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

glass milk bottles
corner stores (drug, grocery, candy)
five and dimes

January 30, 2009 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger Darx said...

The milk man
Radio dramas
Reading aloud to each other
Board games

January 30, 2009 at 4:02 PM  
Blogger Mama Pea said...

An extensive railway system, both for shipping and travel.

Good manners.

Women being able to stay home to raise their children, cook healthy foods, and bring back family stability.

Personal responsibility.

January 30, 2009 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger woodwright prochaska said...

Old-school bearded carpenters using hand-planes while wearing bibs over a white t-shirt under a red wool jacket with at least one of those pockets containing: a pocket knife for whittling, a handkerchief for wiping sweat off one's brow, and a quarter to loan to some kid that wants to buy a gum ball. That is what I shoot for when I get dressed in the morning.

January 30, 2009 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

Proper men's vests

Homegrown food

Pride in what one does

Eating out only for special occasions (Tuesday is not a special occasion)

Real luggage

Dopp kits

January 30, 2009 at 5:43 PM  
Blogger Silphium said...

hot water bottles
jigsaw puzzles
skating rinks with real live organists

January 30, 2009 at 5:49 PM  
Anonymous Chad said...

re-usable dishes
root cellars
chamber music (as in, music meant to be played by small groups consisting of the people it's being played for, at home, in a friendly setting)

January 30, 2009 at 6:20 PM  
Blogger Shaun said...

Vinyl LP's because they sound so much better.

January 30, 2009 at 6:26 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

-families dinners together...every night
-"Sunday" clothes for church
-knowing all your neighbors
-popcorn made on the stove
-kids reading instead of playing video games
-drive-in movies
-family time in general
I could go on and on.....

January 30, 2009 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger Shaun said...

Oh, and straight razors to shave with.

January 30, 2009 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger BlueGate said...

I happened to be listening to 'Ashoken Farewell' while reading this post and all the comments. It was downright poetic! Thanks for a great subject.

Well-made handtools
Homemade housewarming gifts
Locally ground flour
Barn raisings
Home orchards
Home cider presses

January 30, 2009 at 6:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

~Peddle (treadle) sewing machines
~children growing up raising animals & knowing how to care for them
~milk in glass bottles (although I can actually still buy that here in PA from a local dairy - yes it does taste better!!)
~five & dime was also on my list. Ours burned back in the 80's & never recovered - it was the neatest store EVER!!!
~letting your kids play flashlight tag all through the neighborhood at night & not having to worry about them
~oil lamps
That's all I can think of right now.
Wendy A
in Pa

January 30, 2009 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

kids playing outdoors
riding a bike without a helmet
roller skates with keys
flower power
love beads
wooden thread spools
Jadite dishes
front porches
sipping pink lemonade on the front porch
saying hi to your neighors from your front porch
clothes made in the USA
anything made in the USA

January 30, 2009 at 7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

small local businesses
local candy factories (like necco, that made the sky smell like orange conversation hearts one day, and caramello the next)

January 30, 2009 at 7:48 PM  
Anonymous David@TheGoodHuman said...

Common Decency Amongst All. The fine art of being nice has been lost in all this "Get, Do, Get, Do". Great idea for a post :-)

January 30, 2009 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

"wash stands with matching pitchers"-
I had one of these in my bedroom growing up (and I'm only 25 now). Still have the antique wash stand, just waiting for the perfect pitcher.

I have to add an abstract one-
Appreciation of homemade gifts

And I have to second the "handwork while visiting"- I do this now, and at work during lunch sometimes. I get a lot of weird looks from my co-workers!

January 30, 2009 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Family sings in 3-part harmony round the piano
macaroni & cheese (made from ingredients that come in separate packages) cooked in the oven creating that wonderful brown crust
the welcome wagon
drive-in movies
being polite
quilting bees
non-instant chocolate pudding

Wonderful list, everyone! If only we were in charge of the world. ;)

January 30, 2009 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger Melonie said...

This is a great list - not just the post but also the comments from your visitors. WOW.

I've noticed that some of these *are* coming back in bits and pieces - just the other day I saw a site where a fellow built a cabin and uses a wash basin and pitcher in his bathroom. Another was a proud father's blog who shared the "old-time" shaving set his teenage son now uses for his beard.

I'm so enjoying this. My step-dad uses handkerchiefs and we use cloth napkins. Here in Japan I see bicycles with wonderful wire baskets as well as racks on the back for loading goodies in the rear too. The best part is they are the equivalent of 100USD.... less than some folks would pay for a fancy dirt bike for their 10 year old.

Wonderful, wonderful post - looks like you got lots of folks THINKING!

January 31, 2009 at 5:36 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

guys! i loved this list. Blue gate said they listened to Ashokan Farewell while reading it, and it was a a little special. I love knowing when there is a soundtrack to my blog in the background!

I think you guys are great. To know people are out there on their own small farms, backyard chicken empires or city-apartments and thinking about wash basins and shaving kits makes me swell with pride. And not just in some steampunk revival way - but actual pride in bringing back a little history.

And if we can start bringing back some of the past, and learning about it too, I think we're onto something.

Thanks friends!

January 31, 2009 at 7:17 AM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Ceiling wax and navigation by astrolabe. And dueling? I'm not sure if our nation has recovered from Alexander Hamilton's death, so maybe we should hold off on the dueling.

January 31, 2009 at 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jen! It's Kate! Here is my list:
- Reading
- Self-Respect
- Respect in General
- Stopping by for a "Cup of Coffee"
- Lite Brites
- Evening Strolls
- Well made clothing
- Big Wheels

January 31, 2009 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger ada and the fox said...

i agree..
i already bring a handkerchief with me that was appropriately used by my five year when we had to take her to the doctor.
i love this entire list and i had to share it on my google reader. thank you for it :)

January 31, 2009 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger EJ said...

analog, wind up alarm clocks
non digital themometers
working at home
life without tv

January 31, 2009 at 2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the kids on the street
homemade jam
sun hats and garden tools
brick walls
peter rabbit

February 1, 2009 at 1:31 AM  
Blogger lmel said...

Waxed paper bags, butchers, wind-up watches and clocks...the list goes on.

February 1, 2009 at 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not just Big Wheels, but the Big Wheels with the hand brake on one wheel so the kid could get going at almost-out-of-control speeds and then pull the brake and spin it around in a circle! We had one, and we must've put a million miles on it. By the end of its days, the front wheel was split down the middle the whole way around, and the plastic part that held the handle-bar-and-front-wheel assembly was so badly worn that the handlebars rested on the rider's knees.

February 2, 2009 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger andrewodom said...

Change purses
Straight razor shaves at the barber
Warm milk before bedtime
Bourbon on the gums of sick babies

February 16, 2009 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger reluctanthippie said...

Bow ties, the real ones that you actually have to tie. I have always thought that they just looked more classy than a "regular" tie.

February 22, 2009 at 8:20 PM  
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February 28, 2009 at 6:03 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Okay, so I know you wrote this post a while ago, but I just read it for the first time. I just have two words: Mutton Chops

September 10, 2009 at 3:25 AM  
Blogger Grant Wagner said...

Just this past weekend, for Sweetest day, my wifey got me the nicest pocket watch. Glass faces on both the front and the back, so than that 19th century technology can shine through.

Just last night I accidently stepped on it and broke the crystal...

October 27, 2009 at 10:57 AM  
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