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    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post
    A kitchen cabinet

    Thatís made me go cold! We had one exactly the same as that in red. We kept our breakfast cereals on top of it. One morning, my sister aged 4 and me, aged 7 were up before my mum and dad. I decided to make breakfast for us. We got two chairs and stood on them. Still couldnít reach the cereal packets, so I pulled that central flap/door down and climbed onto it. It toppled forward, I jumped off, my sister wasnít quick enough and her head went crashing through the reeded glass doors as it fell directly on top of her. Hearing the noise, my dad came flying down the stairs, stark naked, and lifted it off of her. She didnít have so much as a scratch on her but it could have been so much worse.

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    Frost on the inside of the bedroom windows first thing on a winter morning. A coal scuttle. Outside toilet and cut up newspaper threaded onto string hanging on the back of the door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave O'Sullivan View Post
    What I miss the most from my childhood home was the joy of getting a warm towel from the airing cupboard. These days with combi-boilers, that has been lost forever.
    When we moved into our current house I feared what would have been the airing cupboard would be impotent for this very reason... I was mystified as to why it was still warm... turns out someone had the foresight to pop a small radiator in it... the joys need not be lost!

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    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    Roaring coal fire (my dad was a miner). Toasting fork at side of coal fire and resultant toast, a different smell and taste to what comes out of a toaster.
    I miss that, great thick cut junks of bread with butter no other taste like it,along with tea made in a pot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reggie747 View Post
    The clothes rack on a hoist above the fire ?
    Got one in our house - not above the fire though, in the kitchen. They're still very common in Edinburgh - great space saver if you have high ceilings and don't like to run the tumble drier non-stop especially when the weather isn't usually conducive to drying outside.


    Anyway:


    Flying ducks on the wall

    Glass cabinet

    "Best" china/cutlery

    Card table

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motman View Post
    Thatís made me go cold! We had one exactly the same as that in red. We kept our breakfast cereals on top of it. One morning, my sister aged 4 and me, aged 7 were up before my mum and dad. I decided to make breakfast for us. We got two chairs and stood on them. Still couldnít reach the cereal packets, so I pulled that central flap/door down and climbed onto it. It toppled forward, I jumped off, my sister wasnít quick enough and her head went crashing through the reeded glass doors as it fell directly on top of her. Hearing the noise, my dad came flying down the stairs, stark naked, and lifted it off of her. She didnít have so much as a scratch on her but it could have been so much worse.
    My mum had one in white , still in service until she passed on three years ago
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoopdong View Post
    When we moved into our current house I feared what would have been the airing cupboard would be impotent for this very reason... I was mystified as to why it was still warm... turns out someone had the foresight to pop a small radiator in it... the joys need not be lost!
    When we had the house re-modelled the other year we did the same, there wasn't any point taking out the airing cupboard as it couldn't be incorporated into any other space so in went a radiator with a TRV and Bob's your uncle

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    I have to confess that we have a "best china" cabinet in the lounge to show off expensive crockery and decanters etc.

    I don't think I have even opened the door of the thing for over twenty years so really it is totally pointless.

    The only thing in its defence is that it looks rather charming and has a few things passed down from the odd deceased relative.

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    This washing machine. You'll never guess what year we got rid of it.


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    As mentioned previously in the thread - kitchen serving hatch. Particularly noticeable for me in the parental home as halfway through my upbringing they boarded it up and I never received my dinners in the same swift manner again!

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    Garages that could fit an actual car

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    I suspect I'm too young to be poking around in this thread, but I will add those bead curtains instead of actual doors between rooms... used to be the ultimate in interior design, everyone had one. 😁😁
    And the bead car seat covers. *shudder*. Do they still make them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eagletower View Post
    Garages that could fit an actual car
    Or cars that fit in a garage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seamaster73 View Post
    When I was a kid, I used to think those drinks cabinets in the shape of a globe were the acme of sophisticated living.
    I pestered my parents for years to buy one of those! That, and wall & ceiling lights that looked like candles complete with dripping wax (and flickering candle bulbs too, of course).

    Also,

    Barometers

    Paint-by-numbers

    Record player that held a stack of records above the turntable, and released one at a time as the previous one ended.

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    Trouser press - miss the Corby!

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    Quote Originally Posted by reggie747 View Post
    The clothes rack on a hoist above the fire ?
    Still use mine. Known as a pulley in my area.

    Still have the coal fire and toasting fork and the ducks...lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seamaster73 View Post
    When I was a kid, I used to think those drinks cabinets in the shape of a globe were the acme of sophisticated living.
    I still want one and shall get one. Trouble is the new ones are junk!

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    Coffee percolators - everyone had them in the 70s.

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    My mum and dad still have a kitchen serving hatch. Dead handy it is too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Motman View Post
    Oh, and we had something in our house as a child that Iíve never heard of anyone else having. A fag machine! Seriously, it was a wooden one bolted to the wall and people used to knock on the door at all times of the day to buy a packet of fags. I think my Dad got a cut of the takings. Even my wife doesnít believe me but it was true.
    One of my school trips as a kid was to a cigarette factory. Admittedly this wasn't in the UK but it still seems astonishing looking back on it from today's perspective.

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    A few things I remembered from my Nans house.

    Home made paper chains at Christmas


    A telephone money box for when the neighbours wanted to use the phone


    A parrafin heater


    A radiogram


    A flat iron


    A piss pot


    Mangle

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    Izal medicated bog roll.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Passenger View Post
    ...cut up newspaper threaded onto string hanging on the back of the door.
    I was living in a student bedsit in a house with shared, ahem, "facilities", where that was still going on in the nineties.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatco1800es View Post
    Trouser press - miss the Corby!
    The one that was a present for my 16th birthday is still in daily (nightly) use ó still going strong nearly thirty years later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motman View Post
    Oh, and we had something in our house as a child that Iíve never heard of anyone else having. A fag machine! Seriously, it was a wooden one bolted to the wall and people used to knock on the door at all times of the day to buy a packet of fags. I think my Dad got a cut of the takings. Even my wife doesnít believe me but it was true.
    Was there a bar in your living room, too? I seem to remember that being quite popular in the 70s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vertex View Post
    Izal medicated bog roll.
    The old man used to ďbringĒ it home from his workplace. Iíd rather use sharkskin.
    John Wayne toilet paper

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    I still have my mum's spong coffee mill/grinder thanks....

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    Quote Originally Posted by vertex View Post
    Izal medicated bog roll.
    The old man used to ďbringĒ it home from his workplace. Iíd rather use sharkskin.
    Regards
    V

    Rough side for wiping, shiney side for polishing.

    Or tear a small section from the middle sheet, put your finger through said hole and wipe your arse.

    Use the small torn off section to clean under your finger nail.

    Back on subject - Gas fridges. Used to explode when re-lighting it after the money in the gas meter ran out and you'd put another shilling in the meter.


    And from the 1960's, the quaintly named Gaybox that everyone had on their frontroom wall.

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    Waffle iron

    TV licence - not had one for 25 years - always ahead of the curve

    Jagermeister - before it was trendy, when people said it tasted like cough meds

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    Soap itself seems to be on the way out after being used for thousands of years.
    Personally canít stand slimy hand wash.
    True - you never see it in any houses anymore as everyone has gone for the fancy soap in the plastic bottle. After seeing all those pictures and hearing about the amount of plastic in the ocean I've gone back to normal soap. The amount of plastic bottles used in a normal household is ridiculous.

    Back on topic and I'll add fluorescent lighting that used to be everywhere - in kitchens especially.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khumzi View Post
    Lol - I still have one of those! Havenít gone open plan quite yet.

    Canít remember the last time I saw a grapefruit knife though...


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    We have the remains of one in our dining room, but we blocked it off 20+ years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motman View Post
    Wood chip wallpaper.

    Oh, and we had something in our house as a child that Iíve never heard of anyone else having. A fag machine! Seriously, it was a wooden one bolted to the wall and people used to knock on the door at all times of the day to buy a packet of fags. I think my Dad got a cut of the takings. Even my wife doesnít believe me but it was true.

    I believe you.

    A pal of mine's parents had such a contraption on their living room wall. Mind you they smoked like chimneys.

    I have an idea that they were owned/filled by a company.

    The householder would get a cut as you said.
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    Glass bottles for Coke and other sodapops are nearly gone.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    John Wayne toilet paper
    Rough and tough and takes no s**t? It was called Clint Eastwood toilet paper over here in my day. I suppose it's called something else today, but the properties are still the same and I bet they will be for years to come.

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    I think it was because you walked like you'd just got off a horse after using it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motman View Post
    I think it was because you walked like you'd just got off a horse after using it!
    Hadn't considered that aspect. JW did have a somewhat particular walk, didn't he. Thanks for enlightening me.

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    Lard - for use as a cooking fat, no fancy Rape Seed Oil back then

    Net Curtains

    Bed pans

    Basements (not the new ones housing indoor pools etc) ours had a Well in it too, a f**king Well!!!

    Oil fired brass lamps

    Electric bread knife

    Fire places in bedrooms

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    Ice cube container that looked like a Pineapple, tea leaf dispenser on the wall in the kitchen.

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    I think I'm going to have to take my phone walkabout and see how many of the things in this thread I can photograph in the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yumma View Post
    Lard - for use as a cooking fat, no fancy Rape Seed Oil back then
    Speaking of which: chip pans.

    Specifically, ones with beef dripping in them that resolidified between uses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Possu View Post
    Rough and tough and takes no s**t? It was called Clint Eastwood toilet paper over here in my day. I suppose it's called something else today, but the properties are still the same and I bet they will be for years to come.
    That was my understanding, but the unique walk adds another element.

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    Ashtrays have already been said but specifically the free standing type that were on a bakelite base with steel extendable pole with the tray on top so that you could have it level with the arm of a chair.

    And matey bubble bath.

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    A slide projector. There was never a chance to escape those evenings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post
    A kitchen cabinet

    Pah.... got 2 of them.... still in daily use. They were called kitchen maids, and the company I used to work for (Remploy) made them by the thousands

    One in the kitchen... home made chips tonight Mmmm..... This is a Remploy one that I got off eBay and fully referbished..


    And one in the dining room..(dog food)
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