Technology changed at an accelerated pace in the last decades. Things that were considered technology wonders 50 years back are now obsolete. Many articles have been written about this, but not many thought about the sounds these machines made. Sounds that, at one point, used to be part of our everyday life. Let’s have a look at 9 sounds your children never heard, but used to very common. The sound of…
1. The sound of rotary phones
Long before smartphones, touchscreens and wireless communication, there were landline phones. Landline phones were you didn’t just push buttons to call. You had to actually “dial” the whole number by dragging a disk. The sound of a dialing rotary phone is unmistakable.
2. The sound of playing audio/video tapes
Before CDs, DVDs and online streaming, somewhere in the 1990’s, we listened to music and watch the best movies on audio/video tapes. There were even shops that rented video tapes, remember them? Remember the sound of tape playing fast forward or rewinding?
3. The sound of the original alarm clock
Currently, the most used alarm clock is probably the mobile phone. Not many years ago, the clocks were ringing in the morning in a truly analogous way! That’s because a small hammer hit, on turns, two bells attached to the clock.
4. The sound of the original phone
The old phones also had built-in bells like the above watches. You could not pick your favorite ringtone because there was only one option available. Of course, nowadays you can set a similar ringtone for your smartphone, but is just a recording.
5. The sound of matrix printers
Before inkjet, laser or thermal printers there was the dot matrix printer. It used multiple pins which “hit” the paper and print very small dots forming letters or simple images. These printers and the sound they made were very popular in offices back in the 1980’s.
6. The sound of a radio station
Today you can switch a radio station with the press of a button. Well, before the digital age, you had to actually search a radio station by rotating a small wheel attached to the radio.
7. The sound of a floppy disk
Sharing files through cloud technology was not possible in late 1980’s, early 1990’s. We used to have floppy disks back then. 1,44 MB storage capacity each!
8. The sound of a dial-up modem
We couldn’t miss off this list the sound of a dial-up modem. The dial-up modem made the internet popular to masses. It allowed you to connect to the internet through your phone landline.
9. The sound of a typing machine
The manual typewriters had a whole range of unique sounds, very easy to recognize. There were even a name and a job for someone who used it for typing various papers and documents. Such a person was known as a typist.
Tip: Spend a few minutes with your kid and show him this. Education is not only about books, tests and good grades 😉 .
I hoped you enjoyed this list. Hopefully, it brought back good memories and a smile on your face. Let me know if you remember other sounds that used to be heard very often and now are gone from our lives. Thanks!
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