27 Vintage Items You Haven't Seen in 40 Years

Emily Maggrett

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Remember when your dad "dressed up" by putting on a baby blue leisure suit? And you had to save your English papers on a floppy disk? Back in the days when your mom unironically served Sloppy Joes for dinner, libraries had card catalogs and mascara came in cakes instead of tubes? 

Whether you were alive back then or not, it's fascinating to look back and reflect on how much our kitchens, fashions and personal technology has changed. From the way we listen to music to the way we get ready in the morning, a lot of small, seemingly innocent innovations have combined to make daily life today very different than daily life in the '60s, '70s or '80s. We eat different foods, enjoy different styles and have access to technologies that are extremely advanced compared to those of our grandparents and great-grandparents. But has all this change been 100% for the better?

If you're nostalgic for some of these long-gone items (or just curious about our cultural past), this gallery should quench your thirst. We've put together a list of 27 once-common items along with explanations of what they were used for and why they went out of fashion. Ready for some misty, water-colored memories of the way we were? Click through for a trip down memory lane!

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