Nowadays, streaming is all the rage, but in the not-so-distant past, it was actually Redbox that was king. The ability to rent a ton of movies and games out of nifty kiosks around a Walmart was revolutionary at the time and seemed like it would become normal.
Unfortunately, it ended up going the way of the Dodo instead, like physical media in general. After all, when you can stream something directly to your device, why would you want the hassle of renting a disc from a physical location?
What Happened to Guitar Hero?
Most people don’t realize it, but the 2010s saw a lot of weird innovations in gaming, many of which had to do with more interactive means of playing games, like the Wii, Xbox Kinect, and games like Guitar Hero. At the time, it seemed like these might become the future of gaming.
Yet, you almost never see such game tools or consoles anymore. What happened to them? Were they just a trend that died off in popularity? There are still some examples around today, but nowhere near as many as there used to be.
K-Mart Still Stands
Ten years ago, it was pretty normal to see a K-mart somewhere in town. But nowadays, it’s almost impossible to do so, mostly because the company has downsized a ton. Sure, there are a handful of K-marts left in the world, but it’s a truly sparse number.
For us older people, seeing a store we used to consider a normal part of our city fade away into nothingness kind of hurts, even if we never went there ourselves. Maybe that’s just part of aging, to feel so nostalgic about everything.
You’ve Been Poked
Honestly, even though Facebook is still around, it has definitely petered off in popularity over the past few years. It certainly isn’t as big as it was ten or even five years ago. Needless to say, poke wars aren’t really a thing anymore.
Heck, can you even still poke people on Facebook at all? It’s been a while since we’ve checked on the ability to do that. Maybe Facebook will one day go the way of MySpace, only to be usurped by a new social media platform.
What’s a CD Burner?
Many of us can remember a time when we had to make our own mixtape by burning the data onto a CD. Nowadays, it would be more effort than it’s worth to do that, simply because you’d have to find a way to burn a CD first.
It used to be normal for computers to have a CD burner, but now you’ll be lucky to find one that even has a CD reader in the first place. It’s just another casualty of physical media going out the window, almost for good.
The Basic SMS
Honestly, the basic SMS text message is more than enough to get the job done in our books. However, there are a lot of people who don’t feel the same way, and admittedly, even texting technology has changed a lot over the years.
Even if you don’t use those features, your phone can probably add emojis and funny effects to almost any message if you want to. The inability to do that means you’re using a really old phone that probably does need to be replaced.
Payless Shoe Stores
In a way, Payless Shoe Stores still exist, but they go by a different name now, and they definitely don’t feel the same as they used to. Many of us can remember visiting such stores in order to get a new pair of shoes.
Well, it’s fine that the identity of the store changed a little bit, especially since they still offer the same stuff overall, but it’s hard to accept change. At least in this case, it wasn’t too glaring of a shift.
Where Is My Headphone Jack?
These days, it seems like no company wants to actually do anything with cords. Everything has to be cordless and wireless, and while there are some conveniences thanks to that, not everyone likes the change. It’s normal now to have phones without headphone jacks.
This is a pain — many headphones and headsets are still wired, and you just can’t use them with your phone if they don’t also have Bluetooth connectivity. Needless to say, we can understand why so many people are unhappy with this change.
Disney Owns Everything
Disney used to be a company that had a very specific identity, and almost everyone was quite happy with that identity. Unfortunately, Disney started buying up tons of other things in the past ten years, and that has soured its image.
Many people hate the direction of things like Sar Wars and Marvel under Disney’s leadership. Not to say that everyone does, but it’s easy to remember a time when Disney didn’t have their hand in almost everything.
Miss My Tamagotchi
Tamagotchi was really a huge thing in the previous decades, but it died down considerably after its big peak in popularity. Oddly enough, it still has a lot of fans and dedicated followers who miss it. Well, many people grew up with it.
It’s always sad to see something that was a big part of your past fade away, even if it was something as small as a hobby or a way to have fun. Rest in peace, Tamagotchi. You brought joy to many people in many ways.
No More Toy Stores
Can you remember a time when brick-and-mortar toy stores were actually present around your city, and you could stop by to find all sorts of cool things? Unfortunately, such stores have gone the way of the dodo, and you can barely find them anymore.
We get that online shopping and shipping are technically more efficient, but it’s a lot more fun to buy toys from a physical location if you ask us. Additionally, you can bring your new toy home immediately like that, which is a great plus!
The Loss of Old Faithful
Needless to say, Internet Explorer had lots of competition in the past when it came to web browsers. But at the same time, it was the browser of choice for a lot of people. So, it was kind of sad to see it go when Microsoft pulled the plug.
Now, Microsoft Edge is normal instead. Of course, it’s pretty much just a reincarnation of Internet Explorer, but it’s not the same. Well, all technology has to advance at some point, and web browsers are no exception.
What Happened to Saturn?
It’s not often that an entire car manufacturer goes under. Many of them have been around for decades or even half a century or more. Unfortunately, Saturn didn’t end up having the same longevity, and there are no new Saturn cars being made now.
This means that owning a Saturn isn’t very normal anymore, but at the same time, the cars are almost rare and cool now. At the very least, people who still own a Saturn can pretend they have something that is now limited edition.
Who Needs Them Anyway?
As phones became more and more advanced, they acquired more and more features. As that happened, more and more items and products became obsolete, one of which is alarm clocks. After all, almost everyone has a built-in alarm clock in their phone now.
Of course, you can still find alarm clocks, so it’s not like they’ve completely disappeared. However, there’s no denying that they’re effectively obsolete at this point, and it’s not really normal to own one.
A Relic of the Past
Anyone over the age of 20 can probably remember a time when stores like Blockbuster actually existed and were a great place to go if you wanted to rent a movie or game. Unfortunately, digital media sent that whole concept down the drain.
That said, we struggle to say that Blockbuster was really even a thing in the last ten years. Even if it was, it was hanging on by a thread at best, and was effectively on life support. Still, we hate to see it go.
A Little Bit of Everything
When was the last time you held a paper map in your hands? Have you ever had to visit an Internet cafe in the past few years? These things just aren’t normal anymore, thanks to how accessible technology is for everyone now.
After all, we all have maps on our phones, and most of us have access to the internet at almost any time. That said, we can’t say we actually miss some of these old things. Digital maps, for instance, are much more convenient.
There’s a Reason for That
There’s usually a good reason that something that was once normal ends up disappearing over time. Baby powder, for instance. Turns out that it wasn’t actually all that good for babies, and could actually lead to some serious health concerns.
Of course, there are some actually healthy alternatives now, but if you’ve been wondering why you can’t find traditional baby powder the way you used to, it probably has something to do with health regulations in play.
411 Directory Assistance
In the days of yore, there used to be a 411 directory assistance that you could call. However, you can’t actually do that today. What was once normal essentially disappeared without anyone noticing, probably because it became unnecessary.
Honestly, a lot of people today probably don’t even know that something like this ever existed. You just don’t really need it these days, thanks to modern phones and how easy it is to get someone’s number if you need it.
Well, That’s Fair
HDMI is how we mostly prefer to do things today, but at one time, people got by with using VGA cables, and that was normal. Nowadays, you’d be hard-pressed to find devices that are VGA compatible in most cases. After all, it’s obsolete tech.
If you’re still using a VGA cable, you should probably upgrade. You’d be surprised to learn how much easier things are when you have an HDMI cable that simplifies the whole process for you!
The Classic Trilogy
Remember when it was normal for a movie trilogy to be over when it was over, and people didn’t try to milk it bone dry with every spinoff imaginable? Yeah, those were good times. Nowadays, it seems like every movie series goes on forever.
That would be fine if the quality remained the same consistently, but that’s very rarely the case. After all, quantity and quality don’t often go hand in hand. At least some movies are still enjoyable today, which we can’t say about everything.
So Many Childhoods Crushed
Club Penguin definitely went far beyond its original intent as a normal child-friendly MMO of sorts. It almost became a legend in many parts of the internet, as it provided a ton of nostalgia for an entire generation of people.
So when it was shut down in the past decade, a lot of hearts were broken. It’s a shame that so many people will only be able to relive their childhood in memory. That’s a harsh reality many people can sympathize with.
The US Car Market
As far as US car manufacturers are concerned, it seems like they focus on a pretty spare array of car types. Maybe that’s because better options are being provided by manufacturers from other countries. Either way, what was normal before no longer is.
Needless to say, you’d be hard-pressed to find American-made cars in categories outside of the ones mentioned here. We seem to have a penchant for these types now, though we do understand the appeal of many of them.
What Happened to Napster?
Actually, we know what happened to Napster: or at least what happened to the original form of it that used to be considered normal. Admittedly, we can understand why Napster had to be shut down back then and why it doesn’t exist in the same way now.
After all, making music is work, and how many artists make their living. You’re quite literally stealing from them if you don’t pay for it. That’s what Napster had to go away, and we do understand the logic behind it.
Who Had a PDA?
There was a time when phones were reserved for calling people, and you had other devices for other things. Personal Digital Assistants used to fill many a role for people, but once phones became more advanced, you didn’t really need them.
Still, were PDAs really normal between 2012 and now? We get the feeling they were already not very common by that time, since phones could still do most of the stuff a PDA would do at that time. Maybe we’re misremembering?
The Classic Sitcom
Do you remember when sitcoms used to have laugh tracks all the time? Now, we think this guy’s a little off, because we’re pretty sure there’ve been such sitcoms in the last ten years. But we do agree that they’ve become less normal over time.
Of course, that’s fine. Laugh tracks were always kind of weird, since you’d be hearing the laughing voices of people that were no longer with us. Maybe they should have gotten rid of the whole concept a little earlier, honestly.
Breaking Out of Jail
Apple was always a bit of a stickler with what you could and couldn’t do with their phones, so in the past, it was pretty normal to jailbreak the devices so you could do what you wanted with them without restrictions. You don’t see that as much nowadays.
Sure, you can still do it in some shape or form, but it used to be really big back in the day. Everybody wanted to jailbreak their iPhone. Now, it’s not such a big deal, and it’s sort of faded into obscurity.
The One-Time Payment License
It’s disingenuous to say that one-time payment licenses don’t exist at all now, but it’s accurate to say that they were more common ten years ago than they are today. It’s normal for many things to run on a subscription model now.
But admittedly, it kind of makes sense from a business point of view, especially when it comes to things that are a live service. After all, if a company continues to put money into something, they need to be continuously paid, right?
The Shutdown of Windows Live Messenger
If there’s one thing out there that will make you feel old, it’s remembering old technology that doesn’t seem that long in the past from your point of view. Windows Live Messenger shut down ten years ago, but many people probably don’t feel like it was that long ago.
That kind of communication platform would be pretty out of place nowadays, but some people still prefer it. Unfortunately, most platforms of that nature have ended up disappearing, so that’s a no-go for most.
Customs That Are Gone With the Wind
To be frank, there are still plenty of people using these honorifics in their daily speech, especially in the Southern United States. But we can agree that it has become slightly less normal to speak in this way over time.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing: in a way, being more comfortable and treating others like equals is a form of respect in and of itself. However, we can see why a lot of people probably wouldn’t see it that way, all things considered.
The Old Windows
People who use Windows often have strong opinions about its various iterations over the years. Needless to say, we did lose Windows 7, 8, and Vista in the past ten years. But whether or not you miss them is a matter of personal preference.
Still, this list is just about stuff that was normal in the past and would be weird to use today. Needless to say, it would be weird to use any of those operating systems today, so that’s more than enough for us to include it.
Cutting Out the Middleman
There used to be physical stores out there that would actually do the legwork of an online transaction for you. It’s kind of weird to think that such things used to be normal, isn’t it? You don’t really see such stores these days.
Of course, that makes a lot of sense to us. Surely, people realized they could make more money if they cut out the middleman and just did the legwork themselves. After all, selling on eBay isn’t that hard overall.
When You Could Do it Yourself
Not terribly long in the past, companies developed products with the idea that you could repair them yourself in mind. Needless to say, that notion isn’t normal anymore, at least as far as Apple is concerned. They want you to bring things in for professional repairs.
After all, they can get more money from you that way, since you have to pay them extra or at last pay for an extended warranty in some cases. Isn’t it annoying when corporations inconvenience you on purpose?
It’s Just Easier, You Know?
Online shopping has really become a lot more popular in the last ten years or so. Not that it didn’t exist in the past, but at that point, a lot of people were actually more disposed to physical shopping in most cases. Now, that’s not the case.
It’s more normal now to order things online in many cases. Sometimes, people even do that with groceries. Well, it kind of makes sense: it’s a lot more convenient to get the stuff you need without ever leaving your home.
Good Riddance, Fry’s Electronics
Fry’s Electronics was pretty much just a competitor for Radio Shack. But it wasn’t very well-known for its integrity or quality service. In fact, a lot of people were happy to see it go when the chain finally died out.
We definitely agree. When it comes to electronics, we want quality above all else, and Fry’s Electronics just didn’t deliver on that front very often, sometimes intentionally selling broken equipment. Talk about being unreliable!
Phones With Keyboards
Ten years ago, you might actually come across some phones with keyboards. It’s definitely not normal to see such things now. After all, you can fit a digital keyboard in your phone as is, without adding extra space or weight to it.
Still, some people actually enjoy the tactile sensation of a physical keyboard. Unfortunately, you’ll have to jump through some hoops and use extra accessories for your phone if you want something like that available to you today.
When Games Were Pure
This guy’s perception of when video games started doing all of these things is a little off: such things did occur in video games more than ten years ago. But they were definitely a lot less common back then, that’s for sure.
But hey, making games is expensive, and they have been a consistent price for decades, even with prices of other things rising. So we do actually understand why game companies look for more ways to monetize their games, since the profit-to-cost ratio is significant.
The Legendary Wii
When it comes to game consoles, they have mostly been streamlined over the past few years. The Xbox and the PlayStation really aren’t that different. But ten years ago, game consoles were a little more unique, such as with the Wii.
It would be very weird to see a Wii being used today, but there are definitely some people out there who wish it would become normal again. After all, the Wii was quite fun to play, especially with friends at your side.
Who Can Afford It?
The housing market has been really bad lately. Even people who are well off can’t really afford a good house in many cases. Needless to say, normal house prices from ten years ago would blow people’s minds today with how good they were.
We certainly wish we could go back to a time when the economy was in somewhat better shape. Unfortunately, that just doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen anytime soon. Time to live with your parents again!
Everything in 3D
Around ten years ago, 3D movies were becoming a really big thing. It started before that, but that was when it was hitting its full swing. It was mostly a fad, though, and in the end, a lot of people realized they didn’t like watching movies in 3D.
It would actually be kind of weird for a movie to come out in 3D today. After all, it’s super niche, and most people don’t like having to wear those glasses for the whole film. Cinema’s better off without it, in our opinion.
AIM in 2016?!
Alright, we know we should talk about the last decade and whatnot, but let’s just focus on the far more important detail here: this guy was using AIM in 2016?! What, was he in some sort of time dilation field? Why would anyone do that?
We know that some people hang on to obsolete tech for far longer than they should, but that just seems a little ridiculous. It’s hard to believe that anyone would stick with AIM for that long, but kudos to them for doing that.
The internet has gone through many different phases throughout its inception, and ten years ago, single-topic blogs were all the rage. You had entire websites dedicated to discussing one very particular thing, and a lot of people liked that.
That said, the whole concept faded from popularity over the years. You can still find a few blogs like that, but they used to be everywhere, and they certainly aren’t normal at this point. Maybe your favorite one is still around?
One App for One Price
Apps have been around for some time now, but the business model of selling an app once and never charging anything again has kind of fallen out of favor. Now, you usually have to download a free app, but face monetization everywhere within it.
But it kind of makes sense. Developing an app is expensive, and if you have to keep working on it, you probably aren’t making a profit when you only charge people once. Still, we do miss that era of phone apps.
The Blackberry Phone
The phone market is heavily dominated by only a few manufacturers today, but ten years ago, it was normal to have a few more options. For instance, you had Blackberry phones, which a lot of people really liked, and still do to this day.
But unfortunately, you won’t be finding too many of those around today. It’s all Apple or Android, and occasionally a Google phone now. Not that they’re bad, but the lack of diversity kind of stinks compared to the old days.
Goodbye Garmin GPS
It’s kind of wild to think that we used to have dedicated devices for specific things our phones can do now, right? We used to have devices solely for GPS, but now pretty much every phone can do that without any trouble at all.
When you think about it, it’s almost justified that smartphones cost so much. GPS, clocks, calendars, the internet, calling and texting, games, and many other functions are available in one device. That’s pretty impressive.
How Long Ago Was This?
Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that smartphones with every feature you could want aren’t that old. Sure, we had smartphones ten years ago, but they weren’t as impressive as they are now, that’s for sure.
Still, we’re not sure if anyone was doing what’s being described here ten years ago. Maybe a few years on top of that, and then it would be accurate. Then again, we barely remember what was happening ten years ago. Maybe it was normal to do this?
40+ People Showed Off Family Relics They Have Kept for Decades
Not everyone is lucky enough to hold onto something which would remind us of our grandparents, or even our great-great-grandparents. These family relics include quilts, books, rings, diaries, notes, and much more. While these items don’t seem so valuable to you, you can’t put a price on an heirloom. So, we pay homage to these special pieces with these pictures below. Enjoy!
Quilt From the Past
Nothing beats curling up inside your quilt on a rainy day with a good book and a cup of coffee. If it was made by someone in your family and smells like home, then even better. A Redditor’s great-great-great-great-great-grandmother put together this quilt and she’s been using it ever since.
There’s no time frame mentioned about when this was made or when she got it, but given how old the woman who made it would be today, we can tell you for free that it’s not from any recent century.
For My Grandparents
Now, we aren’t exactly sure as to what this hanging piece is but based on the family history involved, we can tell how special it is to have a relic like this in the home.
What do you guys think of this? Despite the fact that we don’t know what it is, we actually think it’s a pretty cool piece and it complements the home nicely. Also, not knowing what it is, just adds to the intrigue of it.
Terrarium Made in the ‘70s
Typically, a terrarium is a sealable glass container filled with plants and soil. It can be opened to access and maintain the plants inside. Fun fact: Theoretically, an appropriately balanced terrarium, under the proper conditions, can live forever.
Apparently, the longest living terrarium had a lifespan of 53 years. This one might be giving the world record a run for its money. Made by someone’s grandmother in around 1970, we’re surely impressed by its lasting powers.
In Grandma’s Dress
We love this dress on her! She looks like she’s ready for a disco in the ‘60s. Her grandmother designed this for her 20th wedding anniversary which took place in 1959. To pay homage to her, her sweet granddaughter wore the same dress for granny’s 100th birthday.
The purple polka-dotted print features a jewel neckline and a knee-length cut. Paired with a pair of red pumps, we bet that this girl was the belle of the ball!
Dainty Little 120-Year-Old Quilt
Feast your eyes on this 120-year-old quilt made by a Redditor’s great-great-grandmother. Sewed in around 1900, this quilt features contrasting colors of bright pink, white, and eggplant purple, which complement each other nicely. Did you know that hand sewing a queen size quilt can take up to eight weeks?
This means that the grandmother had to spend a lot of her time stitching and threading this blanket together. The family must have taken great care of the quilt for it to last this long and look so good!
The Family Blender
We will see people get all kinds of hand-me-downs from their family members, and a blender is definitely one of the more unique entries on this list. After all, electronics aren’t meant to last forever.
Especially if the model is out of production, it gets incredibly difficult to search for separate bits and pieces if and when it breaks down. However, this dad seems to be the exception and as a result, he gets to make himself a milkshake in the same blender that his mom used to use. How special?!
A Ceramic Tree
Losing a loved one is never easy. This is what makes family relics even more special. When the person isn’t with you anymore, you can look at their possessions and feel a bit closer to them.
For this Redditor whose grandmother had recently passed away, putting up her Christmas tree brought back fond memories and probably helped with the grieving process. This ceramic version was actually made by her – which makes it all the more significant.
Crocheted Baby Blankie
The story behind this cardigan is quite remarkable that we’re holding back the tears while we recount it – it was initially a baby blanket that this girl’s grandmother crocheted for her when she was born.
The granddaughter knew how special this piece was so instead of just keeping it in the cupboard, she decided to turn it into a cardigan so that she can actually wear it and feel closer to her grandmother. What a sentimental story!
Great Aunt’s Crockery
Crockeries are another popular item on the family relics list. One particular Redditor got some plates and dishes as a hand-me-down from her great aunt. This tableware features a unique wavy pattern plated in gold along the edges which show its sophistication.
Crockery is used very often as most of us live to eat, so being able to use tableware with such sentimental value attached is truly a blessing that we wish more of us had.
My Grandmother’s Headpiece
It is a matter of great pride and honor to be able to walk down the aisle with your “Something borrowed” being a piece of jewelry from your family relics. This bride was able to wear her grandmother’s stunning wedding headpiece from the 1950s on her special day.
The headpiece appears to be made of fabric and is covered in white sequins and small beads. It looks so unique and we bet that it made the bride’s day feel that much more special – a good luck charm for sure!
A Note From Dad
When someone is no longer with us, we cherish everything that they left behind to a greater extent. So, it’s no surprise to see here that this poster framed her dad’s note after he passed away. Also, his cursive writing was so beautiful that it deserved to be behind glass.
While to some, a letter is just a piece of paper with writing on it, to others, it is one of the most sentimental ways that we humans can express ourselves.
An Antique Chair
The glossy sheen, clean details, and fine color would confuse us for a moment into thinking this isn’t a family relic. According to its current owner, this wooden chair was purchased back in 1970 and was actually bought by their mother.
And the unicorns that you see here aren’t generic but appear to be something right out of Greek mythology books. This antique chair looks too special to be seated on. We hope it just stands as a decoration to be admired.
1920s Tea Set
The design of this tea set screams the early 1900s – from the floral aesthetic to the pointed holder and the gold details on the top. Good thing is, we love a vintage tea set! Modern sets just don’t have the same value and handcraft work.
A Redditor’s great-grandmother used this tea set for her afternoon tea and crumpets and now her descendent can enjoy it for the same purpose. She was also lucky enough to find the entire set in one piece without any cracks or discoloration.
Cute Vintage Tiger
Sometimes, your family will leave behind the most random relics, but they’re still close to your heart. Why you might ask? Because after all, they’re part of your lineage.
While opening some old Christmas boxes, one Redditor stumbled upon her grandmother’s old stuffed tiger which she thought was lost forever. There’s no better feeling than finding something of special importance that you thought was gone. Plus, it’s just so cute!
A Passed Down Dress
On the left, you can see a child posing for a b&w photo in a small polka-dotted dress and the right shows the same dress today in the Redditor’s possession. The little girl on the left is her grandmother so it makes this frock that much more special.
The great-great-great-grandmother was born in 1841, so the dress was made during the 1890s. Can you imagine all the stories that happened in this dress? If only objects could talk…
A Historical Engagement Ring
Jewelry is one of the more common and valuable family relics. There is always that one piece of ornament in the family that has been passed down from generation to generation and somehow remains in a decent condition.
This ring belonged to a Redditors great-great-grandmother which means it’s been around for many years. Given that time period, we’d say that the ring’s condition is actually pretty good. Don’t you think? Also, just look at how special that stone is!
A Mysterious Musical Instrument
This Germanic musical instrument (we think it is) has been in this person’s family for more than five decades. Due to its age and obvious wear and tear, the stickers have peeled off. However, they were able to recognize it as an American art guitar.
It’s a fretless zither and is to be played with both hands holding onto it, similarly to that of a guitar. These aren’t worth all that much but an instrument enthusiast would definitely appreciate one.
Tax Receipt From 1901
While checking out some old family relics, a person wandered upon a family tax receipt dating back to 1901. It was for farmland located in the Delaware County of Iowa. It’s so interesting looking at vintage administration info. It almost brings us back to that time.
A Redditor asked their husband who is a surveyor to provide some information about the land (since the right was cut off, the entirety couldn’t be deciphered). It’s apparently north 10 acres, south 23 acres, west 53a of whatever listed section is there on the right.
Gold Rubles Coins
These are pretty standard gold Rubles coins from 1902 but they’re still too gorgeous to not talk about. To anyone wondering, that’s Tsar Nikolai II printed on the head’s side. A Russian grandfather handed these to his grandson for safekeeping and he took it upon himself to share them online.
Interesting fact: If you translate the words at the top, you get the sentence, “By the grace of God, Czar, and Emperor of Russia, Nikolai II.” We’re now interested in starting our very own coin collection.
Mounted the Catch
Fishing enthusiasts love showing off their catch. From 1,560 pound Black Marlin to a 2,664-pound Great White, there are feats achieved by fisherman we average blokes can’t even begin to process. However, this one is different.
The fish that was caught isn’t that big, but it was preserved with exceptional care. This poster’s grandfather caught it in his younger days and his friend told him he knew someone who could mount it up. The fish is now enclosed in a glass jar filled with moss and seaweed.
1950s Omega Seamaster
One lucky man took a picture by the Hudson River sporting his 1950s Omega Seamaster. Originally owned by his working-class immigrant great-grandfather from Italy, Callisto, this watch might just be the only special thing he bought for himself back in the day.
The leather strap was a new touch as it originally features a stretchy bracelet. This specific design of Seamaster was in production in the late ‘50s and features a pie-pan dial and 14k gold fillings. That’s some beautiful history right there!
An Orthodox Icon
Hailing from Georgia, one Redditor wanted to know where this orthodox icon originated from. It was gifted to their mother by their grandmother, who got it from her mother. It’s actually an Eastern orthodox icon with a rich history.
The cross features three bars with the bottom one acting as the tilted footrest. There’s a skull below it, which is called “the place of the Skull” – known to be where Jesus Christ was crucified. This one on the left shows Mary with Greek inscriptions on top. She is titled “Mother of God.”
A War Journal
Many movies and books have been based on people’s diary entries from the olden days. So, finding your uncle’s diary from when he lived through a war, is a super cool relic that isn’t appreciated enough.
Just seeing the way they wrote and the words and jargon they used can tell us so much about that period of time in life. Also, this person can get to know their great-uncle better just by reading his words.
Checking the Hour
Rare pocket watch models are greatly valued as collectibles and can sell for 10s of thousands of dollars. It’s fascinating and quite a privilege how some people receive them as family relics.
Gadgets like this are generally very old and only a few authentic versions are still left in the world. This explains why these can be so valuable and why if you happen to own one, you should treat it well and hold onto it.
Pots and Pans
Restoring old family relics is a great way to know more about your family history. For example, at first this kettle might not seem like the best thing to pass down generation after generation, but there’s more to it than meets the eye.
Despite it being a regular kettle, the blue book says this kettle is more than a century old. The patent on the pot dates back to 1891, so it was probably made between the dates of 1891 to 1905. So as you now know, this is not just a run-of-the-mill pot!
The Famous Signature
Calligraphy saw its best days in the 1800s to early 1900s. Back then, those feather pens would glide over the paper like butter, creating thin and curved lines of perfection. Just look at this person’s great-great grandfather’s signature.
We appreciate the effort people would put into signatures back in the days – this took a lot of time and practice to perfect. Also, nowadays in this digital age, handwriting isn’t so common, which makes this letter with the signature extra special.
An Heirloom From the War
Imagine never meeting your grandfather but having a piece of him as a way to remember him. While it doesn’t replace the bond, it definitely helps to close that gap in your heart that you have. Even if it’s just a little, that’s better than nothing at all.
This grandson cherishes his grandfather’s lighter from WW2 and we can tell how proud he is – just look at those ribbons! Even if the lighter doesn’t actually work, it already has such great value!
Bit of Swedish Ancestry
A Redditor received this Swedish, vintage, pin-looking object that they won’t quite sure what it was so Reddit was the perfect platform for them to find answers.
Bit of Swedish Ancestry
The poster himself thinks it resembles something you would place on a tie, similar to a pushpin. On the other hand, another Redditor thinks it’s an omega symbol designed to be a good luck charm. However, somebody else disputed that and thinks it looks more like a horseshoe. What do you think?
The Mystery Medallion
The author was very specific with the available information they had on this mystery medallion so people could identify it better. They mentioned that although they found this with their grandmother, it could have been their grandfather’s.
Luckily, they were able to find the true meaning of the inner shield. It signifies the insignia of the 101st Signal Battalion. This wing has been assigned the task of providing and managing communications for the command and control of all armed forces.
Tug-O-War Champ of 1933
Your grandmother might be cool (because all grandmas are just cool), but she will never be as cool as this grandma who won a tug-o-war championship in 1933. That seems like a very random trophy to have, so we’re rather intrigued to know more.
We would be interested in talking to this poster’s powerful grandmother. She must have had some serious muscles to pull an entire rope of people to the other side.
Sword of Vengeance!
Now here’s a sword fit for royalty. You may be tricked into thinking this was a prop from Game of Thrones, but this was actually handed down to someone as a family relic. The cover of the sword has some rust damage, but the logo of the crown is very noticeable.
Along the ridges, the name “Carl Eickhorn Solingen” is inscribed, so we can assume the sword belonged to a certain Carl. The handle features a curved bird with red gemstone eyes – pretty cool if you ask us!
Looking Through Grandfather’s Office
Here’s an interesting one. While scanning their grandfather’s office, someone found a ton of small relics scattered across the drawers. For starters, just check out those pocket watches – we want them both!
On a more serious note, it’s so fascinating to see how a person’s office can tell you so much about their personality. This grandfather was for sure an educated, punctual, and legendary man. Perhaps we should all take a second glance at our workspaces and see what they reveal about us.
Digital Music and Video Player
If you’re a Gen Z’er, we can guarantee you’ve never seen this. Before our youth was consumed by smartphones powered by Spotify or YouTube, these nifty little gadgets ruled the world. Although they didn’t boast incredible versatility or storage, back in the day anyone who owned one of these was deemed “hip.”
Their compact size made carrying them around convenient, and people could enjoy their favorite music, photos, or videos anywhere and at any time. Ah, here’s to the simpler days!
Reupholstered Family Dinner Table
It takes some special talent to be able to breathe new life into an old family dining table. This Redditor posted a set of pictures of this lovely wooden most dining table and chairs. According to them, it features a pressboard built finished with a “pine” veneer.
While the set looks modern and clean today, it must be all the more special to its owners who know that it was from their family from 30 years ago. Also, another Redditor hilariously pointed out that in the picture, it actually looks like a miniature set.
Toyota’s 2003 4Runner SR5 4WD Sport enjoys a cult-following thanks to its rugged build and superior performance. All the comments under this Reddit post were admiring of its beauty – from the solid construction to the attractive color.
The best part is that even though this car is a hand-me-down, it looks to be in great shape. Getting a car as a family relic is insanely cool and we can’t say that we’re not jealous.
A Pocket Watch From the Past
Given how pocket watches are considered antique at this point, it’s understandable that anyone who randomly gets one of these as a family hand-me-down is super confused about its origins.
Thanks to another wise Redditor who was able to hunt this pocket watch down on pocketwatchdatabase.com, we got to know this might be an Illinois Grade:2. The estimated production year is 1880 and it’s assumed that a total of 83,000 units were made, making this a super rare piece.
Vintage Gaming Consoles
While other people get vases and quilts from their families, this person got a bunch of free games and we’re obsessed! At the very top, we can see two Game Boys – some of the oldest handheld gaming consoles.
A lot of these games could be plugged straight into an arcade, a rarer kind of gameplay these days. Within the actual games, we can see NARC, Roger Rabbit, Remote Control, Wheel of Fortune, Pinball Quest, Pokemon Platinum, and Pokemon SoulSilver. What a cool collection!
Is That a Tray?
This Redditor struggled to figure out what this hand-me-down is. While it resembles a tray, there are screws for a wire to mount it on the wall. Also, the words “Sault Ste. Marie, Mich” are inscribed, which is a city in Michigan.
We would assume this is a picture of a man and woman standing in front of a set of Dutch windmills in Michigan. Dutch windmills could be commonly found between 1100-1200, but we doubt that’s the actual age of this relic.
Fancy Ceramic Elephant
A Redditor posted this picture asking for help with its identification. This ceramic elephant was a family hand-me-down. Interestingly enough, another Redditor stated that their mother had a similar ornament and that it was manufactured anywhere between the ‘50s and ‘60s.
Although we aren’t completely sure about this, another Redditor suggested that it’s a McCoy elephant planter. Pottery McCoy was established in 1910 in Roseville, Ohio, and operates to date.
Carborundum Knife Sharpening Block
If you’ve been sharpening for only a few years now, chances are, you’ve never heard about a carborundum stone. The current language used to refer to these stones isn’t the same. It would be better known today as a silicon carbide stone.
This knife sharpening block has taken its fair share of wear and tear, considering how long it has been around. Maybe it can still be used to sharpen a knife. Or, it could just be kept as an interesting ornament and relic for many more years to come.
An Old Razor Set
Sometimes, the most uncanny gifts become the most special ones. For instance, a Redditor got a hold of his great uncle’s razor set. This kind of blade is rarely seen in the grooming industry these days but it was rather popular back then.
One of them was manufactured by Yankee Cutlery Co., a German trademark used by Reichard from 1903-1953, while the other’s name is harder to read but it seems to have been made by H. Boker and Co., another brand that stopped operations after the 1900s.
Old Christmas Tree Ornaments
This list might make all of you start to think about which items you want to preserve for future generations of your family to come. If you asked us, we probably wouldn’t think about keeping our Christmas ornaments for more than 70 years but after seeing this, we’re starting to have a change of heart.
Look how beautiful this tree looks! We love how it’s a mixture of old and new ornaments and to be honest, now we’re hooked on this idea. Vintage items all the way, right?!
Hand-Pieced Flower Quilt
This quilt has a beautiful story behind it – it is a beautiful collective effort of three generations of women who worked together on it to make it into the bright and unique blanket that it is today.
It was hand-pieced by the grandmother and hand-quilted by her daughter, i.e., the poster’s mother. Then this descendant took it upon herself to mend the busted seams in an attempt to keep the tradition alive. Hopefully, she’ll be able to pass this on to her daughter one day.
One More Vintage Sword
A father handed his son his father’s sword after he passed away. The son naturally turned to Reddit in order to get more information on its origins. Although a fair share of people was confused at first, someone had a reliable hunch that it resembles something from Franklin Mint.
Upon closer observation, the markings were revealed to have faux Viking origins. The panther/tiger head can throw you off. Truth be told, regardless of its true history, this is a beautiful piece of weaponry worth displaying.
Original Griswold Pans
After a Redditor received hand-me-downs from a family friend, they weren’t sure about the authenticity of their gifts. Upon asking the community, they were assured that these pans are actually real Griswolds. Griswold Manufacturing was a producer of cast iron kitchen items in America back in 1865.
They operated until 1957, gaining a worldwide reputation for manufacturing high-quality cookware. Today, Griswold pots and pans are considered to be collector’s items. In fact, some of the rarer skillets, like the “spider skillet” can sell for as high as $8,000.
They say time flies, but you never realize how true that is until you look back on the past ten years and see how much things have actually changed. Remember when phones actually came with earphone jacks? Remember when Blu-Ray was supposed to be the next big thing, or when Saturn was still a car manufacturer? A lot of things go away in ten years — these people went online to make sure we didn’t forget any of it.