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How many of you have thought about things that used to be available at the store when you were a child and today seem to have just vanished from ever existing.

I grew up in the Dallas / Fort Worth area and we shopped at several different grocery stores in those days but most often Safeway. When I was a child I remember we used the pancake /waffle syrup called Vermont Maid http://www.bgfoods.com/brand_vermontmaid.asp



Today it is hard to find I suppose as other national brands have played the game for shelf space and won the battles.
I also remember breath mints caled Certs and they just seem to have vanashed:
Remember these?



Now all you see are these:



Life Savers are now these huge things in bags which used to be smaller in rolls which used to actually taste good. Today I am not sure what they are made of but they are not what they used to be.

From this:



To this:



What ever happened to the original Dentyne gum which had that nice cinnamon flavor?

Remember this anyone?



Now all you see are these hard candy coated Dentyne Ice kind of gums sold in blister packs which have an entirely different flavor to them...



What ever happened to original Trident gum?



Now all we have is Trident White again sold in blister packs:



My family used to drink Maryland Club coffee

It does not exist today.

I just wondered if any of you all have seen things that you used to be familiar with as a child vanish in the last several decades.

If so please share your examples.

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post #3 of 69
"If I had played my career hitting singles like Pete (Rose), I'd wear a dress." - Mickey Mantle
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post #4 of 69
I'm not gonna post pictures, but I can remember buying music on these things called 8-track tapes. I can't find them ANYwhere now ! All I can find is "CD's" and something called "MP3"....

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post #5 of 69
everything went eXtreme a few years ago.


That "maple" syrup you used to buy was probably high fructose crapola all along.
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I'm not gonna post pictures, but I can remember buying music on these things called 8-track tapes. I can't find them ANYwhere now ! All I can find is "CD's" and something called "MP3"....


Wacky Packages...but I am old

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post #7 of 69
after a quick google I found them, but it's just not the same as getting a nickel from your mom to get five "2-packs" of original Chiclets at the corner drug store/ fountain.
post #8 of 69
I used to love these:



And these



and this



I'm having trouble finding the bubble gum heroin needles and the fruit juice in beer bottles I used to know and love.
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post #9 of 69
What about huge clothing brands that totally disappeared?

Ocean Pacific surfwear?
Jordache Jeans?
Vuarnet sunglasses?

Someone was a moronic CEO somewhere.
post #10 of 69
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What about huge clothing brands that totally disappeared?

Ocean Pacific surfwear?
Jordache Jeans?
Vuarnet sunglasses?

Someone was a moronic CEO somewhere.

Heh. Ocean Pacific.

Members Only?

Spuds Mackenzie shirts?
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post #11 of 69
Good lord you're old...
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post #12 of 69
There was this product called Tuna Twist that you put on tuna fish. It was seasonings and stuff. I really liked it when I was 11 and can't find it anymore. But who knows, maybe I only liked it because I was 11 at the time and might not like it today.

http://www.inthe80s.com/food/tunatwist1.shtml

Oh, actually it looks like they had to take it off the market because it caused gastrointestinal illness! Oh well, so much for memories.
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What about huge clothing brands that totally disappeared?

Ocean Pacific surfwear?
Jordache Jeans?
Vuarnet sunglasses?

Someone was a moronic CEO somewhere.

Horror of horrors.....Z Cavaricci pants. Those high-waisted abominations with the belts that had to be twisted and looped in just the right way.




I had 2 pair
post #14 of 69
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What about huge clothing brands that totally disappeared?

Ocean Pacific surfwear?
Jordache Jeans?
Vuarnet sunglasses?

Someone was a moronic CEO somewhere.

Ocean Pacific ... still going: http://www.oceanpacific.com/
Jordache ... still going: http://www.jordache.com/
Vuarnet ... still going: http://www.vuarnet.com/

Obviously, none of these brands garner the sales that they saw in the past but they're still ongoing concerns. OP, in particular, still produce some fairly nice items.
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Horror of horrors.....Z Cavaricci pants. Those high-waisted abominations with the belts that had to be twisted and looped in just the right way.




I had 2 pair

Heh. They're still around, too.

If you thought that their high-waisted pants were bad, you haven't seen the insanely high-waisted jeans that a lot of the fashion brands tried to market last-year.

I nearly laughed myself unconscious when the reps at the trade-shows were showing them to me.

http://blogs.smarter.com/fashion/200...et-used-to-it/

The photos in that article are only 1/2 the story ... check out this pair from Cheap Monday:

http://www.thefashionpolice.net/2006...f_fashi_2.html

Yeah.
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post #16 of 69
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Members Only?

Spuds Mackenzie shirts?

Members Only ... hot among the hipsters and thrift-store indie kids.

The brand was licensed a few years ago and staged a bit of a revival on the back of said hipster/indie kids. The new collections were pretty decent.

Here's a link to the licensed collections: http://membersonlystyle.com/
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post #17 of 69
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Texas Instruments Speak and Spell



Wow those were the good days!

Check out this emulator: http://www.speaknspell.co.uk/speaknspell.html Click play and then when the page comes up turn on the Speak and Spell by hitting the "on" button on the top right of the virtual keyboard.

WHAT FUN!!!



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post #19 of 69
I'm not exactly old yet, but I remember I used to be able to buy a certain kind of gum that I can't find anymore:


The flavor only lasted for a minute and a half, but darn, it was good.
post #20 of 69
M-80s
decent Black Cats
Estes rockets -- that actually used balsa wood
Vertibird
Those red LED Texas Instruments watches (and only the rich kids got those)

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post #21 of 69
Ah, the hours I wasted on this game.






.....yes, *hours*
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post #23 of 69
I remember in the back of comic books they had ads for stuff that seemed to good to be true. Glasses that could look through people's clothes. This submarine thing that you could put under water and have it travel by itself and really cool rockets. I never ordered one but I am sure I would have been disappointed as they **still** don't have those X-ray sunglasses I always wanted.
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I'm not exactly old yet, but I remember I used to be able to buy a certain kind of gum that I can't find anymore:


The flavor only lasted for a minute and a half, but darn, it was good.

Check Toys R Us.
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but that hardly counts as hard to find.... you can still buy them, 'cept now a box of 50 costs about 99 cents !

now... finding these (and unfortunately, i can remember when they were NEW!...


now... that is an EIGHT INCH floppy, and held a whopping 500K bytes (used them with my TRS-80.)
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but that hardly counts as hard to find.... you can still buy them, 'cept now a box of 50 costs about 99 cents !

now... finding these (and unfortunately, i can remember when they were NEW!...


now... that is an EIGHT INCH floppy, and held a whopping 500K bytes (used them with my TRS-80.)

And with the Apple II

I remember cutting the notch out of the side to make them double sided.

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post #27 of 69
Yeah let's not forget the breakneck throughput of the Commodore 1541 disk drive! wooo hoooo!



Haven't seen one of these in awhile:

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post #28 of 69
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I still use those. I used on today. I had to use it today.
post #29 of 69
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Ocean Pacific surfwear?
Jordache Jeans?
Vuarnet sunglasses?

It's not a product, but one thing I certainly miss from when I was a kid was very few guys giving a damn about the brand name of much of anything they wore.
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post #30 of 69
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Ah, the hours I wasted on this game.






.....yes, *hours*

I had this one:

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I've got some Teaberry gum in my kitchen cabinet right now. We have a Mast General Store that sells hundreds of types of old-time candy by the pound.
post #32 of 69
the old certs are usually at gas stations. The one candy we can always count on however those is hersheys
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post #33 of 69
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but that hardly counts as hard to find.... you can still buy them, 'cept now a box of 50 costs about 99 cents !

Hence the wink, but they aren't nearly as common as they once were. BTW they have reproductions of the old Mattel games out now, I have the football one!!

I was going to post Bazooka Joe gum, but apparently it's still around in some form.

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now... that is an EIGHT INCH floppy, and held a whopping 500K bytes (used them with my TRS-80.)

Heh, my Dad has some of those, plus one of the metal boxes they used to carry around punch card programs in.
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post #34 of 69
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I had this one:


Oh yea. I played that until I "beat it". All you had to do was back up a bit, wait for the "defense" to get "out of position" and then run for the end zone. It stopped being fun after that.
post #35 of 69
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post #36 of 69
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Wacky Packages...but I am old

I remember these. My folders and lunch box in elementary school were covered in those stickers.
post #37 of 69
We have those multi-colored rolls of lifesavers here in Canada. Someone was handing them out this year at our New Year's Eve party.
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Hope this image isn't too large:



The game (javelin darts) happens to be banned now.
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Hope this image isn't too large:



The game (javelin darts) happens to be banned now.

I had this game. No one died.
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Hope this image isn't too large:

The game (javelin darts) happens to be banned now.

That game was a BLAST! By age 10 or so, we were throwing them overhanded at a target tacked to hay bales.... I think I'm gonna have to make a set of those for my kids this summer.
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