Nostalgia is a powerful substance. And everyone carries it within themselves. It can take us to a distant time and place in a heartbeat. All we need is the right trigger. Luckily, the subreddit of the same name has plenty of them.

Whether we're talking about multicolored pens, Tamagotchis, or having to manually turn off your computer, this online community shares pictures that make you feel old and hit right in the feels.

We at Bored Panda have already covered r/Nostalgia in our older publications here and here, but with 1 million members, its collection of sentimental gems keeps expanding really fast, so we thought we'd release an update to send you down memory lane once more. Safe travels!

#1

Robin Williams

Robin Williams

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Antz Online
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4 months ago

O Captain, my Captain.

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#2

Remember The Visualizer In Windows Media Player? I'd Spend Hours Staring At It

Remember The Visualizer In Windows Media Player? I'd Spend Hours Staring At It

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JoyfulZebra
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4 months ago

I'm Gen Z and I remember this

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Even though we all feel nostalgia, it's not entirely clear what psychological purpose it serves. Is this longing feeling for the past good or bad?

Krystine Batcho, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at LeMoyne College, said the word was coined or invented a long time ago, over 300 years ago, and originally designated homesickness. 

"Semantic drift over the centuries has broadened that to the notion of longing for or missing aspects of a person's personal lived past," Batcho explained.

#3

In The 2000's Everyone Had A Cd Case In Their Car Half Full Of Burned Cds, And It Was Better Than What We Have Now

In The 2000's Everyone Had A Cd Case In Their Car Half Full Of Burned Cds, And It Was Better Than What We Have Now

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Eagle Girl
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4 months ago

Ahh, the 21st Century. When a guy burned you a CD if he liked you

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#4

Old Stereo Cabinets

Old Stereo Cabinets

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Eagle Girl
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4 months ago

The sound of the click as you push open the magnets

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#5

Remember When You Didn’t Have To Enter Your Personal Info Online To Win A Soda?

Remember When You Didn’t Have To Enter Your Personal Info Online To Win A Soda?

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Eagle Girl
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4 months ago

..and you actually had a chance of winning something too

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"Most of the research available today including my research argues that nostalgia serves a number of functions," Batcho said. "The thing that ties them all together is that nostalgia is an emotional experience that unifies."

In other words, it helps to unite our self, our sense of who we are, and our identity over time. This can be valuable because over time we change in incredible ways.

"We're not anywhere near the same as we were when we were three years old, for example," Batcho added. "Nostalgia by motivating us to remember the past in our own life helps to unite us to that authentic self and remind us of who we have been and then compare that to who we feel we are today." This also gives us an image of who we want to be in the future. 

#6

The Time When Transparency Was All The Rage

The Time When Transparency Was All The Rage

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Riley Warrick
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4 months ago

That looks cool.

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#7

Multicolor Pens

Multicolor Pens

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Joy
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4 months ago

I still use them

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#8

Having To Manually Roll Down/Up Your Car's Windows

Having To Manually Roll Down/Up Your Car's Windows

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sofacushionfort
Community Member
4 months ago

In the US, the average new car is $47K, average annual income $53K. We wouldn’t mind manually rolling down the windows in affordable vehicles.

Viktor
Community Member
4 months ago

I never understood why someone with an average salary would even consider a new car. I earn well above average but buy 4-year old cars with 40k miles for less than half the original price.

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viv
Community Member
4 months ago

still in my car

Kymber-Leigh Means
Community Member
4 months ago

Son-in-law's brand new work truck came with these. Fact is, these are safer if you get stuck in a flood or high water.

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Adrienne Mcginley
Community Member
4 months ago

Those handles didn't break the way the push buttons do.

Kevin Garren
Community Member
4 months ago

And yet if you ask people to roll down your window, they still do this action... and put their hand to their head with thumb and pinky out for phone... even kids who have never used them that way. You'd look like an idiot if you poked the air or just held your fist beside your head lol

The other Mike
Community Member
4 months ago

That thumb-and-pinky gesture always reminds me of Inspector Gadget. (Talk about nostalgia; I loved that show as a kid.)

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Linnea Jacobson
Community Member
4 months ago

When I begged my mom to get us a new car with the "fancy new" automatic windows like my best friend's family had, she told me that automatic windows were unsafe because "if the car runs off the road and gets submerged in water we won't be able to unroll the windows and escape." My mother worries about the weirdest things. Our next car did, in fact, have automatic windows, because by that time all cars had them. I've never asked her about it, but I'm curious if she still thinks she's "unsafe" with those automatic windows.

Shyla Clay
Community Member
4 months ago

My mom refused to go to California, because she was absolutely sure that would be the day California fell off the edge of the United States.

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Daniel Yamada
Community Member
4 months ago

My car has that: 2005 Pontiac Vibe. And the car still runs great after 17 years!

rehanne garvey
Community Member
4 months ago

My car is 14 years old and is still running great

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Display Name
Community Member
4 months ago

I have a car with dis and im gen z

Pollywog
Community Member
4 months ago

I miss these!! If you're battery died you could still roll down the window!!

Katya McAdams
Community Member
4 months ago

That's how my/my parents' truck is, I believe gen 1 1994 Dodge Dakota

Mishka Naki
Community Member
4 months ago

I loved it and still do!!! I wish they would sell cars like that again

marianne eliza
Community Member
4 months ago

More things automated, more things to breakdown.

Himory TheDreamer
Community Member
4 months ago

Many cars are still like that here. I like it better, those buttons are hard to control.

rehanne garvey
Community Member
4 months ago

My car has this 🤣

Heikki Polojärvi
Community Member
4 months ago

The handle is actually better if the window is frozen shut

NsG
Community Member
4 months ago

A few years ago we went to a hypnotist show. He had five volunteers on stage, all under hypnosis and they'd been given the scenario that they'd been pulled over by a cop (the hypnotist). He walked up to each of the driver's side window and asked them to "roll down your window please air/madam". Four out of the five mimed this action. The fifth pressed his automatic window button. This is still the image most people of a certain age will come up with - it's going to be around for a while.

bandura_guy
Community Member
4 months ago

i miss them - another thing replaced by something non-user serviceable, so you have to take it somewhere to get fixed. Prolly Apple's idea

Kevin Richie
Community Member
4 months ago

That's why there is 7 year financing on a car that will last 3 years. New cars depreciate 25% the minute you pull off the lot. Smart money is in car 3-4 years old.

Andy Frobig
Community Member
4 months ago

I'd say more like 12-15 years old, value has bottomed out and hasn't started the upward climb from being a "classic."

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Deb Dedon
Community Member
4 months ago

I still do. No electronic anything to freeze or go electronically bonkers.

Brian Stanton
Community Member
4 months ago

Not obsolete! No regulator and motor to go bad!

Jp@nda
Community Member
4 months ago

Hey, I can tell you that i never had to replace a manual car window, yet on multiple cars I had to replace the motor for the automatic windows. That my friend is a huge pain in the butt, especially when your window gets stuck down ten minutes into an hour ride on a snowy night. I'll take manual I'm humble

IamMe
Community Member
4 months ago

These are so much better than the push buttons. If they break, you can fix them yourself.

Craig Sim
Community Member
4 months ago

Still use em, always bought the most basic as less to breakdown. My vehicles are 2001, 2009 and 2011 and will get at least another decade out of them before we consider a new one.

Dre Mosley
Community Member
4 months ago

I prefer simpler things.

David Brown
Community Member
4 months ago

And surprisingly enough we all made it through such a dark time in our automotive history.

Andy
Community Member
4 months ago

My UK 2018 car has them!

RRP
Community Member
4 months ago

dacia?

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Robyn Marsden
Community Member
2 months ago

Lol no dad locking the windows after he farts. With those you could just roll it down.

Vojtěch Valigura
Community Member
2 months ago

I still have them at the backseat.

Elaine Morinelli
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh come on that's not that old.

SkekVi
Community Member
2 months ago

safer if your car ends up underwater.

Ana white
Community Member
3 months ago

My friend has that kind of car

Jess
Community Member
3 months ago

My mams car has these for the back doors, I think they think it makes it safer as kids of certain ages don't have the strength to turn them but now most cars have electric windows with locks on the drivers side for safety

Sue Sanders
Community Member
3 months ago

It was no big deal, and fewer mechanical parts to fix if the mechanism went haywire.

Ruth Dyke
Community Member
3 months ago

Don't miss rolling down/up my car windows.

Claire Jumper
Community Member
3 months ago

My 2009 Chevy Cobalt LS has manual window rolling and, honestly, I like it.

Tigger O
Community Member
3 months ago

All-electronic cars scare me. If something goes wrong there's no escape. At the very least I want doors and windows to be operated manually.

Mel Schmidt
Community Member
4 months ago

Personally I prefer these over the electronic ones. Safer too.

Maureen Rouse
Community Member
4 months ago

Not having to replace a worn out window motor would be fabulous!

Cecile Desjardins
Community Member
4 months ago

I miss those .

Mickie Shea
Community Member
4 months ago

Like AC saw no use for roll downs until I had one. Now see no reason not to have.

MAKtheknife
Community Member
4 months ago

Oops! My 2002 Ford F 350 truck has these.

Jo Frey
Community Member
4 months ago

I prefer these to power windows. Power windows break too easily and can be expensive or difficult to replace if you don't have the money. I personally replaced the rear power windows on my van with the manual version from the junker van given to me, and summers are better now that we can get a breeze through the entire vehicle!

Odile Wipp
Community Member
4 months ago

Our daily car is from the 70's. No aircon, so we have to roll down the windows. Not obsolete for us at all ;)

Jane Dorothy Warner
Community Member
4 months ago

Still do, in the back of my car.

Paloma
Community Member
4 months ago

Um hello, my 2002 Toyota Corolla has manual roll down windows, a cigarette lighter and a radio but no CD player.

LeeAnn Orlando
Community Member
4 months ago

Our 16 year old work van still has manual handle for window. A GenZ asked us to roll down the window when picking up groceries to ask us something and for real he busted out laughing and said, "So sorry, I didn't realize you have to work so hard for that air!" We laughed too. We forget how few things are manual these days. :D

Jessica Newbury Zingalli
Community Member
4 months ago

My truck has that now....

Onion rings like to make your breath smelly
Community Member
4 months ago

my dad has a car that still has this

Laura Brown
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh, yeah...and God forbid, the k**b breaks

Christina Keenan
Community Member
4 months ago

I have this now. So?

Addison Scott
Community Member
4 months ago

I've recently ridden in a couple Uber Priuses that had wind down windows!! I think it's becoming a thing again

Marie Freezer
Community Member
4 months ago

I still say you can wind your window down. I'd prefer to still be able to have these as a option , on newer cars. Costs less to fix if these go wrong!

Alex The Fanperson
Community Member
4 months ago

My grandma had one. Then it got totalled when I was around four

Iris Bagheera
Community Member
4 months ago

I think one window should have manual opening in case the car ends up in deep water. Wouldn't the automatic window openers malfunction if that scenario happened?

Ice king
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Wow it's been 7 years since I had one if these

Stannous Flouride
Community Member
4 months ago

Though the action is obsolete people still say, "Roll up the window." Likewise, "Dial the phone."

DanieGirl
Community Member
4 months ago

I have a friend that refuses to have power windows in case there is a water related accident. They wanted to be sure that they could get out.

David Jessop
Community Member
4 months ago

Actually I have automatic windows on my 1984 Chevy van

David Jessop
Community Member
4 months ago

Actually I have automatic windows on my 1984 van

New Everywhere
Community Member
4 months ago

Do you still use this motion when telling someone to let down the windows?

Hazel Wasil
Community Member
4 months ago

Less electric things that always break.

Featherytoad
Community Member
4 months ago

You didn't have to worry if your window was partially down if it rained. The manual ones didn't malfunction if it rained in your car.

Micah
Community Member
4 months ago

As someone who has either a broken window relay and/or motor, I wish I had those hand cranks right now.

WJ Williams
Community Member
4 months ago

I have twi trucks that have roll down windows.

Lupita Gutierrez Reyes
Community Member
4 months ago

My dad has a truck with these :) they squeak alot though

LittleLiz
Community Member
4 months ago

Mine was made in 2018 and has that. I kinda like it

Nicole Tomme
Community Member
4 months ago

4wac.

dominic sefcik
Community Member
4 months ago

I have a car that still has these.

FoodieBeck
Community Member
4 months ago

I still have em, 2016 Kia Ria bought brand spanking new for under $12 k. Wish Ida upgraded, even in a small car I have to unbuckle my seatbelt to roll down the passenger window. Great car at a great price though!

Lyone Fein
Community Member
4 months ago

Miss this

j miller
Community Member
4 months ago

It is now completely ridiculous; power brakes, power steering, power windows, powered seats, power locks, powered cup holders, powered glove boxing...

Mel Gilliam
Community Member
4 months ago

Considering that right now my window motor is out and costs too much to fix... I wouldn't mind having this back.

Dávid CSONKA
Community Member
4 months ago

And manually locking with the key. And im talking about last year...

Marshall Leonardo Matthers III
Community Member
4 months ago

Most older cars have this, but not the ones been made in 2000s or earlier. The latest models don't have these manual feature anymore. I supposed it was for conviniency

Rachel Malkoski
Community Member
4 months ago

Still do.

Linda Powder
Community Member
4 months ago

Sometimes it's easier.

Kara Born
Community Member
4 months ago

My mom's truck still has these

Steven Windfeld
Community Member
4 months ago

Some cars are still like this. There are some that are around 15 years old, which are like this.

Katie Thompson
Community Member
4 months ago

I still have a fully manual car. Windows, locks, transmission......no ABS

J C
Community Member
4 months ago

My dad never would get a vehicle with electric windows. The “technology” breaks and you have to spend money to replace the window motor. Yet I have never in 30+ years had a window motor fail but had the manual handle break off

Dudeman 612
Community Member
4 months ago

Vehicles are still made with this ancient technology! If you buy the most basic models, as my company often does for some fleet trucks, you'll get these.

Debriana Brazzanovich
Community Member
4 months ago

I had a 2004 neon that had powered windows in the front but crank in the back. I was so confused. Haha

Jodagoatisagoat
Community Member
4 months ago

I saw these in my grandpa's old car!

Kay Davis
Community Member
4 months ago

My husband's car is still like this

KL Wilfrey
Community Member
4 months ago

I got my car with these. Stripped down of every computer/electronic function I could. Manual transmission. 18 years later it's still running as my commuter car, and it's never had major repairs or been down more than 2 days at a time. My baby. <3

A10
Community Member
4 months ago

Is that really a thing that isn’t found on any brand new cars in some countries? Here in South Africa you can still find basic cars with manual windows.

Tiffin Filion
Community Member
4 months ago

I drove a friends' kid to school once and I had manual windows. She though they were "so cool" and rolled the windows up and down until we got to the school.

Lennon Horrocks
Community Member
4 months ago

My car has manual wind up on the back doors. My mum and brother like it cos it means they don't have to wait for me to turn on the ignition before they can open the windows.

Shnookumpie
Community Member
4 months ago

My husband and I bought a 2009 Toyota Yaris a couple of years ago.... manual locks, hand crank windows.... paid a couple thousand or so?? (Don't remember exactly, but it was under 3500. when all was said and done....) We love our lil' car!! Funny to see people's faces when they realize they have to roll down window themselves 😂🤣

Paolo Reale
Community Member
4 months ago

... and no one died for it.

Lisa Edwardsen
Community Member
4 months ago

Hmmmm. I still do

Joacim Eklöf
Community Member
4 months ago

Some cars still have this

Wistiti
Community Member
4 months ago

My car is still fully manual.

Adinda Jane White
Community Member
4 months ago

My Seat Ibiza still has them on the backseat side

Mathew Aaberg
Community Member
4 months ago

I miss these in a way... In another I am glad they are gone and hope they never come back.

Jennik
Community Member
4 months ago

The first family car in my family was an old Morris Minor. I think it was old when we got it. I remember the magic of the stick indicators that popped out the side of the car next to the driver window. They often didn't work so Mum had to do hand signals instead. And the push ignition didn't always work either, so Mum would have to get out and crank start the car. It always put Mum in a foul mood (understandably) if that happened so the four of us kids would sit in deathly silence, no-one willing to be the one who attracted her attention. It was pretty exciting when we upgraded to an old Morris Oxford that didn't have a crank start because it was too modern.

Little Wonder
Community Member
4 months ago

I still do. Not all of us get new cars! Hehe. Mine's a 92 and a clunker but it's still going.

Bobbie Meyers
Community Member
4 months ago

Isn't the handle for the window a bit...a lot...too close to the door handle?

Barb Ward
Community Member
4 months ago

I still do!

Michael Naegele
Community Member
4 months ago

I got a new 2021 Opel Corsa and on the back seats they also have this old school cranks... Yeah. But as i do not sit in the back, it does not bother me... But yes. Still in 2021 you will find that in cars...

Lori Rommel
Community Member
4 months ago

These are way better than electric windows! You don't have to have the key on to operate them, and there's no motor to burn out. I guess if I had arthritis or something, I might prefer the buttons. (We have a 2007 Chevy truck that has crank handles like this, and we like 'em.

Jeremy Umpleby
Community Member
4 months ago

They still make cars with crank windows ffs. My 2017 Jeep had them. Stop perpetuating this myth that they don't anymore.

kaycee14
Community Member
4 months ago

My 2009 car has manual windows, and my youngest niece and nephew think it is SO COOL!

Lindy Mac
Community Member
4 months ago

We still indicated when we want to talk to a driver with the rolling motion telling them to roll down the window.... the millennials look at us like we are nuts.

Trisha Howson
Community Member
4 months ago

Okay I've had trouble with the button ones so I'm not angry about those

Karen Jolicoeur
Community Member
4 months ago

Fun, fun 😆

Erin Eubanks
Community Member
4 months ago

My niece bought a car recently and it has manual windows. And it's a newer car. And we're in America

DeadLetterOffice
Community Member
4 months ago

I had to take some kids to a movie one night a few years back and they literally could not figure out what those were.

Jenny Lorenz
Community Member
4 months ago

they still exist. Just not in new cars.

Cecilia Gigena
Community Member
4 months ago

I still have those. New cars are very much expensive in my country, so I bought a 2006 car in 2014. I still have the same car in 2022. I'm just happy to have a car.

Victoria Anderson
Community Member
4 months ago

My grandpa's car had those. Pretty cool, but I kept forgetting which way to turn it.

Amanda B Bench
Community Member
4 months ago

After my car was totaled not long ago I'm driving a back up vehicle that I have to manually roll the windows down in. I can't reach the passenger side unless I unbuckle my seat belt and lay over in the seat. Or get out and walk around and open the door to do 😑

Joshua Collins
Community Member
4 months ago

I still have this and a stick shift in my 2008 F-250. It is truly the last of it's kind.

Don't Look
Community Member
4 months ago

Don’t miss these.

Susana Hoffstaedter
Community Member
4 months ago

My car has it, and it's 2008. Pretty common here in poor countries (not mentioned to avoid retaliation)

Dani
Community Member
4 months ago

This was nice, no fried window motors haha

Yaprak
Community Member
4 months ago

Web stil have those manually rolling down windows

Ana Ferreira
Community Member
4 months ago

My car is from 2016. The back windows are still roll down.

Johan Maebe
Community Member
4 months ago

My defender 110 still has these. :-).

Sally Kerr
Community Member
4 months ago

I still have these. We got a brand new Peugeot 107 11years ago for £5k and nothing is automated. It has also never failed us, you can park it in any tiny space and it does 70mpg

Enlee Jones
Community Member
4 months ago

I remember those. I’m old.

WhoIsYourLeader
Community Member
4 months ago

Was a game trying to see whose window could roll up faster

Troy Parr
Community Member
4 months ago

Ahh yes, those keep-fit windows of yesteryear.

Ogre Juan Canolli
Community Member
4 months ago

Crash In A Lake And Short Out The Electrical System Of Your $50k Car And You'll Wish For This

Shaista Afridi
Community Member
4 months ago

my mum has these in her car lol

K4l1m3r0
Community Member
4 months ago

My best friend worked for an insurance company and is a bit paranoid about neww features in a car. She really didn't want the automatic windows because, if you would drive into a lake, electronics shut down and you can't escape. Thinking about it, it makes sense

Monika Hammond
Community Member
4 months ago

I still do this...

FaithD
Community Member
4 months ago

hah, my granddaughter saw one for the first time not long back. she thought it was awesome and kept rolling it up and down.

Hilary Mol
Community Member
4 months ago

My mom drives a 2004 Saturn (stick shift) that has roll handle windows. Never has to worry about the electronics failing and being unable to use a window. The down side is that (at least on the passenger side) because the car is 18 years old it takes a fair amount of human power to move the handle. Still, the pros outweigh the cons, in my opinion.

Jeffrey Keffer
Community Member
4 months ago

I prefer the manual roll down , less electronics to go wrong .. But thays the point of getting rid of them it forces people back to the dealership if something goes wrong .... Of course we just take it because .... CONSUME...

Kathy Montella
Community Member
4 months ago

My grandson just bought a 2020 Chevy Spark. Manual car windows and locks.

Missy
Community Member
4 months ago

Heck, I am still manually rolling windows! Between my old truck and my husband collecting old cars like he's Jay Leno.

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
4 months ago

It’s why my left arm is stronger than my right! 🤣👍🏽

Carol Emory
Community Member
4 months ago

Still do in my husbands car!

Heather Wood
Community Member
4 months ago

My little Kia has these. Grandson thought it so cool, asked his mom to buy a car with these magical handles.

Mikki
Community Member
4 months ago

I have never heard or seen that before.

StankleBerry
Community Member
4 months ago

Still do

Put Sully
Community Member
4 months ago

My dad's car still uses this

KnightOwl
Community Member
4 months ago

These were often really stiff and as a child, my arms would hurt like I'd been weight lifting after opening one.

Argle Bargle
Community Member
4 months ago

Always wanted the wind down windows in our newer cars, just in case we got stuck in a lake

Hannah Edwards
Community Member
4 months ago

Much like caveman had to do.

European sparrow
Community Member
4 months ago

My Toyota Aygo still has them. Works just fine.

Mixed Reality Portal
Community Member
4 months ago

Unlike my 2018 car which needs the engine running to operate the windows...

J. F.
Community Member
4 months ago

Many new cars still have those for the back seats, at least a lot of european models

censorshipsucks
Community Member
4 months ago

bought a new car recently and it had these on the back doors. it was a low cost vehicle. european.

James016
Community Member
4 months ago

That and no central locking or power steering. Try going back to the latter these days.

R L
Community Member
4 months ago

Cars are still manufactured with these.

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#9

Is It Me Or Did You Guys Have Those Temporary Trailers Attached To You're School That Were Only Meant To Stay Up For Like 3 Years But Ended Up Staying For Like 30?

Is It Me Or Did You Guys Have Those Temporary Trailers Attached To You're School That Were Only Meant To Stay Up For Like 3 Years But Ended Up Staying For Like 30?

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Kimberley McMillan
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4 months ago

I spent all of grade five in a portable. It was so cold in the winter. :(

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Nostalgia also serves an essential psychological function in that it's a highly social emotion. It connects us to other people.

"In the beginning, when we're very young, it's part of what bonds us to the most important people in our life, our parents, our siblings, our friends. As we go through life, it can broaden out and extend to a wider sphere of the people we interact with. It's a social connectedness phenomenon and nostalgia is in that sense a very healthy pro-social emotion."

#10

Before Cell Phones… Here’s How You Found Your Friends

Before Cell Phones… Here’s How You Found Your Friends

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beesechurger elite
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4 months ago

ahaha still do this sometimes when I’m on bike rides

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#11

Solitaire Card Backs

Solitaire Card Backs

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Who Panda 420
Community Member
4 months ago

I know if you choose the one at the end sometimes an ace would shoot out of his sleeve. And if you choose the one with the castle the bats will move and the one with the robot some of the dials would move

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#12

The Art On The Back Of The Little Golden Book Series

The Art On The Back Of The Little Golden Book Series

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THE GREAT PAPYRUS
Community Member
4 months ago

I remember how these books smell

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#13

Who Else Remembers Cigarette Vending Machines That Had No Way To Check A Persons Age And Operated On The Honor System?

Who Else Remembers Cigarette Vending Machines That Had No Way To Check A Persons Age And Operated On The Honor System?

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Eagle Girl
Community Member
4 months ago

75 cents at the pizzeria. You had to run in quickly while the guy was busy or lie & say it was for your mom

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In itself, nostalgia is somewhat of a conflict because it is a bitter-sweet emotion. But that also has a hugely positive effect because it helps us to unify what otherwise would be felt or experienced by us as conflicts.

"The bitterness comes from the sense that we know for sure that we can never really regain them, they're gone forever. The irreversibility of time means that we absolutely cannot go back in time so it helps us to deal with the conflict of the bitter longing for what can never be again together with the sweetness of having experienced it and being able to revisit it and relive it again," Batcho said.

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Teacher's Pulldown Maps

Teacher's Pulldown Maps

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Kanzi
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4 months ago

They never rolled down all the way

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#15

Silly Erasers That Never Worked

Silly Erasers That Never Worked

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beesechurger elite
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4 months ago

ACK I HAVE SOME OF THESE IN MY BEDSIDE DRAWER

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#16

Defragging Your Hard Drive

Defragging Your Hard Drive

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Randolph Croft
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4 months ago

Time consuming, but satisfying.

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#17

Having To Manually Turn Off Your Computer

Having To Manually Turn Off Your Computer

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Ranch Dressing
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4 months ago

Haha I had forgotten that. One thing I won't forget is the absolute paranoia my dad had about computer viruses in the 90s

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According to Batcho's research, nostalgia can be a stabilizing force and comfort us during times of transition.

"It's very difficult to grasp change, because in some sense, at a very deep psychic level, change threatens us," the psychologist explained. "It's a little frightening because we're not 100% sure that we can control it. One of the most important aspects of being a healthy human being is having a sense that you are in control of things. When things start to change, either very substantially, such as major events in a person's life, getting married or getting divorced, getting a new career, going back to school or graduating from school, it's comforting to have a nostalgic feeling for the past that reminds us that although we don't know what the future is going to bring, what we do know is that we know who we have been and who we really are."

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Movie Theater Carpeting

Movie Theater Carpeting

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Sofie Carmine
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4 months ago

A skating rink i go to has that exact carpet

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#19

Teacher's Grade Book

Teacher's Grade Book

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Jacki moore
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4 months ago

This is why they needed the multiple colored pens lol

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#20

Magic Mitt For The 90s Kids Out There

Magic Mitt For The 90s Kids Out There

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Sofie Carmine
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4 months ago

I have three sets right now.......

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#21

This Ride That Almost Killed Us All In The 90's

This Ride That Almost Killed Us All In The 90's

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beesechurger elite
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4 months ago

safety checks go brrrr

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Nostalgia brings things back. It stimulates memories of the times when we were accepted and loved and this phenomenon is very comforting. Knowing that at some point in life we didn't have to earn our love can be very powerful. Nostalgia helps us realize that our parents, our siblings, or our friends simply loved us unconditionally. And these thoughts can work miracles on us when we're undergoing turmoil in our personal lives.

#22

Magic Slate Paper Saver

Magic Slate Paper Saver

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Who Panda 420
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4 months ago

And if you push too hard on them they get ruined

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#23

Family: Why Do You Love Pizza So Much? My TV As A Kid

Family: Why Do You Love Pizza So Much? My TV As A Kid

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Riley Warrick
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4 months ago

Scooby doo and teenage mutant ninja turtles are among my favorites!

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#24

Visiting Your School After Dark If You Were Attending A Performance Or Exhibit. The Eerie Type Of Feeling You'd Experience

Visiting Your School After Dark If You Were Attending A Performance Or Exhibit. The Eerie Type Of Feeling You'd Experience

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Linnea Jacobson
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4 months ago

Wait, school performances and exhibits aren't a thing anymore? Why not?

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#25

Mr. Sketch. Our First “High”

Mr. Sketch. Our First “High”

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Coral
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4 months ago

The black licorice one.... ugh.

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Batcho believes nostalgia might even have an element of infectiousness and wishes it was even bigger. To understand what she means by that, think of a group of people who have some shared experience.

"The best example of that is when a group of friends are reminiscing about their antics, the things they did as either teenagers or children or what have you. There it's a bonding experience. Another example of that is we know from current research that sports fans love to do that. They talk about the games that they enjoyed and when their team was victorious. When you have a common bond, it can be very infectious and it's like a domino one memory triggers another."

#26

A Complete Fisher-Price Medical Kit

A Complete Fisher-Price Medical Kit

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Sofie Carmine
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4 months ago

One of my favorite toys as a toddler!

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#27

Wood Grain Pull Out Vhs Storage

Wood Grain Pull Out Vhs Storage

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Linnea Jacobson
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4 months ago

We had these exact ones!

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#28

Candy Powder Filled Fruit

Candy Powder Filled Fruit

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Rebekah
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4 months ago

We pretended the pineapple was a grenade.

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#29

Winamp. Did You Have It?

Winamp. Did You Have It?

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Fred L.
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4 months ago

Still using it.

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And the reason why she wishes it was more infectious is that this, let's call it, collective nostalgia can break down when you have a group of people who do not have shared experiences to be nostalgic about. Suddenly if you have one individual wanting to reminisce about their past but no one else in that group remembers those things or lived through those things, you might get things like a generation gap. Someone is talking about the 1950s and a teen says they can't even imagine it.

So when you think about it, r/Nostalgia is doing a beautiful public service. The subreddit is bringing together those who might not have anyone to daydream about the past with.

#30

Countertop Popcorn Machines

Countertop Popcorn Machines