Rob Sheffield, a veteran rock and pop culture critic and staff writer for Rolling Stone magazine, wrote in his memoirs that nothing brings to life the times you lived through and the people you shared those times with like an old mixtape. Maybe to some. But I will argue that photos can do just the same.

There's a subreddit dedicated exclusively to nostalgia with over 853,000 members. There, people share photos, reminiscing about the past, and they hit right in the feels as much as a mixtape should. From the torture device known as the "Sit and Reach" test to "the pipes" screensaver we all were watching for entertainment at one point in our lives, it has it all.

"Whether it's an old commercial or a book from your past, it belongs in /r/Nostalgia," the mods said about their subreddit, adding that the content can be both humorous and sad. So grab your rotary phone and invite your friend over — this is going to be a wild ride.

#1

Remember Watching The Pipes Screensaver?

Remember Watching The Pipes Screensaver?

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Francisco Scaramanga
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1 month ago

Hey, I want it back! :)

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Experts say that small literature on the psychology of nostalgia has developed over the past decade. Mostly, research shows that people engage in nostalgic reverie when they're feeling down in an attempt to boost their mood and self-confidence.

Experimental evidence indicates that we experience nostalgia as an overwhelmingly positive emotion. In fact, it can not only boost our mood but increase a sense of meaning in life as well. Indulging in nostalgia also raises self-esteem and optimism for the future. 

However, the University of Southern California psychologist David Newman and colleagues argue that these findings have more to do with the experimental setup than to the true nature of nostalgia.

#2

Who Remembers This [ice Cream] From School?

Who Remembers This [ice Cream] From School?

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Krazy Kanuck
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1 month ago

Who remembers splinters in your lip, from that damn spoon

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Their study produced two very interesting outcomes. The first was that people felt more nostalgic when they were with family and friends or when they were eating than they did when they were at work or school.

One explanation could be that family, friends, and food all serve as what psychologists call "retrieval cues." They trigger memories. People can use retrieval cues intentionally, for example, post a to-do list on the refrigerator door. But they emerge unintentionally too, as for instance when a whiff of apple pie aroma reminds someone of their grandmother because she baked them all the time.

#3

Only Fidget Spinner I Ever Owned

Only Fidget Spinner I Ever Owned

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Emilingo
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1 month ago

Kids always do this. It hasn't gone away.

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The second key finding was that people experienced nostalgia more when they were feeling depressed than when they were happy. At first glance, this result appears to contradict the outcomes of induced nostalgia in the laboratory, where remembering happy events from the past resulted in a boost in mood.

However, some argue that the study by Newman and colleagues was correlational in nature. Participants were not divided into separate conditions and treated differently. Rather, at each measurement, each respondent reported on their current mood and whether or not they felt nostalgic. And what the researchers found was that nostalgia and low mood co-occur.

It could mean that nostalgia leads to negative emotions. But it could also be that people engage in nostalgia when they’re feeling down.

#4

These TV Carts Always Meant Class Was Going To Be Fun When The Teacher Rolled One In

These TV Carts Always Meant Class Was Going To Be Fun When The Teacher Rolled One In

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

We studied the handmaids tale book in English at high school (this was before the tv series with Elizabeth moss) and the teacher wheeled in one of these so we could watch an older movie version. It had a sex scene, the teacher panicked and hit ffwd....but this was one if those vcrs where if you ffwd, the movie plays really fast (ie the people were...ahem...with great speed!) Teacher stood in front of tv and said don't look omg we were laughing so hard! )

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#5

Overhead Projector

Overhead Projector

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Andrew Gibb
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1 month ago

these made painting cartoons on your bedroom way easy

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#6

This Eraser

This Eraser

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Alloydog
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1 month ago

... but all it did was sand off a layer of paper!

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#7

Flipping Through These As A Kid Trying To Find Your Favourite Bands Poster

Flipping Through These As A Kid Trying To Find Your Favourite Bands Poster

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Olivier Caissy
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1 month ago

They still exist, mostly at Wal-Mart

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#8

Burning The Sickest Cds In The Neighborhood

Burning The Sickest Cds In The Neighborhood

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Hope Floats
Community Member
1 month ago

I remember making these CDS, but I can go back further and remember recording songs from the radio, straight onto a tape cassette!!..

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#9

See-Through Electronics

See-Through Electronics

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

I had that game boy with Pokemon red ^-^

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#10

The Ge Alarm Clock That Everyone Seemed To Have

The Ge Alarm Clock That Everyone Seemed To Have

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Olivier Caissy
Community Member
1 month ago

Still do, a model with a cassette reader to wake up to my favorite band.

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#11

Eye Witness Books. The Best Part Of The Scholastic Book Fair

Eye Witness Books. The Best Part Of The Scholastic Book Fair

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 month ago

In Germany "Was ist was"

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#12

Pencils With Cartridges

Pencils With Cartridges

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Vorknkx
Community Member
1 month ago

Lose one, and the whole thing was ruined.

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#13

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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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

Today the companies just buy all your personal info directly from Mark Zuckerberg. He knows more about you than your parents do.

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#14

The Old Cartoon Network

The Old Cartoon Network

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

Ed edd and Eddie, courage....oh this was a great time for cartoon network. I want to live in this entire thread, everything here is my nostalgia zone

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#15

Turning Markers Into Swords

Turning Markers Into Swords

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unknown error
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1 month ago

My six year old brother is still doing that.

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#16

Wrapping Your Textbook In The 90s

Wrapping Your Textbook In The 90s

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Emilingo
Community Member
1 month ago

We still do that.

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#17

The Family Computer

The Family Computer

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Ekate
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1 month ago

DEE-DOO-BE DOO-BE DOO, chrrrrrrrsssss..........

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#18

Actor Jonathan Hyde, A Staple Of Fun 90s Movies (Pictured: Richie Rich, Jumanji, Titanic, And The Mummy)

Actor Jonathan Hyde, A Staple Of Fun 90s Movies (Pictured: Richie Rich, Jumanji, Titanic, And The Mummy)

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Malakai
Community Member
1 month ago

He was great as Van Pelt and Peter's Dad in Jumanji! Still my favorite performance to this day :)

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#19

Removing The Faceplate Of Your Car Stereo So It Wouldn’t Get Stolen

Removing The Faceplate Of Your Car Stereo So It Wouldn’t Get Stolen

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Steve Barnett
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1 month ago

Yep. Now they just go for your catalytic converter.

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#20

These Old School Pencil Sharpeners

These Old School Pencil Sharpeners

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Olivier Caissy
Community Member
1 month ago

And the fun of emptying them.

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#21

This Movie Theater Carpeting

This Movie Theater Carpeting

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
1 month ago

There is an insidious logic behind this. It's also to do with Casinos. To give you respite from playing Casino games your response is to look elsewhere, i.e. the floor. But because of the design, you can't relax looking at it, therefore you continue spending money on slots, blackjack etc.

juice
Community Member
1 month ago

interesting! i never would've guessed

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German Rottweiler#16
Community Member
1 month ago

bowling alleys have them too

MikeMaxis
Community Member
1 month ago

and roller skating rinks.

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Pandana
Community Member
1 month ago

Awwww, I love this :')

shyanna banana
Community Member
1 month ago

still got that in texas

Juan Alcorta
Community Member
1 month ago

I don´t know why, I always had the feeling I was walking through an airport to take a flight. Now it feels as if I walk through a home depot warehouse.

The Coated Dev
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Still got that

bastillee
Community Member
1 month ago

I’m still dizzy.

Mae Mosse
Community Member
1 month ago

These carpets do not help if you have vertigo. Constantly falling over on them

sebastian nye
Community Member
1 month ago

this one made me truly, painfully nostalgic

hoRSefAce
Community Member
1 month ago

They look cool though

Courtney Christelle
Community Member
1 month ago

My local Big Apple still has carpet like this.

Makayla Rhodes
Community Member
1 month ago

The bowling alley I go to has a similar floor

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#22

The Motorola Razr. Still The Coolest Cell Phone To Be Produced

The Motorola Razr. Still The Coolest Cell Phone To Be Produced

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Nokia blue though! We all went mad for it because....the backlight was blue! Not green! Simple times :) still have mine, it still works but is so old it can't be connected to any network where I live (also, as the above phone is a Motorola - Hello Moto!)

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#23

Removing The Ball From Your Computer Mouse

Removing The Ball From Your Computer Mouse

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Holly D
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1 month ago

And having to boil an egg for a new ball...

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#24

Mom Giving You A $20 Bill For The Scholastic Book Fair. I Would Feel Like Such A Boss With My Mint Condition Animorphs, Goosebumps, And Various Bookmarks

Mom Giving You A $20 Bill For The Scholastic Book Fair. I Would Feel Like Such A Boss With My Mint Condition Animorphs, Goosebumps, And Various Bookmarks

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 month ago

My sons school still has book fairs. He’s got one coming up next week.

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#25

School Cafeteria Pizza

School Cafeteria Pizza

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Holly Allen
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1 month ago

Pizza day was AWESOME

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#26

Rear Door Ashtrays; Playing With These As A Kid On Car Rides

Rear Door Ashtrays; Playing With These As A Kid On Car Rides

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Panda with Heart
Community Member
1 month ago

That burned your arm if it was sunny ...not cool

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#27

Who Remembers ... The Grade Book ?

Who Remembers ... The Grade Book ?

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Emilingo
Community Member
1 month ago

oh yeah. my elementary school teachers did this because grades didn't really matter.

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#28

Space Cadet Was My Childhood

Space Cadet Was My Childhood

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

My kid (10) plays this on the old desktop! He challenged me a while back, I tried but couldn't resist pulling out all the stops (Wait, mum, how did you change the colour of the bumpers? What is refuelling?) Young padiwan has much to learn ^-^

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#29

The Perfect 2000's PC!

The Perfect 2000's PC!

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Steve Barnett
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1 month ago

'THIS COMPUTER IS NEVER OBSOLETE'. Seriously, where do I start. Okay, 566 MHz processor? Rocks think faster than that.

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#30

90's TV Cabinet. I Remember Needing To Push On The Glass Doors To Open Them

90's TV Cabinet. I Remember Needing To Push On The Glass Doors To Open Them

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Vorknkx
Community Member
1 month ago

Wouldn't be complete without that "Friends" shot :P

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#31

Flipping Your Chair On To Your Desk At The End Of The Day.

Flipping Your Chair On To Your Desk At The End Of The Day.

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Rachel Grieshop
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1 month ago

I still have to do that

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#32

This Velcro Toss And Catch Game

This Velcro Toss And Catch Game

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 month ago

How is this obsolete? You can still buy them in toy shops.

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#33

Those Red Pebbled Cups From The Pizza Joint With The Arcade When You Were A Kid

Those Red Pebbled Cups From The Pizza Joint With The Arcade When You Were A Kid

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Katie Garr
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1 month ago

sprite really did taste different in those cups

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#34

Wooden Playgrounds

Wooden Playgrounds

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Ray Ceeya (RayCeeYa)
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1 month ago

Back when I was a kid everything was made of steel and concrete.

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#35

Who Remembers Having To Switch The Tape To Watch The Rest Of Titanic?

Who Remembers Having To Switch The Tape To Watch The Rest Of Titanic?

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Andrew Gibb
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1 month ago

the tape was stretched at the part Jack is painting Rose as one of his French ladies

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#36

Coming Soon To Own On Dvd & Video, *a Loud Mans Voice That Shakes The Walls*

Coming Soon To Own On Dvd & Video, *a Loud Mans Voice That Shakes The Walls*

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Emilingo
Community Member
1 month ago

Do people not have this anymore?

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#37

Anyone Else Remember The Weird, Course Texture These Bouncy Balls Had?

Anyone Else Remember The Weird, Course Texture These Bouncy Balls Had?

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

Up until I saw this, no, but omg yes! And when they got damaged they had little crumbly bits that came off, like some kind of rubber polystyrene

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#38

Did Anyone Else Have A Stage In The Cafeteria Of Their School?

Did Anyone Else Have A Stage In The Cafeteria Of Their School?

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Dana
Community Member
1 month ago

I did, that is where hot lunch was served, you had to walk up on stage to get it!

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#39

These Battered Library Stools

These Battered Library Stools

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Kelly Murray
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1 month ago

We still use them. Not sure why anyone thinks they are obsolete.

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#40

The "Good" Ice

The "Good" Ice

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kate h
Community Member
1 month ago

The best ice!

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