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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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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
3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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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François Carré
Community Member
3 months ago

I have some old-fashioned people around me, and still get to burn CDs for them from time to time. I must say it's really satisfying when you eject it from the computer, freshly burnt, and play it on a good old Hi-Fi for the first time. Screw those new generation laptops that don't even have a CD player.

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#9

See-Through Electronics

See-Through Electronics

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Lauren Caswell
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3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months ago

In Germany "Was ist was"

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#12

Pencils With Cartridges

Pencils With Cartridges

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Vorknkx
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3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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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3 months 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
3 months 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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3 months 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
3 months 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
Community Member
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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.

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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
3 months 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
Community Member
3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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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3 months 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
3 months 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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3 months 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
3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months ago

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

JANA BADENAS FERNÁNDEZ
Community Member
3 months ago

my school still has one

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jamie1707
Community Member
3 months ago

They were called multi - purpose rooms when I was in school.

yes.
Community Member
3 months ago

Bruh this is still there in most schools.... cause they did not rebuild all the schools after the 90s

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
3 months ago

Depends on where you live coz we don’t have cafeterias in Australia.

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Julesoccer20
Community Member
3 months ago

Still do!

Jeff Requier
Community Member
3 months ago

the stage was in the gym,

Oscar Guerrero
Community Member
3 months ago

Same for my elementary school.

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Jim Ellington
Community Member
3 months ago

It is known as a cafetorium.

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
3 months ago

Nope, coz we don’t have cafeterias in Aus and we didn’t have a fixed stage anywhere in the school. We had these giant drama blocks that were used to make stages of various heights and sizes.

Footballgirl
Community Member
3 months ago

Yup XD it was amazing

Anna Feldman
Community Member
1 month ago

Nope i don't have it

Al Reilly
Community Member
1 month ago

& in the Gym as well!!

Anonymous Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

My new school doesn't do this, but my old school had the LGI that had a stage connect to the lunchroom. Sometimes, near the holidays, they had the mechanical wall connecting them fold up and played a christmas movie. Or to make more room for parent guests.

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
Community Member
2 months ago

Did people not?? It's a cafetorium

Scott Johnson
Community Member
3 months ago

It's technically a Cafetorium.

Hailey Hall
Community Member
3 months ago

YES

Susan Egan
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes and just about every after school activity was held there.

Rob Williams
Community Member
3 months ago

Originally it will have been an assembly hall that was used as cafeteria.

okpkpkp
Community Member
3 months ago

We did at our high school. Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, and many other bands played on that stage.

sebastian nye
Community Member
3 months ago

twas called the multi-purpose room for a reason

Lynne Moseley
Community Member
3 months ago

ours was in the gym

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
3 months ago

But we also had a Theater department with a full size stage. The "cafeteria stage" was for the bands to play for the school dances.

Tobias the Tiger
Community Member
3 months ago

I had this in the school I went to in 6th grade - there was also a projector, so that we could watch a movie every Friday. When I was younger, I also used to go to a daycare-like place over the summer, and they had a stage in the gym.

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
3 months ago

Yep. It was a double purpose room. Eat lunch (some had breakfast there) each day, school assemblies and plays were conducted other times. Cafeteria line and kitchen was in the back of the room (not shown)

hoRSefAce
Community Member
3 months ago

I have one at my current school

Not PC
Community Member
3 months ago

They called it a Cafetorium.

Dawn K
Community Member
3 months ago

No, ours was in the phys ed room in elementary and in hs it had its own room with seating.

Martha Higgins
Community Member
3 months ago

Didn't have a cafeteria or a stage in my school at all.

Anna Repp
Community Member
3 months ago

Literally my daughter's middle school.

Harley Hoglin
Community Member
3 months ago

In the school I went to for 4-7 grade not only did it have a stage but it was also the gym. You had a full basketball court, and one of those climbing ropes.

Lukas Fuhrmeister
Community Member
3 months ago

we had a stage in our gym

Ashley Conover
Community Member
3 months ago

Yep.

Melanie Crawford
Community Member
3 months ago

Ours+was+actually+the+gym,+the+auditorium,+and+the+lunchroom.+The+benches+all+folded+up+and+slid+into+storage+notches+in+the+wall+after+the+last+group+ate.++

MadMom
Community Member
3 months ago

Nope, in the '70s and '80s we had an actual auditorium in all my schools. My kids in the 2000s to '10s only had one at high school.

Hugh Walter
Community Member
3 months ago

Did anyone have a cafeteria in the theater at school?

Bubbs Art
Community Member
3 months ago

I did!

Niffler_13
Community Member
3 months ago

Cafetorium, my high school had one. Many schools still do.

Eric Napper
Community Member
3 months ago

We did but none of us knew what it was for since it was never used.

I I
Community Member
3 months ago

yes

EA
Community Member
3 months ago

Weirdly yes, it’s where the teachers would sit and eat their lunch. It was an honour being asked to serve them, you’d feel so smug being the one to carry their trays and walk across the stage. And giving them drinks. So weird thinking about this now! Why did we all want to do this in my school?!

Tara Brooks
Community Member
3 months ago

Still do

Linda Adamo
Community Member
3 months ago

we just built an elementary school in my town. looks a lot like that.

i-be-viben
Community Member
3 months ago

omg yes not even our principle knew why

Paul Lancaster
Community Member
3 months ago

Cafegymatorium. Often mentioned in "Everybody Loves Raymond".

Vanessa Woolf
Community Member
3 months ago

We do our plays on this, our school isn't that old lmao

avery31415
Community Member
3 months ago

Pretty sure everyone did.

Mary Haynes
Community Member
3 months ago

no, in the gym

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
3 months ago

Nope, we had a school hall that was also used for the canteen.

El Dee
Community Member
3 months ago

No, I think that was just you..

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
3 months ago

This isn’t still a thing?

Kiersten Beverly
Community Member
3 months ago

There was a stage in my middle school cafeteria.

Vaida Kuodytė
Community Member
3 months ago

Not in my country. But our gym was on the top (4th) floor, that's pretty damn weird.

Jenny Pugh
Community Member
3 months ago

Our school hall doubled up as a dining area at lunchtime.

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
3 months ago

If the school didn’t have a separate auditorium, then yes.

wickbits
Community Member
3 months ago

You mean the All Purpose Room? Ours was also the gym!

Among Us
Community Member
3 months ago

I still have that thing?

deanna woods
Community Member
3 months ago

There was a stage in all my school cafeterias from kindergarten to high school.

Red Hair Blue Soul
Community Member
3 months ago

Still have this in lots of schools

Josie
Community Member
3 months ago

I used to at 2 of my old schools but not anymore

Alex K
Community Member
3 months ago

wait, your schools had cafeterias?

rgr8
Community Member
3 months ago

The Cafagymatorium?

Holly Allen
Community Member
3 months ago

Lunch, plays, school dance, spelling bee, etc.

Azziza
Community Member
3 months ago

The stage at our school was in the auditorium, no stage in the lunchroom.

Emilingo
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes!

Russell Ellwardt
Community Member
3 months ago

We had an aula with stage, but no cafeteria.

IlovemydogShilo
Community Member
3 months ago

Dinner and a show. Cute.

Emilingo
Community Member
3 months ago

actually I think it was just to save money. An auditorium and a cafeteria in one.

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#39

These Battered Library Stools

These Battered Library Stools

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Kelly Murray
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3 months 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
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3 months ago

The best ice!

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