1. Brown paper and twine wrapped mailing packages.
Much more visually appealing than the modern boxes, don’t you think? And the twine made them easier to carry as well.
2. Fountain Pens
They are so much more elegant than a plastic ballpoint pen. They should be the pen of choice when writing letters and doing official documents. I remember when we learned to write in first and second grade, we had to earn the right to use a fountain pen. Until our writing was good enough, we had to use a pencil. And it was fun to exchange the ink cartridges.
3. Neapolitan Ice Cream
In the 1800’s Neapolitan Ice Cream was considered an extravagant treat. Three flavors-strawberry, vanilla and chocolate-side by side. Growing up in Germany I remember the German-American Friendship fests on base, during this time the public was allowed to come on base and Neapolitan Ice Cream was the ice cream of choice being sold. Germans would love it and bring coolers to buy as much as they could, to freeze at home for enjoyment later on.
4. Old fashioned ice bags
Anyone ever having a headache can relate to this-the modern ice packs or bags of frozen peas are cold and wet and need to be wrapped in a towel to use. These old bags are softer and conform better to different body parts. Plus, they are much more stylish.
Anyone traveling a lot will benefit from buying a postcard as a momento, especially when your camera brakes or you are out of film. It is also a nice way to share with family members and friends. Even in this digital age there are some people who don’t know how to use the Internet to look at your uploaded photos and a postcard is easier than printing out pictures and mailing them to Grandma. I have actually been to places where the only place to find a postcard was at the airport.
What is your favorite thing that should make a comeback?
You can find these and more memorable things in Lesley Blumes new book ‘Let’s bring back’, available at B&N.