Are You Able To Pass This Vintage Items Quiz? Most Can’t!

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Thank goodness for modern technology! Having to deal with everyday life matters are way more comfortable to deal with then it used to be. For example, you don’t have to hand clean your clothes on a washboard anymore. You also don’t need to spin the rotary phone ten times anymore to make a call, thankfully. We’ve come a long way, but we wouldn’t be where we are without the basics. Today, we’re so beyond those items many people couldn’t even name them if they saw it. Take this quiz and see if you are able correctly to guess what these vintage items are.

What would you call this contraption?

Retry Correct Incorrect The correct answer for this is carpet beater. It looks like a flyswatter and you probably could have used it for that. But this is primarily for beating the dust out of carpets.
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What would you call this contraption?

  • Flyswatter
  • Carpet beater
  • Embroiderer
  • Incense
0%

What is this vintage item called?

Retry Correct Incorrect This item right here is nothing more than a classic coffee grinder. It almost passes for a huge pepper grinder, but not quite. Many people used to have coffee grinders mounted to their kitchen walls.
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What is this vintage item called?

  • Jack-in-the-box
  • Pepper grinder
  • Cookie jar
  • Coffee grinder
3%

These portable and versatile items were called what?

Retry Correct Incorrect These are mainly used as washboards. They also can be used as a live musical instrument. They were very versatile and of course, useful. Modern washing machines are much less labor-intensive though.
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Gie Knaeps/Getty Images

These portable and versatile items were called what?

  • Air filter
  • Scratching post
  • Backscratcher
  • Washboard
5%

What is she holding?

Retry Correct Incorrect That’s a whole lot of floppy disks in her hand. You would insert these into your computer and they would pull up your saved files. These used to be very commonplace but it’s rare to see them now.
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What is she holding?

  • Math squares
  • TV video clips
  • Physical MP3’s
  • Floppy Disks
8%

This device looks interesting. What is it?

Retry Correct Incorrect A device with an airbag that releases air when squeezed together is called a bellows. It was usually for blowing air into a fire. Bellows are also used in old photography. A camera bellows is the pleated and expandable part.
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This device looks interesting. What is it?

  • Paddle
  • Blow horn
  • Bellows
  • Gun case
10%

These were used before refrigerators.

Retry Correct Incorrect As plain as the name sounds, these were simply called iceboxes. The refrigerator was a great upgrade in that department. Now we even have portable iceboxes to keep our food cold on the go.
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These were used before refrigerators.

  • Cooled cabinets
  • Water heater
  • Icebox
  • Air-conditioned box
13%

Here’s a black square… but what is it?

Retry Correct Incorrect This is a VHS tape. These old bricks predated the popular DVD. You had to rewind them after each viewing or it would pick up where you last watched it. They even made special rewinders for this task.
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Here’s a black square… but what is it?

  • Water container
  • VHS
  • Furniture holder
  • Clock battery
15%

This looks like a contraption from a scary film. What is it?

Retry Correct Incorrect Surprisingly, this device isn’t a bear trap. It’s an old-school toaster, believe it or not. Thank goodness for the safety and convenience of the modernized toasters we have now.
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This looks like a contraption from a scary film. What is it?

  • Bear trap
  • Muzzle
  • A knife sharpener
  • Toaster
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What could this be?

Retry Correct Incorrect Some grandparents may still use one of these at home. It’s a classic sewing machine. Be careful, however, if you try to use one. You don’t want to put a stitch in your finger.
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What could this be?

  • Sewing machine.
  • Stamp machine
  • Button maker
  • Pencil sharpener
20%

We know what it looks like, but what do you think it is?

Retry Correct Incorrect It’s not a word processor but it kind of looks like one. This is actually an old dot matrix printer. Many people remember pulling the perforated edges of the paper off once a job had finished printing.
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We know what it looks like, but what do you think it is?

  • Scanner
  • Heart monitor
  • Word processor
  • Old dot matrix printer
23%

Wow, this looks cool. What is the machine she’s using?

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Retry Correct Incorrect It’s a typewriter! This one happens to be attached to the chair if you’re wondering why it looks different. It also has a built-in light and headphones. How very modern.
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Wow, this looks cool. What is the machine she’s using?

  • Headphone holder
  • Typewriter
  • Music chair
  • Electric chair
25%

What is this obscurity called?

Retry Correct Incorrect This is called a stamp holder. Hopefully, the labels didn’t give it away. These days when someone needs a stamp, they’re usually the self-inking type so you don’t need a separate ink pad.
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What is this obscurity called?

  • Spinning address book
  • Stamp holder
  • Reminder clips
  • Calendar notes
28%

There were a lot of box-shaped objects back then. What is this one?

Retry Correct Incorrect This is one of the early videocassette recorder (VCR) machines. They were used to play the VHS tapes you saw earlier. The first VCR was made available to the public in 1956.
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There were a lot of box-shaped objects back then. What is this one?

  • Cable streamer
  • VCR
  • Autonomous voicemail recorder
  • Music box
30%

Focus on that giant red and blue device. Its an oversized version of what?

Retry Correct Incorrect It looks like it could easily be a rollerblade wheel replacement but this was called a typewriter eraser. The erasers were made of abrasive rubber. This sculpture called “Typewriter Eraser, Scale X” is located in Seattle, Washington.
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Focus on that giant red and blue device. Its an oversized version of what?

  • Ink replacement
  • Typewriter eraser
  • Feather duster
  • Rollerblade wheel replacement
33%

This is the vintage version of what?

Retry Correct Incorrect If you guessed hole puncher then sorry. This is a classic stapler. Henry R. Heyl invented the modern stapler, although there were earlier versions. Heyl filed the patent in 1877.
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Bob Olsen/Toronto Star via Getty Images

This is the vintage version of what?

  • Hole Puncher
  • Laminator
  • Bookmark creator
  • Stapler
35%

These devices aren’t commonly seen today.

Retry Correct Incorrect This is the classic answering machine! If it was blinking with a red light then you knew you had a message waiting for you. Today most people use voicemail (or text messages) to let someone know they reached out.
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These devices aren’t commonly seen today.

  • Radio
  • Voice recorder
  • TV audio extension
  • Answering machine
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Now, these are some interesting looking items.

Retry Correct Incorrect If you live in a cold climate without heating, bed warmers were a must! After warming up stones in the fire, you’d carefully place them in this invention and tuck it under the covers for warmth.
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Now, these are some interesting looking items.

  • Earring case
  • Earrings
  • Bed warmer
  • Talismans
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These are few and far between these days. What is the proper name?

Retry Correct Incorrect Correct. These are called gas lamps. These historical-looking light fixtures aren’t as safe as lighting options we have today, but they’re quite beautiful on the street and are still used in some parts of the country.
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These are few and far between these days. What is the proper name?

  • Fire lamp
  • Gas lamp
  • Lamppost
  • Electric lamp
43%

These were the first type of what?

Retry Correct Incorrect The Kelvinator was the first form of a refrigerator. Its name was a nod to the mathematical physicist and engineer William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin. He developed the concept of absolute zero temperature.
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These were the first type of what?

  • Ice chest
  • Refrigerators
  • BBQ grill
  • Air conditioning
45%

This shouldn’t be too hard to guess. What is the device?

Retry Correct Incorrect These are called record players. They are still made and used today. In fact, they’ve experienced a comeback and many bands release their albums on vinyl these days. The phonograph was first invented by Thomas Edison in 1877.
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Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

This shouldn’t be too hard to guess. What is the device?

  • TV adapter
  • CD player
  • Radio adapter
  • Record player
48%

The bottom half of this bottle is cut off. What type of bottle is this?

Retry Correct Incorrect That bottle is a milk bottle. They would be delivered by the milkman on your doorstep. These will always be a classic vintage item. You can still get milk delivered to your home in some areas but it will cost you a pretty penny.
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The bottom half of this bottle is cut off. What type of bottle is this?

  • Milk bottle
  • Orange juice bottle
  • Molasses Bottle
  • Prescription pills bottle
50%

What is that stick-like item in her hand?

Retry Correct Incorrect The correct answer for this is button hook. They are used to help close buttoned shoes, gloves, or any other type of clothing. You can watch tutorials about how to use a button hook on YouTube.
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What is that stick-like item in her hand?

  • Shoe pick
  • Shoelace knotter
  • Button hook
  • Shoelace setter
53%

Music lovers might know what these are.

Retry Correct Incorrect Before CDs came into existence, people could listen to music with cassette tapes. They are made to both record and playback music. The Philips company introduced these in 1963. Cassettes overtook vinyl in popularity in the late 1970s.
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Music lovers might know what these are.

  • Loom
  • Mimeograph
  • Hackler
  • Cassette tapes
55%

What is this vintage item?

Retry Correct Incorrect This is a transistor radio. It was a small portable radio receiver using transistor-based circuitry. After their introduction to the public, transistor radios became the most popular electronic communication devices in history, changing the way people listen to music forever.
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Jamie Hodgson/Getty Images

What is this vintage item?

  • Transistor radio
  • The first portable credit card swipe device
  • Police transmitter
  • Loom
58%

What is the name of this book?

Retry Correct Incorrect This book is referred to as the yellow pages. Before people had Google, the yellow pages provided you with the number you needed. The Yellow Pages were for business, and Whitepages were residential.
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Gordon Chibroski/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

What is the name of this book?

  • 1-800-Yellow book
  • The Yellow Pages
  • The Kelley Blue Book
  • Little black book
60%

What is this vintage item?

Retry Correct Incorrect This puppy is a vintage TV remote. They’ve come a long way from looking like this and are more convenient to use. Before remotes came along, people had to – gasp – walk across the living room to change the channel.
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Photo by Chicago History Museum/Getty Images

What is this vintage item?

  • Ceiling fan control
  • Garage opener
  • TV remote
  • Alarm system remote
63%

What could this item be?

Retry Correct Incorrect This item is called a chamber pot. People used these in the late night to relieve themselves to avoid having to go to the outhouse in the dark. Nicknames for chamber pots include “thunder pots,” “Jordans,” “guzunders,” and “jerrys.”
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Museum of London/Heritage Images/Getty Images

What could this item be?

  • Cold brew coffee pot
  • Water collector
  • Juice jug
  • Chamber pot
65%

These are so old-fashioned they might come back in style soon.

Retry Correct Incorrect This is a desktop card index that holds addresses, numbers, names and whatever else you could think of. Smartphones and computer apps are more commonly used now. Not many people know phone numbers by heart anymore.
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These are so old-fashioned they might come back in style soon.

  • Spinning calender
  • Rolodex
  • Dewey Decimal System
  • Card catalog
68%

This one is called a what?

Retry Correct Incorrect This is an early model of an 8-track tape recorder. It is an analog device that both records and plays back. It used a reel or cassette for storage. This particular model is an AKAI 61 D.
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This one is called a what?

  • Turntable
  • Collins
  • 8-track
  • Cable box
70%

This is what?

Retry Correct Incorrect This is an early version of a clothespin. They’re still used today for hanging clothes to dry on a line, but modern versions usually feature a spring to make the clasp more secure.
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Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images

This is what?

  • Tin snips
  • Horse clip
  • Wood pick
  • Clothespin
73%

What it this vintage item called?

Retry Correct Incorrect This ancient-looking device is an iron. And now you know where it gets its name: because it initially was made of iron. Before electric versions were invented, people would heat their irons in a fire before pressing their clothing.
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What it this vintage item called?

  • Iron
  • Water warmer
  • Hair straightener
  • Embroiderer
75%

In this illustration, the focus is on the spiked area. What is this process?

Retry Correct Incorrect This is called heckling. It is the last step in dressing flax or prepping fibers to be spun. In this step, the flax is run through combs that straighten it and remove any impurities. After heckling, the flax is ready to be spun!
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In this illustration, the focus is on the spiked area. What is this process?

  • Papermaking
  • Hay straightening
  • Heckling
  • Wool combing
78%

This isn’t an iPhone. What is it?

Retry Correct Incorrect This is the classic rotary phone. You have to spin it instead of pressing the buttons and it made a really cool sound when you did. These phones still had dial tones, too, something else people might miss.
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This isn’t an iPhone. What is it?

  • Spin dial phone
  • Rotary phone
  • Circle phone
  • Two-ringed phone
80%

What would you call this vintage item?

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Retry Correct Incorrect The correct answer is a mimeograph. The mimeograph is a low-cost duplicating machine. It forces ink through a stencil onto paper. Many people fondly remember the smell that a mimeograph machine left on printed paper.
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What would you call this vintage item?

  • Braille printer
  • Mimeograph
  • Braille reader
  • Printer
83%

What is this fancy-looking thing?

Retry Correct Incorrect This is an inkwell. They are used to dip the ends of pins in before writing to provide the pen with ink. Desks in schools used to come equipped with holes that would hold the students’ inkwells.
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De Agostini Picture Library/De Agostini/Getty Images

What is this fancy-looking thing?

  • Utensil holder
  • Inkwell
  • Pen case
  • Office supply box
85%

What is this complex box called?

Retry Correct Incorrect This is not the Sega Genesis but the Atari system! The first Atari game, Pong, was released in 1977. Hours of gaming ensued whenever an Atari system was booted up. There are virtual reality games now… imagine that.
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What is this complex box called?

  • Atari System
  • Sega Genesis
  • Nintendo 64
  • Sega Dreamcast
88%

What is this classic item?

Retry Correct Incorrect This little countertop box is called a bread box. They aren’t used as often today but used to be quite popular. They come in all types of designs and help to keep bread fresh.
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Bettmann / Contributor

What is this classic item?

  • Butter holder
  • Bread box
  • Flower box
  • Cookie tin
90%

This looks like another ancient device. What is it?

Retry Correct Incorrect This is a loom. Looms are for weaving fabric. These machines can be dated back to the 5th-millennium bc. They have stood the test of time for quite a while.
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George Konig/Keystone Features/Getty Images

This looks like another ancient device. What is it?

  • Paper filer
  • Violin string maker
  • Metal wire maker
  • Loom
93%

What do you call this?

Retry Correct Incorrect A phonograph is for the mechanical recording and reproduction of sound. This might remind you of a record player but they have different functions. A phonograph, later called a gramophone, used cylinders to record and play sound.
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Ron Case/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

What do you call this?

  • Hornblower
  • Phonograph
  • Intercom
  • News device
95%

This little device is what?

Retry Correct Incorrect This is the classic (and loud) pencil sharpener. Equipped with a manual turning handle, many miss using this old form of sharpening pencils. Remember the pile of shavings that would pile up after a good sharpening?
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Edmund D. Fountain for The Washington Post via Getty Images

This little device is what?

  • Knife sharpener
  • Hole punch
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Notary device
98%

Congrats, you finished! Here are your results:

Congrats, you finished! Here are your results:

Retry It’s ok, we don’t see these items very often. Decent score but could be way better. You know a lot more than others. Great job! That score is amazing.
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