THE way we communicate with each other has changed. The days of pigeon post has gone. Sitting down and writing a letter is slowly disappearing. FaceTime, text messages and Skype have encouraged us to ditch the pen and paper.
We now prefer to bash out an email instead of writing a letter – it’s quicker and no dashing to the post office for a stamp! Our email accounts get packed with stuff we ignore (with a bit of spam sneaking in). The types of post we get shoved through our letterboxes are takeaway leaflets, leaflets from estate agents and the dreaded bills that land of the hallway floor with a thud – not much fun coming through our letterboxes.
How about sending some fun and happiness through someones letterbox? Ditch the emails and text messages and show that you’ve been thinking of them. Show them that they’re worth much more than a 30 second text message riddled with predictive text errors. Pick up your pen and send the gift of nostalgia to someone today with one of our ‘Living in the Past’ themed note cards.
Design 1 strapline: Just a suggestion … there’s ample cash under the mattress for a modern television.
Yes some people did keep their hard earned cash under the mattress! Keeping cash under the mattress ensured instant, easy access. With saving interest rates scraping the barrel, the mattress maybe a good alternative (just make sure the home security is top-notch).
The four-buttoned TV that weighed a ton! BBC1, BBC2 and ITV were the only available channels back in the day.
Luckily banks are a pretty safe bet for our money these days (even if the interest rates are dire) and we have the luxury of sleek flat screen TV’s – no need for Fort Knox style home security or manually tuning in TV stations!
Suggestion for kicking off your note: ‘Do you remember the one we had? Thanks for the gift’.
Design 2 strapline: Is taping top 40 songs off the radio even legal these days?
Sunday evenings was a time when we’d listen to the top 40 and simultaneously hit the play and record button on the cassette player. We’d then have our favourite tunes recorded on a C60 or C90. You’d be labeled a thief if you did this today. Recording off the radio is considered ‘fair use’ so grab those tapes and get taping!
Suggestion for kicking off your note: ‘Cheers for the tunes and beer mate – I know you still have a few tapes knocking around …’
Design 3 strapline: I’m not fibbing – on my car I can adjust the wing mirror without winding down the window!
Years ago, wing mirrors had to adjusted manually – we’d wind down the window, twist and pull until we achieved the optimum angle. It was a tad annoying having to this whilst the rain pelted down and soaked your arm! Luckily, with modern cars, wing mirrors can be adjusted from the inside – yippee!
Suggestion for kicking off your note: ‘I think this will jog your memory … our first family car!’.
Design 4 strapline: Yes indeed … a front-loading machine also spins clothes!
The good old twin-tub washing machine. The washer occupied one side of the machine whilst the spinner occupied the other. Manually lift the clothes out of the washer into the spinner (using wooden tongs). The whole process of using one of these twin-tubs would sometimes have us sweating like a marathon runner. Luckily the modern front-loading washing machines washes and spins in one drum. The result … sweat-free washdays!
Suggestion for kicking off your note: ‘I’m glad we don’t have to use these anymore! We enjoyed our stay and being free from the usual household chores’.
Design 5 strapline: Just saying … an electric kettle also boils water to 100 degrees centigrade!
The whistling kettle still has a place in some kitchens around the country. Hearing the whilstling kettle, dashing into the steam engulfed kitchen and turning off the gas burner was usual practice many years ago – we knew the water was well and truly boiled! Today the electric kettle is more likely to be seen in our kitchens – it boils water without whistling … and no sprinting needed to rescue it from the hob!
Suggestion for kicking off your note: ‘Thanks for the coffee – looking forward to catching up soon …’
Buy your Living in the Past note cards using the links below (the links will not take you to any dodgy sites … you’ll stay on the current retrohen site so don’t panic)
Nostalgic box of 5 cards in nostalgic green here: Living in the Past greeting cards – Box of 5
Nostalgic box of 12 cards in nostalgic turquoise here: Living in the Past Greeting cards – 12 boxed cards
A bit more info
5 x A6 sized boxed cards (one of each design) in nostalgic green.
12 x A6 sized boxed cards (3 x design 2,3,4 and 5) in nostalgic turquoise
The cards are blank inside for your own nostalgic/retro greeting or message.
Update: We’ve shifted out of the yester-years and can now ship to customers worldwide!