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Through the Eyes of a Child

Posted on April 27, 2011 by team


A curious experiment. Today’s children talk about old things which were actively used by representatives of older generations in Russia.

General Telephone GTE. USA, 1970’s.

Mathew, 8 years old: “I could not understand for a long time how to dial a number on this machine, because I had never seen it before. I tried to call home but all the time I got the wrong number or heard the busy tone. I was confused with the fact that there were no buttons on the phone. I also tried to text several times but then I realized that it was impossible. Please, can someone explain to me what for are these letters next to the figures?”

Cassette Player Sony Walkman WM-FX 151. Japan, 1990’s.

Yegor, 7 years old: “It is a small radio set. It looks like a little book. The most amazing thing is a small player where cassettes are inserted. It is difficult to find and open it, if you don’t know what exactly this device is for. All this reminds of a music box. It’s rather hard to deal with buttons, but I managed to do it: “Insert” is a right triangle, “Stop” – two vertical lines. But what do the box and the upper triangle in a circle mean? Strange symbols. I see them for the first time.”

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3 Responses to “Through the Eyes of a Child”

  1. OLUT says:

    That’s great! I liked the red darkroom light the best, they really had no idea.

  2. Musa says:

    I wish I had both the gramophone and the other hand cranked record player.

    Don’t they do the same thing on the Antiques Road Show or some show like it?

    The children have good ideas about the object they were given to explain.

  3. marxistworker says:

    I still have record players, a bunch of 45s and albums, a rotary phone, and an old 1946 Bendix radio.

    • opticalsound says:

      If you turn on the Bendix radio, do you hear Dino singing “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow?”

  4. xoxo says:

    Oh, this post is AWESOME!!

  5. Left SR says:

    Record players are cool. Thanks, Edison.

  6. opticalsound says:

    I used to have a pocket transistor radio. I’d take it to school and put the earphone wire (only for one ear of course, no stereo) up thru my shirt or jacket and then my long hair would conceal the wire going into my ear. Passed many a day listening to AM rock and daydreaming looking out the classroom window.

  7. L.S.Zlatopolsky says:

    First: To say: Youngins need to git edgeecated. ;-)

  8. Alan says:

    I particularly liked: Where is the “enter” key?

  9. allyako says:

    The way a childs thought process works is NEAT :D

  10. allyako says:

    The way a child’s thought process works is NEAT :D

  11. FührerBunker.AT says:

    F. Bunker here.

    Best article since years! realy kool!

  12. George Johnson says:

    I like this one also. It’s always great to see into a child’s mind.

    It’s funny thinking these things were advanced instead of retro…. I like it!

  13. Adolfo Camara says:

    They sure dressed those kids elegantly for the experiment.

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