For my A to Z Challenge theme I will be posting items that are no longer with us or are close to becoming extinct.
These are great items to use if you are trying to set a time period in your story or to stay away from if you want your story to be timeless.
I am not much of a shopper but I love to shop for anything having to do with cooking and odd or unique items. I was so sad when my local Linens and Things closed down they had weird quirky items and lots of kitchen gadgets. They were very much like Bed Bath and Beyond but for some reason I liked them better. In 2008 they disappeared. In researching this post I was shocked to find they opened up again as an online retailer only in 2009 at www.LNT.com.
Leisure Suits- the name is an oxymoron. Who thinks of a suit and comfortably lounging around? They epitomize the 70s in the US. Look at all that lovely polyester.
Staying with the 1970's- Leaded gas began phasing out in the early '70s and was finally banned in the US in 1995. Lead was added to gas because it boosted the octane levels in fuel and acted as a lubricant in the soft valves seats that were in older engines. The lead was terrible for the environment, our health and caked on the spark plugs so you had to change them more frequently than you do with unleaded gas.
Lionel Corporation model trains. I seem to be stuck around the 1970's. Lionel trains were the model train. My father and uncle fought, as full grown adults, over who got to keep their childhood Lionel train set. In 1967 the company went bankrupt. There is a Lionel LLC now but it is not the same company as the Lionel Corporation that made all the model trains.
Lickable stamps- I am sure they still exist but I never see them and I certainly don't miss licking stamps. The convenience of peel and stick is wonderful and will continue to be the most prevalent form of stamps in the US. Okay so all of this is my opinion with no research but I think I am right here so I'm going with it.