Do you ever find yourself reminiscing about the past? A time when phones had cords, music came from tapes, and the internet was just a vague concept? Well, there's no need to miss it too much because we've gathered some of the best photos to transport you back in time. These little bundles of humor and nostalgia will have you giggling while reflecting on the good ol' days, so keep reading to see some of the best retro images out there.
Kids These Days Want the iPhone - When We Were Younger, We Just Wanted the Crayola 64
All we needed for a great time was a good box of Crayola 64, and with those sixty-four different shades of crayons, coloring was pure bliss. Remember staring at those beautiful colors, trying to decide which ones you would use for your scribbled masterpiece? Yeah, we do too. Let's also not forget the satisfaction of the trusty built-in crayon sharpener, where getting that perfect pointy tip turned into an actual hobby for every single kid.
Kids these days want fancy phones and tablets with endless apps and games, but back in our day, we didn't need any technology to keep us properly entertained in the crayon age.
Our Version of Video Games
Nothing was better than pumping the water through Waterful Ring Toss and catching the plastic rings on the spikes. It was a staple of every 90s kid's childhood, and thankfully, they still exist today. We'd spent hours trying to catch all the rings, and doing it successfully felt like winning the kid lottery. Although, losing a ring down the drain was a pure heartbreak- the first of many adult ones to come.
There was once a time when parents dragged their kids to the dentist's office, only for them to look forward to one thing- getting these as a prize at the end of the visit.
We Can Literally Smell This Photo
The classic smell of Play-Doh was a precursor to the hours of fun that would happen as soon as you sat down at the kitchen table. Also, as much as you've always denied it- we've all gone in for a taste or two of the bright-colored stuff as kids. Whether your hours were spent molding the colorful blobs or making pizza and dinosaurs, nothing was greater than the spaghetti maker tool.
Play-Doh still happens to be the staple of every childhood, even for kids growing up today. It's hard to forget that distinct smell that hit you when the container opened.
Historians Now Believe That at One Time, Approximately 93.1% of Americans Had This Alarm Clock on Their Nightstand
This alarm clock is a familiar sight, and that lovely, soothing sound that woke you up every morning in a nails-on-a-chalkboard way is forever etched in our brains. No matter how much we resented waking up to this thing every day, it was always there for us day in and day out. You might even be able to still find one at your grandparent's house if you look hard enough.
Ah, the classic brown alarm clock we know and love. You really couldn't walk into a single house without seeing one of these bad boys sitting on a nightstand or dresser.
Kids Nowadays Will Never Have to Experience the Frustration of Dealing With This
There was once a time when kids had to spend what felt like hours untangling the cursed phone chord, only to have it get tangled up again five minutes later. Let's also not forget about the joys of trying to have a private conversation while your parent could listen in on the other line. With the current endless wireless technology, all we can do is sit and feel just a bit jealous.
Kids today will really never know the struggle of untangling the cord of a landline phone, especially since every single one that they've encountered has never even needed a chord.
Playing Bingo With These Was the Best Part of the School Day
These neon-colored plastic bingo counters are hard to forget. You would use them to mark off the numbers on a bingo card- which was definitely the game of the century at the time. The best part was being able to stack them just right, only for them to topple over with the slightest movement. Also, let's not forget the satisfying clicking sound they made on the board as you marked a number off.
Thankfully, these classic bingo board counters still just might be the staple of every community center and retirement home to this very day, and we're not really complaining about that.
This Is What iTunes Used to Look Like
This was certainly the most fragile of all music libraries, but truly nonetheless nostalgic. There's no denying that you'd never know if you were going to hit a bump in the road only to have your entire music collection become a pile of shattered disks. But there was just something so fun about flipping through the endless pages before eventually finding that one CD that you just had to listen to while driving.
It's true- once upon a time, music libraries were nothing more than a massive case of CDs that we still managed to take around with us regardless of the weight.
Kids Today With Their Fortnites and Black Ops - Y'all Wouldn't Even Make It Past the Kansas River
There was once a time when you spent hours huddled around an old computer, typing out your wagon train's journey westward while trying to avoid diseases like dysentery and surviving through treacherous rivers. The Oregon Trail was a game of strategy, perseverance, and pure luck, so it's hard not to feel a twinge of nostalgia when seeing what other kids are playing nowadays. Nothing beats the thrill of surviving a wagon train journey.
Back in our day, we didn't have fancy battle royale games like Fortnite or Call of Duty. No, we have something far more challenging and dangerous: The Oregon Trail disks.
Blocking Someone in the 90's
The 90s was certainly a simpler time when there was no need to navigate through menus or figure out complicated settings if you wanted to block someone. There was just a simple, foolproof method that required nothing more than a flick of the wrist. Moving the phone from the receiver wasn't exactly discreet, but it was definitely an effective foolproof method that had a very certain yet satisfying finality to it.
Oh, the good old days of phone blocking. Back in the 90s, if you wanted to avoid talking to someone, all you had to do was lift the receiver off the hook.
When Everyone Had a Sticker Collection
Whether it was scratch-and-sniff or sparkly, having a sticker collection was like a status symbol in elementary school. The more Lisa Frank stickers you had, the cooler you were. Of course, let's not forget about the trading where these things became a literal currency, so much so that kids would start whispering and making deals just to snag their favorite sticker before the end of the school day.
If you grew up in the 90s or before, there's a good chance you had a sticker collection. In other words, a giant binder filled with shiny and sparkly stickers.
Kids These Days Will Never Know the Thrill of Picking up Your Disposable Photos
Back in our day, we had to wait days or even weeks to see the results of our picture-taking efforts, while today, it's more like seconds. From dropping off the rolls of film at the local drugstore and anxiously waiting for it to be ready, there was a pretty high chance that only half of them turned out decent. That moment of finally opening that package was like Christmas morning.
Kids these days will really never know the thrill of opening up a fresh pack of newly printed Kodak photos, and that's just something we're going to have to accept.
And Here We Always Thought These Were Just Hundreds of Towels
If you didn't know the truth until now, you might feel like your entire childhood was a lie. That's okay, though, because everyone's mind is blown once finding out the truth. Those towel displays were so big and fluffy that it really was hard to imagine that they weren't just filled with an endless amount of towels. Nowadays, we know better, but we can't help but still feel a twinge of disappointment.
Finding out that behind these towels were nothing more than foam holders was like discovering that the tooth fairy wasn't really all over again, and it did kind of hurt.
Nothing Beats "The Land Before Time"
Pretty much everyone's favorite movie growing up was The Land Before Time. From cute animals to adventure and a heart-wrenching scene or two, it's got everything a kid could ever want in a movie. Also, we feel the need to point out the catchy theme song that you likely still remember the words to. Modern animation has come a long way, but nothing can compare to an emotional dinosaur rollercoaster like this one.
Do you know what's better than watching a bunch of CGI dinosaurs running around? Watching a bunch of hand-drawn dinosaurs running around on a very large yet low-quality television screen.
Circling All the Stuff Our Moms Would Never Buy Us
Nothing was more fun than turning on your favorite Kelly Clarkson album and spending hours flipping through catalogs to circle all the toys and gadgets you desperately wanted. Of course, what came next was presenting those circles to your parents will all the subtlety of a bull in a china shop. No matter how much effort went into begging and pleading, mom and dad never seemed to get you a single thing.
The classic 90s magazine circle wishlist will never compare to today's regular lists. Also, doing this was just so much more fun than spending hours making an internet wishlist on Amazon.
They Weren't Even That Great of Markers but We HAD to Have This
The only memory this art package brings is of dried-out markers, crusty paints, and pastels that were more like chalk than anything remotely artistic. But the truth is, we didn't care one bit. We were too busy pretending to be Picasso with our broken crayons and brittle colored pencils. Although, there's no doubt that this same box was the symbol of childhood optimism, where truly anything felt possible when you got a hold of this thing.
This really was like a treasure chest filled with the great promise of creative masterpieces and rainbow-colored dreams. The only issue is nothing here ever really worked at all.
Things Every 80s Kid Had to Have
The playground of the 80s was ruled by basically every item you see in this picture. Every kid had to have cassette tapes, and let's not get started with that Game Boy Color. Back then, you'd spend your entire allowance on blank tapes to record songs off the radio. What was even better was strutting around with those bulky headphones and fast-forwarding through the boring parts of every single song.
There were many wonders in the 80s, so many in fact that it's truly hard to count. Cassette tapes, walkmans, and the first Game Boy Color certainly fall under that category.
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Who remembers the days of pressing the "2" button three times just to get to the letter "C"? If you wanted to type "LOL," you'd truly have to go through a marathon of pressing other buttons about twenty times to spell out the three letter word. We didn't really know what the future had in store for us, so we were flying through those words faster than a genius with a Rubix cube.
Today's high-tech teens will never know the joy of trying to compose a text message with only nine keys, like a texting game of Twister for your teenage-cramping fingertips.
Every 80s Child Knows the Pain of Getting Branded by One of These Seat Belts on a Hot Summer Day
If you grew up in the 80s, it's hard to forget about the times you'd crawl into the car while mom was loading up the truck on a hot day, hoping she didn't notice that you were avoiding the boiling metal seatbelt. Of course, she told you to put it on as soon as she hopped in, where we all had to basically face the absolute inevitable- the burning hot seatbelt.
Everyone 80s kid sure knows the agony of getting branded by those scorching hot buckles on a Summer day while struggling to find a cool spot on the same seat.
This Picture Just Got Stuck to the Roofs of Our Mouths
Taking a bite of the classic Wonder Bread sandwich was like a delicious game of ham and cheese roulette, never knowing when a bit of the fluffy stuff would turn into a sticky mess in your mouth. Regardless, our parents kept making it, and we ate it because it was delicious. Throwing peanut butter and jelly into those bad boys made it even more of a mouth trap, but nonetheless, absolutely tasty.
Wonder Bread really was iconic, and we all loved it as kids, but it's also perfectly fine to admit that it always stuck to the roof of your mouth like glue.
These Didn't Work but We Still Loved Them
These were created to erase mistakes, but they were as effective as using a spoon to dig a giant hole. Every time you'd try to erase something, you usually earned up with a bigger mess than before. Whether it was smudges, tears, or erasing shaving all over our paper- there's no denying that we still really loved these things. It's true; kids back then simply couldn't get enough of fruit-shaped erasers.
These classic fruit-shaped erasers were the peak of the 90s- they were like little colorful grenades, ready to blow up your homework since all they did was destroy the paper.
The Bedtime Storyteller of the Late 80s
Despite the mysterious nature of "Tales From the Crypt," many kids still eagerly tuned in for the scary bedtime stories, finding comfort in the comedy and satisfying endings. From the cackling commentary to the twisted tales themselves, the show really did provide a unique form of entertainment that also happened to spook most of its young viewers. Yet somehow, it was still the perfect thing to fall asleep to because of the stories.
Kids in the late 80s and 90s grew up with the popular horror series "Tales From the Crypt," which featured chilling stories but still made you go to bed happy.
You Knew It Was Going to Be a Good Day When You Went to Choose a New Lunchbox
There aren't many joys in our current day and age that can compare to ones from the 80s or 90s, and this was certainly one of them. The real excitement of picking out a new lunchbox for the school year was all the awesome characters and designs we could choose from. From Power Rangers to Ninja Turtles, we were definitely spoiled for choice, and that shopping day was always a really great one.
The design on your lunchbox was ultimately a status symbol on the playground, and we knew well that picking the right one meant becoming the envy of all your classmates.
Our Heads Hurt Just Looking at These
Ouch, our heads really do hurt just from looking at this picture- mainly because it brings back way too many pain-filled memories. These things looked cool but were simply uncomfortable, and if your hair was curly, the pain was about ten times worse. We honestly didn't mind the discomfort, and if we did, it's not like your parents would let you take it off anyway- regardless of the killer headache.
The bubble ponytail holders in this picture, made by Kid Zone, really were the epitome of 80s and 90s hair accessories- cute, colorful, collectible, and also undeniably kind of painful.
We Don't Know What the Purpose of These Was, but Every Kid Had One
Koosh balls didn't light up or make noise, and they certainly didn't do anything useful, but there wasn't a single kid who didn't love them. Maybe it was the satisfying squishiness of the little rubber stands or the way they bounced around like hyperactive jellyfish. Or perhaps it was just the joy of being part of the Koosh club- everyone had one, and if you didn't, you were seriously missing out on the fun.
These Koosh toys from back in the day were like the Kardashians of the toy world- they were everywhere, but nobody truly knew why since they didn't really do much.
This Squad Was Always There to Cheer Us up
With their brightly colored fur, the Care Bears could turn even the grumpiest of frowns upside down. If you were having a bad day, all you'd have to do was pop in a VHS tape of the Care Bears in action, and everything was simply ten times better. It was like having an instant team of fluffy therapists 24/7. If only adult life were as simple as summoning a bunch of cartoon bears for happiness.
The Care Bear Squad was really the ultimate mood-booster for kids, and let's not forget about those bears you could buy in the store that came with their own scents.
Who Else Remembers These?
These colorful butterfly clips were more than just a fashion statement- they were basically a way of life. You really couldn't go anywhere back in the day without seeing at least one person with a butterfly clip in their hair. They were like the Furbies of the hair accessory world- cute, colorful, and pretty much impossible not to want. Let's not even get started on the endless possibilities when it comes to styling your hair with these clips.
These really were the ultimate fashion sense because there was no need for a fancy dress or a stylish handbag when you could just pop a few of these in your hair.
Back in Our Day, Televisions Were Straight Out of the Tree
Once upon a time, someone took a piece of furniture, slapped a screen on it, and called it a television. Thankfully, technology has evolved since then to a point where wood and television don't always have to come together. Since these were unique for the era, we certainly can't forget the antenna situation. Those were like a science experiment gone wrong. Position it just right, and you might have possibly been able to watch your favorite show clearly.
The old televisions that we all knew and loved were massive, boxy, and looked like they were sculpted straight out of a wooden tree. In other words- slabs with screens.
Raise Your Hand if You Ever Had a Swatch Watch
Let's be honest here; Swatch Watches were more than just a timepiece- they were a fashion statement. With their bright colors and funky designs, they were the perfect way to show off your general sense of style. If you were really cool, you have a collection of them and one for every outfit. The greatest thing was that they were waterproof; you could swim, shower, and do just about everything with one of these on.
If you didn't have one, you weren't as cool as everyone else. It was like a right of passage- you hit a certain age, and boom, you've got a Swatch Watch.
Only the It Girls Remember Sticking These to Their Earlobes When They Were 6
There really was nothing better than opening up a fresh pack of stick-on earrings that came with a pair for every day of the month. Monday? Time to stick on a yellow star earring. Tuesday? Let's go for the blue heart. Every morning was like a mini-game show where you'd try to match the right earring with the correct day of the week- but you were lucky if these actually stayed on for half the day.
Stick-on earrings were the perfect accessory for any girl who wanted to jazz up her earlobes without the commitment of actual piercing with just about double the amount of fun.
Which One Did You Choose?
There was once a time when you could choose from various options while playing solitaire online. There was the classic fish card, the vines, and the beach- it really did feel like the limited choices were endless. If you were really feeling wild, you might have even gone for the super cool robot. Choosing a design was like a mini fashion show for your computer screen where half the fun was picking a card.
Playing solitaire and choosing a card design for the back of an old and clunky computer was the ultimate time-waster for anyone stuck at a desk with nothing to do.
Pimp My Ride, 90s Edition
The tiny plastic beads seen here were like a miniature disco party on your ride, and they also happened to make the coolest sound as your rode around the neighborhood. They came in a wide variety of colors and shapes, and the more beads you had, the cooler you probably thought you were. The best part was that they almost always flew right off whenever you would hit the smallest bump in the road.
If you were a kid with a bike in the 90s, chances are you had a secret weapon to make your ride stand out from the rest- useless plastic beads.
Who Else Remembers These Books?
We didn't have fancy video games or smartphones to keep us entertained like today's kids. Instead, we had books. The greatest of them all was the Miss Nelson series- and everyone absolutely loved them. We'd eagerly flip through the pages, wondering if we'd finally catch a glimpse of the elusive Viola Swamp. Of course, who could forget about those awesome illustrations? Everything about it was like a hug but in the form of a book.
You know you're an actual 90s kid when you can still recite the entire "Miss Nelson is Missing" book by heart to this very day- and it's excellent every time.
When Do We Think These Will Come Back in Style?
These clamshell hair clips are one accessory we can all agree that they need to make a comeback, regardless of how painful they are if you accidentally get caught in one. Those spikes were also like tiny little torture devices for your scalp if you wore them for too long, but that didn't stop us. With the current rise of punk and grunge, there's really never been a better time for these to make a return.
There is no doubt that the past has been a time of questionable fashion choices and even more questionable hairstyles and accessories- but these clips really weren't all that bad.
Never Forget Where You Came From
Our minds are filled with memories of opening up one of these $1.99 packages with glee, excited to break them open to see what was inside. Usually, you'd end up pulling out a tiny plastic perfume bottle that smelled like pure plastic and a nail file that was just about as effective as sandpaper. Nevertheless, your day was absolutely made when mom or dad came home with one of these as a present.
Every kid who grew up a few decades ago knows exactly what we're talking about- those cheap plastic toys that promised the world but delivered minutes of fun before breaking.
The Infamous Smurf TV Dinner Trays
The real magic within these bright blue trays wasn't the food; it was simply the smurfs themselves. Those little blue characters captured the hearts of kids with their cute innocent faces. Looking back, it's easy to see why these dinner trays were so popular. Not only were they cute and convenient- they were fun, and of course, there isn't really anything better than eating in front of your favorite television show.
These Smurf TV dinner trays were the pinnacle of culinary sophistication in the eyes of every 80s kid and their grandparents. Who needs plates when you can eat off cartoon characters?
Nothing Felt More Powerful Than Having One of These on a Long Road Trip
It was the ultimate power move to strut onto a long trip with your trusty companion in hand- that companion being this portable DVD player that had the lowest resolution ever. As you click to open the DVD player and pop in your favorite movie, you can almost feel the envy of your fellow travelers radiating off you like heat from a freshly baked pizza. At least, that's what you thought at eight years old.
The early 2000s was a time of matching tracksuits, flip phones, and of course, the almighty portable DVD player that was always accompanied by a binder of your favorite movies.
People Who Loved These Are Now Into Crypto
Remember the good old days of the late 90s and early 2000s when you'd rip open a bag of chips and pray to the snack gods that you'd find a shiny Tazo inside? For those who don't know, Tazos were small plastic disks that came in chip packets and were the currency of your elementary school playground. If you had a rare one, you were basically one of the coolest kids in town.
If you were a Tazo-loving kid who was continually trading and collecting them, it's no surprise if you're now sitting at your computer obsessively checking the value of your cryptocurrency.
If You've Witnessed 3 Generations of Sauce Packets, You Are Old
If you can remember the original Taco Bell sauce packets, it's definitely time to admit that you've been around the block quite a few times. To check this, you might need to dig deep enough inside your junk drawer to see what you pull out. Gone now are the days of being a carefree kid, blinding one of these sauces onto your burrito without a single care in the world.
If you're one of those people who have lived through the three changing generations of the Taco Bell sauce packet, we've got good news for you- you are officially old.
Gonna Tell Our Kids That This Is How Game of Thrones Ended
There are so many movies and shows out there that involve dragons, but the way that How to Train Your Dragon ended is so much better than anything else. Take Game of Thrones, for example, which is excellent in its own way but a whole lot more complicated. That's why parents these days might want to tell their kids that this was how Game of Thrones ended while facing the challenge of explanation.
This movie is from the 2010s, and although that wasn't really too long ago, this ending is certainly a lot easier to explain than the one from Game of Thrones.
Your Mom's Kitchen in 2005
Back in 2005, you couldn't swing a dishtowel without hitting a fake rooster perched on a windowsill or atop a cabinet, proudly proclaiming that your mom's kitchen in the city was country themed. And the color scheme? Let's just say that tan was the new black, while everything else was a wood brown. The cabinets were indeed generic, and looking at this picture is like walking into a time capsule.
2005 is known for frosted tips and low-rise jeans, but we also have to point out that every mom's kitchen in America looked like a carbon copy of each other.