25 Photos of Nostalgic Items That Evoke Instant Recognition for Those Over 35 Years Old

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1. This is the exact alarm clock that your parents had in their bedroom, emitting a vibrant red glow.

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2. This is the VHS edition of the Star Wars trilogy.


3. And the abundance of The Phantom Menace toys that filled the store shelves upon the movie’s release.

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4. These water bottles with the thick plastic straws that imparted a plasticky taste to everything.

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5. The Cherry Coke that was packaged in this specific can design.

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6. Vending machines featuring the oversized buttons for selection.

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7. The Forrest Gump soundtrack, a double-CD that your boomer parents played on repeat.


8. Anne Geddes books, often showcased on the coffee tables of your mom or grandma.

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9. Those acrylic cube photo frames that typically adorned your parents’ dresser, showcasing pictures that were at least a decade or more old.

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10. Pizza Hut during its era as a dine-in restaurant.

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11. The massage chairs found within The Sharper Image store at the mall.

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12. KB Toys and their recognizable blue checkout counters.

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13. When the iTunes homepage had this particular appearance.

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14. The bicycle section at Toys “R” Us and the distinct scent of rubber that would engulf you as you strolled through it.

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15. During the period when Subway restaurants adorned their walls with subway maps as wallpaper.

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16. The enormous toaster at Quiznos that would heat up your subs.

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17. The NES, SNES, and N64 cartridges, typically grey in color, that emitted a warm, plasticky aroma after hours of gameplay.

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18. Boomboxes with this appearance that made you feel like you owned the pinnacle of technological advancement.


19. The phenomenon of Wonderbra and the ubiquitous billboards promoting it.

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20. Spacemaker pencil boxes, notorious for their tendency to burst open if accidentally dropped.

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21. The neon lights illuminating the rear section of Target stores.

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22. The microwave popcorn you would grab while checking out your videos at Blockbuster.

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23. The school milk that was packaged in those perennially difficult-to-open paper cartons.

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24. Lunchables, the portable meals that made you feel incredibly sophisticated whenever you brought one to school.

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25. Lastly, there were televisions with approximately 18-inch screens, abysmal resolution, and an astonishing weight of 35 pounds.

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