Kickin' It Old School: 10 Vintage School Supplies
Want to make someone weep with nostalgia for innocent days gone by? Just mention the Trapper Keeper. The once-ubiquitous loose-leaf binder reached its highest level of popularity in the '80s. The Trapper Keeper came in myriad "rad" designs.
Members Only Jacket
Groucho Marx once said, "I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member." Not so the cool kids who got brand-new Members Only jackets for back-to-school. Sweet!
The Commodore 64
In the '80s, schools on the cutting edge of the latest technology had a computer lab wherein students could get hands-on experience with a top-of-the-line Commodore 64.
Hello Kitty Pencil Box
In her heyday, Sanrio's Hello Kitty was a must-have for any schoolgirl -- the pencil box being the most-coveted item. Of course, Hello Kitty is still around, lending her image to everything from motor oil to wine.
Silver Outliner Pens
They were like spray paint in a pen! Outliner pens were the ULTIMATE way to decorate book jackets, shoes ... even school desks (just don't let the teacher catch you!).
For those of us old enough to remember them, mimeograph machines were the cornerstone of education. Before modern printers were invented, this was the way teachers printed out assignments. The most common color used? A purply blue that had a pungent chemical smell and might've been some kids' introduction to "huffing."
The Casio C-80 Wrist Calculator
Before every kid was armed with his or her own smartphone, iPhone or iPod Touch, the only way you could sneak a calculator into class was via your watch.
Remember lining up to sharpen your pencil? Pencil sharpeners were affixed to school walls, and you could always find a few kids waiting to take a few whirls to achieve pointy-pencil perfection.
Pee Chee All Season Portfolio
What made the Pee Chee Portfolio so special? Nothing, really, except that the girl playing tennis, the football players and the runners gave us something to doodled on for an entire semester.
If the phrase "Dewey Decimal System" still makes you cringe in fear, then you must have been acquainted with "ye olde card catalog" -- a giant bunch of drawers in the school library wherein the locations of all the books were written on tiny notecards. The meanest school prank? Messing up the cards' order for the poor librarian to sort out.
The Metal Lunchbox
When we were kids, "sack lunches" gave way to cool metal boxes (with matching thermoses!) emblazoned with our favorite TV shows -- or, in this case, "music."