- Postal workers who used to come to the door to drop off the mail, before these neighborhood distribution boxes took over and mailboxes got disconnected from the house or the front of the house. Back then, the Postal Workers were the eyes and ears of any good neighborhood. If kids were getting abused, they would often find out, and make anonymous calls, if someone's mail was piling up, they would call for a wellness check. The Postal Workers had the pulse of the neighborhood and they made it a more connected and happier place.
- Visible bumpers on cars. Back before they started covering bumpers with plastic, it was possible to look at almost any old car and with a basic knowledge of Department of Transportation guidelines, get a quick idea of within a few years of when the car or truck was made based on the thickness, relative height, rubber (if any), connection points and other aspects of the bumper. Now, those gorgeous functional bumpers are made of the most nondescript steel possible and hidden under a thin layer of pressure-formed plastic. I miss seeing bumpers.
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