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4 Old-School School Supplies

Most of us probably never enjoyed going back to school, but if we were lucky the one thing we could count on to enjoy was a little back-to-school shopping. Sure, there was the boring stuff, but there was also some really cool stuff – or at least a chance at some cool stuff. These days the cool new school gadgets cost hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars and take a satellite network to operate, but back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth it was a lot easier to put a twinkle in a kid’s eye. Do any of these items ring a bell? <strong>Pencil Box</strong> Do kids even <em>use</em> pencils in school anymore? Or paper, for that matter? Once upon a time, a pencil box was a Grade-A, Tier-1 necessity, right up there with a box of Kleenex to add to the classroom war chest. Now, “pencil boxes” are probably what they call emergency learning kits for when the Internet shuts down. <strong>Gum Eraser</strong> These probably went the way of the dodo along with pencils. The real question, though, is why they existed in the first place, because even in their heyday they could never erase anything. You rubbed and rubbed and rubbed, and it made a mess of everything, but your unholy sketch of the teacher’s lazy eye would remain … <strong>Lunchbox</strong> We’re not talking about the fancy <a title="Lunch Bags" href="http://www.atgstores.com/lunch-bags_1868.html" target="_blank">lunch bags</a> they have today; we’re talking about the tin pails with rusty clasps that had our favorite cartoons stamped into them by a converted WWII machine press. A few would even have matching Thermoses with screw-off cup lids – the envy of any slob saddled with a cardboard juice box. And, last but not least … <strong>Trapper Keeper</strong> No list like this would be complete without it. They still make Trapper Keepers, but they will probably never be as popular as they were throughout the 70s and 80s. You knew it was time to buckle down and learn when you heard the Velcro rip open in a classroom full of these bad boys. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes you enjoyed the stroll down memory lane and that all you kids out there make the best of being back to school.
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