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Back in the 90’s before the internet was born.

March 18, 2013

Last night my very funny friend Simon tweeted about the scary fact that he is older than the internet (he isn’t even that old). He then went on to tweet this:



This then prompted me to get out one of my boxes of stuff so I could haul out some of my old school projects. Yes I have kept a few, amongst other things, what can I say I’m a sucker for keepsakes.

I looked through all of them and laughed so hard, I mean they are so basic and the best part I think is the fact that the teachers were the ones that were punished in the end because they had to pretty much read through the same boring crap in every single project. Because lets face it we were all getting our information from the same source, in fact probably the exact same book.







But I’m not going to lie, I loved doing projects. I remember going to the library, I even remember the smell of it and the fact that we had to pay 10c a photostat. I remember not being allowed to eat in there so I would hide mini crackers in my pocket and stuff them in my mouth when no one was looking.

I remember loving that I had a pile of photostats that I would have to read through and hi-light so I could re-write (most likely word for word, in fact no doubt it was word for word) the information into my project.

I loved sticking things in – my mom’s You and Personality magazines would normally suffer my project wrath at this point. I would also trace pictures then colour them in afterwards and the best part of the whole process was when you were all done and you punched the sides then tied it together with a sophisticated piece of ribbon.

When I look at them now I laugh but I also feel quite sad, because now days 4-year olds know how to use the internet better than most adults and when we have kids I don’t think they will ever know what it feels like to sit in a library and be surrounded by pages of visable information that doesn’t just appear if you click some words into a box called Google.

Any of you still have some of these gems lying around? Here are some of my favourites. I love how on the front page of my pollution project I have very stratigically stuck an arb picture of 6 girls standing on each other, I must of been so chuffed when I found that.









I got very fancy with this  ‘Towards 2000″ project that I had to do in std 5. I even pulled out the old wax and made some designzz. I’m happy my teacher appreciated it.









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  • lauren, curious constellation March 18, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Oh god, I am laughing myself silly right now. I only matriculated last year but luckily I still spent time in the library back in primary school and my projects look awfully similar to yours I must say! I am almost certain I even did quite a few projects on the same topics you did. I think mine may have been thrown out though which is pretty shitty now that I think about it.

  • pippa j March 19, 2013 at 9:29 am

    ah love it, the memories!

  • joface March 19, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Hahahahahah @ designzzz

  • Monique March 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Wow…this brings back so many memories. I used to LOVE projects mostly because it gave me an excuse to spend hours and hours in the library:)

  • Tunet Jordaan March 22, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Wow! This post brings back soo many memories. I remember a time before cellphones, digital cameras, the internet, mcdonalds… even when shops closed early on a saturday. Sometimes it makes me feel really old. Or, like stuck in a timewarp.