lucy24 - 9:12 pm on May 2, 2013 (gmt 0)
in a refrigerator that had a door that "locked" when you closed it
Funny you should bring this up, because I was thinking recently that the "Don't play in abandoned refrigerators" warning is destined to be passed on FOREVER, although the specific technology involved existed only for a few decades. (For people too young to remember: Early refrigerators didn't have magnetic doors that could be opened by an adult with one finger. They had mechanical latches so it was absolutely and literally impossible to open the door from the inside.) Cookbooks are loaded with similar archaisms.
Yup, I've seen stuff from my childhood on Antiques Roadshow. Oi! That's not an antique! I personally remember using it. And next door on Market Warriors (this is for US-based readers) recurring categories include "mid-century modern" and :: drumroll :: the Seventies. Don't know about the rest of youse, but when I see an orange naugahyde banquette I do not immediately think "antique".
I read recently that phone companies cleverly continued charging extra for touch-tone service (as distinct from pushbutton, which only applied to the physical telephone) for many years after it became de facto cheaper than pulse dialing, because it was all automated. This is probably not a unique phenomenon.