Nothing can trigger a memory like the aroma of what used to be. Crayola Crayons can take you back to your childhood. The smell of a certain flower can bring back memories of your grandparents flower garden. The perfume aroma can remind you of your younger days when you wore that kind of perfume. Remember the smell of your dad’s aftershave? Some fragrances have been fazed out of existence thanks to technology and safety regulations. Let’s jog your memory of these faded smells.
1. Ditto Machines
Also known as a spirit duplicator…it was a treat whenever the teacher passed out fresh-off-the-machine purple print “ditto” sheets to the class. Virtually every student immediately held the page to his face and inhaled deeply. There was something so pleasing about the aroma that emanated from the printing fluid—a 50/50 mix of methanol and isopropanol. The sole company that still manufactures ditto fluid in the U.S. only sells a few thousand gallons per year these days, as opposed to the over 100,000 gallons they delivered during the 1970s.
2. Freshly Opened Polaroid Film
Polaroid ceased production of their instant film in 2008. The foil packs used to produce a sweetish chemical-y odor when they were first torn open. It was, in fact, the official “smell” of photography for a lot of kids whose first camera was a Polaroid Swinger. Kids nowadays will never know the warm feeling of seeing a picture deleop right before your eyes and shaking it to get it to dry quicker!
3. Magic Markers
The classic glass bottle-bodied Magic Marker was first marketed in 1952, and until the early 1990s, the ink formula included a mixture of Toluene and Xylene, two solvents which not only had a distinctive and not unpleasant odor, but which also contained intoxicating properties when inhaled. Today’s permanent markers get their color from less fragrant alcohol-based inks. And ones today smell all fruity too!