I'm 32 and had never heard of a tube tester or the milk chute (although my parents do actually have an independent milkman still. He delivers in cartons, not the old glass bottles, but he also brings eggs). Things like skate keys and green stamps I just know from old TV shows and the old Peanuts comic collections that some neighbors gave me when I was a kid.
I do remember messing around with my dad's typewriter back in the day, but he used the tape strips for correction. I don't recall there being any stick erasers like the ones shown around.
I still see plenty of wall-mounted bottle openers around, but I think they're mostly attached to the railings of peoples' back decks for party-purposes. I find 'em handy. Why would a hotel mount one next to the toilet paper, though? That doesn't make much sense.
Also, my first car, a 1986 Bronco II, had the no-draft windows. I love those things. Made smoking while it was raining much easier.
The majority of my beach time was in the 70s. Neither I nor anyone I know ever cut our feet (or anything else) on a pop top from a can. Methinks the author exagerateth. As well the big holes in 45s also fit on a spindle that you could buy (or came with) your home stereo. You could stack a bunch of records on it and it would drop them one at a time.
Another danger from pop tops (according to urban legend) was that some people, instead of dropping them on the ground, would drop them into the can, and then choke on them while drinking whatever it was.
When I was a kid,name brand soda always had detachable pull tabs but the cheap Shop-rite or A&P stuff had to be opened with a church key. I don't think that the "stay attached" pull tabs started until the mid-eighties or so. Heck I remember when plastic bottles for soda or milk were a big "living in the future" moment.
Many of these are US-only, I think. Here, 45 RPM records came with the proper-sized hole, you got out of your car to drop your films off and the milkman left your milk beside the letterbox. I've never heard of or seen a tube tester. But, yeah, the others are all from my lifetime. I still see the occasional wall-mounted bottle opener in country town motels.
The removable pull-tabs were phased out here because of littering and also because of people (not wanting to litter) dropping the tab into the can, then choking on it. Also, they don;t mention that those cans were steel, not aluminium.
I'm 50, and I remember all of those except the tube tester and the milk chute (we had a nonfunctional dumbwaiter in the Bronx, maybe this was a suburban thing.) I remember making long chains out of pop tops, although they were not very flattering to wear. (Also, gum wrapper chains.)
45 and I remember all of it except the milk chute and skate keys (I knew about skate keys growing up, but didn't have that kind of skate; mine looked like a pair of tennies). The mister had a milk chute when growing up in northern Ontario.
50 and I remember all of these. We didn't have a milk chute but I saw a lot of them as my dad was a milkman for a few years. I remember my dad pulling all the tubes from the TV so we could go to a nearby book store to use the tube tester and replace the defective one.
I cut my foot on a pop tab at the beach. They also had pop cans that had two push buttons to open. A big one and a small one.
My parents have a wall-mounted bottle-opener. The non-screw-cap kind of bottle cap is still the standard type here, and I carry a little bottle-opener in my handbag.
Never heard of the milk chute, that must be a North American thing. Here, the milkman would leave it on your doorstep and in some parts of the country you might have metal discs he could put over the foil lids to prevent the birds pecking through them to get the cream...
Sadly, I'm old enough to remember each and every one of these. We had both S&H Green Stamps and the yellow Top Value Stamps in our area. You had to fill a mountain of stamp books to get anything worthwhile from their catalogs. There was actually a Green Stamp redemption store near our home.
I can't recall anyone ever cutting their foot on a pop-top either. My friends and I would take the pop-top and rotate the ring around until it was pointing in the same direction as the "tongue", then wedge the thing back onto the skinny end of the opening on the can. It held there securely and stayed with the can. No pop-tops on the ground!
In addition to opening beers, they were what you needed to open the can of Hershey's syrup - two holes, not one, otherwise it wouldn't pour. Early physics lesson.
The majority of my beach time was in the 70s. Neither I nor anyone I know ever cut our feet (or anything else) on a pop top from a can.
I certainly have cut my hands on pop-tops as a kid. I got a pretty bad gash on the heel of my hand from one once. Those were quite sharp. Dropping them into the can sucked. Also, we saved the pop-tops and made chains out of them. I had a bunch of hippie-crafts books and some showed projects you could make, like an "awesome" pop-top belt. Seemed fascinating.
Those were bottle openers.
That is their official name - "church key" was a colloquialism, a little bit ironic because churchgoing and alcohol drinking used to be, in theory and in some communities, antitheses.
My dad was an engineer and always rebuilding stuff, so I have seen a tube tester, at the electric parts stores he used to drag us to which smelled of oil and iron.