Can smells disappear, never to be smelled by anyone again?
Do you have a special smell of childhood? Think about it - does that smell still exist?
I remember the scent of the lobby of the apartment in the Bronx where my mother's mother and father lived. I remember the smells of cooking food.
The building still exists (it was built in 1930, and was converted to co-op housing many years ago) so perhaps those smells still exist.
The other is the smell of overcooked cabbage. Forgive me, blog readers from England, but that is one smell I hope never to have to smell ever again. We had war brides from England living in my childhood apartment building, and when they decided to cook cabbage, it was an all day affair. (I must have a thing about the smell of cooking food....)
Please, someone from England, tell me you don't cook cabbage all day any more.
But the smell my spouse associates with fall - the smell of burning leaves - is a smell that exists in fewer and fewer places, as the practice has been banned in many United States municipalities.
Those aren't the only smells that are disappearing, either.
It's doubful that teens or those in their twenties remember the smell that vacumn tubes made when they were in the warming up process make - except, perhaps, for my son. Old technology fascinates him.
How many people, as another example, remember the scent of mimeograph (ditto) sheets? And, while we are at it, have you ever wondered why someone on an email is "cc"d" (as in carbon copied)?.
Now you know.
Is there a smell from your childhood that no longer exists?