Like Sands Through the Hourglass…

34 Comic Covers Prominently Featuring Hourglasses

So what do you call it when you use a word or image associated with obsolete technology to describe or symbolize modern concepts? There must be a word for the act of doing that, but I’m blanking on it right now.

I’m talking about the way we say we’re “dialing up a friend” even though most phones with actual dials on them are now resting comfortably in museums and landfills. Or how a computer might use an icon of an hourglass to say, “Whoa there, pardner — you just sit tight while we finish loadin’ up this fancy-dancy program you just asked me to open up. Patience, people. It’s a virtue.”

Speaking of hourglasses: isn’t it interesting how an ancient method of marking time that’s now relegated mostly to souvenir shops still gets plenty of airplay when comic artists need a visual denoting the passage of time? For instance…



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