Your post reminded me of a couple of things. Yes, the radios were real radios that glowed in the dark and imparted a bit more mystery in hearing the signal at the other end of the QSO. Whether CW, AM or sideband, most of what occured on ham radio consisted of real conversations, either with well known friends, or new folks in a place we had never been before,but we traveled there through conversation and our imaginations. Much more interesting and more valuable than a quick 5-9 or a digital "we heard each other and thanks" conversation. If you received that QSL card 10 years later at the same address from which you participated in that QSO,you were no doubt still in your old neighborhood, and that seems a rare thing these days as most people are transient now and do not stay in one place very long. And Hams seemed much more cordial to one another then. Yes the digital era has brought with it some advantages, but at a cost in some ways to our culture. I am sure there are younger people now who will look back some day to where we are now and say "those were the good ol days". Or will they find various old publications from our bygone era and decide that, just maybe, life was much better before the digital age. It is always the same though for people, we just never seem to understand how good we have it before it is too late.