What did people do before (something)?

Sometimes it's hard to imagine how people lived in the past without the conveniences that we have today, like refridgerators, showers, computers, and cars. 

To talk about this feeling, use the expression "What did people do before...?" For example:

What did people do before they had cell phones? It must have been so hard to get in touch with people.

What did people do all the time before television?

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