A rebus from a while ago

This is an entry to the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #26: .

A few years back, I came up with the following. Can you tell me what the picture is about?

A small note for solvers - this does exist elsewhere on the internet, and while I wasn't able to find it on a Google Images search I humbly request that you avoid doing so if you want to find the answer on your own, just in case.

• Are the annotations intended to be part of the puzzle? – msouth Feb 8 '17 at 14:07
• They are. They actually provide a second route to the solution. – ConMan Feb 8 '17 at 22:04

Here's a possibility:

Uncertainties

Explanation:

As the other answers mentioned, all eight visible pictures represent T's (a tea cup, a golf tee etc.), and although the last three signs are cut off, if we follow the pattern, it would've been another 't + t'. So the "Answer: Ten T's = Uncertainties", even though all the comments accompanying it are uncertain of what everything really is.

• One thing is certain ... you have the right answer! Congratulations :D – ConMan Feb 8 '17 at 3:41

I think the rebus describes ...

... Eighties parties.

Explanation:

The centre part without the cut-off symbols shows eight different T's / tees / teas, so eight tees or Eighties. The bottom part shows two partially visible t's, so part-tees or parties. (That doesn't explain why the t's are all different, though.)

This solution fits with the title: Eighties parties are from a while ago.

• An interesting interpretation! As it happens, "from a while ago" is just a literal description of when I came up with the puzzle, and is not an additional hint. – ConMan Feb 7 '17 at 22:24

I'd guess the picture describes a:

Manatee (many-tee)

What we see is:

A teacup, a teapot, a capital T, a small t, an italicized t, a golf tee, the character tau, a tee-shirt, etc etc. Given the variation of "t"s being represented I guess there are many-tees.

But this word isn't exactly one I'd consider common-use so I suspect I may be on the wrong track here.

• Not bad. Not right, but definitely a step in the right direction. I think. – ConMan Feb 7 '17 at 22:25

Just for varieTy, let’s add this up to a case of...

...teetotalism — obtaining a sum total of all kinds of Ts.
=
Teacup + Teapot +
capital T + sans serif lowercase T +
italic/script lowercase T + golf Tee +
Greek lowercase T (Tau) + T-shirt +
T-top (a type of car roof) + more ... to infini -T

After all, this rebus doesn’t contain a single detectable drop of alcohol.

And “from a while ago,” as in the title?

Teetotalism had its heyday in the 19th century..

• Cute, but not what I was looking for. – ConMan Feb 7 '17 at 22:26