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Sat Mar 4, 2017, 05:50 AM

Without revealing your age....

what is something you remember, that if you told a younger person they wouldn't understand?

I remember flipping thru the Card Catalog at the Library in order to locate a book.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 05:56 AM

1. Getting off the couch to choose between three television networks.

Along with a half dozen local UHF channels.

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Response to RandySF (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 24, 2017, 02:30 PM

266. You were lucky

We had two channels until I was about 10.

One thing I remember was that girls were always cautioned to carry a dime with them on a date.....in case their escort tried to take liberties they could call home on a pay phone.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 06:32 AM

2. Driving around looking for a

pay phone.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 06:34 AM

3. Free roam childhood.

Playing outside unchaperoned for hours. Walking and running for miles until the streetlights came on. And fireflies. Remember them?

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Response to Lunabell (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:40 AM

11. I miss the fireflies.

They used to be abundant but I don't think I saw any last summer.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #11)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:29 PM

164. come to my house!

We have them--live in the suburbs on a one acre lot. We NEVER put any weed killers or anything on our lawn. Maybe that makes the difference. They start up in July and end in September.

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Response to ginnyinWI (Reply #164)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 02:01 PM

174. Cool. Thanks.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #11)

Wed May 16, 2018, 11:43 PM

405. I remember them as a child visiting my grandma in Chicago in the summer

We didn’t have them in San Francisco. They were so fascinating to me. This mean boy once caught one and smeared it on his face leaving a fluorescent glow. Shocked and fascinated by it.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #11)

Sun Oct 7, 2018, 08:27 PM

412. We called them Lightening Bugs..

in my neck of the woods.

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Response to whathehell (Reply #412)

Fri Oct 12, 2018, 02:30 AM

413. We used to catch them in jars and put them by the bed at night.

Best nightlights ever.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #413)

Fri Oct 12, 2018, 07:08 AM

414. I remember them being put in jars..

with holes in the lid for breathing.. We didn't advance to the point of nightlights, though.

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Response to Lunabell (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:26 PM

124. Also "trick or treating" for hours on foot, many blocks from home with siblings...

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no parents, no fear on Halloween night.

Then finally coming home with a big bag of candy and fruit, some unwrapped, and yelling "trick or treat" to mom who knew who it was at the door.

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Response to brush (Reply #124)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 06:28 AM

359. Trick or treating for a week.

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Response to brush (Reply #124)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 06:57 AM

424. no parents, no fear on Halloween night.

Yeah. Wow!~ Now kids don't even go out around here and they have these 'business visits'. At my age i still cannot remember one incident of razor blades in candy, or some other harmful candy inserts. But, parents don't want their kids going it alone.

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Response to Lunabell (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 06:33 PM

208. Yes, this. Six, seven years old I'd walk two blocks through suburbia to a pond, watch minnows

and tadpoles, find old cow skulls in the woods, play on rusted, abandoned farm equipment, come home with bouquets of Queen Anne's lace and clover.

I wouldn't be who I am today without those hours of solitary exploration.

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Response to Lunabell (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 06:57 PM

212. Didnt have fireflies where I lived but I spent many hours roaming the neighborhood and the

woods behind the neighborhood...exploring for many blocks in every direction. I had a control freak mom and she never even worried or tracked where we were. It was safe then.

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Response to Lunabell (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 08:29 AM

362. THAT is a big one...

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:00 AM

4. Female - not being allowed to wear pants in (public) school!

They finally changed the rule when I was in 8th grade.
Also being FORCED to take "home ec" in 9th grade while boys got an elective period! That got changed before I graduated.
Not from the Bible Belt either - suburban Philly.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:43 AM

12. In my high school (Australia), the girls HAD to do home ec

while we boys had to do woodwork. Home ec back then seemed to be mainly cooking. I'm much better in the kitchen than I am in the workshop. I couldn't cut a simple piece of timber square until I reached the age of ** (old).

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Response to Freddie (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:36 AM

73. At my school, boys took shop

The girls had a half year of Home Economics using the classroom with numerous kitchen set ups. The other half of the year the class learned sewing, knitting and the like. Meanwhile, the boys had half a year of wood shop and half a year of metal shop. My grade was the last year for that segregation; the following year, the new co-ed classes spent a quarter of the year in each of those four disciplines.

As a boy, I loved the shop classes. The wood shop was terrific and I still have two of the projects I made: a jewelry box and a lamp. We learned architectural drawing which I've used throughout my life whenever I had a home improvement project. Likewise, the metal shop was infectious and I have an aluminum jar on my desk that I turned on a metal lathe. Those classes were great learning experiences and I'm glad that the school expanded their enrollment to include the girls. Unfortunately, I never did learn to sew but I did learn how to cook!

There's a frightening and curious side story to the metal shop class. The teacher was a great guy who spent extra time with every kid to help make their projects interesting and good learning experiences. He was one of the first teachers I had who rarely answered a question; instead, he would ask leading questions to make the student think through their problem in search of the solution. This cognitive process has stayed with me.

Many years later, after he had retired, a story came out that this former teacher was arrested for having child pornography on his computer. In his plea deal/jail sentence, he turned over evidence of a nationwide child-sex ring that resulted in dozens of arrests and the freeing of dozens of young girls and boys from sexual slavery. It was a strange realization for me that a teacher I had respected and liked could turn out to be such a ghoul.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #73)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:40 AM

77. For the time my high school was enlighten

For one semester boys took home ec and girls, shop.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #77)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:53 PM

139. We had the same deal

Boys made shop aprons in home ec and the girls made a sewing kit in wood shop

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #73)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 04:46 AM

346. Oh, no!

How disillusioning that must have been -- though I guess you were old enough by then to realize how complicated people are.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #73)

Wed May 16, 2018, 09:53 PM

392. We were wary of one of the shop teachers

They were all strange in their own way, but the old guy who taught Plastics/Graphic Arts always threatened boys who acted up by saying he was going to "Paint their pecker red, and their ass green". It didn't come off scary in the way he intended it to, it came off pervy.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #4)

Sun Sep 10, 2017, 09:25 PM

279. I wasn't allowed to wear pants to school all thru high school

Except on old clothes day when we could dress anyway we wanted within reason of course. This was in suburban NYC.

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Response to MadCrow (Reply #279)

Mon May 18, 2020, 08:28 PM

417. I remember the Principal telling a second grader she couldn't wear pants at

school, she had to wear a dress. I was second grade too, I think, and I thought the Principal was mean and stupid. The girl wore the prettiest plaid shirts and matching ribbons in her hair.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:05 AM

5. Without revealing your age....

Riding to Catholic School with my late older brother in his brand new Monte Carlo as Barry White's "I've Got So much to Give" played loudly on his 8-track tape

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Response to LenaBaby61 (Reply #5)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:50 AM

45. I had a 4 track player in my '61 Ford Starliner

it had a handle to raise the capstan into place and there were twice the 'clunks' as it changed tracks

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:08 AM

6. Sleeping in hair rollers.

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Response to spooky3 (Reply #6)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:58 AM

19. Could not sleep on those plastic ones!

I'd forgotten about those!
And hair dryers remember those old ones ?

And
Dippity Do !

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Response to mgardener (Reply #19)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:43 AM

38. Dippity Do

It was green, wasn't it?

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Response to lillypaddle (Reply #38)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:49 AM

43. 2 colors

Pink and green.

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Response to mgardener (Reply #43)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:02 PM

146. Are you talking hair rollers or the first color TV?

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Response to LakeArenal (Reply #146)

Sun Mar 5, 2017, 03:11 AM

249. Dippity Do

LOL

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Response to mgardener (Reply #43)

Wed May 16, 2018, 09:55 PM

393. Teal too N/T

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Response to lillypaddle (Reply #38)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 01:10 AM

300. Too funny....

Just last Wednesday I mentioned dippidity do to my early 30s hairdresser. She had no idea what it was 😃

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Response to MLAA (Reply #300)

Sat Sep 23, 2017, 09:36 PM

382. OMG!

What a flashback! I remember putting that pink gooey crap on my bangs and then taping them down all night long. LOL

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Response to llmart (Reply #382)

Sun Sep 24, 2017, 12:48 AM

386. My sister rolled her hair on orange juice cans!

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Response to mgardener (Reply #19)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:32 AM

68. What about the wire rollers with brushes inside, fixed in place by pink plastic pins. nt

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #68)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 06:24 PM

204. My mom used those to make her chin-length hair go under at the ends

Or used her favorite curling device, a little aluminum tubular thing with a 1/4" tube on one end and a 1/2" tube on the other, both with a slot to insert the end of a strand of hair and roll it up, stick a bobby pin to hold the hair roll, and repeat.
Once my aunt and I gave one of my older brothers a new look for a day by curling the top of his head of hair with 'Spoolies'. We badgered him 'til he gave in.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:09 AM

7. Without revealing your age....

I remember HATING when people smoked indoors (Grocery Store, or in a restaurant) and I could barely breathe or enjoy my food because everything smelled and tasted like cigarettes

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Response to LenaBaby61 (Reply #7)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:54 PM

142. Remember that every table has an ashtray and free matches?

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:35 AM

8. This could be a long list

Card catalog and periodical index.
Playing Red Rover, tag, and freeze tag in the streets and neighbor yards.
Riding the ferry across the Mississippi from Gretna to New Orleans and then taking 2 buses home at 8 years old.
Building and flying balsa wood control line model airplanes.
Building and painting plastic models of ships, airplanes and cars.
Mowing lawns for pocket money.
Mostly all kids' activities were organized by kids and no grownups allowed. (as long as we didn't cause trouble)
Going door to door to sell raffle tickets and chocolate bars for fund raisers in neighborhoods that were not ours.
If we wanted to go anywhere, it was walk or bike, forget about getting Mom or Dad to drive you unless it was to church.
Playing board games during the hottest days of summer at the one friend's house with air conditioning.
Collecting soft drink and beer bottles from the side of the road for the deposit money- and sharing a drink (no back drafting allowed) and snacks with each other.
Learning to touch type on a manual typewriter.
There is more but I think I've worn out my welcome.

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Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:42 AM

78. Sounds just like my childhood!

Thanks for stimulating the (mostly) happy memories, TexasProgressive! Enjoy your weekend.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #78)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:16 PM

120. Same to you PJ. Is that Patrick Joseph?

If so you have 2 feast days this month.

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Response to TexasProgresive (Reply #120)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:07 PM

152. Nah, that's not me

I'm Paul Joseph and I ain't no saint! (Just ask my exes!)

But I'll feast any time I can.

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Sat Mar 4, 2017, 03:42 PM

192. The saints seem to always deny being one.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:37 AM

9. poodle skirts and my record player

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Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:37 AM

10. I hesitate to presuppose what might not be understood, but...

Here are some things that I remember fondly, being at the tail end of the boomer age bracket:

Family visits where we entertained ourselves with tall tale telling and singing around the piano together.

Waking up to the black and white test pattern.

Getting paid a dollar an hour to baby sit at age nine.

Hootenanny time at the park.

My first transistor radio with the single ear plug.

Learning to crochet, knit, embroider and tat from my grandmother.

Adding to your card catalog memory, the pride of being able to write my name on the card from the envelope in back of a book when checking it out from the library.

Waiting for The Bookmobile at the end of the road in the summer.

Great post, ButSeeYa. Thank you. ♡

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Baby boomers are the demographic group born during the post–World War II baby boom, approximately between the years 1946 and 1964. This includes people who are between 53 and 71 years old in 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:48 AM

13. sugar cubes (polio vaccine)

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Response to gfwzig (Reply #13)

Mon Jul 24, 2017, 02:33 PM

267. I had forgotten the sugar cubes

But I also remember the sugar cubes from college in the early 70s that had a drop of LSD-25 on them............

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Response to gfwzig (Reply #13)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 05:15 AM

348. I'm old enough to remember the max vaccinations immediately after

the Salk vaccine was deemed safe and effective. I actually attended one of the Catholic schools involved in the testing of the vaccine. My older sister (but not me or our older brother) was in the test cohort. Alas, she was in the non vaccine group. And so I may remember the original Salk vaccine even more vividly than most.

I do remember being line up in a field near where we lived as every child in our neighborhood (and this was in the midst of the Baby Boom) was lined up to get the vaccine. My own mother was a nurse and was somehow involved in this, although after some 60 years I no longer remember the details.

But I do recall how much the Salk vaccine changed every day life.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:50 AM

14. Watching the Beatles on Ed Sullivan

And arguing when my parents said we wouldn't even remember who they were in a month.

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Response to JetFuel (Reply #14)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:27 AM

32. My mother was actually just the opposite

I was a kid, didn't know much about them, but she dragged me out in front of the TV and told me that I needed to watch, that this was history. So I actually remember watching that appearance and she was right! Welcome to DU, JetFuel! We're glad to have you with us!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #32)

Thu Apr 13, 2017, 09:49 PM

260. My mom, too! She bought me the Veejay album "Introducing the Beatles."

I had never heard of them. It took me many years to appreciate just how savvy my momma was.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #32)

Tue Apr 3, 2018, 12:31 PM

390. Many of our parents were very young by today's standards.

People in their generation often had a couple or three kids by the time they were 25. If they were Catholic, the number if kids a couple had by 25 could easily be 5 or 6. So many got married right after high school. If they went to college, the expectation was that the girls be married within a few months of graduation -- if they didn't just drop out of school because they were getting their MRS. sooner. (My mother did that. Two years at Northwestern and married at 20.)

I'm on the invisible tip of the leading edge of the boom ... born between VE and VJ day in 1945. When husbands did war work or trained soldiers at posts in the states, a lot of them got pregnant after D Day in Europe, when the war turned decisively in the allies favor. My dad was 4F because he was allergic to something in the lunch they served the boys who were reporting for the draft. By the time he got to the medical exam, he was in the throes of a horrendous migraine which kept him out of the army. He worked as an engineer on airplane radios and weather balloons instead.

We had huge classes in school -- 40-45 kids per teacher, often in split grades. Of course, as soon as the vets came home, they couldn't build schools fast enough for years.

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Response to JetFuel (Reply #14)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:01 AM

52. I watched Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan show!

I was only seven years old, but absolutely loved him!

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Response to JetFuel (Reply #14)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:19 AM

59. Yep, I was so excited about their first performance on Ed Sullivan and we all watched it. n/t

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Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:37 PM

166. welcome to DU

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:53 AM

15. Not being able

To wear pants to school or work!
Not being able to attend Notre Dame University, all male school at the time!
And...
Washing dishes by hand, no dishwasher!
Black and white tv, no color!
Remember first electric can opener my dad bought for my mom.

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Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:53 AM

16. Life without any electronic devices

No television (not in our home anyway), radios ran on vacuum tubes, did advance math calculating with a slide rule, time pieces ran on gears. Yes, computers existed, but they had no effect on our lives. Everyone of them in existence had less memory combined than this desk top.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #16)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:25 AM

29. I remember my dad taking the bad vacuum tubes from our tv down to the appliance store to get replace

They just got plugged in.
There was a tv show in the early fifties that had you put a plastic film over the tv and then you would draw on it in erasable marker to get the 'secret' picture.

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Response to dhol82 (Reply #29)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:52 AM

47. Yes.

"Winky Dink and You" 1953-1957

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #47)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:23 AM

61. Thanks!

I completely forgot the name of the show.

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #47)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:53 PM

231. Bwaaa! The whole theme song just came back to me!

I must have seen it in reruns because I was born after 57.

"Winky dink and me, winky dink and you,
always have a lot of fun together, (da da da)
winky dink and me, winky dink and you,
always fun in rain or sunny weather."

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Response to Squinch (Reply #231)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:57 PM

234. This is from Wikipedia-

"The program was successful because of its pioneering interactive marketing scheme, and Winky Dink became one of television's most popular characters of the 1950s. However, the show's production was halted despite its popularity because of concerns about x-rays from TV picture tubes. This was particularly true for early color television sets. CBS was also concerned about parents' complaints that children who didn't possess the interactive screen were drawing directly on the TV screen.
The show was revived in syndication for 65 episodes beginning in 1969 and ending in 1973. In the 1990s, a new "Winky Dink Kit" was sold containing a screen, crayons, and all-new digitized Winky Dink and You episodes.

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #234)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:16 PM

237. I must have caught it the second time around. Don't remember anything but the song.

I can also remember the entire "Buster Brown Shoes" song.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #237)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:18 PM

238. Does "Plunk your magic twanger froggy" mean anything to you? n/t

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Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:21 PM

239. No, but I saw the reference down thread.

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Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:33 PM

241. Buster Brown shoes sponsored that show. n/t

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Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:43 PM

242. Oh! But their commercials must have been all over for me to remember every word of the song.

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #238)

Sun Sep 10, 2017, 09:32 PM

282. Andy's Gang - Andy Devine

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Mon Sep 11, 2017, 04:12 PM

371. This was entertaining during Irma. n/t

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #238)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 02:10 AM

318. Bob would say "So you take the pie..."

And Froggie would say "....and you put it on your head".
Which Bob would do and then say "Oh no, froggie, look at
what you made me do!!!". After which Froggie would pluck
his magic twanger and disappear in a cloud of smoke.

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Sat Apr 15, 2017, 10:24 PM

261. "MOTHER, PLEASE... I'D RATHER DO IT MYSELF!!!"

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Response to ailsagirl (Reply #261)

Wed May 16, 2018, 10:03 PM

394. DRAMA!

Oh yes, I remember that one well.

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Thu May 17, 2018, 11:39 AM

411. "Sure, you're tense, irritable... but don't take it out on her!"

After all these years I still recall that!

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Response to dhol82 (Reply #29)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:55 AM

48. I remember vacuum tubes and

I think the name of that TV show was Winky Dink.

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Response to dhol82 (Reply #29)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:57 AM

50. A pack of vac tubes in house

Dad was in charge of replacing the dead in the radio. It was in a cabinet which was about 5 feet tall .. with dials.

Oh yeah, 78 records. BFD when stereos and LPs came out. Could listen to a complete symphony without changing out the records every five minutes.

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Response to dhol82 (Reply #29)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:45 PM

130. Wow - interactive television!



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Response to sarge43 (Reply #16)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:22 AM

60. Carbon paper. n/t

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #60)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:26 AM

63. I just bought some and was shocked by how expensive it was

I had always thought of it as so cheap. The pack cost me over $20.

Guess it's now a specialty item.

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Response to dhol82 (Reply #63)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:32 AM

69. I'm surprised it's still available.

It brings back some painful memories -- manual typewriter, multi copies, carbon paper, typo ... mother $@*%!

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #69)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:37 AM

75. I remember retyping term papers at school because I made a mistake in the last

paragraph ... and then those times of the smudges on carbon paper, then on my fingers, and then accidentally touching the white paper and ruining it. Yep!!!! mother $@*%!

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #75)

Sun Sep 10, 2017, 09:22 PM

277. Oh, that was the worst...

Sitting at night in the dorm...retyping a paper if you made one typographical error,

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #75)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 03:44 AM

327. Ay caramba!

I had a temp typing job when I was about 18. I spent the entire day typing up one document, because I kept on making a mistake somewhere. Erase wasn't allowed.

Among the reasons I love computers, is that I can make a mistake and backspace to erase it, as I've done many times in typing this entry.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #327)

Wed May 16, 2018, 10:13 PM

396. I remember the joy when I discovered

The Word Processor!

Suddenly, everyone started overwriting!

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #75)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 08:41 AM

364. probably on your nose also. LOL

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #69)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:38 AM

76. I was finally able to track it down at Staples

They only had the one choice.
I remember the horrors of typing with it but loved the onion skin paper that was used for the copies.
I am using it for a design project.

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Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:34 AM

72. I was 5 when we got our first TV set, and few people we knew had one yet. nt

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #72)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 11:49 AM

109. Relatives and neighbors showed up just to check it out. n/t

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Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:02 PM

147. Oh, yes. nt

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #72)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 03:46 AM

328. Watching "Peter Pan"

by looking through the window of a neighbor's house, the only one in our neighborhood who had a TV.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #16)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:09 PM

154. I actually did my taxes w/o any devices this year

Used the old skills of add, subtract & multiply.

I filled the forms out, signed them and mailed them in. No more TurdoTax for me!

Useless in my case as I have little income to report sadly.

Oh well ...



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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:58 AM

17. Trying to talk to...

...grandson about the Beatles.

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Response to WiffenPoof (Reply #17)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 03:49 AM

329. Having some young kid in 1987 tell us

about Paul McCartney, and explaining he used to belong to some other group, called the Beatles.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:58 AM

18. Wacky Packages!

 

Today, companies would sue and kids wouldn't find them funny.

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Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:58 AM

20. Let's see

Not so much wouldn't understand as find weird or amazing

Milk Man Delivery
Turning in pop bottles for money
Cash registers that the clerk had to push the little levers and the numbers would pop up at the top (no computer anything)
Wandering around and seeing what there was to do that we thought was fun
Mid-rift shirts on boys and girls when I was in jr high
Getting a driver's license at 16 and no need for an adult in the car
TV stations signing off between midnight and 2 am
TV shows that began with "In living color"
No round the clock football during the fall
Movie theaters with only one screen
Balconies in movie theaters
Drive-in theaters
Rotary phones
Calling information and getting a real person
Calling any store or company and a rteal person ansered, not a recording telling me to push 1

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Response to rpannier (Reply #20)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 11:23 AM

97. Telephone party lines. nt

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Response to GP6971 (Reply #97)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:54 PM

141. and only needing to dial 4 digits...

unless it was long distance calling, then you needed the operator to make the call.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #141)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 06:09 PM

200. frontier 1956

That was our number when I was young.
373 - in Sou Cal was Frontier

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Response to rpannier (Reply #200)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:29 PM

223. We didn't have those

in rural Maine. By the time we went to NH you had to use 7 digits. It was in 2002 that I discovered you had to use all ten +1 to call in the same city (at that time it was Portland, OR) due to massive cell phone use.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:13 AM

21. Ditto plus

Watching the moon landing on black and white tv
Watching huckleberry hound and other cartoons weekday eves after washing dinner dishes and as a family
Playing street game - mother may I? Hide and seek, jacks, double Dutch...
Block parties
Drive in movie theatres
anxiously awaiting to see wizard of oz every Feb 22nd on black and white tv
Movie theatres had cartoon first before movie and if you missed the beginning you could stay in theatre for next showing
Ice cream man excitement
Sitting still with baby powder all over our bodies when extremely hot (of course no air conditioners)

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:13 AM

22. Rotary telephone

Smoking sections on airplanes

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:15 AM

23. Short, striped polyester dresses with fishnets and go-go boots, white of course!

Trust me, it was haute couture.

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #23)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 10:08 AM

81. And as a male of the time, I definitely appreciated them!



-- Mal

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:19 AM

24. Fighting off grizzly bears at school with my musket...

 


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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #24)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 08:43 AM

365. Fake news....

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:21 AM

25. Party line telephone

Collecting newspapers and old clothes to take to the rag seller for candy money.
Going to the movies for 25 cents and seeing two features, a newsreel, and several animated cartoons.
Walking home from school for lunch at the age of seven - and then back to school for the afternoon.
Having an air conditioner only in my parents bedroom and then hanging a big sheet over the stairwell so we could have the whole upstairs cooled down.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:24 AM

26. Pulling your car into a gas station....

With no expectation of getting out of it.

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Response to tobefree (Reply #26)

Sun Mar 5, 2017, 02:17 AM

248. I remember riding with my Dad

He'd roll down the window and say "Fill it, please, regular." The same thing every time.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #248)

Mon Jul 24, 2017, 02:38 PM

268. My Dad knew the guys that ran Johnny's Esso well

And, in what I thought was the coolest thing ever, when they were busy they didn't mind if he got out and pumped his own gas !

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Response to SCantiGOP (Reply #268)

Tue Jul 25, 2017, 01:14 AM

274. My Dad, on the other hand, was not a car guy

He was not a fan of pumping his own gas, I believe my mother usually took his car and did it for him.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #248)

Sun Sep 10, 2017, 10:39 PM

288. My dad always got 2 bucks worth of gas. On Sunday he would buy 2 bucks worth of gas and drive

to grandmas house 120 miles round trip and have enough left to drive to work all week.

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Response to doc03 (Reply #288)

Sun Sep 10, 2017, 10:54 PM

292. I remember getting a ride to school with my cousin

We were going to stop for gas - but it was 47-cents! She said that we could definitely get it cheaper elsewhere!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #292)

Sun Sep 10, 2017, 11:07 PM

294. Us guys would each chip in our change and maybe come up with

15 cents for a gallon of gas.

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Response to doc03 (Reply #294)

Sun Sep 10, 2017, 11:11 PM

296. So I guess 47-cents was quite exorbitant!

I didn't drive yet back then, but at $2.69 most places right now - even here in New York! - it sounds pretty reasonable to me!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #248)

Wed May 16, 2018, 10:17 PM

397. I remember the full serve Flying A station

You didn't have to ask to have your windshield washed.

And the aroma of leaded gas! I loved it!

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Response to tobefree (Reply #26)

Wed May 16, 2018, 11:23 PM

404. "Ding Ding" N/T

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:24 AM

27. Interesting post, thanks.

Hiding under my grammar school desk during an "air raid drill"

Using someone's hand-crank telephone which had a "party line"

Putting a sheet of colored plastic (or cellophane) over television screen to go from black and white to color

Seeing cars with "rumble seats

Having a cast iron hand pump in the kitchen sink

Having a milk man leave glass bottles of milk (with cream on top) on the front steps

Having a "Bond's Bread" salesman come to the house each week and wishing we had enough money for the doughnuts in his giant pull-out truck tray











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Response to democrank (Reply #27)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 11:15 AM

94. We had a milkman and a "bread man"

Sold Sunbeam bread and other baked goods. Back when many families (like mine) only had one car and Mom was stuck home all day. The bread man also sold 5 cent and 10 cent candy to us kids. We'd smack the Turkish Taffy (vanilla was the best!) on the sidewalk so it would break in little pieces.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #94)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:57 PM

143. Milk wagon, bread truck, ice wagon, rag man, coal truck, and vegetable wagon

Wagons being horse drawn. Also the old steam engine trains.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #94)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 02:27 PM

183. And a seltzer man that brought chocolate and coke syrup.

And the Charles Chips guy that brought giant cans of amazing potato chips and cookies.

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Response to bullimiami (Reply #183)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 04:23 PM

194. We used to get a case of soda and seltzer delivered every other week.

Remember the wooden crates.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:24 AM

28. Okay? It's alright

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Response to griloco (Reply #28)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 11:44 AM

107. Don't forget Topo Gigio...

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Thu Jun 8, 2017, 03:11 AM

264. Senor Wences lived to be 103.

He died in 1999.

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Mon Sep 11, 2017, 03:54 AM

330. Senor Wences lived to be 103.

How amazing is that?

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:26 AM

30. ok..this is fun...

- Adjusting the antenna, or even turning a motored directional antenna on top of a tall pole, to get one of three channels: ABC, NBC, or CBS

- Using a slide rule for math computations in chemistry class

- Handing everyone a fan at church or some indoor events like school plays because there was no air conditioning

- keeping bottles of "white out", memeograph paper, ribbons, a dictionary, a ruler in a box in order to type term papers and reports

- trilled to get a 9-volt, AM only transistor radio for a Christmas present, and using it to hear that Kennedy had been shot while at school (on WTMA in Charleston, SC)

- building a concrete bomb shelter in the back yard, and stocking it with canned food in case of an nuclear war with Russia

- several file folders of paper maps from everywhere I traveled, charts from sailing trips, and booked street maps of cities; but you could get "Triptics" printed from AAA!

- Actually looking forward to the update column of World Book Encyclopedia to come every year or so

- separate black and white waiting rooms at the dentist office

- an entire bookcase in my office of decks of computer cards with programs to be read on a mainframe, and buying an Apple II+ for $1300 in 1978 with 4K (yes; thousands) of memory and writing programs in Basic! No word procession or spreadsheets - but VERY exciting!!

- I owned an Apple II+, IIE, IIC, Osborn I, TRS80, and Franklin 1200...and one of the first Macs!! Years after I left college

- Driving most cars without automatic transmissions and no air conditioning; also a school bus and dump truck - all with clutches. I still have a manual pick up truck!

- lawn darts, whirly gigs, incredible edibles, cap guns, pong

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Response to Sancho (Reply #30)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:54 PM

140. AAA still does TripTiks--but now we download them

Onto the tablet that we use for travel

The excitment of a personal computer--a Commodore 64. Bought my husband a new monitor at Target for Valentine's Day one year. Before that, the fanciest piece of electronics was a Bowmar Brain, an early calculator.

We made all the kids learn to drive a manual--just heard of a car theft that failed because the thief couldn't drive stick!

Creepy Crawlers.

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Response to Maeve (Reply #140)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:22 PM

161. I forgot creepy crawlers!!

Yep, my brother and I loved the thing maker!!



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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:27 AM

31. Doing "paste-up" for the school newspaper and

hand-drawing ads for it
trying to keep my mini-skirt pulled down enough to keep my garters from showing
wearing pantyhose for the first time

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Response to Silver Gaia (Reply #31)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:30 AM

65. Oh the smell of rubber cement

I was co-editor of the school yearbook. Spent many hours in a small and unventilated room using rubber cement to secure pictures and script to the paste up pages. The script was typed of course on manual typewriters.

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Response to zeusdogmom (Reply #65)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:33 AM

71. Yup! Rubber cement!

I did the school newspaper and the lit journal... Loved it!

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Response to Silver Gaia (Reply #31)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:08 PM

153. We had mint flavored glue in art class

My stomach aches thinking about it.

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Response to Silver Gaia (Reply #31)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 03:58 AM

331. Panty hose was an important aspect of mini skirts.

Like you, I started my (semi)adult life with stockings and garters. Luckily for me, the transition to panty hose happened soon thereafter. Skirts got shorter.

I'm somewhat fascinated to have realized that in recent years stockings in any form have almost totally disappeared.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:27 AM

33. When communiques to overseas were done by telex.

when I was starting a career in international logistics/transportation by ocean freight.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Reply #33)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:20 PM

122. Yep...make a mistake

it was backspace, backspace and the start over.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Reply #33)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 02:30 PM

184. Worked at a fish farm and we had a Telex.

Magical.

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Response to bullimiami (Reply #184)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 03:59 AM

332. Oh! Oh!

I had a job that required sending information by teletype. It sometimes took three or four hours to correctly type out the information without typos that would render it invalid. ARRRGGGG! How I HATED that part of the job.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #332)

Wed May 16, 2018, 10:09 PM

395. My dad's office had a Teletype Room

It was glassed off from the rest of the office, and had a little latched window you could open up to talk to the person in charge. The glass was that kind that looks like it has chickenwire embedded in it.
He'd go in there making his rounds of all the departments, and it must have been 120 db in there. Tons of punched paper ribbon all over the place. Pre-OSHA. It was in an old furniture factory, and his office had a curved glass block wall.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:28 AM

34. Place a long distance call by telling the operator the number to bill

it actually wasn't that long ago, but you know some remote areas
were behind the times for many decades

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:36 AM

35. You mentioned "catalog" and my mind immediately went to the Sears catalog. The back of it.

With the toys. Flipping through it with my sisters to see what kinds of toys were out there.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #35)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:48 AM

42. I hope someone (Smithsonian?) has all the catalogs

The record of Americana in the 20th century

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:41 AM

36. The Main Street of my small town in Southwest PA....

Lined with locally owned clothing stores, shoe stores, a meat market, Mcrorys and Woolworths, etc. We never had to leave town to buy anything! My Mom and I would walk uptown to shop and have a hot fudge sundae in Candyland...now those stores are all empty. We walked to school, home for lunch and would watch Search for Tomorrow and Guiding Light (15 min. live soaps) with my Mom and then walk back to school for the afternoon. Life was good and then Vietnam happened and my brother was killed in a plane crash...nothing was ever the same again.

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Response to Freedomofspeech (Reply #36)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:32 AM

70. Yep, just thinking back, Vietnam was really the turning point. Seems we've been fighting an uphill

battle ever since in so many ways.

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #70)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 11:14 AM

92. No kidding.

When this country decided bigger is better it all changed. Malls killed the downtowns and consolidation of schools hurt public education...as a retired educator, I witnessed this...

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:46 AM

39. Paper drives

and speaking of paper, no one thinking anything about your lunch trash being tossed out of the car window. Littering? What was that?

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Response to lillypaddle (Reply #39)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 10:55 PM

246. I remember the Don't be a Litterbug! campaign in the early '60's

And once my dad picked up all the paper cups, containers, napkins, bags, etc. that the customers of the little drive-up seasonal restaurant down the street generated and tossed in our neighborhood, and gave a paper grocery bag full of it to the manager, saying, "I think this is yours". They hired a kid with a bag and a stick with a nail on the end to pick up trash for a while.


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Response to marzipanni (Reply #246)

Sun May 14, 2017, 07:21 PM

263. They should bring this campaign back

Too many people litter in this country.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:46 AM

40. Fall Out shelters

They had the atomic sign. I think they started to disappear around 1970 or so.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:47 AM

41. Newspaper classified ads for jobs divided into "Male" and "Female"

Already shocked my niece with that one.

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Response to whathehell (Reply #41)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 02:21 AM

320. Along with those ads for a "Girl Friday"!

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Response to k8conant (Reply #320)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 03:18 PM

370. Oh yeah?

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:49 AM

44. All of the above and

Not liking all the buttons on my everyday tops.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:50 AM

46. Always being the only one of your type in every school and job

Thank God America is more diverse now. You don't even realize.

Trying to find something at a restaurant or find some recipe that doesn't suck to feed your one vegetarian (for religious reasons) friend. There are lots more vegetarians and options to feed them now.

Always have to carry a quarter with you for the pay phone. Which got screwed up when they raised the price to 35 cents. But now good luck finding a pay phone.

Being stranded somewhere without a ride home. Now, we can always get an uber/lyft in many neighborhoods, even small cities and suburbs.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #46)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 01:31 AM

306. I remember when a pay phone was still only 10 cents.

And air mail stamps were (I think) 5 cents. Regular mail was 3 cents as I recall.

A fast food burger was 19 cents, the deluxe burger with tomato and lettuce was 29 cents.

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Response to FuzzyRabbit (Reply #306)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 04:12 AM

334. HA! I remember penny post cards.

Yep. They cost a penny and could be sent anywhere in the country. When I was perhaps 10 or 12, the penny post card cost 2 cents. At some point they were discontinued entirely.

Oh, and I am surely older than you as I remember fast food burgers costing 15 cents. Which, according to an on line inflation calculator, is still less than $1.25, and you cannot buy a fast food burger for that low an amount these days.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #46)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 04:05 AM

333. WHAT??

I had NO IDEA that pay phones ever went above 25 cents. And I'm old enough to recall when they were 10 cents. Never knew 5 cent call.

I'm also old enough to recall when pay phones were common. And young enough that I missed the era when signs saying "Pay phone inside" helped people find a pay phone. Apparently, before the 1950's, certain businesses would have pay phones inside, and might choose to advertise that. At some point, stand alone pay phones outside of businesses became common, the pay phones of my youth, that you young'uns don't recall.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #333)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 09:30 AM

367. It's 50 cents now

which is highway robbery. But I don't believe I've used a pay phone in the last 15 years. And we don't see many of them anymore as everyone has cell phones.

If I really want to feel old, I can remember when international calls had to be booked by appointment with the phone company. And if my grandparents weren't home when we called, it might be another few days or a week before we could try again.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #367)

Wed May 16, 2018, 10:19 PM

398. Pay Phones

I remember when an older kid showed me how to unscrew the mouthpiece on a pay phone and touch the two screws behind the microphone to ground the circuit on the hook to get a dial tone.

Then they started making them so you could not unscrew them.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:56 AM

49. Printed Encyclopedias (NT)

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Response to NeoGreen (Reply #49)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:36 PM

126. Just think if we'd had the internet to research school projects.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:58 AM

51. TV Tube testers at the Grocery Store

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Response to JDC (Reply #51)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:18 AM

58. X-ray machines in the shoe stores.

Shoe repair shops

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:03 AM

53. Unscrewing the cap and removing the transmitter on the phone...

so we could make prank calls without worrying that anyone could hear us laugh. Not nice, but fun! We also didn't have to worry about caller ID back then!

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:04 AM

54. The Air Raid Sirens going off every Saturday at noon in our town for testing. n/t

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #54)

Sun Sep 10, 2017, 09:13 PM

275. Air Raid Siren

During a storm there was a huge flash of lighting, a clap of thunder that shook the house and the town air raid siren starting sounding. My mother thought it was the end of the world.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:04 AM

55. A younger person wouldn't understand

Your phone was on a party line.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:09 AM

56. Memorizing telephone numbers.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:16 AM

57. Pay phones

Getting up to change the channel on the TV
'Ditto' papers in school
Some Republicans weren't assholes
Noon whistle at the fire station
NHL was 99% Canadian (and only six teams)

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:25 AM

62. Nuclear Drills at elementary school

Where you hid under your desk....

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Response to iamateacher (Reply #62)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:04 PM

149. First time I was sent home for "bad" behavior

During Nuke drill, standing with hands behind back against wall in basement cafeteria, I get smacked by teacher for talking. I respond by telling him that if I thought this was a real bomb alert my ass is heading home to be with my mother. I was dragged by my ear to the principles office to await my mothers appearance where my wish was granted.
My mother waited until we were in the car to thank me for thinking of her.

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Response to iamateacher (Reply #62)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 02:32 PM

185. Yeah that was a good plan.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:29 AM

64. Party line telephone service

You could tell by the ring code who was getting a phone call and back then phone calls were mostly important.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:30 AM

66. S&H green stamos. Gas station attendants filling your car up and washing your windshield.

I could name a million of these things!

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #66)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 02:25 PM

180. Licking those stamps for your mother (in our case Blue Chip) and putting in the books

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:30 AM

67. Republican Senator Howard Baker wanting to get to the truth in the Watergate hearings

What? A Republican put country before party?

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:37 AM

74. Tangee lipstick

It was orange in the tube but kind of pink on your lips

Creme deodorant which came in a small jar and you applied to your underarms with your fingers

Perhaps TMI but sanitary products wrapped in plain brown paper located behind the druggist's counter. Plus you had to ask for them. Very embarrassing to a young teen.

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Response to zeusdogmom (Reply #74)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:46 AM

79. Tangee is still available from Vermont Country Store.

VCS has a lot of the old timey stuff - trip down memory land.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:53 AM

80. Being a paperboy

Walking through a neighborhood everyday putting the paper in each door. Then on Saturdays collection the money and giving the little rec torn from the book. Cursing the post office everyday federal holiday because they got the day off and Saturdays and Sundays.

Not wearing seat belts or using car seats.

Drive in movies

Getting hit by teachers in school and everyone was OK with that. Catholic school, of course.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 10:11 AM

82. Five and dime stores

The five and dime usually had a lunch counter, and ours had a popcorn machine that filled the whole store with the aroma of popcorn.

Bank and gas station premiums like a free toaster for opening a bank account and a drinking glass with gas fillup.

I remember getting free goldfish from the bank next to the Woolworth 5 and 10. The bank sent out small pieces of card stock in mailings. Kids lined up at the bank to insert the cards into a machine that determined if you were a winner, and a winner got a goldfish in a small bowl.

Free dinner plates in boxes of Duz laundry detergent.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #82)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:16 PM

119. Savings account passbooks

Everything entered in the passbook by hand.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 10:14 AM

83. Feeding my program into the computer.....on punch cards

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Response to AJT (Reply #83)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:00 PM

113. Dropping the tray of punch cards you were carrying

Two or three ran and hid somewhere or were damaged. Not getting out at quitting time today.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #113)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:22 PM

123. I remember still having a deck to IPL the mainframe as

an emergency stand alone in the 80s.

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Response to AJT (Reply #83)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:12 PM

155. Took a code writing class in the late 70's

Took an hour to get computer to print my name.

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Response to AJT (Reply #83)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 02:25 PM

181. And waiting 24 hours (turnaround time) to find out you had one comma that made program not work

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Response to AJT (Reply #83)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 04:24 PM

195. Writing a program in physics class and typing it into a teletype machine.

At least that's what I seem to remember. It just seems so odd.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 10:16 AM

84. Ordering items via the Sears catalog.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #84)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:13 PM

117. And "Monkey Ward". nt

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 10:19 AM

85. In the spirit of the OP...

... I think one of the more difficult things to understand today was how blase everyone was about personal risk. Smoking everywhere, no helmets or other armor for riding bicycles, skates, etc... to say nothing of pollution pre-EPA. One might reasonably question if we had no respect for human life.

-- Mal

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Response to malthaussen (Reply #85)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 04:19 AM

336. And the sad reality of smoking is that everyone knew it was dangerous.

By the early 1950's, and much earlier for the most part. Cigarettes were commonly called coffin nails.

The truly sad thing is that all these years later, more than fifty years after the Surgeon General's Report (and if you're too young to recognize the reference, then LOOK IT UP) smokers are still in total denial about the proven dangers of smoking. Oh, and if you don't think smoking can affect your health, then go to a high school class reunion, say 35th reunion or higher. You will have NO trouble figuring out who the smokers and the nonsmokers are. And that's only for those who are still living.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 10:25 AM

86. Huge back seat in car - could stand up

"Oleo" which was white but came with a yellow dye to color it to look like butter (food rationing)

Thin stationery for writing letters to send "Air Mail". All others went by truck. Calling long distance expensive - for emergencies only.

Record player with 78's, then vinyl

No air conditioning, ran barefoot all summer

Hanging clothes outside to dry.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 10:26 AM

87. Eating pancakes at Sambo's completely oblivious to the racist stereotype.

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Reply #87)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 02:34 PM

186. The waiters at Morrisons Cafeteria. Speaking of racist stereotyping.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 10:49 AM

88. school handouts smelling of alcohol.....

from the Mimeograph.

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Response to aka-chmeee (Reply #88)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 02:35 PM

187. Mimeograph fluid. MMMMM.

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Response to bullimiami (Reply #187)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 04:26 PM

196. I loved that smell



Probably toxic as hell.

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Response to bullimiami (Reply #187)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:26 PM

217. And they were often kind of damp

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 10:57 AM

89. I remember many things

Playing kick-the-can until dusk when mom would call us for dinner.
Riding bike without a helmet.
Skates that had to be tightened with a key.
Tomato Aspic - oh, dear.
Spending afternoons actually reading books for pleasure.

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Response to Polly Hennessey (Reply #89)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 04:23 AM

337. Skates that had to be tightened with a key . . .

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 11:07 AM

90. Many of my classmates were the children of small business owners

The barbershop, an appliance store, a mom and pop grocery, a corner tavern, a shoe store. Mom didn't work and Dad could support a family with his business. Now all these businesses are gone and we have nothing but chains.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #90)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 11:15 AM

95. Bigger is better killed our downtowns...

And communities in general.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 11:11 AM

91. Calling the Long Distance Operator to put through a call on Christmas

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 11:14 AM

93. The Jewel man

He came every week and sold anything from diapers to furniture and dishes. Butcher shops and bakeries were plentiful.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 11:17 AM

96. I lived in the country & we had a party line.

Even my cousins who lived in the city didn't know what that was.

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #96)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 04:27 PM

197. I lived in Philadelphia and had a party line.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 11:27 AM

99. Hip hugger, bell bottoms with platform sandals. eom

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 11:32 AM

100. Trucks delivering coal

to the house. Unloaded to the coal bin in the basement.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 11:34 AM

101. Burning trash in

the back yard incinerator in SoCal before there was smog.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 11:37 AM

102. Writing computer programs on an IBM 026 card punch

while in high school (very progressive for that era).

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 11:40 AM

103. I told my 11 year old

when I was in elementary school we too had computers; an abacus! With a wondering look in his eyes he asked "what's that?" I told him to "look it up."

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 11:41 AM

104. I remember changing points and plugs.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 11:42 AM

105. Drive ins

Used to drive in to a place to buy milk, orange juice, yogurt and other dairy products. The milk came in glass bottles at that time and we'd take a steel rack filled with empty bottles in and buy a new round of what was needed for the week. It was an early form of recycling but no one viewed it that way at the time (c. 1960).

I used to loved drive ins! Esp. the movie theaters! Those were fun fun fun!



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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #105)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:07 PM

116. I LOVE drive-ins. Amazingly enough there are 3 within a 2 hour drive from us.

It's like taking a trip back in time... the food, the mosquito coils, etc. Most I've been too even still play some of the same concession stand ads between movies too.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 11:43 AM

106. Cigarette vending machines

There was one in the basement of the hospital (!) where I worked in the 80s and 90s, next to the soda and candy machines. They eventually removed it.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 11:48 AM

108. Early morning delivery of milk in glass bottles.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 11:50 AM

110. First grade required that

Each student bring a cigar box to school with scissors, crayons and pencils. To be kept in your desk at school. I threw a fit in protest because I wasn't allowed to bring it back home. I loved that cigar box and all it meant because there was No Kindergarten in our school system.

Mrs. Mink was my teacher's name and as far as I was concerned, she.was a super hero. But she wouldn't let me take that cigar box home.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #110)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 04:42 AM

343. Where did we get cigar boxes? I'm pretty sure I had one though no one smoked. n/t

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #343)

Tue Sep 12, 2017, 01:24 PM

374. Drug store gave them away.

Before smokes were as regulated. They were in most stores, shops. Irrc.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #374)

Tue Sep 12, 2017, 02:34 PM

375. Aha! Thanks for clearing up the mystery!

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 11:50 AM

111. Rotary dial phone.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #111)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 01:38 AM

310. And the phones were all attached to the wall by a wire that carried the signal. No wireless phones.

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Response to FuzzyRabbit (Reply #310)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 10:17 AM

369. I still have them...

they never need service, batteries, work if the power is out, can't lose them, and the phone company has to maintain the lines.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 11:54 AM

112. Some young people may know one or two of these, IDK...

Praying like crazy to find a phone booth when your car is giving you trouble

Snow locally deep enough that, while dangerous, you could tunnel and crawl around in it without piling it up first

10-4

The button on the floor to switch your headlights from high to low

Going door to door to collect bottles to get some spending cash

Waiting for the TV to warm up to watch a show

A moose who likes knock knock jokes and ping pong balls

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Response to WePurrsevere (Reply #112)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 04:28 AM

338. It was not only the TVs that needed to warm up.

The cameras in the studios also needed warming up. If you've ever looked at the first reports of the JFK assassination, especially on CBS, the reason first reports are audio only, and only after a half our or so go to video, is because the television cameras needed a half hour to warm up. So while you can hear Walter Cronkite's voice at first, you don't finally see him until those cameras have had the time needed to warm up.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #338)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 05:46 AM

356. I hadn't thought of that but it makes sense...

since I'm going to guess that they too were powered by tubes similar to TV's and older radios? I remember going into certain stores with my dad and there was a big display and a 'table' where you could plug in and test the tubes used in the old electronics.




I was absolutely fascinated by it, heck all electronics, but my dad, a GE accountant, wasn't into it at all and back then and as a 'girl' I was discouraged by him to pursue that interest.

Now there's something else that was much more common back then, gender roles. Sadly it and equality issues in general are still way to prevalent, but it's much less than it was. Unfortunately those strides forward seem to have some of the more fragile white sexist, racist, etc male egos threatened enough that they're desperately trying to undo much of it but I still have hope that we'll prevail against them and those types will become, if not as 'extinct as the dodo bird', 'as rare as hen's teeth'.

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Response to WePurrsevere (Reply #356)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 05:59 AM

358. The short answer is yes.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:04 PM

114. Without revealing your age

Helms Bakery trucks
Milk man delivering milk, eggs and sometimes we even got chocolate milk (special occasions)
Jewel-T man, Fuller Brush man
Leaving the house early morning and not returning until just before dark, walking miles to get to the beach, Del Amo shopping center
No 405 freeway, Pacific Ocean Park
Chicken coops, outhouses
Party lines, rotary phones, Prefixes with 5 digit phone numbers. I still remember our # FR 55492
Getting all our vaccinations at the school cafeteria
Polio outbreaks, being purposely exposed to measles, mumps and chicken pox (better to get as a kid was the thinking back then)
Carrying jugs to the spring to bring home drinking water
Trick or Treating until mid-night without adults
Trick or Treating with adults and them getting shots of liquor as their treats

So many things have changed. Some good, some bad

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Response to Lebam in LA (Reply #114)

Wed May 16, 2018, 11:08 PM

399. Halloween Adults

LOL, I remember in the 70s, a neighbor showing up in a sheet that said "Trick or Beer!"

He got his beer and came in for awhile.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:07 PM

115. Turning on the car radio and waiting for the tubes to warm up. eom

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:13 PM

118. Calling time and temperature

The recording said:

The time is 10:12 a.m. The tem per a ture is 49.

Usually sponsored by a local bank.

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Response to missingthebigdog (Reply #118)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:46 PM

131. You'd dial POPCORN for the time!

Remember that by chance? I sure do!



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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:19 PM

121. Hitchhiking. eom

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:35 PM

125. Out Houses, party lines, test patterns, bomb drills, punch cards, george wallace (or maybe there is

modern version), segregated facilities and restaurants, no TV, and much more -- some good, some bad.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:39 PM

127. Playing golf

With actual "wood" woods. And high school baseball with wood bats.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:41 PM

128. The sadness of math tests tempered by

the joy of freshly mimeographed paper.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:45 PM

129. Telephone party lines

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:47 PM

132. Smelling your test...

Which was freshly mimeographed and still warm and damp.

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Response to liberalmuse (Reply #132)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:01 PM

144. That was mine too...

[link:|

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:50 PM

133. Waiting by the phone for a call

No answering machine, corded phone.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:51 PM

134. These

Superballs. Hula hoops. All metal easy bake ovens. Staying out all day and not getting kidnapped or killed.
1st run Star Treks...

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:51 PM

135. The empty bottles you put in the milk box

indicated what you needed the milk man to deliver that day.
In my case the milk "wagon" was actually horse drawn.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:51 PM

136. Great post!

Kick

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:51 PM

137. Apparently, 13 yr olds think the idea of a pager

is a hilarious concept. My son got a big laugh out of the fact I had one.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:52 PM

138. Good Humor ice cream trucks. nt

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:01 PM

145. Trading cards.

Listening to kids' shows on the radio.
Watching Saturday morning TV shows when we finally got a TV - The Lone Ranger, Sky King, Andy's Gang, etc.
Being sent to the bakery with a quarter to buy a loaf of bread.
Playing outside in the summer until it got dark and we heard the curfew siren.
Having to watch The Lawrence Welk Show whenever Grandma visited.
Roller skates that clamped on to your shoes; you used a key to tighten the clamps.
Slide rules.
Sonic booms.



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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:03 PM

148. Tires with tubes. nt

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:05 PM

150. Following the DDT sprayer mist with our bicycles...

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Response to LakeArenal (Reply #150)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:46 PM

170. Breaking therometers and playing with the mercury.

Amazing any of us are still alive.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #170)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 06:56 PM

210. I was fascinated with breaking them and playing with mercury! Thanks I forgot about that toxic joy

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Response to lunasun (Reply #210)

Mon Jul 24, 2017, 02:44 PM

269. Not dangerous unless you breathe it in or swallow it

But it would turn your fingers black.

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Response to SCantiGOP (Reply #269)

Wed May 16, 2018, 11:14 PM

400. I only broke one...

...in my mouth.

And, of course, got to play with the mercury after.

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Response to LakeArenal (Reply #150)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:49 PM

229. Along the hazard line, in school we'd make projects by moulding asbestos clay powder. . . nt

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:06 PM

151. Local drug stores

where you had a account and free delivery

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Response to GP6971 (Reply #151)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:18 PM

158. The local phamacy I use delivers for free

Still that is!



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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:17 PM

156. Styrofoam boater hats for candidates.

Republicans and Democrats in side by side booths at the county fair getting along.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:17 PM

157. Cobble stone streets

The sounds the trains made a night in switching yards. Steam engines with bells and whistles.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:18 PM

159. Rolodexes and Rotary Phones

Crazy Foam, Silly Putty, TV Dinners,
Black and White TV, Ubby-Dubby....

"why don't you go outside and play... just remember to come home for dinner"

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Response to C_U_L8R (Reply #159)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 03:41 PM

191. I worked in an office with a corded switchboard

The operator (makes me think of Lily Tomlin's Laugh-In character Ernestine) answered the phone and literally had to plug cords in to transfer a call.

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Response to GregD (Reply #191)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 05:29 AM

350. I was a telephone operator when Lily Tomlin was doing her thing,

and we were utterly convinced she was one of us.

I saw many an operator who had that hairdo, who thrust her hand into her bosom just like that.

Some years later I learned she'd never been an operator, which was somewhat disconcerting.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:22 PM

160. No yard fences and everyone's dog ran loose and un-neutered!

In my neighborhood nobody's yard was off limits, except maybe that older childless couple. Someone else mentioned a free-range childhood and that was absolutely my experience. In the summer we played from the moment we awoke until it got dark enough for our mom's to call us in each night. I can remember my older sister taking me at least a half a mile from home to explore the spillway tunnels!

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:25 PM

162. watergate

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:28 PM

163. welcome to DU fun question

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:35 PM

165. long division--with no calculator!

I can still take a paper and pencil and do long division. My 34 year old, Masters' Degreed, school psychologist daughter cannot, and was amazed to see me doing it!

I also took slide rule in middle school. Slide rule!! lol

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Response to ginnyinWI (Reply #165)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:58 PM

172. diagramming sentences

and putting saran wrap on the tv screen to help rocky and bullwinkle.

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Response to ginnyinWI (Reply #165)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 04:32 AM

339. Yes! I am just young enough not to have learned to use a slide rule,

but if need be I can still do some pretty impressive long division by hand.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:38 PM

167. Saturday morning cartoons

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:38 PM

168. Not being able to buy alcohol til 2pm on a Sunday

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #168)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 04:30 PM

198. We used to have blue laws in Philly

You couldn't buy anything on Sunday.

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #168)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 01:47 AM

312. Blue laws. We couldn't buy any kind of alcohol on Sunday, or anything else for that matter.

We couldn't buy anything except food from restaurants or the rare small grocery.

Big grocery stores, gas stations, department stores, hardware stores, pharmacies, dry cleaners, shopping malls, etc, were all closed. I remember looking for an open gas station in Seattle, summer 1973. We finally found one.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:39 PM

169. Christmas programs on TV ONLY once a year

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:56 PM

171. liberal republicans

not "republicans who are liberal by republican standards" but republicans who are actually liberals, more liberal than many democrats.

hard to imagine these days....

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Response to unblock (Reply #171)

Mon Jul 24, 2017, 02:47 PM

270. Hey, I grew up in SC

Most Democrats were racist tea party assholes, but Southerners still voted Dem like the unions and inner cities and Catholics did because we could never vote for the party of Lincoln.
I remember when the Viet Nam protests were in full bloom many of the heroes in the Senate who were trying to end the war were GOP. Many of them were from the West Coast.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 01:59 PM

173. Glass oral thermometers with mercury. nt

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 02:06 PM

175. If you missed a TV show, you were just SOL until summer reruns, if they showed it then.

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Response to 50 Shades Of Blue (Reply #175)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 04:35 AM

340. The standard season was 36, maybe 39 weeks.

The rerun season was (I might have this wrong) 20 weeks. So not all episodes would show up in reruns. I well remember the frustration of hoping a specific episode would be rerun, and wasn't.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 02:08 PM

176. Reading through this thread

I realize how much I have forgotten. Really great idea, this was! Thanks again, ButSeeYa. ♡

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 02:11 PM

177. Having a 20 foot phone cord

so you could have some privacy while you talk. Mine reached from the kitchen to the garage and the other way out to the patio


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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 02:21 PM

178. shorthand & typing class in school



record stores, you & friends went into a booth, put on a 78, danced & left w/o buying anything


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Response to Motley13 (Reply #178)

Mon Jul 24, 2017, 02:49 PM

271. I took typing my Senior Year

I had an elective and knew that the class was almost all female, so that was the attraction.
Little did I know that it would possibly be the most useful class I ever took in High School.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 02:24 PM

179. Phone numbers that started with words like "Olympic" (for "OL" 65)

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Response to mchill (Reply #179)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 02:37 PM

188. NAtional 1 6386. Call me.

Seriously why do I remember a phone # from 50 years ago?

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Response to bullimiami (Reply #188)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 03:10 PM

190. Yep Olympic 8-1654 :)

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Response to mchill (Reply #190)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 05:48 PM

199. Logan ####, don't remember the numbers

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Response to Motley13 (Reply #199)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:03 PM

213. Blackstone 3478

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Response to radical noodle (Reply #213)

Sun Mar 5, 2017, 05:08 PM

257. EMpire 4-2177

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #257)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 01:50 AM

313. ADams 1059

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Response to FuzzyRabbit (Reply #313)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 02:53 AM

323. LOgan 2-1926

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Response to mchill (Reply #179)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:24 PM

240. GLadstone 5-6365. My phone number from age 5 to 12. n/t

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Response to mchill (Reply #179)

Sun Sep 10, 2017, 10:50 PM

291. Me too: SunSet 20281

will be forever etched in my brain.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 02:26 PM

182. Cleaning chalkboard erasers on the big vacuum in the janitors' closet at school. A reward

if you got out of class to do it... a punishment if you had to stay after school to do it.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 02:40 PM

189. Glass clacker balls (also called knockers) on a long string.

Clacking them together until they shatter everywhere!

I did enjoy my purple clackers on a long white string. Mine never did shatter--luckily.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 03:52 PM

193. punch cards and diskettes

I'm a programmer, and when I started this stuff, that's what all of our data was recorded upon

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Response to GregD (Reply #193)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 02:17 AM

319. When I started with computers we pluged wires into a board to program them.

This machine was the first one I worked on.

And this is what a "program" looked like:



Later we moved up to AUTOCODER on the 1400 series and finally COBOL on the S/360

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 06:15 PM

201. Typing term papers on a typewriter and not being able to edit! Wondering how much white out i could

use before i had to retype the whole darn page.

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Response to Amaryllis (Reply #201)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 04:43 AM

344. Oh! Oh! I used to type papers for other students

for extra money.

I threw in various dumb jokes along the way. And was never caught by anyone, not the kids I typed for and definitely not the teachers. Although, come to think of it, the teachers knew I was the one doing the typing and probably gave us all a pass.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 06:17 PM

202. Whenever I'm watching the news I recognize

names such as Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Henry Cabot Lodge and others that would be obscure to a younger person watching or listening to the news. My son is in his twenties and very interested in what's going on today. But when names like that are mentioned and certain things that I experienced, maybe during the JFK assassination or Watergate or McCarthyism, or someone are a reporter is trying to make a point using those references I know he doesn't understand the totality of the discussion. He will ask me what they mean sometimes though he is very smart.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 06:22 PM

203. Family owned mom and pop convenience stores...

in my small town we had one of these across the street in a residential neighborhood. It seems like there was one every few blocks. The lady and her family lived in the back of the store near us, it had the big curved glass counters with candy and cigs, groceries with unsure dates on them, pop in glass bottles. I used to ride my bike between these while delivering Grit newspapers...(that's another one that is gone).

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Response to wcmagumba (Reply #203)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 04:44 AM

345. When I was very poor, I'd turn in a silver dollar to a locally owned

local convenience store and redeem it a week later. They made a difference in my life back then.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 06:26 PM

205. Going to the library

to use the Encyclopedia Britannica for research.

I loved going there, which led me to my love of reading. Years ago I belonged to the Literary Guild for my books, but with the advent of BN and other such stores I got away from ordering from them.

I am an old gal, and not ashamed to admit it. The alternative is my darling departed sister.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 06:30 PM

206. Space Food Sticks

and Fireball XL-5

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Response to oldtime dfl_er (Reply #206)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:54 PM

232. And Tang

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Response to lapucelle (Reply #232)

Sun Mar 5, 2017, 03:20 PM

256. Found some at Costco a few weeks ago.

It's still great for camping, etc.

Tastes pretty much how I remember.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 06:32 PM

207. The phrase "Oh, Rochester!?"

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Response to Va Lefty (Reply #207)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:22 PM

215. Yes boss?

Eddie Anderson his voice got damaged as a kid hawking out loud selling newspapers That's how he happened to sound that way

Benny gave him some of the better joke lines and you can stay at his mansion
https://www.bedandbreakfast.com/ca-los-angeles-therochestermansion.html#img-8
Remember Benny's safe ? I think it was in the basement with alligators? Or down a tunnel?

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Response to lunasun (Reply #215)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:40 PM

219. That's awesome! Thanks for the info

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Response to lunasun (Reply #215)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:06 PM

236. "Your money or your life ....

Jack, "Wwweelllllll........"

Followed by the live audience laughing for at least minutes

Basement as memory serves, accompanied by hilarious sound effects, creaking doors, echoes, chains

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 06:45 PM

209. Cultural References are now more difficult.

I mentioned the old novel & movie "Sophie's Choice" to a group of professional people in their 30's and was met with blank stares. Trying to clarify, I said, you know, the movie with Meryl Streep. No one had heard of her.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 06:56 PM

211. moving the ears on the TV antenna

to try to pick up a 4th channel

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:18 PM

214. "Plunk your magic twanger, Froggy!"



Although, I go back to Smilin' Ed McConnell days. When he died, Andy Devine took over the franchise.

They often featured Ramar of the Jungle adventures. But nobody wanted to see those. It was all about Froggy.

Hi-ya kiddies! Hi-ya, hi-ya, hi-ya! Pfftpfftpfftp!

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Response to longship (Reply #214)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:56 PM

233. Officer Joe Bolton and Captain Jack McCarthy hosting cartoons

on the local channel, and Wonderama with Sonny Fox.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:24 PM

216. Without revealing your age...

Playing jacks on the front porch

Going "visiting" on Sunday afternoons

#45s on a portable record player and 78s on a console record player/radio.

The First Family record album (which I still possess)

Crinolines and always trying to outdo other girls with the most elaborate and most layers

Wrapping angora yarn around your boyfriend's ring

"I like Ike"

Sitting up front by the school bus driver and pulling the lever to make the stop sign stick out.

Mimeo machines at school

Standing outside with my Grandmother trying to see sputnik







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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:35 PM

218. Rotary dial phones.

black and white TV.
8 tracks.
Cassette tapes.
Beta vs VHS.
Penny candy that was actually a penny.

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Response to Doreen (Reply #218)

Sun Mar 5, 2017, 12:37 AM

247. Rotary phones why 212, 213 & 312 are NY, LA, Chicago area codes

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Response to MrPurple (Reply #247)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 05:42 AM

355. I'm a former long distance operator.

And I've paid attention to area codes in my normal life.
So without going into a lot of detail, area codes make a difference.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:49 PM

220. We had a candy store and trick store in our hood. One just sold candy . The other gags and tricks

only.
I don't know how they would stay in business now in little neighborhood storefronts like back then just selling single selections like that to (primarily ) kids

But they kept me in candy cigarettes and fizz tabs for years along with fake vomit , itching powder and a tin that said salted peanuts which no one should open if they didnt want a surprise

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:58 PM

221. Going to a movie at any time, not when it started

You could stay all day with one admission ticket. So if you got there in the middle, you just stayed to see the rest of the movie and then the beginning through the middle to where you came in. Or even longer if you wanted. There were also lots of double features, and some movie theatres gave out dish sets although I don't remember why.

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Response to DeeDeeNY (Reply #221)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 05:06 AM

347. Yes. On Saturdays we'd be dropped off at the local theater

and we stay inside for hours, watching the movies, the previews, the cartoons, the newsreels. We'd watch a movie until we got to the point where we'd arrived, stay a few more minutes and then leave. I have no idea how we knew when to go outside to be picked up, because none of us had a watch. But it was wonderful.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:00 PM

222. American Bandstand. Howdy Doody. Lassie. When Star Trek first aired. Purple ditto sheets.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:35 PM

224. A three scoop ice cream cone for 15 cents. Chilly Billey Cardill and

Chiller Theater, Sunday afternoon studio wrestling, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, David Garaway and J Fred Muggs, Isaly's chip chopped ham and Scyscraper
Ice Cream Cones.Having bad air allerts almost every day in the summer.They had a mine bullitin board on the radio and it took 5 to 10 minutes to list all the mines
that were working or not.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:41 PM

225. My parents got dressed up to go shopping all the men wore a tie and hat nt

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Response to doc03 (Reply #225)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 10:40 PM

245. Dressing up for church

Dad and my brother wore a suit and tie, Mom and I our best dresses (never pants). I think when most women started working and had to "dress up" all week was when church started getting more casual.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #245)

Mon Jul 24, 2017, 02:52 PM

272. Suits were mandatory for church

but we would laugh at pictures from the 1940s of men at baseball games in the summer wearing coats and ties.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:44 PM

226. Renting a rotary dial phone from the phone company

and being on a party line.

Hint: there was no celebration to those lines, they were dominated by one or two gabby people who never seemed to hang up to eat or sleep, meaning everybody else had to scream "EMERGENCY!" at them to make a 2 minute call.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #226)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:48 PM

228. I think it was when Carter was President

that Ma Bell's monopoly on renting phones to everyone finally got broken up.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:45 PM

227. I remember when you wanted to change tv stations, you had to get up and do it

Those were rough times, young'uns.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 08:52 PM

230. 45 rpm singles. Some of them get vinyl, but 45s not so much.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:03 PM

235. Winding a wristwatch...

heading home when the streetlights went on...

going to the grocery store with a quarter and a note from your mom so you could buy her smokes...

the Star Spangled Banner when TV stations signed off for the night...

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:51 PM

243. I remember...........

Milk delivered in the winter would freeze and expand the cream out of the top of the bottle.

Everyone I knew declared automatic transmissions bad, unreliable, and for drivers who were too lazy to use their left foot!

A job that was an upgrade from a regular typist-a keypuncher-the KP Dept. at the place I got my first job had 50+ full time.

Gas was .25/gal. High Test was .27/gal

Having to shovel coal to fed the furnace every so many hours, and bank it off at night so it would last till morning.

Being able to drive by yourself as soon as you passed your drivers test-no Cinderella licences then either.

Almost everybody did their own work to fix their car & keep it running.

Most moms didn't work outside the home.

One car per household until your kids got old enough to get their own.

My weekly grocery bill was $10.

Rent on our first apartment was $75/mo.

Electric bill was $5.00/mo.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 4, 2017, 09:58 PM

244. Sex Ed.

“YOU’RE A YOUNG LADY NOW”: MENSTRUAL EDUCATION THROUGH ADVERTISING https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/schlesinger-library/blog/youre-young-lady-now

And...

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sun Mar 5, 2017, 10:14 AM

250. Shoe salesman ex-raying my feet

An accepted part of buying shoes for kids!

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sun Mar 5, 2017, 10:17 AM

251. ENGLISH CLASS AND SPELLING

 

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sun Mar 5, 2017, 10:19 AM

252. Poodle skirts

And crinolines.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sun Mar 5, 2017, 10:36 AM

253. Sleeping

on the shelf below the rear window, driving back from the cottage on Sunday night.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sun Mar 5, 2017, 10:39 AM

254. Buying cigarettes for my dad at 8 years old.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sun Mar 5, 2017, 12:00 PM

255. TV rabbit ears. And putting aluminum foil on same.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 12:38 AM

258. Long distance calls

I remember only making long distance calls if there was an emergency, otherwise we wrote letters.

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Response to Vanessa Rose (Reply #258)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 04:41 AM

342. Calling collect. n/t

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Response to Vanessa Rose (Reply #258)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 05:57 AM

357. Yes!

I recently read a novel in which people in the 1950's somewhat casually called each other long distance, including from England to the U.S. or vice versa. It was obvious that the novel was written by someone who'd come of age a great deal later than the time frame of the events of the novel. I'm a half decade or so younger than the characters of the novel, and I know quite clearly that we simply didn't make long distance or (as happens in the novel) overseas phone calls casually. Those kinds of calls were reserved for genuinely major events. Sigh. It's more than obvious the novel was written by someone of a very different generation, used to the conventions of our era.

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Response to Vanessa Rose (Reply #258)

Mon Jul 13, 2020, 01:13 AM

420. Waiting for Sunday to call b/c the rates went down.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sat Mar 18, 2017, 09:43 PM

259. Five cent cherry cokes at the Rexall drug store

paper routes

Bubs Daddy, a 10 inch cylinder of gum about as big around as a little finger

The 20th Century With Walter Cronkite

Jonny Quest

WW1 vets were common

driving from Ohio to Florida for spring vacation, no interstates

Sorry to interrupt, this is a special bulletin from CBS news

the smell of ditto copies

Munsters vs The Addams Family

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sun Apr 16, 2017, 12:30 AM

262. Going down to the 7-11

With a tv tube to check in their tester and buy a replacement.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Thu Jun 8, 2017, 03:21 AM

265. The first year "Peter Pan" was broadcast on TV with Mary Martin as Peter Pan,

there was one and only one family in our housing complex with a TV. Everyone was invited, or maybe we all simply showed up. I recall standing outside their place, watching the show through the window, since the living room was completely full of people. We wouldn't get a TV for two more years. While TVs rather quickly became common, there was a time when having one was a rare privilege.

Milk being delivered and put in the milk box outside our apartment.

The Mickey Mouse Club. My favorite Mousketeer was Doreen.

Skates that you attached to your shoes, and were sized using a key.

I still miss card catalogs.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Mon Jul 24, 2017, 02:56 PM

273. 30 cents

In the late 60s, that was the set price for a gallon of gas or a pack of cigarettes.
I remember putting a quarter of gas in the car once to make sure I got home that day. Smart ass gas station attendant, after he had pumped the gas, gave me a free map of the State and told me to enjoy my ride.

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Response to SCantiGOP (Reply #273)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 03:00 AM

324. I bought Marlboros in 1967 for about $2.00 a carton in Michigan

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sun Sep 10, 2017, 09:19 PM

276. Filmstrips in junior high.

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Response to InAbLuEsTaTe (Reply #276)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 03:01 AM

325. I was on the AV team in elementary school:

we set up the film strips and movie projectors for the teachers that couldn't figure out that "high-tech" stuff.

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Response to k8conant (Reply #325)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 05:16 AM

349. lol, me too!! Not until junior high though... guess I was a "late bloomer." (haha)

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sun Sep 10, 2017, 09:25 PM

278. Waiting for the Sears Christmas catalog to come in the mail.

Then looking through it at all the great toys and, for whatever reason, the parent/children Christmas morning matching pajamas.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sun Sep 10, 2017, 09:28 PM

280. Playing in a Riverside Drive Park, New York, , circa 1950

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sun Sep 10, 2017, 09:29 PM

281. The Alexander Botts series in the Saturday Evening Post (A Caterpillar Tractor from Peoria guy.)

"Start fresh, with L&M
Stay fresh, with L&M
Unlock a whole new world
Of- fresh smoking pleasure.
Start fresh, stay fresh, with L&M."

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sun Sep 10, 2017, 09:41 PM

283. Having to adjust twin carburetors on a Austin Healey 3000.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sun Sep 10, 2017, 09:50 PM

284. Watching Romper Room

Watching the moon landing live.
Not being allowed to use the phone hanging on the wall in the kitchen.
Playing with Super-balls.
making creepy crawlers..
Looking up words in a dictionary.
Vaccinations in the school gym.
so so many things.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sun Sep 10, 2017, 09:50 PM

285. Paper dolls

S & H Green stamps, going to Hancock fabrics and picking out patterns and fabric for the clothes my Mom made for me. Also, the Jewel T man stopping by our house.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sun Sep 10, 2017, 10:04 PM

286. car hops.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sun Sep 10, 2017, 10:06 PM

287. Turning the car's brights off and on

with your left foot using a button on the floor.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sun Sep 10, 2017, 10:41 PM

289. The smell of ditto ink on tests in school nt

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sun Sep 10, 2017, 10:49 PM

290. Cap guns and candy cigarettes

of course Mom said that when she was in school, the day before hunting season started, students old enough to be out at dawn the next morning would check their deer rifles in the office, so they could head out right after school.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sun Sep 10, 2017, 11:03 PM

293. Going to a Saturday double feature buying popcorn and Good and Plentys

all for 50 cents. Then going to Isaly's for a Scyscraper cone for 15 cents.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Sun Sep 10, 2017, 11:09 PM

295. A Republican president that wasn't batshit crazy nt

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 12:04 AM

297. Drive in theater. Jiffy pop popcorn and fizzies!

Last edited Mon Sep 11, 2017, 01:07 AM - Edit history (1)

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 12:10 AM

298. 1. Penmanship. They never heard of it

2. Write it in cursive. They never heard of that either



* this thread is the best

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 12:36 AM

299. Penny candy.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 01:12 AM

301. Romper Room....and I see Suzy and Jimmy....

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Response to MLAA (Reply #301)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 01:35 AM

309. My mother would never allow me to watch that

She said Miss Whosis made her want to throw up in the sink.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #309)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 01:40 AM

311. LOL! Unfortunately my mom had a little stronger stomach. 😀

Just googled it...her name was 'Miss Nancy' Claster.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 01:15 AM

302. The dirtiest line in television

Ward, you were a little too rough on the Beaver last night.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 01:16 AM

303. Alaska Pops!

The best Popsicles, bought at our neighborhood corner store. The store owner was a hoot and would always add the flavor of your choice as addition to the 10 for 10 cent bag I got.

I feel fortunate to have lived in that era....

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 01:18 AM

304. Seeing the Greatful Dead walll of sound tour.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 01:20 AM

305. Pay phones.

VHS

Video rental stores

Trying to watch premium cable channels (yes, including the naughty ones) through scrambled pictures.

1-900 numbers, again including the naughty ones. Why do I remember these so vividly? LOL.

EDIT: The card catalog at the library too.

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Response to ButSeeYa (Original post)

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 01:32 AM

307. Being fascinated with the drip pan under the ice box

and how big the blocks of ice were when they were delivered every other day.

Getting bread and milk delivered to separate boxes on the front porch. Seeing the milk bottle lids popped off and sitting on a column of frozen cream on super cold days.

Feeding the rag man's horse a piece of carrot.

Watching my parents do hobbies while radio shows played (we got the first TV on the block when I was four).

Loving the old Dumont Netowrk's animation of a big ass plane circling an itty bitty earth when they signed on.

Getting free miniature loaves of bread when supermarkets would have a grand opening (now they just get sold out and put new signs up).

And mostly, being trusted to play outside all over the neighborhood, as long as I came home before it got dark. Walking to school by myself and to the park by myself at the age of seven and feeling very grownup when I did it.

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