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Quackinator  (Level: 165.3 - Posts: 151)
Sun, 18th Jan '09 9:23 AM


Sargon's post about things that are disappearing, along with the immensely historical inaguration to take place Tuesday have me feeling nostalgic.

My grandmother was born in 1904. She saw the onset of prominent use of automobiles, planes, telephones, televison and space flight.

I have seen the invention and use of color TV,cell phones, the internet, i pods... I have seen a man walk on the moon. We did not get the flying cars we imagined when we were kids, but I'm still hopeful.

I remember penny candy, 5 cent Hershey bars and the milkman. Segregation existed during my lifetime, as well as forced busing to desegregate schools.

I could go on and on, but I'd like to hear from the group. What do YOU remember?

Pennwoman  (Level: 151.8 - Posts: 2478)
Sun, 18th Jan '09 9:43 AM

I remember my dad going into business with a fellow solider who was black in the mid 1960's
- they were going to refinish furniture on the side -- they were unable to do it because they both had small children and it was to dangerous. Can you imagine???

Collioure  (Level: 102.3 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 18th Jan '09 9:47 AM

I'm old, just not that old.

Ask me again in 20 years.

(when I won't remember so well!)

Seniorrita  (Level: 140.1 - Posts: 223)
Sun, 18th Jan '09 10:03 AM

I remember the ice man bringing ice into the porch and putting it in the ice box.
I remember signs at Lake Geneva that said "Gentiles Only."
Milk was in a bottle with cream on the top.
Coke was wonderful in its green glass and reportedly contained cocaine. (I never believed that)
"Guess What" was a little package of two pieces of taffy and a little prize. They may have been 2 cents.
Mom wore "Evening in Paris" which came in beautiful blue containers and smelled divine.
I took my brother on walks along the Illinois Central.

Both my parents passed away in their 40s in 1941 and 1942. I remember when Mom got an electric stove, a refrigerator and a Mixmaster. Think of all they missed!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 18th Jan '09 10:39 AM

I was born in 1953.

I remember that when my grandmother died in 1979, she had never cut her hair in her entire life and never used a hairdryer or haircolor. She also had never used a payphone - she told me she was scared to even try. She wore nylon stockings and shoes every day of her life (or maybe of MY life), and her stockings were kept up with elastic garters. I remember my mother only allowed us to wash our hair once a week, because more would "make us sick." My biggest rebellion of my teenage life was washing my hair more often and shaving my legs - anything more rebellious than that would have pretty much gotten me "aborted" on the spot. We had a strong respect (fear) of our mother, and we certainly were never included in any decisions or asked our opinion of anything as children or teenagers.

I remember that my mother made all my clothes (except for one store-bought dress for a funeral when I was 12 and my other grandmother died suddenly). She even made my wedding dress - a gorgeous white velvet with beading individually sown all over the place. We ONLY got new clothes for the start of school, Christmas, and Easter. We only got new toys or anything specifically for us at Christmas and for our birthday - NOTHING any other time of the year, except school supplies in September.

I remember my dad working on the cars every weekend - general maintenance, oil changes, tune-ups. He did everything himself.

I remember we had a garden (even though we lived in town) and the only things bought at the grocery store were paper items, soaps, meat and bread. My mother canned and froze vegetables and fruits enough for us with enough left to give to others. If for some reason there was a late frost, we lost some fruits and vegetables. So we went to farmers' fields and paid to go out and pick veggies and fruits for our use.

I remember going with my mom every week after payday to make a deposit into their savings account. They saved EVERY payday. They had only 5 monthly bills to pay - utilities and house payment.

I remember my parents were prejudiced. BUT my mother's favorite singer was Nat King Cole, and she bought his records for her little record player. Yet when my sister got her first job at the college library and bought Brook Benton records (she loved Ricky Nelson and Brook Benton), my mother threw a racist fit. We could never understand that.

I remember my parents had a 1-car garage, and they did NOT have a storage shed with extra stuff in boxes. The only stuff they bought or kept in boxes that wasn't used constantly were Christmas decorations. No need ever to hold a garage sale. Nothing was ever bought for beauty - only function.

Bbear  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2301)
Sun, 18th Jan '09 11:29 AM

Sitting in the "back back" of my dad's '61 VW Beetle, which, if you look at them is about 6" wide.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 18th Jan '09 4:35 PM

Parties that my parents hosted for their theater friends where all the adults got drunk and played charades. They were hilarious!

Aquamar  (Level: 176.8 - Posts: 904)
Sun, 18th Jan '09 6:29 PM

I remember going to drive-in movies and laying in the back window with my blanket and looking up at the stars. I remember taking a 2300 mile trip in my dad's 1960 vw bug (three of us in the back seat). I remember our dog Lobo a border collie that I thought was smarter than Lassie. I remember going to a Beatles concert with my girlfriend. Everyone was screaming so loud that we couldn't hear them at all even though we were up close and personal. I remember my first kiss the boy took two weeks trying to find mistletoe to hold over my head.

Collioure  (Level: 102.3 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 18th Jan '09 6:59 PM

I remember a real icebox before refrigerators became common. It was a large wooden appliance, and it kept foods cool via a block of ice delivered weekly(?) through a vent in the kitchen. And I vaguely remembered ours being taken away when they delivered our first refrigerator. I think my mother called all refrigerators iceboxes to the day she died (in 2005).

I also remember coal being delivered for our furnace - through another vent.

And I remember when candy bars cost 5 cents. I loved Opera Creams.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 18th Jan '09 7:30 PM

My mom still calls the fridge the icebox sometimes!!!

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sun, 18th Jan '09 8:42 PM

I'm 71 and I can't even remember what I was doing 30 minutes ago.

Ladyvol  (Level: 202.8 - Posts: 5433)
Sun, 18th Jan '09 9:11 PM

I'm 53 (soon be 54) and I remember a lot of things from my growing up years...walking to town and going to the dime store, all shopping was done on Saturday and you spent the whole day in town...going to the movies or just hanging out at the local drugstore with it's soda fountain...45's were 29 cents a piece, a dollar could buy a great big bag of candy, drinking RC's and eating moon pies, my mom hang clothes outside to dry and we had a wringer washer...We didn't have a clothes dryer until I was a senior in high school! Taking a vacation to Virginia in a 1959 Ford (my dad's) with no air conditioner and it was the middle of summer! Going to the Krystal in Chattanooga after going shopping for school clothes at Sears in Chattanooga with my mom...if we couldn't find what we needed in Dayton we went to Chattanooga! Listening to stories about how my grandparents grew up...they were born in 1883 and 1885. So many great things I remember...comic books were 12 cents, Santa Claus at Redford's 5&10 cent store sitting in the big window of the store during Christmas, getting a new dress and shoes for Easter, hip hugger jeans, tie died shirts, go go boots, segregation began when I was in the 4th grade, going to town on election night and watching the election returns as they were posted on a huge chalk board outside Robinson's Drug Store, my very first car a 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 with bucket seats and a four in the floor, drive-in movies, black and white TV and watching The Wonderful World Of Color on Sunday nights and then Bonanza came on afterwards. Snow at Christmas, small transistor radios that everyone carried to school, having prayer and saying the pledge before school started each morning, Alice and Jerry books, mowing the yard with a push mower, staying up late during the summer and playing outside until dark, catching fireflies and putting them in jars, so many great memories...I could go on and on but I'll stop here...

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sun, 18th Jan '09 9:13 PM

Actually I remember steam locomotives working the switch yards across from my house in Toledo.
I remember my first ball point pen when I was about Nine years old.
I remember when all the U.S. mail trucks were Model A's
D-Day followed by victory in Europe and the Pacific (and yes we DID call then Japs)
The first mass produced automatic transmissions, (Oldsmobile)
Neighborhood groceries and "The corner bar"
PF Flyers tennis shoes
Accepting candy from strangers without getting molested.
Shooting my BB gun and somehow missing my eye.
Free road maps at service stations.
Trading cards
'Lil Abner's "Shmoo"
Ted Mack and the Original Amateur Hour
Watching Ted Williams, Joe Dimaggio and Bob Feller playing the Tigers at Briggs stadium.

Mplaw51  (Level: 176.9 - Posts: 1582)
Sun, 18th Jan '09 11:45 PM

These are great to read.
My mother used to make all my clothes also. I went to Catholic school and my uniform and blouse were just a little different from everyone else. It never mattered to me and I can't recall anyone making fun of me for it. I didn't own jeans until I went away to college.
The candy store had red hot dollars five for a penny. So much candy could be bought for 10 cents.
During the cold war in the 50's, I thought Nikita Kruschev was going to walk in the classroom and try to take charge. Funny how kids perceive things. Those were the days when we had air raid drills. All students would go to the basement of the school, the cafeteria was there, we would get on the floor in a ball until the bell would ring signalling that the air raid drill was over. We did this once a week at least. Crazy nuns...
Everyone would ride the number 20 bus to Asbury Park and go to Steinbach's on Saturday. We'd just walk around but most all of the kids we went to school with were there on a Saturday afternoon. In the summer, we were at the beach every day. The summer kids came then and friendships got renewed. The parking meter took pennies and I think a quarter would let you stay all day. Today a quarter will give you 15 minutes.
I remember Sunday evenings watching The Wonderful World of Disney as well. Bonanza was a favorite also. 77 Sunset Strip, I loved, Dick Clark and his American Bandstand and Route 66. I loved the Monkees in high school.
My first 45 was Sherry by the Four Seasons. Convention Hall in Asbury Park had a summer concert series each year and I saw the Temptations and the Four Tops just before my senior year. Later in my 20's, Bruce Springsteen used to come to the Stone Pony and play with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. The Jukes played every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. $3 for a picher of beer.
Cars didn't always have seat belts. Seems weird now doesn't it? I think New Jersey may be one of the last places to have a "circle" as a traffic pattern still. Some places call them rotaries. Whatever they're called no one knows how to drive them!
I remember my first McDonald's burger. I didn't like it at all! The take out treat for us was chicken chow mein from the chinese food place.
My mother used to stand at the back door and yell, " Mauree-een" and I would hear her from two or three blocks away and come home. She rang a big cow bell also. My neighbors would have thought I had a screw loose if I had stood at the door with a cow bell in my hand!!
Good memories...

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 18th Jan '09 11:56 PM

The infamous 'Benbrook Circle" is close to one of my schools - I travel it twice a week. Remember my first McDonald's commercial: "Burger, french fries and a coke - and change from your dollar."

Salzypat  (Level: 154.3 - Posts: 5295)
Mon, 19th Jan '09 1:08 AM

I remember when Saturday night was THE big night of the week. You went to town early so you could get a good parking spot right in the center of Main Street. Then you could sit in the car all evening and watch people walk by. Sometimes you'd get out and walk with them and sometimes they sit in the car and visit with you.

I went to the movies on Saturday night. 12 cents covered the ticket and you usually watched a double feature. After the show I could walk Main Street with some classmates but when I heard three short beeps on the car horn, I knew that meant my folks were ready to go home and I'd better get there in a hurry.

I remember the ice box, too. Except we had to bring our ice from town to the farm. We had a well house (where an indoor cement tank held water pumped from the ground) and that is where food was safely stored. My mother would put the food in Karo syrup buckets, tie a string to the bucket handle and fasten the string to the side of the tank and then put the bucket in the water.

I remember riding a horse to school and getting bucked off frequently in the sandbur patches.

Every morning during the school year we raised the American flag and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

I remember the school going on hikes in late fall to pick milkweed pods which then were sent somewhere to be used in making military wear.

I remember outdoor toilets and taking baths in a big tub in the kitchen next to the old cookstove. I also remember picking corncobs up in the hog pen after school nights.

It may not sound like it, but those WERE the good old days in many ways. I wonder what our children and grandchildren will remember when they are our ages?

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