One For The Older Members
Sorry about the cut & paste,but I had to share this. My wife E-mailed me this today. Now I may be only 35 but there is so much I remember from growing up. I live in the city,but my family lives in the country. I would go there on the weekends,creeks,bullfrogs,corner stores with wooden framed doors,screen nailed to it,wood floors and smelled like fruit inside. Enjoy you all.
"Hey Dad," one of my kids asked the other day, "What was your favorite
food when you were growing up?"
"We didn't have fast food when I was growing up," I informed him. "All
food was slow."
"C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?"
"It was a place called 'at home,'" I explained. "Grandma cooked every
and when Grandpa got home from work, we sat down together at the dining
table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to
there until I did like it."
By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to
suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how
had to have permission to leave the table. But here are some other
would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could
Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis, set foot on a
course, traveled out of the country or had a credit card. In their
years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was
only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears AND Roebuck. Either way,
is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.
My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because
never had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50
and only had one speed, (slow). We didn't have a television in our
until I was 11, but my grandparents had one before that. It was, of
black and white, but they bought a piece of colored plastic to cover
screen. The top third was blue, like the sky, and the bottom third was
green, like grass. The middle third was red. It was perfect for
that had scenes of fir e trucks riding across someone's lawn on a sunny
Some people had a lens taped to the front of the TV to make the picture
I was 13 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called "pizza pie."
bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off,
down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still
best pizza I ever had.
We didn't have a car until I was 15. Before that, the only car in our
was my grandfather's Ford. He called it a "machine."
I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in
living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had
listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using
Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.
All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered
delivered a newspa per, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of
got to keep 2 cents. I had to get up at 4 AM every morning.. On
had to collect the 42 cents from my customers. My favorite customers
the ones who gave me 50 cents and told me to keep the change. My least
favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on
Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the
Touching someone else's tongue with yours was called French kissing and
didn't do that in movies. I don't know what they did in French movies.
French movies were dirty and we weren't allowed to see them.
If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want
share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren.. Just
don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.
Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?
MEMORIES from a friend:
< BR>My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December)
brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a
with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my
had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or
something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing
to "sprinkle" clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I
How many do you remember?
Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall.
Real ice boxes.
Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.
Older Than Dirt Quiz: Count all the ones that you remember not the ones
were told about Ratings at the bottom.
1. Blackjack chewing g um
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxe s
6 . Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (OLive-6933)
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S&H Green Stamps
17. Metal ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper
19 Blue flashbulb
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns
25. Wash tub wringers
If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 16-25 = You're older than dirt!
I might be older than dirt but those memories are the best part of my
Had some neighbors that drove Studebakers, they switched to Fords when they could no longer get a Studebaker.
We had a party line with about 10 families on it, you could learn all kinds of things by listening.
Used Butch Wax.
Got bottled pop from a machine for $0.05.
We bought candy from the five-and-dime, could get a whole bag full for a quarter that included such goodies as Blackjack chewing gum, wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water and candy cigarettes. Quarters were hard to come by so were dimes, nickels and pennies. If you had a penney you could buy a piece of candy. Big candy bars were five cents. You could put your Blackjack gum over a front tooth and act like you had lost a tooth.
Got my hand caught in the washer wringer.
Pizza came in the box, the sauce and the cheese were in cans in the box, Mom fried hamburger and put on it, that was the only form of pizza that I knew of until I was a teenager.
We had neighbors that only bought such things as sugar and flour in the grocery store, they grew everything else they ate or drank for that matter. Had another neighbor that had a whole wall full of home brewed beer in his basement. I always think of him when I hear the song "99 bottles of beer on the wall". Grandpa had homemade wine, I remember labels such as dandylion and orange. The orange wine sounded good but tasted nasty and my cousin and I got caught drinking it.
Well, I guess that I am older than dirt.
another for the older crowd
THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while
they carried us.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing and didn't get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when
we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. (I still do)
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE
actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, bread and butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it,
but we weren't overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were
back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride
down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the
bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at
all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no
cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat
rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no
lawsuits from these accidents.
We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and
although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did
the worms live in us forever.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or
rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who
didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.
They actually sided with the law!
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem
solvers and inventors ever!
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW
TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!
And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow
up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for
our own good.
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of
arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid
in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly
proclaiming...'Wow! What a ride!
Robert B. Towsley
Re: another for the older crowd
But I remember when we got our first colour tv AND it had a remotewe were only allowed to watch it for an hour at night and saturday morning cartoons.
Pizza was always rectangular 'cause mom made it in a cookie sheet
Had my first fast food burger at 7 when we were movin cross country, had only ever seen McD's on commercials before then.
Used to get home made rice crispy squares and candy apples at halloween which were always safe to eat!
Dad would give us(my bro and I) each $2(in BILL form) and we would get a bag of candy, a kinder surprise, a soda, AND a pack of hockey cards. EACH!
I'M ONLY 19!!
Never had video games either till I got an original NES when I was 8, till then chasing garder snakes and throwing worms/frogs at girls was our only entertainment (and nobody got suspended from school for it either!)
Re: Re: another for the older crowd
there was always sex and drugs and rock and roll, uh, jazz, yeah, no, i mean the blues. well, sex and drugs anyway too. dont forget goin down to the drug store for a bottle of coke! hey man, it was the real thing
Remember when the government let you raise your children according to the rules you made for them?
Man, I rember it all and how it's all changed over the years...
Even the Royal Crown Cola. Now it's Crown Royal and cola.
You know, people accuse me off acting 15.......Some mornings I swear I'm 90. According to the test, I'm older than dirt. Got a perfect score of 25. Those darn wax bottles ALWAYS left a crappy taste in your mouth. Same as the BIG LIPS made of wax.
A&W Hamburger stands (and the ORIGINAL Rootbeer in a mug)
Carrols (Predecessor to Burger King)
Skateboards with metal wheels and a 1x6x30 board
Skates with metal wheels
Train sets with 3 tracks
The biggest thrill was seeing Bras advertised in a Sears Catalog
(today , they would be considered body armor)
There were NEVER "swearwords" used in front of women
Pong was cutting edge technology
Some guy just went across the snowy field in some contraption called a snowmobile!?!
Dinner was on the table at 5pm, when Dad got home
All the kids met Dad at the door at 5pm
There was actually entertainment on TV during Primetime
Disney was on at 7pm, just before Lawrence Welk on Sundays
ice skating on ponds
garter belts (LOL)
treehouses or "forts" built by KIDS, not parents
Whats a BMX bike? Looks wierd...
Bubble face shields for 3/4 helmets
Dungarees & brush cuts
Five and Dimes
Gas Station attendants
Cases of Coke came in heavy bottles in a wooden crate that had a deposit
Candybars were $.10
Canada Dry Ginger Ale was (3) qt bottles for $.79
What's this 2 liter plastic bottle? Soda tastes TERRIBLE
Charlie Chip man would come once a week and take the empty potato chip can, and replace it with a fullone!!
Mom cooked food adding SALT. Stopped in the 70's because salt added to hypertension......
Had to walk to school, uphill both ways, 26 miles in 26 below weather.... (Ok I REMEMBER IT THAT WAY.....)
You could play in the road.
Hitch hiking was not a good idea, but a lot of people did it anyways, and GOT RIDES from strangers
Re: One For The Older Members
1. Blackjack chewing gum [color=yellow]Loved it but hated the Clove gum that was made by the same company.[/color]
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water[color=yellow]Got one every day after school. Terrible tasting sugar water but liked to chew the wax.[/color]
3. Candy cigarettes[color=yellow]Mom smoked so I copied her with the candy ones. Never did smoke real ones.[/color]
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles[color=yellow]Good old green coke bottles and Dr. Pepper "10-2-4" bottles.[/color]
5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes[color=yellow]Dad would never play a tune on one. Really burned me![/color]
6 . Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers[color=yellow]We lived in the country and had our own milk cow but my cousins lived in the city and got those.[/color]
7. Party lines[color=yellow]Really irritating when I wanted to call my girl firend![/color]
8. Newsreels before the movie[color=yellow]And ALWAYS had a double feature, all for $0.25![/color]
9. P.F. Flyers[color=yellow]gto mine from a friend who was showing off, coasted into the street and just missed being run over by a fire truck. The bike wasn't so lucky so he gave it to me.[/color]
10. Butch wax[color=yellow]Used it from 7th grade thru about sophomore year for my jelly roll hair-doo.[/color]
11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (OLive-6933)[color=yellow]APex-24[/color]
12. Peashooters[color=yellow]Made our own from paper soda straws. Only good for about 10 minutes of battle before they got water soaked from spit.[/color]
13. Howdy Doody[color=yellow]Came on right after Pinky Lee[/color]
14. 45 RPM records[color=yellow]Still have a collection of about 100. Wanna hear "Yesterday's Gone"?[/color]
15. S&H Green Stamps[color=yellow]My wife and I furnished our appartment with them when we first got married and I was going to Fresno State. Gas stations were in a trading stamp war and you could get 20X stamps![/color]
16 Hi-fi's[color=yellow]Yes, but the first transistor radios were the REALLY big deal! I still have my first transistor from Christmas about 1959 and it still works![/color]
17. Metal ice trays with lever[color=yellow] The levers that broke after about a month so you had to run them under hot water to get them to let loose.[/color]
18. Mimeograph paper[color=yellow] Loved that smell when the teacher passed out the assignments. And you could even read them sometimes when the master wasn't too old. Big deal was when it was your week to run the mimeo for the teacher.[/color]
19 Blue flashbulb[color=yellow]I collected those things (used)thinking there MUST be a good use for them. Never did figure out one.[/color]
20. Packards[color=yellow]Hey, who doesn't like new Packards!? And Willys and Kaiser sedans?![/color]
21. Roller skate keys[color=yellow]Sister and I were thrilled when we got ours until we figured out that dad got them for us so we would sweep off the front porch to skate on it![/color]
22. Cork popguns[color=yellow]Don't they still make those?[/color]
23. Drive-ins[color=yellow]Saw Bambi for the first tme there. Cried my eyes out for days afterward. In fact saw all my early movies there 'cause the whole family could get in for $1. we didn't go to the movies that often.[/color]
24. Studebakers[color=yellow]Avanti! Nuff said!![/color]
25. Wash tub wringers[color=yellow]And clothes lines. Those ringers always scared me. I envisioned getting a finger caught and beign pulled clear thru! Loved to walk between the wet clothes on the line - cool and smelled wonderful![/color]
Left off windmills for water, outhouses, light plants for electricity and a bunch more.
I remembered 25 = I'm older than dirt![color=red]Perfect score![/color]
Does this mean that we are "Ancient Flatulence"?
Typical dinner ( lunch for you city folks) was a huge plate of fried chicken. Mashed potatoes and white gravy made from the chicken pan, any number of fresh garden veggies, sliced tomatoes, sliced cucumbers. A bottomless picher of cold milk. And the only thing that came from the store was the salt and pepper and the flour in the gravey.
Hundreds of acres as a playground
Your own 22 when you were 10 but toy guns whittled out of wood before that.
Watch Roy Rogers on Saturday morning then play cowboys and indians in the haystacks the rest of the day. It was always fun to get shot and do the big dramitc death fall from the top of the haystack.
Driving tractors when your age was still a few years shy of double digits.
Building your own jalopys and tearing up all the county roads when you were 14. No license or insurance, just good old fun.
Life was meant to be a little dangerous. Most kids had a few scars and broken bones before they got grown up. Nobody ever got stiches unless you need at least 12.
Spankins, getting caught riding the milk cow was good for one on the spot.
You never heard a kid throwing a fit in the store.
All kids respected all adults.
25 cents would buy a candy bar a soda and a comic book
Hot Rod and Car Craft were 50 cents
I miss the sound of a wooden screen door slamming on a summer day as your dad is yelling "Don't slam the scree............... " he never did get to finish the sentence. Or the sounds of the screen door springs twanging as you hit the door on your way out on a dead run.
All this just goes to prove my maxim, "Nostalgia just isn't what it used to be!"
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