the corners of our minds......

Some fond memories:

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 or an open hearth.
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.

Older Than Dirt Quiz:
Count all the ones that you remember, NOT the ones you were told about! Your ratings at the bottom.

1. Blackjack chewing gum
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 boxes
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)
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S&H Green Stamps
16. Hi-fi's
17. Metal ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper
19. Blue flashbulb
20. Packards
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebakers
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 ! (PS: This is me :-) )

I might be older than dirt but those memories are the best part of my life.

'Senility Prayer'...God grant me...
The senility to forget the people I never liked;
The good fortune to run into the ones that I do,
And the eyesight to tell the difference.'

'Hey Dad,' one of my kids asked the other day, 'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up ? ' 'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him. 'All the food was slow.'

'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat ?'

'It was a place called 'at home, I explained. 'Grandma cooked every day and when Grandpa got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit 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 I had to have permission to leave the table. But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it:

Some parents NEVER owned their own house (my Dad did, it cost him $14,000 for a 3 bedroom rancher), wore Levis , set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit card. In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears AND Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.

My parents never drove me to soccer practice. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow). We didn't have a television in our house until I was 8. It was, of course, black and white, but they bought a piece of colored plastic to cover the 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 programs that had scenes of fire trucks riding across someone's lawn on a sunny day. Some people had a lens taped to the front of the TV to make the picture look larger.

I was 14 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called 'pizza pie.' When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had.

We didn't have a car until I was 9. Before that, the only car in our family was my grandfather's Ford. He called it a 'machine.' It started by pushing a button on the dashboard.

I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.

Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers. I delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which I got to keep 2 cents. I had to get up at 4 AM every morning.. On Saturday, I had to collect the 42 cents from my customers. My favorite customers were 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 collection day.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. Touching someone else's tongue with yours was called French kissing and they 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.

Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it ?

MEMORIES from a friend:

My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter 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 board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.

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sugg229 years ago
Its interesting - I am only 15, but I had actually used or seen being used ten of those things. I have actually been driven in a Studebaker, and I've seen a few Packards before.
Goodhart (author)  sugg229 years ago
Have you used a "rotary phone" ? :-)
sugg22 Goodhart9 years ago
yes, we have one.
Kiteman sugg229 years ago
Goodhart (author)  Kiteman9 years ago
Hmm, that appears to use the "four prong" plug-in style . But I distinctly remember, while living at home with my parents, having "no plug" at all. that is, the jack was a permanent box (held with a screw) on the baseboard. There are actually a few options: install the 4 prong jack on the baseboard in place of the standard one, or remove the face place and try a converter faceplate (which consisted of internal contacts {pressure attached only} ), or a faceplate that converts to modular RJ11 - 4 contact socket. Old style plug and socket:
sugg22 Goodhart9 years ago
The one we one is not only dial up, the rotary is inside, and it had the huge microphone sticking out of it and a earpiece on a cord
Goodhart (author)  sugg229 years ago
Well, at least you don't "ring the operator" and ask them to connect you to "the other party" just to make a call :-)
That's the only phone that works in our house during a power outage. What's cool about it is dad got it from the San Francisco Airport (they were remodeling). It's on a blue board with white letters stating "San Francisco International Airport White Courtesy Phone" and it has an information directory. How to use it is beyond me.
beado4ever9 years ago
I think i've seen those things in a museum once!!!! OLD or what? I have to say my parents didn't tell me about those things, my grandparents did! Ah well, one day i suppose I'll be telling my son about having an mp3 player and laptop computer that will make him laugh at how old fashioned I once was.
Ah well, one day i suppose I'll be telling my son about having an mp3 player and laptop computer that will make him laugh at how old fashioned I once was.

Yep, along with wooden tables (Microsoft Surface), Paper (have you seen that prototype digital paper?), they will laugh at the "crappy effects" of our movies, our slow computers, and ask what Winter was like.
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