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Memories.....like the corners of our minds...... Answered

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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sugg22 (author)2008-03-08

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.

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Goodhart (author)sugg222008-03-08

Have you used a "rotary phone" ? :-)

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2008-03-09

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:

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sugg22 (author)Goodhart2008-03-09

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

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Goodhart (author)sugg222008-03-09

Well, at least you don't "ring the operator" and ask them to connect you to "the other party" just to make a call :-)

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Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)Goodhart2008-03-09

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.

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beado4ever (author)2008-03-08

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.

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Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)beado4ever2008-03-09

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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Oh, and our "horrible" game graphics.

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Goodhart (author)beado4ever2008-03-08

instead of 45 rpm records, how about Lacquer records, known as 78's that had only one song on an LP sized disc LOL

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beado4ever (author)beado4ever2008-03-08

LOL sorry. As Groucho Marx said (I think) "You are as old as who you feel!"

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Kiteman (author)2008-03-09

Hmmm.... there's a bit of Americana, but ...

1. Blackjack chewing gum - Blackjacks were chewy liquorice sweets
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water - "cola bottles" (gummy bottle-shaped sweets are still around, but they used to make them beer-flavoured.
3. Candy cigarettes - Yes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles - We didn't have soda machines, the corner shop soldit in bottles that you could return for a 2p deposit.
5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes - I remember seeing such things on glamorous foreign TV
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers - foil lids, punctured by blue tits after the top of the milk.
7. Party lines - yes, and phones were rare enough that the other party didn't live on our street.
8. Newsreels before the movie - sorry.
9. P.F. Flyers - who he?
10. Butch wax - Censored rude comment
11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (OLive-6933) - nearly - I remember having a four-digit phone number, and large organisations having three-digit phone numbers.
12. Peashooters - yes
13. Howdy Doody - this would be a comic strip?
14. 45 RPM records - Oh, yes. I even had some 78s
15. S&H Green Stamps - do Green Shield stamps count?
16. Hi-fi's - and hi-fi buff arguing about whether ruby or diamond styli gave better reproduction.
17. Metal ice trays with lever - sorry
18. Mimeograph paper - yes (oh, the smell)
19. Blue flashbulb - the disposable ones that turned a quarter-turn on your Kodak with each shot.
20. Packards - will a Ford Anglia do?
21. Roller skate keys - how about skates that bolted onto your shoes?
22. Cork popguns - my boys own two.
23. Drive-ins - Hey, I didn't see a McDonalds until I was 18.
24. Studebakers - er.. Audi Quattro?
25. Wash tub wringers - we had a top-loader twin-tub. It rusted through the bottom so my dad fixed it with fibreglass - it smelled bad, so my mam made him shut the doors, boy, did he have a hangover!

Memories that scare my current pupils -

Only one TV, B&W, only 3 channels, only on for a few hours per day (no day-time TV, no 24hr TV)
Dial phones (so much effort), no mobiles, at all.
No video games, no portable consoles.
No video recorders
No CDs, DVDs, audio cassettes were an expensive novelty (schools had reel-to-reel audio machines)
AM/LW radio only.
No fast food joints.
Having to wait weeks to see the latest films
No walkmans (walkmen?), iPods, MP3s etc.
Headphone muffs the size of half a grapefruit
No microwaves
The only frozen foods were peas and fishfingers
No home freezer.
No instant foods except mashed potato, custard, powdered egg, powdered milk and coffee.
The only meal you didn't use a knife and fork for was a bowl of soup.
Eating only turkey-based food for the week after Christmas (sandwiches and broth, mainly)
No trainers, only "pumps".
No home computers, no internet, no downloads.
Dressing no so differently from our parents, and only getting new clothes at Easter and Christmas (or new uniform for a new school).
Blazers and ties for school uniform.
Caning.
No alcopops

And I still sometimes get a chill when I write dates that start 200_" - I'm living in the distant future I read about as a child...

...leans back from keyboard, creaking.

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Goodhart (author)Doctor What2008-03-08

along with real "ice boxes" how about the electric trucks that delivered the ice to your door LOL

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Doctor What (author)Goodhart2008-03-08

What are these things that you mention? I think I've seen the ice boxes and the electric trucks that deliver ice on a food network show once... But yeah the things I remember are: Wax coke bottles filled with sugar water (you can still buy these!) Candy Cigarettes (same goes here!) Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes (Yay!) Cork popguns (Double Yay!)

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Goodhart (author)Doctor What2008-03-08

Wow, in my area, I thought they were rather old fashioned, but I haven't seen any of these around for a long time. An ice boxes stored ice, and you used the compartments of the box like a refrigerator. I don't remember the ice being delivered in the trucks (I am old, but not ancient ;-) but we had one up at the hunting cabin when I was young (we had to get the blocks of ice ourselves).

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Doctor What (author)Goodhart2008-03-08

They are pretty rare, but when I was younger (say, between 5 and 8, I bought wax coke bottles and candy cigarettes all the time!

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Sunbanks (author)Doctor What2008-03-08

I did too! I loved those.

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Goodhart (author)Doctor What2008-03-08

I can't even find "pixie-stix" anymore *sigh* gone are the days....

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Doctor What (author)Goodhart2008-03-08

Really? Pixie stix? I still remember the elementary days, when kids used pixie stix and pretended to get all uppity and high with them. And when they crushed up smarties and inhaled the dust. Oh, the good old days...

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joejoerowley (author)2008-03-08

Hey wait a sec I remember packards. Well not in the day but my uncle has a few and my uncle's friend finished restoring one the other day.

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Goodhart (author)joejoerowley2008-03-08

My dad had a few DeSoto's ;-)

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joejoerowley (author)Goodhart2008-03-08

My Dad loves cars. He has a 36 ford roadster with a rumble seat and 62 vet.

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NachoMahma (author)2008-03-08

. 23. Don't remember milk delivery or Packards. Guess that makes me older than dirt. Overall, it's been a great ride. :) . Some of my fondest memories are of putting together walkie-talkies, SW radios, &c; from Heathkit (this was before intercaps became popular, so the K is lower-case).

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Goodhart (author)NachoMahma2008-03-08

ah when am frequencies were given in "kilocycles" :-)

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joejoerowley (author)2008-03-08

Very interesting. I got a 4. I guess I am young.:)

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Goodhart (author)Sunbanks2008-03-08

Along with Hi-Fi's records that said "genuine Stereo-phonic" on them LOL

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Goodhart (author)joejoerowley2008-03-08

I remember getting the milk from the milkbox on the front porch, and during the winter the milk would sometimes freeze and push the little silver coated cardboard cap off the bottle.

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