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  1. #1
    Marine Free Member HST's Avatar
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    Are you older than dirt?

    I remember just about all of these things. These were the best of times.


    'Someone 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 '
    athome,'' I explained!
    'Mom cooked every day and when Dad 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, never wore Levis , never set foot on a golf course, never 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 & Robuck. Or maybe it was Sears & Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.

    My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer. 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 10. It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m.
    And there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.
    I was 15 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.

    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.

    All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers -- my brother delivered a newspaper, 7 days a week. It cost 5 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at6AM every morning. On Saturday, he had to collect from his customers. His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change. His 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. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

    If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to 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 :
    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.

    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 (hair curling rods too) 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 you were told about.
    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 on the telephone

    8. Newsreels before the movie

    9. P.F. Flyers

    10. Butch wax

    11. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels
    [if you were fortunate])
    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. Packard's

    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're 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 some of the best parts of my life.

    Don't forget to pass this along!!
    Especially to all you’re really
    OLD friends....

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    I remember going over to my step-fathers friends house every Saturday night to watch the first t.v. show produced in color......Bonanza. I remember the big Pea-cock with his feathers spread out. Each one a different color, at the beginning of the show. I was 12 years old then.

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    I remember all of it, Mongoose you were lucky all the stuff i saw was in black & white.

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    Yoh Tony how old are ya when you can remember all of them???

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    I remember all those things plus listening to Captain Midnight and with my secret decoder ring, and The Green Hornet along with Intersanctum (The squeaky door), along with going downtown and watching TV from the sidewalk when the Dept. Stores put them in the big window. Could not hear the sound, but it was fun watching the picture. Thing sure have changed since then.

    Those were really some great days.

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    Marine Free Member HST's Avatar
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    Well I'm 65 and I remember most of them the only 2 that wern't widely used when I was a kid were the wash tub wringer but we had a wringer on our electric washer and the real ice box but there were a lot of them big wooden things around being used for other things. I remember when my dad bought the first TV, it was huge but the screen was the size of a basketball, all of the neighbors would come over to drink beer and watch the Wednesday night fights.

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    Marine Free Member Bruce59's Avatar
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    Remember? hell i've forgotten stuff older then whats on that list.

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    I remember them all, plus car starters on the floor just above the accelerator,
    Sgt. King of the Yukon and lots more.

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    Great thread.

    I remember most of them. I am older than dirt I guess but I wouldn't want it any other way. The memories...

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    oh god im old.....first tv set black and white with rabbit ears....if you were lucky you picked up 3 channels

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    I remember when I was 11 years old, the first transister radios came out. Thought it was really high teck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny View Post
    oh god im old.....first tv set black and white with rabbit ears....if you were lucky you picked up 3 channels
    If you would have put tinfoil on the ears you could of got 4 channels.

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    If todays kids went what we went through they couldn't make it, taking baths in wash tubs with everyone using the same water, HST you hit the nail on the head, Semper Fidelis.

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    The first TV remote control we had had 6 buttons on it: on, off, volume high, volume low, channel high, and channel low. Was about the size of a pack of cigarettes. We thought it was a big deal when we got a TV with both VHF and UHF reception. This required two separate antennas; the rabbit ears and a round antenna on the back of the set. Normally, one local channel would come in pretty clear but all the others were snowy or had double images. My dad was a big westerns fan so we always watched "Bonanza", "Wagon Train", "The Rifleman", "Have Gun Will Travel", "Gunsmoke", etc.. When he was not home then we'd watch other popilar shows like "Andy Griffith Show", "Bewitched", "My Three Sons", "I Love Lucy", "Dick Van Dyke Show", "Leave It To Beaver", "Hee Haw" "Gilligan's Island", "The Munsters", "Gomer Pyle", "Lassie", "Mickey Mouse Club", etc.. Those were the original TV shows; the garbage on today is just spinoffs.

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    Alright brothers, I know you remember the cap guns. You had to put a roll of caps in your gun or you could roll 'em out on something and hit 'em with a rock or something to get a bang. Remember Brylcream?

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