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    I also went to the World's Fair in NY in 1939 and my dad was on TV..

    they took him into another room and we all viewed him on TV in the outer room....

    what an thrilling experience........

    and look at us now !!!!!!!!!

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    WOW does this bring back memories of the good olde days, 5 and 10 were the Ben Franklins, I remember this little blue bottle of perfume called "Evening in Paris" I think every dresser had a bottle on it. Oh, and the corner candy stores that had penny candy, I will never forget and my kids will never know. I spent a lot of my younger years on a farm in Mississippi, that what soooo much fun, drinking milk straight from the cow, mud pies and chickens. So much fun and boy does it go by quickly.
    Thats another reason I love this board, you get to here about everyones memories.

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    I am 59 and can remember all this things too...although the time line was a little different. We had a black and white TV; an ice box and received sugar cube polio vaccines(only the babies got a shot where I lived). Thanks for reminding us about the really good old days. Too bad we can not turn back time....I would first in line!!

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    I still have a bottle of "Evening in Paris". Wonder if it is still good? Sure did love that scent!!

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    When I was about 13, my girlfriend and I were allowed to walk to the local hamburger place about 3 miles away where we got a hamburg, a coke and french fries for $.90. My parents weren't AFRAID to let us go alone. What a change in a world, huh? Our innocence is gone!!

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    WE got our first Tv when I was in the 3rd grade I started to school in 1947 at the age of 5 I will 70 before year is over. Tv did not come on until noon and went off at 10 pm only had 3 channels. I lived close to Dallas, Ft Worth area of Texas. Only about a3 kids in my class had tv Now we have 100 of stations and there was more on to watch when we only had 3 LOL

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    Thank you all for your answers here, I for got about the coloring margarin , and the 3 colored TV. We played out side all day every day, till we were about 6 or 7 then we had contract beans & pickels, so we could buy shoes & cloths for school. The next time you go any where for a ride, just look at the houses, there are never any kids out side playing, how sad.

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    I'm 49 and remember some of that....you should have heard me explaining to my own children (late 20's) why they didn't ride in the car in crash-tested car seats (they were just starting to come out and were very expensive and not required), about eating lots of any kind of fish I wanted while I was pregnant (a big no-no today) and not having a color TV growing up----they were way too expensive and not widely available until I was around 10 or so. My kids think I grew up on Mars!

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    I second that!!! I'm over 65!!

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    I am 78 and that was true for my age every thing on the list fit my age

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    Thank you all for the trip down memory lane! I am 65 and I remember walking back and forth to elementary school over a mile each way in fresh starched dresses and I had seven siblings…five of whom were sisters. I remember watching the man travel along Main Street lighting the gas street lights at dusk. I remember the coal stove in the living room, the wood stove in the kitchen, and Mom heating up hot water for our Saturday night bath. I remember the water closet over the toilet in the bathroom. I remember playing Dominos and Chinese checkers with my great Aunt while eating Lorna Dunes and pink & white mints when we were good. I remember playing outside until dark, collecting bugs in jars, playing kick the can, marbles, hind-n-seek, hopscotch and jump rope. I remember grandpa eating broken up bread in his tea for breakfast (I was told this was from the depression years). I remember the ice man stopping by the house on hot summer days, breaking off a piece of ice (with his ice pick) for each of us kids to cool off with and the icy water running down our arms and dripping on our bare legs while we sat on the back steps. I remember families getting together on Sundays after church and there being lots of food and music with my Grandpa playing the spoons and singing ‘Good Night Irene’ (my mothers name). And…I remember that our school teachers would hit us on our knuckles with the ruler when anyone misbehaved in class.

    Thanks for the memories.
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    A great story and an even greater surprise. Everyone experienced "new" fangled things at different times. One of my young memories was when my mom worked at a small store. Its windows faced the main street and she cooked potato chips in a large pan and then they were dumped (by hand) into a pile to cool. You could see the piles of chips cooling through the front windows. The chips were then bought by the (brown) bag full and filled as you purchased them. No OSHA or FDA interference in those days. I thought it was so much fun to watch the process with my face pressed up against the windows. We did NOT eat potato chips. My mom never brought any home. They were quite expensive. We also had an "ic" box. The iceman delivered a huge block of ice that went into the top of the refrigerator and drained into a pan at the bottom. My mother also curled my hair with a curling iron heated on the gas burner of the cooking stove. I am 73.

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    My grandpa wouldn't buy a TV until the 60's, when my uncle would sneak out to watch tv at a friends house.

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    WOW! ....a walk down Memory Lane! I remember metal scrap piles, rationing, rolling cigarets for my parents (!)our Model A Ford my dad bought for $50; my grandmother's incredible apple strudel; no "crazy glue" to keep the loose soles of my shoes from flapping....and more!

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    yeah I am 58 and remember quite a few of those things. I think that may have been writen a while back. Big bands were my grandparents music. I was born in 1952 my mother was 16 at the time .
    I love these things though. Unfortunatly there was a lot of things going on behind closed doors that people didn't know about, things weren't quite the nirvana it was made out to be. But then I was a teenager in the late 60's sooo... some of the things I see touted about that time period was a wonderful as it seems now.

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    Soon to be 84, and my husband and I went to watch TV (first in our town) for an evening of "test pattern watching." We thought it awesome--that was 1948. No stations were available yet, and but that was to be on soon in Topeka, KS. Went to our rural school during the summer to get a series of 3 typhoid shots, in the 30's. Polio never heard of then, but in 50's I was a bit disgusted when one mother (a nurse) would pick up her son so late from day care. Was thankful when I heard the reason--she went home to completely shower and change after caring for polio victims.

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    I remember playing jacks. Lived near the Staley Starch factory in Decatur, Il. Someone from the family worked there and gave us the older balls that they used to bounce on the screens to let the starch drip thru, otherwise, the starch would create a film and took too long to drip thru. Those things were like the Super balls that came out later that bounced about 15 ft off the ground! Moved to CA in 1957 so it was before that. Does anyone remember the plastic film screen that you put on the TV screen and drew on it? Had something to do with the TV program that was on at that time? Don't remember the name of the show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtspools
    I remember ration stamps had to have them to get sugar and coffee,think there was other things too but was very young. I also remember margarine(oleo) where you got pound of white stuff that looked like pound of lard and mixed pack of yellow stuff to make it yellow to look like butter.Oh yes reemember the polio shots too, my bro passed out while standing in line.He was ok just week stomach.
    Thanks for the post. Our margarine had a red dot in the middle of the package that you had to break and then squeeze the whole thing to make it yellow. We used to love to do that. I remember peeking thru my grandparents window to see B&W TV. Talked to my DGC about all of the things they have now and they just looked at me funny and said they couldn't believe I was ever young. Ran my hand/arm thru a wringer washer more than once. At least the rollers moved. We also had an ice box.BrendaK

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    So true... it is a different world

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    I am 75 and I remember getting my polio vaccine along with my children when they were young. When I was young,there were salespeople behind the counters in the dime stores that waited on you. In the department stores, in the hosiery department, the salespeople would take the hosiery and run their hands through it to show you how the shade looked. Also, I did not have a TV until I was married in 1957, although I used to go to my aunt and uncle's house to watch it. Oh, how things have changed. I really enjoyed the "good old days." Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtspools
    I remember ration stamps had to have them to get sugar and coffee,think there was other things too but was very young. I also remember margarine(oleo) where you got pound of white stuff that looked like pound of lard and mixed pack of yellow stuff to make it yellow to look like butter.Oh yes remember the polio shots too, my bro passed out while standing in line.He was ok just week stomach.
    I turned 70 this year and remember helping my mother massaging the yellow liquid into the white stuff. Also remember ration stamps. My grandfather, he lived in IL and we lived in Ohio, would send us his gass ration stamps so we could come visit. He was a doctor and received more than what he needed. Remember walking across the street from houses that were quarantined because of Polio. Received mine from my pediatrician before they were given at school. When I started to drive gas was well under 20 cents/gal. and you did not have to pump your own gass. Someone would come to the car and wash your windows, check your oil and the air in your tires while the car was being filled up. Grew up without AC, TV when I was 7 but when I was 10 we moved to Colorado Springs and they did not have TV at the time. Computers, video games, what were they? Okay I am aging myself now but life seemed so much simpler and easy going than live now. But I will not give up my AC!!!!!

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    For the most part, it's true. I was born in 1950 (I'm 61). I remember watching a children's show called "Mr. Moon" on a B/W TV. Then when I was 5, we moved to an area with no tv. I didn't see television again until I was 7, in 1957. wow --- does this thread ever bring back memories!

    A couple more memories:

    I remember when the first space ship circled the earth. I remember the first man stepping on the moon.
    I remember our teacher bringing a huge old television to school in 1961 so we could try to see the inaugeration of John F. Kennedy. Far cry from watching tv on a 6" screen now!!!!

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    I remember our first B/W T.V with the bunny ears and its only had a few channels.

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    I'm 76 and we had no phone, unpaved roads and rode the school bus for over an hour morninings and two evenings. In winter ,it was dark both trips. In high School I had to walk half a mile for that even. I recall excitement when new cars came out because it was a secret what they looked like until THE DAY!..I can't remember when, but I was married (at 16) when most of the things mentioned came about. It has been a great time to be alive!

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    Interesting. I'm 67 and, when I was growing up, watching Dick Clark and American Bandstand, I thought Benny Goodman was "old folks music" (meaning my parents). Gas was 22 cents a gallon by the time I got a driver's license.

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