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Thread: How old is Grandma?

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    Has anyone else received this? This came in my Quilters Quarters newsletter today, in their Smiles and Giggles section:

    How Old is Grandma?


    Stay with this -- the answer is at the end. It will blow you away.

    One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events. The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.

    The Grandmother replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born before: ' television ' penicillin ' polio shots ' frozen foods ' Xerox ' contact lenses ' Frisbee s and ' the pill'

    There were no: ' credit cards ' laser beams or ' ball-point pens Man had not invented: ' pantyhose ' air conditioners ' dishwashers ' clothes dryers ' and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and ' man hadn't yet walked on the moon.

    Your Grandfather and I got married first, .. .... ... and then lived together..

    Every family had a father and a mother.

    Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, "Sir". And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, "Sir."

    We were before gay-rights, computer- dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.

    Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense.

    We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions. Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege.

    We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.

    Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.

    Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the evening breeze started.

    Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.

    We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CD's, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.

    We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios. And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.

    If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan or China' on it, it was junk.

    The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam.... Pizza Hut, Mc Don ald's, and instant coffee were unheard of.

    We had 5 &10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.

    Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel. And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.

    You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, . .. . but who could afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.

    In my day: ' "grass" was mowed, ' "coke" was a cold drink, ' "pot" was something your mother cooked in and ' "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby.

    "Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office, ' "chip" meant a piece of wood, ' "hardware" was found in a hardware store and ' "software" wasn't even a word.

    And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby. No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a generation gap.

    How old do you think I am? I bet you have this old lady in mind....you are in for a shock! Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time. Are you ready ?????

    I am 59!

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    I'm not sure this is correct. I am 65 and I remember the delivery men carrying in our first black-and-white television set when I was about 5. We were one of the last families in the neighborhood to get one, so I think they had been out for awhile before that.

    I also remember getting a polio shot in school when I was about 8yo, and I don't think that was the first year they were offered.

    Will be interested to see if my memory is any good!

    Edit: OK, I went and Googled television. Apparently my memorty is okay. The 59yo age will work for someone whose family was really late getting a television set (we were a working class family in a working class neighborhood, so we couldn't have been more than average in our timing for purchasing a tv). There were network broadcasts available coast-to-coast by about 1947, when I was a year old.

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    That's the truth too! Some days I yearn for the good ole days:) I prefer my 1948 sewing machine over my 2006 one:)

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    Polio Shots *shudder* My school was one of the testing schools. I remember being real brave and getting three shots. It was a blind test and wouldn't you know it I got the 'dummy' shot. I had to get three more of the real vaccine.
    To this day I hate needles!

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    We were just talking the other day about TV coming out (first ones for sale) in 1939. Of course what was there to watch?

    Penicillin was in full production at the end of WW 2, so that is off by a few years.

    "you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards. " - in 1952 (59 years ago) that would have cost 7 cents.

    credit cards - from Wikipedia -- "The modern credit card was the successor of a variety of merchant credit schemes. It was first used in the 1920s, in the United States, specifically to sell fuel to a growing number of automobile owners. In 1938 several companies started to accept each other's cards. Western Union had begun issuing charge cards to its frequent customers in 1921. Some charge cards were printed on paper card stock, but were easily counterfeited.

    The Charga-Plate, developed in 1928, was an early predecessor to the credit card and used in the U.S. from the 1930s to the late 1950s"


    And I don't even have to check Wikipedia on the frozen foods, pretty sure they came out in the 1920's or so.

    Can't help it, it is the librarian in me.... ;)

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    I'm 58 and we had a black & white tv, and I remember getting a polio shot when I was 6, but that being said they were the good ole days to me, not so much stress.

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    I turned 70 this year and I got a polio shot at school. My allowance was 35 cents a week and with that I could go to the afternoon movie on Saturday for 17 cents, have a coke for a nickel and popcorn for ten cents. We got our first TV when I was 17 but that was in Nova Scotia, they didn't have any stations til then. Fish & Chips were 35 cents so was a banana split (can you tell what my favorite foods were).

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    I miss 5&10 stores, dollar stores just aren't the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    I miss 5&10 stores, dollar stores just aren't the same.
    me too :cry:

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    I received polio sugar cubes, no shots, and I'm 54.

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    i love hearing all of the items in the original post. brings back sweet memories when life was just not stressful.

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    I'm 53 and remember those things too!

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    I remember getting the polio shots at school.
    I don't remember a time without a black and white TV.
    My grandmothers both had freezers.
    I do remeber the 5&10 cents stores, but I remember paying more like a quarter for things.
    I'm 57, and while some of the things are off a bit, depending on where you were in the country, dates are different in different areas for when things were normally done or had.
    thanks for memory walk! :)

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    I'm 54 and thanks for sharing this with all of us

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    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.

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    I miss some of those days. When I was learning to drive a car the gas was 3 gal. for a dollar. So I better pay attention, because that was a lot of money. I didn`t miss chocking grain. Going out to the bathroom, lugging water to the house with a pail. OR having to listen to Gabriel Heater tell us how a war was on out back door, and then being told to go to bed. What for I couldn`t sleep. I`m 72.

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    I'm 55 and remember some of those things too. I hated the margarine with the yellow color packet. I also remember getting a color TV but only a few shows were in color. Back then we only had 2 channels to watch.

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    64 young here, I remember babysitting for 35 cents a hour 50 cents after midnight and I thought I was rich
    I believe the good ole days were that, I sure wouldn't want to raise kids today,,,

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    I'm 70. I can remember when MY kids could play safely in the front yard of my house and the neighbors' and no one worried they would be snatched. I can remember when my kids could ride a city bus to school through an ethnic mixed part of town to school without incident and I remember when my oldest child came home and said a student was shot in the school cafeteria. Change happened to all of us.

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    I remember most of them too!!!

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    I am 65 and I remeber getting polio shots when I was 8. When I ws 5 I was hit by a car and remeber having tons of penicillin. Must be why I am allergic to it today and How I loved the 5 and dime stores. You could buy anything and everything. Yoou can't find some of those products today.So 59 sounds about right. Oh the good ole' days.

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    I lived on a big farm out where the sun barely shines as they say. We made our own butter. Our food came from what we raised and butchered on the farm. I remember the polio cubes,never had a indoor bathroom til I was 12. My age is 57.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I'm not sure this is correct. I am 65 and I remember the delivery men carrying in our first black-and-white television set when I was about 5. We were one of the last families in the neighborhood to get one, so I think they had been out for awhile before that.

    I also remember getting a polio shot in school when I was about 8yo, and I don't think that was the first year they were offered.

    Will be interested to see if my memory is any good!

    Edit: OK, I went and Googled television. Apparently my memorty is okay. The 59yo age will work for someone whose family was really late getting a television set (we were a working class family in a working class neighborhood, so we couldn't have been more than average in our timing for purchasing a tv). There were network broadcasts available coast-to-coast by about 1947, when I was a year old.

    They did not have access to electricity in the area my mom was raised till 1948 because the area was so rural. First thing my Grandpa got was a radio.

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    Can't be correct for this date. J.L.Baird invented the television in 1926 for starters...

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    I am 77 and I remember getting our first TV set......black & white, had to sit right up there to see the picture.......
    but we thought that it was just the greatest......

    we got ours in 1948.....

    One could ride down the street and see who had TV and who didn't .......as those large antennas told the story.

    Wasn't it great????????

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