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Thread: I Remember when

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    My curfew was lightning bugs. My parents didn't call my cell, they yelled my name. I played outside, not online. If I didn't eat what mom cooked, I didn't eat.

    Remember when "Take a picture, it'll last longer!" was considered a quick comeback?

    Clove and Black Jack Gum?
    Wax bottles filled with juice and candy cigarettes?

    Razzles candy? It was candy that turned into gum when you chewed it?

    Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific shampoo?

    What do you remember from back in the day?

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    Yes I remember these. It was a much simpler time.

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    I remember that if I didn't like the food on my plate, i was allowed to sit there till I did.

    I remember playing out after dark chasing lightening bugs and putting them in jars with muslin over them, and listening to the gentle murmur of tired adults talking as they relaxed in their rocking chairs on the front porch.

    I remember how the lantern light shined through the window and made the edges of the windows turn black as it it streamed on the porch and turned the shadows of the vines that grew over and around some of the porch uprights into a sharp black.

    Strange how certain things come back after many years. Most of these memories I welcome, and they make me feel that I had the most marvelous childhood that anyone could have had.
    And this in spite, or because of the fact we didn't have running water or electricity or indoor plumbing till the 40s.

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    The creamery where my grandparents lived where they bought milk and cream from local farmers and made delicious butter and real ice cream.

    Building forts in the vacant lot next door with all the kids in the neighborhood.

    Riding my bike with my BFF to the swimming pool every afternoon.

    Eating fresh tomatoes out in the garden with my dad.

    Doing the laundry every Monday with a wringer washer. Sprinkling the clothes and ironing on Tuesday.

    The beauty shop with the big machine that had electric curlers attached to it.

    Going to the bank with my dad where he played poker with the dollar bills with the teller and the president of the bank.

    Going for Sunday drives and not knowing where we were going, just going wherever we wanted.

    So many things, so many memories.

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    Pop rocks, candy 2 for $.01 didnt think twice about walking 2 miles to school or rideing my bike after dark, penny walks, packing apples in wooden boxes in the orchard, helping Grandpadad (my Grandfather) make the wooden boxes, Listening to Howdy Doddy,(and when Mom an Dad thought I was asleep laying on the floor in my room by the door, they always turned the radio down) The shadow, and Inersantum on the raido, Those Last two scared the cr_p out of me!LOL Getting home perm's just before school started. Family get togethers with Mama's home made Ice Cream, if you want some you had to take a turn on the crank. going with my Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma to the community Church so they could help with a quilt, we lill ones sat under the frame and wached the needles going in and out. Thats enough I'm showing my age here! LOL

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    I remember watermelon stands. You picked out the watermelon and they cut it and served it to you on plates with a fork. Oh yes, they plugged it to make sure it was a good one first. Sure would like those stands to come back. My dolly dishes were made of china not plastic and I never broke a single one.got my last big doll when I was twelve. Neither me nor any of my friends became a woman or had breasts until we were about 14 not 10 .

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    Funny to hear Black Jack gun mentioned. My daughter just sent me some she found at a Crackerbarrel store.

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    Oh I loved the Sunday drives. Going to the drive-in. Hayrides and bonfires in the fall. 10 cent ice cream cones. Making apple butter in the big copper pot.

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    Wonderful, I remember some of those I remember when.

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    I remember "Herbal Essence Shampoo" Loved it But the stuff they have nows just not the same! I remember lots of Other stuff Like a funny dresses made of Towels Two for the front and back two for the arms that my Mom and my friends Moms all made! We wore them so proud but looked so silly! :lol: back in the 60's 8-)

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    I remember buying tax stamps in school.
    Having to use (and refill) fountain pens in school. The school desk had a hole to hold the ink bottle.
    Using white shoe polish on my $2 canvas gym shoes whenever the gym teacher said they needed to be washed. (no Nikes etc back then).
    Getting dressed up with my mother (hat, gloves, good shoes, etc) and getting on a bus to go shopping downtown (no malls back then and mothers didn't drive or work outside the home).
    Changing the ribbon in my typewriter at my first office job.
    When the first blow dryer for hair came out. (Not the type of dryer with a hood).
    Getting dishes, silverware, glasses, or towels inside detergent boxes or as bonuses for buying gas at certain gas stations PLUS they gave us Green or Yellow stamps with it.

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    I remember, licking the paper disk from the top of the milk bottle for the taste of sweet cream.

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    i remember palying out after dark with no fear of the boogy man. penny candy. homemade ice cream. yum yum ahhh good memories. thanks for this.

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    I remember so many of these. We always had Ice Cream Socials during the Summer at Church. Or just on our Street with the neighbors. Everyone would either make a freezer of homemade ice cream or baked a cake or pie to go with it. Such fun! We also walked for a couple of miles to go to the Library every week. We were always reading if we were not outside playing. I also remember mom getting glassware from boxes of Oatmeal. I think it was green. Such fun. And yes a much more simple time for sure. I think it would be great for all kids to have to go back in that time for a week at least. They would have a new found appreciation I think. Oh! And Teaberry gum. Yummmm Hamburgers (fullsize) at drive ins for 25 cents and many times on sale for 5 for $1. Soft drinks were a nickle. Baby food was 2 cents a jar. Bread 15 cents a loaf. Gadoline was under 20 cents a gallon. LOL I remember paying a quarter a can for Similac formula in '69 for my 1st born.

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    I remember mom hanging clothes out on the line (we didn't have a dryer). In the winter, they'd freeze, and after taking them in, we'd hang them in the kitchen to thaw out.
    I remember my dad sending me to the corner store to get him a pack of cigarettes - they were $.28/pack. If I was lucky, dad would give me $.30 and I'd have 2 cents to buy penny candy.
    I remember my dad paying me $.10 to shine his shoes on Saturday night before mom and dad went out.
    I remember walking everywhere - never ever thought to ask dad for a ride (mom didn't drive).
    I remember working on a tobacco farm at 13 for $1.05/hour, 9 hours a day, 6 days a week. That was the only work you could get (besides babysitting) at 13.
    I remember ice skating at the rink made by flooding the field the local elementary school. We only went home to eat lunch, then back to ice skating. The city would also close down the street next to it after a snow storm so the kids could sled down it. If you didn't have a sled, you used a cardboard box.
    Yes, those were definitely simpler times and I miss them.

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    I remember playing kick the can with the kids in the neighborhood.

    Building snow forts on our vacant lot, and my dad flooding that lot in the winter to make an ice rink so all us kids in the neighborhood could skate.

    Playing cowboys and indians. We played outside a lot.

    My mom making popcorn (sometimes chocolate fudge too) on Sunday nights and watching Ed Sullivan, Walt Disney and Bonanza.

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    gasoline being .75 cents a gallon!
    riding my horse into town barefoot, tying him up at the library, just to buy an icecream.
    having all day, and the whole countryside your own.
    Eating wild raspberries, asparagus and carrots from the side of the road for lunch while out playing. oh, yeah this was only in the 70's.....

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    +++++++++++Waiting for the ice delivery truck in the summer. The iceman would use a pick and break each of us kids a chunk. That was our treat on a hot day, not popcycles or ice cream.

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    Getting milk in glass jugs at the dairy down the street.

    Keeping a dime in my purse at all times so I could make an emergency phone call.

    Knowing whether a radio was a good one by the number of transisters it had.

    Flash cubes.

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    "I remember that if I didn't like the food on my plate, i was allowed to sit there till I did. "

    I have vivid memories of having to do this, but can't for the life of me, remember what kind of food it was that I wouldn't eat!!


    When you went to get your friend from next door, you never knocked on the door or rang the bell, you "called them out" by yelling their first name.

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    * Buying white milk at school for 4 cents but chocolate milk was a nickle!
    * Hopping on the bus to ride downtown & spend the day riding the "moving stairs" up and down O'Neils....the top floors were pretty narrow & shaky. Having lunch at Woolworths and window shopping...

    * Making clothes for my troll dolls & Barbies. Using shoeboxes for houses, popscile sticks for furniture.

    * Playing outside until dark, 4 square, freeze tag, TV tag (any kind of tag, lol!!)climbing trees, black topped playgrounds, hot metal slides, leaving the doors unlocked at night...

    * Standing on a chair to wash dishes...wonder how clean those were!?!

    * Riding my bike alone to the library, even though it was MILES away. Filling the basket with as many books as I could carry. Reading, reading,reading!!!!!

    We lived in a house under 900 sq ft, 3 kids~ 1 bathroom. I didn't know we were poor, didn't care about what I didn't have. Luckily the TV (all 3 channels) didn't tell me either.

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    I remember S&H green stamps and the books to put them in.
    Saving them in a big coffee can and then sitting at the table licking and pasting them into the books.
    Soon as each of us girls ( 2 of us) and mom had all the books we needed for what ever we wanted out of the catalog we went to the redemption store and got it.

    I remember drive in movies in the back of dads pick up truck.
    Eating fired chicken and stuff back there watching the movie.
    Dad would put a mattress back there for us kids to lay on and him and mom sat in lawn chairs.

    Watching the Sunday night Disney movie at 6:00 P.M. we got to eat in the living room. That was a big deal for us!
    We got to have Pop that night!

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    oh yeah! S & H green stamps!!!! and getting a glass with a gas fill up or a toaster for opening a new bank account!!!
    Falling asleep on Sunday drives with my head in mom's lap & my feet on Dad's lap listening to a ballgame....safe, that! :lol:

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    Do you remember those straws you could drink your milk with that turned the milk either chocolate or strawberry as you drank? How about those Fizzies, that you dropped in a glass of water that turned the water into a bubbling flavored drink?

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