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   FlatCityGirl  Vintage "swamp cooler" on 1950 Chevrolet
   August 15 at 08:58 EST .

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   GO3  Here's one for the ages. I must have gone through a ton of these Pez dispensers as a kid. On the left is a traditional Tweety Bird one and on the right a newer Alien dispenser.
   August 15 at 06:14 EST .

   FlatCityGirl  Just to complete the picture . . .
   August 14 at 10:31 EST .

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   Safetydude  ...Ok! Ok!....just don't get your t*t in the wringer....

An old GI expression, 'tho I never said it.
August 15 at 09:21 EST .

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   MeiDei  My grandmother had one - big galvanized tub behind it to 'catch' what came out of wringer. The aunt using it didn't worry about the wringer being a concern ; )

Anyone remember those wood framed corrugated glass scrub boards [hand washing]? We had a Mother/Daughter pair, could use a small one now on occasion.
August 17 at 07:04 EST .

   StormCnter  Mei, rub boards can still be bought here. I agree they are very useful at times. As for the wringer washers, during the War my mother had a kerosene-powered one.
August 23 at 06:19 EST .

   MeiDei  Found this website for washboards, they even have glass milk bottles of all sizes - a walk down memory lane.
Thanks for the incentive to search.
August 23 at 06:51 EST .

   FlatCityGirl  Pants stretchers. Still sold today. On Amazon --where you can find your Liquid Bluing.
   August 13 at 11:49 EST .

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   Gram77  I'll be, totally forgot about these. My mom used them.
August 13 at 15:20 EST .

   FlatCityGirl  I can remember what it was like having to wrestle those things into heavy denim jeans.
August 14 at 19:35 EST .

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   MeiDei  The stiff jeans reminds me of an incident from the late 50's as well as the article regarding lack of solar activity & how it's cyclical [+/- 30 years & the scientist being harassed for believing we're entering a mini ice age].

The first was in winter - removing a pair of jeans & a few bath towels from the clothesline & when folded to fit in basket they snapped at fold, so I had shorts and hand towels to explain. In the early 80's it was so cold any moisture in the air formed ice on metal storm & patio doors - we had to use a hairdryer to melt ice to get out. We're in that cycle again now & I'm sorry we don't have a wood stove to compensate for lack of heat should our fuel lines freeze as they did in 80's [once - b/4 getting a heat line outside - now illegal] - maybe a can of HEAT mixed w/fuel oil will work. Ice on electrical lines cancels out elec. heaters. Strange how my mind works : )
August 17 at 08:40 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Who remembers liquid bluing?

It's still sold today, same brand --in a plastic squeeze bottle.

   August 13 at 11:46 EST .

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   MeiDei  Your new avatar ..
August 17 at 07:06 EST .

   FlatCityGirl  This is the interior of the store when it opened, and this is the narrative that followed the photo at Historic Lubbock County:

The historic Kress Building stands empty in downtown Lubbock. Before its first day of business on Saturday January 21, 1933 the Kress Store opened its doors to the Lubbock public on the preceding Friday afternoon and evening. The ad in the AJ read: “On this day nothing will be sold, but you are invited to inspect the store and its merchandise” with music provided by the Garth Green Orchestra. Samuel H. Kress began in 1909 to develop a chain of "five and dime" retail department stores on "Main Street" in hundreds of cities and towns. A number of former Kress stores are recognized as architectural landmarks and many are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Lubbock building listed in 1992. Built in 1932 at 1109 Broadway, the two-story brick and terra cotta structure was designed by Edward Sibbert, who designed more than fifty Art Deco Kress stores between 1929 and 1944. The Lubbock store has Art Noveau influence and is an example of 20th century commercial architecture found more often in New York City. The first floor, 14 feet in height, is a large open space separated by columns into bays, with original wood floors and windows. Stairs and the original Otis elevator provide access to the basement and the second floor. The Kress Company operated the “five-and-dime” store until 1975 then Goodwill Industries purchased the building in 1977 for its retail store. This historic building is now for sale -- only $355,000.

   August 12 at 09:39 EST .

   FlatCityGirl  That photo enlarges by clicking on it and you can see the incredible Art Deco detail in the building.

The Great Depression didn't end until 1939, and the Dust Bowl ended in 1939 as well, so in 1933 when this store opened, the nation was in a full blown economic Depression, and this part of the country was also suffering through the Dust Bowl.

That's interesting.

I wonder who had money in this town to buy that merchandise, and I would love to know what it is, what was being sold.

Lubbock has always been known as a Cotton Town, and Amarillo an Oil Town.

In 1933 you couldn't buy a bucket of rain in the Panhandle of Texas --or anywhere else in a five-state area. As mother said, We were sitting on four sections of land, but you couldn't grow anything on it and you couldn't eat it.

The first irrigation well in the Panhandle came in in Castro County, north of here, in late 1940 or early '41.

Amarillo might have been limping along on Oil, but I don't know how Lubbock was surviving in 1933.
August 12 at 15:41 EST .

   FlatCityGirl  Kress Building, Lubbock
   August 12 at 09:05 EST .

   FlatCityGirl  1944 ad.

This would set some women's hair on fire today!

   August 11 at 10:26 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  We Are Still The Weaker Sex

Part of that ad reads:

Many of us are serving shoulder to shoulder with America's fighting men, but we are still the weaker sex. It's up to us to appear as alluring and lovely as possible.
August 11 at 10:33 EST .

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   GO3  At one time, women Marines were given training on make up and how to do their hair. Not sure if or when it was scrapped.
August 12 at 03:16 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  1925 Vogue add.

The history of Tangee is quite interesting:

   August 11 at 10:23 EST .

   FlatCityGirl  Tangee lipstick is still available today. A tube will only cost you . . . $16.95 at the Vermont Country Store.
   August 9 at 22:17 EST .

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   MeiDei  $16.95 for Tangee? That was a Woolworth's offering @ less than a dollar - more apt to be seen at a dollar store today in a smaller size.
August 10 at 19:20 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Reading the history of Tangee and going back in time, it appears that in its early day, Tangee was a pretty high-dollar cosmetic, and Lipstick was just one of the many beauty products.

I would never have guessed. Tangee lipstick was just one of those less-than-a-dollar cosmetics that you bought at the five and dime when you were a kid, and out grew when you discovered Revlon and Max Factor.
August 11 at 12:48 EST .

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