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   Surfhut  Did the ice cream truck ever drive down your street during the summer? It always did when I was a kid. We could hear the music playing, run inside and ask Mom for a quarter. The truck was lime green. I always got a banana popsicle.
September 19 at 14:08 EST .

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   Gram77  As a kid I lived on the country on a farm, so no ice cream truck, but my boy grew up with such a truck and it was red and white.
September 22 at 12:23 EST .

  4 people like this.

   Balogreene  We have one in my little town. I hear it sometimes when I work from home, and am tempted to run down and get a cone, with chocolate and nuts.
October 1 at 19:10 EST .

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   MeiDei  Have your loose change handy Balo, chocolate & nuts are health foods : ). For years, when my son was small, and we heard the ice cream truck outside, I used to tell him the 'music makers' were outside. Then we moved, he got older & influenced by the local kids & the loose change was at ready - then the neighborhood mothers went back to work & soon any change was what we received from a $5 bill since it was unseemly to have him the only one getting the treat. He was educated in finances soon after & we kept the freezer full of juice + yogurt home made ice pops - no ice cream trucks around here for years since. I do remember loving those 'Hoodsies" as a child.
October 2 at 10:59 EST .

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   MeiDei  1920's (not that anyone here will remember this one ) we had bathing suit police back then, they measured the suit, if too short the wearer would be fined. Somewhere between then and now would be nice..... : )
   September 12 at 10:57 EST .

   10 people like this.

   Balogreene  In 1965, when I was in Junior High School, we had to kneel on the floor in front of the Dean of Girls. If our skirt did not touch the floor we were sent home to put on "decent" length skirts.
October 2 at 17:45 EST .

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June 28 at 10:06 EST .

   12 people like this.

   MeiDei  Enjoyed the music!
June 28 at 17:26 EST .

  14 people like this.

   Surfhut  Thank you, Bettijo! What a fun trip down memory lane!
July 19 at 08:46 EST .

  11 people like this.

   StormCnter  Ok, here is a demonstration of Spoolies. The idea was that they emulated pin curls, but were easier on the head. The cup part folded down to secure the curl.
   June 23 at 16:33 EST .

   10 people like this.

   Gram77  Oh, of course! At my age reminders always help. : )
June 23 at 19:12 EST .

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   Balogreene  Even with those, my straight hair never curled!
June 25 at 20:46 EST .

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   StormCnter  If this has appeared on the "remember these" lists, I missed it. How many of you other gals remember Spoolies?
June 20 at 12:03 EST .

   16 people like this.

   Gram77  Was there ever another name for this item? I don't remember Spoolies ever. Did you eat it, bounce it or wear it? : )
June 23 at 08:50 EST .

  11 people like this.

   StormCnter  Oh, Gram...we rolled our hair in them. I'll find a photo, but I'll have to post it in a new comment just above.
June 23 at 16:32 EST .

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   Bettijo  An entertaining video of 50 of the most beautiful movie stars ever to grace the big screen. Some of my favorite beautiful movie stars are Katherine Hepburn, Hedy Lamarr, Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Angelina Jolie, Charize Theron and Natalie Portman. The accompanying song “Different Dreams” was written by Richard Kates and sung by Claire Moore.

June 19 at 07:32 EST .

   14 people like this.

   StormCnter  Bettijo, this is fun. May I ask you to put it on the Movie Wall, too?
June 20 at 11:59 EST .

  9 people like this.

   Gram77  This is neat......thanks!
June 23 at 08:53 EST .

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   Balogreene  To answer Gram. Life seems tough these days (don't know for sure why ). I am just keeping to myself at home, at work, at play.
June 18 at 21:52 EST .

   14 people like this.

   Bettijo  40 Useful Tips from 100 Year Ago

Going back 100 years - life was very different. Technology was still very basic compared to today, people were exposed to less information, and there was no internet to share tips and advice with others. To boost their sales, tobacco companies used gimmicks to get people to buy their brands, and one of those gimmicks was to put useful advice on the packs. However, these 40 tips from over 100 years ago are still very useful today
May 30 at 20:22 EST .

   18 people like this.

   Safetydude  I think number 99 was the most informative. Next time I'm downtown and confronted by a runaway horse I'll know exactly what to do.
May 31 at 17:52 EST .

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   MeiDei  I found a few that I needed reminding of - separating the glasses for one, I always forget which gets the cold, which gets the hot water.
June 2 at 21:37 EST .

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   Gerty  Loved them all! But using a piece of string and a watch to tell direction was my favorite!
June 12 at 06:33 EST .

  18 people like this.

   Gram77  Speaking of Nostalgia, where are all the great people who used to post here?
May 24 at 10:11 EST .

   11 people like this.

   Balogreene  I'm not one of the greats, but, I do a lot more lurking these days.
May 29 at 22:22 EST .

  9 people like this.

   Gram77  Of course you are a great!!
May 31 at 11:41 EST .

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   BirdsNest  It seems it is easier to hit the "like" than it is to leave even a tiny comment.
June 7 at 07:28 EST .

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   Gerty  I'm inclined to believe that there is so much bad news out there that many people get mired down. What's going on out there is discouraging! Up is down and down is up! I don't know about others, but it wears me out...leaving little time for down to earth people.

That does not say that I don't appreciate all you guys for bringing a bit of "nice" into my days.
June 12 at 06:40 EST .

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   Bettijo  i qualify as older than dirt....

It feels strange to walk thru an antique store and see all the stuff we used to have and what it is worth today.
'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 'at home,'' 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 Roebuck. 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 19.

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 21 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.

Pizzas were not delivered to our home But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers -- my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at 6AM every morning. On Saturday, he had to collect the
May 19 at 06:14 EST .

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   Bettijo  . On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents 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 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 jukeboxes
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. Packards
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 are 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.
May 19 at 06:15 EST .

  9 people like this.

   Gram77  Sounds like you and I were growing up with all those memories and I have to say, those days were great. The best thing I remember was hide and seek after dark and being safe. These were great times.
May 19 at 18:46 EST .

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   Safetydude  I was nine years old and an immigrant, with my family, in 1952 and I'm older than dirt. I remember everyone of those things.
Don't forget the test pattern on all night and the poem "High Flight" as part of the sign-off.
May 19 at 23:25 EST .

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   Safetydude  With the reference to God in this poem I doubt it would ever make it on the air these days.
May 20 at 11:17 EST .

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   MeiDei  Doctors came to the house. The ER @ local hospital was free for those that walked in requiring stitches [my brother's head from slamming sled into tree], casts [my friends compound fracture from skate getting caught in road tar]; no one went for colds, flu, etc. Coal in stocking otherwise fruit & nuts. Penny candy @ candy store. Wired glass laundry scrub boards. Wicker prams. Yeah, I'm older than dirt.
May 25 at 10:52 EST .

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   Balogreene  Wow, that's me, older than dirt! I'm as old as the grandparents of someone at work. Older than others' parents! And, I'm only 63.
May 29 at 22:27 EST .

  12 people like this.

   BirdsNest  Today I feel just like what I am, older than dirt. Great memories.
June 7 at 07:26 EST .

  13 people like this.

   Gerty  I don't know about being older than dirt---but, I prefer to think I am about as old as Alencon lace!
June 12 at 06:51 EST .

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