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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 .

   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 .

   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.
Tuesday at 18:46 EST .

   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.
Tuesday at 23:25 EST .

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

   MeiDei  Here's a clip of What's My Line? - Sir Edmund Hillary; Diahann Carroll; Merv Griffin [panel] (May 20, 1962 )
March 6 at 11:05 EST .

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   MeiDei  If that link gives a different program try this:
When TV was family fare with an occasional bon mot.
March 6 at 12:05 EST .

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   Balogreene  I watched this, only for Sir Edmund. I've only seen pictures of him as an older man, or with the beard and ice associated with the climb. What a good looking man! He spent his life helping the people of the Himalaya. He built an airport, and schools, and hospitals. What a wonderful, modest man.
March 21 at 19:16 EST .

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   MeiDei  Anyone remember this?
   February 14 at 22:42 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I do !
February 15 at 12:20 EST .

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   Gerty  Me too! I got to be really good at it.
February 16 at 18:03 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  LOL! . . . we even had to do this in England to protect our school books.
February 17 at 21:18 EST .

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   Balogreene  That was because the school supplied the books (no more ), and they had to be clean for the next year.
February 23 at 20:14 EST .

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   StormCnter  This is a question that has off and on bounced around in my head for many years. No, it's not important and I'm not even sure this is the Wall to ask. But, I grew up in Texas on a ranch and a farm. My mother was ranch-raised and my dad was Louisiana-born and Texas-influenced. Here's the question:

Were any of the rest of you raised to say "commode" for that essential piece of bathroom furniture? We were taught that the word "toilet" was not polite and I never heard "john" applied in that way until I moved to California as a newlywed.
February 5 at 09:13 EST .

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   StormCnter  One more thing. My mother would have banished us to the barn until we could rejoin civilization if any of us had ever used the word "c**p", yet I saw it in a headline on the Mother Ship.
February 5 at 09:15 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  interesting question, I guess it depends if your commode was hooked up to a water line, if so it was a toilet, then of course there were the two seaters outback with the Sears catalog, LOL
February 6 at 06:39 EST .

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   StormCnter  Thanks, but I never lived in a house without indoor plumbing. Your link inspired me to do a search. According to Wikipedia: "The term "commode" is also a colloquial synonym used for a flush toilet in some areas of the United States."
February 6 at 08:22 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  I was raised in England and I never heard the terms "Commode" "Restroom" or "Bathroom" used as a means of going to the "Toilet" until I came to America. In England we used the terms "Toilet" or the "WC" . . . in genteel slang "To Spend a Penny" or, if you were being crude, it was called "The Bog."
February 6 at 17:04 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  BTW the "WC" means "Water Closet" Aren't you glad you learned all of this . . . Smile!
February 6 at 17:08 EST .

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   Safetydude  How about the "crapper", Hope&....?
Or was that just London slang?
February 6 at 19:24 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Thomas Crapper was an actual person, but, according to wiki, he did not invent the flush toilet . . . so who knows the truth of the matter . . . Whew, did I say "matter" . . . Smile!

Thomas Crapper (baptised 28 September 1836; died 27 January 1910 ) was a plumber who founded Thomas Crapper & Co in London. Contrary to widespread misconceptions, Crapper did not invent the flush toilet.
February 6 at 19:37 EST .

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   Gerty  We always used the word 'commode' in referring to the essential part of the bathroom, outhouse or even LOO.
February 6 at 20:24 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Thanks Gerty . . . it seems like everyone in England these days, just call it "The Loo."
February 6 at 21:27 EST .

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   StormCnter  Thank you, Gerty! I am not alone. : )
February 7 at 06:01 EST .

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   Balogreene  Buzz's posts below make me giggle. He grew up around Belvedere IL (if I remember correctly ), a rural area. I grew up in Rockford, at the time the second largest city in IL. I want to say the two are just a few miles apart, but I was there in September. Going out of Rockford toward the Western Chicago suburbs, it was all one street of malls and strip malls, and subdivisions.

But, I am a pure city girl. The only time we went to a farm was when a guy on mom and dad's bowling team had everyone out for a corn boil (all the daddy's ran into the corn field, picked enough for their family, and ran back to the pot shucking the corn on the way )! Northern IL, IN, Iowa, and southern WI have the best sweet corn in the world, it is 100% better when it is in the pot within a few minutes of picking. My "Aunt" lived on a farm for a while, we played in the silo, and looked at the cows. But, all that "farm stuff" was weird. So much better to read a good book or play with Barbi dolls.

Exciting weekends were going into Chicago to see the ballet, or a museum, or a play. I never heard of these Steam Shows. Yet, some 50 years later, Buzz and I are intellectually, and mentally in the same place!
February 4 at 17:44 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Actually, Balo, I grew up in Antioch, 60 miles east of Rockford on IL Highway 173. You can drive between the two cities and never have to use your turn signal.

At one of the shows, my Dad was watching two men pitching shocks of oats into a thresher (the machine that separated the grain from the straw ). They were doing it incorrectly in that they feeding the shocks haphazardly either stalk first or head first. Dad was not bashful about pointing out to them that the shocks needed to be fed head first in order to prevent grain loss. He also pointed out to them that they were working too hard with their pitchforks because the were holding them incorrectly.

He got up on the wagon and shooed them off and proceeded to pitch the shocks himself. The engineer on the steam engine that was powering the thresher was somewhat surprised when his engine started working after it had just been loafing along. He was even more surprised to see that it was a lone octogenarian that was making his engine work!
February 8 at 18:06 EST .

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   Balogreene  Your dad and my Uncle Scotty would have gotten along wondrously. Uncle Scotty and Aunt Fran lived (she still does ) in Sycamore. He farmed for quite a while, til he got too old.
February 23 at 20:23 EST .

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   Balogreene  Uncle Scotty was the first to squirt milk "fresh from the cow" into my mouth. Man it was good. It was at their place we played in silos and fields. My grandmother's cousin had a dairy farm in Rice Lake WI, I spent a week with them, and again had milk fresh from the cow, and Fatback! Oh my, why eat bacon when Fatback is available (LOL, it is all fat ).
February 23 at 20:26 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Sycamore was the location of one of the shows we used to go to. It was hosted by the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club. We also went to one at Elburn, Illinois, and the big Rock River Thresheree in Edgerton, Wisconsin.
April 20 at 17:50 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  This is the Titan my Dad was standing behind in the picture below. Yes, people really used to farm with this! This machine probably replaced 15 or 20 horses. What this tractor used to do in a 12 hour day is now done in 1 hour by a modern tractor. The big silver box is the radiator for the two cylinder internal combustion engine.
   January 23 at 13:51 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Somehow I misplaced the CD with all my pictures of the steam shows my Dad and brothers used to go to. Fortunately, I had uploaded them to Facebook, so they are not lost permanently. This is a picture of my Dad standing at the back end of a Titan kerosene fueled traction engine. It was similar in appearance to a steam traction engine, but used a water cooled internal combustion engine, and was built by the International Harvester Company. He is about 85 years old in this picture.
   January 23 at 13:46 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Bettijo's post below got me thinking about how my Dad, my brothers, and I used to go to several farm steam power shows every summer. There would be steam traction engines of every size and make powering threshers, plows, grain binders and all other manner of farm machinery. We kept going to these even after he got into his nineties. I like to think that it kept him young.
   January 12 at 15:00 EST .

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Published on Aug 16, 2014
The Great Dorset Steam Fair WW1 commemorative convoy from Bovington Camp to Tarrant Hinton, on 16th August 2014, arrives at the roundabout in front of the Bryanston School Gates - just before Blandford Bridge. A vintage (Ford? ) staff car forms the escort at the front. McLaren road locomotive 1332, Gigantic, then appears hauling the 72 ton Pickfords trailer bearing the 1914 WWI Holt 75 HP gun tractor, 'Ben'. The strain of turning the Pickfords trailer through ninety degrees gives Gigantic cause to slow down and then bounce forward with accompanying chuffs as the driver expertly brings the trailer around. McLaren road locomotive 1652, Boadicea, pushes from the rear making up the 80 foot train. Burrell road locomotive 3257, Clinker, follows bringing troops. Roger, son of the late Fred Dibnah, is (I believe ) at the controls of the 1917 Foden steam lorry that follows. Roger is co-owner of the Holt tractor. Show co-founder, Ronald Harris is with his 1915 Daimler lorry which was army owned in the war. The rear is brought up by the 1918 GMC water bowser owned by Rowley Moors of Bridport. After a stop for sandwiches at the Crown Hotel you will see the lead driver check that all are ready, a blast of the whistles to signal the start and then the convoy setting off for the final leg of the journey. Please comment with any further information / corrections and don't forget to tick on 'Like' if you enjoyed this video. I was lucky with the shots/light and think that I caught the vehicles at their active best - especially the early sequence showing Gigantic being turned around the roundabout. All credit to those who have restored these vehicles and who handled them so well. It was a truly spectacular and memorable event.
   January 3 at 13:44 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Steam traction engines like these were designed primarily to be used as stationary power for for threshers, sawmills, grist mills and the like. Road transport was usually done at a lower throttle setting, which in turn leads to the leaping of the engine through turns.
January 4 at 17:38 EST .

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   StormCnter  In my attic is a complete miniature steam-powered machine shop mounted on a 3'x 3' board. My son received it as a gift when he was about 12, old enough to operate the steam engine and to enjoy the action. His father had (has ) a modern manufacturing facility. Are kids introduced to steam in that way any more? My brothers had little steam engines, too.
January 8 at 07:52 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  One of the sons-in-law has one of those little steam engines. It is alcohol fired (i had one years ago, too, but it was electric ) and still works. It holds about a pint of water, and doesn't take long at all to get up a full head of steam.

I doubt that children are even introduced to steam locomotion in school anymore, despite the important part it played in the development of this country.
January 12 at 14:53 EST .

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   MsHope  Remember when two extremely bright and witty gals posted daily on the Coffee Klatch wall with not only stories about an amazing dog named Mabel, but other tales that had us running to our computers first thing daily? I do ... (Sigh )
December 29 at 10:37 EST .

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   MeiDei  Yes. I wish them a Happy New Year!
December 29 at 19:38 EST .

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   NotaBene  Oh yes, I remember those two Ldotters and also a third one that wrote very good posts and talked about her life in the barn. I miss the three of them very much. Hope they are all doing well and as MeiDei Said I also wish them a Happy New Year too.
January 1 at 13:32 EST .

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   Linder  I'm on board....wishing them a Happy New Year!
January 1 at 21:47 EST .

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