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Do you Remember When:
  • All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?

  • It took five minutes for the TV warm up?

  • Nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home from school?

  • Nobody owned a purebred dog?

  • When 6d was a decent allowance?

  • You could go to the movies and get popcorn and a coke for a 6d?

  • You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?

  • Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?

  • All your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels?

  • Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box?

  • It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents?

  • They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . ..and they did?

  • Lying on your back in the grass with your friends and saying things like, "That cloud looks like a ..."

  • And playing football with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game?

  • Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?

  • And with all our progress, isn't it nice to just slip back in time and savour the slower pace?

  • When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home?

  • Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of what happened on the evening news because there wasn't any evening news only movie newsreels on Saturday night.

  • Our parents with a belt were a much bigger threat!

  • But we thrived because their love was greater than the threat.

    Can you remember:

  • Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Laurel and Hardy, The Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows, Dick Barton, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Trigger and Buttermilk?

    How many of these do you remember?
  • Candy cigarettes

  • Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside

  • Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles

  • Coffee shops with jukeboxes

  • Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers.

  • Cream on the top of the milk.

  • Licorice sticks? Mary Janes? Kits? Bit-o-Honeys?

  • Newsreels before the big movie

  • Half hour Serials (cliff hangers) between movies? Like Superman, Sir Galahad?

  • Party lines with special rings: 2 short rings and you answered.

  • 45 RPM records

  • Green Stamps

  • Music Centres

  • Hi-Fi's

  • Metal ice cubes trays with levers

  • Mimeograph paper

  • Cork popguns Home made chinaball popguns

  • Rubber guns made with spring clothespins and rubber strips cut from inner tubes.

  • Remember rubber inner tubes? Great raw material for all kinds of projects.

  • Washtub wringers

  • Reel-To-Reel tape recorders

  • Tinkertoys Erector Sets

    Do you remember a time when..

  • Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-moe"?

  • Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "Do Over!"?

  • Catching mosquito hawks (dragonflies) a whole afternoon? And there were green ones, blue ones, orange ones, tiny ones, and great big huge ones?

  • It wasn't odd to have two or three "Best Friends"?

  • The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was a cold?

  • Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot?

  • A foot of snow was a dream come true?

  • Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute commercials for action figures?

  • "Oly-oly-oxen-free" made perfect sense?

  • Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?

  • The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team?

  • War was a card game?

  • Cigarette cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?

  • Taking drugs meant aspirin?

  • Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?




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