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Originally posted by Advantage
I can remember a bunch, but one of my best memories was my dad's 1966 Olds Toronado... shiny black and chrome. WHo needed seat belts or car seats.. going to town with dad was like a roller coaster ride with the music at full volume and getting slung all over the back seat. He'd start that car up and Id hear the big ol engine.. and come running to ride the rollercoaster!
I remember delivered milk and the knife and scissor sharpening guy that would come to the house. The Scissor Man never came without bringing some penny candy.. back then it was safe to talk to strangers.
I remember my dads brothers coming down to visit for a week and watching them play pool in the basement with 70's funk on the radio.. and at family reunions the older uncles would get drunk and fight over what was worse.. ww2 or Korea.
Originally posted by Expat888
Getting old.. Remember alot of those things..
Along with sleeping outside in the summer watching the stars..
Playing with fireworks (not the little wimpy things they call fireworks these days )
Riding bicycles without helmets ..
Knowing that if we got caught at mischief while away from home when got home our parents knew and we got punished for it..
Actually working to earn an allowance - chores and schoolwork not done no allowance that week...
Watching black and white t.v at a friends house when t.vs were new and rare..
Duck and cover drills at school.. (Yep even back then government fearmongering with the red scare..)
Hadnt thought of those days in years.. Thanks for posting..
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
I was born on a farm and we didn't have a bathroom. Not the greatest memory, but we had an outhouse with 2 seats and my sister and I shared. Crazy! My mom would fill a big tub in the kitchen and bathe us.
I remember when we got our first TV! What an incredible piece of technology! Ed Sullivan and Doby Gillis. and Lassie! Not to mention My Friend Flicka and The lone Ranger.
We slaughtered our own chickens ( I still remember the smell of hot feathers), pigs and my dad sheared the sheep. There was always something for a kid to do. I gathered eggs and sometimes slopped the pigs. We had a cellar (like the one on the Wizard of Oz) and a summer kitchen.
There was a penny candy store across the street from our little school. And when the family wanted to eat out, we went to White Castle and ate in the car! What a treat that was!
Originally posted by 43LEO729
reply to post by sugarcookie1
As a 50's greaser, I remember all of those previous items mentioned in the threads.
We had a guy come around in a 3 wheel motorcycle with a block of ice selling ice balls.
For a dime you would get a paper cone full of shaved ice and your choice of flavored syrup's,
orange, cherry, grape lime and root beer.
Stop in the local drug store and for a nickel you could get a cherry or vanilla coke.
How about those candy bar's like power house,zagnut, clark bar, hersheys with or without almonds.A big candy bar for only 5 cents. To many to mention.
Mow a few lawns and you where set for a day at the movies watching the great B sci-fi flick's that where prevalent in that time period.
Remember having to get up off of your deriere to change tv channels.
I was my Dad's original remote only I didn't know it at the time.
Remember the tv picture going balistic every time an air plane flew over the house.
Remember the forest of tv antenna's adorning every rooftop in the neighbor hood with birds perched on everyone of them. Remember the vacuum operated windshield wipers on our 52 chevy that flapped like hell going downhill and coming to a complete stop on the way up. We had variable speed wipers but didn't know it at the time. Dad called them you SOB's!
How about Brylcream. Only a little dab will do ya! Or clearasil, the acne killer.
The most importaint of all is to remember the advent of rock& roll with it's primitave simplistic beat.
I'm glad I was there and would not wan't to grow up in any other era!!
Originally posted by facchino
Great idea for a thread...
I remember going to a relatives in the Leicestershire countryside for 3 weeks in the school summer holidays every year (UK) with brother and 2 cousins - packed a backpack each and we would set off in the morning after breakfast, and make our own adventures - in streams, woods, quarrys, never bored not a computer game in sight. Had great fun, never caused trouble or broke anything. Come back at dinnertime (5ish) ready for a good meal and early to bed (we were around 8-10 years old).
Magical times it seems - cannot imagine sending your kids out nowadays doing the same thing could you...
Time spent with grandparents was always great.
Always had fond memories of reading my Transformers comics would look forward to running round the paper shop every saturday morning for the latest edition then reading it before I would be bothered about breakfast...
I went to retrieve them a few years ago from parents loft and to my dismay they had been thrown out - they were worth quite a bit as I had the whole collection
Going to the corner shop with 10 pence and getting a lucky bag which had sweets, chews, a toy and a puzzle - for 10 PENCE. Amazing.
When you got older - football for hours on a saturday and sunday (Soccer to my US friends)
School Dinners - Cheeseburger & Chips, 2 Iced Buns and 2 Milkshakes for a pound - never obese though see above for reason
Computer games that were just more simple, quicker fun. We had an acorn electron and played games like Chuckie Egg and Sphinx Adventure - this game didnt even have any graphics but was so much fun to play.
Great reading other peoples stories - things like this really cheer me up amidst all the relentless depressing posts on here that I (and others no doubt) cannot stop ourselves from reading. Glutton for punishment.
Originally posted by Honor93
ahhhhh, memories of the penny candy store ... them some goooood memories, delicious too
50 cents could outdo almost any Halloween hopping or at least keep ya stocked for awhile.
one of my fondest memories though was during the gas crunch / rationing days of the 70s.
i was at a skating camp and traveling with my coach and a few other skaters. we left each morning around 4am to get to the rink because we were in a gas line for about an hour and a half each morning to get our ration so we could make the trip to the rink only to repeat the process to get home.
we had some interesting trips that summer. some mornings, while waiting, several strangers would walk to the nearest convenience store or restaurant and order some 20+ coffees, donuts, breakfast items ... some afternoons, many ppl broke out the BBQs, right on the roadside or where-ever the line trailed.
i can remember swearing that When cigarettes reached $1/pack, i'd quit ... although, that was some time ago.
the biggest worries we had around Prom, was someone spiking the punch bowl.
heck, we still attended sock-hops, monthly and boy did the girls shy away from Sadie Hawkins day. (for the youngins out there, that was the one special day of the year, when it was Acceptable for a girl to ask a guy out)
never, did you find 2 females dancing together or in a group on any dance floor.
we learned the particulars of dancing a Polka during gym class.
we read alot ... we even went to the grandparents to watch television. (didn't have one until later 70s)
we played outside every waking minute we could spare, then pushed for another hour.
i remember organizing a benefit carnival for Muscular Dystrophy (Jerrys kids) and we didn't need any 'permits', 'releases of liability' or any such nonsense. Ppl came, played, won, had fun ... simple.
we shared alot with everyone, when i was a child ... it was the only way to survive.
learned to make Stone Soup and have kept that recipe close for all the years since.
my favorite memory of those days though ... has to be time with nature.
we just don't get enough of that anymore.
to whomever mentioned the ice cube trays
*** just a few weeks ago, a 20 something friend stopped by and when retrieving the mechanical ice tray with and expression of puzzlement and complete confusion, he finally said: "how the hell do you operate this?" priceless !!