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Old 01-15-2009, 04:21 PM   #15
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One of my fondest memories was on snow days getting out of school, heading down to my grandparents' farm for a day of sledding. They had a world-class steep hill that drew folks from all around the area. We would build a big fire at the top of the hill, and sled until we were so tired we could hardly stand up. Then, we'd go up to the farmhouse and sit around the wood stove in the kitchen to get warm and dry. My grandmother would bake fluffy biscuits and generally spoil us.
Grandma always seemed to have a few bits of old candles or the remains of a can of butchers wax to put on your runners too.

Grandma also had "mystic powers" and could mesmerise kids for hours with something as simple as a large button and a piece of string.
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:07 PM   #16
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And how 'bout the nickle Saturday matinees with the serials that we watched, the corner store we rode our bikes to and bought the 18 cent loaf of bread, the Black Jack gum, the little bottles of sugar water shaped like a Coca Cola bottle. The candy cigarettes, 5 cent packs of gum with the baseball trading cards in them (boy do I wish I had kept my collection). The nickle comic books, filling your gas tank with 17cents a gallon gas. And the inventions we have seen -- too many to name here.

Memories of a long time ago when kids remained innocent -- no one sued anyone. Remember the large piles of gravel where you played "king of the mountain" -- skinned up your knees when you fell off of the mountain but, no one even thought of suing the contractor for leaving that dangerous montain of rock for us to get hurt on.

Just some thoughts of our younger days.
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:55 PM   #17
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There was a corner drive thru called the Hand Out you could get a hamburger,fries and a shake,the best part was they carried penny candy for 35 cents you could get a small sack 8ins.tall 4x4ins.wide full of candy.That was the good stuff the bad stuff is I lived by the military base during the time the were testing the bomb,one day while at Meadow Brook golf I heard a horrible explosion and saw an amazing cloud looked like a huge mushroom, followed by a warm breeze.I was 4years old in 1955 but I never forgot what I saw.It wasn't until I was an adult that the military confessed to testing.I seem to be fine as is my mom but moms friend is no longer with us,developed cancer and several other illnesses.The good ole days ain't always as they seem. Hugs Peabody
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How about some of the games we played? Kick the can and hide and seek. We, my parents, my grandmother and I played Go Fish and Old Maid.

Occasionally my folks would take me and the neighborhood kids to the skating rink. We got to use the real good skates, not the clamp-ons. If we were good we would stop at a "hamburger joint" for a burger and malt on the way home.
I remember going to the bowling alley to watch my dad bowl. They had the young fellows actually spotting and setting the pins and returning the ball.

I got a "small" transistor radio. It was about 3" x 5" by 1" thick. It didn't have FM.

We had black and white television with less than a handful of stations. We didn't get a color set until 1961.

I grew up in Colorado, and gas was around 25 cents a gallon in the mid 1960's. I can remember borrowing my dads 1956 Chevy with a 3 speed on the column, picking up a couple of friends, all of us chipping in on gas and buying about 2 bucks worth for a night of cruisin fun.

I had some great times and wonderful memories. The years have sure slipped away haven't they?
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How about some of the games we played? Kick the can and hide and seek. We, my parents, my grandmother and I played Go Fish and Old Maid.

Occasionally my folks would take me and the neighborhood kids to the skating rink. We got to use the real good skates, not the clamp-ons. If we were good we would stop at a "hamburger joint" for a burger and malt on the way home.
I remember going to the bowling alley to watch my dad bowl. They had the young fellows actually spotting and setting the pins and returning the ball.

I got a "small" transistor radio. It was about 3" x 5" by 1" thick. It didn't have FM.

We had black and white television with less than a handful of stations. We didn't get a color set until 1961.

I grew up in Colorado, and gas was around 25 cents a gallon in the mid 1960's. I can remember borrowing my dads 1956 Chevy with a 3 speed on the column, picking up a couple of friends, all of us chipping in on gas and buying about 2 bucks worth for a night of cruisin fun.

I had some great times and wonderful memories. The years have sure slipped away haven't they?
Along with the 25 cent gas the attendent would watch and amuse your kids as he washed the windows while you went inside the station to choose whether you wanted the Green Stamps or one of the gifts of plates, glassware, flatware, etc they offered in appreciation of your business.

It was more about personal involvement with people and developing relationships.

A Dodge Power Wagon W200 E20 Camper Special 4X4 with Tinted Glass, Trim Package, PTO Winch and AC cost around $3,000. You could add a a large slide on camper for an additional $500 or $600.

Shock and awe when we found out that Davie Crocket and the Wonder World of Disney also called the Wonderful World of Color were actually in color. We usually saw them on a 19" B&W Admiral. The 22" RCA Consol with victroller and radio (B&W also) in the Living Room was for only for special occasions when we had guests or my cousins came over to listen to the Lone Ranger that was still being broadcast on the radio.

The corner store always had free candy on report card day for those that got a mix of A's and B's however Straight A's got you a Fudgsicle or Creamsicle. Eveyone knew when you walked out of the store with the Frozen Treat that you got Straght A's and congratulated you on your achievment.
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Now, THIS is what I remember!
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Whoa. I love that picture. Now it it just had "Phoenix Phil" logo on the side it would be a dead match. Also I remember the Iceman delivering blocks before my dad bought his first "refrigerator". I used to get in trouble for chipping too much off to make icewater and causing a problem before the next delivery. Refrigerators existed, but we were too broke to afford one and the country was just coming out of WWII and most things were not available yet. But I never went hungry and had more fun and more friends than most kids have now. We did not need an organization or join a league to play baseball, touch (two below) football, or bicycle polo. We firmly believed that any bicycle without the fenders was faster than any with the fenders still on. You could tell when it rained because of the mud streak down your back all the way to your bottom off the rear tire. Anybody remember what "shirts or skins" was all about?
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The Milk Truck is called a Divco Twin. They made a short body & a long body truck. The driver of the short body truck had to stand up to drive. It had two pedals. A gas pedal and a combination clutch and brake pedal. Top half clutch and bottom half brake. I Drove one as a milkman for Wills Dairy in Baltimore from 1954 to 1961.

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Anybody remember what "shirts or skins" was all about?
Shirts or skins was the way we identified teams when we played basketball.
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Old 02-15-2009, 04:43 AM   #24
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I remember we have a horse drawn milk wagon in our neighborhood, We would follow the milk wagon on a summer day just to get a piece of ice. The town had a road sprinkler truck and we would run along side it and got sprayed. We did not have soda and snack machines in school. More importantly, we had our health. We did sit in front of a television or computer all day long.
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Old 02-15-2009, 06:35 AM   #25
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The link was great as it brought back a lot of memories.
Remember Buster Brown shoes
Robert Halls for clothes and their jingle
The test pattern on the TV
The TV station would play the National Anthem
Bishop Fulton J. Sheenan
I could go on for ever, but jump in and jog your memory and smile as you type in a reply.
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The kids today have organized leagues and everyone gets a trophy. In my younger days, we went to the park (on bikes if we had them) and if it was baseball time, one guy would toss the bat and the other caught it and the hand over hand grip to the top would determine who chose first.If you were a "suckey" player you got chosen last..but you learned to live with it. In the summer you played till dinner time and in the fall till it got dark.
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Standing in line for the polio shot
A few years later a sugar cube took its place

Todays time-out was kneeling in the corner, in prayer, back then

hand-made accessorized furnature parts made from orange & apple crates

Plus a few years there were toys made from wood - I was the only kid on the block with a go-cart that had steering wheel!
No fast food, but dad worked a second job at the drive-in moves. Once in a while he brougt him ice cream.
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