Stuff Us Old Folks Remember

It took three minutes for the TV to warm up

Nobody owned a purebred dog

When a quarter was a decent allowance and made with real Silver!

Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces

You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time and you didn’t pay for air

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 it!

When a 57 Chevy was everyone’s dream car.. to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady

No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked

Lying on your back in the grass with your friends and saying things like, ‘That cloud looks like a…’

Playing baseball 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, don’t you just wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace, and share it with the children of today

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 drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat, but we survived because their love was greater than the threat.

as well as summers filled with bike rides, Hula hoops, and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.

Didn’t that feel good, just to go back and say,
‘Yeah, I remember that’?

Remember Howdy Doody and The Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger, The Shadow knows, Nellie Bell, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk.

Candy cigarettes

Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.

Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles.
Coffee shops with Table Side Jukeboxes.
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum.

Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers.

Newsreels before the movie.

Telephone numbers with a word prefix…( Yukon 2-601). Or, some of us remember when there were just 4 numbers with no word prefix at all. And, nearly everyone had a party line.


Hi-Fi’s & 45 RPM records.

78 RPM records!

S&H Green Stamps.

Mimeograph paper and how it smelled

The Fort Apache Play Set.

Remember a Time When…

Decisions were made by going ‘eeny-meeny-miney-moe’
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, ‘Do Over!’
‘Race issue’ meant arguing about who ran the fastest

Catching The Fireflies Could Happily Occupy An Entire Evening

It wasn’t odd to have two or three ‘Best Friends’

Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a Slingshot

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

Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle in your imagination

Taking drugs meant orange – flavored chewable aspirin

Water balloons were the ultimate weapon

If you can remember most or all of these, Then You Have Lived!!!!!!!

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