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  • IgnatiusReill...

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    Oct 23, 2015 6:01 PM GMT
    Window fans cooled the house and a sleeping porch provided a place to rest during the hottest months of the yearicon_exclaim.gif
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    Oct 23, 2015 6:39 PM GMT
    I'm so old that when I was a child we used dirt for sunscreen icon_confused.gif
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    Oct 23, 2015 8:41 PM GMT
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    Sunscreen?

    Wesson oil!

    We had manly toys. Toys that could kill you. Lawn darts. Clackers. Airplane glue for our model kits. This poisonous glop that came in a tube and you put a blob of it on the end of a straw and blew..
    Wax mustaches and lips. Pogo sticks. Spring boots (moon walkers)..after three or four million kids suffered fractured ankles, they were taken off the market...

    Baby turtles steeped in salmonella for the low, low price of 29 cents...

    Good times, good times...icon_lol.gif

    Too bad I wasn't born 20 years earlier...I could have had my own atomic energy lab...icon_cry.gif

    http://gajitz.com/1950s-radioactive-science-kit-most-dangerous-toy-ever/
  • IgnatiusReill...

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    Oct 29, 2015 4:53 PM GMT
    JackBoneTX saidI'm so old that when I was a child we used dirt for sunscreen icon_confused.gif


    Sunscreen wasn't necessary when I was born because the sun had not been fired up! icon_lol.gif
  • FRE0

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    Oct 29, 2015 8:17 PM GMT
    bon_pan said^
    Sunscreen?

    Wesson oil!

    We had manly toys. Toys that could kill you. Lawn darts. Clackers. Airplane glue for our model kits. This poisonous glop that came in a tube and you put a blob of it on the end of a straw and blew..
    Wax mustaches and lips. Pogo sticks. Spring boots (moon walkers)..after three or four million kids suffered fractured ankles, they were taken off the market...

    Baby turtles steeped in salmonella for the low, low price of 29 cents...

    Good times, good times...icon_lol.gif

    Too bad I wasn't born 20 years earlier...I could have had my own atomic energy lab...icon_cry.gif

    http://gajitz.com/1950s-radioactive-science-kit-most-dangerous-toy-ever/


    You forgot about chemistry sets. They were very popular but have be come totally unavailable. Perhaps that is why so many people are scientifically illiterate now.
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    Oct 29, 2015 9:50 PM GMT
    all the bananas and apples in the supermarket did not come with individual plastic stickers on them.
  • metta

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    Nov 01, 2015 6:53 PM GMT
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    Nov 01, 2015 10:49 PM GMT
    ...when god said let there be light I flipped the switch.
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    Nov 01, 2015 11:39 PM GMT
    Dog poo was white
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    Nov 08, 2015 6:28 AM GMT
    I'm so old that when I was a child we didn't have these fancy new smarphones. All we had were motorola razr's. It was a much simpler life back then.
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    Nov 20, 2015 6:37 AM GMT
    I'm so old that when I was younger, we watched sitcoms and cartoons in the 90s. Now it's all about these melodramatic reality shows where people literally cry over the stupidest things.
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    Nov 20, 2015 6:55 AM GMT
    FRE0 said
    bon_pan said^
    Sunscreen?

    Wesson oil!

    We had manly toys. Toys that could kill you. Lawn darts. Clackers. Airplane glue for our model kits. This poisonous glop that came in a tube and you put a blob of it on the end of a straw and blew..
    Wax mustaches and lips. Pogo sticks. Spring boots (moon walkers)..after three or four million kids suffered fractured ankles, they were taken off the market...

    Baby turtles steeped in salmonella for the low, low price of 29 cents...

    Good times, good times...icon_lol.gif

    Too bad I wasn't born 20 years earlier...I could have had my own atomic energy lab...icon_cry.gif

    http://gajitz.com/1950s-radioactive-science-kit-most-dangerous-toy-ever/


    You forgot about chemistry sets. They were very popular but have be come totally unavailable. Perhaps that is why so many people are scientifically illiterate now.


    The only really fun chemical was sulphur...icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 28, 2019 7:14 AM GMT
    Nintendo and Atari were the best things ever ,,,, VHS and BETA video tapes was like having the movies come to you
  • vanquishedang...

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    Jul 28, 2019 8:20 AM GMT
    Michael Jackson's Rock with you was number one
  • SENCGuy1

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    Jul 28, 2019 10:38 AM GMT
    There were no ATMs. Get your money from the bank on Friday, if not, SOL for cash til Monday. No debit cards either.
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    Jul 28, 2019 11:23 AM GMT
    I replied here before, I believe, but here’s some I may have missed, especially with school:

    Classrooms had real slate blackboards with chalk.

    We practiced “duck & cover” under our school desks in case of nuclear attack. And nationwide air raid drills required everyone to run indoors when the siren sounded, even leaving your car wherever you were, and seek the nearest shelter. To include ordinary businesses and homes of strangers.

    Jeans & “sneakers” were prohibited in school, long trousers mandatory for boys, and girls had to wear dresses or skirts that covered the knees.

    There was the annual March of Dimes for polio, before the vaccine was developed. In school we were given dime banks (cardboard tubes) to fill with $10 through solicitations. We’d see regular features & fund-raising marathons on TV of kids our ages on crutches and in iron lungs, no prevention or cure, just treatment, scare the hell out of us.

    Frozen foods were just gaining acceptance, although home refrigerators still didn’t have large storage freezer space for them, and long-distance refrigerated transportation techniques were just developing. So in northern states in the Winter certain vegetables were mostly canned. Soggy & flavorless. Inspired the electric countertop can opener, we opened so many cans. A device little in demand today.

    Southern Democrats (Dixiecrats) were the racists and segregationists, not today’s Republicans, a remnant of Reconstruction.

    We had trading stamps. You mainly got them in supermarkets and gas stations, the number of glue-on stamps (like postage stamps) issued based on your purchase amount. You pasted them into a soft-cover book, and when it was full, or several of them, you went to their local store to redeem them for merchandise. Until stores figured they could get more business by making their prices more competitive by lowering their overhead without the stamps subsidies, and their labor costs of managing the things.

    Stores in many states couldn’t open on Sundays, due to “blue laws”. A few places like drug stores could be open, but they couldn’t sell their non-health related items. Restaurants could operate, but most couldn’t serve alcohol.

    We had soda fountains in drug stores. With the iconic round-top pedestal stools like in classic diners. And the “soda jerk” would be dressed all in white, with a cap. Some simple griddle items might be offered, too, and basic sandwiches and pie. And behind you would be rotating racks with comic books, like Superman, Batman, or my favorite, Classics Illustrated.

    We had a kids’ Saturday movie matinee (that actually began in the morning, a double feature). The movie preceded by first-run Looney Tunes cartoons. Afterwards I’d need to call Mom to get me, and would go to a wooden telephone booth with a 2-piece phone with separate mouth and ear piece. Initially cost a nickel, later jumped to a dime.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 28, 2019 1:37 PM GMT
    I am so old that I remember that large cities and smaller towns had their own locally based department stores. Here in Buffalo we had William Hengerer & Co., AM&As, Hens & Kelly, L.L. Berger, Sattlers. Now it is all national chain department stores like Sears, JC Penney, Macys along with Target and Wal Mart. How depressing.
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    Jul 30, 2019 4:25 AM GMT
    We had rotary phones (and no cell phones).

    There was no such thing as cable tv (or satellite tv).

    The Cold War was in full force.

    I remember the Apollo 11 moon landing.

    Republicans and Democrats were civil to one another and could work together effectively.

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    Aug 08, 2019 2:49 AM GMT
    I'm so old that when I was a child the Congress worked across the aisle more often than not.