I remember my pogo stick...I
was gone down the middle of the street, also the scooters my big brother used
to make out of an orange crate, a 2x4 and an old pair of roller skates.......
When I was a
kid my parents opened up their basement, we would have dances at our house
on Friday or Saturday nighs.We had great fun. my Dad bought a juke box ,and
we danced and had so much fun. I am glad I was born when I was. we had all
the great entertainers in dowop.
From Cape Maine...
loved cold winters when I could
see the coal truck coming and my Dad all ready with his shovel to send it
all down the shoot into the coal bin
I remember summer mornings especially Mondays that's when my Mom hung all
the sheets and our clothes out to dry and the wonderful smell of them on our
I recall painting the trees on our street with red white and blue white wash
ALL the neighbors pitched in before the parade
I remember my Grandparents car we borrowed on Sundays to go for a Ride and
for a .05 ice cream cone
Christmas and snow and baking cookies was a highlight
Listening to the Radio and Irene Beasley and GRAND SLAM! anyone remember that
one? OH and YES getting Change in a cigarette machine 2 cents change when
I went to the store as a kid to buy them for my Uncle Lucky Strike or LUCKYS
as they called them...I got to keep the two cents
TO GET INTO THE DRIVE IN... IN THE
WINTER WE WOULD LAY ON THE FLOOR IN THE BACK SEAT AND THE COUPLE IN FRONT
PACKED SNOW ON THE BACK WINDOWS...result only one dollar
1. Skating at the Roller Rink to the organ music....having
to get off the
rink for 'Couples Only' which meant BOY and GIRL
2. 15 cents for a slice of Pizza.
3. 15 cents for NYC bus and train fare.
4. Abbott and Costello show
5. The Inner Sanctum...scary mystery weekly show with the creaking door
closing at the end.
6. Milton Berle..Texaco Star Theater
7. Howdy Doody Show with Buffalo Bob Smith and Clarabell
8. Hopalong Cassidy starring William Boyd
9. Stick Ball and Punch Ball
10. Beat the Clock game show.
I'll try and come up with more if these interest you. Did
you change the
basic site.....the music and the pictures....It's been awhile since I
visited but it looked and sounded different....especially the music...Sam
Cooke singing. I remember just music which I think had provided a better
background for the stroll down memory lane.
When we had Drive-in-movies; and they
roller skated to your
car to take your order at The White Castle.. New Jersey...zAPsNAPS
Wayne Bell-Greenwood, SC.
Best time in the world was double dating
to the Drive-In
movies. We would go to the exit, back
into the movie with
the lights off. There were no back up
lights so no one would
see you backing in. Of course we would
have 3-4 guys in the
trunk. $1.00 per car in the good ole
Every September on Bonanza, they would
have a commercial free episode and
then showcase that years new Chevrolets. Little Joe always drove the new
We were really happy to find just a
couple of special gifts under the tree, not piles like today.
We threw aluminum icicles on the tree
and got in trouble if they were hanging straight!
When we went to bed, we tried to stay awake to listen to see if we could hear
Mom and Dad
pretending to be Santa or - if there
really was a Santa and the kids at school were wrong.
Also, if anyone had a birthday around the holidays at school, we would have
our young friends
over for a party and play "Post
Office" and "Spin the Bottle" - very mild "kissing games"!
If we were lucky, we would have a wonderful snow and build an igloo and pretend
it was the
Love your website. It is terrific. We all enjoyed it so much. Thanks for helping
to re-call those
wonderful days and years.
From the original Baby Boomer !!
Kick the can from TN....
red wax lips
beanies with propellers
Playing Red Rover at recess
Fizzies--they looked like a tablet and you put them in a glass (we had those
colored aluminum cups that are in vogue now) and they fizzed and made soda
Pedal pushers, saddle shoes and bobby socks, poodle skirts, blouses with lace
collars and puffy sleeves, bows in our hair
Mighty Mouse and The Three Stooges on Saturday mornings
Lawrence Welk with Joe Feeney, the Irish tenor, and the Lennon Sisters
Rabbit ear TV antennas
I'm sure I can think of more. Fun to reminisce!
Theresa Sergi in Buffalo, NY
Taking trips through the desert with
an air conditioner hanging out the drivers window.
Preparing a water bag to replace radiator water when it boiled over.
Feeling gay meant you were happy.
A queer was just a strange person.
A Schwinn bicycle with "knee action".
Everyone stood in line at the bank on Friday to deposit the paycheck.
Dinner for a family of 4 cost about $5 including tax and tip.
SKATES WITH KEYS
DIXIE CUPS WITH PICTURES OF MOVIE STARS
THE MAN WHO SOLD KNISHES AND CHESTNUTS
(AND HIS NOSE WAS ALWAYS RUNNING)
how about ice cream from a truck that
came around during the summer. popsicles were 10 or 15 cents.
getting beat up was by playing dodge ball in the alley of your neighborhood
with all your friends. Cathy Stuller
We wore long stockings to school with
short skirts unless it was below zero.
We mixed color into the margarine by kneading a plastic bag with the ingredients
We wore jeans and saddle to the dances and danced to rock-a-billy music...
girls danced with girls mostly.. boys were too shy
We walked to school and wished to be noticed by the boys driving by.
Everyone drove up and down Main Street for endless hours or parked on Main
Street, even the old people like our parents, to see what was happening.
People visited each other .... no tv
The summer evenings lasted forever, with sundown at nearly 10 pm and children
playing in the yards and climbing trees on the blvds until 11. No worries
of losing a child
Riding bikes to the swimming pools and lakes... no life guards or worries
Children left in the car while Mom ran in the store for a minute... no worries
about the children... windows down.. no air-conditioning .
Playing outside in the evening and the smells of all the suppers being cooked
in the neighborhood.
Martin Denny birdcalls on the records
Boogie Woogie beat
Walking to the matinee on Saturday with a quarter for admission and candy...
all the serials that kept you coming each Saturday
"Hooky Bobbing" behind cars in the winter on the ice and snow..
The county fair each year, with all the rodeo cowboys and the Indians from
the reservations, was the last hurrah of summer fun
Smells of burning leaves in the crisp, clear fall nights as we walked to football
Basketball tournaments that filled the town with teams and cheering fans from
across the state... such excitement and fun
Band trips in busses to the big city where the band members were turned lose
for hours to explore on their own with no worries that they would all show
up back at the hotel without mishap. Kids were allowed to learn and explore
to their hearts content, knowing that "no one hurts a kid."
Drag racing Dad's new '59 Ford Galaxie down Main Street...
Getting caught and smiling my way out of a ticket
Teachers who made us know we were the smartest, most beautiful future generation
who could do anything, be anything we wanted. Anything was possible. Sky the
Homemade fried chicken picnics in Glacier Park with all the relatives. After
the picnic all the old people tool naps on blankets while the kids explored
growing with the men to get wood for winter in the big truck. Smelling the
new split wood as we stacked it. Riding home on top the pile of wood (no seat
Thanks to G.Young
Some parents NEVER owned their own
house, wore Levis, set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country
or had a credit card. In their later years they had something called a revolving
charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears
AND Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.
My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never
had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and
only had one speed, (slow). We didn't have a television in our house until
I was 11, but my grandparents had one before that. It was, of course, black
and white, but they bought a piece of colored plastic to cover the screen.
The top third was blue, like the sky, and the bottom third was green, like
grass. The middle third was red. It was perfect for programs that had scenes
of fire trucks riding across someone's lawn on a sunny day. Some people had
a lens taped to the front of the TV to make the picture look larger.
I was 13 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called "pizza pie."
When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off,
swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still
the best pizza I ever had.
We didn't have a car until I was 15. Before that, the only car in our family
was my grandfather's Ford. He called it a "machine."
I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the
living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to
listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the
Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.
All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers. I
delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which
I got to keep 2 cents. I had to get up at 4 AM every morning. On Saturday,
I had to collect the 42 cents from my customers. My favorite customers were
the ones who gave me 50 cents and told me to keep the change. My least favorite
customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.
Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies.
To u! ching s omeone else's tongue with yours was called French kissing and
they didn't do that in movies. I don't know what they did in French movies.
French movies were dirty and we weren't allowed to see them.
If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to
share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don't
blame me if they bust a gut laughing.
Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?
MEMORIES from a friend:
My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he
brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top ! was a s topper
with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter
had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something.
I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to "sprinkle"
clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old! .
How many do you remember?
Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall.
Real ice boxes.
Pant Leg clips for bicycles without chain guards
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.
Older Than Dirt Quiz: Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you
were told about Ratings at the bottom.
1. Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda Pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (OLive-6933)
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records (also 78 RPM records)
15. S&H Green Stamps
17. Metal ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper
19 Blue flashbulb
21. Roller skate keys
25 Wash Tub wringers
If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 16-25 = You're older than dirt!
I might be older than dirt but those memories are the best part of my life.
Don't forget to pass this along!!