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Subject: How old are you???




'Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?'


'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him.


'All the food was slow.'

'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?'


'It was a place called 'at home,'' I explained. !


'Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.


But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it :


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 & 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 5. It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. and there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.

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 4. It was an old black Dodge.

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 line.

Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers. My brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at 6 am every morning.

On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers. His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change. His 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. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.



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 stopper 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 on the telephone
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels [if you were fortunate])
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S& H greenstamps
16 Hi-fi's
17. Metal ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper
19 Blue flashbulb
20. Packards
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebakers
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!

Don't forget to pass this along!!
Especially to all your really OLD friends...
 

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I feel really old, we never went to the movies but pretty much everything else. 1 good channel on the tv, we were on a party line, wash tub ringer, had an outhouse till I was up in grade school which could be added to the list, globs of butch wax or vaseline in our hair, etc.
 

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No Vaseline for me....Brylecreme all the way....

Something else, the spell checker choked on;

Howdy Doody, Studebakers, Hi-Fi, Brylecreme....

Oh well.......time marches on...
 

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Had brylcream and wildroot when my hair was longer. Butch and vaseline was for the flattop years.
 

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I'm good for 21 of 25. Don't remember new Packards,Studebakers, Howdy Doody, or Blackjack Gum. Pretty much everything else though. Born in '61, how'm I doing? :biggrin: Tracy
 

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Blackjack was good stuff and there was also clove gum I think by the same company, it was in the stores locally till the 70's. It's been revived, but not as available as it used to be.

Does anyone remember sen sen liquorish breath squares? Man they were strong.

mmmm, guess you can get sen sen also, we used to get red boxes like in the pic.

http://www.victoryseeds.com/candystore/sen-sen.html
 

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I can say that I remember them all!!! How about Bonomo Turkish Taffy, the original Red Ryder BB gun, supper with the family every day, Christmas lights strung across the main street in town, Santa at the local hardware store and so many other good memories!!

54 and loving every day of my life!!!!
 

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Everything you fellas mentioned, I remember..

BTW, I remember Pearl Harbor being bombed and afterwards an announcement came over the radio in Mom's kitchen that the U.S. has just declared war on Germany and all her allies.

I said "Mommie, does that mean trouble?" and her reply was "Yes".
 

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I counted about 20. I was a little kid in the 50's. I remember drive in restaurants and drive in movies. The speakers or trays that hung on the car windows. PF Flyers and Red Ball Jets. Cars with fins.
Black and white TV. One phone in the house on the kitchen wall.
My mom ironing shirts for hours. Dinner was when my dad got home from work and I had a lunch box for sandwiches - mostly
PBJ with both regular butter and peanut butter (who knows why).
Milk delivery to the house. One speed bikes. Cheap comic books and penny candy. Patches on my blue jeans - sometimes hammy downs. All good memories now. We had no troubles as kids except if we did something bad and then waited for dad to get home from a hard day to hear about it from Mom - getting whipped with a big belt was OK then. (RIP Mom & Dad). Those were the days.
 

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I had expected responders to this thread (and the originator) to rspond to the question, "How old are you?" Not one has done this. Perhaps I don't understand the rules here, being a (relatively) new member.

Not wanting to commit a transgression on one of my first posts, I'll refrain from answering the question; but I'll betcha I'm the oldest member on this site!

Here's a clue: How many of you remember Pearl Harbor?:cool:
 

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Pappy said he remembers Pearl Harbor, I said I was born in '61 & Parson was born in '59. Some of us have answered your question.

Ambi-- the mods here are pretty easy going. "IF" you do something they don't like (doesn't happen often due to most of the members here being responsible and not instigators), they'll send you a PM explaining your "transgression"...

If you're not sure about something, send a mod a PM. They're pretty understanding about most things. Tracy
 

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Thanks, tsp! I'm sure the mods are reasonable, but I don't want to increase their workload.

Maybe I've read this thread a bit rapidly, but I have not seen when anyone announced his/her age; okay, some of the young fellers mentioned when they were born, I guess that's the same thing, except for the mathematically challenged.

In the absence of specific contadictory information, I maintain my claim that I'm the oldest member of this forum - but what do I know?:crazy:
 

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You made a good point--47 now, will be 48 June 5.

And as the OP posted by the numbers---I'm older than dirt (young dirt that is). :wink: Tracy
 

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I can remember most of them. I am 54 and was born in 54 so I guess I am older and dirt. I also remember saying the pledge of alligence in my class room at the start of school each morning. What happened to us? Mirando
 
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