Monday, August 24, 2009


Ahhh, the Good Old Days!
I have tasted the Blackjack Gum and I love it!
How many of you remember some of these?
What is Butch Wax anyway--hair gel?
Box cereal used to have prizes in them
when we were growing up and now that
I think about it I do remember
blue flash bulbs in cameras too!

  1. Blackjack chewing gum

  2. Wax Coke-shaped candy with colored sugar water

  3. Candy cigarettes

  4. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes

  5. Party lines

  6. Newsreels before the movie

  7. P.F. Flyers

  8. Butch wax

  9. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (COlonial - 6933)

  10. Pea Shooters

  11. Howdy Doody

  12. 45 RPM records

  13. S&H Green Stamps

  14. Hi-Fi's

  15. Metal ice trays with a lever

  16. Mimeograph paper

  17. Carbon copies

  18. Blue flashbulbs

  19. Packards

  20. Roller skate keys

  21. Cork popguns

  22. Drive-ins

  23. Studebakers

  24. Wash tub wringers

  25. Hop Scotch

  26. Ring Around the Rosie

  27. Hot potato

  28. London Bridge

  29. Red Rover, Red Rover

  30. Red light, Green light

  31. Mother May I ?

  32. Playing dodge ball and kick ball until the streetlights came on

  33. Jump rope

  34. You're IT!!

  35. Kick the Can

  36. Duck, duck, GOOSE!!!

  37. Getting an ice cream from the Good Humor Man

  38. Cereal boxes with prizes at the bottom

  39. Cracker Jacks with the same thing

  40. Parents stood on the porch and whistled or yelled for you to come home

  41. No air conditioning

  42. Hula Hoops

  43. Fat Albert, Tom & Jerry, Pink Panther, Road Runner, Richochet Rabbit, Heckle & Jeckle

  44. Schoolhouse Rock

  45. Saturday movies for 12 cents with HopAlong Cassidy

  46. Watching Sunday morning oldies (Three Stooges, Abbott & Costello, Tarzan, Shirley Temple OR WONDERAMA!!)

  47. Being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to what awaited you when you got home

  48. A quarter seemed like a fair allowance

  49. Kool-Aid was the drink of the summer

  50. Any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him, or use him to carry in the groceries...and nobody, not even the kid, thought anything thing of it

  51. Almost everyone's mother was at home when the kids got there

  52. A 13" black and white television in your room meant you were RICH

  53. Rainy days at school meant playing "Hangman" or "Heads Up 7-UP" in the classroom

  54. "Work" meant doing the dishes or taking out the garbage

  55. "Race issues" meant arguing about who could run the fastest

  56. Money issues were handled by the kid who was the banker in "monopoly"

  57. Being old meant anyone over 20

  58. I double-dog-dare you

  59. Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo"

  60. Catching fireflies for the whole evening and not getting tired of it

  61. Homemade ice cream from a hand cranked ice cream maker

  62. Water balloons were the ultimate weapon

  63. And If You're Really Old

  64. Horses delivering milk

  65. Tipping over the outhouse on Halloween

  66. Kids missing a lot of school because of rheumatic fever, scarlet fever, pneumonia, mastoiditis (draining ears), polio and a host of other diseases before we had antibiotics

  67. Extra, Extra! Read all about it! (like in 1939 when WWII started)

  68. CCC, PWA, WPA and a bunch of other Federal programs

  69. Fireside chats form FDR

  70. Tractors with huge iron lugs that would tear up farm roads

  71. The steam train coming to town and the race to see if you could beat it, while trying to avoid the black cinders from the smoke that would fall on your Sunday School white shirt

  72. The local Civil War vets

  73. Memorial Day parades with the WWI veterans marching in their puttees

  74. Outdoor silent movies

  75. Black face minstrel shows


Niki RuralWritings said...

Oh I remember...and you brought back some that I'd forgotten about :)
wonderful list!

On another note, we watched 1000 places to see before you die, last night. Alaska was featured and I loved blessed you are to live there!

Karen Deborah said...

I remember everything on the first list. Butch wax was to make your crew cut stand up straight. Now it's called hair wax or something but it's the same thing. See the punk rockers didn't come up with anything new.
I had PF flyers I think, I know my brothers did. I wanted PF flyers, did I get PF Flyers or just want them. I don't remember.

How about having the milk man bring milk to the door in a glass bottle with cream on the top that you fought your little brothers for.