Memories of Christmas Past vs Christmas Today

MEMORIES OF CHRISTMAS PAST

Christmas was a simpler, more joyous time that most people looked forward to with great excitement. We loved the annual traditions; making cookies and fudge, going to see the lights, chatting while wrapping presents,  playing card games, and watching Christmas specials, while eating buttery popcorn. We enjoyed fun and laughter, for hours at a time.

The older adults, having lived through the Depression, were just glad to have a good meal, while those who had been in the military were grateful and appreciative to be with family.  People were thankful to have a job, so they worked hard and saved what they could for a better life.

Our parents did whatever they could to make Christmas a special and fun time, even if they didn’t have much. Holidays were less focused on “material things” or outdoing neighbors/friends and more on the TRUE meaning of the season.  Very little was spent on gifts, but Christmas was so much more than just getting gifts. We never felt that we were missing out on anything or wanted more. Expecting nothing, when we did receive something, it was truly appreciated and we took care of it.

Before her death, the wife of a wealthy doctor requested that her family include in her obituary that her happiest and most fun times were when they had very little money and had to “make do”.   Wrapped presents could never replace the feeling of those wonderfully warm and pleasant memories of  time spent with family and friends.

Treasured holiday memories  were simple things done together; decorating the tree, setting up the nativity, listening to Christmas music, dressing up, eating favorite foods off of the good china, taking photos. There was so much love and they felt very blessed

The now grown children of a single mom, who struggled financially to raise them,  were surprised when she asked if they ever resented receiving very few gifts. They assured her they have many lovely memories of the doing things together as a family.  They were aware that much of what they received was a sacrifice for her and what they received meant that much more to them. Knowing what it was like to have once been poor and how they always appreciated all that they received today,every single one of them are
thoughtful to help others in need.

Happiness lies in the imagination, not the act. Pleasure is found first in anticipation, later in memory.”

― Julian Barnes, Flaubert’s Parrot

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FAST FORWARD TO TODAY

Huge piles of toys that can’t all fit into the toy boxes,  cell phones, video games, the latest high tech electronics…and more.  There are no exciting surprises awaiting kids who have everything. Mom and Dad take their children  shopping at the mall, whipping out credit cards as the kids point to items they don’t, yet have.  Grandkids rip through wrapping  paper promptly throwing it on the floor, in order to get on to the next gift, while asking,”Is that it?”

Nowadays, kids get FAR too much and Christmas gifts aren’t appreciated. Ever wonder where the idea that giving to kids should be so excessive?

Many of us parents were determined that our children have it even better than we did…just as our parents wanted for us. As we became financially more secure, there was money for more and more expensive gifts.  When the kids didn’t seem to appreciate our gifts we tried to top the previous year’s presents by spending more and buying  more, until the giving got out of hand.  Our kids had everything but now value nothing and seem to expect everything to be handed to them.

Receiving so much,  it seems to be less appreciated, like it is by those who receive very little at Christmas.   Many children don’t say “thank you”,  because their parents, whom we raised, may themselves not  realize the importance of those two little words since they were so… ummm…. “gifted”, themselves.

A person who feels “entitled” doesn’t have the same appreciation and rarely sees the
importance of saying thank you and thus,  tend to leave a lot of  hurt feelings in their wake.
When everything is supplied for them without “earning it” why would they feel the need to
show gratitude?  Sadly, kids who get things much more often (like mine did) feel even more “entitled”.  Now, they have told us to just mail them a check for Christmas and there is no exchange of gifts or any thanks forthcoming.

We grew up to expect nothing out of life, except what we put into it. When we worked
hard and excelled we felt really good about ourselves. Yet, today we are constantly told that kids must never be allowed to feel bad about themselves. We are told that it is important for kids delicate self esteem that they must continually be praised for their work and given a hug and award no matter how mediocre, because we don’t want them to feel bad.

One mom requested pictures be published in the newspaper of her child’s third place ski contest medal….yet, there were only three kids in the event. Embarrassed, the young child felt compelled to explain to everyone, yet felt torn as it was revealing his mom’s dishonesty. Handing kids everything , without any effort required on the child’s part,  teaches them, among other things, that they are entitled and don’t have to work to get something.

Why should anyone bother to do their school work if the student who doesn’t study is given a gold star anyway, same as the best student who actually studied his lesson? Where is the incentive to excel and do great things in life? What kind of employee or spouse will this child grow up to be?

A child’s mind is empty and the way they learn is by soaking up what the people around
them teach them!   If we parents and grandparents are honest we will admit that we
bear much of the responsibility for having  raised them to feel entitled.

One lady who had “everything”  and was in and out of the car, going to and from dance
classes, gymnastics, music lessons, sports, and “this and that” from early in the morning
until late at night shared that her childhood was a blur.  She can’t remember anything
she received in gifts nor did she she appreciate what she  received  because there was
just so much that she got.  She admits to being  a “spoiled rotten BRAT” (her words) who was always mad that it was never enough, never what she wanted, even if they got her exactly what was on her list including a new car as a teenager. She is ashamed that she made her now deceased parent’s Christmas horrible for them each year.

Our family has donated gifts each year to help a needy family or two. The recipient
children are told only that the gifts are “from Santa”. Every year it seems the gifts under the recipient’s trees are more and more gifts, due to the generosity of so many  people and  organizations. Our kids have questioned if we are a poor family since they get much less under the tree than the needy kids.

Is it a good thing to be given so much that one comes to expect it without working for it?

To spoil a child rotten, give him everything he wants and then some. Same for adults. If we want our children and grandchildren to have  better life skills  we should have higher expectations for them and not shelter them from everything. Life isn’t easy and it is our responsibility to prepare them for when the day comes that we are gone and
there is no one to take care of them.  It  takes a personal and determined commitment
to their well-being, as is explained so simply here:
What the butterfly can teach us

Today is tomorrow’s yesterday.  Wonderful  memories that family and friends will  look
back at nostalgically and cherish for the rest of their life can be made this Christmas
by keeping  it simple and focusing  on the TRUE gift that we have been given. The times
spent together will make memories that long outlast any toy or electronic.
Simple really does make beautiful memories!

Please take the time to read this: Creative Deprivation Helps Us Appreciate the Small Things

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A simple way to be more content with life. (Creative Deprivation)

Amy Daczycn, who successfully raised six children  says when ice cream cones were a rare treat her kids were happy with a junior size cone, savoring every drip. But, a small cone became less appreciated if the children received one on each trip to the mall. Parents may assume that the kids need something better to make them happy. A banana split does make the kids happy, at least for awhile. When the banana split no longer thrills the child, parents buy the child  the jumbo deluxe sundae… and so on, until the kids become impossible to please.

Receiving everything they desire, kids don’t have the opportunity to experience the appreciation and thrill when receiving gifts. Parents assume they must provide more impressive gifts and/or entertainment to make them feel excited.  It is human nature…the more we have, the more we want.

One wonders what kind of employee or spouse  these kids will grow up to be if they have been handed everything they ask for, without having to work for anything. It is a sad fact of life that adults who have been taught that everything should be given to them tend not to be successful in life, or pleasant to be around.

We tend to more appreciative when experiences, opportunities  and activities are not too frequent, while diminished appreciation is a barometer that one has had too much. Instead of moving up to the banana split, simply saving the treat for a special occasion makes the junior ice cream cone appreciated when it is once again received. After not having ice cream for awhile the rare junior cone treat is savored, giving  more pleasure and satisfaction.

This lack of overstimulation (i.e creative deprivation) allows one to receive more enjoyment out of the little things in life.

Life is stressful. A desire for more money to buy more things may entice us to work harder and longer, putting more stress on ourselves  to obtain a bigger house, with higher insurance, taxes and HOA fees and the latest  equipment for the big media room in the new house. We may feel that we now need to drive better vehicles to go with the  expensive home in the nicer neighborhood. That can mean hefty car payments plus higher insurance and car tags that goes along with it. However,  numerous studies have shown that money only increases happiness to the level of bringing people out of abject poverty. The rest is just excess. Studies show that most Americans would enjoy contentment,  relaxation and quality time with family over stress of excess.

When we have so much of anything we fail to appreciate any of it like those who have less of it. Those living in the state of  Colorado where one is constantly exposed to the beauty of the  mountains may not stop and appreciate it as much as those of us who only get to visit a few times.

When you aren’t getting joy out of what you have done in the past or if what you have doesn’t add value to your life. When something begins to give you less pleasure instead of moving  up to the next level simply stop indulging in it at all  until you really miss what it was that bored you.  “Creative deprivation” allows you to  put things  in perspective and gain a renewed appreciation.

Instead of never feeling satisfied and constantly feeling the need to get something bigger or better learning to love what you have  is truly a blessing.

Read how well Amy explained it, here on: this blog

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Creative Deprivation Can Help Us Appreciate the Small Things

This is an article printed in the Tightwad Gazette long ago by the delightful Amy Dacyczyn who raised six children.

At a yard sale I attended, a ten-year- old kid was barely visible behind a table piled with GI Joe paraphernalia. Along with about 30 Joe dolls, he was selling his Joe tanks, Joe bazookas, Joe rocket belts and Joe you-name-it.

What struck me was what contempt he seemed to have for the stuff -he was practically giving it away. It was clear that this huge collection, which must have cost several hundred dollars to buy, was now an immense bore to him. When I commented to his parents about the good deals at their son’s table, they just rolled their eyes as if to say “That’s kids for you.”

Increasingly, I see this trend toward excess in children’s lives. A friend, who has one child, says his son is so bombarded with toys from friends and relatives that “I don’t tell him to clean his room-I tell him to shovel it out.”
While we, as kids, might have been devastated to lose a favorite toy, kids today don’t even bother to keep track of their stuff. When a friend found an $80 Game Boy, in his house, he was unable to learn whose it was. Six months later, the ten-year-old owner spotted her toy during a visit. She casually remarked, “Oh, I was wondering where I left that.”
And the excess problem is not just toys. The average kid spends more than four hours parked in front of a TV each day. If there’s nothing good to watch on TV (or cable), they have an unlimited supply of movies and games.
As a result of all this stuff and stimulation, kids regard overload as a normal condition. Anything less- a walk in the woods, making cookies, or sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher- is boring.
In contrast, using a concept I call “creative deprivation” is, in my view, a healthier way to raise children.
The idea behind creative deprivation is that every event should have space around it, so that the event can stand out and be appreciated. A simple example is a frame around a picture, which provides a space to make it stand out from the wall.
Until this century, the space occurred naturally. Entertainment and material goods were hard to come by, so they were appreciated when they came along. A child cherished his few toys, and music was a special event, because it could only be heard when musicians were assembled.
The challenge of modern life is that we have to actively create the space. With mass production, toys are cheap enough to swamp even poorer families. With TV, DVD’s and video games, flashy entertainment can come into every home 24 hours a day.
That’s why the best parents understand that their kids can have too much of a good thing. They place limitations on the stuff and stimulation. They are tough enough to slow down the flow of goodies.
Often people think we refuse to avalanche our kids with toys because we are tightwads. But saving money is NOT the main reason. I just feel there’s nothing sadder than a jaded eight-year-old.
Conversely, it’s delightful to see a kid thrilled by a simple pleasure. During a rare trip to a mall a few years ago, we were shipping for a gift for one of our children, whose birthday falls in May-just before yard-sale season kicks in and just as I’m running out of stuff from the previous season. To distract the kids while Jim went back to the store to pick up the gift and hide it in the car, we popped into an ice-cream shop and I ordered a junior cone for each child, which they consumed in complete silence, savoring every drip. I was very proud of my brood and their ability to enjoy these little treats.
Many parents, seeing their children appreciate junior cones, would buy them cones during each trip to the mall. Soon, seeing the kid’s enthusiasm waning, they would assume they must wow them with banana splits. When those no longer produce the desired effect, they would move up to the jumbo deluxe sundae… and so on, until the kids become impossible to please.
But I see diminished appreciation as a barometer that shows when kids have had too much. Instead of moving up to the banana split, I decrease the frequency of junior cones.
While it’s true I don’t raise my kids this way to save money, saving is a natural by-product of creative deprivation. Not only do I save on the constant expense of the ever-increasing amount of stuff and stimulation, but when I do treat the kids, they get the same wow for less money.
Creative deprivation does have a few rules. Limit the things kids don’t need, but don’t limit the things they do need-such as good nutrition and parenting attention. Second, provide them with alternatives. Our kids have their own “office” in my office where they do artwork, a tree house they can build on with scrap wood, a playhouse in the attic, and a selection of Lego’s and toys that demand creativity. If you limit passive entertainment, kids eventually get beyond the boredom and begin to be creative.

Incidentally, this insight of mine, while brilliant, isn’t new. About 2,500 years ago, the Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu wrote:
Guard the senses
And life is ever full…
Always be busy
And life is beyond hope.

Finally, creative deprivation works for adults too. If you seem to need increasingly expensive thrills and gadgets to keep from being bored, I suggest you step off the merry-go-round. Thought is might seem more boring at first, eventually you’ll come to enjoy a game of checkers with your nine-year-old, trying a new recipe-or, one of Jim’s favorites, watching the freezer defrost.

 

Here is a wonderful article that made me smile about creativity inspired by deprivation:

http://www.crosswalk.com/family/career/does-deprivation-foster-creativity.html  

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Childhood Memories – The sights and smells of the Christmas season

“Anticipation is sometimes more exciting than actual events.” ―  Ana Monnar

  • Our Tree Around the 15th of December  we’d all pile into the car and Dad would take us to find a fresh tree Christmas tree. Dragging the 6′ tall  tree, sometimes in the snow, up to where  it set on our porch, in a bucket of water until a few days before Christmas when Dad would  bring it  into the house,  trim the bottom, hack some of the branches off  to even it up, drill  holes in the trunk and put the branches  make the tree the right shape. Struggling with that flimsy old tree stand we’d finally get it anchored and we’d all make a big deal of decorating it that evening.                                                                                                                                                     The house smelled so good with the live tree as the record player played The Little Drummer Boy, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, White Christmas, and Silver Bells.The highlight was having the tree lit at night during the ten days before Christmas. A Christmas toy village ran around the tree.  We sat and stared,wide eyed, at the Christmas lights filled with colored liquid that bubbled as they warmed.  Relatives and friends would come over to admire the tree and enjoy homemade cookies and hot chocolate with us. One night before Christmas, we’d go over and admire theirs but on the way home we gleefully deemed ours to be the prettiest tree.When we got an aluminum tree, the “Silver Pine” with its  futuristic, Space Age look and  rotating color wheel  we’d lie mesmerized on the floor staring for hours, in a
  • SPECIAL TREAT For a special holiday treat Mom served us  FLAMING  ICE CREAM SNOW BALLS.  We loved lighting our candles, blowing them out and eating our ice cream snowballs.
  •  LETTER TO SANTA at his North Pole workshop. We’d put 3 cents to the envelope using  a clothes pin to hold the pennies on,  and the mailman would know to attach a stamp for us.
  • CHRISTMAS CARDS  -    Family photo cards of cousins were received along with the newsletters that had been meticulously handwritten.
  • THE WONDERFUL SMELL OF CHRISTMAS -Everything smelled like cedar, the scent  of Christmas! (Kids were always on their best behavior around Christmas but now we learn  that cedarwood, an essential oil, is 83% effective for helping a hyperactive child, according to Dr. Terry Friedmann M.D.)
  • CHRISTMAS SHOPPING- We’d drive into town a few days before Christmas to watch the Christmas parade. We’d angle park in front of the stores, put money into the parking meter and look wide-eyed at the wonderful items in the large display window of each store. Afterwards we’d head over to OTASCO to look at the toys,  then go into Western Auto, C.R Anthony, J.C Penney’s, the jewelry stores and the drug store which had a soda fountain.  We’d cross the street to look around the dime stores Ben Franklins, TG&Y and finally soldier on to Woolworth’s, to purchase a small bag of warm cashews from the candy counter to munch as we did our gift shopping. Earrings for Mom and  hankies, with the initial J on them for Dad, cost less than a dollar each.   We finished our shopping just in time for the Christmas parade where Santa rode on a float made of tissues stuffed in chicken wire pulled by a flat bed truck and threw candy canes to all the kids.  Afterward we’d go to the A&W root beer  stand choosing a foot-long hotdog or a  Teen Burger with a side of onion rings or fries. Big, frosty mugs of rootbeer were brought to the car by a carhop, who attached a metal tray to the driver’s side window. Dessert was a tin roof sundae or a  Black Cow  (which one can find on Youtube by typing in “How to make a black cow”.
  • MONEY FOR GIFTS Mom didn’t work outside the home and our parents didn’t use credit cards. Instead,  Mom would Christmas shop all year putting things on lay-away during the summer using money saved a little from every paycheck and put into a Christmas Club at the bank.   Naturally, some of the gifts were things like underwear.  We may not have had much but she made sure we were clean and neat..(…in case we got run over by a car we wouldn’t have on ragged underwear!) The Christmas Club savings also bought ingredients for the innumerable amounts of cookies and candy Mom made.
  • PAJAMAS AND NEW OUTFITS   Mom stayed up many late nights sewing  new outfits and PJs, for us after working hard all day.
  • BOOKS  Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas Although Grinch attempts to thwart the arrival of Christmas, Christmas arrives all the same. The book criticizes the commercialization of Christmas and satirizes those who exploit the holiday.
  • POEMS  Clement Clark Moore’s Christmas poem, The Night Before Christmas  depicted  St. Nicholas as a dimpled, “jolly old elf” who comes through the chimney with a pack of toys on his back, seeding the the post-War  Christmas toy extravaganza.
  • SCHOOL GIFT EXCHANGE- Green and red construction paper chain garlands we’d made hung in our classrooms for decoration.We drew names at school and exchanged small gifts in the afternoon when the homeroom mothers brought in treats of candy canes, a sugar cookie and Kool-Aid in a Dixie cup.
  • SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM At the school Christmas program, held the night that we got out of school for the holidays, parents were entertained by the rhythm band wearing shiny red satin  uniforms and hats. Afterward  every child received a sack filled with ribbon candy, chocolate drops, orange slices, nuts and an orange and Santa passed out gifts that our parents had brought for us. 
  • CHRISTMAS PLAY AT CHURCH was the Sunday prior to Christmas Day.
  • DAD’S COMPANY PARTY- parents bought their child a gift and slipped it to Santa (Dad’s fat boss) who then passed them out and Santa got all the glory.
  • CAROLERS going from house to house to sing would be served  hot chocolate and cookies at our house.   When we went, we took a thermos of hot chocolate
  • CATALOGS – We lived for the the toy catalog (a fantasy in itself) and were ecstatic when the Sears and Roebuck  “wishbook” arrived in the mail, although we only got to see after Thanksgiving. Of course, we would fight over the Sears catalog,  even though the mailman had brought us  Montgomery Ward, Aldens, Spiegels, Penneys catalogs. We  lugged them to bed with us, carefully paging through and check marking what we wanted  usually memorizing the catalog by Christmas.   Excitement  grew as boxes from Sears arrived with presents. There were times Mom had them delivered to a neighbor so we didn’t have a clue, but there were times we never got anything  from these “wish books” because Mother had already put what they could afford on layaway. However, we had the joy of looking.

“The pleasure isn’t in doing the thing, the pleasure is in planning it.” ― John Green, Paper Towns

  • DECORATIONS   Mother whipped  Ivory flakes with the hand mixer for fake snow before it was available from a can. We used this and stencils to decorate windows and mirrors.  The beautifully decorated tree, the creche, a sprig of mistletoe in the doorways, some holly on the mantle from the neighbor’s house were our inside decorations. The extra bottom branches Dad sawed from our Christmas tree were used to to make a  beautiful wreath for the door providing our only outdoor decoration.  
  • BAKING Lots of baking went on prior to Christmas.    Mom and I had cut out, baked and decorated dozens of homemade sugar cookies in the shapes of reindeer, trees, stars, and bells with her red plastic cutters then painstakingly frosted and decorated every single cookie that we would offer guests. We packed  cookies  into Tupperware containers for the teachers because  Mom said they were busy and didn’t have time to bake their own. Many times Mom had to hide the remaining cookies from us there there would be some left for Christmas.
  • CHRISTMAS EVE The long days waiting for Christmas Eve to finally arrive was a time of pleasurable anticipation.    We spent Christmas eve playing lots of games while listening to Christmas music and eating snacks which included French onion dip and Chex Party Mixwhich was only made for the holidays. After supper we all piled into the car to drive around to see the beautiful Christmas lights  decorating  the homes in our neighborhood.    The picture windows  had the drapes open allowing us to view their beautifully flocked Christmas trees in white, purple, gold, pink, and even aqua. Some homes looked serene with a single electric candle in window. At Midnight  we met up with our grandparents for the gloriously joyous celebration at Church. Returning home late  mom would let one of us put the ceramic baby Jesus in his cradle inside the cardboard stable since it was now December  25th. Mom  would place a plate of cookies and a glass of milk by the fireplace so Santa would have a treat.   The local radio station announcer would cut into the soft Christmas music to tell us  that Santa was spotted on radar, getting closer to our house.    We kids would scurry up to bed after brushing our teeth with  Ipana Toothpaste and try to get to sleep on those pink foam curlers  because we would be taking pictures on Christmas day.   When we went to bed on Christmas Eve the house looked like to normally did but we knew something exciting was going to be happening.  Laying in bed on Christmas Eve, waiting for the sound of Santa arriving on the rooftop I’d drift off and sleep soundly during the night.
  • CHRISTMAS DAY Awakening early on Christmas Day we discovered that our home had been  transformed into a Christmas wonderland.  The milk glass candy dish had been set out with delicious Russell Stover chocolates.  A bayberry candle was burning, the fireplace  glowing, carols were playing on the radio or from a Christmas record album on the Hi-Fi (the needles had to be changed often.) and the tree lights were on. Santa had sorted our few gifts into a pile, with our stockings on top then ate the cookies and drank the milk, leaving behind crumbs and an empty glass.We oooo & aaaaahhhh at the 2-3 packages for each of us under the blue-lit tree, waiting in our footed pajamas in an excited cluster outside the living room as we peeked in before.     We could see the doll buggy, bike and BB gun.  Santa’s gifts were never wrapped as Santa didn’t have time to do that so Giddy with the excitement  we ate a  big breakfast which included  Mom’s  special “Christmas muffins” before we finally got to open our presents as Dad took pictures with his  camera which had a separate flashbulb that made a popping sound.

    Homemade felt stockings  which had been hung over the fireplace now contained a few necessities and small treats such as a comb or brush,  some walnuts,  panties and socks, a new hankie, gold foil chocolate coins, a roll of Lifesavers,  a lip gloss, some ribbon candy, orange slices,  a peppermint candy cane,  an apple  and orange, maybe a  banana  but always a tangerine in the toe.  The fragrance of tangerines can take me back to  those Christmases of long ago.

    Adults didn’t usually exchange gifts with each other but our parents sometimes gave each other one small thing.  Nor did they  lavish us with lots of  gifts. Thus, we were very thankful for the  inexpensive, and  practical gifts that we got with the gift tag made of recycled Christmas cards. We  carefully removed the wrapping paper and saved it for smaller gifts the next year.     Thrilled and so appreciative of everything I got, I can still remember each wonderful thing I received for Christmas.  A pen in the shape and color of a candy cane  wrote in PINK.   We did not feel deprived as we did not know anyone else that had more then we did. None of us expected more   and we were thankful for what we got. We were  never sad about what we did or didn’t get. We were brought up to accept what we were given and not to criticize anything. The spirit of giving something that the recipient really needed exemplified the true meaning of Christmas as most of the  children needed the clothes they received.

    The aroma of the huge turkey cooking in the oven, filled the house while we were busy admiring the gifts we had just opened. Parker House rolls that Mom had  rising would  soon be eaten with REAL butter. The punch bowl had been set up to hold eggnog.

    Dad and the kids quickly got dressed and headed to church while Mom stayed behind.  She had gone to Midnight Mass, the night before so she would have more time Christmas Day to prepare.

    Soon our house would  fill up as our whole family,  including grandparents and cousins would come for a big Christmas dinner and games afterwards.

    If it was a year that we were going to Grandma’s instead  we’d dress up after opening gifts, take a new Christmas toy with us,  pile into the station wagon and head to our  grandparents house for a big family meal where holidays dinners were a big deal. Gas was 26 cents a gallon due to  gas wars between the stations.

    Our grandparents lived near one another which allowed us to  see all the family on both sides– aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.  At each house there was lots to eat. All the women cooked and each brought  tons of delicious “made from scratch” food that we got only during the holidays, such as  green bean casserole,  candied sweet potatoes, Nana’s homemade chicken and noodles, many different Jell-o salads, which  included a huge family favorite cranberry salad made with oranges, apples, pineapple and nuts, eggnog, celery stuffed with pineapple cream cheese from a small glass jar that would become a juice glass, both green and black olives ,  and of course, the big turkey with dressing.  Those family dinners which were such a wonderful part of Christmas included fresh baked pumpkin pies, with real whipped cream for dessert. The hours spent  preparing these special foods  and then getting together to share those  meals showed love and caring.

    Kool-Aid spilled from our Flintstones jelly glasses  wasn’t such a big deal since the kids had their own table from the adults and had the chance to just be silly with their cousins as we compared presents from Santa as the adults visited.  Later with Bing Crosby’s Christmas album playing softly in the background we opened little gifts and ate Grandmother’s peanut brittle,  pecans toasted and glazed with  cinnamon sugar, homemade fudge (both Aunt Betty’s peanut butter fudge and one made from Mamie Eisenhower’s Million-Dollar Fudge recipe. There were lots of tasty desserts from Mrs. Claus’ Cookbook of Christmas & Holiday Recipes .  Ribbon candy was in Grandma’s cranberry glass candy dish   and walnuts, in the shell, in a wooden bowl that we cracked with a nut cracker.

    The smaller kids, who needed a nap, were placed on the chenille bedspread in the middle of the big bed and gently covered. They’d  awaken with an imprint of the bedspread on their little faces. We older kids played outside or in the basement, with our new toys for the rest of the day. If we noticed the neighbors had set out big cardboard boxes from their Christmas gifts we asked for them in order to make forts, houses and Indian tee-pees. If the weather was good, the men who had been smoking and visiting in the garage would get a game of football or softball going with all the kids.   If it was snowing kids went sledding, using those cardboard boxes that had been bummed from the neighbors, climbing up then launching them down a steep hill, over and over again.

    After a wonderful evening meal of leftovers we would pack up the station wagon and head home.  There was no big let down  Christmas night because we knew the holidays were not over.  Between Christmas eve and New Years day different relatives came to our home to visit  over cookies, popcorn and ice cold bottles of pop. Christmas was the only time of the year there was soda in the house. We had a good selection for our visitors. Orange Crush, Grape & Strawberry Nehi, Diet-Rite Cola, Royal Crown (RC) Cola, Tab, Fresca, Pepsi Lite in returnable glass bottles that we would offer to return for mom in order to get to keep the deposit money. The coffee pot was always on the stove for those who preferred. Ashtrays were conveniences offered in every home, even if the family had no smokers. We made sure to see every relative over the holiday, which meant  taking cookies and homemade candy to go visit at their house.

    Wonderful memories of  the hours spent with family, make one realize what is really important. More memorable than any gifts I have ever received are those  memories of such happy times when our family was able to be  together and the house was full of fun and laughter. What fun we had,spending time with relatives just  enjoying the company of one another. Christmas is a time to recognize that Christ, the Prince of Peace, was the TRUE gift given to us. The tree was taken down somewhere between the day after Christmas and  New Years Day…. and life went back to normal.   We wouldn’t see anything of Christmas until in late November.

SIGHTS Television specials – Small Black and white tv’s allowed us to watch  Christmas specials such as:

        • Frosty,  the Macy’s parade and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
        • It’s a Wonderful Life  starring James Stewart
        • Miracle on 34th Street (1947).
        • Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol.
        • Amahl and the Night Visitors about a crippled shepherd boy healed on the first Christmas Eve
        • A Christmas Carol

MUSIC Mom played Christmas music on the piano on Christmas Eve. Sometimes we’d just have the radio on listening to:

        • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
        • Frosty the Snowman”
        • All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
        • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
        • Santa Baby,  a  tongue-in-cheek look at a Christmas list of a woman who wants the most extravagant gifts for the holiday.
        • Jingle Bell Rock
        • Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
        • Elvis’ Christmas Album which featured four gospel songs and eight Christmas songs, included “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” and Santa Bring My Baby Back (to Me)”
        • Blue Christmas

The above are shared memories. Please leave a comment and tell us about yours.

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Memories from Earlier Times for Baby Boomers and Others

If you lived through the 1950s or 1960s see how much of these you remember. You will recognize some started up in your lifetime. Some didn’t last….but what fun it is, remembering the past. (Something we missed? Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom)

  • $3,000 or less for a family car
  • 12 O’Clock High
  • 15-cent McDonalds burgers
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  • 21 Beacon Street
  • 2-letter state abbreviations
  • 3M Thermo-Fax copying machines
  • 45-rpm records
  • 5-cent Cokes
  • 5-cent packs of baseball cards
  • 6 finger, 6 finger man alive, How’d I ever make it with 5?…(Toys for kids the 1950s and 1960s)
  • 77 Sunset Strip
  • 78-rpm records
  • 7-UP bars first came in milk chocolate, then they made them in dark chocolate….cost a whole dime and were a big treat. A kid’s gourmet bar, seven small squares of different creams and caramel, on one piece of cardboard, covered in chocolate. Each bite was a different piece of candy even though it looked like just one bar.
  • 8 track tapes
  • 8mm home movie cameras & projectors
  • 9-1-1 emergency telephone service
  • A Boy Named Sue
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)
  • A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
  • a roll candy like Smarties that were fizzy
  • A Shot in the Dark (1964)
  • A&P
  • A.D.S.Soothing healing foot soap…
  • AB Laundry Detergent
  • Abba Zaba  1920s to late sixties  White taffy filled with peanut butter…
  • Abraham & Straus
  • AC outlets- 2-prong ungrounded AC outlets
  • Accent flavor enhancer   (MSG!!)
  • ACME BAR SOAP…
  • Adam-12
  • Adams Sour Cherry drops
  • Addiator
  • Addo calculators
  • Adventures of Superman
  • Advise and Consent (1962)
  • Afro hairstyle
  • Ahab the Arab
  • Air conditioning was new and rare
  • Airborne Express
  • Air-mail letter/envelopes
  • Airport (1970 movie)
  • Alan Arkin
  • Alan King
  • Alaska and Hawaii became U.S. states
  • Alec Guinness
  • Alexander’s Allegheny Airlines
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents
  • Allan Sherman
  • Allied Radio
  • Allowqance -25¢ was a decent weekly allowance
  • Almond Buttercrunch…
  • Alphabet soup
  • Alphabet-soup company names
  • Alpha-Bits cereal
  • Alvin (DSV-2)
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks
  • AM table radios
  • Amateur (ham) radio
  • American Bandstand
  • American Graffiti (1973)
  • American Motors Corporation
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • AM-only car radios
  • Amos ‘n’ Andy
  • Amphicar
  • Andy Capp Aquaman
  • Andy’s Gang
  • Angel Face powder, talcum powder or a small bottle of Avon cologne (Christmas gifts from an earlier time)
  • Angela Lansbury
  • Anise Bears…
  • Anise Squares
  • Anna Russell
  • Anne Bancroft
  • Annie Oakley
  • Ann-Margret
  • Answering machines that took up a large amount of the desk
  • Ant Farm
  • Anthony Newley
  • Anthony Perkins
  • Ants in the Pants
  • Apartment building antenna forests
  • Apartment house fire escapes
  • APBA sports simulation games
  • Apollo 11 Moon landing
  • Appliances Frigidaire oven with French doors,  Imperial appliances, Norge appliances, Crosley, Hotpoint…..Refrigerators with manual-defrost iceboxes, were small and had handles that had to be pulled or lifted in order to unlatch and open the fridge door,  a small freezer section that took up about one-half of the top shelf, and always seemed to need defrosting.
  • Appliances in avocado green, harvest yellow, coppertone turquoise, pink Kenmore washing machine and  pink gas range.
  • Appointment with Adventure
  • Aramis was popular in 1972
  • Archie cartoons
  • area codes and all-digit dialing
  • ARGO GLOSS LAUNDRY STARCH
  • Argus C3 rangefinder Collapsible flash reflectors
  • Argus C3 rangefinder
  • Arnold Stang
  • Art Linkletter’s House Party
  • Arthur Godfrey
  • Asbestos duct insulation
  • Asbestos duct insulation
  • Astronauts Hair Pomade
  • Astropops…
  • AstroTurf
  • Atlantic and Richfield stations
  • Atomic Fireball…
  • Atomic Fireballs
  • Audio tape splicing blocks
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy
  • Automated Teller Machine (ATM)
  • Automatic calculators
  • Auto-Stat copy machines
  • Ava Gardner
  • Ayds (diet candy) supposedly curbed your appetite…
  • AYDS appetite suppressant candy
  • B. Altman & Co. Bamberger’s
  • B. T. Babbiitt’s Best Soap…
  • Bab-O….
  • Baby Breck Soap in box…
  • Baby Doll pajamas
  • Baby oil and iodine for suntanning
  • Bachelor Father
  • Bacon slices candy
  • Bactine in glass bottles
  • Bagel and lox was ethnic food
  • Bakelite, knife and kitchen utensil handles, buttons, phones, radios,pens, salt and pepper shakers, dice
  • Ballantine Ale
  • Balsa gliders
  • Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969)
  • banana pudding with vanilla wafers..
  • Banana Runtscandy
  • Banana split candies
  • Bananarama candy
  • Bandof Gold song
  • BankAmericard and MasterCharge
  • Barbara Stanwyck
  • Barbarella (1968)
  • Barber poles
  • Barbie doll dream house
  • Barbie dolls
  • Barbie dolls (some had wigs) and the generic Barbie
  • Bare foot all summer and would get stone bruises, yet we had so much fun with our imagination in the great outdoors, during those days of long summers
  • Barley pops in 3-D Animal Shapes…
  • BarNone…
  • Barrel of Monkeys
  • Barricini candy and chocolates
  • Barton’s candy and chocolates
  • Baseball card gum  Did any one ever actually chew the gum that came with a pack of Baseball cards?…
  • Baseball cards in the spokes
  • BASIC programming language
  • Bat Masterson
  • Bathing caps
  • Bathing  In the summer we got to bathe in the creek.
  • Batman (1966)
  • Batman
  • Batmobile on TV (1966)
  • Battleship
  • Bay of Pigs invasion
  • Bazooka bubble gum with the Bazooka Joe comic and something neat that you could send in for.
  • Bazooka bubble gum
  • BB Bats Chocolate, Vanilla, Banana or Strawberry Taffy Suckers -  1920s…
  • BB guns
  • Beach Party (1963)
  • Beads-O’-Bleach
  • Beanie and Cecil
  • Beany-Copters
  • Beat the Clock
  • Beatle Boots
  • Beatle Wigs
  • Beatles cartoon
  • Beatniks
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
  • beds were double beds
  • Beechies gum…
  • Beechies Original Gum Boxes—Longtime Favorite Since 1933 …
  • Beechnut gum
  • Beechnut gum…
  • Beehive hair dos
  • Beehive hairdos
  • Beeman’s gum, made of pepsin powder and chicle was invented by Ohio physician Dr. Edward E. Beeman in the late 19th century  as an aid to digestion
  • Beep, Beep
  • Beetle Bailey
  • Beich’s caramels
  • Bell & Howell
  • Bell bottom jeans
  • Bell Laboratories educational films
  • Bell potato chips
  • Ben Casey
  • Ben Crazy
  • Bendicks bittermints    Made with Pure Peppermint Oil and the Darkest Chocolate …
  • Bendix G-15 computer
  • Benson & Hedges 100s
  • Bermuda shorts
  • Bernard- Heart transplant
  • Bess Myerson
  • Best Products
  • Betsy McCall,
  • Betsy Wetsy
  • Betsy Wetsy dolls
  • Bette Davis
  • Betty Boop
  • Beulah
  • Bewitched
  • Bible School
  • BIC pens
  • bicycle helmets
  • Bicycles  3-speed English racers
  • Big Buddy gum.
  • Big Chief paper writing pad from grandma
  • Big Chief tablet
  • Big Hunk Mini Bar  1930s …
  • Big Shot
  • Big Wad bubble gum from the late 60s.  looked like a half-inch thick pack of baseball cards but was all gum.
  • Bild Lilli  doll
  • Bill Cosby
  • Bill Ding balancing clowns
  • Billy Beer
  • Birch Beer
  • Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
  • Bit-O-Honey
  • BIZ LAUNDRY DETERGENT…
  • Black & Decker
  • Black & white TV’s
  • Black Cow Bar   1970′s Candy…
  • Black Cow Bite  1920s…
  • Black Cow caramels
  • Black Cow suckers
  • Black Jack (licorice)
  • Black Jack Gum – From the 1920s…
  • Black Jack Taffy…
  • black licorice jelly beans…
  • Black Licorice Pipe     1950′s and 1960s  Candy….
  • Black Mammy Laundry…
  • Black Wax Moustaches
  • Black Wax Moustaches
  • Blackboards, chalk, and erasers
  • Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum
  • Blitz, The Polishing Cloth
  • Blondie
  • Blow-Up (1966)
  • Blue Angels
  • Blue Horse notebook paper. You could get prize’s for the blue horse, if you were lucky enough to buy a lot of notebook paper.
  • blue M&Ms
  • Blue Moon ice cream….Ice cream man sold rockets (popsicles with several colors and flavors in one), cream sickles, push ups and ice cream sandwiches….Hires rootbeer floats…ice cream carts that came through the neighborhood in the summer. A man sat on a bicycle that had a freezer unit attached to the back of the bike and he had to pedal everywhere he went with to sell his ice cream…..
  • Blue suede shoes
  • Bluing La France or Mrs. Wrights in a bottle was added in the wash for the sheets to make them whiter, and starching shirts so I could iron them stiff.
  • board games such as Candy Land, Sorry,
  • Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)
  • Bob Hope
  • Bob Newhart
  • Bobbsey Twin book or the Happy Hollisters
  • Bobby Fischer Bowling was very popular
  • Boeing 707 jet airliner
  • Boggle
  • Bohack supermarkets
  • Bold 3 First Laundry Detergent w/Fabric Softener…..
  • Bomb shelters/fall out shelters  and air raid drills
  • Bon Ami cleaning cake   Original miracle cleaner…
  • Bon Ton potato chips
  • Bonanza
  • BONANZA   BARS   HAND SOAP
  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  • Bonomo  Turkish Taffey        the inside of the wrapper was foil. Give it a whack- Whatdoyouknow Bonomo? BO-NO-MO…  O-O-O, It’s Bonomo’s… CAAANDEEE.”  – one Bonomo’s lasted all day long- could pull the fillings right out of your teeth!. — No Other Taffy Smacks, Cracks, or Tastes like It  (you smacked those down to break them.) banana, vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry  1950′s and 1960s  Candy    for a little while they made small Turkish Taffy “balls”  sold in boxes at the movie theaters….
  • Bonwit Teller
  • Boobs A Lot
  • Booby Trap
  • Bookmobiles
  • Borated Tar Soap…
  • Borax Old Ranger  …
  • Boraxo hand cleaner
  • Bosco chocolate syrup in your milk…Bosco drinks his Bosco…Bosco bear was a brown plastic squeeze container…..
  • Boston Baked Beans candy-coated peanuts
  • Boston Blackie
  • Boston’s Original Fruit Slices
  • Boston’s original fruit slices….
  • Bottle caps
  • Bottle openers for pop
  • bottled-water craze
  • Bouffants
  • Bourbon Street Beat
  • Bowie knives
  • Bozo the Clown
  • Branded
  • Braniff International Airways and British Overseas Airways Corp.
  • Bread boxes kept out the flies.
  • Bread truck.  Sunbeam bread
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
  • Breakfast Bars, by Carnation were very similar to the chocolate covered granola bars made by Quaker Oats, which are still sold today.
  • Breakfast Squares ( by Carnation?) made by General Mills were like a very dry cake., completely covered with frosting (also dry). They weren’t messy…came out in the late 1960s when a lot of space flight influenced food was popular.   They had chocolate flavored ones
  • breakfasts mom would make-good country gravy, biscuits, cold milk, eggs, good farm bacon, fried apples and cocoa.
  • Brenda Starr, Reporter
  • Breyers ice cream
  • bride doll
  • Brigitte Bardot
  • Britannica Junior Encyclopedia
  • British Sterling cologne
  • Broken Arrow
  • Bronco
  • Brooklyn Dodgers for Gillette razors
  • Brownie chocolate drink!…..
  • Bruce Lee
  • Bubble Burger gum – 1980s…
  • Bubble Gum Card…
  • Bubble Gum Card…
  • Bubble Gum Cigarettes – 1950′s
  • Bubble Gum Cigars Assorted Flavors -  1950s-1970s   came in pink, yellow and green…
  • BUBBLE GUM in bulk that we bought to sell in our family owned grocery store  gave us  red and gold Eastern Goddess  glassware
  • Bubble gum with a cherry-flavored juicy center…not ancient old, was available around 2011 Now it’s gone.
  • Bubblegum- fruit flavors or sour bubble gum
  • Buckeyes…
  • Buddy Hackett
  • Buffalo nickels
  • Bugles (snack)
  • Buick portholes
  • Built-in radio-intercom systems. You were rich if you had a Nutone. It could play the radio in every room.
  • Buitoni pasta
  • Bull’s eye candy
  • Bulova Accutron (1960)  was the first wristwatch to keep time using a tuning fork, which vibrated at 360 Hertz, so the watch emitted a soft hum rather than a ticking sound
  • Bumper cars
  • Burger Chef
  • Burke’s Law
  • Burl Ives
  • Burma Shave signs
  • Burning leaves in your yard was okay
  • Burnt peanuts
  • Burroughs Corporation
  • Burry’s
  • Burt Lancaster
  • Bus ‘stop’ cords
  • Buses had rear windows
  • Buster Brown shoes
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  • Butch Wax
  • Butter Blue bonnet margarine came in the blue tin bowls,before they started putting it in plastic.We loved those little tin bowls and thought it tasted so much better in those….margarine  was white and contained a yellow capsule that the family broke and mixed in so it turned it yellow
  • Butter Mints -   Kraft had wonderful ones  Smooth and Buttery, Melt In Your Mouth
  • Butter Toffee -   1920s
  • Butterfingers Mini Bars – 1920s
  • Butterscotch Disks by Brach’s    1920s…
  • Button Dots -rainbow dots of flavored candies stuck on a roll of paper that looked like adding machine paper. You would pull off with your teeth and got a mouthful of paper by the time you unpeeled and popped them in your mouth.-
  • Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
  • C Howard’s Scented Gum – 8 pc  1950s 1960s
  • Cadillac convertible = pinnacle of luxury
  • Calvin and the Colonel
  • Camp Runamuck
  • Campaign buttons & slogans
  • Campfire Girls
  • Campfire Mints
  • Canada Dry Sodas (Jamaican Cola, Cactus Cooler, and Tahitian Treat, Rooti, and Wink [in the steel cans before aluminum])
  • Canada Mints – Peppermint (white),Spearmint (light green), Wintergreen (pink) – 1920s …
  • Canasta
  • Candid Camera
  • candies from the 1940s….
  • Candy Buttons   1930s
  • Candy Canes – Mini Red & White -   1920s…
  • Candy Cigarette Bank
  • Candy cigarettes
  • Candy coal
  • Candy Corn -     1920s
  • Candy dots
  • candy homemade toffee like Skor and Heath
  • Candy Land
  • Candy lipstick
  • Candy Necklaces…wear them around your neck (the candy was on elastic) and stretch it to eat one off…. remember in the summertime when you would get all sweaty, have a sticky, colored neck from those.
  • candy rings
  • Candy Rods  1920s…
  • Candy Stix Cigarettes -   (1950′s, 1960s, 1970s-1980′s)
  • Candy Watches -   1920s
  • CANNING in the summer time, go out to the orchards and pick from beans to berries and the women would spend the day boiling jars, lids and tops and then can all that was picked… picked apples and made apple sauce for the baby along with apple and pear butter. Mom taught her sons skills in canning and growing a garden and cooking
  • cap guns with holster
  • Cap guns
  • Capital Airlines Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW)
  • Capper’s Weekly and grit news paper with cartoons were enjoyed by old drop light bulbs  that hang down from the ceiling. Kids used to sell Grit, making a few cents for each one sold. It was about the only newspaper we got.
  • Captain Allen Swift Presents Popeye’s Favorite Sea Shanties
  • Captain Kangaroo
  • Captain Midnight for Ovaltine
  • Captain Video and His Video Rangers
  • Car 54, Where Are You?
  • Car hops
  • Car record players
  • car seat belts
  • Caramel Creams -little rolls of caramels with a cream center Caramel Apple – Chocolate – Strawberry -  Licorice  1920s….
  • Caramel Cubes -   1930s… Caravelle Bar. – 2 small bars in one pack.
  • Carbon copies
  • Carburetors
  • Card games- Family and friends came over on Saturday night
  • Card sorters
  • Carnaby Street (London) fashions
  • Carnation evaporated milk
  • Carnation Instant Breakfast
  • Carvel ice cream stores
  • Cary Grant
  • Casey Jones
  • Casper the Friendly Ghost
  • Cassius Clay vs. Sonny Liston
  • Castro Convertible sofa-beds
  • Cat eyeglasses
  • Cathode ray tubes (CRT)
  • Cat’s Cradle
  • Celeste Holm
  • cell phone
  • Century 21 Exposition
  • Charade (1963)
  • Charge-coupled device (CCD)
  • Charles Bronson
  • Charles Chips
  • Charles Laughton
  • Charleston Chew
  • Charley and the Angel (1973)
  • Charlie Brown Shoes
  • Charlotte Russe
  • Charlton Heston
  • Charms
  • Charms pops (always got one when we stopped at the drug store)
  • Charms Super Blow Pop   1990′s Candy…
  • Charms sweet & sour lollipops, (giant size) one side was sweet & the other sour….each.
  • Chatty Cathy dolls
  • Checker cabs
  • Checkmate
  • Cheech & Chong
  • Cheese fondue
  • Cheez Waffies
  • Cheez-It
  • Chef Boy-AR-dee
  • Chemstrand Corporation
  • Cherry Cokes
  • Cherry Mash -  located in St. Joseph, Missouri.    Cherries, Peanuts, and Chocolate  (There are recipes on line for this.)     Cherry Mountain Bars…From time to time they also offer raspberry as a special addition.     Cherry Slices -…
  • Cherry Sours…
  • Cherryheads – 1960s 1970′s Candy…
  • Chewy Coconut Bonbons in an Assortment of Flavors That Are Sure to Satisfy…..
  • Cheyenne (the show)
  • Chick-A-Boom (Don’t Ya Jes’ Love It)
  • Chicken Dinner candy bar
  • Chicken fat (schmaltz)
  • Chick-o-Sticks Nuggets -  1930s…
  • Chicle Chews Tablet Gum -   1920s…
  • Chiclets
  • child-proof caps
  • Child’s car seat
  • CHINA from the Safeway grocery store
  • Chinese checkers
  • Chip ‘n’ Dale
  • CHIPSO laundry detergent soap flakes…
  • Chiquita Banana
  • Chiquita Banana Song: I’m Chiquita Banana and I’m here to say  That you can eat bananas any time of day  Bananas taste delicious when you peel and eat And bananas with milk are such a nourishing treat! Wholesome and then some! -
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
  • Cho-Chos-chocolate-malt flavored ice cream in a paper cup cost 6 cents and the clerk gave you a little flat wooden spoon…..
  • Chock Full o’ Nuts ‘heavenly’ coffee
  • Choco Rocks…
  • Chocolate Babies
  • Chocolate Gourmet Mints -  1920s…
  • Chocolate milk was an option at school lunches.
  • Chocolate Mint Bubblicious – 1980s…
  • Chocolate Soldiers a chocolate soda in a real glass bottle (sort of like Yoo-Hoo)…
  • Chocolate Starlight Mints…
  • Chocolate sticks.
  • Chocolate-Covered Sunflower Seeds…
  • chocolate-filled peppermint straws
  • Chocolite
  • Chocomint Lifesavers (Circa 1964)
  • CHOO-CHOO-CHARLIE” singing about GOOD ‘N PLENTY –
  • Christma gift – for all of us kids to share,  –a sled one year, game table – ping pong table, board games
  • Christmas Day: go to grandmas where all the cousins  would be and we’d sleep on pallets  and awake to the smell of coffee and cocoa, bacon, smoked ham, huge biscuits, brown gravy, fried potatoes, eggs, butter, real butter, and homemade jams, oh, and the  chocolate gravy tasted like melted pudding.
  • Christmas tree decorations Some families did a Christmas tree theme every year with color coordinated ornaments but we had red balls, old fashioned glass ornaments, hand made ornaments, styrofoam balls adorned with sequins, rhinestones, ribbons and miniature beads   attached by straight pins pushed all the way into the ball. There were a few balls decorated with glittery bands of mica  while others were decorated with snowy scenes, sleigh rides, carolers, and poinsettias…. big old fashioned blue lights aluminum metal  “petals” around each light bulb  that got so hot -flashing lights….little wooden angels, angel hair….     candy gumdrops,  popcorn and cranberry garland and the  chain made out of  shiny wrapping paper…silver tinsel  saved from year to year, was  placed on one by one after the ornaments …..Top of the tree  Glass spire ornaments and translucent, molded plastic, electrified, inexpensive lit-from-within tree toppers in the shape of angels and stars  Santa Claus
  • Christophers Big Cherry- big mound of chocolate with a cherry cream filling and a cherry in the middle
  • Chrome bumpers Curb feelers
  • Chrysler pushbutton automatic transmission controls mounted on the dashboard to the left of the steering wheel instead of on the column,    (1956.)
  • Chu-Bops   – 1980s
  • Chuckles Jelly Candy Have a Chuckle—Then Try To Keep a Straight Face      1950′s- 1970s Candy…
  • Chuckles jelly candy
  • CHUM GUM, REGAL CROWN SOUR FRUIT Three sticks for a penny. It tasted like that nasty gum that came with baseball cards.
  • Chunky (with & without raisins)-Open Wide For Chunky
  • Chutes and Ladder
  • Cigar bubble gum – colored
  • Cigar store Indians CONELRAD
  • Cigarette holders
  • Cigarette vending machines
  • CIGARETTES Oasis, Newport, Kool, plain non filtered for a prize at penny toss at fair, Virginia Slims, Taryton, Viceroy. SMOKING  Back in the day many people rolled their own cigarettes. If you bought cigarettes it was called a  pack of ready rolls.
  • Cinnamon Disks by Brach’s – Bulk         1920s…..
  • Cinnamon Lifesavers.
  • Cinnamon toothpicks-we used to make our own..we bought the cinnamon oil from the pharmacist.
  • Circus Boy
  • Circus Peanuts orange and also Assorted Colors    1920s….
  • Cisco Kid
  • Citizens Band (CB) radio
  • Clackers cereal
  • Clark bars
  • Clark’s Teaberry Gum  (some of their Commercials can be found online)
  • Classic cars
  • Classics Illustrated
  • Claude Kirchner
  • Claude Rains
  • clear  plastic slipcovers for the “good furniture” that made the back of your legs (and butt) sweat and stick to the furniture
  • Cleopatra (1963)
  • Cliff Robertson
  • Clock radios with Telechron clocks
  • Clorox Bleach Amber Glass Bottle.
  • Clothes line  – Hanging it outside even in the winter. If the line didn’t break so you had to start over  or the dogs didn’t drag blankets and sheets off the line it would freeze dry. Then we would have to iron
  • Clothes- baby wore cloth diapers, and hand made baby clothes. Mom made every Easter dress, by hand, with needle and thread,  dresses sewn by hand,  Red Goose shoes -you got  a big golden egg with a shoe purchase….Buster Brown shoes…. Toughskin blue jeans
  • Clove gum
  • Clue
  • Clutch Cargo
  • CNN and the 24-hour news cycle
  • coal miner  dad    coming home with his lunch bucket and bent over from working in the mines
  • Coal stove & furnace
  • “Coast to coast” a widely  used phrase that was more exciting than saying “National”
  • Coca-Cola (1955)
  • Cocoa Marsh
  • CocoMarsh- chocolate syrup
  • Coconut bonbons (set of 2 containers)
  • Coconut Watermelon slices.
  • Code 3
  • Coffee percolators and “Drip-O-Lator”
  • Coffee Rio ……
  • Coffee was marketed as “the Think Drink”
  • COFFEE  The first set of flatware we had that was a complete set came from those JFG coffee coupon on the back. Peppermint sticks were also given away in some coffee.
  • Coin-operated kiddie rides
  • Cold Power  Laundry Detergent…
  • Colgate Comedy Hour
  • Collecting bottle caps
  • Collecting cigar bands
  • Collier’s Encyclopedia
  • color television
  • Color TV kits Console TVs
  • Colorforms
  • coloring book and crayons, were popular gifts
  • Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
  • Colt 45
  • Combat!
  • Comet cleanser
  • Comic books- 10-cent comic books
  • Commercials-Earl and Edna on Furniture Factory Outlet….Ernest P. Worrell for Braum’s Ice Cream & Dairy Stores (Yes, these were in  in the 1980s but Boomers loved them!)
  • Communes
  • Comptometers
  • Computer Punch cards
  • Concentration card game
  • Coney Island  (in Tulsa, OK), delicious wieners in tiny hot dog buns with chili and cheese tasted so good with a strawberry pop.
  • Coney Island’s Steeplechase Park
  • Contact paper  used on kitchen shelves, cabinets, appliances, drawers,  beds, dressers. Even the refrigerator got covered in that ugly DARK-fake wood grained paper.or  huge hippie/dating game flowers in orange/harvest gold. Don’ t forget about poor ol’HOLLY HOBBY sitting on mushrooms…..
  • Containerized shipping
  • Conversation Hearts
  • Convoy
  • COOKIES
  • cooking over a fire in  fireplace
  • Cooking- Swans down cake flour…..pie crust from scratch and made apple and cherry pies with the fruit from our trees….. biscuits and gravy……EVERYTHING was cooked in heavy lard, with tons of salt,  dinner time was another treat….homecooked. No fastfood.
  • Cool Hand Luke (1967)
  • Cool pops
  • Coonskin caps
  • Cootie
  • cordless power tools
  • Corgi die-cast toys
  • Cork pop guns
  • Corn Dogs werestaples
  • Corn flakes cereal with the freeze-dried strawberries….
  • CorningWare
  • Counter checks
  • Courageous Cat & Minute Mouse
  • Cowan’s Big 5 Laundry Blue, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1890′s-1900′s…
  • Cowboys and Indians
  • Cowbunga
  • Crack the Whip
  • Cracker Jack commercial – the little boy who is a penny short and he pays for his box of cracker jack with a gumball in his pocket…”What do you want when you gotta have something…and it’s gotta be sweet….and it’s gotta be a lot…and you only got a dime….what do you want? Lip-smacking, whip-cracking, paddy-whacking…oooooooo….Cracker Jack!” (he runs the box along a car fender and across a fence) In another  commercial a child pulls strings, pennies, a yo-yo and numerous other items out of his pockets to purchase a box of Cracker Jacks.CRACKER JACKS, with a REAL TOY inside, ………
  • Cracker Jack
  • cracklings Country Kids Got To Love Them!!!………
  • Cray-1 supercomputer
  • Crazy Clock
  • Cream filberts
  • Cream puffs- homemade were so good and yet so easy with only flour, eggs and water…..and some vanilla pudding for filling
  • Creamsicles were orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream…..
  • Credit card- first credit card, Diners Club, was issued in 1950
  • Creepy Crawlers
  • Crème Brûlée
  • Crinolines
  • Crispy Critters cereal
  • Cruising
  • Crumpet, the tea party doll
  • Crusader Rabbit
  • Crush soda
  • Crushable snack food packages
  • Cry Baby Tears Xtra Sour Candy  1990′s Candy…
  • CRYSTAL WHITE 4 PACK OF BAR SOAP 4/.19…
  • Crystallized Ginger Candy….
  • Crystallized Hazelnuts….
  • Cuban vacations
  • Cup Custard Cookies (2 outside rows of vanilla and 1 middle row of chocolate)
  • Cup O’ Gold Candy ….
  • curler caps with a head full of brush rollers underneath on Saturday afternoon at the drug store meant you had a date that night
  • Cycles per second
  • Dagmars
  • Dairy Queen Monkey tails
  • Daktari
  • Dan Duryea
  • Dances A new dance every time you turned around
  • Dancing Lucky Strike cigarettes
  • Dancing Old Gold cigarettes
  • Daniel Boone
  • Danish Go Rounds! were like PopTarts  but with  lots more fruit filling and much tastier icing with sprinkles.
  • Danny Kaye
  • Dark Shadows
  • Davey and Goliath
  • David Brenner
  • David McCallum
  • David Niven
  • David Steinberg
  • Dead Skunk
  • Death Valley 20 Mule Team…
  • Debbie Reynolds
  • Deborah Kerr
  • December Bride
  • Dennis Hopper
  • Deputy Dawg
  • Der Weiner Schnitzel  What a treat to drive to Tulsa to do Christmas shopping and stop there when it was dark and cold outside.
  • Desi Arnaz
  • Desk was a great Christmas gift in the 1950s and 1960s,
  • Diagramming sentences
  • Diaper pins with yellow, blue or pink animals on the top part.
  • Dick and Jane readers (also Sally, Puff and Spot) http://www.abebooks.com/book-search/title/dick-and-jane/publisher/foresman/pics/
  • Dick Tracy    Dondi
  • Dictaphones
  • diet sodas
  • Digi-Comp I mechanical computer
  • Dilly Bars, soft serve vanilla cone dipped in chocolate  ice cream
  • Diner  or the cafeteria where you took a tray, stood in line and chose from such delicious meals (much much tastier and fresh than you can get in a cafeteria today!) as turkey, dressing and mashed potatoes, roast beef and mashed potatoes with gravy and green beans. The meals were under $2.00 and you could hardly eat the whole meal.
  • Diners with tableside jukebox controls
  • Ding Dong School
  • Ding dong… Avon calling!
  • Dinner With Drac
  • Dip-A-Sticks….
  • Dippity-do styling gel
  • Dirty Harry (1971)
  • Discipline-Mom would send us after each others switches. we learned quick how to choose the best one never know when you might be the next one to get the switch.
  • Discovery
  • Dish night at the movie – in earlier times on certain nights the theatre had “free dish night” where dishes were given out allowing  you to get a piece of a place setting every time you went.
  • Disneyland
  • Disneyland A-E ticket books
  • Disneyland flying saucers
  • disposable diapers
  • Ditto copying machines
  • Diver Dan
  • DNA double-helix structure
  • Doctor Dolittle (1967)
  • Doctor Who
  • Doctor Zhivago (1965)
  • Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost overnight
  • Dogfight
  • Doggie Diners
  • Doll buggy
  • Doll furniture.
  • Domed sports stadiums
  • Dominoes
  • DON MAXIMO LAUNDRY SOAP…
  • Don Rickles
  • Donald O’Connor
  • Donald Pleasence
  • Donald Sutherland
  • Donovan’s Reef (1963)
  • Door-to-door for sales campaigns to raise money for school events? Seeds, chocolate bars,cleaners, sausage, tickets etc.
  • Doris Day
  • Dorothy Dandridge
  • Dorothy Provine
  • Dots
  • Double Cola was the competitor for Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola and a lot cheaper. …
  • Double Delight ice cream bars, long and narrow vanilla w/a tunnel of fudge through the middle….
  • Double Lollies  …
  • Double Lux Soap  Liquid Detergent…
  • double sockets-  we would have to screw into the light socket and plug in what ever had to have JUICE. Turned them on and off by a little brass chain,or you could tie a string to it to be able to reach it.
  • Dr Pepper barrels like root beer barrels
  • Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray Tonic
  • Dr. Demento
  • Dr. Kildare
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech
  • Dr. Pepper had that wonderful fruity flavor it no longer has….
  • Dr. Pepper recommended doses
  • Dr. Strangelove (1964)
  • Dr. Welby
  • Draft cards & draft card burning
  • Drafting tables
  • Drake’s cakes
  • Dreamsicles were orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream…..
  • Drive-in (A&W RootBeer had one) where they left the tray in your car window, so you could put your trash on it when you were finished.
  • Drive-in restaurants
  • Drivers Ed class in high school
  • Droodles
  • drop lights were twisted in and out to use them.
  • drug store  was a place to go once a month to enjoy an ice cream treat. The soda fountain was to the back of the store. Chocolate Cokes… Ice Cream Sodas of different flavors…. malteds….Vanilla Pepsi… Root Beer Floats….’cherry” cokes at the snack counter…. Cherry Phosphates The smell of fries, shakes, and perfumes…
  • Dry cell batteries
  • Dubble Bubble Bubble Gum   1950′s  and 1960s Candy
  • Duck-and-cover air-raid drills
  • Duckpin bowling
  • Ducktail or Duck’s Ass (D.A.)
  • Duffy’s Daredevils
  • Duncan Imperial spinning top
  • Duncan yo-yos
  • Dutch Girl Soap,dusting with that old polish,  mopping and sweeping the old rugs that had  big flowers in the design.  The boys had stay on the old porch until the rugs dried and the dusting was done.,
  • Dutch Twins chocolate wafers
  • E. J. Korvette
  • E.G. Marshall
  • Earth Day European
  • Earth shoes
  • Eastern Air Lines Emporium
  • Easy Bake Oven
  • Easy Rider (1969)
  • eating out
  • Eating paste
  • Eddie Albert
  • Eddie Haskell
  • Edmond O’Brien
  • Edward G. Robinson
  • Egg creams
  • Egg Nog Salt Water Taffy  1920s …..
  • elective cosmetic surgery went mainstream
  • Electro-mechanical train/flight status boards
  • Elephant leg pants
  • Elevator operators
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Elm trees
  • Email  addresses assigned  by AOL
  • Emoticons
  • Emporium
  • Encyclopedia Americana
  • Encyclopedias came from the grocery store , one book a week!!…. you could get great stuff back then for free!!…
  • ENCYCLOPEDIAS from the grocery store.
  • English Toffee….. (Recipes are on line. This is simply real butter and sugar with a bit of water.)
  • Ensign Pulver (1964)
  • Erector Sets
  • Erie Lackawanna Railroad
  • Ernest Borgnine
  • Ernie Kovacs
  • ESPN
  • Esso service stations
  • Estelle Parsons
  • Estes model rocket kits
  • Etch-A-Sketch
  • Ethel and Albert
  • Ethel Merman
  • European Economic Community
  • Every house seemed to have metal ice trays… a bed spread with the big peacocks on them…a coffee pot on the stove and an ashtray…pictures .usually a little boy and girl on a bridge and a guardian angel over them. They were usually blue and had glitter on them…..and a calender were on every ones wall.
  • Every morning we had a big breakfast…no cold cereal there. I didn’t know then that we were poor.
  • Everyone’s parents paid full price for the school lunches; there were no discounts given
  • Expo 67, Montreal
  • Extended-Play (EP) records
  • Extra-strength Burst Detergent
  • EZ Bake Oven  with a little table and chairs…..
  • E-Z Pop popcorn
  • F Troop
  • F. W. Woolworth & Co.
  • Factory air-conditioning in cars
  • Fail-Safe (1964)
  • FAIRBANKS GOLD DUST TWINS  Washing Powder…
  • Fairy Soap…
  • Fallout shelters
  • Family Affair
  • Fan-fold computer printouts
  • Fantastic Voyage (1966)
  • Farfel, Jimmy Nelson’s puppet dog, who sang the Nestles song on television commercials: “N-E-S-T-L-E-S, Nestles makes the very best, Choc…late.”
  • Farmer Al Falfa and his Terrytoon Pals
  • farming  working in the corn field all day…grew our own garden and canned fruits and vegetables
  • Farrell’s ice cream parlors
  • Fascination
  • Fat Albert
  • Father Knows Best
  • Fax machines that those born as late as 1987 think are as silly as faxing a copy of an e-mail
  • Faye Dunaway
  • FCC Fairness Doctrine
  • Federal Civil Defense Administration
  • Feed sack  quilts -using the burlap inside then, the pretty sacks outside were warm….
  • Felix the Cat
  • FELS-NAPTHA: HEAVY DUTY LAUNDRY  SOAP got rid of every odor and stain and removed skin, as well…
  • Fender skirts
  • filled hard candies……filled raspberry candy…..
  • filled our hope chests with all the goodies in the soap
  • Filmstrips
  • Finian’s Rainbow (1968)
  • Fins on cars to look like rockets…It was the space age.
  • Fireball XL5 Flipper
  • Firesticks….
  • First all-electronic desktop calculator
  • First geosynchronous communications satellite
  • First home video tape recorder
  • First human spaceflight
  • First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s televised White House tour and her baby-talking voice
  • First successful climb of Mt. Everest
  • First successful heart transplant
  • First successful kidney transplant
  • First successful liver transplant
  • First successful minicomputer
  • First televised U.S. Presidential debates
  • First working Laser
  • Fische or microfische
  • Five Easy Pieces (1970)
  • Fizzies  ….. .
  • Flash bulbs
  • Flashcubes and Magicubes
  • Flat-top haircuts
  • Flavor Straws – put one of these straws in your white milk and you had  flavored milk  chocolate, coffee and strawberry. …  Great Shakes” which came with its own shake cup and straw. You put the mix in with and shook it real well then inserted the straw. I liked the malted chocolate milk the best……
  • Flexible Flyer sleds
  • Flexowriter
  • Flicks -big round chocolate drops that came in a cardboard tube. They looked like big flat kisses. box was wrapped in a foil covered paper.
  • Flight engineers
  • Flips
  • Floor to ceiling pole lamps. The top portion had a spring that held it in place.
  • FLOUR SACKS –flour came in what looked like pillow cases… until the early 60s  anytime you bought a 25 lb. bag of flour then you got to pick out one of blue and white plates, cups, saucers or a bowl. The flour sacks had some very pretty patterns which made feed sack dresses common if one waslucky enough to get two alike.  Mom made her own patterns from looking at the pictures in a catalog;  sewing with just a needle and thread….  The flour sack fabric was used for everything from clothes to dish towels,pillowcases nighties, with lace and rick rack recycled from something else. Today you can find some  in old family quilts. The white ones could be bleached out and used for everything petty coats (slips) and underpants.
  • Flower Power
  • Fluff
  • Fluffo shortening
  • Fluoride was added to public water supplies
  • Flying Saucer Candies shaped like flying saucers with little tiny round candy inside of them. They were made of a wafer similar to the bread we received at communion. They were basically tasteless but the texture was what intrigued us the most……flying saucer shaped wafer-type outside with little pellets inside
  • Follow Me, Boys! (1966)
  • Food Fair & Pantry Pride supermarkets
  • Foolscap folio  (8.5″ x 13.5″) paper
  • Football helmets without face masks
  • Forever Yours candy bars
  • Formica topped dinette set with chrome legs. The table was almost indestructible  and if you came in the house after playing outside in the hot summertime, and sat down for lunch without a shirt on, your back would stick to the vinyl upholstery. When you leaned forward, it sounded almost like velcro being pulled apart. The cracked upholstery on the seats hurt our little “bottoms!
  • FORTRAN programming language
  • Fox’s U-Bet chocolate syrup
  • FRANK SIDDALLS SOAP
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Freakies cereal We are the Freakies, we are the Freakies, this is the Freakies tree, we never miss a meal, ’cause we love our cere-eeel!…
  • Fred MacMurray
  • FREE ITEMS  IN OATMEAL, LAUNDRY SOAP AND FROM GASOLINE STATIONS  You felt like you were getting something free when, in reality, it seems that we didn’t get as much oatmeal or soap when it had a “prize” in it.
  • French Burnt Peanuts   1920s….
  • French caramels ….
  • French Creams….
  • Frequent airliner hijackings
  • Frequent flyer programs
  • Friden, Inc.
  • Frisbee flying disc
  • Fritz the Cat Gasoline Alley
  • Front bench seats
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Frozen Melon Balls- honeydew & cantalope melon balls in a box
  • frozen TV dinners
  • fruit jellies  Chewy Fruit Slices Made With Real Juice and Spearmint Leaves With Pure Oil For True Flavor
  • Fruit Slices by Brach’s – 1920s …..f
  • Fruit straws    Classic Candy Straws In Fruity Summertime Flavors…
  • Fudge Town cookies
  • Fudgesicles I still can see and feel the ice form on the surface of the Fudgesicle after the first lick….
  • Fun Dip…
  • Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia
  • Funny Face drink mix
  • Funny Face drink mixes Choo-Choo Cherry, Goofy Grape, Jolly-Olly Orange, Rootin-Tootin Raspberry, Lefty Lemon    Funny Face Drink Stand (a mail-in premium) remember sending in a bunch of Funny Face Drink (Pillsbury) packages to get a Funny Face Drink stand – a brightly printed cardboard “sales booth” with posts that held up a sign……
  • Funny Girl (1968)
  • Fur coats
  • Fury
  • Fuses and fuse boxes
  • Fuzzy toilet seat and tank cover had a blue set with the matching colored toilet paper. (Imagine all the bacteria held in those fuzzy things) Some had a fuzzy toilet tissue cover to match.
  • Fuzzy Wuzzy Bath Soap They Grow Fur…
  • G.I. Joe action figures
  • Gale Storm
  • Games we would play in the summer: rotten egg,red rover, crack the whip and so many more.   We came home when it got supper time then went back outside  catch lighting bugs and put  them in a jar. Sometimes we’d get to sleep on the front porch if we could talk Mom into it and hope the dogs didn’t wander up and wake us.
  • Garbage Can-dy Garbage – 1980s
  • Garbage can-dy    shaped candies that would come in a little plastic coffin or garbage can; tasted like sweet tarts.
  • Garfield Stripes shredded bubble gum – 1980s
  • Garrard
  • Gary Cooper
  • gas 17 cents a gallon gas. Later years gas was 26 cents a gallon. It went down that far because of gas wars between the stations. One would be 30 cents, then the station on the other corner would drop to 28 cents, and visa versa.
  • gas lights men who went around to light the gas lights on the streets.
  • Gas stations all had mini-marts
  • Gas stations offered full service
  • Gas stations provided free air & water
  • GASOLINE STATIONS  (We called them”Filling Stations “)gave away  glasses & coffee cups when you bought gas   the coffee cups were red on top decending to orange at the bottom).  the attendant would hand you a lovely drinking glass after filling your tank with gas, checking your tires and washing your windows. All this for much less than $1 per gallon of gasoline.
  • Gasoline was 25 cents a gallon
  • Gatorade
  • Gatorgum Gatorgum – 1980s
  • Gaucho cookies
  • GE College Bowl
  • GEMCO
  • Gene Hackman
  • Gentle Ben
  • George C. Scott
  • George Kennedy
  • George of the Jungle
  • George Reeves
  • Georgie Girl
  • Georgio perfume
  • Georgy Girl (1966)
  • Gerald McBoing-Boing
  • Geritol – sponsor- of Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour and The Lawrence Welk Show. -When we teased someone about “getting old” we would refer to them taking “Geritol!
  • Get Smart
  • Getting a nice healthy suntan
  • Giant Sweet Tarts (not chewy),
  • Gidget
  • Gig Young
  • Gilbert chemistry sets
  • Gilligan’s Island
  • Gimbels
  • Ginny dolls
  • Ginny dolls in a little carrying case
  • Girder & Panel building sets
  • Girdles / corsets
  • Gitarzan
  • Glenn Ford
  • Glitterati—Tiny Italian Hard Candies with Fruit Flavo…
  • Glo-Coat floor wax
  • Gloria Swanson
  • Glovebox road maps
  • Go Ahead chocolate bar in the late ’70′s….
  • Go to the Head of the Class
  • Godfrey Cambridge
  • Goetze Cow Tales Original Vanilla  1980s candy
  • Goetze’s Caramel   chocolate or strawberry creams
  • Go-go girls
  • Going for a Sunday drive
  • Going steady and getting pinned
  • Gold Mine Bubble Gum Nuggets     1950′s Candy…
  • gold nuggets gum that came in a little cloth drawstring bag
  • Goldenberg’s Mini Peanut Chews   1920s and 1930s….
  • Goldfinger (1964)
  • Gomer Pyle – USMC Green Acres
  • Good & Plenty   popular in 1920s-1950′s
  • Good and Fruity
  • Good and Plenty candy
  • Good Humor ice cream sold by the Good Humor man on a hot summer evening. The jingling bells of the Good Humor ice cream truck coming through the neighborhood…
  • Good Humor ice cream trucks
  • Good Neighbor Sam (1964)
  • Good Seasons – Shake ‘n Bake Hamburger -
  • Goodbye, Columbus (1969)
  • Goofy Groceries   – 1980s
  • Grace Kelly
  • graffiti
  • Grandpa’s Wonder Pine Tar Soap…
  • Granny Goose potato chips
  • Greasers
  • Great Shakes
  • Green Acres The Green Hornet
  • Green Apple sticks,
  • Green Mint Leaves,
  • GREEN STAMPS  -Mom saved S&H Green Stamps, and spent hours poring over the Green Stamp catalogs….and bought a lot of our Christmas that way. It was also a lot of fun saving for items such as a toaster and iron to use around the house.
  • Greeting arriving air passengers at the gate
  • Gregory Peck
  • Grindl
  • Grins, Smiles, Giggles and Laughs  CEREAL…
  • Groovy
  • Groucho glasses
  • grow  own garden and canned fruits and vegetables,
  • Grumman Aircraft
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
  • Guittardmooth & Melty Mints
  • guittard white chocolate christmas mints
  • Gulf Oil
  • Gulliver’s Travels Beyond the Moon (1965)
  • Gum Drops
  • Gum Drops   1920s…. gum rocks that came in a little drawstring bag?
  • Gum wrapper chains
  • Gumballs-  1¢ gumball machines
  • Gumby
  • Gumdrops
  • Gummi Bear Cubs., Bears, Blue Sharks, Cola Bottles,Peach Penguins,Peach Rings,  Pink Pigs,  Sour Bears,  Sour Worms, and last but not least  Red, White, and Blue Gummy Army Men…..
  • Gunsmoke The Hathaways
  • Habitat 67
  • Hai Karate aftershave
  • hair styles from home made curlers and home perms…Lilt and Toni….helped us all to a head full of the frizzies…for pin curls, we would roll the hair around  our finger and pin it with bobby pins…women also rolled their hair by cutting up  Prince Albert cans cans into strips and rolled brown paper strips from a paper bag around them to make rollers. Rolling the hair in the middle and folding the ends over and it would hold that way.  (Read more by googling these words together: hair curlers made from prince albert can)
  • Half a Sixpence (1967)
  • Halloween was for kids, not teens
  • Halvah
  • Hand buzzers
  • Hand cranked car windows
  • Hando Powdered Hand Cleaner
  • Hands Down
  • Handwritten letters
  • hard candy  Holiday Candies.From Grandma’s Candy Dish…
  • Hard metal dashboards
  • Hardee’s used to be Sandy’s here in the midwest.
  • Haribo Gold Bears…
  • Harrington’s Clothing Tulsa
  • Harvest spice drops….
  • Hasselblad 1000F
  • Hasselblad 500 EL Data Camera
  • Hats Off
  • Have a nice day” smiley face
  • Have Gun – Will Travel
  • Hawaii Five-O
  • Hawaiian Eye
  • Hawaiian Punch
  • Hayley Mills
  • Haystacks Calhoun
  • Hazel
  • Head Vases
  • HEAT wood and coal heaters- When the fire would go out at night, into the stove you put  old boxes then kindling then some coal and wood light it and jump back in bed   till the house warmed up little. It was so chilly!
  • Heathkit
  • Heckle and Jeckle
  • Heksehyl licorice …
  • helium-filled Mylar balloons
  • Hello Kitty
  • Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh
  • Help! (1965)
  • Hemi Under Glass drag racer
  • Hennesey
  • Henry Fonda
  • Here’s Lucy
  • Hershey’s Christmas Kisses    1920s…
  • Hershey’s Miniatures   1930s…
  • Hey, Landlord!
  • Heyday Bars  have a recipe that has a chewy peanut cookie base,a caramel-chocolate swirled topping and salted chopped peanuts that always reminded me of Heydays.
  • Hi-Fi record player …Hi-Fi speakers were HUGE
  • Highlights magazine for kids
  • Highway Patrol show
  • Hippies and flower children
  • Hip-Pocket Records / PocketDiscs
  • Hires Rootbeer “High Time for Hires!” Hires Rootbeer was about the closest taste to A&W that you could get in a bottle….
  • Hires rootbeer floats………
  • Hitchhikers
  • Hoffman’s Cup-o-Gold     1950′s Candy….
  • Hogan’s Heroes
  • Holiday Salt Water Taffy -  1920s …
  • Holiday Straws Filled with Soft Chocolate and Cream Centers…
  • Hollywood a Go Go
  • Hollywood Brand candy bars
  • Hollywood Candy Bar    dark chocolate, but this candy bar was the only exception
  • Holsum Bread
  • Home “landline” telephones
  • Home delivery of baked goods
  • Home Economics class in high school
  • Home Juice home delivery
  • home kitchens needed range hoods
  • Home milk delivery
  • Honey Comb cereal…
  • Honey West
  • Honeycombed Peanuts…
  • Honey-Filled Candies in Lemon or Double-Honey, Made in the USA…
  • Hong Kong Phooey cartoons
  • Hopalong Cassidy
  • Horehound Flavor…
  • Horn & Hardart Automats
  • Hostess Choco-diles
  • Hostess cupcakes
  • Hostess Ding Dongs
  • Hostess Fruit Pies
  • Hostess Ho Ho’s
  • Hostess Sno Balls
  • Hostess Suzy Q’s
  • Hostess Twinkies
  • Hot Dog Gum
  • Hot Pants
  • Hot rods
  • Hot Suckers  square “hot” suckers that cost 2 cents
  • Hot Tamales -
  • Hot Wheels toy cars
  • How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?
  • How to Marry a Millionaire
  • Howard Johnson’s trademark orange roof
  • Howdy Doody
  • H.R Puff ‘n Stuff
  • Hubcaps
  • Huckleberry Hound
  • Huffy Radiobike
  • Hula hoops
  • Hullabaloo
  • Humphrey Bogart
  • Hush Puppies casual shoes
  • Hydrox cookies
  • I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967)
  • I Dream of Jeannie
  • I Love Lucy
  • I Love NY” logo
  • I Married Joan
  • I Remember Mama
  • I Spy
  • I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat
  • I want my Maypo!
  • I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman
  • I. Magnin
  • I.G.Y. – International Geophysical Year 1957-1958
  • IBM Executary dictation system
  • IBM Selectric typewriter
  • Ice Blue Mint Coolers by Brach’s …
  • Ice Cream Parlors….
  • Ice cream spoons with a hole in the end of the handle
  • Ice Cubes (small chocolate candies) …
  • Ice cubes were little squares of really good chocolate and cost .2 apiece.
  • ICEE…..
  • Idaho Spud candys
  • Ideal Cookies,…Jackson Jumbles (giant lemon cookies with a hole in the middle)….Sunshine Lemon Coolers cookies…gingerbread cookies with the pink icing (t two to a pack and were about 4 inches by 8 inches long).
  • Ideal Toys
  • if neighbors saw  kids doing something wrong they would send you home and your parents didn’t get mad at them as  they would return the favor when they caught the neighbors children doing something wrong.
  • I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster
  • IMAX films
  • In Like Flint (1967)
  • In Search Of The Castaways (1962)
  • In the Heat of the Night (1967)
  • Incandescent light bulbs
  • Incredible Edibles
  • Indian Candy Corn -   1920s… jaw breakers. tiny ones
  • Indian Head pennies
  • Indoor ‘rabbit ears’ TV antennas
  • Information Super Highway
  • Inline skates
  • Interior door lock knobs
  • International Harvester Company
  • Ipana toothpaste
  • Irene Papas
  • Ironside
  • It Takes A Thief It’s About Time
  • It was fun to sit in a booth by the window and watch all the traffic going by as we ate a hamburger with the works and an order of french fries.  Drop in a quarter and play five songs on the juke box.
  • Italian ices
  • It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
  • It’s-It ice cream sandwiches
  • Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
  • I’ve Got a Secret
  • Ivory Dish Detergent…
  • Ivory Laundry Detergent….
  • Ivory Snow…Ivory Soap 4 Bar Beauty Bundle…
  • J.F. Hink & Sons department stor
  • J.J. Newberry
  • Jack Benny for Texaco
  • Jack Benny
  • Jack Frosted   in an aerosol can located the refrigerator section of supermarkets. You just shook the can and squirted a small amount of this concentrate into a glass of milk, stirred, and had a real soda fountain frosted at home……
  • Jack Klugman
  • Jack Lemmon
  • Jack Paar
  • Jack The Giant Killer (1962)
  • Jack Warden
  • Jack Webb
  • Jahn’s ice cream parlors
  • James Bond 007 Shooting Attaché Case
  • James Brolin
  • James Coburn
  • James Dean
  • James Stewart
  • Jane Fonda
  • Jane Russell
  • Jarts
  • JASMIN Soap 3 Bars in Box…
  • Jaw Teasers one cent bubble gum balls. These were sold from plastic domed gumball machines. The turquoise blue ones were the most sought after.
  • Jawbreakers – 1920s…
  • jawbreakers and then use the box as a whistle.
  • Jax, Falstaff, Rheingold, and Knickerbocker beers
  • Jayne Mansfield
  • Jello 1,2,3 parfait- settled and separated to form layers with clear jello on the bottom,fluffy  jello more opaque and like pudding in the middle, and jello froth on top which was  was always thick and gritty
  • Jell-O 1-2-3
  • Jell-o Instant Pudding
  • Jelly Beans – Assorted  1920s
  • Jelly Beans – Jumbo Licorice, Cinnamon 1920s
  • JELLY GLASSES Flintstone glasses that jelly came in.Pebbles was my favorite. old glasses at a flea mkt. They was priced from $5 to 7 a glass.
  • Jelly Nougats by Brach’s…
  • Jerry Mathers as The Beaver
  • Jersey Central Railroad
  • Jessica Tandy
  • Jet lag
  • JFK assassinated
  • Jiffy Pop popcorn – space aged wonder. The silver dome unspiraled and puffed up, as it grew and grew over the heat of the stove. Then, you poked a fork in the top to open it and were blasted with hot steam. Most of the time, we burnt it. The electric popcorn cookers came out (probably in the early 70′s)- with the plastic domes that doubled as the serving bowl. Some of the fancier ones had a little lid in the top that you put butter in – the steam melted it and it drizzled over the popping corn.       And the first taste was wonderful! No muss no fuss, you ate it right out of the container it came in and then when empty you just tossed it in the trash……….
  • jigsaw puzzles were popular
  • jigsaw puzzles,
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Joan Crawford
  • Joan Rivers
  • Joe Besser
  • Joel Grey
  • John Wayne
  • Johnny Carson
  • Jolly Green Giant
  • Jolly Rancher flat sticks in grape or cherry , cinnamon
  • Jolly Ranchers -     candies from the 1940s… Fire and Apple  watermelon
  • Jonathan Winters
  • Jonny Quest Cartoon
  • Jordan Almonds
  • Jotto
  • Juju Coins
  • Juju Mixed Fruits – 1920s…
  • JuJuBe’s (those small chewy, fruity candies) and Milk Duds     jumbo harvest jelly beans    Jumbo Jelly Beans…
  • Jujubes
  • Jujyfruits
  • Julia
  • Julie Christie
  • Jumbo Nerds Jumbo Nerds – 1980s
  • Junior Sales Club of America
  • Junk food wasn’t all that tasted better then. Grandma would poke holes with a wooden spoon into her made from scratch angel food cake,   then pour a caramel glaze over it. The caramel would coat the cake, fill in the holes and then harden slightly.
  • Junket rennet custard dessert
  • Karl Malden
  • Karo added to the babybottle
  • Katharine Hepburn
  • Kay Bee Toys
  • Keds sneakers
  • Keenan Wynn
  • Kellogg’s OKs breakfast cereal
  • Kellogg’s Puffa Puffa Rice cereal. Part of the jingle went: A new-a a now-a a-Kellog’s a-bring-a you…toasted, toasted rice” – something like that….
  • Kelly’s Heroes (1970)
  • Kelvinator
  • Ken Kesey
  • Kennedy half dollar
  • Kenner Hydro-Dynamic building sets
  • Kenner’s Daddy Saddle
  • Kewpie dolls
  • Keypunches
  • Kickapoo Joy Juice
  • Kid Cat Ballou (1965)
  • Kid In the Heat of the Night (1967)
  • Kim Novak
  • King Kong Heads – 1980s
  • King of Hearts (1966)
  • King Vitaman cereal, have breakfast with the king…
  • Kinsey Reports & Masters and Johnson research
  • Kip’s Big Boy.
  • Kirk Douglas
  • Kirkman & Sons Soap
  • Kitchen Debate (July 1959)
  • Kits Taffy – Banana, Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla
  • KLH Model Eight FM radio (1960)
  • Klute (1971)
  • Kmart, Target, and Wal-Mart stores…Boomers will remember them beginning.
  • Knox Blocks- Jello and Knox gelatin which was basically chewy Jello that didn’t melt easily
  • Kodak Brownie cameras
  • Kodak Carousel slide projector
  • Kodak Instamatic
  • Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph technical pens
  • Koogle
  • Kooglepeanut butter  had swirls of chocolate in it.
  • Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)
  • Kool cigarettes
  • Korean War
  • Kraft Fudgies
  • Kukla, Fran and Ollie
  • La Dolce Vita (1960)
  • Labyrinth
  • Lace-up leather ski boots
  • Lafayette Radio Electronics
  • Land speed record: 407-mph Leaded gasoline
  • Lanzis-Cashew Nut & Rice Crunch  a  crisp-rice crunch candy with a smooth chocolate-like substance but with a slight butterscotch flavor and chopped cashews inside.   Sold in the gourmet section at Marshall Field’s in Chicago it  came in a gold box with two layers separated with wax paper.   They were really tasty. Nothing like it.
  • Lara Croft
  • Laredo
  • Lassie
  • Last House On the Left movie
  • Last Tango in Paris (1972)
  • Latin class in high school Male teachers wore neckties…
  • LAUNDRY DETERGENTS All Bonus, Borax, Breeze, Cheer, Dove, Dreft,  Duz, Fab, Oxydol,  Tide , Trend Dish and Fine Fabrics Detergent, Salvo soap, Silver Dust laundry detergent   had dishes  Homer Laughlin Golden Wheat Pattern 22K   Plates, glassware, drinking glasses,   goblets, juice glasses, Stemware, sherbert glasses, stemmed water glasses  dishes, bath towels, hand towel, wash cloths, face towels, kitchen towels, tea towel, dish towels
  • Laura Scudder potato chips (the noisiest chips in the world)
  • Laurel and Hardy
  • Lauren Bacall
  • Laurence Olivier
  • Lava hand soap
  • Lava lamps
  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  • Lax supervision
  • Lay’s potato chips advertised “Betcha can’t eat just one”………
  • Lead-based paint
  • Lead-based paint
  • Leaded gasoline
  • Leader of the Laundromat
  • Learn to Draw
  • Leave It to Beaver
  • Lee J. Cobb
  • Lee Marvin
  • Leisure suits
  • Lemon Drops hard candy were a penny
  • Lemonheads1970′s, 1980s…Licorice Allsorts -     1920s….
  • Lena Horne
  • Lennon Sister or Jacqueline Kennedy paper dolls
  • Lenny Bruce
  • LePage Glue.  gripspreader mucilage , a liquid-based adhesive contained in a bell-shaped bottle with applicator-nipple through which the glue was supposed to be applied directly to the construction paper, that was until you removed the crusted old glue off the rubber applicator.
  • Let’s Make a Deal
  • Levitz Furniture
  • Lewis and Martin
  • License plates were colorful and distinctive
  • License plates were colorful and distinctive
  • Licorice Australian Style Soft Black -  Soft Strawberry -candies from the 1940s…
  • Licorice Caramels from Holland—Soft, Chewy, and Loaded with Flavor…
  • licorice jumbo jelly beans….
  • Licorice Laces – Bulk       candies from the 1940s
  • Licorice Pastels a soft black licorice center,  coated in a thin, crunchy sugar shell…. .
  • Licorice Scottie Dogs….
  • Licorice Starlights…..
  • Licorice Wheels – candies from the 1940s ….
  • Licorice whips (red only please!),
  • LIFEBUOY HEALTH SOAP – SCHOOL SIZE…
  • Lifebuoy soap
  • LifeSavers  -Tropical fruit Especially the banana.
  • Lik-m-aid Fun Dip  1970′s-1990s….
  • Li’l Abner
  • Limbo
  • lime-yellow fire engines
  • Lincoln Logs
  • Linoleum floor covering
  • LIN-O-WHITE WASHING TABLET – THE CELLULOID STARCH CO….
  • Lionel Trains…
  • lipstick candy . a one inch tube of red mystery with a gold foil around it that  really made your lips, mouth,  anything it touched bright red. They were a lipstick candy wrapped in gold paper and cellophane. It was bright red and dissolved in your mouth as you ate it.”
  • Lipton Frostee dessert mix.
  • Liquorice Allsorts, the Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pastels Made in England Since 1899 …lollipops that came in chocolate, strawberry or banana were better than the Bonomo Turkish Taffy that you had to crack.
  • Listerine
  • Little Bo Peep Amnonia Bottle,
  • Little Debbie snack cakes
  • Little Lulu
  • Little Miss No Name
  • Little Orphan Annie
  • Little Women dolls
  • Lockheed Corporation
  • Lockheed L-188 Electra turboprop airliner
  • Lolly Looney Tunes
  • Long Boy, Chewy Coconut Stick 1950′s, 1960s  Candy …
  • Long-distance (toll) telephone calls were expensive
  • Look Mini Candy Bar …..
  • Lord Buckley
  • Lost In Space
  • Love Story (1970)
  • Love, American Style
  • loved listening to scary stories on the radio because I really was  scared to death.
  • LSD use was widespread
  • Lucite  (Toy clackers were made of this!)
  • Luggage with wheels
  • Lunch Bar candy bar
  • Luncheonettes
  • Lustre-Creme shampoo
  • Lux bar soap…LUX Flakes…
  • Lux Laundry Soap…I am going to Lux out a few pair of my nylons…
  • Lux Liquid Dishwashing Detergent…
  • Lux Soap Liquid Detergent …
  • Lycra / Spandex
  • Lye soap
  • Lynn Redgrave
  • Lysol douche advertisements!   (Yes, you need to google this. Scary!!)
  • M&M- light brown  or tan colored  M&M’s Plain  or peanut    candies from the 1940s….
  • MacDonald’s  before there was an arch! A small steel building with a little enclosure to order from and a little kitchen behind the counter. We ate in the car back then and a hamburger, fries and coke was less than a dollar….(15 cent hamburgers Coke for a dime) McDonald’s  pies were fried and it wasn’t too long until the “golden arches” boasted “Over 40,000 sold!!!”  McDonald’s fries tasted much better than they do today. The story was that it was because they used to be fried in beef fat.
  • Macramé
  • Mad Libs
  • Made in Japan”
  • Madison Square Garden (1925-1967)
  • Magic Fingers” vibrating motel beds
  • Magic Slate drawing toys
  • Magic Slate drawing toys
  • Magilla Gorilla Cartoon
  • Magnetel
  • Magnetic core memory
  • Magnetic rail twirler
  • Mah-Jongg
  • Mail cars (Railway post offices)
  • Mainframe computers
  • MAJA MYRURGIA!  Perfume 1921
  • Make Room for Daddy
  • Making the drag…others called it tooling around,
  • Malcolm X assassinated
  • Mallo Cups
  • Mallomars
  • Malt Balls In Holiday Colors and Flavors…malted milk balls
  • Man From U.N.C.L.E.
  • Mannix
  • Manual adding machines
  • Manual cash registers
  • Manual push lawn mowers
  • Manual typewriters
  • Maple Nut Goodies  1920s…. maple syrup hard candies…Made With Real Maple Syrup
  • Mapleine…
  • Marathon bars long braided chocolate and caramel candy bars.
  • Marcel Marceau
  • Marcus Welby, M.D.
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Marlene Dietrich
  • Marlon Brando
  • Mars Bar (original)
  • Marshall Field’s
  • Marshmallow cones
  • Martian Hop
  • Martin Marietta Corp.
  • Marx Lazy-Day Farm sets
  • Marx Magic Midway
  • Mary Jane taffy
  • Mary Janes – 1920s….
  • Mary Poppins (1964)
  • Marzipan Pigs…
  • MASH (1970)
  • Mason Reese
  • Mason Reese for Thick ‘n’ Frosty
  • Masquerade Party
  • Matchbooks with front-side striker area which changed for safety reasons in 1973. (Remember “close cover before striking”?)
  • Matchbox die cast toy cars
  • Maurice Chevalier
  • Maverick Mayberry R.F.D.
  • Max Factor perfume
  • Max Headroom candy – 1980s
  • Mayberry R.F.D.
  • Maypo hot cereal maple-flavored oatmeal – “I want my  MAAYPOOO!”…
  • McBee Keysort edge-notched cards
  • McCraw’s  Old Fashioned Flat Taffy
  • McDonnell Aircraft
  • McHale’s Navy
  • Mechanical bicycle speedometers
  • Mechanical parking meters
  • Mechanical pull-lever voting booths
  • Mechanical slot machines
  • Mega malls
  • Mellocreme Pumpkins  or  Autumn Mix     1920s…
  • Mellorine ice cream….It seemed to never melt, even if a blob fell on the counter and you saw it in a few hours.
  • Melody cookies from Nabisco? Flower shaped chocolate cookies with a sprinkle of sugar on top were delicious with a glass of milk.
  • Men wore hats all the time
  • Mercurochrome , a topical antiseptic used for minor cuts and scrapes is no longer sold in the U.S. due to its mercury content.
  • Merry Widow corsets
  • Metal address plates
  • Metal beach toys Metal Molder
  • Metal ice cube trays with levers – break off the lever in frustration   You could get mild frostbite trying to free the cubes.    When you yanked the handle up, the cubes shattered into pieces, so  you’d  run some water, from the faucet, over the tray for about 30 seconds before pulling the handle.   Those levers hurt your hand trying to pull them up and they could really sting your hand (if your hand was wet). Didn’t every kid put their tongue on a metal tray?
  • Metal lunch boxes
  • Metal taps
  • Mexican Hats -        1920s….
  • Mexican Jumping Beans
  • Mickey Mouse Club
  • Microcomputers
  • microwave ovens, dishwashers, trash compactors, and garbage disposals
  • Mid-century, Rocket, space age , atomic age  refers to the middle of the 20th Century (The 1950s and 1960s)
  • Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  • Mighty Mouse for Colgate toothpaste
  • Mighty Mouse
  • Mike & Ike Original Flavors -  candies from the 1940s….
  • Mike & Ike Zours -      1990′s Candy….
  • Mike Wallace for Golden Fluffo
  • MILD SAFE SOAP FLAKES….
  • Miles Laboratories
  • Milk Duds
  • Milk Maid Royals Flavored Caramels 1930s….
  • Milk man brought  dairy products to  our door early in the morning  2-3 times a week  tasted so much better in those glass bottles. The bottle tops were covered by a foil cap under which was a little cardboard circle. You had to pry up the little tab in the cardboard circle and then remove it from the bottle neck.   Milk used to come in glass bottles. The bottles were sealed with cardboard caps instead of plastic like today, and I guess some kids collect the caps but we never heard about that. milkman that delivered milk to our house. The back of his truck was filled with ice chunks that he use to give me and my sisters a chunk in the hot summertime.
  • Milkshake bubble gum – 1980s
  • Milkshake  candy bars by Holloway tasted something like a malted Mars Milkyway would and
  • Mille Borne
  • Milton Berle
  • Milton the Monster
  • Mimeograph copying machines
  • Mini Pop soda
  • Minipoo  dry shampoo (waterless shampoo)  was made with fuller’s earth. Another brand was  “PSSSSSST”. Some people would just use would use baby powder.
  • Minivac 6010
  • Minnie Pearl
  • Mint Balls – Sweet Stripes by Bobs (soft)  or hard     1920s…
  • Misco Friction Hand Soap…
  • Mission: Impossible
  • Mister Ed
  • Mobil gas stations
  • Model trains for girls
  • Mom stocked her entire linen closet with these towels, wash cloths and dishtowels.
  • Moms Mabley
  • Monitor
  • Monopoly
  • Monster Mash
  • Monster trading cards
  • Montgomery Ward
  • Moon Mullins
  • Moon Pie Double Decker Chocolate
  • Moon Pie cookies
  • Most moms were home after school
  • Motels- $6 rooms at Motel 6
  • Mountain Dew commercials with the animated bottle and the hillbilly popping a hole through his hat after the cork blows out of his “Mountain Dew” jug. Mountain Dew was first marketed? Further, “Kickapoo Joy Juice” was also brought out at the same time, by a different manufacturer, and both were, as the names suggested, parodies to the moonshine whiskey-soft-drink style! introduced in the green bottle with the hillbillies on them- Ya-Hoo, Mountain Dew!…
  • Mountain Dew Google these keywords together and look at some of the images mountain dew mouth
  • Mouse Trap
  • Moveable ramp stairs
  • movie theatre  dropped off at  “the show”- There was a balcony (where white kids were not allowed to go) , intermission, ashtrays and velvet curtains…We all wanted a big dill pickle at the concession stand where  food  tasted great!
  • MPAA film ratings
  • Mr. Clean can clean your whole house and everything that’s in it.
  • Mr. Custer
  • Mr. Ed
  • Mr. I Magination
  • Mr. Magoo
  • Mr. Novak
  • Mr. Peepers
  • Mr. Potato Head (the first toy advertised on television)
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Mr. T
  • Mr. Wizard
  • Mucilage glue
  • Muntz Car Company
  • Muntz Stereo-Pak
  • Murder, Inc. (1960)
  • MURPHYS OIL SOAP,
  • Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
  • Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom
  • My Ding-a-Ling
  • My Fair Lady (1964)
  • My Favorite Martian
  • My Friend Flicka
  • My Little Margie
  • My Living Doll
  • My Mother the Car
  • My Three Sons
  • Myron Cohen
  • Mystery Middles, which was a jawbreaker with a sweet-tart in the middle
  • My-T-Fine chocolate pudding
  • Nabisco Rice Honeys and Wheat Honeys
  • Nabisco Shredded Wheat
  • Nair and Neet hair removal before we understood how dangerous it was to apply anything to our skin that could poison us. We didn’t realize just like the patches worn for birth control or to stop smoking, applying anything to our skin can get into our insides!
  • Naked City Name That Tune
  • Nancy
  • Naptha Bar soap  P&G…
  • Natalie Wood
  • Nathan’s hot dogs
  • National Airlines
  • National Bureau of Standards
  • National Educational Television (NET)
  • National Public Radio (NPR)
  • nationwide next-day package delivery?
  • nationwide overnight package delivery
  • NBC chimes
  • Necco Candy Buttons – .    1950s-1980s  Candy  ….
  • Necco Clark Bar – 1950s, 1960s 1970′s Candy  …
  • Necco Skybar – 1  1950′s, 1960s  Candy…
  • Necco Slap Stix Caramel Pop -   1950s, 1960s  Candy…..
  • Necco Wafers -  a variety of flavors stacked up into a roll like nickels (5¢ at the movie theater for a HUGE roll of thin flavored hard-candy wafers).
  • Nehi soda
  • Nehru jackets
  • Nerds
  • Nervine from Miles Laboratories
  • Nesbitts orange, strawberry and grape….
  • Nestle Alpine White  – 1980s
  • Nestles’ Teen
  • Nestle’s Triple Decker bar
  • Never on Sunday (1960) Oliver! (1968)
  • New York Central Railroad
  • New York subway cars with wicker seats
  • New York subway tokens
  • New York World’s Fair
  • New York’s Idlewild Airport
  • Newspaper classified ads
  • newspapers,  a real “paper boy” rode a bike & tossed the paper into your yard, and  came around door-to-door in the evening to collect.   many guys   first cars were financed by their paper routes!
  • Niagara Falls honeymoons
  • NIAGARA STARCH
  • Nichols & May
  • Nickel Naks candy corn
  • Nikita Khrushchev
  • Nik-L-Nip Original Wax Bottles    1950′s – 1990s Candy…
  • Nikon F
  • Nina ballerina doll
  • Nixie tubes
  • Nixon’s “Checkers” speech
  • No ADD, HDAD, or dyslexia
  • NO Bra look
  • No Time for Sergeants
  • no water in the house,
  • Nobody had a pure-bred dog
  • Nobody had a pure-bred dog
  • Nok Hockey
  • Nonpareils
  • Norelco razor ad Santa rode in an ad
  • Norman Cereal had  stickers
  • North American Aviation Northrop Corporation
  • Northwest Airlines
  • Not-quite-all-electronic telephone switching system Paper tape data storage
  • Now and Later Radberry Bar Assorted – 1980s and 1990s  candy…..
  • Now Or Laters,  like Starburst Fruit Chews.
  • NS Savannah
  • Nutrition Facts labels
  • Nutty Buddy ice cream cones…..
  • Nylon stockings
  • Oatmeal -Quaker Oats, Crystal Oats, Mother’s Oats   glassware,  china, plastic glasses, stemmed glasses,   juice tumblers, bowls,  cups and saucers  coffee cups with the small  roosters, flowers, different ones were off white and green on the inside. The glasses broke fast, and the towels were cheap.
  • Occasional Wife
  • Octagon Laundry Soap (Colgate)…
  • Office cubicles
  • Oh Henry bars until Nestle got ahold of them!
  • Ohrbach’s  Dept Store (Tulsa had Orbach’s)
  • OLD DUTCH CLEANSER….
  • Old English we went over every thing in the house with Old English Furniture polish… …
  • Old Maid card game
  • Old Nick
  • Old Ranger Death Valley 20 Mule Team…
  • Old Rivers On Top of Spaghetti
  • Old-Fashioned Holiday Candy Mix…
  • Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Broken Sticks
  • Old-Time Peach Blossom Candies …
  • Omar Sharif
  • On Your Mark
  • one dollar a carload drive-in movies.
  • One nation, under God”
  • One popular place in Tulsa dipped their onion rings in soft serve ice cream. (We liked to put butter on french fries–sooo good! )
  • One Step Beyond
  • Only women wore earrings
  • Oompa Loompas Kind of tasted like peanut butter M&M’s  from the 1970s
  • ootsie Caramel Apple Pops    1990′s Candy….
  • Opaque projectors
  • Operation
  • Orange Juice bubble gum – 1980s …
  • Orange Julius
  • Orange Slices  1920s …
  • Origami fortune teller
  • Orton Copper Kettle Fudge …..
  • Oscar Levant
  • Oscar Mayer Bologna “My bologna has a first name, it’s O-S-C-A-R. My bologna has a second name it’s M-A-Y-E-R. Oh I love to eat it every day, and if you ask me why I’ll say, cause Oscar Mayer has a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A!” ……Fried Bologna, anyone?
  • Oscar Mayer Weiners “Oh I wish I were an Oscar Mayer Wiener, that is what I truly want to be-e-e. Cause if I were an Oscar Mayer Wiener, everyone would be in love with me.”
  • Oscar Mayer wieners
  • Oscar Peterson
  • Ouija boards
  • Our Man Flint (1966)
  • Our Man Higgins
  • Our Miss Brooks
  • Ovaltine (which tasted too healthy) in the big glass jar with the orange lid on cold, snowy days……
  • P. D. Q. Bach
  • Pacific Electric Railway “Red Cars”
  • Pacific Electric Railway
  • Pacific Southwest Airlines
  • Packard Motor Car Company
  • Packard-Bell
  • Pacman
  • Page Glencliffe ice cream tasted like homemade…
  • Palisades Amusement Park
  • PALMOLIVE BATH SIZE SOAP – 5 oz.vintage green…
  • Palmolive dish liquid  Pepsodent
  • Pan American World Airways
  • Paper drinking straws
  • Paper helicopters
  • Paper Moon was watched by those of us who were just old enough to begin dating in the early 70s.
  • Paper or plastic”?
  • Paper textbook covers
  • paper towels
  • Papering the walls with Sears “wish book” or newspapers with wall paper paste was made from flour.   The walls would have so many layers of paper the corners would be round but  it was good insulation for those old houses that only had a fire place or heating stove. (Remember not everyone had the same experiences.)
  • Parcheesi
  • Password
  • Pastel (Party) Mints – …..
  • Pastel Mints. Half-Dipped In Dark Chocolate…
  • Pastel mints….PB Max – 1980s     Peach blossoms candy
  • Pattie Playpal.
  • Patton (1970)
  • Paul Lynde
  • Paul Newman
  • Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney
  • PDQ drink mix
  • Pea shooters
  • Peace Corps established
  • Peanut Butter Bars -     candies from the 1940s …
  • Peanut butter broken sticks
  • Peanut Butter Cups (by the boyer foods company of Altoona Pennsylvania.)…..
  • Peanut butter nonpareils
  • Peanut candy  melts to a Creamy Peanut Butter Center…
  • Peanuts in your bottle of Pepsi? we called that an Amish highball.
  • Pearl Bailey
  • Pearline Washing Soap Powder Detergent …
  • Pears’ Soap…
  • Pearson’s Bun Bar Maple  1960s Candy…
  • Pecan divinities …
  • Pectin jelly beans
  • Pedal pushers
  • Peet’s Granulated Laundry Soap …
  • Pencil Neck Geek
  • Penn Station
  • Pennsylvania Railroad
  • Penny candy
  • Penny fortune-telling scales
  • Penny loafers
  • Penny postcards
  • Pentax cameras
  • Pepito The Italian Mouse
  • Peppermint bark shortbread candy bites….
  • Peppermint bark…..
  • Peppermint pig set     Smash a Peppermint Pig in the Victorian Holiday Tradition…
  • Peppermint puffs…
  • Peppermint Salt Water Taffy -     1920s…
  • Peppermint sticks….
  • Pepsi Cola hits the spot!)……
  • Pepsin Gum
  • Perry Mason
  • Person to Person
  • Personal checks
  • personal computer
  • Peter Gunn
  • Peter Lawford
  • Peter Max Love cereal
  • Peter Paul Almond Cluster bar
  • Peter Paul Caravelle bar
  • Peter Paul Mounds
  • Peter Sellers
  • Petticoat Junction
  • Peyton Place
  • PEZ candy and dispensers
  • PF Flyers
  • Phil Silvers
  • Philco Predicta television
  • Phonograph needles
  • Phyllis Diller
  • Physicians made house-calls
  • Picturephone Polio vaccine introduced
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Pillbox hats
  • Pin the Tail on the Donkey
  • Pinball machines
  • Pink Panther Bubble Gum – 1980s …
  • Pink Panther cartoons
  • Pinochle
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Pistachios were red
  • Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks
  • Pixie Sticks -long paper tubes filled with a sweet/tart fruity powder, like eating pre-sweetened Kool-Aid powder right out of the pouch. Pop Rocks Strawberry, watermelon – 1970′s-1990s .  …
  • Pixy Stix
  • Pizza pie’
  • Pizza Spins!………
  • Pizza- The ancient art of throwing pizza
  • Planet of the Apes (1968)
  • Plastic army men
  • Plastic curtains at Grandmas and oil cloth for the tables, it smelled awful for a few weeks
  • Plastic nurse kit with cape and nurse hat
  • Plasticville buildings for model railroads
  • Play Misty for Me (1971)
  • Playboy Bunnies
  • Play-Doh
  • Playground with questionable equipment
  • playgrounds
  • Playhouse 90
  • PLAYING simpler life, Summer lasted forever.
  • Playing….Mom had chores and housework to do and she didn’t want us under her feet while she was doing it. She wouldn’t let us stay inside   and we were more than happy to stay out outside all day  playing. Nobody had to worry. We used our imagination and were creative because we didn’t have toys to play with…there were the  butterflies to chase, the sounds of locusts in the heat that would leave us what we called “crispy critters when they left the shell, we’d put a string on a June bug and watch  it fly. We boys shot our sling shots and slid  down the hill side on a card board board or push each other down it in an ancient old Red Flyer wagon someone had given us. The girls would use leaves to make dishes and mud to  make pies, play hop scotch…turn cartwheels, do back flips and hand stands. (Nobody needed to pay for gymnastic lessons back then!) Horse shoes, tire swings and swimming in the creek, going into the woods and swinging from tree to tree on a grapevine….until the  grape vine broke, build  a play house and  tree houses. We had hills we could climb to play king of the mountain, a whistle to crawl through,  pick berries, fish for crawdads, old blankets on the line became a fort, play with the dogs and cats and other farm animals. The barn loft was fun but we had to  watch out for snakes, bugs and hornets. We drank from water hoses, fished with a cane pole, string and hook in the creeks,  walked  down the road, played with a homemade sling shot,  waded the creeks,shot our BB guns at tin cans,  caught frogs and anything we could to scare the ones that was afraid of them. We climbed trees, played in the creek, played basketball on a court of dirt and rocks,  We made our own fun.
  • Playland at the Beach
  • Plop, plop, Fizz Fizz, Ohm, What a Relief It is
  • PLOWING WITH A MULE AND HAND PLOW: Mules  were important to people who couldn’t afford a tractor Dad plowed that way when I was very young. He’d yell “gee” “Haw” and put blinders on that ole mule  so the mule can’t see how far he pulled the plow.  The old plow stock would break sometimes  when plowed into a big rock.After the garden was plowed, the kids would pick up all the rocks out of the garden and pile them on an old set of metal bed springs. The old mule was hooked  to those bed springs and it pulled them all over the garden to break up the clumps/clods of dirt while we rode on top of ride the bed springs.
  • Pneumatic tubes
  • P-Nuttles….
  • Pocket calculator
  • Pocket-sized transistor radio
  • Pogo
  • Pogo Sticks
  • Polaroid Cold-Clip
  • Polaroid Swinger
  • Political Correctness
  • Poll Parrot shoes
  • Pollyanna (1960)
  • Polly’s soda pop
  • Polynesian “tiki” supper clubs
  • Pompadours
  • Pong video game
  • PONG  Atari video game came out in 1972 when I was grown.
  • Pontiac Star Chief
  • Poodle cuts
  • Poodle skirts, bobby sox
  • Poopa-Troopers
  • Pooper-scooper laws
  • Poorboy sweaters
  • Pop bottles We loved picking up pop bottles or returning our families so we could get the money for candy…
  • Pop Rocks
  • Pop Cola  came in a great big bottle, so you got more for your money
  • Popeye
  • Popsicles with kool-aid in Tupperware forms. Mom’s were better than any you could buy….sky blue popcycles,root beer and banana flavored popsicles from the Good Humor man…. coconut (possibly pina colada) popsicles – white; raspberry-turquoise; banana – yellow; cherry – red; orange – orange; lime – green; rootbeer – brown; grape – purple….
  • Portable vacuum-tube radios
  • Post Office Department
  • Post Sugar Corn-fetti breakfast cereal
  • Post Sugar Crisp
  • Post-It notes
  • Potato gun…
  • Potato knishes
  • Powdery suckers that tasted like Smartees, …
  • Powerhouse….
  • Pregnancy tests – rabbits  were used
  • President Nixon resigns
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Pretzel-Jetzel Pretzel Factory
  • Princess telephone  in a variety of colors, including pink, turquoise, and cream.
  • Prison stripes
  • Private Secretary
  • Professor Irwin Corey
  • Protests at the Democratic Convention
  • Psycho (1960)
  • PT 109 (1963)
  • Public pay phones
  • Public Service Railway
  • Puff candy (set of three 5 oz. bags)       Melt in your mouth airy molasses flavored candy….
  • Puka beads
  • Pullman sleeping cars
  • Pull-tab (as opposed to pop-top) cans
  • Punkys Punkys – 1980s
  • Push-button automatic transmission
  • Push-button plumbing (Tappan Ultraflo, 1963)
  • Pushups. fruit flavored ice was wrapped in a cylindrical tube… as you ate you pushed the stick up to get more ice cream…..
  • puzzle
  • Py-O-My pudding cake    the cake would raise to the top when baked  and there  would be warm chocolate pudding underneath….
  • Pyramid Soap Powder …
  • Q.T. Hush
  • Quadraphonic LPs
  • Quaker Puffed Rice box top along with some money (probably 25 cents) got us a realistic cannon – metal, not plastic – that actually shot a piece of puffed rice…..slogan, “Shot from guns…
  • Qubic
  • Queen for a Day
  • Queeno  supersweet flavored syrup drinks-the lemon lime green syrup-it looked like anti-freeze!…
  • Quest for Candy
  • Quick Draw McGraw
  • Quisp and Quake cereal? Quisp  it is still available in several cities and is now available from General Mills at http://www.quisp.com.Quisp vs Quake commercials had a contest where kids were supposed to vote for which one they liked. Quisp was a little space guy and  you can’t forget his pal, Quake—the muscle-bound character in the construction hard hat who punched his way through solid earth….
  • Radio Casey Kasem WLS (Chicago) at night Windy city
  • Radio Flyer wagons
  • Radio Free Europe
  • Radioactive Candy Powder– powdered fruit-flavored stuff in a flat envelope. Pour it onto your tongue and it effervesced! To a kid, it was a cool thing. There was a rumor that they were radioactive, which made them even more desirable to some.
  • Raggedy Ann and Andy
  • Railway Express Agency
  • Ralston hot cereal
  • Ralston Purina breakfast cereals
  • Ramada Inn and Holiday Inn national motel chains
  • Ranger Joe breakfast cereals
  • Raquel Welch
  • Raspberries and Blackberries…
  • Rawhide
  • Reading Railroad
  • recess on the Giant stride, merry-go-round, jungle gym and swings.
  • Record Albums 33-1/3 rpm LP record albums
  • Record changers
  • Records” and  “record player”  45 RPM  records with a stacker allowed you to put on  SIX records at a time!!! 78 speed ( 78 RPM) ,   Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, and Bobby Darin, albums by Hank Williams and  the old  33-1/3 RPM Record Albums
  • Red & Green Spice Drops  1920s…
  • Red Ball Jets sneakers
  • Red Bird Assorted Candy Puffs  1920s….
  • Red Bird Peppermint Puffs -  1920s…
  • Red Bird Soft Peppermint Sticks -  1920s…
  • Red Buttons
  • Red Cameo Dutch Cleanser….we raked soot out of those old cook stoves with a little rake with a long handle.
  • Red Cheek unfiltered apple juice
  • Red fire hydrants
  • Red Goose shoes
  • Red Hot Dollars, red chewy coin shaped candy  which were not hot at all, stuck to your teeth but tasted so good was ,made by Heide  now owned by Farley’s & Sathers:
  • Red Hots
  • Red rubber balls
  • Red Ryder Wheato-Naks
  • Red Skelton
  • Red-and-blue USPS mailboxes
  • Reddi-Wip
  • Reddy Kilowatt
  • Reed’s Rootbeer…
  • Reefer Madness
  • Reel-to-reel tape recorders
  • Reese’s Christmas Mini Peanut Butter Cups -  1920s…
  • Reference tables
  • Remco Industries
  • Remco Science Kits
  • Remco Toys
  • Remington Rand
  • REPURPOSING  – growing up right after the depression we did not waste anything  as everything could be reused for something else…..Lard buckets carried water or  coal or could be used for potty….. Feed sacks for  everything from clothes to dish towels.   Rainbo bread sack and  C&H sugar sacks were used by Grandma to send cookies home with us. saved the plastic bags from the newspapers that the paperboy  threw, and found a million uses for them.  RIT dye colored old sheets to make clothes, boiled it on the stove.  rubber band ball from rubber bands around the newspaper….Quilts were made from old scraps of fabric ….Grandma sent homemade chicken and egg noodles in rich chicken broth home with us with waxed paper under the big dark blue  mayonnaise jar  lid to make sure it didn’t spill on the way home…sheets small tobacco pouches would be sewn together to make sheets, kill their hogs for meat  saving the fat to  rend lard for grease.
  • Rescue 8
  • Resinol Soap and Ointment….
  • Revlon doll
  • Rexall pharmacies
  • RFID tags
  • Ribbon candy     …
  • Rice-a-Roni
  • Richard Harris
  • Right Turn on Red
  • Rin Tin Tin
  • Ring Dings  and Devil Dogs when they were  big, the cream tasted delicious and theycame in a wax envelope for a nickel. Today the filling coats your tongue and tastes terrible.
  • Ring Pop….1970s-1990′s Candy…inky Dinks  – 1980s…
  • Ringo
  • RINSO Soap  1940s-50s….
  • Risk
  • Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote
  • Robert F. “Bobby” Kennedy assassinated
  • Robert Mitchum
  • Robert Morley
  • Robinson Crusoe On Mars (1964)
  • Robot toys
  • Rock Candy-Crystal Sticks….1990′s
  • Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots
  • Rock Hudson
  • Rocket crystal radios
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle
  • Rocky Road Milk Chocolate Bar
  • Rod Steiger
  • Roi-Tan Cigars
  • Roll film (120, 127, etc.)
  • Roller skates
  • Roller-skate keys
  • Room 222
  • Room for One More
  • Root Beer Barrels   (hard candies) Today seniors go crazy  filling their bags and going on about their childhood.  others flavored like A&W Root Beer, Dr Pepper, Orange Crush and 7-Up that are gooey in the middle….
  • Rootie Kazootie
  • Rope gum in grape, cherry, green apple, bubblegum and other flavors.
  • Rosebud Salve- still around after all these years. Sephora advertises it as “A cult-favorite, multipurpose lip balm to soothe dry lips and skin. “… especially as a lip gloss or for chapped lips!
  • Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
  • Rotary phones with alpha prefixes…(Capital 5- was CA5 and later 225)
  • Rothchilds fruit chews-there was another flavor like hard toffee candies, but this candy was fruit chewy and I wish I could find out where the Rothschilds were manufactured?
  • Route 66
  • Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In
  • Roy Barcroft
  • Rubber doll curlers vintage 1950s pink Revlon Toni are what my mom rolled my hair on when I was tiny.
  • Rubber school book bands
  • Ruff & Reddy
  • Run For Your Life
  • Runts Candy….
  • Ryan’s Daughter (1970)
  • S.H. Kress & Co.
  • Saccharin
  • Saddle shoes
  • Safetllite wafers
  • Safeway Grocery store in the hot summer. Watermelons were stacked outside by the bike rack. The automatic doors, by the tall Pepsi and Coca Cola machines  swung open with a wonderful blast of cold air  with the pleasant smells of powdered laundry detergent, fresh celery and apples. Walking down the aisles there was the scents of soaps  Lifebuoy, Camay, and Ivory bar soaps.
  • Saf-T-Pops…   Safety Pops -little suckers with the soft twisted paper handle that formed a loop – they were called “Safety Pops.” I think the premise was, if you fell while sucking on one, they wouldn’t pierce a hole in your throat (or something). Safety Pops were called “Paloops” They tasted better than any other lollipop before or since, or at least so it seemed at the time.
  • Salt Water Taffy -
  • Salt Water Taffy …
  • Salvo laundry detergent tablets…
  • Sambo’s restaurants
  • Sandra Dee
  • Saran Wrap
  • Sarsaparilla
  • Sasparilla soda…..
  • Sassafras Candy Sticks…
  • Satellite Wafers …
  • Savings and Loans (aka Thrifts)
  • Sav-on Drugs
  • Schaefer beer
  • School discipline
  • School never started before Labor Day
  • Schwinn Corvette bicycles
  • Schwinn Stingray
  • Scooby Doo cartoons
  • Scooter Pies………
  • scooter,
  • Score hair cream from Bristol- Myers
  • Scottie Dog-Shaped Licorice…..
  • Screaming Yellow Zonkers
  • Scripture Mints…
  • Sea Hunt
  • Sealtest Dairy
  • Sea-Monkeys
  • Sean Connery
  • Secret Agent
  • See the USA in your Chevrolet
  • Segregation, bigotry, racism
  • Selchow and Righter
  • Selective Service recruiting posters
  • self-cleaning ovens
  • Sen Sens…
  • Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy
  • Sergeant Preston of the Yukon Sesame Street
  • Serutan laxative was advertised as Serutan is Nature’s spelled backwards)
  • Service Merchandise
  • Seven Little Girls (Sitting in the Back Seat)
  • Seven Up candy bars
  • Seven-segment numeric displays
  • Seven-Up Bars
  • Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show)
  • Shaddap You Face Shaving Cream
  • Shaft (1971)
  • shag carpet and carpet rakes
  • Shake-a- puddin’,
  • Shakey’s pizza parlor served a weekday lunch buffet with all-you-could-eat of pizza, with exotic pizza toppings.at the time — such as pineapple with ham, etc. Also offered on their buffet, fried chicken, and fried potatoes.  (Before there was frozen pizza and a franchised pizza place on every corner there was a boxed Chef Boy-R-Dee or Jenos Box O’ Pizza.  Our family had fun creating our own pizzas at home using the  boxed pizza  kit which consisted of   a can of sauce, a packet with the dough mix (just add water and knead) and a packet of dried Parmesan cheese. The toughest part was getting the dough to fill the pan – you had to keep pushing it around with your fingers.) Toaster pizza from Buitoni or Jeno’s….wasn’t good either.
  • Shannon Shenanigans
  • Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop
  • Sharkskin suits
  • Shelley Berman
  • Sherbet Mint Wafers…
  • Shindig!
  • Shinola shoe cream, like Kiwi, a man made wax is horrible on shoes.
  • Ship of Fools (1965)
  • Shirley Temple Doll
  • Shmo
  • Shoe-fitting fluoroscopes
  • Shoestring licorice.
  • Shop class in high school
  • Short Shorts
  • Shorthand
  • Shots were given at school by surprising you and then lining you up like cattle.
  • Sid Caesar
  • Side vent windows
  • Sidney Poitier
  • Silly Putty
  • Silly Rhymes
  • Silver Certificate” dollar bills
  • Sim City
  • Sinclair service stations
  • Sing Along With Mitch
  • Singer Touch and Sew machines
  • Sink the Bismark
  • Sitting in the rocker on the porch snapping the enamel dish pan full of beans or sitting on the porch swing, drinking iced tea and chatting with the neighbors
  • Sixfinger
  • Sixlets Tube      1970′s Candy…
  • Skateboards
  • Skee-Ball
  • Skinner Raisin Bran
  • Sky King
  • SkyBar had 5 sections, each with a different filling.
  • Slang –see a list:  http://cougartown.com/slang.html
  • Slide rules
  • Slides and slide projectors
  • Sliding tile puzzles
  • Slingshots
  • Slinky
  • Slip and Slide
  • Slo Poke
  • Slo-Poke suckers
  • Slot cars
  • Slurpees from 7-11 had  radio commercials  each week announcing a new flavor    “Fulla Bulla”, “For Adults Only,” and “Kiss Me, You Fool”, Bing Bang Bong.  The bubblegum Slurpee was a  bright aqua color! Read more about it….http://mentalfloss.com/article/26376/cool-history-slurpee
  • Smarties Candy Necklace….
  • Smarties….candies .
  • Smell of a new plastic baby doll at Christmas
  • Smokey Stover
  • Smokey the Bear
  • Smoothies” (by the boyer foods company of Altoona Pennsylvania.)
  • snack chip similar to a pork rind but was easier to eat. It tasted like and had “stripes” like bacon……….
  • Snagglepuss
  • Snap, Crackle, Pop – Rice Krispies
  • Snaps licorice candy
  • Snippy Scissors
  • Snoopy vs. The Red Baron
  • Snow ice cream made  in a big dish pan,  start with a big pan of snow, mix  Carnation cream, sugar & vanilla to taste…kind of like starting pudding.  stir in snow to the right consistency.  a treat as we didn’t get much ice cream then. Just like regular ice cream, if you ate snow cream too fast you would get a headache…
  • Snow White and The Three Stooges (1961)
  • Snowboarding
  • Snuff bruton snuff came in glasses
  • Snurfing
  • Snyders Potato Chips – in the foil bag……….
  • Soaperior liquid soap wall dispenser- Gas Station
  • Soap-on-a-rope.
  • Sock hops
  • Soda fountains & soda jerks
  • Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
  • Soft contact lenses came in (thankfully!)
  • Solid metal coins
  • Son of Flubber (1963)
  • Song: The Frito Bandito: Frito Bandito from Frito’s Corn Chips   Aye-Yaye-yaye-yaye, I am the Frito Bandito   I love frito’s corn chip I love them I do… I want Frito’s Corn Chips I get them from you!
  • Sonotone 1010 hearing aid
  • Sony Walkman
  • Sophia Loren
  • Sorry!
  • Sorry, Charlie
  • Soupy Sales Sez Do the Mouse & Other Teen Hits
  • Soupy Sales: Spy With a Pie
  • Soupy Sales: Up in the Air
  • Sour Fruit Balls – Bulk        1920s…
  • Sour Gumballs
  • Sour Patch Mini Kid…
  • Southwestern Bell
  • Space Food Sticks   A fudge stick about 4 inches long in a foil wraper which came in several flavors. Became popular during the early space program.
  • Space Ghost Cartoon
  • Space Patrol
  • Space Sticks (originally made for the astronauts!)  looked a lot like Slim Jims, but were chocolate, caramel and vanilla……….
  • Spacewar!
  • Spaldeens
  • Spam was just a canned meat product
  • Spam was just a canned meat product
  • Spam..every one tried it just once. It is a real delicacy in Hawail.
  • Spanking was okay
  • Spartacus (1960)
  • Spearmint Leaves -  1920s …
  • Speedy Alka-Seltzer
  • Speedy Gonzales
  • SPF ratings for sunscreen
  • Spice drops…
  • Spider-man TV series
  • Spirograph
  • Spoon Candy a boxed pudding dessert mixed  with milk. A  hard, chocolate, candy layer  would form on the top over  creamy pudding below. http://www.inthe70s.com/food/spooncandy5.shtm…
  • Sport cola from Canada Dry  Wally Cox did the commercials…How would you like a good swift kick? You wanna go Sport all the way…Sport Cola’s alive, Sport cola’s a drive, c’mon and be a Sport today!…
  • Spree…
  • Spry vegetable shortening
  • Sputnik
  • Sputnik bubble gum
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers 1920s  single wrapped piece of candy was a semi-hard but chewy carmel candy (not softer carmel) with little nut bits chopped in. The wrapper was a waxed paper like wrap & it said squirrel all over it with a little squirrel…
  • Squirt drink…
  • Stadium Checkers
  • Stamps 3 cent First Class postage stamp to mail chain letters 3
  • Stan Freberg
  • Star Trek
  • Starbucks
  • Start powdered breakfast drink…like Tang only better!
  • Steam locomotives
  • Steamrollers
  • Steel Bright Specialized Household Cleaner…
  • Steel Pier
  • Steering knobs
  • Steve Allen
  • Steve McQueen
  • Stewart-Warner Corporation
  • Stiller & Meara
  • Stingray bike (with the banana seat )..
  • stoppers you stuck into a  CocaCola bottle to sprinkle clothes? and to make pants look nice you could put pants on stretchers.
  • Stores- OTASCO (Oklahoma Tire and Supply), Western Auto, CR Anthony’s, (where you might buy a store-bought   dress) T.G.Y, Kress, Woolworths which had nylon hose displayed on a a partial leg of a manniquin, Dippity do styling gel, old fashioned black tie shoes with heels from a different era, Evening in Paris perfume, Tangee lipstick, and sewing notions., Ben Franklins,  Froug’s Stewarts, Extension One, Abersons, Poise N Ivy, Oertles, Looboyles, Renbergs, Skaggs downtown, Woolf Brothers, Service Merchandise, Ardan’s, Jewel Osco, Skaggs Albertsons, Skaggs Alpha Beta,
  • Stork showers
  • Stratego
  • Strat-o-Matic sports board games
  • Strawberry Bon Bons -…
  • Strawberry Crush
  • Strawberry Laces -   candies from the 1940s…
  • Strawberry Wheels -    candies from the 1940s…
  • Streetcars and trolleys
  • Stripe toothpaste, Colgate dental cream with GARDOL
  • Striped candy sticks ….
  • Stubby Kaye
  • Studded snow tires
  • Studebaker Corporation
  • Student desks with inkwells
  • Sugar Babies…
  • Sugar Daddy & Sugar Babies
  • Sugar Daddy pops (like a hard caramel taffy on a stick)…..
  • Sugar Jets cereal
  • Sugar Smacks
  • Sugared Candy Drops ….
  • Sugarfoot
  • Suicides” – cokes where they put every flavor in it…
  • Summit – 1980s
  • Sunbeam Mixmaster
  • Sunday drive (USA car) and an ice cream cone about 20 miles away.
  • SUNDAY- every family  went to church on Sunday.   There was something sacred about Sundays.   When the pastor spoke people listened intently to learn and it just felt so good to be there.   In the summer the windows were raised and propped open with an stick. Ol d women would fan themselves with a  big hand fan with funeral home advertising on them.  The first ceiling fans I rememberwere in an old Methodist Church.    People were genuinely thankful for what they had; things most people take for granted today, like their health and the health of their neighbors, the birth of a child. Simple things, like rain for their gardens.   Sunday coming home from after church  was like a holidayas the day before all of Sunday’s work had been taken care of so we could rest on Sunday. The house was cleaned from top to bottom and the biggest meal of the week was prepared to be served on Sunday, as soon as we got in from church.     Everything was fresh from the iced tea to tomatoes from the garden. Delicious fried chicken was so good.    After dinner we kids were off to run and play, while our parents visited with guest they had invited over for dinner and enjoyed a cup of coffee they had percolated (Not brewed.)
  • Sunlight Soap….
  • SUNSPRAY COAST 3-Pack Soap …
  • Super Ball
  • Super Circus
  • Super Friends cartoons
  • Supercar
  • Superman (1978)
  • Supermarket Sweep
  • Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969)
  • Surfside 6 T.H.E. Cat
  • Sutro Baths
  • Suzy doll with a school desk,
  • Swan Soap Detergent…
  • Swedish Fish …..
  • Sweet Tarts  Jumbo Sweet Tarts  huge (Salvo-sized) individually wrapped Sweet Tarts that lasted pretty much all day – they were about three inches in diameter.
  • Sweetarts……
  • Sweetie Pies, like moon pies only better……….
  • swept the yard since there was  no grass  …
  • Switchboard operators
  • Sylvania Electric Products
  • Taco Bell had a Bell Burger.  In the early 70′s very simple but so good. Hamburger bun, taco meat, grated cheese and mild taco sauce between the buns. The taste changed when they added the Bell Beefer.
  • Tahiti Treat soda
  • Tail fins
  • Take the Money and Run (1969)
  • Take-Offs and Put-Ons
  • Tales of Wells Fargo
  • Tang- For breakfast you might stir up a glass of Tang (orange juice mix)  It was the stuff that the astronauts drank – it had to be good for us. Drink song: If you want to do what the Astronauts do, Join the Space gang And Drink your energy Tang. Tang is for breakfast, lunch and after school- TANG! Tang is energizing like rocket fuel…sooooo If you want to do what the Astronauts do- Join the Space gang and Drink your energy Tang.-
  • Tapioca…
  • Tastee Freeze
  • Tastes like chicken
  • Tasty bananas
  • tea set….
  • Teaberry Gum1950′s -1970s Candy ..
  • Ted Mack and the Original Amateur Hour
  • Teem soda
  • Teflon-coated cookware
  • telephone answering machine
  • Telephone books and Yellow Pages
  • Telephone service-We didn’t get phones in the area we lived until in the mid 70′s and they were party lines for several years. …. remember rotary phones?  And placing calls through an operator for a third party, collect or credit card call?  You would address the operator by saying “Long Distance, please”. Later on the party lines could “direct dial” but an operator would come on and ask for the number you were calling from so it could be billed correctly.
  • Telephone-booth cramming
  • Teletype ASR-33
  • Telstar 1
  • Telstar
  • Tennis whites
  • Texaco Star Theater
  • Thalidomide
  • That Girl
  • That Was The Week That Was (TW3)
  • The $64,000 Question
  • The 3 Worlds Of Gulliver (1960)
  • The 48-star U.S. flag
  • The 4-minute mile
  • The Abbott and Costello Show
  • The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
  • The Addams Family
  • The Adventures of Jim Bowie
  • The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
  • The Alvin Show
  • The American Football League
  • The Andrea Doria disaster
  • The Andy Griffith Show
  • The Ann Sothern Show
  • The Apartment (1960)
  • The Apollo space program
  • The Atomic Energy Commission
  • the audio tape cassette
  • The Austrian Schilling
  • The Avengers
  • The Ballad of Davy Crockett
  • The Banana Man
  • The Battle of New Orleans
  • The Beatles animated TV series
  • The Belgian Franc
  • The Bell Telephone System – We May Be the Only Phone Company in Town, But We Try Not to Act Like It
  • The Berlin Wall
  • The Beverly Hillbillies
  • The Big Valley
  • The Birds (1963)
  • the birth-control pill
  • The Boatniks (1970) Carnal Knowledge (1971)
  • The Bob Cummings Show
  • The Bowery Boys
  • The Bowery Boys
  • The Brady Bunch
  • The Brooklyn Navy Yard Bullock’s
  • The Candyman
  • The Carol Burnett Show
  • The chewy ones are not good,
  • The Chinese finger trap
  • The Chipmunk Song
  • The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t (1966)
  • The Civil Rights movement
  • The Clown and the Kids (1967)
  • The Cold War The Cuban Missile Crisis
  • the compact audio disc
  • The Country Store  We’d walk to the corner store carrying  pop bottles we had scrounged to exchange for penny candy. The store was small and cramped with  assorted canned goods,and a bit dark and had a smell all its own with the old wood floors, which no longer showed varnish. Tongs were hanging on the side of the  pickle barrels but most kids usually just reached in and grabbed the one they wanted.  Oh, and the  feel of the Ice cream freezer on a hot August day when a Scooter crunch  or maybe an ice cream sandwich would make the walk home fun.
  • The Courtship of Eddie’s Father
  • The Cuban Revolution
  • The Dating Game
  • The David Susskind Show
  • The Daydreamer (1966)
  • The Defenders Dennis the Menace
  • The Detectives
  • The Dick Cavett Show
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show
  • The Dirty Dozen (1967)
  • The Dolby noise-reduction system
  • The Donna Reed Show
  • The DuMont television network
  • The Dutch Guilder
  • The Ed Sullivan Show
  • the Endangered Species Act
  • The Endless Summer (1966)
  • the Environmental Protection Agency
  • The F.B.I.
  • The Fabulous 70′s
  • The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers
  • The Finnish Markka
  • The Firesign Theatre  comedy troupe
  • The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
  • The Flintstones
  • The Flying Nun
  • The Free Speech Movement
  • The French Chef
  • The French Connection (1971)
  • The French Franc
  • The Fugitive
  • The Fuller Brush Man
  • The Gary Moore Show
  • The Gemini space program Hollerith (‘IBM’) punch cards
  • The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
  • The George Gobel Show
  • The German Deutschmark
  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
  • The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour
  • The Goldbergs
  • The Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
  • The Graduate (1967)
  • The Great Escape (1963)
  • The Great Northeast Blackout
  • The Greek Drachma Indian Head pennies
  • The Guns of Navarone (1961)
  • The Happiest Millionaire (1967)
  • The Hare Krishna movement
  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1968)
  • the Helvetica typeface
  • The High Chaparral
  • The Honeymooners
  • The Hospital (1971)
  • The House Un-American Activities Committee
  • The Human Be-In
  • The Huntley-Brinkley Report
  • The Hustler (1961)
  • The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)
  • the Interstate Highway System
  • The Irish Punt (Pound)
  • The Iron Curtain
  • The iron lung
  • The Italian Lira
  • The Jackie Gleason Show
  • The Jetsons
  • The Jimmy Durante Show
  • The Joey Bishop Show
  • The June Taylor Dancers
  • The Last Straw
  • The Lawman
  • The Lawrence Welk Show
  • The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp
  • The Life of Riley Life with Elizabeth
  • The Little Rascals
  • The Lone Ranger
  • The Longest Day (1962)
  • The Lucy Show
  • The Luxembourg Franc
  • The Magic 8-Ball
  • The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
  • The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
  • The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
  • The Mercury space program
  • The Mighty Hercules
  • The Mike Douglas Show
  • The Millionaire
  • The Miracle Worker (1962)
  • The Mod Look
  • The Monkees
  • The Monokini swimsuit
  • The Munsters
  • The Music Man (1962)
  • The Name Game Old Rivers
  • The Name of ???????????????????????
  • The Name’s the Same
  • The National Biscuit Company
  • The new-fangled transistor
  • the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • The One and Only Genuine, Original Family Band (1968)
  • The Outer Limits
  • The Outlaws IS Coming (1965)
  • The Parent Trap (1961)
  • The Party (1968)
  • The Patty Duke Show
  • The People’s Choice
  • The Pink Panther (1963)
  • The Pinky Lee Show
  • The Polaroid Land instant camera
  • The Portuguese Escudo
  • The Presidential Railcar
  • The President’s Analyst (1967)
  • The Price Is Right
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
  • The Prisoner
  • The Projectionist (1971)
  • The Pueblo incident
  • The Purple People Eater
  • The Range Rider
  • The Rat Patrol
  • The Real McCoys
  • The Red Skelton
  • The Rifleman
  • The Roaring 20′s Romper Room
  • The Roy Rogers Show
  • The Saint
  • The Shmoo
  • The sleepy little town of Las Vegas
  • The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
  • The Sound of Music (1965)
  • The Soupy Sales Show
  • The Spanish Peseta Steel pennies
  • The Steve Allen Show
  • The Stonewall riots
  • The Stu Erwin Show
  • The Suez Crisis
  • The Summer of Love
  • The Television Code Seal of Good Practice
  • The Three Stooges
  • The Three Stooges Go Around The World In A Daze (1963)
  • The Three Stooges In Orbit (1962)
  • The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962)
  • The Three Stooges
  • The Time Machine (1960)
  • The Time Tunnel
  • The Town That Dreaded Sundown
  • The Trouble with Angels (1966)
  • The Tulip Chair
  • the TV remote control
  • The Twilight Zone
  • The United Fund
  • The Untouchables
  • The Virginian
  • The Visible V8
  • The VW Beetle
  • The VW Microbus
  • The Warsaw Pact, 1955-1991
  • The Watergate Tapes
  • The Wild Wild West
  • The Wizard Of Oz
  • The Wonderful World of Disney
  • The Woodstock Festival
  • The Wrong Box (1966)
  • The Youth International Party (“Yippies”)
  • Thelma Ritter
  • Then Came Bronson
  • They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! The Thing
  • Thick ‘n’ Frosty frozen shakes
  • Thing” Bank
  • Think-A-Tron
  • Thom McAn shoe stores
  • Thorazine introduced in the U.S. (1954)
  • Thoroughly Modeern Millie Song
  • Thumbelina
  • Thunderball (1965)
  • Tic-Tac-Dough
  • Tidal Wave Bubble Gum – 1980s     ….T
  • Tiddlywinks
  • Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport
  • Tie-dye t-shirts
  • Tim Conway
  • Time After Time (1979)
  • Time and Temperature in Tulsa 477-1000
  • Timothy Leary U.S. involvement in Vietnam
  • Tin Wink Soap Co. “Mechanics and Housewives”…
  • Tinker Toys
  • Tiny Thumbelina doll
  • Tiptoe Through the Tulips
  • Tip-Top ice cream Toasterinos
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (film) (1962)
  • To Tell the Truth
  • Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus (1960)
  • Toilet paper  in soft shades of green, blue, pink or yellow) and color-coordinated to match facial tissue,and the bathroom tiles.
  • Toll-free phone numbers were popular
  • Tom and Jerry
  • Tom Slick
  • Tom Terrific
  • Tomatoes had much more flavor
  • Tonsillectomies were commonplace and brought us lots of Jello, 7-Up and ice cream!
  • Tony Curtis
  • Toothbrushes had simple straight handles but  some toothbrushes had rubber “gum massager” bits at the far end of the handle, and wouldn’t fit in a standard holder.
  • Toothpaste in metal tubes, instead of the plastic of today that would crack and cut you…but there was lead in the tubes.
  • Tootsie Flavor Rolls. ….
  • Tootsie Roll Fudge
  • Tootsie Roll Midgees
  • Tootsie Roll pops- ad campaign that had something to do with “how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?” – and it ended with “the world will never know,” (because you always bite through at the end of eating it.)….
  • Top Cat
  • Topps baseball cards with the little square of hard bubble gum…..
  • Touch-Tone telephones introduced
  • Tower Records
  • toy box & ALL of our toys could easily fit inside of it
  • Toy truck
  • Trackdown
  • Trading stamps
  • Traffic on NYC avenues was two-way
  • Trans World Airlines
  • Transfusion
  • Transistor radio
  • Trash pick up –no such thing. You burned it in barrels. (In the Dick and Jane-Happy Days with Our Friends-  book has stories about Dick, Jane and Sally helping Father empty and burn the trash.)
  • Travel Bingo
  • Travel chess
  • Treasures Chocolate Bar-….
  • Tressy dolls (1963)
  • Troll dolls- (Wishniks by Uneeda Troll)
  • Troy Donahue
  • Tru-Ade, the non-carbonated orange drink…..
  • True Grit (1969) The Two Little Bears (1961)
  • Truth or Consequences
  • Tutti Fruitti drink
  • TV Andy Griffith was a weekly show…….When we had antenna problems  we walked to the top of the mountain to fix the tv line. We’d  twist them real slow and if the picture came in whoever was at the house would shoot the shotgun. Whoever was on top of the mountain would tie it down and head back to the house. Clear that old track line on the way back. Having a booster was like having satellite in them days….Mighty Mouse cartoons…..Heckle and Jeckle ant that funny “crow hop”… Cas Walker….. Dolly Parton when she was a little girl on that show….Cheyenne Bodie (Clint Walker)  Gunsmoke (James Arness)…. color tv in the 1960s…..Swansons Fried Chicken TV Dinners -kids used to beg for them! The chicken tasted freezer burned and the peas were as big as Bomber marbles….I Love Lucy….TV The Incredible Hulk with Bill Bixby….. We only got 3 channels we got and we didn’t have remote controls then.  Everyone watched the same thing because most everyone only had one t.v….  The whole family  used to sit at the table and eat TV dinners on tv trays…Bob Barker saying” Jungle Gardenia Perfume by Tuvaché”
  • TV ghosts
  • TV test patterns
  • TV tray tables for TV dinners. The family would sit in front of its only TV in the living room and watch TV (Gun Smoke, Bonanza, etc) and eat dinner from those shaky tables that sometimes tossed the plate and all onto the stylish living room rug
  • TV/radio/phono combos
  • TV-style commercials at the movies
  • Tweety Bird
  • Twiggy
  • Twilight Zone
  • Twister
  • Twix….
  • Two-color traffic signals
  • typewriters (great Christmas gift for kids the 1950s and 1960s)
  • Typing class in high school
  • Typing pools
  • Tyrone Power
  • U.S. involvement in Vietnam
  • U.S. Steel
  • Ugly gym uniforms
  • Uncle Wiggily
  • Underdog cartoon
  • Uniform Monday Holiday Act
  • United States Information Agency (USIA)
  • UNIVAC 1 Vacuum tube testers
  • UPC bar code
  • Vac-U-Form
  • Vacuum tubes
  • Valomilk
  • Valvo Washing Powder…
  • Vanilla Cokes…
  • Vanilla Ice cream in small cardboard cups-we  opened the lid & ate with a flat wooden paddle like spoon.
  • Variety Pack Cereals breakfast cereals in the 1950s that came in a variety pack (packaged much like the ones you see today), however, the tops were open and covered with cellophane so you could see the different types of cereal inside.   a rice flake cereal (perhaps in one of those open-top boxes) whose flavor and texture is not close to anything you can buy today.
  • VEL Colgate Dishes….
  • Vel dish liquid with Ethel Merman
  • Velcro
  • Venus Paradise
  • vermont maple leaf candy …
  • Vernors GingerAle, made in Detroit came in a green bottle with yellow writing on it and said “aged in wood barrels” was great with vanilla ice cream and also when we were sick!      Some time around 1973 it changed to “wood flavored”.  It is hard to find, but still made, even in a Diet version….
  • Vibrating weight-loss machines
  • Vibroplex Morse Code keys
  • Vic Morrow
  • Victoria Station restaurants W.T. Grant
  • Victory at Sea
  • Video Cassette Recorder (VCR)
  • Viewmaster stereo viewers
  • Vincent Price
  • Violet Mints
  • Visible Man and Visible Woman kits
  • Vitalis hair tonic eased the effects of dandruff and Brylcreem hair groom for men…A li’l dab’ll do ya
  • vitamin Fred Flintstone vitamin every morning before we went to school.
  • Vogue Jill
  • Voting Rights Act
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)
  • Wackiest Ship in the Army
  • Wack-O-Wax Lips Chewing Gum   1950′s, 1960s and 1970′s  Candy….Wacky Wafers – 1980s
  • Wacky Races Cartoon
  • Wait Until Dark (1967) What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
  • Walkabout (1971)
  • Walkers’ English Nonsuch Toffee … Walnetto-  little caramel/walnut candies Artie Johnson (as an old man sitting on a bus bench) on the Laugh- In show used to beckon the old lady with them. She replied by hitting him over the head with her purse.
  • walking doll
  • wall to wall carpeting In the ”50s, everyone covered his or her hardwood floors with  wall-to-wall carpeting!
  • Wall warts
  • Walnettos -  1920s,  1950′sand 1960s  Candy   walnut caramels  A Chewy Walnut-and-Caramel Matinee Favorite
  • Walt Disney
  • Walter Cronkite
  • Walter Matthau
  • Walter Pidgeon
  • Wanamaker’s
  • Wanted By FBI” posters
  • Wanted: Dead or Alive
  • Warped vinyl records
  • was very BIG compared to the standard sized bars today. Thanks to those above who reminded me that the other difference between the original Mars and the almond Snickers was that the original didn’t have caramel.
  • Wash Tub Boiler…
  • Washed clothes then used the water to scrub floors, the porch and the out house? We would put lime in the outhouse in the summer to keep flies away.(While I personally don’t remember times liek this in the Boomer days, but everyone had different experiences.)
  • Washing Powder
  • watch winders when you couldn’t wear your self-winding watch to keep it wound.
  • water- no water in the house,We had  to carry water from where ever since we didn’t have a well.
  • Water Wiggle
  • waterbeds
  • Watkins man brought right to to our door unusual gadgets and  health and kitchen products. The Watkins man’s  case was filled with brushes and things to clean the home along with had cake mixes, bread mixes, food coloring, flavors/extracts  to put in pies and cakes, etc.  Later on the Watkins man sold many things beside his famous salves and ointments.
  • Wax bottles of colored sugar water
  • wax candy     wax coke Nik-L-Nip shaped bottles with different flavors of drink inside.  at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant.
  • Wax lips and wax teeth
  • WD-40
  • we ate green beans that had been picked that  day
  • We listened to Amos and Andy, Lone Ranger, Stella Dallas, The Shadow, Lum and Abner,  Burns and Allen, Jack Benny, the Grand Old Opry (See more here: http://jersey.illinoisgenweb.org/Radio.htm)   had to save the battery. You had to  get real close to the radio and put your ear to it when the battery was getting weaker and almost dead.
  • Webcor (Webster-Chicago Corp.)
  • weetheart Toilet Soap…
  • Western Electric
  • Western Union telegrams X-15 rocket plane
  • WFF ‘n Proof
  • What’s My Line?
  • What’s New Pussycat? (1965)
  • Wheat-back pennies
  • When city cousins had to go to the outhouse we’d throw rocks at it or yell “snake”. The outhouse could get so cold, one could hardly do their business sitting on that cold wood. At night Mom  would let the girls use a bucket so we wouldn’t have to go to the toilet after dark.  The “bathroom” was a small room off the kitchen with a white stock pot & lid with the red rim. However, then in the daytime you had to take the pot to the outhouse to empty it,  I can still remember that smell. We were thankful for lime we used in the outhouse in the summer to keep the smell and flies  away. A neighbor had a flushing” toilet, but it was in the outhouse in the back yard.
  • Where Eagles Dare (1968)
  • Whimsey doll (pink dress with pink hair)
  • Whip N Chill (*Jello)
  • Whistles (a cheese flavored snack)
  • White bucks
  • white paste in a white plastic  jar that kids seemed to like to eat.
  • White Rock beverages
  • Whitewall tires
  • Whoopie pie……….
  • Wiffle balls
  • wigwam. 1970s
  • Wild Bill Hickok
  • Wild horses
  • William Frawley
  • William Holden
  • Willy McBean and His Magic Machine (1965)
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • Wind Song, Enjoli, Charile, Sophia, Bill Blass, or White Shoulders,  Shalimar,   Emeraude, Wind Song, Jontue,Ruffles,  Fidji,Gloria Vanderbilt, Jean Naté Youth Dew and Paloma Picasso,White Linen,  Eternity, Allure, Chanel No. 5 and Tresor, Replique and Alyssa Ashley Musk perfumes
  • Wind-up watches meant we didn’t  have to spend money to replace a battery.    TIMEX takes a licking and keeps on ticking (Watches are going by the wayside with access to the time on cell phones.)
  • Wink
  • Winky Dink and You
  • Wintergreen ‘Mints’
  • Witch Doctor
  • Witch Hazel
  • Wolfman Jack
  • Women in slacks- Didn’t happen at many schools until around 1972.
  • Women’s Lib
  • Wonder Bread
  • Woodbury Cold Cream
  • Woodbury Soap..
  • Wooden alphabet blocks
  • Wooden ‘burr’ puzzles
  • Wooden checkers
  • Wooden pickup sticks
  • Wooden skis
  • Wooden tennis rackets & presses
  • Woodstock
  • Woody Woodpecker
  • Woody” station wagons
  • World Book Encyclopedia
  • Wrapples: Take an apple, and a wrapple, wrap the wrapple round the apple, add a stick, heat it quick, that’s how you make, carmel apples, with wrapples from Kraft!………
  • Wringer washer (In the Dick, Jane and Sally book-Happy Days with Our Friends- it has stories about  Sally helping mother was clothes in an old wringer washing machine.)
  • Yardley’s Lily of the Valley
  • Yashica cameras
  • Yellow rubber raincoats
  • Yellow Submarine (1968)
  • Yogi Bear
  • You Asked For It
  • You Bet Your Life Your Show of Shows
  • You could smoke anywhere, even on a plane
  • you who asked how old are you people we are as old as your going to be someday
  • Your Show of Shows Zorro
  • yoyo
  • Yul Brynner
  • Zagnut candy
  • Zap Comix
  • ZIP codes
  • Zip guns
  • Zipper-sealable plastic bags?
  • Zorba the Greek (1964)
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor
  • 1950 Packard Eight
  • 1951 Buick Super, Crosley Super Sport,  Hudson Hornet, Kaiser-Frazer Henry J,  Studebaker Commander automobiles
  • 1952 Allstate  automobile
  • 1953 Studebaker Commander automobile
  • 1954 Chevrolet Corvette, Kaiser Darrin, Muntz  automobiles
  • 1955 Arnolt-MG, Chevrolet Nomad, Lincoln Futura concept car, Mercury Montclair, Willys Jeep (automobile)
  • 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II    automobile
  • 1957 Buick Roadmaster, Cadillac Eldorado,Chevrolet Bel Air, Dual-Ghia D-500, Ford Thunderbird
  • 1957 Major League Baseball 16 teams Baltimore Orioles (AL)         Boston Red Sox (AL) Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)        Chicago Cubs (NL)  Chicago White Sox (AL)       Cincinnati Redlegs (NL)   Cleveland Indians (AL)    Detroit Tigers (AL)    Kansas City Athletics (AL) Milwaukee Braves (NL)    New York Giants (NL)  New York Yankees (AL)     Philadelphia Phillies (NL)  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)      St. Louis Cardinals (NL) Washington Senators (AL)         There was no Designated Hitter
  • 1958 Arnolt Bristol GT, De Soto,Edsel Citation, Ford Skyliner convertible, Packard
  • 1959 Chevrolet Impala, Ford Galaxie Fairlane 500,    Nu-Klea Starlite
  • 1960 Chevrolet Corvair, Ford Falcon, Ford Frontenac,Henney Kilowatt, Lincoln Continental, Plymouth Fury, Plymouth Valiant ,Porsche 1600 Super, Rambler American   automobiles
  • 1961 Jaguar E-Type (XK-E) , Lincoln Continental , Toyota Toyopet Crown
  • 1962 Apollo GT 1962 Triumph Spitfire   1962 Apollo GT     1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza    1963 Ford Thunderbird  1963 Studebaker Avanti
  • 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 Ranch Wagon     1964 Plymouth Valiant
  • 1965 Ford Mustang     1965 Pontiac GTO   1965 Toyota Corona
  • 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado     1966 Volvo 122S
  • 1968 American Motors AMX
  • 1969 Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969)
  • 1970 Ford Torino
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Remember when the Christmas season began the day AFTER Thanksgiving?

Do you remember when you didn’t start thinking or planning for Christmas, until after Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving was a special day for all to remember what they were thankful
for- God, family, and country. Families that were spread out all over the country could
rarely all get together but they made a big effort to come back for Thanksgiving— for good food, catching up, sharing memories, making new memories with lots of laughter and remembering how much they had to be grateful for.

Thanksgiving was about Thanksgiving and part of that excitement was knowing that everything was going to change overnight as the Christmas season began the day after Thanksgiving.

Stores were open only until 6pm on weekdays and closed on Sundays.

Mom would take us downtown to see the department store window displays, which would then be up. Stores went all out with displays. Each window was staged as a Christmas wonderland with decorated trees, with colorful packages below. The fake fireplace with stockings glowed warm. We stood outside oblivious to the cold as we excitedly watched through the “sprayed-on-snow” that framed the scene as mechanical snowmen waved and turned, trains raced around their track and beautifully dressed baby dolls, with frilly blankets  slept peacefully in wooden cribs.

We were allowed to ask Santa for one present.

Christmas music and the Salvation Army bell ringer outside were wonderful sounds that added to the incredible feeling as we walked wide-eyed down all of the aisles looking at all the Christmas decorations. (No decorations had been available for purchase, until then.) The town’s decorations were also not  turned on until that night at a special “Lights On”event that had people oohing and ahhing as the entire square went from dark to light in one thrilling moment.

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Clutter causes stress, contributing to weight gain, depression, strokes and more.

BABY BOOMERS 
Many Realtors and home builders acknowledge that requests for one story homes are
increasing, especially from Baby Boomers who no longer desire to climb stairs. Making the move to a more desirable one story home can provide a wonderful opportunity to declutter as one downsizes.

JUNK IS EXPENSIVE TO KEEP

  • Money is spent (wasted?) to replace misplaced items that you are unable to find, simply because your home is too cluttered.
  • Maybe you have been storing, in your garage, junk that you don’t need, in order to save a monthly mini-storage fee. However, you are paying huge price to save a $60 mini-storage fee, while your expensive vehicle sits out in the weather, where the hot sun bleaches the paint as the interior bakes. In other words, while your car is rapidly deteriorating from the sun’s heat you are storing, in the garage, junk you don’t use or need and you are paying real estate taxes and insurance for the garage that houses that junk. That is an expensive mini-storage you have attached to your house, partner.
  • Moving companies price by weight not volume. Why pay for transporting something when you can buy something similar in the new location? 

 

Many younger people today are choosing a minimalist lifestyle, finding it liberating and more comfortable by having less unneeded items and thus, more space to enjoy.

Now, imagine for a moment that you have passed… leaving chaos behind for your loved ones who are overwhelmed for months, even years as they must deal with cleaning out the enormous mess you left behind. They may feel resentful  as they must decide what to throw out, what to donate and how to get things sold. While sentimental items are often the most difficult to let go, they can become an albatross to your children who might feel an obligation to keep things like that out of guilt, believing that it must have meant something to you or else you wouldn’t have hung on to them. (
Letting go of your dad’s old bowling trophies doesn’t mean you loved him any less. Professional organizers advise us to take pictures of things that mean a lot to us and then let them go.)

 

  • Physical clutter has been shown to raise levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can lead to weight gain and depression. Stress levels rise right along with that heap of clothing on the bed, a chair mounded up with items to be taken to the cleaners or mended before they can be worn again, closets that look like a tornado aftermath inside, wadded up laundry on top of the dryer, old receipts and papers stuffed into drawers, magazines piled high on the back of the toilet, dishes on counters, droopy plants that nobody tends, cupboards full of old spices and pots and pans shoved back in the cabinet that you haven’t seen since you moved in, bathroom closets with hair products you aren’t ever going to use, outdated medicines, cookbooks that you won’t use, newspapers stacked up, leaving surfaces and corners of the room uncleaned for a long while. Frustration mounts when we are unable to locate misplaced items and must spend money to replace them.  We become not only more worried about about keeping the home clean, but also more stressed out in general.  Studies show that people are significantly more likely to not care about putting things away in already-messy environments. However, when they have a clean, uncluttered home they’re more likely to keep it that way.
  • Mentally the cost of clutter can play a significant role in how one feels about themselves.  Clutter creates feelings of guilt and embarrassment. Messy homes leave us feeling anxious, helpless, and can be more overwhelming for those with adult ADHD. Physical clutter is often an outward manifestation of emotions like guilt, along with grief, shame, and fear.  
  • Research shows a direct correlation between clutter and strokes. One of the primary causes of stroke is stress, which can be brought on by clutter and disorganization. Brain scans were used to map the responses of participants as their minds  were bombarded with excessive stimuli (visual, olfactory, tactile) which limited their ability to focus and process information. The more disorganized (cluttered) the images, the more the sensory overload, drawing the brains attention away from where the focus should be, to stimuli that aren’t necessary or important.   Too much stimuli around us,  such as an excess of things in our home or other environment, drags us down psychologically by constantly reminding us that our work is never done; stifling the ability to think, brain storm, and problem solve, thus, inhibiting creativity and productivity, while making it difficult to relax, both physically and mentally. When one cannot relax, they will not rest well which can cut years off of ones life. 

 

 BENEFITS  OF LETTING GO OF THINGS NOT NEEDED  

  • Better emotional health. Letting go of things we really don’t need provides more space and allows for a well organized home making it easier to find things, to clean, with less to dust or move to dust and safer if there aren’t objects to trip over.  Simplifying your life will make you calmer, healthier, happier.    
  • Money made from stuff you don’t use can fund other purchases, put some extra money in your pocket or pay for a great vacation.  According to Tim Luke from HGTV’s “Cash in the Attic,” the average household has $1,000 to $2,000 of potential cash in items that no longer have any value to the owner.   Closets and cupboards bursting with possessions that you think has no value at all, might be worth big bucks to those who want or need them.  The amount of money you’ll make may pleasantly surprise you. Canadian Kyle MacDonald identified people who valued his stuff more than he did. Starting with one red paperclip, Kyle then bartered item for item until he ended up with a two-story farmhouse. 
  • There are those eager for virtually anything that clutters your house, garage, or storage unit, including aluminum can pull tabs which sell on eBay or you can donate them as Ronald McDonald House wants them.  Natural disasters such as a hurricane, tornado, fire or flood, also present opportunities to give things to people who can use them. Doing something small may not save a life, but it can change someone’s life.



AN ACT OF KINDNESS TO HELP SOMEONE WHO HAS NO WAY OF REPAYING YOU HAS EVEN GREATER REWARDS: 

 

  • Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: Matt 6:19 KJV
  • Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.  Luke 6:38 
  • It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35 
  • Sell whatever you have and give to the poorMatthew 10:21
  • Blessed is he who considers the poor; the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. Psalms 41:1

GREAT THINGS HAPPENED TO THESE PEOPLE WHO SHARED

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Enjoy a cleaner, clutter-free home by sharing things you don’t need with those who do need them: How to quickly get rid of off of the things you don’t need and feel great about it.

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