Memories from Earlier Times for Baby Boomers and Others

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If you lived through the 1950s or 1960s see how much of these you remember.  (Leave a comment at the bottom with memories we missed) 

Alarm clock had to be wound
Air Raid Drill
AYDS appetite suppressant candy (diet candy) supposedly curbed your appetite…
Ava Gardner
Auto-Stat copy machines
Automatic calculators
Automated Teller Machine (ATM)
Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy
Audrey Hepburn
Audio tape splicing blocks
Atomic Fireball…
Atlantic and Richfield stations
Astronauts Hair Pomade
Asbestos duct insulation
Arthur Godfrey
Art Linkletter’s House Party
Arnold Stang
Argus C3 rangefinder Collapsible flash reflectors
Area codes and all-digit dialing
Archie cartoons
Aramis cologne was popular in 1972
Appointment with Adventure
Appliances in avocado green, harvest yellow, coppertone, turquoise, pink Kenmore washing machine and  pink gas range.
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.
Apollo 11 Moon landing July 24, 1969
APBA sports simulation games
Apartment house fire escapes
Apartment building antenna forests
Ants in the Pants
Anthony Perkins
Anthony Newley
Ant Farm
Answering machines that took up a large amount of the desk
Annie Oakley
Anne Bancroft
Anna Russell
Anise Squares
Anise Bears…
Angela Lansbury
Angelique Bouchard – a fictional character from the gothic horror-soap opera and film Dark Shadows
Angel Face powder, talcum powder or a small bottle of Avon cologne (Christmas gifts from an earlier time)
Andy’s Gang
Andy Capp
Amos ‘n’ Andy
AM-only car radios
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
American Motors Corporation
American Graffiti (1973)
American Bandstand
Amateur (ham) radio
AM table radios
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Alvin (DSV-2)
Alpha-Bits cereal
Alphabet-soup company names
Alphabet soup
Almond Buttercrunch…
Allowance -25¢ was a decent weekly allowance
Allied Radio
Allan Sherman
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Alexander’s Allegheny Airlines
Alec Guinness
Alaska and Hawaii became U.S. states
Alan King
Alan Arkin
Airport (1970 movie)
Air-mail letter/envelopes
Airborne Express
Air conditioning was new and rare
Ahab the Arab
Afro hairstyle
Advise and Consent (1962)
Adventures of Superman
Addo calculators
Adams Sour Cherry drops
Accent flavor enhancer   (MSG!!)
AC outlets- 2-prong ungrounded AC outlets
Abraham & Straus
Abba Zaba  1920s to late sixties  White taffy filled with peanut butter…
AB Laundry Detergent
A.D.S.Soothing healing foot soap…
A Shot in the Dark (1964)
a roll candy like Smarties that were fizzy
A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Boy Named Sue
Aquanet hair spray that would glue your hair into a foot ball helmet shape that a mighty wind could not ruffle.
avocado green or harvest gold appliances, such as a Tappan range
Alaska and Hawaii became states in 1959
Audio-Visual projector was wheeled in in school to watch a movie.
Airplane passengers dressed in their best and received in-flight meals
A&W Rootbeer drive in – car hops metal tray clamped to edge of lowered window – frosty heavy weight mugs capped with a creamy head
Aftershave came about because men saw cologne as effeminate.
Anthony’s – The cashier put your money into a canister,  placed it into the vacuum tube to send to the main office located high above the sales floor. After a few moments the canister would come flying across the ceiling and back down to your cashier, with your change.
Aladdin lamps
Aviator helmets for men and boys 1930 after Lindbergs 1927 flight (caps with goggles, caps with sheeplined ear flaps and some in genuine leather) and close fitting “baby bonnets” for women (Flappers) that mimicked the Aviator look.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Bass-O-MAtic Saturday Night Live (SNL)
Bill Murray Lounge Singer Saturday Night Live (SNL)
Babe Ruth
Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
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.-
Butterscotch Disks by Brach’s    1920s…
Butterfingers Mini Bars – 1920s
Butter Toffee –   1920s
Butter Mints –   Kraft had wonderful ones  Smooth and Buttery, Melt In Your Mouth
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
Butch Wax
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Buster Brown shoes
Buses had rear windows
Bus ‘stop’ cords
Burt Lancaster
Burroughs Corporation
Burnt peanuts
Burning leaves in your yard was okay
Burma Shave signs
Burl Ives
Burke’s Law
Burger Chef
Bumper cars
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
Bull’s eye candy
Buitoni pasta
Built-in radio-intercom systems. You were rich if you had a Nutone. It could play the radio in every room.
Buick portholes
Bugles (snack)
Buffalo nickels
Buddy Hackett
Bubblegum- fruit flavors or sour bubble gum
Bubble gum with a cherry-flavored juicy center…not ancient old, was available around 2011 Now it’s gone.
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 Cigars Assorted Flavors –  1950s-1970s   came in pink, yellow and green…
Bubble Gum Cigarettes – 1950’s
Bubble Gum Card…
Bubble Burger gum – 1980s…
Bruce Lee
Brownie chocolate drink!…..
Brooklyn Dodgers for Gillette razors
Broken Arrow
British Sterling cologne
Britannica Junior Encyclopedia
Brigitte Bardot
Bride doll
Breyers ice cream
Brenda Starr, Reporter
Breakfasts mom would make-good country gravy, biscuits, cold milk, eggs, good farm bacon, fried apples and cocoa.
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
Breakfast Bars, by Carnation were very similar to the chocolate covered granola bars made by Quaker Oats, which are still sold today.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Bread truck.  Sunbeam bread
Bread boxes kept out the flies.
Braniff International Airways and British Overseas Airways Corp.
Bozo the Clown
Bowie knives
Bourbon Street Beat
Bottled-water craze
Bottle openers for pop
Bottle caps
Boston’s Original Fruit Slices
Boston Blackie
Boston Baked Beans candy-coated peanuts
Bosco chocolate syrup in your milk…Bosco drinks his Bosco…Bosco bear was a brown plastic squeeze container…..
Boraxo hand cleaner
Borax Old Ranger  …
Borated Tar Soap…
Booby Trap
Boobs A Lot
Bonwit Teller
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….
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Bon Ton potato chips
Bon Ami cleaning cake   Original miracle cleaner…
Bomb shelters/fall out shelters  and air raid drills
Bold 3 First Laundry Detergent w/Fabric Softener…..
Bohack supermarkets
Boeing 707 jet airliner
Bobby Fischer Bowling was very popular
Bobbsey Twin book or the Happy Hollisters
Bob Newhart
Bob Hope
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)
Board games such as Candy Land, Sorry,
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.
Blue suede shoes
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 M&Ms
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 Angels
Blow-Up (1966)
Blitz, The Polishing Cloth
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum
Blackboards, chalk, and erasers
Black Wax Moustaches
Black Mammy Laundry…
Black Licorice Pipe     1950’s and 1960s  Candy….
Black licorice jelly beans…
Black Jack Taffy…
Black Jack Gum – From the 1920s…
Black Jack (licorice)
Black Cow suckers
Black Cow caramels
Black Cow Bite  1920s…
Black Cow Bar   1970’s Candy…
Black & white TV’s
Black & Decker
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
Birch Beer
Billy Beer
Bill Ding balancing clowns
Bill Cosby
Bild Lilli  doll
Big Wad bubble gum from the late 60s.  looked like a half-inch thick pack of baseball cards but was all gum.
Big Shot
Big Hunk Mini Bar  1930s …
Big Chief tablet
Big Chief paper writing pad from grandma
Big Buddy gum.
Bicycles  3-speed English racers
bicycle helmets
BIC pens
Bible School
Betty Boop
Bette Davis
Betsy Wetsy dolls
Betsy McCall,
Best Products
Bess Myerson
Bernard- Heart transplant
Bermuda shorts
Benson & Hedges 100s
Bendix G-15 computer
Bendicks bittermints    Made with Pure Peppermint Oil and the Darkest Chocolate
Ben Crazy
Ben Casey
Bell potato chips
Bell Laboratories educational films
Bell bottom jeans
Bell & Howell
Beich’s caramels
Beetle Bailey
Beep, Beep
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
Beehive hairdos
Beechnut gum
Beechies Original Gum Boxes—Longtime Favorite Since 1933 …
Beechies gum…
Beds were double beds
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
Beatles cartoon
Beatle Wigs
Beatle Boots
Beat the Clock
Beauty Parlor
Beanie and Cecil
Beach Party (1963)
BB guns
BB Bats Chocolate, Vanilla, Banana or Strawberry Taffy Suckers –  1920s…
Bazooka bubble gum with the Bazooka Joe comic and something neat that you could send in for.
Bay of Pigs invasion
Batmobile on TV (1966)
Batman (1966)
Bathing – In the summer we got to bathe in the creek.
Bathing caps
Bat Masterson
BASIC programming language
Baseball cards in the spokes
Baseball card gum  Did any one ever actually chew the gum that came with a pack of Baseball cards?…
Barton’s candy and chocolates
Barricini candy and chocolates
Barrel of Monkeys
Barley pops in 3-D Animal Shapes…
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
Barbie dolls (some had wigs) and the generic Barbie (Barbie dolls- name trademarked by Mattel in 1959)
Barbie doll dream house
Barber poles
Barbarella (1968)
Barbara Stanwyck
BankAmericard and MasterCharge
Bandof Gold song
Bananarama candy
Banana split candies
Banana Runts candy
Banana pudding with vanilla wafers..
Banana Bikes
Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969)
Balsa gliders
Ballantine Ale
Bakelite, knife and kitchen utensil handles, buttons, phones, radios,pens, salt and pepper shakers, dice
Bagel and lox was ethnic food
Bactine in glass bottles
Bacon slices candy
Bachelor Father
Baby oil and iodine for suntanning
Baby Doll pajamas
Baby Breck Soap in box…
B. T. Babbiitt’s Best Soap…
B. Altman & Co. Bamberger’s
bluing agent in the rinse water in the washing machine to make clothes whiter (LaFrance in a box or Mrs. White’s bluing in a bottle
Bowling alley pinsetter job
Bean bag chairs
Bewitched (Samantha, Darren and Tabitha Stevens)
Bowling leagues and trophies
Bentwood rockers
Big Wheel bike
Barefoot Contessa (Ava Gardner) 1958
Beehive hairdos shellacked with Aquanet
Banana sandwich on white bread with crispy lettuce and mayo
Bologna and crushed potato chips between bread
Bread spread with mayo, salt and pepper
Bike streamers, a battery operated horn and headlight, a basket on front, a playing card in back wheel spokes to make it sound like a motor.
Bicycles at Otasco
Bologna and crackers
Bell Telephone colors yellow, light blue, red, green, pink white, black and what some employees called “band-aid beige”.
Cycles per second
Curler caps with a head full of brush rollers underneath on Saturday afternoon at the drug store meant you had a date that night
Cup O’ Gold Candy ….
Cup Custard Cookies (2 outside rows of vanilla and 1 middle row of chocolate)
Cuban vacations
Crystallized Hazelnuts….
Crystallized Ginger Candy….
Cry Baby Tears Xtra Sour Candy  1990’s Candy…
Crushable snack food packages
Crush soda
Crusader Rabbit
Crumpet, the tea party doll
Crispy Critters cereal
Crème Brûlée
Creepy Crawlers
Credit card- first credit card, Diners Club, was issued in 1950
Creamsicles were orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream…..
Cream puffs- homemade were so good and yet so easy with only flour, eggs and water…..and some vanilla pudding for filling
Cream filberts
Crazy Clock
Cray-1 supercomputer
Cracklings Country Kids Got To Love Them!!!………
Cracker Jack
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,
Crack the Whip
Cowboys and Indians
Cowan’s Big 5 Laundry Blue, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1890’s-1900’s…
Courageous Cat & Minute Mouse
Counter checks
Corn flakes cereal with the freeze-dried strawberries….
Corn Dogs werestaples
Cork pop guns
Corgi die-cast toys
Cordless power tools
Coonskin caps
Cool pops
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
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.
Cooking over a fire in  fireplace
Conversation Hearts
Containerized shipping
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…..
Coney Island’s Steeplechase Park
Coney Island  (in Tulsa, OK), delicious wieners in tiny hot dog buns with chili and cheese tasted so good with a strawberry pop.
Concentration card game
Computer Punch cards
Commercials-Earl and Edna on Furniture Factory Outlet….Ernest P. Worrell for Braum’s Ice Cream & Dairy Stores…Know what I mean Vern? (Yes, these were in  in the 1980s but Boomers loved them!)
Comic books- 10-cent comic books
Comet cleanser
Colt 45
Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
Coloring book and crayons, were popular gifts
Color TV kits
Console TVs
Color television
Collier’s Encyclopedia
Collecting cigar bands
Collecting bottle caps
Colgate Comedy Hour
Cold Power  Laundry Detergent…
Coin-operated kiddie rides
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.
Coffee was marketed as “the Think Drink”
Coffee Rio ……
Coffee percolators and “Drip-O-Lator”
Code 3
Coconut Watermelon slices.
Coconut bonbons (set of 2 containers)
CocoMarsh- chocolate syrup
Cocoa Marsh
Coca-Cola (1955)
“Coast to coast” a widely  used phrase that was more exciting than saying “National”
Coal stove & furnace
Coal miner  dad    coming home with his lunch bucket and bent over from working in the mines
CNN and the 24-hour news cycle
Clutch Cargo
Clove gum
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
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
Clorox Bleach Amber Glass Bottle.
Clock radios with Telechron clocks
Cliff Robertson
Cleopatra (1963)
Clear  plastic slipcovers for the “good furniture” that made the back of your legs (and butt) sweat and stick to the furniture
Claude Rains
Claude Kirchner
Classics Illustrated
Classic cars
Clark’s Teaberry Gum  (some of their Commercials can be found online)
Clark bars
Clackers cereal
Citizens Band (CB) radio
Cisco Kid
Circus Peanuts orange and also Assorted Colors    1920s….
Circus Boy
Cinnamon toothpicks-we used to make our own..we bought the cinnamon oil from the pharmacist.
Cinnamon Lifesavers.
Cinnamon Disks by Brach’s – Bulk         1920s…..
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.
Cigarette vending machines
Cigarette holders
Cigar store Indians CONELRAD
Cigar bubble gum – colored
Chutes and Ladder
Chunky (with & without raisins)-Open Wide For Chunky
CHUM GUM, REGAL CROWN SOUR FRUIT Three sticks for a penny. It tasted like that nasty gum that came with baseball cards.
Chuckles Jelly Candy Have a Chuckle—Then Try To Keep a Straight Face      1950’s- 1970s Candy…
Chu-Bops   – 1980s
Chrysler pushbutton automatic transmission controls mounted on the dashboard to the left of the steering wheel instead of on the column,    (1956.)
Chrome bumpers Curb feelers
Christophers Big Cherry- big mound of chocolate with a cherry cream filling and a cherry in the middle
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
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.
Christma gift – for all of us kids to share,  –a sled one year, game table – ping pong table, board games
Chocomint Lifesavers (Circa 1964)
Chocolate-filled peppermint straws
Chocolate-Covered Sunflower Seeds…
Chocolate sticks.
Chocolate Starlight Mints…
Chocolate Soldiers a chocolate soda in a real glass bottle (sort of like Yoo-Hoo)…
Chocolate Mint Bubblicious – 1980s…
Chocolate milk was an option at school lunches.
Chocolate Gourmet Mints –  1920s…
Chocolate Babies
Choco Rocks…
Chock Full o’ Nuts ‘heavenly’ coffee
Cho-Chos-chocolate-malt flavored ice cream in a paper cup cost 6 cents and the clerk gave you a little flat wooden spoon…..
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
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! –
Chiquita Banana
CHIPSO laundry detergent soap flakes…
Chip ‘n’ Dale
Chinese checkers
CHINA from the Safeway grocery store
Child’s car seat
Child-proof caps
Chicle Chews Tablet Gum –   1920s…
Chick-o-Sticks Nuggets –  1930s…
Chicken fat (schmaltz)
Chicken Dinner candy bar
Chick-A-Boom (Don’t Ya Jes’ Love It)
Cheyenne (the show)
Chewy Coconut Bonbons in an Assortment of Flavors That Are Sure to Satisfy…..
Cherryheads – 1960s 1970’s Candy…
Cherry Sours…
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 Cokes
Chemstrand Corporation
Chef Boy-AR-dee
Cheez Waffies
Cheese fondue
Cheech & Chong
Checker cabs
Chatty Cathy dolls
Charms sweet & sour lollipops, (giant size) one side was sweet & the other sour….each.
Charms Super Blow Pop   1990’s Candy…
Charms pops (always got one when we stopped at the drug store)
Charlton Heston
Charlotte Russe
Charlie Brown Shoes
Charleston Chew
Charles Laughton
Charles Chips
Charles Bronson
Charge-coupled device (CCD)
Charade (1963)
Century 21 Exposition
Celeste Holm
Car phones wired into the car didn’t look like cell phones- in 1946, AT&T introduced Mobile Telephone Service to one hundred towns and highway corridors by 1948. Mobile Telephone Service was a rarity with only 5,000 customers placing about 30,000 calls each week. Calls were set up manually by an operator and the user had to depress a button on the handset to talk and release the button to listen. The call subscriber equipment weighed about 80 pounds. (
Cat’s Cradle
Cathode ray tubes (CRT)
Cat eyeglasses
Castro Convertible sofa-beds
Cassius Clay vs. Sonny Liston
Casper the Friendly Ghost
Casey Jones
Cary Grant
Carvel ice cream stores
Carnation Instant Breakfast
Carnation evaporated milk
Carnaby Street (London) fashions
Card sorters
Card games- Family and friends came over on Saturday night
Carbon copies
Caramel Cubes –   1930s… Caravelle Bar. – 2 small bars in one pack.
Caramel Creams -little rolls of caramels with a cream center Caramel Apple – Chocolate – Strawberry –  Licorice  1920s….
Car seat belts
Car record players
Car hops…see Varsity
Car 54, Where Are You?
Captain Video and His Video Rangers
Captain Midnight for Ovaltine
Captain Kangaroo
Captain Allen Swift Presents Popeye’s Favorite Sea Shanties
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.
Capital Airlines Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW)
Cap guns with holster
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
Candy Watches –   1920s
Candy- Invented in the 1930s by Pearson’s Candy 7-UP bars first came in milk chocolate, then later 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.
Candy- If you see candy you wish you could still buy, then simply google old fashioned candy along with the name of the candy and you might find it.
Candy Stix Cigarettes –   (1950’s, 1960s, 1970s-1980’s)
Candy Rods  1920s…
candy rings
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 lipstick
Candy Land
candy homemade toffee like Skor and Heath
Candy dots
Candy Corn –     1920s
Candy coal
Candy cigarettes
Candy Cigarette Bank
Candy Canes – Mini Red & White –   1920s…
Candy Buttons   1930s
candies from the 1940s….
Candid Camera
Canada Mints – Peppermint (white),Spearmint (light green), Wintergreen (pink) – 1920s …
Canada Dry Sodas (Jamaican Cola, Cactus Cooler, and Tahitian Treat, Rooti, and Wink [in the steel cans before aluminum])
Campfire Mints
Campfire Girls
Campaign buttons & slogans
Camp Runamuck
Calvin and the Colonel
Cadillac convertible = pinnacle of luxury
C Howard’s Scented Gum – 8 pc  1950s 1960s
Casey Cason WLS radio from Chicago
curl topped cones from Dairy Queen
Card clubs on Friday or Saturday night with ashtrays on the table.
Carriage rattling over cobblestone while the horses hooves clip clopped.
Cars- $3,000 or less for a family car
Chief operators at the phone company
Cherry Phosphates (a basic phosphate: Fill a tall glass about 3/4 full with chilled carbonated water, such as club soda. Stir in flavoring, (chocolate syrup, like Hershey’s; cherry syrup, lime syrup, to name a few) to taste. Add ice and enjoy. A retired pharmacist who had made phosphates 60 or so years ago said “Mix a tank of CO2 with water to make the fizz and add the syrup and ice.” To purchase food-grade acid phosphate that some of the phosphate drinks had added check out: Don’t mess around with anything else because stronger concentrations of phosphoric acid are used in rust removers, fertilizers, varnish and boiler water treatment, to name a few.
Chevy station wagon in Coral Pink
Chocolate soda is made with carbonated water, flavorings and ice cream.
Coca- Cola in a bottle for 5 cents…and we shared them by having two straws.
Conti Castile shampoo 1947
Crackers and 7Up when your tummy was upset
Cappers Weekly,The Saturday Evening post, Colliers, Ladies Home Journal were magazines
carhops at drive in restaurant (See Varsity)
Charles Lindberg 1927 flight across Atlantic from NY to Paris
Chaise lounge with velon webbing and several positions for lawn, porch or patio
Chippewa salt
Christmas Caroling
Christmas party at Dad’s work where mom and dad paid for the gift you received.
Christmas play at school
Clamation- Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Cowboy outfits
Cru Butch Hair Wax
Cars named after insects VW Beetle, Dodge Super Bee, American Motors Hornet, Plymouth Cricket, Datsun Honey Bee
Cat Eye glasses
Church first and a big dinner afterwards
Curb feelers
Curly of the Three Stooges (real name was Jerome Howard)was Moe’s brother. A workaholic Curly shaved his wavy hair to join the comedy troupe in 1933. Married four times, his first wife was Julie Rosenthal
Curtis Mathis television
circus coming to a small town grocery bagger who took groceries to car
Citizen Kane
Coneheads Saturday Night Live (SNL)
Chef Boy Ardee Spaghetti Dinner 1954
Collecting bottle caps
CB radio craze in the 1970s
Cotton house dresses with big prints and big pockets
Dutch Twins chocolate wafers
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.
Duncan yo-yos
Duncan Imperial spinning top
Duffy’s Daredevils
Ducktail or Duck’s Ass (D.A.)
Duckpin bowling
Duck-and-cover air-raid drills
Dubble Bubble Bubble Gum   1950’s  and 1960s Candy
Dry cell batteries
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…
Drop lights were twisted in and out to use them.
Drivers Ed class in high school
Drive-in restaurants
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.
Dreamsicles were orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream…..
Drake’s cakes
Drafting tables
Draft cards & draft card burning
Dr. Welby
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Dr. Pepper recommended doses
Dr. Pepper had that wonderful fruity flavor it no longer has….
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated
Dr. Kildare
Dr. Demento
Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray Tonic
Dr Pepper barrels like root beer barrels
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.
Double Lux Soap  Liquid Detergent…
Double Lollies  …
Double Delight ice cream bars, long and narrow vanilla w/a tunnel of fudge through the middle….
Double Cola was the competitor for Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola and a lot cheaper. …
Dorothy Provine
Dorothy Dandridge
Doris Day
Door-to-door for sales campaigns to raise money for school events? Seeds, chocolate bars,cleaners, sausage, tickets etc.
Donovan’s Reef (1963)
Donald Sutherland
Donald Pleasence
Donald O’Connor
Don Rickles
Domed sports stadiums
Doll furniture.
Doll buggy
Doggie Diners
Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost overnight
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Doctor Who
Doctor Dolittle (1967)
DNA double-helix structure
Diver Dan
Ditto copying machines
Disposable diapers- Invented the 1950s, introoduces in 1961
Disneyland flying saucers
Disneyland A-E ticket books
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.
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.
Dirty Harry (1971)
Dippity-do styling gel
Dinner With Drac
Ding dong… Avon calling!
Ding Dong School
Diners with tableside jukebox controls
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.
Dilly Bars, soft serve vanilla cone dipped in chocolate  ice cream
Digi-Comp I mechanical computer
Diet sodas
Dick Tracy
Dick and Jane readers (also Sally, Puff and Spot)
Diaper pins with yellow, blue or pink animals on the top part.
Diagramming sentences
Desk was a great Christmas gift in the 1950s and 1960s,
Desi Arnaz
Der Weiner Schnitzel  What a treat to drive to Tulsa to do Christmas shopping and stop there when it was dark and cold outside.
Deputy Dawg
Dennis Hopper
December Bride
Deborah Kerr
Debbie Reynolds
Death Valley 20 Mule Team…
Dead Skunk
David Steinberg
David Niven
David McCallum
David Brenner
Davey and Goliath
Darling….what everyone called heach other in the old movies.
Dark Shadows
Danny Kaye
Danish Go Rounds! were like PopTarts  but with  lots more fruit filling and much tastier icing with sprinkles.
Daniel Boone
Dancing Old Gold cigarettes
Dancing Lucky Strike cigarettes
Dances A new dance every time you turned around
Dan Duryea
Dairy Queen Monkey tails
Darkness comes early in December and snow is falling as we park downtown at the parking meters festooned with peppermint candy cane wrapping colored twinkling lights, garlands Opulent department store displays at Christmas- mechanical Santa in the large plate glass store window turning from side to side to beckon us in.
Dodge Charge introduced in 1966
dinner-noontime meal
drying hair over heat register
Drive in movies
Dark Shadows – Barnabas Collins Vampire Soap Opera
Donkey Cong, PacMan Jungle King Arcade games
Duck pin setter at bowling Alley
Dance Party
Disco Dancing
Driving around to look at the Christmas lights. Trees in windows the front picture window framed the colorful lights on the green tree or the color wheel had changing lights on the aluminum tree.
Dating game
Door to door encyclopedia and vacuum cleaner salesmen
Driving with car windows down
Don Amechi
Dressing up for dinner out
DX Superboron
Eyes for the Navy- donated binoculars WWI for Navy’s anti-submarines patrols off the Atlantic coast. Brainchild of FDR, then Assistant
Eating at the City Drug lunch counter or booth….Chicken salad on toast with lettuce, cut in half in a triangle and held together with a toothpick
eating pickled eggs from a bread sack while riding the Greyhound bus
Easter white patent leather shoes, white gloves,pastel dresses, hat with elastic for under the chin
Ed Sullivan on Sunday night where the Beatles, Bob Hope, Lena Horne and Martin and Lewis made their national debut
Elly Mae
E-Z Pop popcorn
EZ Bake Oven  with a little table and chairs…..
Extra-strength Burst Detergent
Extended-Play (EP) records
Expo 67, Montreal
Everyone’s parents paid full price for the school lunches; there were no discounts given
Every morning we had a big breakfast…no cold cereal there. I didn’t know then that we were poor.
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.
European Economic Community
Ethyl gasoline
Ethel Merman
Ethel and Albert
Estes model rocket kits
Estelle Parsons
Esso service stations
Ernie Kovacs
Ernest Borgnine
Erie Lackawanna Railroad
Erector Sets
Ensign Pulver (1964)
English Toffee….. (Recipes are on line. This is simply real butter and sugar with a bit of water.)
ENCYCLOPEDIAS from the grocery store.
Encyclopedias came from the grocery store , one book a week!!…. you could get great stuff back then for free!!…
Encyclopedia Americana
Email  addresses assigned  by AOL
Elm trees
Elizabeth Taylor
Elevator operators
Elephant leg pants
Electro-mechanical train/flight status boards
Elective cosmetic surgery went mainstream
Egg Nog Salt Water Taffy  1920s …..
Egg creams
Edward G. Robinson
Edmond O’Brien
Eddie Haskell
Eddie Albert
Eating paste
Eating out
Easy Rider (1969)
Easy Bake Oven
Eastern Air Lines Emporium
Earth shoes
Earth Day European
E.G. Marshall
E. J. Korvette
Four for a quarter photo booth
Falls City Hi-Bru Beer
Fels-Naptha soap
Flying saucer watching
Fox furs
Fab was a word from 1959
Frisbee throwing in parks–anyone could just join in
Falcon Crest, Dynasty, Dukes of Hazzard
Fat tire bicycle
Five and Dime stores (Dime stores)
Fox tail hanging from car antenna
F. W. Woolworth Co. 5 and 10 cent store (Woolworth’s)
Fuzzy Wuzzy Bath Soap They Grow Fur…
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.
Fuses and fuse boxes
Fur coats
Funny Girl (1968)
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……
Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia
Fun Dip…
Fudgesicles I still can see and feel the ice form on the surface of the Fudgesicle after the first lick….
Fudge Town cookies
Fruit straws    Classic Candy Straws In Fruity Summertime Flavors…
Fruit Slices by Brach’s – 1920s …..f
Fruit jellies  Chewy Fruit Slices Made With Real Juice and Spearmint Leaves With Pure Oil For True Flavor
Frozen TV dinners
Frozen Melon Balls- honeydew & cantalope melon balls in a box
Frontier Airlines
Front bench seats
Fritz the Cat Gasoline Alley
Frisbee flying disc
Friden, Inc.
Frequent flyer programs
Frequent airliner hijackings
French Creams….
French caramels ….
French Burnt Peanuts   1920s….
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.
Fred MacMurray
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!…
Frank Sinatra
Fox’s U-Bet chocolate syrup
FORTRAN programming language
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!
Forever Yours candy bars
Football helmets without face masks
Foolscap folio  (8.5″ x 13.5″) paper
Food Fair & Pantry Pride supermarkets
Follow Me, Boys! (1966)
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
Fluoride was added to public water supplies
Fluffo shortening
Flower Power
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.
Floor to ceiling pole lamps. The top portion had a spring that held it in place.
Flight engineers
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.
Flexible Flyer sleds
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……
Flat-top haircuts
Flashcubes and Magicubes
Flash bulbs
Fizzies  ….. .
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Fische or microfische
First working Laser
First televised U.S. Presidential debates
First successful minicomputer
First successful liver transplant
First successful kidney transplant
First successful heart transplant
First successful climb of Mt. Everest
First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s televised White House tour and her baby-talking voice
First human spaceflight
First home video tape recorder
First geosynchronous communications satellite
First all-electronic desktop calculator
Fireball XL5 Flipper
Fins on cars to look like rockets…It was the space age.
Finian’s Rainbow (1968)
Filled our hope chests with all the goodies in the soap
Filled hard candies……filled raspberry candy…..
Fender skirts
FELS-NAPTHA: HEAVY DUTY LAUNDRY  SOAP got rid of every odor and stain and removed skin, as well…
Felix the Cat
Feed sack  quilts -using the burlap inside then, the pretty sacks outside were warm….
Federal Civil Defense Administration
FCC Fairness Doctrine
Faye Dunaway
Fax machines that those born as late as 1987 think are as silly as faxing a copy of an e-mail
Father Knows Best
Fat Albert
Farrell’s ice cream parlors
farming  working in the corn field all day…grew our own garden and canned fruits and vegetables
Farmer Al Falfa and his Terrytoon Pals
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.”
Fantastic Voyage (1966)
Fan-fold computer printouts
Family Affair television show
Fallout shelters
Fairy Soap…
Fail-Safe (1964)
Factory air-conditioning in cars
F. W. Woolworth & Co.
F Troop
Goat carts 1920s
Grandma rolling hair on leather curlers
Gasoline engine washer
Gas station attendants, who cleaned the windshield and checked the oil and tire pressure, pumped gas, fixed flats, worked in grease pit, lubricating car, and sometimes you got a free glass with fill up (But what a pain we were to go in and ask for $1 worth and they had to do so much for us.)
Genesis 12 Horse Ale
Good Humor ice cream truck 1950s The driver wore white uniform and cap
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…..
Gumballs-  1¢ gumball machines
Gum wrapper chains
Gum Drops   1920s…. gum rocks that came in a little drawstring bag?
Gulliver’s Travels Beyond the Moon (1965)
Gulf Oil
Guittard white chocolate Christmas mints
Guittard Smooth & Melty Mints
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
Grumman Aircraft
Grow  own garden and canned fruits and vegetables,
Groucho glasses
Grins, Smiles, Giggles and Laughs  CEREAL…
Gregory Peck
Greeting arriving air passengers at the gate
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.  (S&H for Sperry and Hutchinson – trading stamps popular in the United States from 1896 until the late 1980s.)
Green Mint Leaves,
Green Apple sticks,
Green Acres The Green Hornet
Great Shakes
Granny Goose potato chips
Grandpa’s Wonder Pine Tar Soap…
Grace Kelly
Goofy Groceries   – 1980s
Goodbye, Columbus (1969)
Good Seasons – Shake ‘n Bake Hamburger –
Good Neighbor Sam (1964)
Good Humor ice cream trucks- 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 and Fruity
Good & Plenty candy popular in 1920s-1950’s
Gong Show
Gomer Pyle – USMC Green Acres
Goldfinger (1964)
Goldenberg’s Mini Peanut Chews   1920s and 1930s….
Gold nuggets gum that came in a little cloth drawstring bag
Gold Mine Bubble Gum Nuggets     1950’s Candy…
Going steady and getting pinned
Going for a Sunday drive
Go-go girls
Goetze’s Caramel   chocolate or strawberry creams
Goetze Cow Tales Original Vanilla  1980s candy
Godfrey Cambridge
Go to the Head of the Class
Go Ahead chocolate bar in the late ’70’s….
Glovebox road maps
Gloria Swanson
Glo-Coat floor wax
Glitterati—Tiny Italian Hard Candies with Fruit Flavo…
Glenn Ford
Girdles / corsets
Girder & Panel building sets
Ginny dolls in a little carrying case
Ginny dolls
Gilligan’s Island
Gilbert chemistry sets
Gig Young
Giant Sweet Tarts (not chewy),
Getting a nice healthy suntan
Get Smart
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!
Gerald McBoing-Boing
Georgy Girl (1966)
Georgio perfume
George Reeves
George of the Jungle
George Kennedy
George C. Scott
Gentle Ben
Gene Hackman
GE College Bowl
Gaucho cookies
Gatorgum – 1980s
Gasoline 25 cents a gallon
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.
Gas stations provided free air & water
Gas stations offered full service
Gas stations all had mini-marts
Gas lines during rationing in the 1970s
Gas lights men who went around to light the gas lights on the streets.
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.
Gary Cooper
Garfield Stripes shredded bubble gum – 1980s
Garbage can-dy    shaped candies that would come in a little plastic coffin or garbage can; tasted like sweet tarts. – 1980s
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.
Gale Storm
G.I. Joe action figures
Garter Belts

Grit news
Hankies of lace edged cloth were carried by ladies
Hydrox cookies
Hush Puppies casual shoes
Humphrey Bogart
Hula hoops
Huffy Radiobike
Huckleberry Hound
H.R Puff ‘n Stuff
Howdy Doody
Howard Johnson’s trademark orange roof
How to Marry a Millionaire
How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?
Hot Wheels toy cars
Hot Tamales candy
Hot Suckers  square “hot” suckers that cost 2 cents
Hot rods
Hot Pants
Hot Dog Gum
Hostess Twinkies
Hostess Suzy Q’s
Hostess Sno Balls
Hostess Ho Ho’s
Hostess Fruit Pies
Hostess Ding Dongs
Hostess cupcakes
Hostess Choco-diles
Horn & Hardart Automats
Horehound Flavor…
Hopalong Cassidy
Hong Kong Phooey cartoons
Honey-Filled Candies in Lemon or Double-Honey, Made in the USA…
Honeycombed Peanuts…
Honey West
Honey Comb cereal…
Home milk delivery
Home kitchens needed range hoods
Home Juice home delivery
Home Economics class in high school
Home delivery of baked goods
Home “landline” telephones
Holsum Bread
Hollywood Brand Candy Bar    dark chocolate, but this candy bar was the only exception
Hollywood a Go Go
Holiday Straws Filled with Soft Chocolate and Cream Centers…
Holiday Salt Water Taffy –  1920s …
Hogan’s Heroes
Hoffman’s Cup-o-Gold     1950’s Candy….
Hires rootbeer floats………Hires Rootbeer “High Time for Hires!” Hires Rootbeer was about the closest taste to A&W that you could get in a bottle….
Hip-Pocket Records / PocketDiscs
Hippies and flower children
Highway Patrol show
Highlights magazine for kids
Hi-Fi record player …Hi-Fi speakers were HUGE
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.
Hey, Landlord!
Hershey’s Miniatures   1930s…
Hershey’s Christmas Kisses    1920s…
Here’s Lucy
Henry Fonda
Hemi Under Glass drag racer
Help! (1965)
Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh
Hello Kitty
Helium-filled Mylar balloons
Heksehyl licorice …
Heckle and Jeckle
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!
Head Vases
Haystacks Calhoun
Hayley Mills
Hawaiian Punch
Hawaiian Eye
Hawaii Five-O
Have Gun – Will Travel
Have a nice day” smiley face
Hats Off
Hasselblad 500 EL Data Camera
Hasselblad 1000F
Harvest spice drops….
Harrington’s Clothing Tulsa
Haribo Gold Bears (Can be ordered on line)
Hardee’s used to be Sandy’s here in the midwest.
Hard metal dashboards
Hard candy  Holiday Candies.From Grandma’s Candy Dish…
Handwritten letters
Hands Down
Hando Powdered Hand Cleaner
Hand cranked car windows
Hand buzzers
Hamburger basket (hamburger and fries in a red plastic basket)
Halloween was for kids, not teens
Half a Sixpence (1967)
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)
Hai Karate aftershave
Habitat 67
Healthy Club Baking powder 10 cents
Home Comfort Electric stove by Iron Range
Husky pencils and Big Chief tablets
Hot water bottles
Hydra-matic transmission of the car
Hairy pits Rock Star Candy Slice Gilda Radner portrayed her on Saturday Night Live (SNL)
Halloween costumes to solicit candy from neighbors
HI-C drink
Hula Hoops
Homemade bread covered with ricotta cheese and sprinkled with walnuts
hot bologna sandwich on homemade bread
Hats for men- fedoras, top hats, bowlers, cowboy hats
Hats- pill boxes with veil
Hanging wooden basket chair
Hot pants
Hallman, Special Windsor, Magic Chef ranges
hand laundry
hard plastic tiara and high heels in a cellophane package
Hayrides and weenie roasts
Hello Kitty
Horse shoes
Hot tubs began appearing in 1968
Huffy bicycles
ID bracelet
International Harvester Refrigerator
I’ll be home for Christmas
Ivory Snow…
Ivory Soap 4 Bar Beauty Bundle…
Ivory Soag Contest- During the Great Depression, the company asked folks to explain “Why I Like Ivory Soap”  in 50 words or less to try to win a car. A tremendous number of people spent hours thinking  about why they liked Ivory Soap.  Hundreds of thousands of people, without any strong threats or coercion, convinced themselves that they really liked Ivory Soap, resulting in more product sold. Essay results were published in newspapers and broadcast on the radio, providing plenty of free positive promotion for P&G.
Ivory Laundry Detergent….
Ivory Dish Detergent…
I’ve Got a Secret
Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
It’s-It ice cream sandwiches
It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
Italian ices
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.
It Takes A Thief It’s About Time
Irene Papas
Ipana toothpaste
International Harvester Company
Interior door lock knobs
Inline skates…remember increasing the length and width of metal skates that we attached to our shoes and worke the skate key around our neck on a key?
Information Super Highway
Indoor ‘rabbit ears’ TV antennas
Indian Head pennies
Indian Candy Corn –   1920s… jaw breakers. tiny ones
Incredible Edibles
Incandescent light bulbs
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
In Search Of The Castaways (1962)
In Like Flint (1967)
IMAX films
I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster
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.
Ideal Toys
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).
Idaho Spud candys
Ice cubes make using a metal tray….Stick ones tongue to the cold metal drew blood.
Ice cubes were little squares of really good chocolate and cost  2 cents apiece.
Ice Cubes (small chocolate candies) …
Ice cream spoons with a hole in the end of the handle
Ice Cream Parlors….
Ice Blue Mint Coolers by Brach’s …
IBM Selectric typewriter
IBM Executary dictation system
I.G.Y. – International Geophysical Year 1957-1958
I. Magnin
I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman
I want my Maypo!
I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat
I Spy
I Remember Mama
I Married Joan
I Love NY logo
I Love Lucy
I Dream of Jeannie
I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967)
Jaccuzi, built in Whirlpool jets caused explosion of growth
Jewel Tea- Autumn leaf
Jackson Five
Jalopy race- Jalopys were just a frame, engine and roll bars made from the wheels of old hay rakes. The races on dirt tracks in a former cow pasture revved up in 1930s and became a popular past time during WWII
Jalopy races
Junket rennet custard dessert
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.
Junior Sales Club of America
Jumbo Nerds Jumbo Nerds – 1980s
Julie Christie
JuJuBe’s (those small chewy, fruity candies) and Milk Duds     jumbo harvest jelly beans    Jumbo Jelly Beans…
Juju Mixed Fruits – 1920s…
Juju Coins
Jordan Almonds
Jonny Quest Cartoon
Jonathan Winters
Jolly Ranchers –     candies from the 1940s… Fire and Apple  watermelon
Jolly Rancher flat sticks in grape or cherry , cinnamon
Jolly Green Giant
Johnny Carson
John Wayne
Joel Grey
Joe Besser
Joan Rivers
Joan Crawford
Jingle Bell Rock
Jigsaw puzzles were popular
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……….
JFK assassinated
Jet lag
Jerry Lewis Telethon
Jessica Tandy
Jersey Central Railroad
Jerry Mathers as The Beaver
Jelly Nougats by Brach’s…
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 Beans – Jumbo Licorice, Cinnamon and also assorted 1920s
Jell-o Instant Pudding
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
Jayne Mansfield
Jax, Falstaff, Rheingold, and Knickerbocker beers
Jawbreakers and then use the box as a whistle.
Jawbreakers – 1920s…
Jaw Teasers one cent bubble gum balls. These were sold from plastic domed gumball machines. The turquoise blue ones were the most sought after.
JASMIN Soap 3 Bars in Box…
Jane Russell
Jane Fonda
James Stewart
James Dean
James Coburn
James Brolin
James Bond 007 Shooting Attaché Case
Jahn’s ice cream parlors
Jack Webb
Jack Warden
Jack The Giant Killer (1962)
Jack Paar
Jack Lemmon
Jack Klugman
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 Benny show
Jack Benny for Texaco
J.J. Newberry
J.F. Hink & Sons department store
Kleenex and bobby pin flowers (Kleenex stuck in chicken wire for parade floats.)
Kleenex since 1924, started as cold cream removal. A customer survey revealed many more people used it as a tissue to blow their nose. 1930’s slogan “Don’t carry a cold in your pocket”.
Kraft Spaghetti Dinner 1963
Kitty Carlisle
Kodachrome transparency Kodak Kodachrome color slides
Kip’s Big Boy
Kochak; The Night Stalker
Kukla, Fran and Ollie
Kraft Fudgies
Korean War
Kool cigarettes
Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)
Koogle peanut butter  had swirls of chocolate in it.
Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph technical pens
Kodak Instamatic
Kodak Carousel slide projector
Kodak Brownie cameras
Knox Blocks- Jello and Knox gelatin which was basically chewy Jello that didn’t melt easily
Kmart, Target, and Wal-Mart stores…Boomers will remember them beginning.
Klute (1971)
KLH Model Eight FM radio (1960)
Kits Taffy – Banana, Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla
Kitchen Debate (July 1959)
Kirkman & Sons Soap
Kirk Douglas
Kip’s Big Boy.
Kinsey Reports & Masters and Johnson research
King Vitaman cereal, have breakfast with the king…
King of Hearts (1966)
King Kong Heads – 1980s
Kim Novak
Kid In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Kid Cat Ballou (1965)
Kickapoo Joy Juice
Kewpie dolls
Kenner’s Daddy Saddle
Kenner Hydro-Dynamic building sets
Kennedy half dollar
Ken Kesey
Kelly’s Heroes (1970)
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….
Kellogg’s OKs breakfast cereal
Keenan Wynn
Keds sneakers
Kay Bee Toys
Katharine Hepburn
Karo added to the baby’s bottle
Karl Malden
Lysol douche advertisements!   (Yes, you need to google this. Scary!!)
Lynn Redgrave
Lye soap
Lycra / Spandex
Lux Soap Liquid Detergent …
Lux Liquid Dishwashing Detergent…
Lux Laundry Soap…I am going to Lux out a few pair of my nylons…
Lux bar soap..
LUX Flakes…
Lustre-Creme shampoo
Lunch Bar candy bar
Luggage with wheels
Lucite  (Toy clackers were made of this!)
LSD use was widespread
loved listening to scary stories on the radio, such as  The Inner Sanctum>because I really was  scared to death.
Love, American Style
Love Story (1970)
Lost In Space
Lord Buckley
Look Mini Candy Bar …..
Long-distance (toll) telephone calls were expensive
Long Boy, Chewy Coconut Stick 1950’s, 1960s  Candy …
Lolly Looney Tunes
Lockheed L-188 Electra turboprop airliner
Lockheed Corporation
Little Women dolls
Little Orphan Annie
Little Miss No Name
Little Lulu
Little Debbie snack cakes
Little Bo Peep Amnonia Bottle,
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.
Lipton Frostee dessert mix.
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.”
Lionel Trains…
Linoleum floor covering
Lincoln Logs
lime-yellow fire engines
Li’l Abner
Lik-m-aid Fun Dip  1970’s-1990s….
LifeSavers  -Tropical fruit Especially the banana.
Lifebuoy soap
Licorice whips (red only please!),
Licorice Wheels – candies from the 1940s ….
Licorice Starlights…..
Licorice Scottie Dogs….
Licorice Pastels a soft black licorice center,  coated in a thin, crunchy sugar shell…. .
Licorice Laces – Bulk       candies from the 1940s
licorice jumbo jelly beans….
Licorice Caramels from Holland—Soft, Chewy, and Loaded with Flavor…
Licorice Australian Style Soft Black –  Soft Strawberry -candies from the 1940s…
License plates were colorful and distinctive
License plates were colorful and distinctive
Lewis and Martin
Levitz Furniture
Let’s Make a Deal
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.
Lenny Bruce
Lennon Sister or Jacqueline Kennedy paper dolls
Lena Horne
Lemonheads 1970’s, 1980s…
Licorice Allsorts –     1920s….
Lemon Drops hard candy were a penny
Leisure suits
Lee Marvin
Lee J. Cobb
Leave It to Beaver
Learn to Draw
Leader of the Laundromat
Leaded gasoline
Lead-based paint
Lay’s potato chips advertised “Betcha can’t eat just one”………
Lax supervision
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Lava lamps
Lava hand soap
Laurence Olivier
Lauren Bacall
Laurel and Hardy
Laura Scudder potato chips (the noisiest chips in the world)
LAUNDRY DETERGENTS All Bonus, Borax, Breeze, Cheer, Dove, Dreft,  Duz, Fab, Oxydol,  Tide , Trend Dish and Fine Fabrics Detergent, Salvo soap, Silver Dust laundry detergen   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
Latin class in high school Male teachers wore neckties…
Last Tango in Paris (1972)
Last House On the Left movie
Lara Croft
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.
Land speed record: 407-mph Leaded gasoline
Lafayette Radio Electronics
Lace-up leather ski boots
La Dolce Vita (1960)
Lava lamps
Lifesavers- orange, lime, pineapple, cherry, lemon -5 Delicious flavors
Love that Bob (Bob Cummings) television show
Life savers- candy with hole 1912. The founder Clarence Crane punched holes int he center of his mints to make them stand out from similar candies
Lily Munster- Yvonne De Carlo
leftover milk gravy-mix chopped green onions into cold gravy and spread on bread
Long strings of pearls with the straight dress, to complete the flapper girl look.
Ladies shopping wearing hats and gloves
Laundry baskets carried to clothes line
Local phone operators working a cordboard in their living room to help people make calls answered with “Operator!”
Lumber mill in the 1930s-log train that logs were loaded on to.- pulled by an old steam locomotive with a funnel haystack
Leather mittens
Leather shoes and cords over Nikes and jeans
Lucky Strike cigarettes
Leisure suits in powder blue
LAwn darts popular in 1970s were banned before Christmas 1988
Lemonade stand
Lexington Candy shop in Manhattan, NY
Loose fitting bib overalls with no shirt or shoes
My-T-Fine chocolate pudding
Mystery Middles, which was a jawbreaker with a sweet-tart in the middle
Myron Cohen
My Three Sons
My Mother the Car
My Living Doll
My Little Margie
My Friend Flicka
My Favorite Martian
My Fair Lady (1964)
My Ding-a-Ling
Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
Murder, Inc. (1960)
Muntz Stereo-Pak
Muntz Car Company
Mucilage glue
Mr. Wizard
Mr. T
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Mr. Potato Head (the first toy advertised on television)
Mr. Peepers
Mr. Novak
Mr. Magoo
Mr. I Magination
Mr. Ed
Mr. Custer
Mr. Clean can clean your whole house and everything that’s in it.
MPAA film ratings
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!
Movie Mirror magazine
Moveable ramp stairs
Mouse Trap
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!… Google these keywords together: mountain dew mouth It is Frightening!
Motels- $6 rooms at Motel 6
Most moms were home after school
Moon Pie cookies
Moon Pie Double Decker Chocolate
Moon Mullins
Montgomery Ward
Monster trading cards
Monster Mash
Moms Mabley
Mom stocked her entire linen closet with these towels, wash cloths and dishtowels.
Model trains for girls
Mobil gas stations
Mister Ed
Mission: Impossible
Misco Friction Hand Soap…
Mint Balls – Sweet Stripes by Bobs (soft)  or hard     1920s…
Minnie Pearl
Minivac 6010
Minipoo  dry shampoo (waterless shampoo)  was made with fuller’s earth. Another brand was  “PSSSSSST”. Some people would just use baby powder.
Mini Pop soda
Mimeograph copying machines
Milton the Monster
Milton Berle
Mille Borne
Milkshake  candy bars by Holloway tasted something like a malted Mars Milkyway would and
Milkshake bubble gum – 1980s
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.
Milk Maid Royals Flavored Caramels 1930s….
Milk Duds
Miles Laboratories
Mike Wallace for Golden Fluffo
Mike & Ike Zours –      1990’s Candy….
Mike & Ike Original Flavors –  candies from the 1940s….
Mikey! Give it to Mikey. He will eat anything.
Mighty Mouse
Mighty Mouse for Colgate toothpaste
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Mid-century, Rocket, space age, atomic age  refers to the middle of the 20th Century (The 1950s and 1960s)
Microwave ovens, dishwashers, trash compactors, and garbage disposals
Mickey Mouse Club
Mexican Jumping Beans
Mexican Hats –        1920s….
Metal taps
Metal lunch boxes
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 beach toys Metal Molder
Metal address plates
Merry Widow corsets
Mercurochrome , a topical antiseptic used for minor cuts and scrapes is no longer sold in the U.S. due to its mercury content.
Men wore hats all the time
Melody cookies from Nabisco? Flower shaped chocolate cookies with a sprinkle of sugar on top were delicious with a glass of milk.
Mellorine ice cream….It seemed to never melt, even if a blob fell on the counter and you saw it in a few hours.
Mellocreme Pumpkins  or  Autumn Mix     1920s…
Mega malls
Mechanical slot machines
Mechanical pull-lever voting booths
Mechanical parking meters
Mechanical bicycle speedometers
McHale’s Navy
McDonnell Aircraft
McCraw’s  Old Fashioned Flat Taffy
McBee Keysort edge-notched cards
Maypo hot cereal maple-flavored oatmeal – “I want my  MAAYPOOO!”…
Mayberry R.F.D.
Max Headroom candy – 1980s
Max Factor perfume
Maverick Mayberry R.F.D.
Maurice Chevalier
Matchbox die cast toy cars
Matchbooks with front-side striker area which changed for safety reasons in 1973. (Remember “close cover before striking”?)
Masquerade Party
Mason Reese for Thick ‘n’ Frosty
Mason Reese
MASH (1970)
Marzipan Pigs…
Mary Poppins (1964)
Mary Janes – 1920s….
Mary Jane taffy
Marx Magic Midway
Marx Lazy-Day Farm sets
Martin Marietta Corp.
Martian Hop
Marshmallow cones
Marshall Field’s
Mars Bar (original) was very BIG compared to the standard sized bars today.   the original Mars,   unlike the the almond Snickers, didn’t have caramel
Marlon Brando
Marlene Dietrich
Marilyn Monroe
Marcus Welby, M.D.
Marcel Marceau
Marathon bars long braided chocolate and caramel candy bars.
Maple Nut Goodies  1920s…. maple syrup hard candies…Made With Real Maple Syrup
Manual typewriters
Manual push lawn mowers
Manual cash registers -where the clerks pushed buttons
Manual adding machines
Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Malt Balls In Holiday Colors and Flavors…malted milk balls
Mallo Cups
Malcolm X assassinated
Making the drag…others called it tooling around,
Make Room for Daddy
MAJA MYRURGIA!  Perfume 1921
Mainframe computers
Mail cars (Railway post offices)
Magnetic rail twirler
Magnetic core memory
Magilla Gorilla Cartoon
Magic Slate drawing toys
Magic Fingers” vibrating motel beds
Madison Square Garden (1925-1967)
Made in Japan”
Mad Libs
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.
M&M- light brown  or tan colored  M&M’s Plain  or peanut    candies from the 1940s…
Mimeograph copy machine- schools and offices used it between the 50s and 70s
Macrame wall hangings
Mazeppa Pompazoidi (Gailard Sartain)in he Uncanny Film Festival and Camp Meeting on Saturday nights, a late night off-the-wall comedy program. Gary Busey was on the show. (Tulsa)
Mustang car (Pony)introduced at the 1964 World’s Fair
Marshall Field and Co toy dept at Christmas
Muscle cars- ’72 Dodge Challenger and 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
My Favorite Martian (Debuted Sept 29, 1963)
Mickey Mouse club
Magazines that were popular at that time:
Mary Poppins, Chim Chim Cher-ee and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
May baskets
Memorial Day when people actually understood that it was a day specifically for people who were killed in war
MKT Railroad
Miss Clairol- Does she or doesn’t she? ad
Motor clubs
Milk delivered to door 15 cents a quart
Muffin bells, were swung back and forth and used as a dinner bell, by town criers and to alert firemen
Mumbletypeg- played with pocketknife flipped on the ground
Magic Box (TV)- wrestling matches, boxing bouts, early sitcoms (I Love Lucy), Maverick, Sky King, Rawhide
Man walking on moon
Mars Toaster Almond Bar
Mounds bars
Nehru jacket with a medallion necklace
nylons, or ‘hose’ and later panty hose- clear nail polish fixed runs
Newlywed game
Newlyweds receiving a feather bed, two chickens and a cow.
Night Gallery TV
Nylon stockings
Nutty Buddy ice cream cones…..
Nutrition Facts labels
NS Savannah
Now Or Laters,  like Starburst Fruit Chews.
Now and Later Radberry Bar Assorted – 1980s and 1990s  candy…..
Not-quite-all-electronic telephone switching system Paper tape data storage
Northwest Airlines
North American Aviation Northrop Corporation
Norman Cereal had stickers
Norelco razor ad Santa rode in an ad
Nok Hockey
Nobody had a pure-bred dog
no water in the house,
No Time for Sergeants
NO Bra look
No ADD, HDAD, or dyslexia
Nixon’s “Checkers” speech
Nixie tubes
Nina ballerina doll
Nikon F
Nik-L-Nip Original Wax Bottles    1950’s – 1990s Candy…
Nikita Khrushchev
Nickel Naks candy corn
Nichols & May
Niagara Falls honeymoons
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!
Newspaper classified ads
New York’s Idlewild Airport
New York World’s Fair
New York subway tokens
New York subway cars with wicker seats
New York Central Railroad
Never on Sunday (1960) Oliver! (1968)
Nestle’s Triple Decker bar
Nestles’ Teen
Nestle Alpine White  – 1980s
Nesbitts orange, strawberry and grape….
Nervine from Miles Laboratories
Nehru jackets
Nehi soda
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).
Necco Slap Stix Caramel Pop –   1950s, 1960s  Candy…..
Necco Skybar – 1  1950’s, 1960s  Candy…
Necco Clark Bar – 1950s, 1960s 1970’s Candy  …
Necco Candy Buttons – .    1950s-1980s  Candy  ….
NBC chimes
Nationwide overnight package delivery
Nationwide next-day package delivery?
National Public Radio (NPR)
National Educational Television (NET)
National Bureau of Standards
National Airlines
Nathan’s hot dogs
Natalie Wood
Naptha Bar soap  P&G…
Naked City Name That Tune
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!
Nabisco Shredded Wheat
Nabisco Rice Honeys and Wheat Honeys
One Step Beyond Hosted by John Newland 1959-1961
Old Spice originally was a fragrance for women called Early American Old Spice and debuted in 1937.
Osmond Brothers
Oldsmobile Super 88 sedan as seen in the 1993 moving A Bronx Tale had a General Motors Jetaway Automatic Transmission
Oldsmobile the oldest line of cards under continuous production in the US ended production in 2004
Old Fordson tractors- steel wheeled produced around 1917 plodded along.
Old tires for getting inside and rolling, or using a broomstick to roll or for a swing. The inner tube for swimming on
Old fashion clothes pins
Oleo margarine- a butter substitute (white colored with a plastic pouch of reddish yellow food coloring)
Old men sitting on the front porch or on a park bench who would wave as we went by
Our young men in Vietnam
Ovaltine (which tasted too healthy) in the big glass jar with the orange lid on cold, snowy days……
Our Miss Brooks
Our Man Higgins
Our Man Flint (1966)
Ouija boards
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 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 Levant
Orton Copper Kettle Fudge …..
Origami fortune teller
Orange Slices  1920s …
Orange Julius
Orange Juice bubble gum – 1980s …
Opaque projectors
ootsie Caramel Apple Pops    1990’s Candy….
Oompa Loompas Kind of tasted like peanut butter M&M’s  from the 1970s
Only women wore earrings
One Step Beyond
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 nation, under God”
One dollar a carload drive-in movies.   See some of the drive-ins
On Your Mark
Omar Sharif
Old-Time Peach Blossom Candies …
Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Broken Sticks
Old-Fashioned Holiday Candy Mix…
Old Rivers On Top of Spaghetti
Old Ranger Death Valley 20 Mule Team…
Old Nick
Old Maid card game
Old English we went over every thing in the house with Old English Furniture polish… …
Ohrbach’s  Dept Store (Tulsa had Orbach’s)
Oh Henry bars until Nestle got ahold of them!
Office cubicles
Octagon Laundry Soap (Colgate)…
Occasional Wife
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.
Pancake makeup by Max Factor
Peacock chairs
Piggly Wiggly
Ponds Angel Face Makeup
Portable electric hair dryer
Picket fence popular since Colonial times
Powdering ones’ face.
Platform shoes
Posters on our walls
Puka beads
Phone was a black rotary dial telephone mounted on the kitchen wall (TELBC to phone company service reps)
Phillips Beans with Pork
Phillips Vegetable soup
Plee-zing specialty milled oats
Popcorn strung for the Christmas tree
Parker Pen or Timex watch for graduation
Pole lamps
Popsicle from ice cream truck being eaten on the front porch of a cousins’ house while smelling the newly mown grass
Paper routes
Picking apples
Picnic baskets when going on a trip
Playing post office
Portable record player
POTS lines (phone company employees will know that)
Picket fence popular since Colonial time
Pontiac Chieftain
Pony rides on a mechanical horse outside the grocery store.
Pyramid Soap Powder …
Py-O-My pudding cake    the cake would raise to the top when baked  and there  would be warm chocolate pudding underneath….
Puzzles were a popular past time for kids
Pushups. fruit flavored ice was wrapped in a cylindrical tube… as you ate you pushed the stick up to get more ice cream…..
Push-button plumbing (Tappan Ultraflo, 1963)
Push-button automatic transmission
Punkys Punkys – 1980s
Pull-tab (as opposed to pop-top) cans
Pullman sleeping cars
Puka beads
Puff candy (set of three 5 oz. bags)       Melt in your mouth airy molasses flavored candy….
Public Service Railway
Public pay phones
PT 109 (1963)
Psycho (1960)
Protests at the Democratic Convention
Professor Irwin Corey
Private Secretary
Prison stripes
Princess telephone  in a variety of colors, including pink, turquoise, and cream.
Pretzel-Jetzel Pretzel Factory
Presidents’ Day
President Nixon resigns
Pregnancy tests – rabbits  were used
Powdery suckers that tasted like Smartees, …
Potato knishes
Potato gun…
Post-It notes
Post Sugar Crisp
Post Sugar Corn-fetti breakfast cereal
Post Office Department
Portable vacuum-tube radios
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….
Pop Cola  came in a great big bottle, so you got more for your money
Pop Rocks
Pop bottles We loved picking up pop bottles or returning our families so we could get the money for candy…
Poorboy sweaters
Pooper-scooper laws
Poodle skirts, bobby sox
Poodle cuts
Pontiac Star Chief
PONG  Atari video game came out in 1972 when I was grown.
Polynesian “tiki” supper clubs
Polly’s soda pop
Pollyanna (1960)
Poll Parrot shoes
Political Correctness
Polaroid Swinger
Polaroid Cold-Clip
Pogo Sticks
Pocket-sized transistor radio
Pocket calculator
Pneumatic tubes
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.
Plop, plop, Fizz Fizz, Ohm, What a Relief It is
Playland at the Beach
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.
PLAYING simpler life, Summer lasted forever.
Playhouse 90
Playground with questionable equipment
Playboy Bunnies
Play Misty for Me (1971)
Plasticville buildings for model railroads
Plastic nurse kit with cape and nurse hat
Plastic curtains at Grandmas and oil cloth for the tables, it smelled awful for a few weeks
Plastic army men
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Pizza- The ancient art of throwing pizza
Pizza Spins!………
Pizza pie’
Pixy Stix
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 .  …
Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks
Pistachios were red
Pipe cleaners
Pink Panther cartoons
Pink Panther Bubble Gum – 1980s …
Pinball machines
Pin the Tail on the Donkey
Pillbox hats
Piggly Wiggly
Picturephone Polio vaccine introduced
Physicians made house-calls
Phyllis Diller
Phonograph needles
Philco Predicta television
Phil Silvers
PF Flyers
PEZ candy and dispensers
Peyton Place
Petticoat Junction
Peter Sellers
Peter Paul Mounds
Peter Paul Caravelle bar
Peter Paul Almond Cluster bar
Peter Max Love cereal
Peter Lawford
Peter Gunn
Personal computer
Personal checks and counter checks
Person to Person
Perry Mason
Pepsin Gum
Pepsi Cola hits the spot!)……
Peppermint sticks….
Peppermint Salt Water Taffy –     1920s…
Peppermint puffs…
Peppermint pig set     Smash a Peppermint Pig in the Victorian Holiday Tradition…
Peppermint bark…..
Peppermint bark shortbread candy bites….
Pepito The Italian Mouse
Pentax cameras
Penny postcards
Penny loafers
Penny fortune-telling scales
Penny candy
Pennsylvania Railroad
Penn Station
Pencil Neck Geek
Peet’s Granulated Laundry Soap …
Pedal pushers
Pectin jelly beans
Pecan divinities …
Pearson’s Bun Bar Maple  1960s Candy…
Pears’ Soap…
Pearline Washing Soap Powder Detergent …
Pearl Bailey
Peanuts in your bottle of Pepsi? we called that an Amish highball.
Peanut candy  melts to a Creamy Peanut Butter Center…
Peanut butter nonpareils
Peanut Butter Cups (by the boyer foods company of Altoona Pennsylvania.)…..
Peanut butter broken sticks
Peanut Butter Bars –     candies from the 1940s …
Peace Corps established
Pea shooters
PDQ drink mix
Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney
Paul Newman
Paul Lynde
Patton (1970)
Pattie Playpal.
PB Max – 1980s   and   Peach blossoms candy
Pastel Mints. Half-Dipped In Dark Chocolate…
Pastel (Party) Mints – …..
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.)
paper towels when they first came out
Paper textbook covers
Paper or plastic”?
Paper Moon was watched by those of us who were just old enough to begin dating in the early 70s.
Paper helicopters
Paper drinking straws
Pan American World Airways
Palmolive dish liquid  Pepsodent
PALMOLIVE BATH SIZE SOAP – 5 oz.vintage green…
Palisades Amusement Park
Page Glencliffe ice cream tasted like homemade…
Packard Motor Car Company
Pacific Southwest Airlines
Pacific Electric Railway
Pacific Electric Railway “Red Cars”
P. D. Q. Bach
Porch swing- enjoyng the fragrance of the fowers as the sun went down.
Queen for a day tv show
Quisp and Quake cereal? Quisp  it is still available in several cities and is now available from General Mills at 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….
Quick Draw McGraw
Quest for Candy
Queeno  supersweet flavored syrup drinks-the lemon lime green syrup-it looked like anti-freeze!…
Queen for a Day
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…
Quadraphonic LPs
Q.T. Hush
Ryan’s Daughter (1970)
Runts Candy….
Run For Your Life
Ruff & Reddy
Rubber school book bands
Rubber doll curlers vintage 1950s pink Revlon Toni are what my mom rolled my hair on when I was tiny.
Roy Barcroft
Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In
Route 66
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?
Rotary phones with alpha prefixes…(Capital 5- was CA5 and later 225)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
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!
Rope gum in grape, cherry, green apple, bubblegum and other flavors.
Rootie Kazootie
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….
Room for One More
Room 222
Roller-skate keys
Roller skates
Roll film (120, 127, etc.)
Roi-Tan Cigars
Rod Steiger
Rocky Road Milk Chocolate Bar
Rocky and Bullwinkle
Rocket crystal radios
Rock Hudson
Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots
Rock Candy-Crystal Sticks….1990’s
Robot toys
Robinson Crusoe On Mars (1964)
Robert Morley
Robert Mitchum
Robert F. “Bobby” Kennedy assassinated
Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote
RINSO Soap  1940s-50s….
Ring Pop….1970s-1990’s Candy…inky Dinks  – 1980s…
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.
Rin Tin Tin
Right Turn on Red
Richard Harris
Ribbon candy     …
RFID tags
Records    78-rpm records; 45 rpm   single record with large central hole as used in the US for jukeboxes
Rexall pharmacies
Revlon doll
Resinol Soap and Ointment….
Rescue 8
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.
Remington Rand
Remco Toys
Remco Science Kits
Remco Industries
Reference tables
Reese’s Christmas Mini Peanut Butter Cups –  1920s…
Reel-to-reel tape recorders
Reefer Madness
Reed’s Rootbeer…
Reddy Kilowatt
Red-and-blue USPS mailboxes
Red Skelton on the radio 
Red Ryder Wheato-Naks
Red rubber balls
Red Hots
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 Goose shoes
Red fire hydrants
Red Cheek unfiltered apple juice
Red Cameo Dutch Cleanser….we raked soot out of those old cook stoves with a little rake with a long handle.
Red Buttons
Red Bird Soft Peppermint Sticks –  1920s…
Red Bird Peppermint Puffs –  1920s…
Red Bird Assorted Candy Puffs  1920s….
Red Ball Jets sneakers
Red & Green Spice Drops  1920s…
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
Record changers
Record Albums 33-1/3 rpm LP record albums
Recess on the Giant stride, merry-go-round, jungle gym and swings.
Reading Railroad
Raspberries and Blackberries…
Raquel Welch
Ranger Joe breakfast cereals
Ramada Inn and Holiday Inn national motel chains
Ralston Purina breakfast cereals
Ralston hot cereal
Railway Express Agency
Raggedy Ann and Andy
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.
Radio Free Europe
Radio Flyer wagons
Radio Casey Kasem WLS (Chicago) at night Windy city
Red Ryde Daisy BB Gun
Roseanne Rosanadanna talking a blue streak “It’s Always Something”- Saturday Night Live (SNL)
Red FarmAll tractor (early tricycle tractor) was zippy and could go through cornfield without damaging crop.had a yellow umbrella
Red Skelton- Clem Kadiddlehopper
Ray guns
rubber floor tile
Remember your first home?
Rock N’ Roll
Roller derby
Roscoe P. Coltrain
Rosa Parks refusal to give up her seat
Raw potato with sliced raw onions, sprinkled with salt and pepper and real butter on the bread.
Sylvania Electric Products
Sweetheart Toilet Soap…
Switchboard operators
swept the yard since there was  no grass  …
Sweetie Pies, like moon pies only better……….
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.
Swedish Fish …..
Swan Soap Detergent…
Suzy doll with a school desk,
Sutro Baths
Surfside 6 T.H.E. Cat
Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969)
Supermarket Sweep
Superman (1978)
Super Friends cartoons
Super Circus
Super Ball
Sunray DX
Sunlight Soap…
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. To stay cool, old women would fan themselves with a  big hand fan with funeral home advertising on them.   They were placed at the back of each pew 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.)

Sunday drive (USA car) and an ice cream cone about 20 miles away.
Sunbeam Mixmaster
Summit – 1980s
Suicides” – cokes where they put every flavor in it…
Sugared Candy Drops ….
Sugar Smacks
Sugar Jets cereal
Sugar Daddy pops (like a hard caramel taffy on a stick)…..
Sugar Daddy & Sugar Babies
Sugar Babies…
Student desks with inkwells
Studebaker Corporation
Studded snow tires
Stubby Kaye
Striped candy sticks ….
Stripe toothpaste, Colgate dental cream with GARDOL
Streetcars and trolleys
Strawberry Wheels –    candies from the 1940s…
Strawberry Laces –   candies from the 1940s…
Strawberry Crush
Strawberry Bon Bons -…
Strat-o-Matic sports board games
Stork showers
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,
Stoppers you stuck into a  CocaCola bottle to sprinkle clothes? and to make pants look nice you could put pants on stretchers.
Stingray bike (with the banana seat )..
Stiller & Meara
Stewart-Warner Corporation
Steve McQueen
Steve Allen
Steering knobs
Steel Pier
Steel Bright Specialized Household Cleaner…
Steam locomotives
Start powdered breakfast drink…like Tang only better!
Star Trek
Stan Freberg
Stamps 3 cent First Class postage stamp to mail chain letters 3
Stadium Checkers
Squirt drink…
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…
Sputnik bubble gum
Spry vegetable shortening
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!…
Spoon Candy a boxed pudding dessert mixed  with milk. A  hard, chocolate, candy layer  would form on the top over  creamy pudding below.…
Spider-man TV series
Spice drops…
SPF ratings for sunscreen
Speedy Gonzales
Speedy Alka-Seltzer
Spearmint Leaves –  1920s …
Spartacus (1960)
Spanking was okay
Spam..every one tried it just once. It is a real delicacy in Hawail.Spam was just a canned meat product
Space Sticks (originally made for the astronauts!)  looked a lot like Slim Jims, but were chocolate, caramel and vanilla……….
Space Patrol
Space Ghost Cartoon
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.
Southwestern Bell Telephone
Sour Patch Mini Kid…
Sour Gumballs
Sour Fruit Balls – Bulk        1920s…
Soupy Sales: Up in the Air
Soupy Sales: Spy With a Pie
Soupy Sales Sez Do the Mouse & Other Teen Hits
Sorry, Charlie
Sophia Loren
Sony Walkman
Sonotone 1010 hearing aid
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!
Son of Flubber (1963)
Solid metal coins
Soft contact lenses came in (thankfully!)
Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
Soda fountains & soda jerks
Sock hops
Soaperior liquid soap wall dispenser- Gas Station
Snyders Potato Chips – in the foil bag……….
Snuff bruton snuff came in glasses
Snow White and The Three Stooges (1961)
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…
Snoopy vs. The Red Baron
Snippy Scissors
Snaps licorice candy
Snap, Crackle, Pop – Rice Krispies
snack chip similar to a pork rind but was easier to eat. It tasted like and had “stripes” like bacon……….
Smoothies” (by the boyer foods company of Altoona Pennsylvania.)
Smokey the Bear
Smokey Stover
Smell of a new plastic baby doll at Christmas, a cedar tree, roast turkey, baking cookies.
Smarties….candies .
Smarties Candy Necklace….
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….
Slot cars
Slo-Poke suckers
Slo Poke
Slip and Slide
Slinky- on the stairs
Sliding tile puzzles
Slides and slide projectors
Slide rules
Slang –see a list:
SkyBar had 5 sections, each with a different filling.
Sky King
Skinner Raisin Bran
Skating rinks that came to town and set up a tent with heavy ropes to secure it and with spotlights. Girls wore colorful gathered skirts, not jeans.  And we did the Hokey Pokey and the Floor Guards used to control speeders and mischief makers.
Sixlets Tube      1970’s Candy…
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
Sink the Bismark
Singer Touch and Sew machines
Sing Along With Mitch
Sinclair service stations
Sim City
Silver Certificate” dollar bills
Silly Rhymes
Silly Putty
Sidney Poitier
Side vent windows
Sid Caesar
Shots were given at school by surprising you and then lining you up like cattle.
Short Shorts
Shop class in high school
Shoestring licorice.
Shoe-fitting fluoroscopes
Shirley Temple Doll
Ship of Fools (1965)
Shinola shoe cream, like Kiwi, a man made wax is horrible on shoes.
Sherbet Mint Wafers…
Shelley Berman
Shasta Cola from Safeway
Sharkskin suits
Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop
Shannon Shenanigans
Shakey’s pizza parlor served a weekday lunch buffet with all-you-could-eat of pizza, with exotic pizza 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.
Shake-a- puddin’,
Shag carpet and carpet rakes
Shaft (1971)
Shaddap You Face Shaving Cream
Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show)
Seven-segment numeric displays
Seven Up candy bars
Seven Little Girls (Sitting in the Back Seat)
Service Merchandise
Serutan laxative was advertised as Serutan is Nature’s spelled backwards)
Sergeant Preston of the Yukon Sesame Street
Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy
Sen Sens…
self-cleaning ovens
Selective Service recruiting posters
Selchow and Righter
Segregation, bigotry, racism
See the USA in your Chevrolet
Secret Agent
Sears and Roebuck Catalog to order your underwear and pajamas
Sean Connery
Sealtest Dairy
Sea Hunt
Scripture Mints…
Screaming Yellow Zonkers
Scottie Dog-Shaped Licorice…..
Score hair cream from Bristol- Myers
Scooter Pies………
Scooby Doo cartoons
Schwinn Stingray
Schwinn Corvette bicycles
School never started before Labor Day
School discipline
Schaefer beer
Sav-on Drugs
Savings and Loans (aka Thrifts)
Satellite Wafers …
Sassafras Candy Sticks…
Sasparilla soda…..
Saran Wrap
Sandra Dee
Sambo’s restaurants
Salvo laundry detergent tablets…
Salt Water Taffy –
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.
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.
Safetllite wafers
Saddle shoes
S.H. Kress & Co
Sandwiches- hard cooked eggs, beet slices, mayo and lettuce
Sandwich 1/2 Hershey’s chocolate bar with tsp of chopped peanuts between two slices of bread buttered on the outside and then grilled.
Sandwich brown sugar sandwich with slice of bread, a little oleo and a few tsp of dark brown sugar
Sandwich- Spam with 4-5 pickles (sweet or dill) mixed with salad dressing, lettuce, tomatoes, scallion, red peppers, garlic, mozzarella cheese, feta cheese, lemo juice olive oil, Syrian or Greek olives, oregano an Bulgar wheat on pizza bread
Sandwich- pecan halves on two pieces of bread with Miracle Whip
Sandwich- peanut butter and lettuce witha a pinch of salt
Sweet Spanish onion slices in diluted vinegar for several hours the spread bread with margarine and add onion slices
toast with real whipped cream
Saturday night Fever movie was released in 1977
School lunches
sideburns and mustaches
Silly putty- take up full color comics, pull and roll like taffy and bounce as high as a rubber ball.
Spudnuts were donuts
Shoes- nailing new soles to your shoes – Depression
Streaking in the 70’s
Saturday Night Live Debuted 1975
School bus old green vinyl/plastic seats that would rip and looked like there was straw in them
Sesame Street Debuted 1969
Skydiving at the Cushing, OK airport
Smoking on airplanes
Snoods for hair
Sonja Henie, Princess Elizabeth and Shirley Temple Dolls
Sputniks blastoff Oct 4, 1957
Stan Back headache powders
Strings of colored Christmas lights were hung over the street an the street lights were wrapped with long silver tinsel- storefront windows filled with toys such as dolls, trains, stuffed bears, pedal cars, metal molded military soldiers, BB guns, etc. with snowflakes gently falling.
Searching for 4 Leaf Clover
shaking sheets before going to be- dust bowl era
Skirts covering lower (open) kitchen cabinets
street cars
Sunburst wall clocks
sand box
Scary movies
scooping snow from a drift to make ice cream
Secretary of Navy for Pres Woodrow Wilson
selling Grit paper
slumber party with pillow fights
Soap Box Derby
Show Biz Pizza Arcade games (Now Chuck E. Cheese)
Smell of oiled wooden floors
Tyrone Power
The Hathaways
Typing pools
Typing class in high school
typewriters (great Christmas gift for kids the 1950s and 1960s)
Two-color traffic signals
Twilight Zone
Tweety Bird
TV-style commercials at the movies
TV/radio/phono combos
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 test patterns
TV ghosts
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”
Tutti Fruitti drink
Truth or Consequences
True Grit (1969)
The Two Little Bears (1961)
Tru-Ade, the non-carbonated orange drink…..
Troy Donahue
Troll dolls- (Wishniks by Uneeda Troll)
Tressy dolls (1963)
Treasures Chocolate Bar-….
Travel chess
Travel Bingo
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.)
Transistor radio
Trans World Airlines
Traffic on NYC avenues was two-way
Trading stamps
Toy truck
Toy box & ALL of our toys could easily fit inside of it
Tower Records
Touch-Tone telephones introduced
Topps baseball cards with the little square of hard bubble gum…..
Top Cat
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.)….
Tootsie Roll Midgees
Tootsie Roll Fudge
Tootsie Flavor Rolls. ….
Toothpaste in metal tubes, instead of the plastic of today that would crack and cut you…but there was lead in the tubes.
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.
Tony Curtis
Tonsillectomies were commonplace and brought us lots of Jello, 7-Up and ice cream!
Tomatoes had much more flavor
Tom Terrific
Tom Slick
Tom and Jerry
Toll-free phone numbers were popular
Toilet paper  in soft shades of green, blue, pink or yellow) and color-coordinated to match facial tissue,and the bathroom tiles.
Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus (1960)
To Tell the Truth
To Kill a Mockingbird (film) (1962)
Tip-Top ice cream Toasterinos
Tiptoe Through the Tulips
Tiny Thumbelina doll
Tinker Toys
Tin Wink Soap Co. “Mechanics and Housewives”…
Timothy Leary U.S. involvement in Vietnam
Time and Temperature in Tulsa 477-1000
Time After Time (1979)
Tim Conway
Tie-dye t-shirts
Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport
Tidal Wave Bubble Gum – 1980s     ….T
Thunderball (1965)
Thoroughly Modern Millie Song
Thorazine introduced in the U.S. (1954)
Thom McAn shoe stores
Thing” Bank
Thick ‘n’ Frosty frozen shakes
They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!
The Thing
Then Came Bronson
Thelma Ritter
The Youth International Party (“Yippies”)
The Wrong Box (1966)
The Woodstock Festival
The Wonderful World of Disney
The Wizard Of Oz
The Wild Wild West
The Watergate Tapes
The Warsaw Pact, 1955-1991
The VW Microbus
The VW Beetle
The Visible V8
The Virginian
The Untouchables
The United Fund
The Twilight Zone
the TV remote control
The Tulip Chair
The Trouble with Angels (1966)
The Town That Dreaded Sundown
The Time Tunnel
The Time Machine (1960)
The Three Stooges
The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962)
The Three Stooges In Orbit (1962)
The Three Stooges Go Around The World In A Daze (1963)
The Three Stooges
The Television Code Seal of Good Practice
The Summer of Love
The Suez Crisis
The Stu Erwin Show
The Stonewall riots
The Steve Allen Show
The Spanish Peseta Steel pennies
The Soupy Sales Show
The Sound of Music (1965)
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
The sleepy little town of Las Vegas
The Shmoo
The Saint
The Roy Rogers Show
The Roaring 20’s
Romper Room
The Rifleman
The Red Skelton
The Real McCoys
The Rat Patrol
The Range Rider
The Purple People Eater
The Pueblo incident
The Projectionist (1971)
The Prisoner
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
The Price Is Right
The President’s Analyst (1967)
The Presidential Railcar
The Portuguese Escudo
The Polaroid Land instant camera
The Pinky Lee Show
The Pink Panther (1963)
The People’s Choice
The Patty Duke Show
The Party (1968)
The Parent Trap (1961)
The Outlaws IS Coming (1965)
The Outer Limits
The One and Only Genuine, Original Family Band (1968)
the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The new-fangled transistor
The National Biscuit Company
The Name’s the Same
The Name of ???????????????????????
The Name Game Old Rivers
The Music Man (1962)
The Munsters
The Monokini swimsuit
The Monkees
The Mod Look
The Miracle Worker (1962)
The Millionaire
The Mike Douglas Show
The Mighty Hercules
The Mercury space program
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
The Magic 8-Ball
The Luxembourg Franc
The Lucy Show
The Longest Day (1962)
The Lone Ranger
The Little Rascals
The Life of Riley Life with Elizabeth
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp
The Lawrence Welk Show
The Lawman
The Last Straw
The June Taylor Dancers
The Joey Bishop Show
The Jimmy Durante Show
The Jetsons
The Jackie Gleason Show
The Italian Lira
The iron lung
The Iron Curtain
The Irish Punt (Pound)
The Interstate Highway System
The Inner Sanctum    also on  when it opens: under where it says Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more”  click on the icon for audio (the 4th one going to the right and it is in blue). Then  pick  Old Time Radio 
The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)
The Hustler (1961)
The Huntley-Brinkley Report
The Human Be-In
The House Un-American Activities Committee
The Hospital (1971)
The Honeymooners
The High Chaparral
the Helvetica typeface
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1968)
The Hare Krishna movement
The Happiest Millionaire (1967)
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
The Greek Drachma Indian Head pennies
The Great Northeast Blackout
The Great Escape (1963)
The Graduate (1967)
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
The Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval
The Goldbergs
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
The German Deutschmark
The George Gobel Show
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
The Gemini space program Hollerith (‘IBM’) punch cards
The Gary Moore Show
The Fuller Brush Man
The Fugitive
The French Franc
The French Connection (1971)
The French Chef
The Free Speech Movement
The Flying Nun
The Flintstones
The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
The Firesign Theatre  comedy troupe
The Finnish Markka
The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers
The Fabulous 70’s
The F.B.I.
The Environmental Protection Agency
The Endless Summer (1966)
The Endangered Species Act
The Ed Sullivan Show
The Dutch Guilder
The DuMont television network
The Donna Reed Show
The Dolby noise-reduction system
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Dick Cavett Show
The Detectives
The Defenders Dennis the Menace
The Daydreamer (1966)
The David Susskind Show
The Dating Game
The Cuban Revolution
The Courtship of Eddie’s Father
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 compact audio disc
The Cold War The Cuban Missile Crisis
The Clown and the Kids (1967)
The Civil Rights movement
The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t (1966)
The Chipmunk Song
The Chinese finger trap
The Carol Burnett Show
The Candyman
The Brooklyn Navy Yard Bullock’s
The Brady Bunch
The Bowery Boys
The Bowery Boys
The Bob Cummings Show
The Boatniks (1970) Carnal Knowledge (1971)
The birth-control pill
The Birds (1963)
The Big Valley
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Berlin Wall
The Bell Telephone System – We May Be the Only Phone Company in Town, But We Try Not to Act Like It
The Belgian Franc
The Beatles animated TV series
The Battle of New Orleans
The Banana Man
The Ballad of Davy Crockett
The Avengers
The Austrian Schilling
The audio tape cassette
The Atomic Energy Commission
The Apollo space program
The Apartment (1960)
The Ann Sothern Show
The Andy Griffith Show
The Andrea Doria disaster
The American Football League
The Alvin Show
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
The Addams Family
The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
The Abbott and Costello Show
The 4-minute mile
The 48-star U.S. flag
The 3 Worlds Of Gulliver (1960)
The $64,000 Question
That Was The Week That Was (TW3)
That Girl
Texaco Star Theater
Tennis whites
Telstar 1
Television- there was only one in the house and it wasw black and white.
Teletype ASR-33
Telephone-booth cramming
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 books and Yellow Pages
Telephone answering machines
Teflon-coated cookware
Teem soda
Ted Mack and the Original Amateur Hour
Teaberry Gum1950’s -1970s Candy ..
Tea set….
Tasty bananas
Tastes like chicken
Tastee Freeze
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.-
Tales of Wells Fargo
Take-Offs and Put-Ons
Take the Money and Run (1969)
Tail fins
Tahiti Treat soda
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.
Television- the families first or their first color one
Treet by Armour 1941
The Twist dance
The War of the Worlds Radio
Twilight Zone- Rod Serling
The World’s Fair
Thin tough cardboard sheet at the bottom of a stack of pre-packaged bologna
Topper starring Leo G. Carroll television show
Tv dinners on tv tray in front of tv
TV repair shops
TV show- Who shot JR? 1980
Tabletop jukeboxes
Tangee lipstick
Taylor Tot strollers 1947 era
Theater / theatre ushers and usherettes wore short jackets and doormen wore long coats.
Traveling by bus
Tulle wedding dresses and prom dresses of the 1950’s and early 1960s
The Christmas Story Movie debuted in 1984. (The house is in Cleveland. It was a brick home in the movie, but it seems to be siding now.) Melinda Dillon was the sweet mom.
The Monkees
The Safe Pipe Tobacco
The Supremes
Timex watch Alarm cloc had to be wound
Trees dripping with icesicles and red ornaments
tv set with a 6 inch screen and 4 foot bulky cabinet
Tawn toiletries or men, a division of Mckesson, had talc, shampoo, hair dressing, cologne and aftershave.
Teddy Ruxpin
The A&P
The Twilight Zone debuted 1959
Tonsils were painted with Iodine to cure tonsillitis ….and it worked well and quickly to kill the bacteria.
Tube tops
TWA- TransWorld Airlines, Pan American Airlines and more
UPC bar code
UNIVAC 1 Vacuum tube testers
United States Information Agency (USIA)
Uniform Monday Holiday Act
Underdog cartoon
Uncle Wiggily
Ugly gym uniforms
U.S. Steel
U.S. involvement in Vietnam
Vintage clothing: (When it opens click on gallery and chose the decade) <a href=”; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener nofollow”> </a>
VW Thing- vehicle produced in Mexico in the 70’s
Villa Chocolate covered cherries
VW Thing- vehicle produced in Mexico in the 70’s
Vaseline hair tonic for dry scalp 1950
Virginia Slim Cigarettes
Vitalis 1946 had pure veg oil
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)
Voting Rights Act
Vogue Jill
vitamin Fred Flintstone vitamin every morning before we went to school.
Vitalis hair tonic eased the effects of dandruff and Brylcreem hair groom for men…A li’l dab’ll do ya
Visible Man and Visible Woman kits
Violet Mints
Vincent Price
Viewmaster stereo viewers
Video Cassette Recorder (VCR)
Victory at Sea
Victoria Station restaurants W.T. Grant
Vic Morrow
Vibroplex Morse Code keys
Vibrating weight-loss machines
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….
vermont maple leaf candy …
Venus Paradise
Vel dish liquid with Ethel Merman
VEL Colgate Dishes….
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.
Vanilla Ice cream in small cardboard cups-we  opened the lid & ate with a flat wooden paddle like spoon.
Vanilla Cokes…
Valvo Washing Powder…
Vacuum tubes
Where’s the Beef?
Window open with white curtains flapping in the welcome summer breeze
Woolworth counters divided into sections holding thread, nylons (not pantyhose) in packages.
window watching tvs through store windows
wing window on car full open
Virginia Slim cigs
waitressing in white uniforms
Which twin has the Toni?
White Christmas
WPA (Works Progress Administration)
women wearing hats
Western Flyer from Western Auto
warm homemade bread with homemade butter and wild gooseberry or chokeberry jelly
Woolworth’s lunch counter- ham and egg salad club- ham salad between the first two slices, then topped with egg salad and a third bread slice. It was cut in quarters and stood on the crust sides
Yo-Yos popular in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s were called a bandalore or quiz in the 1800s by the English. A 1789 portrait of future French Louis XVII shows him playing with a yo-yo called a l’emigrette. Greek vase (about 500 BC) depicts a boy playing with what may be a primitive yo-yo.
yellow onions sauteed, then green peppers and tomatoes added and cooked til tender. Dip homemade bread in sauce then mound up onion, peppers and tomatoes on bread.
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.)
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!………
World Book Encyclopedia
Woody” station wagons
Woody Woodpecker
Wooden tennis rackets & presses
Wooden skis
Wooden pickup sticks
Wooden checkers
Wooden ‘burr’ puzzles
Wooden alphabet blocks
Wooden screen door with squeaky hinges….and you had to patch the holes when you got one, to keep the flies out
Woodbury Soap..
Woodbury Cold Cream
Wonder Bread
Women’s Lib
Women in slacks- Didn’t happen at many schools until around 1972.
Wolfman Jack
Witch Hazel
Witch Doctor
Wintergreen ‘Mints’
Winky Dink and You
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.)
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
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Willy McBean and His Magic Machine (1965)
William Holden
William Frawley
Wild Root hair cream
Wild horses
Wild Bill Hickok
Wigwam. 1970s
Wiffle balls
Whoopie pie……….
Whitewall tires
White Rock beverages
White paste in a white plastic  jar that kids seemed to like to eat.
White bucks
Whistles (a cheese flavored snack)
Whip N Chill (*Jello)
Whimsey doll (pink dress with pink hair)
Where Eagles Dare (1968)
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.
Wheat-back pennies
What’s New Pussycat? (1965)
What’s My Line?
WFF ‘n Proof
Western Union telegrams X-15 rocket plane
Western Electric
Webcor (Webster-Chicago Corp.)
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:   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.
We ate green beans that had been picked that  day
Wax lips and wax teeth
Wax candy     wax coke Nik-L-Nip shaped bottles with different flavors of drink inside.  at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant.
Wax bottles of colored sugar water
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.
Water Wiggle
water- no water in the house,We had  to carry water from where ever since we didn’t have a well.
watch winders when you couldn’t wear your self-winding watch to keep it wound.
Washing Powder
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.)
Wash Tub Boiler…
Warped vinyl records
Wanted: Dead or Alive
Wanted By FBI” posters
Walter Pidgeon
Walter Matthau
Walter Cronkite
Walt Disney
Walnettos –  1920s,  1950’sand 1960s  Candy   walnut caramels  A Chewy Walnut-and-Caramel Matinee Favorite
Wall warts
Wall to wall carpeting In the ”50s, everyone covered his or her hardwood floors with  wall-to-wall carpeting!
Walking doll
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.
Walkabout (1971)
Wait Until Dark (1967) What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Wacky Races Cartoon
Wack-O-Wax Lips Chewing Gum   1950’s, 1960s and 1970’s  Candy….Wacky Wafers – 1980s
Wackiest Ship in the Army
Yashica cameras
Yardley’s Lily of the Valley
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
Yul Brynner
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Zorba the Greek (1964)
Zipper-sealable plastic bags?
Zip guns
ZIP codes
Zap Comix
Zagnut candy


Peanut Butter Sandwiches- We’d add one of these:

  • chili sauce and small pieces of celery
  • mustard
  • thin slices of Spanish onion, cucumbers and pickles
  • hamburger patty
  • thin slices of dill pickle
  • grilled cheese
  • Cheez Whiz
  • tomato slices, peanut butter, salt and pepper
  • grape jelly and Spam
  • sweet pickles
  • banana
  • scrambled egg
  • lettuce and salt


(1920s and 1930s at the Pennsylvania Dutch Restaurant in Butler, TN


Here’s a huge collection of all the old time radio shows.

Find your favorite, click on it and listen to all the episodes

You will recognize some  (below begain ) before you were born but you may have used them.  Some didn’t last…. and are gone today

  • 1920s Hormel flavor sealed hams
  • 1920s sayings: It’s the cat’s pajamas. It’s the berries
  • 1924 curling iron had two steel rods with handles like scissors, that you squeezed open. To heat the curling iron you hung it from the chimney of a kerosene lamp over a low flame at just the right height to avoid black soot. You had to get it hot enough to curl but not singe the hair. Only two at a time could be done before having to reheat it.
  • 1930s and 1940s Mother Hubbard was sold door to door
  • 1930’s electricity coming to farm homes
  • 1930’s – Civilian Conservation Corps work camps run by Army officers…Breadlines…Work Relief…fox furs with real fox heads..shoe shine boys…
  • 1930s tramps, as they were called, coming to the homes asking for food.
  • 1930’s comics – Little Iodine, Katzenjammer kids, Tillie the Toiler, Toots and Caper, The Timid Soul Mr and Mrs, Mutt and Jeff, Smitty, Harold Teen, Smiling Jack, Terry and the pirates, Bringing up Father, Henry, They’ll Do it Everytime, by Jimmy Hatlo
  • 1931 Gold Medal Cake Flour
  • 1932  mm home movie cameras & projectors  developed by the Eastman Kodak company during the Great Depression and released to the market in 1932 to create a home movie format that was less expensive than 16 mm.  (Wikipedia)
  • 1940s Captain Midnight
  • 1940s Girl Reserves- teen branch of the YWCA 1944
  • 1943 USO dances for WWII Servicemen station in the area
  • 1948 –  ​33 13 rpm, LP (from “long playing”) is a  a vinyl record format introduced by Columbia in 1948
  • 1949  12 O’Clock High
  • 1950s 15-cent McDonalds burgers
  • 1950 Packard Eight
  • 1950 3M Thermo-Fax copying machines- is 3M’s trademarked name for a photocopying technology which was introduced in 1950
  • 1951 Buick Super, Crosley Super Sport, Hudson Hornet, Kaiser-Frazer Henry J, Studebaker Commander automobiles
  • 1952 Allstate automobile;   5-cent packs of baseball cards From 1952–1969, Topps always offered five or six card nickel wax packs and in 1952–1964, also offered one card penny packs. (Wikipedia)
  • 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            77 Sunset Strip debuted and ran through  1964
  • 1959 Chevrolet Impala, Ford Galaxie Fairlane 500, Nu-Klea Starlite;    21 Beacon Street- an American detective television series that originally aired on NBC from July 2 to September 10, 1959 (Wikipedia)        Alaska and Hawaii became states
  • 1960 Chevrolet Corvair, Ford Falcon, Ford Frontenac,Henney Kilowatt, Lincoln Continental, Plymouth Fury, Plymouth Valiant ,Porsche 1600 Super, Rambler American automobiles
  • 1960s Frigidaire Flair range stove with double oven pull-out yellow or blue range or the Flair Built-In Wall Oven.
  • 1960s school playground equipment Giant stride, jungle gym, monkey bars;   78 rpm records protected by a paper sleeve;   1960s -8 track tapes  popular in the United States from the mid-1960s to the early 1980s, when the Compact Cassette format took over. (Wikipedia);   1960s finger, 6 finger man alive, How’d I ever make it with 5?…(Toys for kids the 1950s and 1960s)
  • 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;    1963 2-letter state abbreviations  
  • 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       2001: A Space Odyssey          911 emergency telephone service – In 1968, AT&T announced that it would establish the digits 9-1-1 (nine-one-one) as the emergency code throughout the United States.
  • 1969 Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969)
  • 1970 Ford Torino


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58 Responses to Memories from Earlier Times for Baby Boomers and Others

  1. paul furnari says:

    does anyone remember cherry cracker vanilla ice cream sandwiches. In Brooklyn 1950- 60’s. Not a mention of them anywhere. They were my favorite.

    Editor: I wonder if they are like any of these: cherry cracker vanilla ice cream sandwiches

    • Ellison says:

      Vanilla ice cream soda-
      Start with: Equal portions of milk and cream soda in a soda glass to a level of about five inches.
      Add: 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
      Then: 1 1/2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
      Top with: whipped cream and a cherry



      Soda water- Fill a 12-ounce soda glass three-fourths full of soda water
      2 ounces flavoring syrup
      1 ounce simple syrup
      4 drops phosphate acid

      Gently stir (if you stir too hard the soda water goes flat).
      Add ice and enjoy.
      (If you want an ice cream soda, instead of the ice and phosphate add 2 ounces of melted vanilla ice cream to a splash of soda water. Gently stir, add more soda, a scoop of ice cream and straws.)


    I’m Chiquita Banana, and I’m hear to say,
    How to get rid of your [school] teacher this delicious way.
    Put a banana peel right on the floor,
    And watch your teacher slide out the door !


    Remember the “U-Test-Em” vacuum tube testing machines in the local drugstore and other retail establishments? You would bring all the suspect vacuum tubes from your TV or radio, adjust all the control knobs via a reference sheet, and test each tube in turn. The response was on a big analog meter pointer with red (bad), yellow (?), and green (okay) regions. There were also neon lights that lit up to indicate shorts and gas leaks. When you were ready to buy replacement tubes, the salesclerk would come over and open up a door below the machine that contained brand new tubes in cardboard boxes.

  4. Don Hughey says:

    Does anyone remember a drink that came in large cans (quart or half-gallon, not sure which) that was milk based and came in flavors like chocolate, vanilla, banana or strawberry? They were around in the early 60’s, and marketed to kids. It was sort of like Yoo-Hoo, but in cans and the variety of flavors listed.

  5. Carolyn says:

    Saw these in an article written by LaDonna Ross, owner administrator of The Village Health Care Center for Senior Living August 2015.

    ~ Going barefoot, the sidewalk was HOT and we might step on a goat head sticker
    ~ Attic fans, water coolers or an oscillating fan with a metal cage and blades that go from side to side, making that clickity, clickity, clickity sound.
    ~ Swimming and floating on an innertube.
    ~ After supper folks went outside to sit on the porch steps or swing to wait for the weather to cool off, since cooking had made the house hot. Some sat on folding chairs in the lawn cooling themselves with a cardboard fan from the church or local funeral home.
    ~ Drinking lemonade, cold water
    ~ Eating cut up chilled watermelon or ice chips…from the metal ice trays
    ~ Popsicles made from Kool-Aid frozen in those ice trays.
    ~ Homemade ice cream using an outdoor rock salt-style machine. then cranking and cranking and cranking.
    ~ Sitting in a cold, dark movie theatre

  6. Brenda I....nah says:

    Thank you to Brenda for the BEFORE TELEVISION, THERE WASTHE RADIO !!

    (We had to move it above to get your links to work.)

    • Eric Stewart says:

      Anyone who can tune in to public radio station WAMU 88.5 FM from American University can listen to many of the old radio shows on Sundays, 7 PM to 11 PM, on “The Big Broadcast.”

  7. Brenda I. says:

    Want to know what was going on in the world the day you were born?…your wedding day?….the day you graduated from High School?

    To find some sites, simply google these words:

    1. what was going on the day you were born
    2. what was going on the year you were born
    3. temperature the day you were born
  8. condensed2share says:

    5 cents for a Coke out of the big, red, metal cooler with the bottle opener on the side
    Pictures of those wonderful old pop machines

    Newlyweds might receive a cow, chickens, and a sow, bed linens, and a feather bed
    Chickens provided eggs and meat. Feathers from the chickens could be saved to make pillows. Cows were raised for meat and for milk which was churned into butter while bacon or ham from the pig was salted or smoked.

    See more memories on Facebook

  9. condensed2share says:

    Good ones on Pinterest here

  10. Melody Stern says:

    Sweetheart soap, 1950’s oval soap thicker in the middle with like a scroll design on top & had a unique fragrance.

  11. Melody Stern says:

    Ebinger’s Bakeries, had a pistachio-green colored box with brown stripes making a diamond -pattern design on it. We brought home their scrumptious chocolate layer cakes that we could see through the cellophane window on the box’s lid. Also had Orthellos; mini, oval-shaped chocolate layer cakes. Cakes had a shiny, like smooth chocolate frosting on top & a light-brown chocolate buttercream-like layer inside between two white round cakes.

  12. Melody Stern says:

    Oops, correction. Layer cake had two layers of buttercream, three layers of cake.

  13. Kathy says:

    This blog post would be great for someone doing research for a movie or book of that era.

    Don’t forget Show Biz Pizza (later Chuck E Cheese)

    Check this out:

  14. Kathy says: Beany’s Drive in 1950s Long Bech CA

  15. Kathy says:

    remember the pink tape we used after the dippity-do and the curlers she used that required pouring water into the device that heated them ) and Skinny Dip perfume and using empty orange juice cans bobby pinned together as curlers for long hair!

    When you click on these links it will bring up lots of links to look at that will spark memories.
    facebook memories from the 1950s
    Childhood Memories from 1960’s & 70’s – Facebook

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  17. Donna says:

    ~ Gas station attendants pumped your gasoline and washed the windshield, so you went to where the cute guys worked.
    ~ front porch, picket fences and sidewalks
    ~ bib overalls
    ~ Sheets and towels whipping around on the clothes line on a windy day were soft; while those hung out on a “still” day were rough like sandpaper when used.
    ~ Sheets were all white and the bottom sheets were flat, not fitted.
    ~ rolling a steel rim from a wagon wheel down the street
    ~ Buster Brown Shoes
    ~ patched britches
    ~ hanging shirts upside down on the line with one clothespin between two shirts.
    ~ Twister the game
    ~ Super Soaker
    ~ Spinning Top
    ~ Hours spent coloring with cousins
    ~ Wiffle Ball
    ~ Battleship
    ~ Scooter
    ~ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    ~ Hand puppets
    ~ 1970s chrome laden gas hogs when the gas shortages hit
    ~ white go-go boots made for walking
    ~ granny dresses (hippie)
    ~ “Long distance” phone calls and they cost a fortune
    ~ Rotary dials and party lines.
    ~ Milk and other dairy products delivered to the door in the early morning hours.
    ~ Music on records. Waxed paper for school lunch sandwiches

    ~ granny glasses
    ~ miniskirts
    ~ Typewrites took strong finger muscles to operate.
    ~ Typing mistakes took tabs of paper inserted beteen sheets of carbon and a special eraser was used.
    ~ wide lapels, narrow neck tie, conservative stripes
    ~ gaudy floral prints
    ~ Aero Willy Wagon early 50s
    ~ Aero Lark
    ~ Aero Ace
    ~ Aero Eagle Hardtop
    ~ 1958 Rebel V-8 custom 4 door hard top
    ~ Rambler American 35-39 mpg, 6 cylinder
    ~ 1950 Nash Ambassador looked like overturned bathtub, seats tilted
    ~ 1955 flow through air system and sun visor
    ~ 39 Deosta- sat up high,
    ~ 50 DeSotao convertible
    ~ 1956 Dodge with push button transmission
    ~ white walls
    ~ 1954 Packard Clipper
    ~ Panama Hardtop
    ~ 1951 Henry J.
    ~ 1947 Kaiser
    ~ Hudson Hornet
    ~ 1940 Hudson
    ~ 1954 Hudson Hornet Hollywood Hardtop
    ~ 1954 last thru Hudson. After that the co merged with Nash & moved production to Kenosha, WI and the ’55 Hudson was nothing nmore than a Nash Rambler
    ~ 1956 Nash Ambassador Country Club had 2 doors
    ~ Nash had fold down seats
    ~ 1952 Studebaker with no oil pump but an splsh oil sys
    ~ 1947 Frazer
    ~ Huge square ice chest for “pop” at the gas station and you had to put the bottle in the box
    ~ The family ice chest was usually aluminum colored.

  18. Victoria Midkiff says:

    ~ Roller skates that needed a key
    ~ Making a skateboard by nailing a pair of keyed skates onto an old board
    ~ Steam operated locomotives
    ~ Hobos (who called at our house until 1965 when the last steam locomotive stopped rolling on the tracks at the end of our street. My mom was a “nice lady” who gave them a braunschweigger sandwich and a Pepsi when they called at the side door asking for a glass of water.)
    ~ Hobo markings written in yellow or black oil crayon on the curb in front of our house.
    ~ Carrying lunch to school in a metal Mary Poppins Lunchbox (or Star Trek, Barbie, Lost In Space, Bonanza, etc., lunchbox).
    ~ Walking to school with a bunch of kids, even when the snow was up past your rubber Wellies and it was 20 degrees BELOW zero, and not expecting Mom to take you to school.
    ~ Getting to school after braving the cold and the snow, and finding out the only reason school hadn’t been called off was because the phones were down and the nuns couldn’t call into the radio station. The lay teachers had been called first, and after sitting with the nuns for two hours, we were sent back out into the cold and (even higher) snow to walk home.
    ~ Standing outside in 20 degree weather in sunshine and snow (anytime it wasn’t pouring down rain) because the nuns appreciated the importance of Vitamin D
    ~ Milk that came in brown bottles to protect the Vitamin D
    ~ The Sperti Sunlamp, and the Sperti Process for locking Vitamin D in Milk. That research as well as Dr. Sperti’s development of Aspercream and Preparation H was funded by the Catholic Church.
    ~ Sun bathing in the summer and rubbing yourself with baby oil, not really worrying about getting sunburned.
    ~ Envying my two older cousins because my uncle worked at the Press Gate at the arena where the Beatles were playing, and they got to see them–for free!
    ~ The Bonanza Gun Set with a pistol and a rifle that shot two-part plastic bullets. The Handgun came with a “realistic” plastic holster. Better watch out, it could put your eye out!
    ~ Beanie and Cecil making jokes about violence on T.V.
    ~ The Bobo Doll
    ~ Cartoons that played in Prime Time (i.e., Beanie and Cecil, Rocky and Bullwinkle, The Flintstones, Top Cat)
    ~ Buying records at Woolworth (and going there just to hear the music, especially the Beatles’ current hits)
    ~ Buying a sundae and popping a balloon for a discount at the Woolworth’s lunch counter.
    ~ McDonald’s, when it was just a Hamburger Stand with no dining room and a simple menu.
    ~ Penney candy at the Surrey Grill. They had 3 whole walls of candy, and you could buy a whole brown bag full with your 25 cent allowance.
    ~ Cars that had a split windshield with metal down the center.
    ~ My Blue Oldsmobile pedal car roadster (and my friends’ pedal car fire engines)
    ~ Riding on an old car spring with wheels, a seat and a wooden horse head attached to it. It moved when you bounced.
    ~ The Texico fireman’s helmet with a built in loudspeaker
    ~ Singing television jingles with your friends (especially beer commercials, e.g., “Hudepohl 14K Beer” and “Happy days are here again, Ole Burger’s brewing beer again. . .”) into the Texico
    ~ Fireman Helmet’s loudspeaker while marching down the street waving American Flags.
    ~ Blue laws requiring stores to close on Sunday (and local businessmen going to jail for violating the blue laws.)
    ~ Standing outside watching the crop-dusters spray DDT, and watching for the tracings in the sky
    ~ Trucks that sold things in suburban neighborhoods because most families only had one car and it was at work with Dad (i.e., the fruit and vegetable truck, the baker’s truck, etc.)
    ~ Ice cream trucks that kept the ice cream frozen with dry ice (my cousin’s tongue once got stuck to her fudgecicle because there was a piece of dry ice on it).
    ~ Electric busses that had a pole that ran along the power wires. Busses without Air Conditioning.
    ~ The After Thanksgiving Sale at Shillito’s Basement. Mom and Grandma going downtown to get $2 house dresses. A time when women wore house dresses.
    ~ Waiting in line to see Santa Claus at Shillito’s and being given “a bird in a gilded cage” as a gift after sitting on George Savalis’ lap; telling him what I wanted for Christmas (before his days on Kojak)
    ~ The Easter Display in Shillito’s window where they hatched colored baby chicks.
    ~ Going to the drive in and seeing the movie Mondo Cane that showed how they did that
    ~ Walking to the movies for the 50 cent Saturday Matinee and feeling so “adult” after seeing an “M-Rated movie.”
    ~ Houses without air conditioning
    ~ When everybody had black and white TV
    ~ Watching Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color and wishing you had a Color TV.
    ~ The NBC Peacock, with the “dings” as the feathers lit up
    ~ Big round metal cattle troughs being used as swimming pools on a hot day
    ~ Getting premiums at the gas station (i.e., saving for sets of bone china, free glasses, glossy photos of baseball players, the Texico Fireman’s helmet)
    ~ Trading stamps (S&H Green Stamps, Top Value Gold Stamps were given away at the gas station and the grocery store.)
    ~ Using deep well ranges instead of Crock Pots (i.e., the Chamber’s range)
    ~ Using the Out House and the Wood Stove when you visited Grandma in the country. Also using a pot bellied stove for heating the house instead of central heating and getting out from under the feather bed on a cold morning. Having the seat in the out house stick to your warm bottom on a cold morning.
    ~ Empire waist dresses in 1965
    ~ Drop Waist dresses in 1967
    ~ Cher wearing bell bottoms made out of regular jeans with fabric inserted.
    ~ Begging to wear blue jeans when wearing them was considered risqué for women because they had a zipper down the front.
    ~ The Flip hairdo, the rattail comb, and aerosol cans of Final Net, and setting your hair with dippity do
    ~ Bee Hive Hairdos and the French Twist
    ~ Dancing the Twist, the Monkey, and the Swim on Saturday night with my cousins and friends
    ~ Bare midriff tops with ruffles; Pedal pushers; Circular skirts from old curtains (or with poodles)
    ~ PF Flyers. Run faster and jump higher with PF Flyers!
    ~ Saddle Shoes and bobbie socks
    ~ Mom crocheting lace around the edge of my anklets and my handkerchief
    ~ Carrying a handkerchief in my blouse pocket instead of Kleenex
    ~ Knee socks, penny loafers with a penny stuck in them
    ~ Having to kneel while the nuns checked the length of your skirt.
    ~ Rolling up your skirt to make it shorter.
    ~ Having to drop the hem of my skirt (and re-hemming it by hand) the night before my last day at Catholic School because Sister noticed it had finally reach my ideal length-when fingers were bent UP, they touched the edge of the skirt. Sister’s ideal skirt length was below the knees.
    ~ Having to write in school with a fountain pen–ball point pens were not allowed because they led to poor penmanship!
    ~ W. T. Grant Stores (sold a Gym Shoe that were better than Chuck Taylors. Great Arch support for the time and Grant’s guaranteed to replace the shoe if the sole wore out before the top. I walked 4 miles a day just going back and forth to school, so I got at least a free pair for every pair I bought.)
    ~ Eating awful-tasting things like Space Food Sticks because the Astronauts did.
    ~ Watching for the Sputnik satellite in the sky on summer nights in the early 1960s
    ~ Watching for Apollo 11 in the sky when it was launched while we were on Vacation in Florida in July, 1969, watching the moon landing on black and white T.V. from the motel room, and being able to go out the next day to Walgreen’s and buy the broadcast on a 45 RPM record. 45RPM Records!
    ~ Watching Ed Sullivan on Sunday nights. The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Herman’s Hermits, Jim Henson with an early version of Kermit, Topo Gigio, and those guys with the spinning plates.
    ~ When dance was such a big deal, every variety show had their own dancers (Tom Hansen/ Red Skelton, June Taylor/ Jackie Gleason, etc.)
    ~ Elvis making his ’68 comeback, wearing a black leather jacket; what my Grandma said about it
    ~ Watching Shindig, Happening, Soul Train, and American Bandstand on TV (It has a nice beat, it’s easy to dance to. . .)
    ~ Watching the Smother’s Brothers on Sunday Night (when we were Waist Deep in the Big Muddy).
    ~ Watching Mia Farrow and Ryan O’Neil on Peyton Place
    ~ Fizzies
    ~ Shake, Shake, Shake-a-Puddin’
    ~ Jello Molds–There’s always room for Jello (in the Affluent Society).
    ~ Tupperware Parties (and Fashion Bee fashion parties, Stanley Parties, etc.)
    ~ Wearing play clothes made from patterned feed sacks.
    ~ Living in a “suburb” where there was still a farm (that had so many sheep they had a cabin for the itinerant sheep shearers to stay over night) in back of your house and a chicken farm across the street.
    ~ Watching the chicken farm be torn down and replaced by a housing development.
    ~ Petting sheep, horses, and baby calves through the back fence, and feeding them soda crackers from my bedroom window when they escaped their pasture. Riding horses from the farm down our street. ~ My Grandma who lived next door would run out with a shovel whenever a horse did its business. She needed that for her roses.

  19. Victoria Midkiff says:

    Spending two weeks, often with my cousins, at my country Grandma’s Farm. She’d keep us busy by having us churn milk into butter. Four little girls turning butter churns. She also taught me to peel apples really thin with a paring knife rather than a vegetable peeler. Kneading bread, picking blackberries, making jam, and hanging laundry on wash day. Feeding chickens, pumping water to help my uncles feed the pigs, feeding the outdoor cats kibble, leftovers and rolled oats. There were a lot of cats before the nearest municipality started an animal shelter. People would drive by and dump unwanted pets in the shallow river on their property. Some of them my uncles rescued, some of them managed get out of the river on their own. My cousin took a picture that was published in Farm Journal Magazine of my kind-hearted grandma feeding over 120 feral cats because she couldn’t stand to see them starve. My relatives were grateful to the animal shelter once it was started because they helped them have the cats spayed/neutered and found them homes. Country was really country back then. My relatives owned over 800 acres straddling the county line. Calling their tenant and nearest neighbor was a long distance phone call-really expensive in the 1950s and 60s!

    Kids organizing and running Polio Carnivals for the March of Dimes. Our neighborhood had a huge carnival and donated more money to the Cause than any other carnival in the city. We were all invited to be guests on a local after school kids show that had famous Hattie the Witch before she moved on to another station and a whole family of puppets. Unlike the other local kids-show host, Bob Shreve had a reputation of being really nice. He lived on my side of town and always said “hi” to me when I saw him at the department store. He would sign autographs for the kids, too. In retrospect, he had kind of an adult sense of humor which flew straight over our heads, but he was still a really good guy. I came down with the mumps and couldn’t go. I really wanted to see how they operated the puppets and played the cartoons. Even though everybody did say “Hi” to me, it just wasn’t the same.

    Standing in line outside Children’s Hospital when they released Sabin Vaccine in April 1960. We took our first follow-up doses at the local elementary school, and I think there was a second follow-up does at Albers Supermarket. I think at least one dose was on a sugar cube, another dose came in the biggest plastic spoon I had ever had. That dose was delicious, it tasted like cherries. The moms in our neighborhood were really serious about preventing polio because one of the neighborhood children had gotten it in the 1950s, and walked for the rest of her life with the aid of braces.

    Taking part in an Open Classroom in 1969, and having a film made about our class.
    I saw that film years later when I was in college.

    Going to school in summer with no Air Conditioning
    . Starting school after Labor Day. Getting out of school at the end of the first week in June.
    The Cuban Missile Crisis. Extreme tension, but we also played “duck and cover” with the couch cushions, upsetting my mom.
    Kennedy and Khrushchev in Vienna.
    The Kennedy assassination–let let us out of school early. I guess they didn’t realize what we were going home to watch. They suspended programing a lot in those days for “Emergency Broadcasts,” and the launch of every NASA Space Launch.
    The Daisy Ad, Anti-Goldwater Ad.
    The release of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. I remember it being announced during the daytime. I had just had my tonsils removed and my Dad was working second shift, so we all saw it together.
    The Vietnam War every night on the Evening News in the 1960s through the mid-1970s.
    Really hot summers in the 1960s. Cold days in winter alternating with days when I could play outside (40s). I never saw an ice storm until January or February of 1970. It would sleet but not freeze rain so that you couldn’t walk in it. I also remember “Jack Frost kissing the windows” and leaving patterns. I’d think the ice crystals form on glass was because we didn’t have insulated windows back in those days, but I also saw patterns on the windows of cars sitting in carports back in those days, and I don’t see that anymore.

    Alaska and Hawaii became states in 1959. Alaska became a state in January, and Hawaii the following August. Alaska was special to us because my dad was stationed there is WW II. I was at the store buying my dad a chamois when Hawaii was announced as a State over the store PA system in August, 1959.

    I never drank apple juice when I was a child in the 1950s or 60s. Apple juice did not become popular until the 1970s for babies and children. I don’t even know if it was sold before Beechnut marketed it as “pure juice” in the 1970s. I had apple cider occasionally because my uncle made it from apples from his trees. I still don’t like apple juice to this day, and I did not like it even before I learned about the Nestle/Beechnut scandal. I wasn’t used to drinking apple juice as a young child and I never developed a taste for it. We drank diluted orange juice and grape juice in the 1950s.

    Video games were not invented until I was a young adult.
    Some of my friends had pong, but I didn’t see the point of it. It was really expensive–over $100, which was a lot in the 1970s, and it was boring. Space invaders came out a few years later, but I was too wise to throw my quarters into a machine. When I was a girl, pinball machines were outlawed for a while. They came back in the mid-1960s, but my mom would tell me not to watch guys playing them.

    As a child I ate Mapo, Cream of Wheat and Rolled Oats, which I loved. I loved the commercial with the “playing airplane” kid for Mapo. Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes, All Bran, Special K which I loved. I also loved Wheat Puffs and Rice Puffs which were advertised as being “shot from guns,” which would not fly today, but was popular before the “Ban the War Toys” campaign. Krispy Critters and Alpha Bits were nearly the same cereal. I don’t think either one is around today, one was an early casualty because of the name was usurped, the other either lacked nutrition or had too much sugar, or just wasn’t “sexy” any more. Too bad because millions of kids learned to spell with Alpha Bits.

    I sang “See the USA in Your Chevrolet” on road trips and drove everyone crazy. I knew all the words to all the verses, and there were many.

    I attended the Ruth Lyon’s 50/50 Club, Paul Dixon and Uncle Al. Our neighbor was the drummer for the WLWT Orchestra, so we got tickets at least once a year to the 50/50 Club and Paul Dixon. I was on Uncle Al twice. Once I got to sit on Uncle Al’s accordion while he played a song, and he gave me a Vogue Jan Doll (which he said looked like me). I got to sit on the Mayor of Kneesville, Paul Dixon’s, lap when I was 4 and recite the Kahn’s Weiner’s slogan. What was my mother thinking? I did get a nifty beach towel with a little girl who Paul Dixon said looked like me, depicted on it, for my trouble.

    I saved Coke and Pepsi bottle caps to get baseball caps, beach towels, beach balls, tee shirts, etc. It was easy. I was friends with the boys who sold soda at our church Bingo, and they let me have all the bottle caps. I didn’t have any competition because I didn’t share my system with any of the other kids. I could collect enough caps this way to get a beach towel in about a week or two. I had lots of them, as well as the other Coke and Pepsi premiums. Sometimes I feel a bit guilty about collecting caps in this way, because there were lots of other kids who wanted these things and were drinking enough soda to send their dentist’s kids to college because they hadn’t figured out my system.

    The Crest Test. I was a participant in the Crest Test. My mom got involved in it through our church. We got free dental visits and free toothpaste for years. The tubes came as plain white tubes marked either “Tube A” or “Tube B”. Sometimes they wanted me and my adoptive sister to use different tubes for a few months, then we would see the dentist. Then for the next six months or so we’d use the same tube. My sister was adopted when I was 5 and she was nearly 8, so we did not grow up together in our formative years. I don’t think my mom explained this to the people from P&G. I really doubt they asked. The other thing was, my sister did not brush her teeth often. She’d go days without brushing. I would give her grief over it, and she’d take a corn kernel cover and slip it over her “unbrushed tooth,” and then pull it off pretending she was pulling the plaque scum off her tooth. I, on the other hand, was OCD about brushing my teeth. I brushed at least 3 or 4 times a day. I’d brush while watching TV. I’d use up all my toothpaste, and then go for for my adoptive sister’s. She got stellar dental check-ups, and I had a mouth full of cavities. I don’t remember relating my obsession with brushing to my dentist. He might have asked if I brushed, but not how very often I brushed. I don’t even think my mom knew because she was working second shift and did not know how much I was brushing at night. I have terrible teeth now. I probably brushed all the enamel off my teeth, that and I still drink a lot of Coke and Pepsi. I probably put my dentist’s kids through college, despite my bottle cap “system” and all my brushing.

  20. Deborah says:

    Love these memories. I hope people keep them coming.

  21. Deborah says:

    We had a Mexican gentleman who pulled a wagon up and down our main street on Saturday selling homemade tamales his wife had made. Our town was near an indian reservation so they still had pow wows that we could hear in the distance. The Native Americans were all very gracious and many of them spoke with a strong “accent”. The word “green” when one of them said it sounded so different than how I spoke. I just loved listening to them.

    The CocaCola bottling plant was right next to the ice plant where we would got ice chips in tall, skinny brown kraft paper to go with our case of “Cokes” for the 4th of July.

    The local Dairy Queen served corn dogs with their “special sauce” which we later learned was just ketchup and mustard mixed together. It tasted so good on those dark golden brown corn dogs.

    The drag was up and down Main street. We honked as we passed someone. Since Main was only a few blocks long when you circled to come back you tooted your horn again. (Dragging Main, making the drag, tooling Main, cruising Main…it is funny what different areas called it.)

    Do you remember any of these

    Click to access I_remember_every_single_one_of_these.pdf

  22. Terrill says:

    Madge the manicurist soaking ladies hands in Palmolive dishwashing soap!

    If you go here and scroll way down to the reviews you will see more funny things!

  23. Bart says:

    *The screen door slamming…the hook and eye closure with which you “locked” it.
    *Cards shuffled, rice being rolled, dominoes…..Family get togethers….
    *Hearing an 18 wheeler shifting gears on the highway in the distant, late at night.
    *The whirring sound of a fan blowing warm choppy aire around us as we took a nap.
    *Cow mooing
    *Playing cards in bicycle spokes and streamers on the handlebars for the end of summer library parade to celebrate meeting a goal to read a certain number of books. Popsicles were the refreshment of choice.

    • Len says:

      Just saw your comment about baseball cards in the spokes….I regret to tell you that as a young kid, I used a baseball card in the spokes of the family bike. When I got older I realized that one of the cards was an original Lou Gehrig!!!! What I would give to relive that one over!!!

  24. Robyn says:

    ~S&H green stamps were Sperry and Hutchinson.
    ~Do you remember the gas station “give aways”- drinking glasses

    It is fun to watch classic movies to see the elegant dinner tables with the beautiful glassware. Now they are “antiques”.

  25. Marian says:

    Reminisce – Clancy Strock. (I loved this guy!)

  26. Eric Stewart says:

    -Watching jet airplanes leave contrails in the clear blue sky.
    -Rock and rye (rock candy in rye whiskey as a cure for colds) — it sure made you feel better, even if you still had the cold.
    -Aspergum — orarnge-flavored lozenge-shaped chewing gum containing aspirin. Supposedly good for sore throats.
    -Holding a buttercup under someone’s chin to see whether the yellow color would reflect off the chin, which supposedly showed a fondness for butter.
    -The “rotten egg” game — where “It” would call out colors and the other players, if “their” assigned color was called, would have to run from home base to another base and back without being caught by “It.”
    -The Candyland board game.
    -The Foto-Electric Football game.
    -HO-gauge electric trains.

  27. D. Lambert says:

    -Trying to sell Grit newspapers door to door to make enough money to buy comic books.
    -“Ghost in the Graveyard” where “IT” had a flashlight and everybody ran through the woods to keep from getting caught.
    -Baseball, gloves, two bases, and playing “Hot Box” for hours.
    -I, too, remember Vernors Ginger Ale because we couldn’t buy it in Tennessee. Dad always brought back a case from visiting cousins in Dayton, Ohio.

  28. chloe says:

    does anyone remember the book about a boy with a helium tank and ant farm. In the front cover of the book it had a picture of the boy with his hands on his head and his feet proped up on a dest. Anyone remember???

  29. Kels says:

    Lost in the 50’s. Another place and another time.

  30. Len says:

    My father used Palmolive after shave that was green in color and that came in a big glass bottle with white lettering. I have checked every site possible including the colgate Palmolive company and can’t get a response or picture, etc. Does anyone out there remember this product besides me?

    Response to Len: Palmolive After Shave

  31. Tracy says:

    -Trap doors to cellar
    -1930s Fleers bubblegum-pink and lightly brushed with powdered sugar. Inside a picture card-the circus series (Bareback riders, trapeze artists, elephant trainer, clown, ringmaster. The rarest was the strongman. Collect all 12 and win a wristwatch!)
    -Bread and butter sandwiches at the family reunion picnic in the park, in the shelter, under the trees
    -Football players drank water from shared pails with dippers in them.
    -leather football helmets with no face mask
    -drygoods stores, sundry store.
    -sitting on Santa’s lap
    -Bobbsey twin books
    Sears houses
    -Homes as they were -the cars then-your classmates old year book
    -electric train
    -balloon tire bicycles
    -sweetheart lockets,
    -Laurel and Hardy
    -drop necklaces (your boyfriends initials)
    -Humphrey Bogart
    -Name that Tune
    -Inner Sanctum
    -the “Shadow
    -Illya Kuryakin (The Man from U.N.C.L.E)
    -Jolly Rancher square cinnamon suckers
    -Louisana Hayride
    -floor wax…who waxes a floor now?
    -cigarette machines
    -Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy telethons.

    I wish I still had my old Reminisce magazines to go through and note the things from earlier times that we don’t have now!

  32. Davis says:

    American Kitchens through the years

    So cool….people discussing and adding info about the American kitchens they grew up with:here

  33. Gunny says:

    – hard contact lenses
    – Saturday cartoons
    – fish on Friday at school
    – station wagons
    – mobile phone in car plugged into the cigarette lighter and called a bag phone
    – pagers
    – shoulder pads
    – fanny pack
    – Teenagers princess phone- extension phones
    – wind up alarm
    – the first generation to grow up with Rock and Roll
    – bean bag ashtray
    – tire swing
    – banana seat on a bike
    – every home had an ash tray prominently displayed
    – a dill pickle at the show (movie)
    – flip flops were called thongs and everyone wore them at the lake
    – phones were called telephones,
    – beauty parlors
    – motels advertised air conditioning and color television
    – cafe curtains
    – sting ray bikes
    – television programs advertised “on living color”
    – collect phone calls “reverse the charges” The operator would announce “I have a collect call for ….from … Will you accept the charges?”.
    – “person to person” phone calls,
    – rotary phones, ..and then the new “touch tone”
    – party lines and an operator would come on and ask for your number to know where to bill it
    – blue rinses on hair at church
    – All the girls had ugly gym uniforms…And wore tennis shoes not $200 Nike’s!
    – It took three minutes for the TV to warm up
    – Nobody owned a purebred dog.
    – a quarter was a decent allowance
    – You’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny
    – Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces…and gloves
    – You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time. And you didn’t pay for air. And, you got trading stamps to boot
    – Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box.
    – It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents.
    – They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed… and they did it!
    – When a 57 Chevy was everyone’s dream car…to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady.
    – No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked.
    – Lying on your back in the grass with your friends… and saying things like, ‘That cloud looks like a… ‘.
    – Playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game.
    – Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger…
    – When being sent to the principal’s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home.
    – Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn’t because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.
    – summers were filled with bike rides, Hula Hoops, and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.
    – Saf-T-Pops with the paper loop handle
    – Cartoons: Deputy Dawg. Hint…Youtube or google can help you remember Heckle and Jeckle crow hop. What were your fav’s Yogi Bear or Flintstones? Jetsons with Jane’s voice done by Peggy Singleton who was Blondie in the Dagwood movies
    – old coke machine toy
    – the magic of advertising to kids -go to youtube and listen to old ads-“Tell Mom to get ..” and kids did what they were told
    – End of an era. Hallmark cards, pay phones, ash trays, watches
    – Nostalgia on things from the 1950s-check out Tulsa Flea Market
    – pay phones and third party calling
    – Double Dog Dare
    – Howdy Doody and The Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows, Nellie Bell , Royand Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk.
    – Candy cigarettes…
    – Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside…
    – Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles…
    – Coffee shops with Table Side Jukeboxes…
    – Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum…
    – Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers…
    Newsreels before the movie which is:
    – Telephone numbers with a word prefix…(Yukon 2-601). Party lines…
    – Peashooters…
    – Hi-If’s & 45 RPM records…
    – 78 RPM records…
    – Green Stamps…
    – Mimeograph paper…
    – The Fort Apache Play Set…
    – Decisions were made by going… ‘eeny-meeny-miney-moe’.
    – Newstands – they sold newspapers from several cities along with gum and candy and not much more. (Yes, even my small town had one.)
    – hankies (oh, yes, weren’t those sanitary)
    -cloth diapers
    -formica top chrome dinettes
    -melmac dinner ware
    -refrigerator not as tall as us but it held food enoughfor a large family
    – Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, ‘Do Over!’.
    – ‘Race issue’ meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
    – Catching The Fireflies Could Happily Occupy An Entire Evening.
    – It wasn’t odd to have two or three ‘Best Friends’…
    – Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a Slingshot.
    – Saturday morning cartoons weren’t 30-minute commercials for action figures.
    – ‘Oly-oly-in-free’ made perfect sense.
    – Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles.
    – The Worst Embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
    – War was a card game.
    – Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle.
    – Taking drugs meant orange flavored chewable aspirin.
    – Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.
    – Red Ryder BB guns
    – plastic baseballs and golf balls
    – sling shots
    – roller skates..spending hours playing catch or shooting hoops…scooters, bikes, kites, tree houses, badminton, marbles, dodgeball, wrestling, pogo sticks, stilts, mumbly-peg
    – road maps(full service gas stations gave them out) before GPS
    Tulsa TV memories
    Tulsa Radio memories if you google.
    -Do you remember Tulsa radio’s “Modell Phipps” (Lee Gideon) who would call in to John Erling’s show on KRMG to talk. Modell had a his pet spider monkey named Everett. I remember his wife Inez, Lurleen…which might have been his wife’s sister ….and he sounded like a hick but he was an actor and had been on the Dallas television show, I believe. Facebook: Modell Phipps
    -Stores in Tulsa that are gone: Renbergs, Meeks Furniture, Hanna’s of Brookside, Frougs, Reeds, Aberson’s Alley, Poise n’ Ivy, Stewarts, Extension One, Clarkes Good Clothes, Wolff Brothers,Looboyles, Oertles, Der Weinerschneitzel
    -hum of the mower in summer when we opened the windows
    -bus stations weren’t so scary
    -a four-lane with bricks down the middle of Main street to divide the traffic
    -coming of age in a small town.
    – Pepé Le Pew
    – Troll dolls
    Sbicca Rocker shoes
    – Candie’s shoes (They looked like Barbie high heels. Around 1978. They had no comfort to them at all.
    – Coonskin hats.
    – Campus streaking.
    – Disco.
    – The Twist.
    – Moonwalking.
    – Aqua Net big hair.
    – Sun In.
    – Flannel
    – Converse high tops
    – Barbies.
    – The Monkees.
    Heavens to Murgatroyd!

    Hunky Dory
    “Don’t touch that dial,”
    “Carbon copy,”
    “You sound like a broken record”
    “Hung out to dry.”
    Going to the show
    Back in the old days we had a lot of moxie.
    We’d put on our best bib and tucker
    straighten up and fly right
    Heavens to Betsy!
    Gee whillikers!
    Jumping Jehoshaphat!
    Holy moley!
    We were in like Flynn
    living the life of Riley
    even a regular guy couldn’t accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill.
    Not for all the tea in China!
    life is swell
    beehives, pageboys, spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pedal pushers.
    Oh, my aching back.
    Kilroy was here, but he isn’t anymore.
    For crying outloud
    “Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle!
    This is a fine kettle of fish!”
    The milkman did it.
    Hey, it’s your nickel.
    Don’t forget to pull the chain.
    Knee high to a grasshopper.
    Here is a dime. Call someone who cares.
    Well, fiddlesticks!
    Going like sixty.
    90 to nothing
    see you in the funny papers.
    Don’t take any wooden nickels.
    More ….than Carter has liver pills.
    See ya later, alligator.

  34. Sherri Williams says:

    Snack cakes…they were 2 vanilla cakes about four inches round…with pink cream in the center…u could get them for 5 cent…n me n my 3 siblings could take $1… put 5 cent each n Sunday school 😇…n hav a party with the rest…😱

  35. Cristi says:
    • Heavens to Mergatroyd!
    • buggy whip
    • Jalopy?” Hunky Dory
    • “Don’t touch that dial,”
    • “Carbon copy,”
    • “You sound like a broken record”
    • “Hung out to dry.”
    • we had a lot of ‘moxie.’
    • Blackjack chewing gum
    • wax coke bottle shaped with colored sugar water,
    • candy cigarettes
    • soda pop machines dispensed bottles
    • coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes
    • home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
    • party lines
    • newsreels before the movie.
    • We’d put on our best ‘bib and tucker’ to’ straighten up and fly right’.
    • Heavens to Betsy!
    • Gee whillikers!
    • Jumping Jehoshaphat!
    • Holy moley!
    • We were ‘in like Flynn’ and ‘living the life of Riley’’,
    • a regular guy
    • a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill.
    • Not for all the tea in China!
    • Back in the olden days, life used to be swell,
    • beehives, pageboys and the D.A.;
    • spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes
    • pedal pushers… …
    • Saddle Stitched Pants
    • Oh, my aching back!
    • Kilroy was here, but he isn’t anymore.
    • well I’ll be‘ a monkey’s uncle!’
    • This is a ‘fine kettle of fish’!

      Where have all those great phrases gone? ( My Favorite)” Let’s all go to
      the beach Saturday”…

    • Pshaw
    • The milkman did it.
    • Hey! It’s your nickel.
    • Don’t forget to pull the chain.
    • Knee high to a grasshopper.
    • Well, Fiddlesticks!
    • Going like sixty.
    • I’ll see you in the funny papers.
    • Don’t take any wooden nickels.
    • Ninety to nothing
    • Wake up and smell the roses.
    • more than Carter has liver pills.
    • “Carter’s Little Liver Pills” are gone too!
    • where Superman will find a phone booth…
    • See ya later, alligator!
    • Okidoki


  36. Lori Hartwig-Lewis says:

    My mother used to wear a perfume made by Studio Girl it was called ‘Velmora’ it smelled like it had carnations in it, do they still make it maybe by a different name? Thank you, Lori.

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    Omigosh, this list is now so long ! But I don’t think anyone has mentioned CHICKEN POX PARTIES !

    Back in the mid-50s I remember we had Chicken Pox Parties. The situation was that chicken pox was something that most everybody caught sooner or later, there was no vaccine then. And most people agreed that it was a so-called “Childhood Disease”, and that it was much better to get it as a young child rather than an adult. Adults stricken with chicken pox generally got sicker than children, and took perhaps twice as long to recover.

    And chicken pox is a very communicable disease. SO, when you were maybe 4 years old or so, and one of the neighborhood kids came down with chicken pox, you were part of a group invited to play with the sick kid. And Voila ! Nearly all of the party invitees came down with chicken pox, their moms saw them through it, and then it was all out of the way.

    (Also – Nobody back then knew that it was the cause of shingles later on in life.)

  39. Davina says:

    This came in an e-mail. (Author unknown….Sorry don’t know who to credit.)

    Back in the old days, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.

    Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags.

    We walked up stairs because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

    Back then we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

    Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana . In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

    We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

    Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family’s $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the”green thing.” We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

    But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the “green thing” back then?
    Why can’t you remember to roll up your pants legs? Getting them caught in the bicycle chain so many times is tearing them up.

    You have torn the knees out of that pair of pants so many times, there’s nothing left to put a patch on.
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    Hang up your Sunday School clothes. You know we need to pass them down to your brother in good condition.

    Don’t go outside with your good school clothes on.

    Don’t lose the button. I’ll sew on it back on after a while.


    If you pull that stunt again, I’m gonna wear you out.

    If you get a spanking in school and I find out about it, you’ll get another one when you get home.

    Go out and get me a switch.

    Hush your mouth! I don’t want to hear words like that. I’ll wash your mouth out with soap again.


    Here, take this old magazine to the outhouse (toilet) when you go, we’re almost out of paper out there.

    Be sure and fill the lamps this morning so we don’t have to do that tonight in the dark.

    Go out to the well and draw a bucket of water for me to wash dishes.

    Get out from under the sewing machine. Pumping it messes up the thread.


    Wash under your neck before you come to the table. You have beads of dirt and sweat all under there.

    Be sure to refill the ice trays. We’re going to have company.

    Stop jumping on the floor! I have a cake in the oven and you’re going to make it fall

    Stop slamming the screen door.

    Put a dish towel over the cake so the flies won’t get on it.

    Don’t sit too close to the TV. It’s hard on your eyes.

    Be sure to pull the windows down before you leave. It looks like rain, and bring in the clothes off the line, too.

    Don’t forget to wind the clock before you go to bed.

    No, I don’t have five cents for you to go to the show. Do you think money grows on trees?


    When you take your driving test, don’t forget your hand signals on each turn. Left arm straight out the window for left turn, and left arm bent up to the sky at the elbow for a right turn and straight down to the side of the door when you are going to stop.

    You boys stay close by. The car may not start and I’ll need you to help push it off.

    There’s a dollar in my purse. Go by the service station and get five gallons of gas when you go to town.


    Go comb your hair. It looks like the rats have nested in it all night.

    Sit still! I’m trying to get your hair cut straight and you keep moving and it’s getting botched up.


    Eat those vegetables. They’ll make you big and strong like your daddy.

    It’s time to clean out your system. I’m going to give you a dose of Castor Oil this morning.

    Stop crossing your eyes! They’ll get hung that way!


    It’s “Yes sir!” and “No sir!” to me and your elders, young man, and don’t you forget it.

    While we are at Aunt Mary’s and Uncle Johns, you kids eat when the adults get through. And I don’t want to hear “I don’t like this stuff.” You better keep your mouth shut and eat everything on your plate. (I always wondered, “How can I keep my mouth shut and eat everything on my plate?”)

    Parades in small towns
    Mother Goose shoes
    Buster Brown shoes
    Chrome dinette with formica tops
    White go-go boots
    Melamine dishes
    Teaberry shuffle
    Afros Cherry phosphates.
    Grandmas wearing hats and gloves for church and using the funeral fans because the slow moving ceiling fans above weren’t working to keep them cool.

    The two banks in our small town… One had the clock
    The carnival that came to town…or the circus with the elephant.
    Rides out in front of the grocery store.
    Minor league baseball team
    The quarter in the concrete in front of the convenience store that was built in the 1960s.IT was the first quarter they made. You could rent a bicycle built for two there by the hour.
    The city wide Saturday before Easter egg hunt in the city park, paid fore by a local oil man.

  40. jerry oconnor says:

    I remember flavored fizzy tablets that dissolve in a glass of water for a fizzy drink. They are gone for many years. Also ate a ground meat pickle olive relish in a squeeze tube that was spread on bread for a sandwich. I ate it on my school lunch sandwiches. tI is also not made now.

  41. Erin says:

    What smells or sounds trigger memories for you?

    The Fifties:

  42. Little 1″ rubber babydolls you could buy by the bag–using thread and their smallest crochet hook, women would crochet an outfit and baby bonnet directly on the doll. I wish I had my mom to teach me how she did that (and so many other things I didn’t pay attention to)!

  43. Alan says:

    his is not a full list of all candy. Maybe you can add more.

    5th Avenue (Some CVS stores and Sam’s Club have them.)
    100 Grand Bar
    Almond Joy
    Andes Mint
    Anise Squares
    Atomic Fireball
    BB Bats
    B Bun Maple
    Bazooka Gum
    Baby Bottle Pops
    Baby Ruth
    Bendicks Mint Collection
    Big Cherry
    Big Hunk
    Black Cow
    Black Jack Gum
    Black Jack Taffy
    Blow Pop
    Bonomo’s Turkish Taffy
    Boston Baked Beans
    Bottle Caps
    Bubble Gum cigars
    Bubble Tape
    Bun Bars
    Butterscotch Disks
    Cadbury Egg
    Candy Buttons on paper tape
    Candy Cigarettes
    Candy Corn
    Candy Lipstick
    Candy Necklace
    Caramel Creams (Bull’s Eyes)
    Caramel Cubes,
    Charleston Chew
    Charms Assorted Squares,
    Charms Sweet Pop,
    Cherry Cocktail
    Cherry Mash
    Cherry Sours
    Chocolite (Nestle)
    Cinnamon Bears
    Cinnamon Disks
    Cinnamon toothpicks
    Circus Peanuts
    Clark Bar
    Coconut slices
    Cow Tales
    Cry Baby Extra Sour Bubble Gum
    Cup of Gold
    Double Lollies
    Dum Dums Pop
    Everlasting Gobstopper
    Fruit Gushers
    Fun Dip
    Good and Plenty
    Googoo Cluster
    Gummi Bears
    Gummi Hot Dog
    Haribo gummybears but beware the sugar-free ones. Read the hilarious reviews on Amazon here and here
    Hershey’s Kiss
    Honeycombed Peanuts
    Hot Tamales
    Hubba Bubba
    Ice Blue Mint Squares
    ICEE Squeeze Candy
    Indian Brand Pumpkin Seeds
    Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
    Jelly Nougats
    Jolly Rancher
    Junior Mints
    Kit Kat
    Laffy Taffy
    Licorice Pipe
    Long Boys
    Mallow Cup
    Marshmallow Ice Cream Cones
    Mary Jane by Necco
    Mike and Ike
    Milk Duds
    Milky Way
    Mr. Goodbar
    Necco Wafers
    Nestle Crunch Bar
    Neapolitan Coconut squares (BRACH’S® Sundaes )
    Now and Later
    Oh Henry
    Orange Slices
    Peanut Bar by Lance
    Peanut Butter Bars
    Pearson’s Salted Nut Rolls
    Pixie Stix
    Pop Rocks
    Push Pops
    Red Hots
    Red Vines
    Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
    Reese’s Pieces
    Ring Pop
    Root Beer Barrels
    Root Beer Floats
    Slap Stix
    Slo Poke
    Sour Fruit Balls
    Sour Patch Kids
    Sour Punch Twists
    Sour Smog Balls
    Stick Candy
    Sugar Babies
    Sugar Daddy
    Swedish Fish
    SweetTarts Chewy Sours (Shockers)
    Take 5
    Three Musketeers
    Tiny Tarts
    Toblerone (Dark
    Tootsie Pop
    Tootsie Roll
    Turkish taffy
    Twin Bing
    Wax Bottles (Nik-L-Nips)
    Wax Lips
    Werther’s Original
    Whistle Pop
    York Peppermint Pattie


    Beechies Gum,
    Bubble Yum
    Doublemint Gum
    Dubble Bubble Cotton Candy Gumballs
    Dubble Bubble Gum
    Fruit Stripe Gum,
    Juicy Fruit Gum
    Quench Gum
    Rain-Blo Bubble Gum
    Spearmint Gum

  44. T.D. says:

    A little house in our town with three bedrooms, one bathroom and one car on the street.
    A mower that you had to push to make the grass look neat.
    In the home, we only had one phone,
    And no need for recording things, someone was always home.
    We only had a living room where we would congregate,
    unless it was at mealtime in the kitchen where we ate.
    We had no need for family rooms or extra rooms to dine.
    When meeting as a family those two rooms would work out fine.
    We only had one TV set and channels maybe three,
    But always there was one of them with something worth seeing.
    For snacks, we had potato chips that tasted like a chip.
    And if you wanted flavor there was Lipton’s onion dip.
    Store-bought snacks were rare because my mother liked to cook
    and nothing can compare to snacks in Betty Crocker’s book.
    Weekends were for family trips or staying home to play.
    We all did things together, even go to church to pray.
    When we did our weekend trips depending on the weather,
    no one stayed at home because we liked to be together.
    Sometimes we would separate to do things on our own,
    but we knew where the others were without our own cell phone.
    Then there were the movies with your favorite movie star,
    and nothing can compare to watching movies in your car.
    There were the picnics at the peak of the summer season,
    pack a lunch and find some trees and never need a reason.
    Get a baseball game together with all the friends you know,
    have real action playing ball and no game video.
    Remember when the doctor used to be the family friend,
    and didn’t need insurance or a lawyer to defend?
    The way that he took care of you or what he had to do,
    because he took an oath and strove to do the best for you.
    Remember going to the store and shopping casually,
    and when you went to pay for it you used your own money?
    Nothing that you had to swipe or punch in some amount,
    and remember when the cashier person had to really count?
    The milkman used to go from door to door,
    And it was just a few cents more than going to the store.
    There was a time when mailed letters came right to your door,
    without a lot of junk mail ads sent out by every store.
    The mailman knew each house by name and knew where it was sent;
    there were not loads of mail addressed to “present occupant.”
    There was a time when just one glance was all that it would take,
    and you would know the kind of car, the model and the make.
    They didn’t look like turtles trying to squeeze out every mile;
    they were streamlined, white walls, fins and really had some style.
    One time the music that you played whenever you would jive,
    was from a vinyl, a big-holed record called a forty-five.
    The record player had a post to keep them all inline
    and then the records would drop down and play one at a time.
    Oh sure, we had our problems then, just like we do today
    and always we were striving, trying for a better way.
    Oh, the simple life we lived still seems like so much fun,
    how can you explain a game, just kick the can and run?
    And why would boys put baseball cards between bicycle spokes
    and for a nickel, red metal machines with a bottle opener on the side had little cooled bottled Cokes?
    This life seemed so much easier and slower in some ways.
    I love new technology but I sure do miss those days.
    So time moves on and so do we and nothing stays the same, but I sure love to reminisce and walk down memory lane. – unknown

    Words gone as fast as the buggy whip!

    driving a Jalopy
    OMG (new phrase)!
    holy mackerel
    Hunky Dory after you read this and chuckle.
    “Don’t touch that dial,”
    “Carbon copy,”
    “You sound like a broken record” and “Hung out to dry.”
    Back in the olden days we had a lot of ‘moxie.’
    We’d put on our best ‘bib and tucker’ to’ straighten up and fly right’.
    Cut a rug in some juke joint
    necking and smooching and spooning and billing and cooing and pitching woo in hot rods in some passion pit or lever’s lane
    Heavens to Betsy! Gee whillikers! Jumping Jehoshaphat! Holy moley!
    We were ‘in like Flynn’ and ‘living the life of Riley”
    knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill.
    Not for all the tea in China!
    Back in the olden days, life used to be swell
    Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A.; of spats,knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pedal pushers…AND DON’T FORGET… Saddle Stitched Pants
    Oh, my aching back!
    Kilroy was here
    I’ll be ‘a monkey’s uncle!’
    This is a ‘fine kettle of fish’!
    Let’s all go to the beach Saturday”…
    The milkman did it.
    Bigger than a bread box
    Banned in Boston
    The very idea!
    Hey! It’s your nickel.
    Don’t forget to pull the chain.
    Knee high to a grasshopper.
    Turn of the century
    Knee high to a grass hopper
    Iron curtain
    Domino theory
    Fail safe
    Civil defense
    Well, Fiddlesticks!
    Going like sixty.
    You look like the wreck of the Hesperus
    I’ll see you in the funny papers.
    Don’t take any wooden nickels.
    Heavens to Murgatroyd!
    Heavens to Betsy
    Good cow!
    And awa-a-ay we go (From Jack Gleason’s Honeymooner’s)
    Wake up and smell the roses.
    more of these than Carter has liver pills.
    My stars and garters.
    Goodness gracious
    I am going to “call someone up”.
    goodness sakes alive

    Leaves us to wonder where Superman will find a phone booth…
    See ya later, alligator!


  45. Sam says:

    screened door to keep out flies and mosquites.
    catching June bugs
    bare feet on hot asphalt
    dime-store flip-flops
    scoops of black walnut and butter pecan ice cream packed in a cone by the ladies wearing white uniforms and the little caps like they did at Mel’s Diner.
    sticking my head out the window of Mama’s Buick
    riding in the back of the pickup with my cousins
    a candy red Suzuki 750 motorcycle with an American flag helmet
    going as far as two dollars worth of gas would take me
    fresh-caught crappie frying in a cast iron skillet
    tubs of ice with RC and Double Cola on the 4th of July
    Worlds like lickety-split, chop-chop, posthaste, fuddy-duddy
    old fogey

  46. Gail says:

    Interesting facts for to those born between 1930 to 1946; a special group that in the year 2021, ranges in ages from 75 to 91.

    You are the smallest group of children born since the early 1900s.
    You are the last generation, climbing out of the depression, who can remember the winds of war and the impact of a world at war which rattled the structure of our daily lives for years.
    You are the last to remember ration books for everything from gas to sugar to shoes to stoves.
    You saved tin foil and poured fat into tin cans.
    You saw cars up on blocks because tires weren’t available.
    You can remember milk being delivered to your house early in the morning and placed in the “milk box” on the porch.
    You are the last to see the gold stars in the front windows of grieving neighbors whose sons died in the War.
    You saw the ‘boys’ home from the war, build their little houses.
    You are the last generation who spent childhood without television; instead, you imagined what you heard on the radio.
    With no TV until the 50’s, you spent your childhood “playing outside”.
    There was no little league. There was no city playground for kids.
    The lack of television in your early years meant, that you had little real understanding of what the world was like.
    On Saturday afternoons, the movies gave you newsreels sandwiched in between westerns and cartoons.
    Telephones were one to a house, often shared (party lines) and hung on the wall in the kitchen (no cares about privacy).
    Computers were called calculators; they were hand cranked.
    Typewriters were driven by pounding fingers, throwing the carriage and changing the ribbon.
    INTERNET’ and ‘GOOGLE’ were words that did not exist.
    Newspapers and magazines were written for adults and the news was broadcast on your radio in the evening.
    As you grew up, the country was exploding with growth.
    The Government gave returning Veterans the means to get an education and spurred colleges to grow. Loans fanned a housing boom. Pent up demand coupled with new installment payment plans opened many factories for work
    New highways would bring jobs and mobility.
    The Veterans joined civic clubs and became active in politics.
    The radio network expanded from 3 stations to thousands.
    Your parents were suddenly free from the confines of the depression and the war, and they threw themselves into exploring opportunities they had never imagined.
    You weren’t neglected, but you weren’t today’s all-consuming family focus. They were glad you played by yourselves until the street lights came on. They were busy discovering the post war world.
    You entered a world of overflowing plenty and opportunity; a world where you were welcomed, enjoyed yourselves and felt secure in your future though depression poverty was deeply remembered.
    Polio was still a crippler.
    You came of age in the 50s and 60s. You are the last generation to experience an interlude when there were no threats to our homeland. The second world war was over and the cold war, terrorism, global warming, and perpetual economic insecurity had yet to haunt life with unease.
    Only your generation can remember both a time of great war, and a time when our world was secure and full of bright promise and plenty. You grew up at the best possible time, a time when the world was getting better…

    If you are in this group, with us, we are “The Last Ones.” More than 99% are either retired or deceased, and each of us should feel privileged to have “lived in the best of times!”

    I remember when….
    – bubble gum cost a penny, comic books ten cents, hot dogs a quarter and water was free?
    – physical fitness was related only to gym class and President Kennedy.
    -television commercials for cigarettes.
    -air raid drills in grade school
    -there were no movie ratings.
    -restaurants didn’t have salad bars and when salads were only a side order to a meal.
    -tomatoes were bright red and juicy.
    -being awakened and carried outside on my father’s shoulders to watch the Echo satellite pass overhead, while all the neighbors huddled together in our -backyard. Now there’s debris on the moon and we’re pretty nonchalant about a spacecraft hurtling past Saturn.
    -screaming at the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show.
    -life without Frisbees.
    -when leotards were just for dancing.
    -a clump of hair falling out after my second professional straightening job
    – coffee and martinis tasted “gross”.
    -leaves were for burning and had absolutely no relation to plastic bags or gigantic vacuums.
    -there was no place open to buy anything after 6 pm.


  47. Liz says:

    People do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains, scientists believe. Much like a computer struggles as the hard drive gets full; so too, do humans take longer to access information when their brain is full.
    Researchers say this slowing down process is not the same as cognitive decline. The human brain works slower in old age, said Dr. Michael Ramscar, but only because we have stored more information over time. The brains of older people do not get weak. In the contrary, they simply know more.

  48. Liz says:

    In the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a glass of whiskey. If a cowhand was low on cash he would often give the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known as a “shot” of whiskey.

    American fighter planes in WW2 had machine guns that were fed by a belt of cartridges. The average plane held belts that were 27 feet (9 yards) long. If the pilot used up all his ammo he was said to have given it the whole nine yards.

    This is synonymous with dying. During WW1 soldiers were given life insurance policies worth $5,000. This was about the price of an average farm so if you died you “bought the farm” for your survivors.

    This came about from the ironclad ships of the Civil War. It meant something so strong it could not be broken.

    Most men in the early west carried a jack knife made by the Buck knife company. When playing poker it was common to place one of these Buck knives in front of the dealer so that everyone knew who he was. When it was time for a new dealer the deck of cards and the knife were given to the new dealer. If this person didn’t want to deal he would “pass the buck” to the next player. If that player accepted then “the buck stopped there”.

    The Mississippi River was the main way of traveling from north to south. Riverboats carried passengers and freight but they were expensive so most people used rafts. Everything had the right of way over rafts which were considered cheap. The steering oar on the rafts was called a “riff” and this transposed into riff-raff, meaning low class.

    The Old English word for “spider” was “cob”.

    Traveling by steamboat was considered the height of comfort. Passenger cabins on the boats were not numbered. Instead they were named after states. To this day cabins on ships are called staterooms.

    Early beds were made with a wooden frame. Ropes were tied across the frame in a criss-cross pattern. A straw mattress was then put on top of the ropes. Over time the ropes stretched, causing the bed to sag. The owner would then tighten the ropes to get a better night’s sleep.

    These were floating theaters built on a barge that was pushed by a steamboat. These played small town along the Mississippi River. Unlike the boat shown in the movie “Showboat” these did not have an engine. They were gaudy and attention grabbing which is why we say someone who is being the life of the party is “showboating”.

    In the days before CPR a drowning victim would be placed face down over a barrel and the barrel would be rolled back and forth in a effort to empty the lungs of water. It was rarely effective. If you are over a barrel you are in deep trouble.

    Heavy freight was moved along the Mississippi in large barges pushed by steamboats. These were hard to control and would sometimes swing into piers or other boats. People would say they “barged in”.

    Steamboats carried both people and animals. Since pigs smelled so bad they would be washed before being put on board. The mud and other filth that was washed off was considered useless “hog wash”.

    The word “curfew” comes from the French phrase “couvre-feu”, which means “cover the fire”. It was used to describe the time of blowing out all lamps and candles. It was later adopted into Middle English as “curfeu”, which later became the modern “curfew”. In the early American colonies homes had no real fireplaces so a fire was built in the center of the room. In order to make sure a fire did not get out of control during the night it was required that, by an agreed upon time, all fires would be covered with a clay pot called-a “curfew”.

    When the first oil wells were drilled they had made no provision for storing the liquid so they used water barrels. That is why, to this day, we speak of barrels of oil rather than gallons.

    As the paper goes through the rotary printing press friction causes it to heat up. Therefore, if you grab the paper right off the press it’s hot. The expression means to get immediate information.

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