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If you lived through the 1950s or 1960s see how much of these you remember. You will recognize some started up before you were born but you used them. Some didn’t last….but what fun it is, just reminiscing. (Something we missed? Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom)
- 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 1⁄3 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
Air Raid Drill
AYDS appetite suppressant candy (diet candy) supposedly curbed your appetite…
Auto-Stat copy machines
Automated Teller Machine (ATM)
Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy
Audio tape splicing blocks
Atlantic and Richfield stations
Astronauts Hair Pomade
Asbestos duct insulation
Art Linkletter’s House Party
Argus C3 rangefinder Collapsible flash reflectors
ARGO GLOSS LAUNDRY STARCH
Area codes and all-digit dialing
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
Answering machines that took up a large amount of the desk
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)
Amos ‘n’ Andy
AM-only car radios
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
American Motors Corporation
American Graffiti (1973)
Amateur (ham) radio
AM table radios
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Alphabet-soup company names
Allowance -25¢ was a decent weekly allowance
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Alexander’s Allegheny Airlines
Alaska and Hawaii became U.S. states
Airport (1970 movie)
Air conditioning was new and rare
Ahab the Arab
Advise and Consent (1962)
Adventures of Superman
Adams Sour Cherry drops
ACME BAR SOAP…
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.
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)
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 Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Buster Brown shoes
Buses had rear windows
Bus ‘stop’ cords
Burning leaves in your yard was okay
Burma Shave signs
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
Built-in radio-intercom systems. You were rich if you had a Nutone. It could play the radio in every room.
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…
Brownie chocolate drink!…..
Brooklyn Dodgers for Gillette razors
British Sterling cologne
Britannica Junior Encyclopedia
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
Bourbon Street Beat
Bottle openers for pop
Boston’s Original Fruit Slices
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…
Boobs A Lot
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)
BONANZA BARS HAND SOAP
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…..
Boeing 707 jet airliner
Bobby Fischer Bowling was very popular
Bobbsey Twin book or the Happy Hollisters
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 Horse notebook paper. You could get prize’s for the blue horse, if you were lucky enough to buy a lot of notebook paper.
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
BIZ LAUNDRY DETERGENT…
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
Bill Ding balancing clowns
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 Hunk Mini Bar 1930s …
Big Chief tablet
Big Chief paper writing pad from grandma
Big Buddy gum.
Bicycles 3-speed English racers
Betsy Wetsy dolls
Bernard- Heart transplant
Benson & Hedges 100s
Bendix G-15 computer
Bendicks bittermints Made with Pure Peppermint Oil and the Darkest Chocolate
Bell potato chips
Bell Laboratories educational films
Bell bottom jeans
Bell & Howell
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
Beechies Original Gum Boxes—Longtime Favorite Since 1933 …
Beds were double beds
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
Beat the Clock
Beanie and Cecil
Beach Party (1963)
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)
Bathing – In the summer we got to bathe in the creek.
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
BankAmericard and MasterCharge
Bandof Gold song
Banana split candies
Banana Runts candy
Banana pudding with vanilla wafers..
Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969)
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
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
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)
Crystallized Ginger Candy….
CRYSTAL WHITE 4 PACK OF BAR SOAP 4/.19…
Cry Baby Tears Xtra Sour Candy 1990’s Candy…
Crushable snack food packages
Crumpet, the tea party doll
Crispy Critters cereal
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
Cracklings Country Kids Got To Love Them!!!………
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
Corn flakes cereal with the freeze-dried strawberries….
Corn Dogs werestaples
Cork pop guns
Corgi die-cast toys
Cordless power tools
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
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
Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
Coloring book and crayons, were popular gifts
Color TV kits
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”
Coconut Watermelon slices.
Coconut bonbons (set of 2 containers)
CocoMarsh- chocolate syrup
“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
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
Clear plastic slipcovers for the “good furniture” that made the back of your legs (and butt) sweat and stick to the furniture
Clark’s Teaberry Gum (some of their Commercials can be found online)
Citizens Band (CB) radio
Circus Peanuts orange and also Assorted Colors 1920s….
Cinnamon toothpicks-we used to make our own..we bought the cinnamon oil from the pharmacist.
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
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
CHOO-CHOO-CHARLIE” singing about GOOD ‘N PLENTY —
Chocomint Lifesavers (Circa 1964)
Chocolate-filled peppermint straws
Chocolate-Covered Sunflower Seeds…
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…
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! –
CHIPSO laundry detergent soap flakes…
Chip ‘n’ Dale
CHINA from the Safeway grocery store
Child’s car seat
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 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 -…
Cheech & Chong
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)
Charlie Brown Shoes
Charge-coupled device (CCD)
Century 21 Exposition
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. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_mobile_phones)
Cathode ray tubes (CRT)
Castro Convertible sofa-beds
Cassius Clay vs. Sonny Liston
Casper the Friendly Ghost
Carvel ice cream stores
Carnation Instant Breakfast
Carnation evaporated milk
Carnaby Street (London) fashions
Card games- Family and friends came over on Saturday night
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 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 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 homemade toffee like Skor and Heath
Candy Corn – 1920s
Candy Cigarette Bank
Candy Canes – Mini Red & White – 1920s…
Candy Buttons 1930s
candies from the 1940s….
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])
Campaign buttons & slogans
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: artofdrink.com 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) https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=12&v=ErzHjOH69qU
Charles Lindberg 1927 flight across Atlantic from NY to Paris
Chaise lounge with velon webbing and several positions for lawn, porch or patio
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
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
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
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 Imperial spinning top
Ducktail or Duck’s Ass (D.A.)
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 (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…..
Draft cards & draft card burning
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. 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. …
Door-to-door for sales campaigns to raise money for school events? Seeds, chocolate bars,cleaners, sausage, tickets etc.
Donovan’s Reef (1963)
DON MAXIMO LAUNDRY SOAP…
Domed sports stadiums
Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost overnight
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Doctor Dolittle (1967)
DNA double-helix structure
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
Dick and Jane readers (also Sally, Puff and Spot) http://www.abebooks.com/book-search/title/dick-and-jane/publisher/foresman/pics/
Diaper pins with yellow, blue or pink animals on the top part.
Desk was a great Christmas gift in the 1950s and 1960s,
Der Weiner Schnitzel What a treat to drive to Tulsa to do Christmas shopping and stop there when it was dark and cold outside.
Death Valley 20 Mule Team…
Davey and Goliath
Darling….what everyone called heach other in the old movies.
Danish Go Rounds! were like PopTarts but with lots more fruit filling and much tastier icing with sprinkles.
Dancing Old Gold cigarettes
Dancing Lucky Strike cigarettes
Dances A new dance every time you turned around
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
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
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.
Door to door encyclopedia and vacuum cleaner salesmen
Driving with car windows down
Dressing up for dinner out
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
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
Ethel and Albert
Estes model rocket kits
Esso service stations
Erie Lackawanna Railroad
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!!…
Email addresses assigned by AOL
Elephant leg pants
Electro-mechanical train/flight status boards
Elective cosmetic surgery went mainstream
Egg Nog Salt Water Taffy 1920s …..
Edward G. Robinson
Easy Rider (1969)
Easy Bake Oven
Eastern Air Lines Emporium
Earth Day European
E. J. Korvette
Four for a quarter photo booth
Falls City Hi-Bru Beer
Flying saucer watching
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
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
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
Front bench seats
Fritz the Cat Gasoline Alley
Frisbee flying disc
Frequent flyer programs
Frequent airliner hijackings
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.
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 SIDDALLS SOAP
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
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.
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……
Flashcubes and Magicubes
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…..
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
Fax machines that those born as late as 1987 think are as silly as faxing a copy of an e-mail
Father Knows Best
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
FAIRBANKS GOLD DUST TWINS Washing Powder…
Factory air-conditioning in cars
F. W. Woolworth & Co.
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)
Guittard white chocolate Christmas mints
Guittard Smooth & Melty Mints
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
Grow own garden and canned fruits and vegetables,
Grins, Smiles, Giggles and Laughs CEREAL…
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.
Green Mint Leaves,
Green Apple sticks,
Green Acres The Green Hornet
Granny Goose potato chips
Grandpa’s Wonder Pine Tar Soap…
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
Gomer Pyle – USMC Green Acres
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
Goetze’s Caramel chocolate or strawberry creams
Goetze Cow Tales Original Vanilla 1980s candy
Go to the Head of the Class
Go Ahead chocolate bar in the late ’70’s….
Glovebox road maps
Glo-Coat floor wax
Glitterati—Tiny Italian Hard Candies with Fruit Flavo…
Girdles / corsets
Girder & Panel building sets
Ginny dolls in a little carrying case
Gilbert chemistry sets
Giant Sweet Tarts (not chewy),
Getting a nice healthy suntan
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!
Georgy Girl (1966)
George of the Jungle
George C. Scott
GE College Bowl
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.
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.
G.I. Joe action figures
Hush Puppies casual shoes
H.R Puff ‘n Stuff
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 Dog Gum
Hostess Suzy Q’s
Hostess Sno Balls
Hostess Ho Ho’s
Hostess Fruit Pies
Hostess Ding Dongs
Horn & Hardart Automats
Hong Kong Phooey cartoons
Honey-Filled Candies in Lemon or Double-Honey, Made in the USA…
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
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 …
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.
Hershey’s Miniatures 1930s…
Hershey’s Christmas Kisses 1920s…
Hemi Under Glass drag racer
Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh
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!
Have Gun – Will Travel
Have a nice day” smiley face
Hasselblad 500 EL Data Camera
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…
Hando Powdered Hand Cleaner
Hand cranked car windows
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
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
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
Hallman, Special Windsor, Magic Chef ranges
hard plastic tiara and high heels in a cellophane package
Hayrides and weenie roasts
Hot tubs began appearing in 1968
International Harvester Refrigerator
I’ll be home for Christmas
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)
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
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
Incandescent light bulbs
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
In Search Of The Castaways (1962)
In Like Flint (1967)
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 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 were little squares of really good chocolate and cost .2 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 Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman
I want my Maypo!
I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat
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
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
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
JuJuBe’s (those small chewy, fruity candies) and Milk Duds jumbo harvest jelly beans Jumbo Jelly Beans…
Juju Mixed Fruits – 1920s…
Jonny Quest Cartoon
Jolly Ranchers – candies from the 1940s… Fire and Apple watermelon
Jolly Rancher flat sticks in grape or cherry , cinnamon
Jolly Green Giant
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……….
Jerry Lewis Telethon
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
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…
James Bond 007 Shooting Attaché Case
Jahn’s ice cream parlors
Jack The Giant Killer (1962)
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.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
Kodachrome transparency Kodak Kodachrome color slides
Kip’s Big Boy
Kochak; The Night Stalker
Kukla, Fran and Ollie
Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)
Koogle peanut butter had swirls of chocolate in it.
Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph technical pens
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.
KLH Model Eight FM radio (1960)
Kits Taffy – Banana, Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla
Kitchen Debate (July 1959)
Kirkman & Sons Soap
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
Kid In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Kid Cat Ballou (1965)
Kickapoo Joy Juice
Kenner’s Daddy Saddle
Kenner Hydro-Dynamic building sets
Kennedy half dollar
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
Kay Bee Toys
Karo added to the baby’s bottle
Lysol douche advertisements! (Yes, you need to google this. Scary!!)
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..
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
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
Little Women dolls
Little Orphan Annie
Little Miss No Name
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.”
LIN-O-WHITE WASHING TABLET – THE CELLULOID STARCH CO….
Linoleum floor covering
lime-yellow fire engines
Lik-m-aid Fun Dip 1970’s-1990s….
LifeSavers -Tropical fruit Especially the banana.
LIFEBUOY HEALTH SOAP – SCHOOL SIZE…
Licorice whips (red only please!),
Licorice Wheels – candies from the 1940s ….
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
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.
Lennon Sister or Jacqueline Kennedy paper dolls
Lemonheads 1970’s, 1980s…
Licorice Allsorts – 1920s….
Lemon Drops hard candy were a penny
Lee J. Cobb
Leave It to Beaver
Learn to Draw
Leader of the Laundromat
Lay’s potato chips advertised “Betcha can’t eat just one”………
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Lava hand soap
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
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)
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 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
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
My Three Sons
My Mother the Car
My Living Doll
My Little Margie
My Friend Flicka
My Favorite Martian
My Fair Lady (1964)
Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
MURPHYS OIL SOAP
Murder, Inc. (1960)
Muntz Car Company
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Mr. Potato Head (the first toy advertised on television)
Mr. I Magination
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!
Moveable ramp stairs
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
Monster trading cards
Mom stocked her entire linen closet with these towels, wash cloths and dishtowels.
Model trains for girls
Mobil gas stations
Misco Friction Hand Soap…
Mint Balls – Sweet Stripes by Bobs (soft) or hard 1920s…
Minipoo dry shampoo (waterless shampoo) was made with fuller’s earth. Another brand was “PSSSSSST”. Some people would just use would use baby powder.
Mini Pop soda
Mimeograph copying machines
Milton the Monster
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….
MILD SAFE SOAP FLAKES….
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 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 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…
Mechanical slot machines
Mechanical pull-lever voting booths
Mechanical parking meters
Mechanical bicycle speedometers
McCraw’s Old Fashioned Flat Taffy
McBee Keysort edge-notched cards
Maypo hot cereal maple-flavored oatmeal – “I want my MAAYPOOO!”…
Max Headroom candy – 1980s
Max Factor perfume
Maverick Mayberry R.F.D.
Matchbox die cast toy cars
Matchbooks with front-side striker area which changed for safety reasons in 1973. (Remember “close cover before striking”?)
Mason Reese for Thick ‘n’ Frosty
Mary Poppins (1964)
Mary Janes – 1920s….
Mary Jane taffy
Marx Magic Midway
Marx Lazy-Day Farm sets
Martin Marietta Corp.
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
Marcus Welby, M.D.
Marathon bars long braided chocolate and caramel candy bars.
Maple Nut Goodies 1920s…. maple syrup hard candies…Made With Real Maple Syrup
Manual push lawn mowers
Manual cash registers
Manual adding machines
Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Malt Balls In Holiday Colors and Flavors…malted milk balls
Malcolm X assassinated
Making the drag…others called it tooling around,
Make Room for Daddy
MAJA MYRURGIA! Perfume 1921
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”
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
<acrame 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.
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
Mary Poppins, Chim Chim Cher-ee and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Memorial Day when people understood that that was a day specifically for people who were killed in war
Miss Clairol- Does she or doesn’t she? ad
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
Nehru jacket with a medallion necklace
nylons, or ‘hose’ and later panty hose- clear nail polish fixed runs
Night Gallery TV
Nutty Buddy ice cream cones…..
Nutrition Facts labels
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
North American Aviation Northrop Corporation
Norman Cereal had stickers
Norelco razor ad Santa rode in an ad
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
Nina ballerina doll
Nik-L-Nip Original Wax Bottles 1950’s – 1990s Candy…
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
Nestle Alpine White – 1980s
Nesbitts orange, strawberry and grape….
Nervine from Miles Laboratories
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 ….
Nationwide overnight package delivery
Nationwide next-day package delivery?
National Public Radio (NPR)
National Educational Television (NET)
National Bureau of Standards
Nathan’s hot dogs
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.
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)
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)
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?
Orton Copper Kettle Fudge …..
Origami fortune teller
Orange Slices 1920s …
Orange Juice bubble gum – 1980s …
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
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 Maid card game
Old English we went over every thing in the house with Old English Furniture polish… …
OLD DUTCH CLEANSER….
Ohrbach’s Dept Store (Tulsa had Orbach’s)
Oh Henry bars until Nestle got ahold of them!
Octagon Laundry Soap (Colgate)…
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
Ponds Angel Face Makeup
Portable electric hair dryer
Picket fence popular since Colonial times
Powdering ones’ face.
Posters on our walls
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
Popsicle from ice cream truck being eaten on the front porch of a cousins’ house while smelling the newly mown grass
picnic baskets when going on a trip
playing post office
portable record player
Picket fence popular since Colonial time
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….
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
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)
Protests at the Democratic Convention
Professor Irwin Corey
Princess telephone in a variety of colors, including pink, turquoise, and cream.
Pretzel-Jetzel Pretzel Factory
President Nixon resigns
Pregnancy tests – rabbits were used
Powdery suckers that tasted like Smartees, …
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 bottles We loved picking up pop bottles or returning our families so we could get the money for candy…
Poodle skirts, bobby sox
Pontiac Star Chief
PONG Atari video game came out in 1972 when I was grown.
Polynesian “tiki” supper clubs
Polly’s soda pop
Poll Parrot shoes
Pocket-sized transistor radio
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.
Playground with questionable equipment
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
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
Pink Panther cartoons
Pink Panther Bubble Gum – 1980s …
Pin the Tail on the Donkey
Picturephone Polio vaccine introduced
Physicians made house-calls
Philco Predicta television
PEZ candy and dispensers
Peter Paul Mounds
Peter Paul Caravelle bar
Peter Paul Almond Cluster bar
Peter Max Love cereal
Personal checks and counter checks
Person to Person
Pepsi Cola hits the spot!)……
Peppermint Salt Water Taffy – 1920s…
Peppermint pig set Smash a Peppermint Pig in the Victorian Holiday Tradition…
Peppermint bark shortbread candy bites….
Pepito The Italian Mouse
Penny fortune-telling scales
Pencil Neck Geek
Peet’s Granulated Laundry Soap …
Pectin jelly beans
Pecan divinities …
Pearson’s Bun Bar Maple 1960s Candy…
Pearline Washing Soap Powder Detergent …
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
PDQ drink mix
Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney
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 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
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 http://www.quisp.com.Quisp vs Quake commercials had a contest where kids were supposed to vote for which one they liked. Quisp was a little space guy and you can’t forget his pal, Quake—the muscle-bound character in the construction hard hat who punched his way through solid earth….
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…
Ryan’s Daughter (1970)
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.
Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In
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.
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
Roll film (120, 127, etc.)
Rocky Road Milk Chocolate Bar
Rocky and Bullwinkle
Rocket crystal radios
Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots
Rock Candy-Crystal Sticks….1990’s
Robinson Crusoe On Mars (1964)
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
Ribbon candy …
Records 78-rpm records; 45 rpm single record with large central hole as used in the US for jukeboxes
Resinol Soap and Ointment….
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.
Remco Science Kits
Reese’s Christmas Mini Peanut Butter Cups – 1920s…
Reel-to-reel tape recorders
Red-and-blue USPS mailboxes
Red Skelton on the radio
Red Ryder Wheato-Naks
Red rubber balls
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 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 Albums 33-1/3 rpm LP record albums
Recess on the Giant stride, merry-go-round, jungle gym and swings.
Raspberries and Blackberries…
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
rubber floor tile
Remember your first home?
Rock N’ Roll
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…
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,
Surfside 6 T.H.E. Cat
Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969)
Super Friends cartoons
SUNSPRAY COAST 3-Pack 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. Ol d women would fan themselves with a big hand fan with funeral home advertising on them. The first ceiling fans I rememberwere in an old Methodist Church. People were genuinely thankful for what they had; things most people take for granted today, like their health and the health of their neighbors, the birth of a child. Simple things, like rain for their gardens. Sunday coming home from after church was like a holidayas the day before all of Sunday’s work had been taken care of so we could rest on Sunday. The house was cleaned from top to bottom and the biggest meal of the week was prepared to be served on Sunday, as soon as we got in from church. Everything was fresh from the iced tea to tomatoes from the garden. Delicious fried chicken was so good. After dinner we kids were off to run and play, while our parents visited with guest they had invited over for dinner and enjoyed a cup of coffee they had percolated (Not brewed.)
Sunday drive (USA car) and an ice cream cone about 20 miles away.
Summit – 1980s
Suicides” – cokes where they put every flavor in it…
Sugared Candy Drops ….
Sugar Jets cereal
Sugar Daddy pops (like a hard caramel taffy on a stick)…..
Sugar Daddy & Sugar Babies
Student desks with inkwells
Studded snow tires
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 Bon Bons -…
Strat-o-Matic sports board games
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
Steel Bright Specialized Household Cleaner…
Start powdered breakfast drink…like Tang only better!
Stamps 3 cent First Class postage stamp to mail chain letters 3
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. http://www.inthe70s.com/food/spooncandy5.shtm…
Spider-man TV series
SPF ratings for sunscreen
Spearmint Leaves – 1920s …
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 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 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
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
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
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
Smell of a new plastic baby doll at Christmas, a cedar tree, roast turkey, baking cookies.
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….http://mentalfloss.com/article/26376/cool-history-slurpee
Slip and Slide
Slinky- on the stairs
Sliding tile puzzles
Slides and slide projectors
Slang –see a list: http://cougartown.com/slang.html
SkyBar had 5 sections, each with a different filling.
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
Silver Certificate” dollar bills
Side vent windows
Shots were given at school by surprising you and then lining you up like cattle.
Shop class in high school
Shirley Temple Doll
Ship of Fools (1965)
Shinola shoe cream, like Kiwi, a man made wax is horrible on shoes.
Sherbet Mint Wafers…
Shasta Cola from Safeway
Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop
Shakey’s pizza parlor served a weekday lunch buffet with all-you-could-eat of pizza, with exotic pizza toppings.at the time — such as pineapple with ham, etc. Also offered on their buffet, fried chicken, and fried potatoes. (Before there was frozen pizza and a franchised pizza place on every corner there was a boxed Chef Boy-R-Dee or Jenos Box O’ Pizza. Our family had fun creating our own pizzas at home using the boxed pizza kit which consisted of a can of sauce, a packet with the dough mix (just add water and knead) and a packet of dried Parmesan cheese. The toughest part was getting the dough to fill the pan – you had to keep pushing it around with your fingers.) Toaster pizza from Buitoni or Jeno’s….wasn’t good either.
Shag carpet and carpet rakes
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)
Serutan laxative was advertised as Serutan is Nature’s spelled backwards)
Sergeant Preston of the Yukon Sesame Street
Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy
Selective Service recruiting posters
Selchow and Righter
Segregation, bigotry, racism
See the USA in your Chevrolet
Sears and Roebuck Catalog
Screaming Yellow Zonkers
Scottie Dog-Shaped Licorice…..
Score hair cream from Bristol- Myers
Scooby Doo cartoons
Schwinn Corvette bicycles
School never started before Labor Day
Savings and Loans (aka Thrifts)
Satellite Wafers …
Sassafras Candy Sticks…
Salvo laundry detergent tablets…
Salt Water Taffy …
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.
S.H. Kress & Co
Sandwiches- hard cooked eggs, beet slices, mayo and lettuce
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
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
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
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
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
Sunburst wall clocks
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
Typing class in high school
typewriters (great Christmas gift for kids the 1950s and 1960s)
Two-color traffic signals
TV-style commercials at the movies
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 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…..
Troll dolls- (Wishniks by Uneeda Troll)
Tressy dolls (1963)
Treasures Chocolate Bar-….
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.)
Trans World Airlines
Traffic on NYC avenues was two-way
Toy box & ALL of our toys could easily fit inside of it
Touch-Tone telephones introduced
Topps baseball cards with the little square of hard bubble gum…..
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.
Tonsillectomies were commonplace and brought us lots of Jello, 7-Up and ice cream!
Tomatoes had much more flavor
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
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)
Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport
Tidal Wave Bubble Gum – 1980s ….T
Thoroughly Modern Millie Song
Thorazine introduced in the U.S. (1954)
Thom McAn shoe stores
Thick ‘n’ Frosty frozen shakes
They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!
Then Came Bronson
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 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 Roy Rogers Show
The Roaring 20’s Romper Room
The Red Skelton
The Real McCoys
The Rat Patrol
The Range Rider
The Purple People Eater
The Pueblo incident
The Projectionist (1971)
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 Monokini swimsuit
The Mod Look
The Miracle Worker (1962)
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 Last Straw
The June Taylor Dancers
The Joey Bishop Show
The Jimmy Durante Show
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 archive.org 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 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 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 French Franc
The French Connection (1971)
The French Chef
The Free Speech Movement
The Flying Nun
The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
The Firesign Theatre comedy troupe
The Finnish Markka
The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers
The Fabulous 70’s
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 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 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 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 Adventures of Jim Bowie
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)
Texaco Star Theater
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 machine
Ted Mack and the Original Amateur Hour
Teaberry Gum1950’s -1970s Candy ..
Tastes like chicken
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)
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
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 Safe Pipe Tobacco
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.
The Twilight Zone debuted 1959
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
Ugly gym uniforms
U.S. involvement in Vietnam
Vintage clothing: (When it opens click on gallery and chose the decade) <a href=”http://myvintagevogue.com/gallery” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener nofollow”> http://myvintagevogue.com/gallery </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
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
Viewmaster stereo viewers
Video Cassette Recorder (VCR)
Victory at Sea
Victoria Station restaurants W.T. Grant
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 …
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.
Valvo Washing Powder…
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?
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
Wooden tennis rackets & presses
Wooden pickup sticks
Wooden ‘burr’ puzzles
Wooden alphabet blocks
Woodbury Cold Cream
Women in slacks- Didn’t happen at many schools until around 1972.
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)
Wild Root hair cream
Wild Bill Hickok
White Rock beverages
White paste in a white plastic jar that kids seemed to like to eat.
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.
What’s New Pussycat? (1965)
What’s My Line?
WFF ‘n Proof
Western Union telegrams X-15 rocket plane
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: http://jersey.illinoisgenweb.org/Radio.htm) had to save the battery. You had to get real close to the radio and put your ear to it when the battery was getting weaker and almost dead.
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- 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.
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
Walnettos – 1920s, 1950’sand 1960s Candy walnut caramels A Chewy Walnut-and-Caramel Matinee Favorite
wall to wall carpeting In the ”50s, everyone covered his or her hardwood floors with wall-to-wall carpeting!
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.
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
Your Show of Shows Zorro
you who asked how old are you people we are as old as your going to be someday
You could smoke anywhere, even on a plane
You Bet Your Life Your Show of Shows
You Asked For It
Yellow Submarine (1968)
Yellow rubber raincoats
Yardley’s Lily of the Valley
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Zorba the Greek (1964)
Zipper-sealable plastic bags?
Peanut Butter Sandwiches- We’d add one of these:chili sauce and small pieces of celery
thin slices of Spanish onion, cucumbers and pickles
thin slices of dill pickle
tomato slices, peanut butter, salt and pepper
grape jelly and Spam
lettuce and salt (1920s and 1930s at the Pennsylvania Dutch Restaurant in Butler, TN
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