Do You Remember?

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Here I am going into the past once again.  I guess when you reach a certain age it is just something that happens.  Anyway, I came upon a list of things that were popular in their day.  I am sad to say that I remember most of these.  How about you?  Were any of these in your past?

  • Candy cigarettes?
  • Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside?
  • Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles?
  • Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum?
  • Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers with the cream floating on top?
  • Newsreels before the movie?
  • Telephone party lines?
  • Peashooters?
  • Howdy Dowdy?
  • Hi-Fi, 45, 33 1/3 and 78 RPM records?
  • Green Stamps?
  • Metal ice cube trays with levers?
  • Mimeograph paper and fluid?
  • Beanie and Cecil?
  • Roller-skate keys?
  • Drive-ins?
  • Washtub wringers?
  • Reel-to-reel tape recorders?
  • Tinkertoys?
  • Erector sets?
  • Lincoln Logs?
  • Five-cent packs of baseball cards with that awful pink slab of bubble gum?
  • Penny candy?

Please tell me that there is someone out there besides me who remembers at least some of these.  Check out http://doyouremember.com/ for thigs from your past.  More remembrances next week.

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  1. All were part of my life except for the newsreels before movies. But then I wouldn’t know because we could not afford to go to a movie. Drive-ins were the only way we saw movies. Sound of Music was the first movie I ever saw in a theater. I particularly disliked the ice trays with levers. They never worked for me. Thanks for the flash to the past. 🙂

  2. Awesome list! I remember using a wringer washer to wash siblings diapers!

    The only two I am not familiar with are:
    Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers with the cream floating on top? – We milked our own cows!
    Beanie and Cecil? – guessing this was a TV show but we were very limited.

    And I have to add, my mom still had a party line on the farm five years ago because it was down to two households left and neither would pay for the new wiring . . . thrifty farm families!!!

  3. I do remember some of them although I feel some are very country-related.
    But here we had in my child hood erector sets, candy cigarettes,vinyl records. I even saw a 78 once :D. You might have added the first floppy disks in your list.

  4. Judy C.

    Dare we say “these were the good old days”? I too remember the majority of them, especially the party line. One time the lines were down, but I picked up the phone and cranked, It Rang. Imagine the expression on my Dad’s face when he heard it!. I hung it up real quick!

  5. Don’t worry, yes, I remember them well. How about when telephone numbers were words, like Beachwood 45789?

  6. Yep, every one. My husband and I felt fortunate to start out our marriage with an old ringer washer, and we had the old refrigerator too with those ice trays. In fact I just sold them in my estate sale-antiques! Love the list.

  7. Some of these might have been before my time. However, I do remember some: candy cigarettes, Howdy Doody, wax bottles, drive-ins. I’m actually sad my girls won’t know what these were. Life was so much simpler for me as a child than it is for them.

  8. I do remember Teaberry gum, the wax Coke bottles, and candy cigarettes. Some of those cigarettes had sugary powder that would puff into the air like smoke. We still have a drive-in theater only about 15 miles from our house. My sons love to go see a double feature!

  9. Terje

    I haven’t heard of most of these, but not so much because of age, rather because of cultural background. if I made a list of my soviet childhood, it would be new vocabulary for many people.

  10. Oh, I remember these! And especially miss this:Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers with the cream floating on top.

  11. I remember all of them…and miss some of them!

  12. Yes, I remember. Is there still “penny” ANYTHING these days?

  13. Like Dana, some of these were before my time. However, I do remember:
    Candy cigarettes — YUCK!
    Home milk delivery — YES! I had a milkman when I lived in Manhattan.
    Howdy Dowdy — My mom was in the Peanut Gallery when she was a kid.
    Drive-ins — Does Sonic count? 😉
    Reel-to-reel tape recorders – Sure!
    Tinkertoys – My daughter has some.
    Lincoln Logs – ABSOLUTELY!
    Five-cent packs of baseball cards with that awful pink slab of bubble gum – I’m sure we have some in our basement since my hubby collected baseball cards as a kid.
    Penny candy — Does Bazooka count?

  14. My mom had a ringer washer into the late 70’s and swore it got her clothes cleaner than the new one that replaced it!

  15. Erika Haak

    Bob–I am younger than you and I remember 90% of these things, so now this means I am old too! Thanks for sharing!

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