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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/25 16:41:55 (permalink)
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Do adult bookstores and theaters exist anymore? I remember them around the fringe areas before video clubs (hmm another relic of the past), All of them around here were painted a lurid yellow with those rotating lights around the edges of their marques. I think the last one I remember seeing was near the university during the latter 80's. Again, while I'm on the subject of books, will we be adding bookstores to this list too? I only know of one Barnes and Noble still open and one indie in the area.

Electronics stores. Not what Radio Shack is today, but what they used to be. An electronics experimenters one stop paradise with parts and things you had to have a degree in engineering to figure out how to put together with a soldering iron and stereo equipment that looked like the control panel of a 747 and people still listened to those black,flat,round things with pretty covers.  Olsen's, 21rst Centrury, Lafyette, and Radio Shack when it was Allied. And again, when was the last time you seen a record/CD store?

Hobby Shops.  The real ones that had balsa, dope (butyrate),paints, metal stock, chemicals to refill a chemistry set, model planes and rockets (balsa and paper), airplane engines,etc. Not these craft stores with an isle of plastic models and completely built RC vehicles for hundreds of dollars. A real model kit was nothing more then a cardboard box with a bolt of tissue paper, several sheets and pieces of balsa and plans/instructions. Oh yeah, good ones had a couple of slot car tracks. What's a slot car right?

 
Again I think this is a regional thing. I know of an "adult" store that I have passed at the Rte. 71 exit of I-80 outside of Ottawa Illinois. Closer to my home we have several "Gentlemen's" Clubs and probaly other things I don't know of, the other 2 are on major streets in respectable, affluent areas.
As far as hobby shops, there is one in my  town and one in the next town over, both large independants, owned locally. We also have American Science and Supply which is a science surplus that is full just about anything to make some wild gadgets. Maybe not regional but at least in the far reaching fringe of Chicagoland.


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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/26 16:21:45 (permalink)
fountain pens - talking about inkwells, I remember when you bought your own bottles of ink and refilled the pens
 
flit guns - sounds menacing, but really a pump  - our mosquitoes are so bad this year with the mild winter we had, made me think of this
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/26 20:47:21 (permalink)
BelleReve, when you mentioned mosquitoes, I thought of the punks we lit to ward them off.
I wonder what those consisted of?
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/26 21:27:27 (permalink)
I remember those spiral things that sort of looked like an electric burner on a stove. You lit them on one end. It wasn't citronella. Then there were those sulphur bombs that you put into an enclosed area and lit and it smoked the place out with fumes. Dead bugs would be everywhere that crawled out from their hiding places. Those worked, not like these canned fumigators you buy now. We didn't have FIT,  or at least I never heard of it,  but Raid came with the same pump in the orange and black colors like the later spray cans. Those pumps quit working after a while. 
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/26 22:06:10 (permalink)
Alas.the Internet.the new "pick up the phone and ask the operator to connect you" crashed on my first attempt. let me try and re-construct
 
In New England, we had Hoods Milk delivered several times a month ( in the UK where we lived in the early 90's they still did that......with nice elecric vehicles that were realtively quiet at 6 AM..they also delivered the Sunday paper)
 
Entemann's tried it with baked Goods.  I remember seeing them when I was doing my paper route(!).  I think it was short lived. I also used to "win" lots of neat stuff by selling imprinted Christmas Cards and Magazine subscriptions to my paper customers. The 20 cents they left me every week helped to fill out my coin collection.
 
We never bought the Encyclopedia Brittanica from our local rep (an ex- school teacher).  Instead, my Mom got a really neat set - a volume each week -  from the local First National Supermarket for something like 99 cents each.  And she got Green Stamps!  She was overjoyed when S&H opened a local stamp redemption centre in our town ( in the old place where Sears had its Catalog Showroom/Order/Pickup).  Certainly beat going to the train station to see if REA had brought the goodies.
 
I remember the guy who would come around every summer to sharpen knives.............always to the backdoor.
 
Instead of buying frozen food at the First National, The A&P, or whatever else was back then, I remember going to the "Locker Plant" where you could rent big pull-out drawers in their freezer to store your summer produce.  I thin a couple of times we also got those Mega Meat packages you could get from local butchers or door to door salesmen (actually, usually women) where you'd buy like 100-200 pounds of "stuff" and then freeze it.
 
Later on, The Book of the Month club and Columbia records were favs...as long as I remembered to send back the card when I didn't want anything.
 
Not sure when they gave up the Christmas Club at the bank....or decided to stay open later than 3 in the afternoon. Probably soon after all those big In-state mergers happened..or maybe when they finally went National.  Some of the banks even offered "credit cards".  Not sure why we needede them when we could always walk into a local store and ask them to "charge it"
 
On that note.as senilty starts to re-creep across my addled brain, I"ll go back to my assisted living room.  I no longer have to pay doctors on a "pay as you go" basis, so I guess I'm better off.
 
Gonna go back to playing with my SLINKY...sometime it's more fun than this combo book/TV/Movie Theater/Post Office (with and without the FBI top 10 List)/Encyclopedia that I keep on my metal fold up tray-table where I are TV dinners.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/27 20:54:43 (permalink)
I NEVER thought this was still around when I remembered it as a forgotten item...

http://www.harrietcarter.com/product/surprise-box/

The SURPRISE BOX!

Now I have to try to remember what surprises were in my surprise boxes.
I pronounce surprise...suprise.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/28 08:46:55 (permalink)
This is a fun conversation!! There are still adult video stores in southeast Wisconsin, usually right off the highway without any other businesses around them. I noticed while in the south, gentlemen clubs are still quite popular. My mother was dedicated to the Fuller Brush man-she thought their products were the best. Knife sharpeners are still alive and well in the food business...our guy comes in twice a month. Oh, and the milkman-besides being labeled his daughter by my father( with a wink) I used to add to Moms order, chocolate milk, and she used to get confused as she didnt remember ordering it.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/28 11:08:54 (permalink)
Why Ann Peeples, you devil.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/28 11:14:59 (permalink)
Pay phones (eww lose that dime) are pretty much a thing of the past. Phone booths are pretty much long gone.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/28 15:00:56 (permalink)
I remember the mosquito coils too, were they called punks?  Flit was just one brand of insecticide, so it became a generic term to use for the spray and pump we used for killing mosquitoes, now replaced by bug zappers and aerosol cans.
 
Ordering stuff from cereal box tops - a howdy doody ring, then there was that little scuba man that had a compartment you filled with baking soda and then you watched him do what exactly in the bathtub, descend, or fizzle around?
 
 
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/28 21:07:54 (permalink)
No, punks were on a skinny stick. I'm guessing they were/are made of the same material.
 
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/28 21:11:09 (permalink)
Punks were what we uysed to light salutes and cherry bombs. As a matter of fact, I got some a couple of years ago when I bought fireworks.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/28 22:24:35 (permalink)
Growing up there was a very small ShopRite Supermarket in the neighborhood. At the end of the pre-barcode registers (in front of the windows) as far as the eye could see....boxes and boxes on U-Boats...for home delivery.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/29 03:09:30 (permalink)
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shoe stores that had those metal devices that measured your foot size

shoe repair shops - I remember getting metal taps on the edges of the heels and toes of my loafers, thinking I was so cool. They may still sell them, but I think just in plastic, not the same effect at all -

 
Still have several of both around here.

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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/29 08:04:33 (permalink)
Radio station Top 40 surveys. I used to live for those each week from WABC and WMCA as a teen in the 60's. Now on radio they hardly ever even tell you who's singing or what the title is, let alone what number it is.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/29 08:15:30 (permalink)
Another NYC radio happening when I was younger was Bernard Meltzer and "What's your problem?" Any problem. The cat is sick. The kitchen sink has a leak. The brakes squeak. You need a restaurant reservation. The boss won't let you take vacation. You're mother-in-law is coming for a visit...and will stay TOO long.

And that could be all in one phone call! They called him Doctor Meltzer. Whenever my sister and I need to explain something to one another we always start by saying...Hello Docta Meltza...I love your show! If you didn't have a thick accent you didn't make the show.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/29 11:15:10 (permalink)
Speaking of "things forgotten", what about life before the internet?  Thanks, Al!
 
In all seriousness, the kids I teach were all born in the 1990's.  They can't imagine a world without the internet, cell phones, and computers, much less a world without electronic calculators.  And, they've never heard of Mick Jagger!
 
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Anyone old enough to remember the old mechanical "calculators" that would take a minute to noisily divide, say, 120 by 6?
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/29 11:38:15 (permalink)
I still have my old Post slide rule from college.  No, I never wore it hanging from my belt.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/29 11:48:00 (permalink)
The vintage fitness equipment before good running shoes were developed.

The tin foil suits...vibrating belt machines and slim gym hammock type of things.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/29 16:05:44 (permalink)
Adding machines with ten rows of numbers and a hand crank.
 
Was this already mentioned?
 
My memory.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/29 18:35:52 (permalink)
THE old check writers that imbossed the name of the establisment on the check(or in it) i remember a guy coming into the "service" station that my dad ran and showed us how crooks could get into an envelope, take a check out, redo it so it read for more $$ cash it and be on there way....matter of fact i was in a local bank and i think i saw onr sitting on a file cabinet, prob. still use them today? or the a&p stores used to have one in my home town but it went out many years ago. we lived next door to chuech and every sunday early a.m. i used to watch as they set up a sunday newspaper stand for when church got out, when it did they were bombed!sunday paper for .75...gas for .35 a gallon !!!
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/29 18:40:53 (permalink)
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I still have my old Post slide rule from college.  No, I never wore it hanging from my belt.

I do too plus my old drafting tools and templates. I started working as a draftsmen in 1965 when we used real ink and drop pens and such. Stayed in the business untill I became CAD Manager in1995. Stayed working with computers until 2005. Dinosaeur.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/29 19:31:46 (permalink)
I bought a "Bowmar Brain" for $99 in 1972. It would work for about an hour on it's battery then required plugging in for 4 hours to recharge it.
 
I had the jobs at home of
1. Coloring the margarine (sp?) or Oleo in the 1 lb bag, by busting the color dye button and working the color evenly thru the white "butter".
2. Pulling my little red wagon home from the grocery in suburban L A  for my mother as we did a week's grocery shopping. (about a 5 block walk to the supermarket). 
     My Step-dad was a CPA with an office at home. He had one of the Marchant Calculators described by others. Every time I tried to use it , it jammed in the full-speed  ahead mode with unstopping wheels-spinning. 
    We attended  church regularly...and I was expected to wear a suit and tie to church...and NOT "Un-Tuck" my shirt or loosen my tie until I got home.
5. I like GPS units, but I prefer to go to AAA and get trip-tickets and route maps on paper for any new roadtrips we are taking. Old habits die hard..
6. SoCal readers may remember the Helms Bakery trucks/vans that toured thru our neighborhoods tooting their whistle.  We had the same driver for over ten years. When I came home from Vietnam in 1962 on recuperation leave he stopped by on the first day after I arrived with a special cake...unordered by us, to welcome me home.  he knew his customers pretty well.
7 Remember when "Bubble-up" soda appeared in the 16 oz bottle and all us kids stopped buying Coke and Pepsi to get "MORE"  for our money. Then RC followed suit and we switched again.
9. Our first Post-war car was a '50 Studebaker Champion. Stepfather traded his '38 Buick for it (plus $900) in 1951.  Our First  AT car was the next buy in 1956, A Brand-new Buick Special, with no power steering. My Mom hated trying to park that battleship in store parking lots.
10. In 1959 I flew "Pink-Cloud Airlines" from CA to Hawaii for $75 each way. Plane was a DC-6  all Pink, with flight attendants in uniforms to match.  A family vacation was a real eye-opener for a 16 year old . Stepdad was bombed with all the free booze on the flight.
 
 
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/30 00:04:00 (permalink)
How about those little keyring copies of your license plate?
 
My first and last was a California 1969 license plate... ZCD 607
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/30 00:33:37 (permalink)
Legal supply stores. Forms kits embossers rubber stamps ect. specific to the legal office & notary fields. No toys or Cheez Doodles. Various organizations held meetings in the back rooms. Popular in NYC....years ago.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/31 18:33:43 (permalink)
Is this what you were referring to CC?
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGvIlYJOcRE
This is for real folks. http://www.mrbra.com/ 
Shudder!
 
 
CCinNJ

They are getting rare but Intimate apparel fit specialists. They really need to make a comeback since many women love to shop for clothes...and sadly...don't realize it all starts at the foundation.


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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/31 20:10:52 (permalink)
I think I broke a rib!

Well...maybe not 15 minutes with Mr. Bra unless you lose a bet an it's fitting with Mr. Bra or a tattoo.. Although...Mr. Bra really does know a thing or two about fitting.



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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/07/31 20:15:52 (permalink)
Crucial, crucial videos. Thank you DawnT
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/01 07:51:00 (permalink)
Typewriters, electric or manual
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/01 10:08:44 (permalink)
1.  Hearing static between radio stations while tuning through the dial.
2.  Having to load DOS and command.command from a floppy disk.
3.  Dropping your film off to be processed at some remote Kodak lab.
4.  Hershey bars in the two-piece foil & paper wrapper. 
5.  Picking and eating a tomato right off the vine and having it taste delicious.
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