Can you imagine keeping a kid's attention with a viewmaster or stereo viewer and a box of old time stereo cards?
Do stationary supplies still sell those spikes on a stand to impale bills and receipts. I haven't seen one of those in years.
Real Army Navy stores. Not the later import junk store ones like Army Eagle Navy.
Sporting goods stores that actually sold sporting goods like camping gear, drilled bowling balls, sold guns and fishing tackle. Now they are glorified shoe and clothes stores by the same name.
Old style funeral directors that didn't have a chapel or even maybe didn't have a reposing room. All they did was the preparations and provided transportation, and chairs Funerals were held at churches and wakes at the deceased home with 24hr watch. Maybe this was just a southern thing, but still around by the 60's.
Live programs on the east coast were televised live, but Kinescope recordings on film were made for the west coast instead of video tape.
The post office's mascot for years was the little guy with the harmonica. Mail trucks and boxes were an olive drab green instead of the colors they adopted in the late 60's. Your mailman drove a bike with a triangular kickstand and huge basket.
Those long,glass tubular bottles that alka seltzer came in with the hard foam insert to protect them from breaking. The tablets went flat b4 the tube was finished and they came up with the foil packages. It was Speedy, not "I can't believe I ate the whole thing".
Hand cranked can openers that mounted on the kitchen wall and swung away when not in use.
They still sold washers with wringers. Sears did well into the 60's, so did Firestone.
Reddy Kilowatt. He's retired now with other mascots like the Michilien man, Tony the tiger, 3sso's tiger in your tank, Mr. Peanut, and the Dino's from Sinclair.
Texaco's man with the star gave up trying to sell Jack Benny more then a gallon of gas.
Silver Certificates. Savings Bonds for children.
Boy's title was "Master"
Coin operated hair dryers.
Soda's with cyclamates and the dietetic food section in a store was meant for diabetics where you found the Sweeta and Sacchrine. Oh yes, when TAB bottles weren't round, but slightly oval. Everybody peeled away the cork speta in soft drink bottle caps to see if they were a secret winner even if there was no promotion. My parents friends won a color tv that way. I guess I should also mention bottle caps and church keys
Seago, Metrical, Figurines
Car oil came in cardboard containers with metal lids. That puncturing nozze that was used to open and pour the oil. Gas stations would do anything to get you to fill up over 8 gallons.
If something was made in Japan it was considered junk no matter how good it was, it was still cheap.
When labor union leaders spoke, politicians jumped and listened.
Tube testers in pharmacies, department stores, and hardware stores. TV repair places were everywhere, even drive-in types. None would fix a transistor radio or anything with transistors. You had to send them back to the importer.
Kid's played with inner tubes from tires. They were also cut across the tube to be recycled into large rubber bands. Two were ideal for your school books.
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