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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/21 16:13:13 (permalink)
Great thread, but allow me to take a second and look at it from the opposite direction.
We were in Best Buys the other day.  I stopped just inside the door and looked around the store, which seemed to be the size of a city block and I said to Mrs OC.
"Do you realize that nothing in this store existed when I was a kid?"
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/21 16:14:44 (permalink)
My niece is putting in applications for colleges.  She's applying to 12 colleges.
 
It costs $75 per application!
 
She's afraid she won't get accepted to any if she only does a few.
 
 
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/21 16:32:20 (permalink)
Glow in the dark light sticks...
http://glowproducts.com/glowsticks/
 
We used to win them all the time at the Seaside or Atlantic City arcades. My Father loves them so much if we mention the glow sticks...he goes to grab his jacket...and it's time to break and spin in the air.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/21 16:38:54 (permalink)
ChrisOC

Great thread, but allow me to take a second and look at it from the opposite direction.
We were in Best Buys the other day.  I stopped just inside the door and looked around the store, which seemed to be the size of a city block and I said to Mrs OC.
"Do you realize that nothing in this store existed when I was a kid?"

 
I'm 65 and we had refrigerators and stoves not too far off from what Best Buy sells now. TV's and anything audio, yes they did not exist but basic appliances did. We had to go to Sears or Wards and in Chicago, Polk Brothers and they weren't just everywhere but I remember appliance shopping with my parents in the 1950's. 
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/21 17:18:12 (permalink)
We sure did. I remember one Kennedy and Cohen that was at least the same size as the BB that's not too far from us. When you take into account most TV's were floor and console models and then shelves and shelves of two levels of 19" and smaller TV's. Far more floor space to large appliances when stoves were still 60 and 48" and many more competitors in the field with full product lines represented in all categories. The record sections in some department stores took up near half a floor. Stereo sections were equally as huge when consoles and component systems co-existed with shelves of external components like tape decks and turntables. They even had a department for the antennas on display. Something easily forgotten nowadays. Many stores and department stores were manufactuer's full line displays. Most "department" stores departments easily rivaled a independent's dedicated store in stock depth and even older, legacy accessories that were not on display. The stores were like full brick and mortars under one roof. Best buy and Circuit City were never that complete. The last attempt at something of that nature was Tandy's Incredible Universe that truly took departments at that level and lost their bottom. I think the awsomeness of some of the recent big box stores in general is way overstated. Even a Zayre of the early 60's was a megastore in every way that would dwarf some wallmarts in size and stock depth. One if the local stores use to have a slogan that you could get everything you need there except your tan. They meant it.  I guess this too is something we could add to this thread when the department stores were complete shopping experiences. CC's link above will certainly demonstrate that if you look at the floor lists. 
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/21 17:28:16 (permalink)
Macy's Herald Square is 1.2 million sq. ft. I think I read that Bamberger's in Newark was just as large if not larger...and had their own phone exchange just for that massive store...way back when.

A Best Buy averages between 35-45k sq. ft.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/21 18:06:00 (permalink)
Oh how exciting!!

Newark used to be area code 201 (we still are) and the Bamberger's exchange 565 is my cell exchange!! I hope I have a good department! I will wait for a call!
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/21 18:17:09 (permalink)
There weren't a lot of those big stores back in the 50's. We lived about 50 miles outside of Chicago and if we wanted just about anything, we had to drive in. It wasn't a big deal but kind of an exciting adventure. We'd see and ad on TV or in the Sears catalog and make a day of going "in to the City" to buy whatever.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/21 18:39:18 (permalink)
One of the biggest thrills in life was being able to visit the Macy's Parade Studio as a child...and to bring my children to the "Snoopy Test" sessions every year...when they had to make sure Snoopy & the rest of the gang would fly on Thanksgiving. The artists worked hard all-year-around planning the Parade...and it all happened in the old Tootsie Roll Factory in Hoboken. They recently moved to a bigger space...but it was always a treat.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/22 01:33:04 (permalink)
I LOVE the forgotten things that are iced tea straws sugar nippers and salt spoons. They are forgotten because I try to find every last one that was ever made. Forget I mentioned them.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/22 01:48:32 (permalink)
Ooooh, I need a new obscure collection.
 
Silverplate sardine dishes are becoming too expensive.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/22 02:23:55 (permalink)
I forgot to mention...

***Those items are bad luck...like the Tiki from The Brady Bunch***
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/22 10:34:43 (permalink)
Mar...do you collect sardine forks?

I remember your sardine dishes. Very pretty.

The forks would make a fun addiction/collection.


Ohhhhhh....I love this. I have nothing for sardines...except sugar tongs. That's not right.


http://www.leopardantique...bject/stock/detail/416
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/22 14:09:04 (permalink)
CC, as a matter of fact I do.. or did.  I just sold 2 with the figural sardine handles in the last several months... on Ebay.
 
I tried selling a few of the sardine dishes that didn't have a fish on the lid and I still have them.
 
I have to keep telling myself... I need to sell, not buy...sell not buy.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/22 14:19:27 (permalink)
I think I can bring myself to selling some of the nippers & straws for a few sardine forks!! Beautiful! I also found an old $ sign money clip recently at a thrift store...and it turned out to be Tiffany...for $2!! So...I sell that and a reward for motivation.

I have to find a Silversmith to melt this into that.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/22 14:24:46 (permalink)
  I SO understand you!
 
I sold a lot of my silverplate figural napkin rings which helped pay for cataract surgery.
 
I need to replenish!
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/22 14:27:29 (permalink)
Napkin rings. Oh my!!! I hide them in my jewelry box...so Is don't get a " how many more of these things do you need?" lecture. Better than jewelry.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/22 14:57:24 (permalink)
Marlene-- to go back to you college admissions post.
I was the Director of Admissions at a University in Eastern Kentucky back in the 1980's, when it was decided to begin to charge a $10 application fee (instead of the 'free' Applications of the past). The thought was that it would trim tons of manhours in the admissions process being done for potential students who never would show up to enroll.  The first couple of years there was a huge outcry from the high schools that we were ripping off the kids. The number of applications did drop to a figure much closer to our typical Freshman class size, and eventually it settled down to an accepted practice. I am not sure what the current fee is.  BTW the Fee was applied to the first enrollment bill for the kid who did show up.
  ALSO- If the kid is paying the fee from their own funds, it is amazing how they narrow their selection list to schools they really care about. When someone else is paying they tend to broaden their choices !!!
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/22 15:01:25 (permalink)
Does anyone remember the old Heathkit stores where you could go and buy various electronic kits that contained all the parts to build a radio or other electronic device? My dad built one in the 60's that he still uses. I got an AM/FM radio kit for Christmas in the late 70's that I enjoyed putting together. The store in the Kansas City area went out of business in the early 80's. I have a twelve year old nephew that I thought would enjoy a kit like this but apparently no one makes them any more. If anyone has an idea, please let me know.
 
Thanks
 
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/22 16:50:24 (permalink)
Here's a variety of radio kits...

http://midnightscience.com/kits.html
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/22 16:54:29 (permalink)
Our local Heathkit was sort of a nexis for the local nerd radio,computer,and Hifi community even having a confrence room that sponsored several heathkit user groups met for meetings. The place folded in the late 80's, a shadow of what it once was mostly selling premade IBM compatible computers and other manufactuer's HiFi equipment. They just filed for bankruptcy a few months ago after being primarly an educational and training company for the last 20 years. Last year they announced they were getting back into the kit business, but apparently it never materialized and Heath finally ceased operating as a company.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/22 17:28:15 (permalink)
Magic Fingers coin-operated machines. Invented in 1958 (in New Jersey) it was so popular....and forgotten since the 70s or 80s I suppose.

I only saw it once...at The Shapanack Resort in the Catskills. I think I was 5.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/22 17:39:38 (permalink)
Still around CC. The hotel that I stayed in TN last year still had them. I don't know if the company still makes them or has sold the name to some offshore firm. But there is a home version that's sold in bed and mattress shops with a bedside control unit. The name sounds kinda creepy nowadays though.  
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/22 17:46:10 (permalink)
It was a quarter for 15 minutes back in the day. Did that change?

I'm trying to figure out if that was expensive back then...vs. the cost of other things.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/22 20:14:42 (permalink)
Well Cigarettes were about a quarter a pack back then, maybe less, so.....um.doing the math and depending on the state, you were paying the equivalent of 25-30/hr for a quasi massage.  What does a "legit" masseur charge today? I have no idea........or for the other type of a "massage"!
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/22 20:33:09 (permalink)
The coin meter was still a quarter, but I don't know how long it would run. I'm too frugal to waste a quarter to have found out when I have world class magic fingers besides me. We really knead each other! 
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/22 20:36:38 (permalink)
It's ok to be a loafer after that!!!
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/22 20:49:45 (permalink)
I just know that one of these days everything will be nice and quiet...and I will have to guess what's coming next...and it's a sardine fork to the back of the neck.

Fad Diets from the 70s. That Scarsdale Diet was murder. Never really gets much attention other than the crime.

I have lived on Weight Watchers my entire life...and called crazy because of it. I just like to count and when I talk talk talk about food...I don't eat over the limit.

Cabbage Soup Diet. Master Cleanse. Chicken Soup Diet.

I juice every day.
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/22 22:21:00 (permalink)
I'm doing the Sensa diet now.  I want to sprinkle it on Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.
 
Al, My niece carries a 4.3 average and was inducted in the National Honors Society this year and she's afraid she won't be accepted.
 
That's because when her sister applied to universities for her PHD she was turned down by many, including UCLA where she worked for them in the field in which she wanted her doctorate and received her masters.  That niece was finally accepted to Oxford which she really considered going to before the department at UCLA made a place for her.
 
She's scared!
 
Remember when there weren't courses to help you pass your SATs?
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Re:Things Forgotten 2012/08/23 00:28:27 (permalink)
I saw a card in the frozen section with tiny cubes....the ice cube diet. It was like $30.

False eyelashes. Adhesive & eyes is a stressful thought.

The Epilady. If anyone still has one of those...wow. That's a nightmarish No No.

Washboards & wringers.
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