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ScreamingChicken

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Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Thu, 11/10/11 3:23 PM (permalink)
Mel Brooks could update his "2000 Year-Old Man" bit with this thread...
 
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    Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Thu, 11/10/11 3:27 PM (permalink)
    Aha!  I wondered why those camping items came to mind.
     
    Remember pumping the lanterns to give the gas pressure?
     
    Has anyone mentioned skimming the cream off the top of a bottle of milk?  The bottle with that round cardboard top?  I was just a toddler, but I remember it!  My parents used the cream for their coffee.
     
    They had a friend who had seltzer delivered in those cook bottles with the spigot on top.
     
     
     
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      Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Thu, 11/10/11 3:48 PM (permalink)
       
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        Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Thu, 11/10/11 3:58 PM (permalink)
        Cool!  Where do you buy kerosene?
         
         
         
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          Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Thu, 11/10/11 4:03 PM (permalink)
          ScreamingChicken

          Mel Brooks could update his "2000 Year-Old Man" bit with this thread...

          Funny you should mention. "History of the World, Part 1" was on TV last night. I Still laughed my A-- off!
           
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            Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Thu, 11/10/11 4:15 PM (permalink)
            mar52:
            Among other places, Lowe's sell it, along with a few local gas stations (Shell & Clark).
             
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              Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Thu, 11/10/11 4:58 PM (permalink)
              How about the oil lamps. I haven't seen them around for years or the lamp oil that used to be sold in grocery stores, sometimes in colors along with wicking. Those used to be called hurricane lamps around here for emergency lighting. The bottom had the oil and wicking and the burner had a knob that you turned to raise more wick. The top was sometimes two pieced. One bump and the glass tops usually fell off the burner. Another item that you don't seem to see any longer in stores were the little fold-up metal sterno stoves with "canned heat". I know you can still buy them for camping, but sterno is no longer a household item unless it's for a chafing dish at a party supply.
               
              My parents still got seltzer bottle delivery into the 80's. Those colored or clear bottles were so old even then,many were pre-war. The spigot/siphons were also so old that the chrome flaked off and you would get a chrome splinter in your hands. Many of the bottles had a mesh or netting that seemed to be epoxied over them. The seltzer guy delivered the wooden boxes of 10 or 12, not sure. You never got all the water out of them either.
               
              All places sold gallon and half gallon glass,returnable bottles of milk and juices with the swirly,crimped paper tops. Some had a pressed in disk with a tab that always broke and had to be dug out with a knife. The colored plastic, peel off replacements didn't show up unitl the late 60's. Most places sold a snap on spout to cover it after you opened. There used to be this neat,unforgettable sound when someone carried two, empty glass milk jugs together by the handles in one hand that sort of reverberated. Gone I guess with the older mechanical dial telephone sound b4 they went to the quieter ones with the clear dial. I never seen the glass,quart bottles like you seen on TV cereal commercials. By the early 60's, anything below a half gallon was in a carton. Some companies had their own gimmick selling milk in dark or amber bottles as if it was supposed to keep fresher or preserve vitamins from light. Borden down here had a special milk line (Gail Borden) that was only home delivered like that that had his line profile on it. Some of the half gallon bottles had hand/finger grips molded into the bottle.
               
              Next: Soda b4 two liter bottles and the first,glass half gallon ones wrapped in thin foam that were considered disposable...anyone want to pick that up?
               
               
               
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                Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Thu, 11/10/11 5:05 PM (permalink)
                Dawn T,
                You can still buy those oil lamps:
                http://www.aladdin-us.com/?s_kwcid=lamp%20fuel|1030464619&gclid=CNXByK6JrawCFQJ8hwodDjMtIg
                 
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                  Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Thu, 11/10/11 6:12 PM (permalink)
                  Yeah, I have both a glass oil lamp and a Deetz railroad-grade metal lantern, both of which I picked up at the local hardware store. Nice for outdoor deck lighting, and indispensable in a power outage.
                   
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                    Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Thu, 11/10/11 6:18 PM (permalink)
                    Children going to the dentist and, upon "brave" behavior, being given a little vial of mercury to take home and play with!
                     
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                      Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Sat, 11/12/11 12:48 AM (permalink)
                      Running boards on cars.
                      A center headlight (in addition to the other two) on the 1948 Tucker.
                      The Bricklin SV-1 gull-wing sports car (1974, 75 & 76) with a built-in roll cage.
                      Metal roller skates you wore over your own shoes and tightened with a skate key.
                       
                       
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                        Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Sat, 11/12/11 2:41 AM (permalink)
                        We used to sit on the floor in front of the old upright, floor model radio and listen intently to the old radio shows like:
                        Amos & Andy
                        Jack Benny
                        Sat. Night Barn Dance
                        The Lone Ranger
                        The Green Hornet
                        Sky King
                        Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy
                        Edgar R Morrow
                        George Burns & Gracie Allen
                        Gunsmoke
                        Groucho Marx
                        Superman
                        The Advenger
                        Charlie Chan
                        Tales of the Texas Rangers
                        FBI in Peace and War 
                        Arthur Godfrey and his Talent Scouts
                        Bob Hope Show
                        Dinah Shore
                        Death Valley Days
                        Bell Telephone Hour
                        Boston Blackie
                        Sam Spade
                        Inner Sanctum 
                        Mr. & Mrs. North
                        AND
                        "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!"
                        And Many more!
                        Some of these were later made into movies and TV shows but they started out as radio shows.
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                          Foodbme

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                          Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Sat, 11/12/11 3:10 AM (permalink)
                          Rinso Soap
                          Parker Pens
                          Woodbury Soap
                          <message edited by Foodbme on Sat, 11/12/11 3:21 AM>
                           
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                            Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Sat, 11/12/11 11:42 AM (permalink)
                            I may have missed them in someone else's lists-
                            Add to Radio-
                            Buster Brown (went to a broadcast with my cub scout den one time)
                            Gangbusters
                            One Man's Family
                             
                            Last week on one of the cable channels they ran some of the first-year Jack Benny TV shows (1954) including the 'Jam Session" in which Kirk Douglas and Fred McMurry and other Hollywood celebs joined Jack for his 30 minute sketch. A real peek at what we thought was entertainment at the time.
                             
                            RE the gas-mantle lamps. We have several kerosene and old-pump white-gas lamps. I keep one of the kerosene lamps ready for power-failure use (in the garage). We do have two disposable propane lamps ready for emergency house use. They are the modern version of the hand-pumper  Coleman lanterns. Kerosene is available almost everywhere gas is sold in this area.
                            Just to put a comparison into my lists... I recall school lunch milk being 3 cents- glass bottle returned to a rack in the lunchroom-. I just made a deposit into my grandson's school lunch account at his High School.. Milk is 50 cents an 8 OZ container.
                             
                            Remember "darning" socks?
                            correction to one of the above posts-
                            Purple ink printing was on a "ditto" machine that gave off the smell we loved. Those masters, especially the thermal ones were good for only a hundred or so copies. 
                            BUT
                            You had to cut a stencil for a Mimeo Machine and it printed in Black and could make thousands of copies.
                            THEN GOD CREATED THE XEROX 914 !!
                            Remember when "Fun with Dick and Jane" was not a risque joke?
                            Squeezing the color button in the Oleo or Margarine.
                            Making butter by putting a pint of cream into a glass jar and shaking it until it congealed.
                             
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                              mar52

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                              Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Sat, 11/12/11 12:34 PM (permalink)
                              Dawn, I had forgotten about the foam covered soda bottles.
                               
                              Did you, like me try to remove the foam in a one piece spiral from top to bottom?  I try to do the same thing once in awhile with an orange.
                               
                              I remember in the '60s when it was important to see an "air conditioned" decal in a store or restaurant window.
                               
                              There are some things from the past that are good don't exist anymore...  like three separate bathrooms and pay bathrooms.
                               
                              We had those oil heated radiators in my elementary school classrooms to heat the class.
                               
                              Quonset huts...  are there any still around?
                               
                              Dome homes... like the dodecahedrons.
                               
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                                Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Sat, 11/12/11 1:55 PM (permalink)
                                Back when miami was still urban, there were quite a bit of quonsets still in use in the industrial areas in the service,warehouse, and supply trades. (You might remember a lot of them around the airport and on 36th street Don) When most business moved out into the unincorporated areas or out of the county during the mid 60's, those places were razed.
                                 
                                That's a unique image from the past our kids never knew Marlene. That eerie blue glow radiating from inside the toilet bowl and that polished, chrome box on the door with the T knob where you placed the coin. The sign that said "Sanitized for your protection"in each stall. Many of the larger stores also had restroom attendants. Odd you should say that about the foam. It conjured up a memory watching midnight special or kirschner's bored and blasted, carefully stripping a bottle. I remember keeping one of those bottles that I used to mix Kool Aid in when I moved out on my own and couldn't really afford the soda. Those were heavy glass with aluminum screw caps. I had a full one bounce of my bare forefoot opening the fridge which happened to be avocado in color and the stove was harvest gold. How many kids will ever see those colors in a kitchen again?
                                 
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                                  Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Sat, 11/12/11 1:56 PM (permalink)
                                   
                                   
                                  mar52
                                  Quonset huts...  are there any still around?

                                   
                                   
                                   
                                  I grew up in the town where Quonset Huts originated.  It is North Kingstown, RI, which had Quonset Naval Air Station, as well as Davisville, which was home of the "SeaBees".    "SeaBees" (or C.B.) meant Construction Batallion.  ... Basically an engineering and construction part of the Navy.   
                                  Anyway, as for Quonset huts, there are still plenty around.  I'm not sure if they are still building them anywhere, but they are a simple design, and they would be relatively easy to construct. 
                                   
                                  Quonset Huts came in many sizes and "finsihes", and some were used for private homes, as well as commercail use and even small warehouses.  Of course, the main use and original use was military. 
                                   
                                  Glenn
                                   
                                   
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                                    Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Mon, 11/14/11 4:10 PM (permalink)
                                    X-ray machines in the Buster Brown shoe stores so the salesman could show your mom how the shoes fit. 
                                     
                                    Collecting money to buy Pagan Babies in Catholic grade schools
                                     
                                    5 & 10 cent stores with an incubator full of dyed live peeps for sale around Eastertime
                                     
                                    A full counter in Woolworth's devoted to hankerchiefs for men, women and children.  Plastic triangular boxes to store hankies.
                                     
                                    Glass coke bottles stamped with the name of the town where they were manufactured
                                     
                                    Coin operated perfume dispensers in ladies' rest rooms
                                     
                                    A free Tony the Tiger glass for a gasoline tank fill-up
                                     
                                    Woodburning sets
                                     
                                    Ashtrays in airplane armrests and also in department store fitting rooms 
                                     
                                     
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                                      Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Mon, 11/14/11 4:42 PM (permalink)
                                      You might enjoy these pix of vintage Christmas items I took at the Nat'l Christmas Center in Paradise PA.  (It's a few miles down the same road (Rt.30) as Dienner's Country Restaurant, which has been mentioned here many times.)
                                       
                                       
                                       

                                       

                                       

                                       
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                                        Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Mon, 11/14/11 5:57 PM (permalink)
                                        Incandescent Christmas lights.
                                        Christmas lights that when 1 bulb in the string went out, they all went out!
                                        Tinsel made out of real tin foil.
                                        Stringing Fresh popped popcorn with a needle and thread to make strings to put on the tree.
                                        Blowing up balloons and wrapping them with yarn dipped in liquid starch. When the yarn dried, you popped the balloon and you had a Christmas ornament.
                                        Building your own Christmas tree stand out of scrap lumber.
                                        Night Caps to wear, not drink!
                                        Making wreaths in Boy Scouts out of real boughs to sell as a fundraiser.
                                        Going Caroling Door to Door.
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                                          Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Mon, 11/14/11 11:24 PM (permalink)
                                          RubyRose

                                          Coin operated perfume dispensers in ladies' rest rooms
                                          Woodburning sets

                                          Not coins, but the song "Before He Cheats" refers to "Bathroom Polo", so it must exist in some places.
                                           
                                          Woodburning sets are alive and well at craft stores like AC Moore (I'm considering buying one for my oldest grandson):
                                           
                                          http://www.acmoore.com/ns...mp;SiteSearchButton=go
                                           
                                          Bart
                                           
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                                            Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Mon, 11/14/11 11:26 PM (permalink)
                                            The Bittersweet Chocolate ice cream soda at Walgreen's.
                                             
                                            Bart
                                             
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                                              Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Mon, 11/14/11 11:40 PM (permalink)
                                              Ruby Rose:
                                              I have almost everything in the pictures you posted in my collections.  (I collect Christmas, especially unusual Santa Claus items and wax figural candles.) 

                                               
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                                                mar52

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                                                Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Tue, 11/15/11 1:11 AM (permalink)
                                                Stop signs and railroad crossing signs that have a bunch of round plastic reflectors on them.
                                                 
                                                I also remember street signs out on the highways with bullet holes.
                                                 
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                                                  Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Tue, 11/15/11 1:15 AM (permalink)
                                                  Now there's a memory! IIRC, it was several squirts of chocolate sauce followed by a spray of seltzer foaming up as it filled, stirred with the long spoon. Scoop or so of chocolate ice cream,whipped cream,and a cherry on top. Tall, ribbed soda fountain glass. 
                                                   
                                                  Tinsel being called icicles and made from lead.
                                                  Then there was the spun glass wool that was called Angel hair. Itched like crazy if you got it on yourself.
                                                  The strings of huge bulbs that the glass was painted and you could scratch it with your nail and the base was brass and glass. The cord was insulated with green fabric and the bulb base/holders were made from bakelite with a screw holding it together and it had a clip on it that you never used. 
                                                  Many of your ornaments were made in the oven as cookies and painted.
                                                  OOOOHH anyone remember the garlands that were packaged flat wound on a card and you unwound it the package with two people. There was a little crank that was in the package that hooked onto the end loop and someone turned the crank until the flat garland turned into a pretty twist?
                                                  How about those mini 3' "living trees" that they lined the grocery section with the silver or gold bases filled with water. They were sprayed with some sort of epoxy or plastic green goo and lasted for years. They were really dead,but for some reason they got a pass on the labeling.
                                                  Should I mention the alumunim artificial trees with the color wheel for the modern homes?
                                                  How about the early artificial green trees that were made with that green celephane stuff b4 they started making the toilet brush style ones.
                                                   
                                                   
                                                  That brings us to the toilet freshners that were wrapped in colored celophane and later plastic that your bent the wire to fit your bowl. Not only did your toilet smell nice as the stuff eroded, it also gave you a nasty rust streak. I guess the kids now would never believe there was a guy in a dingy in your tank waiting to give you a tidy bowl pitch...or the virle,bald headed guy with the white shirt and ear ring that popped up in your kitchen after your husband went to work and arrested your problems? 
                                                   
                                                   
                                                   
                                                  bartl


                                                  The Bittersweet Chocolate ice cream soda at Walgreen's.

                                                  Bart


                                                   
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                                                    Foodbme

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                                                    Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Tue, 11/15/11 2:33 AM (permalink)
                                                    mar52

                                                    Stop signs and railroad crossing signs that have a bunch of round plastic reflectors on them.
                                                    I also remember street signs out on the highways with bullet holes.

                                                    They still shoot Highway signs with an added twist. They now shoot other motorists!
                                                     
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                                                      Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Tue, 11/15/11 2:38 AM (permalink)
                                                      Christmas Cards that didn't have a picture of the family and the family dog on them that you could mail for a Nickel.
                                                       
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                                                        Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Tue, 11/15/11 9:40 AM (permalink)
                                                        DawnT


                                                        The strings of huge bulbs that the glass was painted and you could scratch it with your nail and the base was brass and glass. The cord was insulated with green fabric and the bulb base/holders were made from bakelite with a screw holding it together and it had a clip on it that you never used. 


                                                        I have some similar strings (plastic instead of fabric insulation) that I inherited from my parents and they still get used indoors, and my outside lights are still the C9 (the big bulbs) variety.
                                                         
                                                        Brad
                                                         
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                                                          Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Tue, 11/15/11 10:56 AM (permalink)
                                                          We had a TV built into a wooden cabinate, it must have weighed 150 lbs and was basically a piece of furniture.
                                                           
                                                          Cereal toys that were actually pretty substantial.
                                                           
                                                           
                                                          I still have a few nice oil lanterns.
                                                           
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                                                            Re:Things you remember that today's youth will never know. Tue, 11/15/11 12:26 PM (permalink)
                                                            Foodbme

                                                            Christmas Cards that didn't have a picture of the family and the family dog on them that you could mail for a Nickel.

                                                             
                                                            Even in the semi-rural area where I grew up, there was such a volume of Christmas cards that on weekdays for about two weeks before Christmas, there was both a morning and an afternoon mail delivery. 

                                                             
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