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#1 MG Brown

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 10:58 AM

Nostalgia, Humor. How many do you remember?

 

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 11:58 AM

#1 Clove gum
#3 Snaps licorice
#15 Grandma traded S&H stamps for my first Akro-Mils Slot car box

 

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 12:07 PM

I remember when rocks were soft, dirt was white, and I was sad when the dinosaurs died.

 

I do not remember Blackjack gum, and butch wax. I have heard of newsreels but never saw them.

 

When Bugs Bunny's plane stopped inches from crashing because it ran out of gas, I understood what an "A" card was.  


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Posted 14 July 2020 - 12:10 PM

I nailed all 17.   :laugh2:


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Posted 14 July 2020 - 12:25 PM

cool box! my mom saved S&H's too. i used to help licking 'em into the books.  can't remember what i got with 'em (i was pretty surprised when she said that i could use them!) but i know it was something good that i wanted.

btw, i had a friend in high school (Middletown NJ '64-68) named Doug Asay. he pronounced it Ace-ey. 

 

had all of the above except #'s 7 & 10. there's a diner on lower Main st. in Nashua NH (Poor Pierre's?) that may even still have the table-side juke box control heads, but i haven't been in there in years. 

my first music system as a kid was monaural (as were all the early LP's), with a big wall-mounted two-way speaker and a preamp i built with my Dad from a (Eico?) kit. it even had a few early transistors in it! 

(i heard a cheap stereo the other day and i'm-a Lafayette!  lol we had one of their stores in our town) 

 

here's another one: Flav'R Straws! 


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Posted 14 July 2020 - 12:26 PM

This quiz was too easy. Anyone over 60 should remember most of them.

 

1. Teaberry was my favorite next to Bazooka.

2. Those wax bottles were great because we could chew the wax after. 

3. The sugar candy cigarettes gave us a chance to look "cool" legally

4. Those old Coke, and Pepsi, machines are bringing big bucks these days. I liked the one at the local Standard station, where you had to drag the bottle through the track shaped in an ess.

5. The local Walgreens had table mounted juke-box controllers. They were still there in the 70's when Walgreens finally ended their food service.

6. Our family had Bowman's service for a while. The milk came in glass quart bottles with the cardboard seal. The best part was the drivers would give us kids chunks of ice in hot weather.

7. Party lines were the norm until the end of the 50's. You could pick up the phone and hear one of your neighbors yakking away. In an emergency, you tapped on the handset yoke and the operator would cut in. 

8. We usually stood out in the lobby of the York Theater until the newsreels were over and the movie was about to start. I don't remember when they stopped running them, I was really young then.

9.  My family couldn't afford P.F. Flyers. Our shoes came from the Army-Navy surplus store in town.

10. We didn't have Butch wax in my area. 

11. We couldn't stay up late enough to see the nightly test patterns, but they dictated what time we could turn on the TV in the morning. TV was the one extravagance my family could afford. Black and white, of course. It was a big disappointment when Disney started broadcasting "The Wonderful World of Color"

12. Peashooters. One of the greatest inventions ever. We brought ours to school, and anytime the teacher's back was to us, the ordinance was flying. Got to know the school principal real well because of them.

13. Of course we watched Howdy Doody. With Cowboy Bob. And Lunchtime Little Theater with Kookla, Fran and Ollie. And Two Ton Baker, the Music Maker. Need more? 

14. Since we couldn't afford LPs, 45s were our mainstay. As soon as we heard the tune on WLS or WCFL, if we liked it, we were off to Walgreens to get it. 

15. My Ma saved S&H Green Stamps. We got a bunch of stuff from the redemption center located in Berkley when it was on Butterfield road. Mostly pots, pans and dishes. After that it was King Korn.

16. 45s didn't come in stereo, so we played them on little high fidelity phonos. Our first stereo was a consol unit, so if we wanted to take our music with us, it was played on the portable players, which were mono.

17. Yup. And still use them to make ice. Mirro-craft, I believe.   


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Posted 14 July 2020 - 02:22 PM

Shhh, don't interrupt, I'm busy downloading all 168 episodes of Rocky and Bullwinkle....


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Posted 14 July 2020 - 02:39 PM

Shhh, don't interrupt, I'm busy downloading all 168 episodes of Rocky and Bullwinkle....

 

Bought the six DVD sets of Loony Tunes - Label as "period humor not suitable for children".


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Posted 14 July 2020 - 03:54 PM

Dear lord, am I really that old?


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Posted 14 July 2020 - 04:22 PM

You're fine, Don, whatever you're doing just keep it up and don't worry  :friends:


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Posted 14 July 2020 - 04:41 PM

There's an ice cream shop near me that sells all of the gum and candy mentioned.  Blackjack, Teaberry, and Clove gum (they even have Teaberry ice cream!), wax soda bottles, candy cigarettes and bubblegum cigars, shoelace licorice etc etc.  

 

And I've just started collecting the odd 45 when I come across them.   :)


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Posted 14 July 2020 - 06:19 PM

I remember all of them.  There's still a diner in Ventura that has the tableside Music machines.  I grew up on a party line! And we had a collection of 45's-- my sister knew a DJ--and he sent her every #1 hit song from 1956 to 1961!! She still has them all in box's! I remember news reels and cartoons before and after the movies we went to in Costa Mesa, Cal.  Guess I've been privileged to get OLD!!  :)


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Posted 14 July 2020 - 07:10 PM

I'm a little too young for newsreels. (The rest... Oh my, my swiss cheese memory remembers...)

 

We always had a short Coming Attractions and a Looney Tunes cartoon before the double feature at the old Capital Theater in West Allis, WI. My buddies and I'd go in for the Saturday Creature Feature movies and armed with our $1.50 allowances, we'd grab and share 1 box each of: 

 

Jawbreakers

JuJuBes

Mothballs

Good and Plenty

Raisinettes

Milk Duds

Nibs black licorice bites (the only real licorice cause it's the only one WITH licorice in it!)

and just in case we didn't have enough of a sugar rush, a monster Charms Big Pop! sucker.

 

Oh! I almost forgot...We'd get a Tootise Pop and then see how many bites it took to eat one. ...

 

Popcorn, buttered or otherwise we ate or home. Of if banished to the balcony for bad behavior, it was the missile of choice to toss down at the unsuspecting kids on the mezzanine level.

 

Movies like, The Thing, Them, The Day the Earth Stood Still...Aah...Buck Rogers to the rescue!

 

If we had a penny or two left, we'd grab a roll of Necco wafers to eat as that nights dessert after dinner.


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Posted 14 July 2020 - 07:35 PM

Re #13

 

I was actually in the "peanut gallery" for one of the Howdy Doody shows, as I grew up in Manhattan where the show originated from.

 

So there Young'uns

 

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 08:09 PM

There's an ice cream shop near me that sells all of the gum and candy mentioned.  Blackjack, Teaberry, and Clove gum (they even have Teaberry ice cream!), wax soda bottles, candy cigarettes and bubblegum cigars, shoelace licorice etc etc.  

 

And I've just started collecting the odd 45 when I come across them.   :)

 

John - do they do on-line?  I'd like to get some of this stuff again to share with my grandchildren (and me, of course)!  Would make great Christmas Stocking doo-dads too; think of all the questions they would have...


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Posted 15 July 2020 - 07:58 AM

I remember everyone. Like john when trinity was in our Piscataway location, the breakfast shop had all the old candies, even Mallo cups.

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Posted 15 July 2020 - 08:18 AM

The telephone number, at the home I grew up in N.Y., was LYRIC1-8514. You used the first 2 letters and the number became 591-8514. I guess the Lyric was to help you remember the number better? Rotary phones should be added to the list.


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Posted 15 July 2020 - 08:45 AM

Right. Ours was Terrace. Now it is 83. Area code had changed four times.

 

The Loony Tunes cartoons were very violent, as were a few others. Oddly, I have never heard of them getting blamed for a mass shooting. 

 

At my 50th high school reunion, the topic of drive-in theaters came up, and the stories just flowed like Niagara Falls.  



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Posted 15 July 2020 - 09:02 AM

Yeah, they took away Elmer Fudd's guns the other day (seriously...)


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Posted 15 July 2020 - 09:05 AM

Don Weaver:

 

Probably not, but I would be happy to buy whatever you want and send it to you.  They specialize in the "old school" stuff, so if there is anything that is particularly nostalgic, let me know and I'll see if they have it.


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Posted 15 July 2020 - 09:18 AM

The closest nostalgia candy store I have found with on-line ordering is HERE.

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Posted 15 July 2020 - 11:26 AM

I nailed all 17.   :laugh2:


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Posted 15 July 2020 - 11:27 AM

MG, the candy section of The Vermont Country Store has a lot of the oldies as well.

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Posted 15 July 2020 - 11:29 AM

I got 16 out of 17. I had to Google Butch wax... I never had a crew cut. LOL.

 

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Posted 15 July 2020 - 11:32 AM

Neither did I, but I knew what it was.

The faintest memory for me is of Howdy Doody.


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