a "been-there" mom of six offers encouragement
to wives, young mothers, and those not so young,
and simple common-sense approaches to
the "ings" of life:
child-rearing (hints and helps), homemaking (all areas),
cooking (simple, cheap, and do-it-yourself)
making (toys and gifts), preparing (for the unexpected),
maintaining (sanity and peace in this increasingly crazy world) and more---
all aspects of making the most of making do on little---
and having fun in the process.

Friday, November 8, 2013

More of the Way Things Were 'Back Then'

A continuation of  Slow Food with the author's 

MEMORIES from a friend : 

My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it.. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. 

Do you recognize what the glass soda pop bottle had been "re-purposed" as? 

Note from Gail: Because I too am old, I knew immediately what it was --- the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons.

Irons? you ask! 

Since I am younger than the author, by the
time I was watching my mother iron, we had 
pre-made sprinkling tops for our pop bottles        
was watching my mother iron, we had pre-made 
sprinkling tops for our pop bottles. 

Ahh, such progress. 

How Old Are You?

The author continues with the question, "How many of the following do you remember?"
  • Head lights dimmer switches on the floor. 
  • Ignition switches on the dashboard. 
  • Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall. 
  • Real ice boxes. 
  • Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards. 
  • Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
  • Curling irons you heated on a gas burner. 
  • Using hand signals for cars without turn signals. 

And then offers an Older Than Dirt Quiz, followed by scores : 

Are you game to take it?

Count all the ones that YOU personally  remember ---- not the ones you were told about. 

1. Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water 
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles 
5. Coffee shops or diners with table-side juke boxes 
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers 
7. Party lines on the telephone
8 Newsreels before the movie 
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax 
11.. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels... [if you were fortunate]) 
12. Peashooters 
13. Howdy Doody 
14. 45 RPM records 
15. S& H green stamps 
16. Hi-fi's
17. Metal ice trays with lever 
18. Mimeograph paper
19. Blue flashbulbs
20. Packards
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns 
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebaker  (note from Gail: my parents gave me a 1951 model in 1960.)
25. Wash tub wringers 

If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older 
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 16-25 = You' re older than dirt! 

Finally, the author concluded with "I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of my life".

I am Simply, Gail, and I recognized ALL of them! And, I am thankful that I can. Life was simpler than and these two post were a great memory trip for me, also.

Count your blessings and have a great day!

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