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Do You Remember When?

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Some of my younger readers may not recognize what the two items above have to do with each other. Sometimes the best way to rewind a cassette tape was with a wooden pencil which fit perfectly into those little holes.

I received a fun e-mail a while back that reminded me of all sorts of items from my youth. I thought it would be fun to reconstruct that e-mail in today's blog post, with several twists of my own.

You older folks will recognize the following item, no doubt.

45 Spindle Adapter

That is an adapter to play 45 r.p.m. records on a record player.

Remember big, clunky reel-to-reel tape recorders?

Reel To Reel

Remember Brownie cameras?

Brownie Camera

And flash bulbs?

Flash Bulbs

Much less "hi-tech" is this aluminum ice cube tray.

Ice Cube Tray

A homemaker's work was made much easier with a wringer washing machine like this one.

Maytag Wringer Washer

Her life was also improved by door-to-door salespeople whose products were just what she needed, like the Fuller brushes.

Fuller Brush Man

Or ... Ding Dong! Avon Calling!

Avon Calling

If you couldn't afford Avon, there was always Evening in Paris for her...

Evening In Paris

...and Aqua Velva for him.

Aqua Velva

Several other products for his grooming were Brylcreem ... a little dab'll do you!


or Vitalis ... to avoid "greasy kid's stuff!"


TV was still in its infancy during my childhood. Much of the day all we saw was a test pattern like the one below.

Test Pattern

When the test pattern was gone, we had great shows like Sky King.

Sky King

And Ed Sullivan with his little friend Topo Gigio.

Topo Gigio

In retrospect, the commercials were really bizarre back then, unlike those of today. Remember Speedy Alka Selzer?

Speedy Alka Seltzer

Remember the ads for Jiffy Pop? You just had to try it out for yourself!

Jiffy Pop

TV commercials got us kids to beg our parents to buy us some neat toys for Christmas. For the girls there was Chatty Cathy.

Chatty Cathy

One of my personal favorites was American bricks. I wish I had saved mine. Any of you other guys play with those?

American Bricks

There was also the very popular cork pop gun.

Cork Pop Gun

This next item was essential for one of our childhood toys.

Roller Skate Key

That's the key we used to tighten our sidewalk roller skates to our shoes.

If our toys were a little dangerous, at least children's lives were made safer with fire escape tubes at school.

Fire Escape Tube

Christmas time for many included an aluminum Christmas tree with a revolving color wheel.

Aluminum Tree

If only I could recover all the time my sister and I wasted lying on the living room floor watching the tree change colors! 🙂

Christmas time also included ribbon candy.

Ribbon Candy

The rest of the year we actually had for real "penny candy."

Penny Candy

And kids would make endlessly long chains with gum wrappers.

Gum Wrapper Chain

But gum was cheap back then, as were many other things. Here are several things we could buy for 5¢.

5 cent Coke

You could buy gum with baseball cards in the pack for 5¢ back then!

5 Cent Baseball Cards

You could send a letter first class for 5¢.

5 Cent First Class Postage

And gasoline was only 25¢ a gallon!

25 Cent Gasoline

You could get a hamburger at McDonald's for 15¢.

McDonalds 15

We didn't have drive-thru restaurants back then. We had drive-in restaurants.

Drive-In Restaurant

Orders were taken and food was delivered by car hops on roller skates.

Car Hops

The drive-in restaurant with car hops on skates is actually making a come back today, like at Sonic.

I hope this has been a fun history lesson for my young readers and a nice nostalgia break from "grown-up life" for those of you closer to my age.

It's fun to reminisce, but quite frankly I like living in our current era, even with all of its problems and frustrations.


"Holy doesn't mean holier than thou. Holy means character like Jesus." — Drew Conley


Nostalgia isn't what is used to be.