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REMEMBER WHEN...? (REVISITED)
Vanity | April 19, 2004 | Self

Posted on 04/19/2004 5:24:29 PM PDT by redhead

Remember when…

…milk cost 25 cents a quart, hamburger was 25 cents a pound, and a loaf of bread was 25 cents?

A kid could go to the store with a dollar and buy everything his mom told him, and still have change.

…the neighbors all knew whose kid you were, and they watched you as if you were their own while you all played outside at dusk?

…a dollar's worth of gasoline would take you a hundred miles?

…mothers wore aprons in the kitchen?

…dads worked at jobs that required ties and belts and "dress-down Fridays were unheard of?

…you could get into the Saturday matinee for 14 cents and still have 11 cents left from your quarter to buy a good-sized pile of candy for the movie?

…you used to sit in your theater seat and wonder why they went to such lengths to decorate the theater with all those cherubs and curlicues and soft lights when nobody could see them in the dark?

…outside sleepovers? We called it "sleeping out." We would all get together, roll out our bedding or sleeping bags on the lawn, and sleep outdoors.

…you could buy a 4-bedroom house on an acre of ground for $5,000?

…the library enforced the "Shhhhh!" rule?

…the only things in the library were books and they actually had a limit on how many you could check out at a time--like 12?

…you and your friends would walk 5 miles to swim, swim for 4 hours, then hike the 5 miles back home?

…toys weren't the only thing in the Sears Christmas Catalog?

…your mom could put together a pretty good Christmas for under a hundred dollars?

…you knew where all the present hiding places were, but never did much more than just "locate" them?

…Valentine's Day meant you went around to your friends' houses and left valentines on their doorsteps?

…nobody worked on Sunday but mom?

…pot roast for Sunday dinner every other week (chicken and dumplings on alternate Sundays) always smelled and tasted so good when you got home from church?

…you had chores to do before you could go play anywhere on Saturday…chores like washing dishes, making beds, doing laundry, sweeping and mopping the floors, etc…?

…your boyfriends all called your mother "Ma'am" and your dad "Sir," and actually had you home before midnight?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; Unclassified; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: goodolddays; lucky50skids; nostalgia; reminisce
Just a few memories from a very happy childhood. Care to add your own?
1 posted on 04/19/2004 5:24:30 PM PDT by redhead
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To: redhead
…milk cost 25 cents a quart, hamburger was 25 cents a pound, and a loaf of bread was 25 cents?

Can't say I remember that. Had to be before I was old enough to know.


A.K.A. Sleepy Brown

2 posted on 04/19/2004 5:28:59 PM PDT by rdb3 (Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.)
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To: redhead
Other than the ones I have already put on the very long thread below, I'd say homemade ice cream. The kind where you had to hand churn it.


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3 posted on 04/19/2004 5:31:23 PM PDT by Maria S ("I'll rule this country by executive order if Congress won't adopt my agenda.'' Bill Clinton, 7/4/98)
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To: redhead
I remember when being a Democrat meant that you were not necessarily an enemy of the United States.
4 posted on 04/19/2004 5:31:29 PM PDT by Radix (Would you like to race this Tag Line to the end of this thread?)
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To: redhead
1. Nobody questioned the "Pledge of Allegiance"

2. Nobody murdered unborn children

3. Marriage was a solemn vow between a man and woman until parted by death.

5 posted on 04/19/2004 5:33:28 PM PDT by wagglebee
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To: redhead; Archie Bunker on steroids
Boy the way Glen Miller played
songs that made the hit parade
guys like us we had it made
those were the days

and you knew who you were then
girls were girls and men were men
mister we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again
didn't need no welfare state
everybody pulled his weight
gee our old Lasalle ran great
those were the days!

6 posted on 04/19/2004 5:34:31 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: redhead
Baseball cards were .01 each and each came with a piece of gum that was rarely eaten. The bargain was the " nickel packs" which had 7? cards
7 posted on 04/19/2004 5:35:09 PM PDT by Renegade
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To: Maria S
Other than the ones I have already put on the very long thread below, I'd say homemade ice cream. The kind where you had to hand churn it.

Yeah, Grandma Maude made that in Arkansas and I had to turn the crank. Rock salt. Milnot milk. And I still preferred Yarnell's. What can I say?


A.K.A. Sleepy Brown

8 posted on 04/19/2004 5:35:16 PM PDT by rdb3 (Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.)
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To: redhead
Bread was a dime at the day-old store

8 KIDS ... 6 BOYS, 2 GIRLS ... I'm #4BOY.

Swordfish on Friday ... good Catholics, ma an' dad.
Roast beef EVERY Sunday, and almost always some married family over for Sunday supper.
Monopoly and Scrabble after the dishes were cleared away.

9 posted on 04/19/2004 5:35:39 PM PDT by knarf (A place where anyone can learn anything ... especially that which promotes clear thinking.)
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To: rdb3
The salt was added to make it colder and it made the worms come out of the ground . Your finger got frozen keeping the water drain hole open from clogged ice.
10 posted on 04/19/2004 5:36:56 PM PDT by Renegade
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To: redhead
Mom made angel food cake and blondies and brownies from scratch; there was no such thing as cake or brownie mix.
11 posted on 04/19/2004 5:41:49 PM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: redhead
Remember when…
…milk cost 25 cents a quart, hamburger was 25 cents a pound, and a loaf of bread was 25 cents?

The Inflation Calculator will show you an item costing 25 cents in 1960 would cost $1.48 in 2002.

12 posted on 04/19/2004 5:42:50 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: Renegade
AND NOW YOU CAN NOT SELL BASEBALL CARDS 10 FOR A PENNY.
13 posted on 04/19/2004 5:46:19 PM PDT by Lokibob (All typos and spelling errors are mine and copyrighted!!!!)
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To: Renegade
If anyone had said in the newspaper that poor people could get a free turkey for Thanksgiving Day, no one would have showed up.
14 posted on 04/19/2004 5:47:43 PM PDT by oldtimer2 (born 1938)
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To: Renegade
I remember (in the 50's) in Kansas, being able to take my gun to school so I could hunt after school. I remember taking fox and coyote ears to the County Courthouse to collect the bounty. I remember a farmer who did have a sleigh that he provided to take some kids to school. Only blizzards or tornados were valid excuses to ditch school. We lived in an expensive two story brick house that cost my dad $60 per month.
15 posted on 04/19/2004 5:48:24 PM PDT by umgud (speaking strictly as an infidel,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,)
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To: Leroy S. Mort
That is THE coolest website I've seen in awhile!! Thank you!!

I plugged in 35 cents for gas in 1965 (I couldn't remember exactly how much it actually was); came up with "What cost $ .35 in 1965 would cost $1.95 in 2002."

Maybe gas prices aren't that bad after all!

Thanks again!!
16 posted on 04/19/2004 5:50:23 PM PDT by Maria S ("I'll rule this country by executive order if Congress won't adopt my agenda.'' Bill Clinton, 7/4/98)
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To: umgud
When I was 10 years old we used to look for soda bottles . 2 cents for the little ones and 5 cents for the quarts. Then we would go to the corner store and buy boxes of .22 shorts. Used to plink cans and hit cattails at about 20 yards.( not to mention rats in the dump)
I still have the weapon, a 1908 Winchester pump. The bore is worn smooth from al the rounds fired from it .
17 posted on 04/19/2004 6:10:43 PM PDT by Renegade
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To: oldtimer2
People went on "relief" not welfare .
18 posted on 04/19/2004 6:12:22 PM PDT by Renegade
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To: Renegade
I remember gasoline at 25 cents per gallon as late as the 1960's. Parley
19 posted on 04/19/2004 6:15:19 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: redhead
The minimum wage was $1.00 per hour.
20 posted on 04/19/2004 6:17:41 PM PDT by csmusaret
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To: Renegade
I still have the weapon, a 1908 Winchester pump.

I always wanted one of those. I recently bought a Rossi Mod 62 pump (in 22WMR) that copies the early winchester gallery guns. What a fun gun.

21 posted on 04/19/2004 6:36:29 PM PDT by umgud (speaking strictly as an infidel,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,)
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To: redhead
Four preteen brothers ranging through a 200 acre wood throwing hickory nuts at each other-be home by dark. No child molesters. Playing Army with baseball bats for guns. The Americans always whipped the Germans and the Japs. Waiting up the road for Dad to come home from work in the tired old Ford pickup-ride in the back the last half-mile. Get a nickle for polishing his shoes before church. Wheaties in a cabinet in the basement during the Cuban missile crisis. So proud of his raise from $2.75 to $3.00 an hour in 1963. He's still working at 78 years of age!
22 posted on 04/19/2004 6:36:55 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: csmusaret
Peanuts in my RC.
23 posted on 04/19/2004 6:40:06 PM PDT by hillyes
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To: redhead
I remember Burma Shave signs on the 2 lane highways.

The most entertaining TV commercials (by far) were the cigarette ads.

TV shows had theme songs that made you want to sit through to the end to listen.

Actors on network TV could offered convincing negative emotion without using crude language, and you could watch the most popular shows with your girl friend without being embarrassed at the utter classlessness of it i.e. network TV was actually watchable.

Backyard basketball games to dark that you had to win by two baskets (just to prove it) and touch football in the street...endless games that ended with, "Next touchdown wins!"

A million innings of wiffle ball...eventually with all hits and most outs following "ground rules."

I'm sure I'll think of a bunch more after I go to bed tonight.

24 posted on 04/19/2004 6:44:30 PM PDT by stevem
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To: Parley Baer
The best California gas price I remember was $0.199 in July 1970 (I was working as a pizza delivery guy at $1.65/hr plus tips).
25 posted on 04/19/2004 6:45:03 PM PDT by Kensei (the path of justice is slow but it grinds exceedingly fine)
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To: Kensei
I remember that 85% of the kids in my grade school walked home from school and 95% of the mothers were home to meet them.

We could go play in the woods. We could get on our bikes and ride anywhere - just away!

We could grab our ice skates and walk through the nature trail alone to skate on the lake in the park.
26 posted on 04/19/2004 6:52:42 PM PDT by mrs. a
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To: redhead
A kid could go to the store with a dollar and buy everything his mom told him, and still have change.

And a Mom who'd let me buy a handful of penny candy with that change. And the candy really cost a penny a piece.

Target shooting with my cousins ... and my brother getting POed because I could hit more targets with the .22 than he could.

Phone calls were a nickle, soda pop a dime.

The time I got caught on a hot July afternoon riding my bike with my shirt off 'cause it was so much cooler.

Of course, we still make ice cream by hand-cranking it. My kids are getting pretty good at it. And I still bake from scratch when I get home from work. Cakes and cookies are just better that way.
27 posted on 04/19/2004 7:11:41 PM PDT by LiberalLady
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To: Kensei
CA had gas wars in the early 70's. I had a Fiat Sport Spyder that got 40 mi/gal and had a 4 1/2 gal. gas tank. A fill-up was about 80 cents.
Sigh.
28 posted on 04/19/2004 7:13:17 PM PDT by speekinout
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To: Mr. Mojo

I could watch midget wrestlin without meathead taking my chair.

29 posted on 04/19/2004 9:08:22 PM PDT by Archie Bunker on steroids (John Fin Kerry ...picking up where Jane Fonda left off)
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To: csmusaret
I went to work for the U.S. Postal Service in 1942 at the rate of 0.65 per hour.
tbird1
30 posted on 04/19/2004 9:19:40 PM PDT by tbird1
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To: redhead
Saturday morning serials chapters 1 through 15,
Fly paper, penny loafers, Lucky Strike Green.
Flat tops, sock hops, Studebaker, Pepsi Please,
Ahh, do you remember these?

Cigar Bands, on your hand, your daddy's socks rolled down.
Sticks, snow floats and aviator caps with flaps that button down.
Movie stars on Dixie Cup tops, and knickers to your knees,
Ahh, do you remember these?

The Hit Parade, grape Tru-Aid, The Sadie Hawkins Dance,
Pedal pushers, duck tail hair and peggin' your pants.
Howdie-Doodie, Tutti-Frutti, the seam up the back of her hose,
Ahh, do you remember those?

James Dean, he was keen, Sunday movies were taboo,
The Senior Prom, Judy's mom, Rock-n-Roll was new.
Cracker Jack prize, stars in your eyes, as Daddy tore the keys,
Ahh, do you remember these?

The boogey man, lemonade stands, takin' your tonsils out,
Hindenburg, -n- wait your turn, and 4 foul balls you're out.
Cigarette loads, -n- secret codes, -n- savin' lucky stars,
Can you remember back that far?

The boat neck shirts, and fender skirts and crinoline petticoats,
Mum's the word, and a dirty bird and a double root beer float.
Moon hub caps, and loud heel taps, and he's a real gone cat.
Ahh, do you remember that?

Dancin' close, little moron jokes, and cooties in her hair,
Captain Midnight, Ovaltine, and The Whip at the County Fair.
Charles Atlas Course, Roy Roger's Horse, and "only The Shadow knows"
Ahh, do you remember those?

Gable's charm, Frog in your arm, loud mufflers, pitchin' woo,
Going steady, Veronica and Betty, white bucks, and "Blue Suede Shoes"
Knock Knock jokes, and "Who's there?", Dewey, Dewey who?;
Do we, do we remember these? Yes, we do, Ahh do we do we remember these?

Statler Brothers
31 posted on 04/20/2004 4:22:36 PM PDT by SAMWolf (Heard the one about the dyslexic devil worshiper? He sold his soul to Santa.)
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To: SAMWolf
Taking the wagon and collecting coke bottles and buying an IMMENSE bag of penny candy--and eating the whole thing!

Riding bikes and playing army and hide and go seek and tag and baseball and "exploring" the canyons of San Diego until it got dark.

Being able to talk to any adult because they were nice and we were respectful.

Going to the drive-in theater in our pajamas and playing on their playground until the movie started (the lights would blink as a warning and all the kids would run screaming back to their cars)

Milk in glass bottles delivered to your door.

Ice cream men that actually sold ice cream.

Getting into a good old fashioned tussle with the obnoxious kid down the street and not being worried he'd come after me with a gun.

Looking forward to the top ten countdown every week on AM radio to see what the new number 1 song would be.


Did I miss anything?
32 posted on 04/20/2004 4:43:37 PM PDT by fidelis (fidelis)
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To: SAMWolf
Gads! I forgot about that song, but every time I heard it, it made me nostalgic. I always laughed when I heard some philospher say, "What are the kids of today going to tell THEIR kids they 'went without?' "
33 posted on 04/20/2004 4:43:53 PM PDT by redhead (That poor guy's so dumb, if he was ever reincarnated, he'd probably come back as himself.)
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To: fidelis
Taking the wagon and collecting coke bottles and buying an IMMENSE bag of penny candy--and eating the whole thing!

You could spend 30 minutes at the penny candy counter trying to figure out what to get. Siiiiigh!

34 posted on 04/20/2004 4:45:54 PM PDT by SAMWolf (Heard the one about the dyslexic devil worshiper? He sold his soul to Santa.)
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To: fidelis
"Taking the wagon and collecting coke bottles and buying an IMMENSE bag of penny candy--and eating the whole thing!"

When we first moved to Payson Utah, we bought an old house that had an old icebox in it. Every Saturday morning, mom would give us 50 cents, and we'd go borrow the neighbor kids' wagon, walk over to the service station, and buy a 50-pound block of ice for the icebox. Gads.

"Milk in glass bottles delivered to your door. Milk in glass bottles delivered to your door."

If you live anywhere around New Prague, Minnesota, you can STILL get home delivered milk in glass bottles. Cream top. Grassfed cows. Nectar of the gods...

35 posted on 04/20/2004 5:39:21 PM PDT by redhead (That poor guy's so dumb, if he was ever reincarnated, he'd probably come back as himself.)
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