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Old 05-22-2018, 07:17 AM
 
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I am so old that I have talked on a rotary phone while listening to a transistor radio when I was wearing go go boots, a miniskirt and a shirt with a nehru collar.

How about you? How old are you?


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I am so old I danced the twist to Chubby Checker 78 rpm vinyl singles while wearing a poodle skirt, saddle shoes, and a blouse with a Peter Pan collar.
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Old 05-22-2018, 08:15 AM
 
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I am so old...

...that we weren't allowed to wear denim jeans in (public) school until 10th grade.

...that there was a rule your skirt had to be x inches above your knee and no more!

...I listened to 45 rpm records ("singles").

...that I remember a letter prefix to the family's rotary phone (NE7-xxxx, "NE" stood for Newco)

...that the air conditioning in the family car consisted of rolling down all the windows.

...that if you got into trouble at school, you got it double at home.

...that I remember having 3 television stations available and thinking that was way cool!

...that I remember watching the coverage of JFK's assassination, and seeing my parents cry.

...that I walked uphill 3 miles to school in the driving snow all year, and walked home from school in the same driving snow!
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I am so old I remember red plaid lunch boxes
nickel candy bars

Coke in green glass bottles

Dr. Kildare and Ben Casey were heart throbs
doctor tunics were a fashion item
getting real polio shots not the sugar cubes
cars with huge tail fins
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Old 05-22-2018, 08:39 AM
 
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I remember sodas that were fifteen cents

Buying my uncle cigarettes from those cool vending machines

Mountain Dew in bottles with the ugly hillbilly on them

Time before “city water”

Watching my mom tease her hair and wondering why on earth anyone would do that

The Smothers Brothers

I missed out on smallpox vaccine by one year... was sooo relieved


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Old 05-22-2018, 08:41 AM
 
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that I remember buying penny candy at the corner grocery store,
having the milkman bring milk in glass bottles,
buying cigarettes ( for my parents),
the bread man having fresh bread and doughnuts in his delivery truck
postage stamps costing 3 cents
wearing saddle oxfords to school.
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Those were the days my friend
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The days we thought would never end,
Those song lyrics reminded me of more stuff, like clothes drying on the line in the sun, and using the wringer washer.
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Old 05-22-2018, 08:48 AM
 
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I remember listening in on the party line on the phone

Taking a dime with me when I went out in case I had to make a phone call from a pay phone

Long distance phone charges

Sitting on an adult's lap in a car when there were too many people

You couldn't wear pants to school or work
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- listening for your family’s special ring pattern to answer the party line
- great grandparents with a pump to get water and an outhouse
- going to the store with a quarter to buy bread and having money left over to buy penny candy
- putting a transitor radio on the dash of the family card in order to listen to music
- having to go through a switchboard to place a call in the dorm
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Old 05-22-2018, 10:01 AM
 
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Phone numbers had 1-word prefixes that were abbreviated to 2 letters (mine was Frontier = FR) followed by numbers. No area codes at all.

Playing outside til the streetlights came on. Playing with neighborhood kids.

5 cent candy bars.

Making my own friends and my own plans.


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So long ago...
Old 05-22-2018, 10:10 AM
 
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...not getting a manicure until I was 35!
...walking home from school for lunch.
...no busses to my high school, we had to take a public bus and pay for it ourselves.
...using spare change to fill the gas tank.
...sitting with my class for church on sundays (they took attendance).
...Sunday drives ending with a picnic.
...riding in the back of dadís pickup with no car seats or seatbelts.
...not going in an airplane until I was 29!
...everyone around us smoking cigarettes (yuck)
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I'm so old that I remember
Old 05-22-2018, 10:34 AM
 
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**when it was an embarrassment to let your bra straps show

**when there were only black and white photos and tv shows

**when it took Mom all afternoon to prepare the evening meal
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My mom made all my clothes. Then we passed clothing on to cousins. Too poor to buy items at the store.

My mother taking all day to give me a perm.

*getting a Shirley Temple doll for Christmas

* buying day old doughnuts from the local bakery 2 for a nickel

* thinking babies really did come from the cabbage patch

* listening to 45's
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I'm so old that I remember :
Old 05-22-2018, 11:49 AM
 
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- The doctor making house calls with his little black bag

- having a pair of rollerskates that fit over your shoes and needed a key to tighten them

- walking with a ivory muslin over-the-shoulder bag, house to house, to deliver newspapers on my paper route after school every day

- wearing an Easter bonnet and white gloves to church

- having to eat liver once a week because it was recommended to keep us healthy

-hearing the coal truck sending coal down the shoot into the cellar to be burned in our furnace every winter

-polishing my daddy's shoes every weekend with a shoe polish paste from a tin can

- ...TMI..... sanitary napkins and the elastic belts that went with them

- wearing a pretty cotton handkerchief pinned to my dress with a safety pin to school

- my school lunch items wrapped in wax paper

- big paper grocery bags..and using them to make book covers for school books

- Green stamps

- full-service gas stations where the workers wore uniforms

-Pay phone booths

- Library card catalog drawers
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Old 05-22-2018, 01:18 PM
 
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Does anyone remember Tiny Tears dolls? I always wanted a Chatty Cathy. I used to take the German Shepherd out of my brother's army men packs. Playing outside all over the neighborhood. When my parents needed us they just whistled. Our big treat was going to McDonald's once a month. I know I'm old because those times seem so much simpler. Do you think these times will seem simpler to our kids as they grow older???
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Old 05-22-2018, 01:48 PM
 
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I remember walking to school over a mile.
I remember going to McDonalds with a $1 and got a cheeseburger, fries and a coke.
I remember in 6th grade we could wear culottes to school.
I remember riding bikes everywhere.
I remember living on a culdesac and playing in the street. Tennis, baseball, four square etc.
I remember one dad would whistle for dinner and we all went home to eat.
I remember Stairway to Heaven being the song you wanted to slow dance to because it was a long song. HS
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Old 05-22-2018, 01:51 PM
 
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I found my club!

- I remember when zip codes were implemented and everyone shook their heads at one
more thing to add to an envelope.

- finding those little round discs used with 45's in the junk drawer.

-the raised eyebrows when a girl wore "good" shoes with French heels to school.

-getting dishes and glasses after filling up the car. Some of those glasses are very
collectable now days.

- listening to the two (competing) teen radio stations on my small transistor radio that
Santa brought.
-bench seats in cars instead of bucket seats.
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One of my favorite memories is the milkman leaving glass bottles of milk on our porch.

Watching the Beatles on Ed Sullivan.

Staying up in college to watch the channels sign off on the tv.

Getting a tv in my own room (I was at least 16).

Having a paneled station wagon and fighting to get to ride in the third seat, which faced backwards.

The first time I saw a colored tv set, at a friend's house.

Flying in a propeller plane and sitting in the nonsmoking section (in the back).

Coming home for lunch every day from school.

Silver or pink aluminum Christmas trees.

Record players.

Getting to wear pants to high school.

Working at a store in my early 20s where the dress code was dresses or skirts.

Stores that were closed on Sunday (most of them).

Hot pants. Penny loafers. Rolling my hair around a juice can to straighten it.

The can of Crisco on my mother's stove.
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Thank you 1956BD!
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You inspired a long trip down memory lane! It was so much fun to remember all of these memories! I have nothing to add ...GREAT job to all who submitted!!
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getting film developed and then arranging the photos in an album? I miss those days.
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Old 05-22-2018, 05:21 PM
 
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I can remember calling the operator and getting advice about who I should call for my situation.
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Old 05-22-2018, 05:28 PM
 
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...Having the first Barbie doll in the Black and white striped bathing suit.
...When a Sweet Tart was a large chunk of candy you gnawed on
...Not having a color TV until I was in high school
... Tinker toys and American Bricks
... when a loaf of bread was $.19
... Mom pulling a wheeled wire shopping cart to take to the store for groceries
... hanging all our clothes on the line to dry: did not have a dryer until I was in high school
... playing outside with the neighborhood kids all day all the time unless we had homework
... going to my friends house to play by either walking or biking;never ever used the telephone to do this
... watching the TV show Lost in Space on Wednesday nights at 6:30 PM
... When mademoiselle dolls were expensive and something treasured to play with
... playing with the 4 inch diameter black Super Ball
... knowing all the neighbors names on my block
... putting my books in a baggie if it was raining; no school bags
... umbrellas with a large metal top
... Reading Dick and Jane in first grade
... taking naps in kindergarten
... there were no preschools
... The ice cream man riding a large tricycle in the neighborhood
... getting free ice from the ice cream truck
... Rarely ever eating out; mom cooked roasts and other large meals
... Howard Johnson’s restaurant when we did eat out
... A one car family
... taking three buses to get to the doctor’s office
... going downtown Chicago to see all the beautifully decorated windows at Christmas time in all the department stores
... going to the airport on a Sunday afternoon just to watch the planes take off
... Sunday drives
... all stores, gas stations, restaurants, etc. were all closed on Sundays
... wearing a fur mitt (where you would put your hands in instead of mittens) on Sundays to church
... Play leaders at recess for the lower grades
... wearing a light scarf over brush rollers and sleeping on them
... no air-conditioning in my homes until I was married
... Wells and out houses in the forest preserves
... keeping ourselves occupied - without the use of iPads, cell phones, or any other kind of games
...the stores Lyttons, Rothschilds, Wieboldts, Woolworths, the Five and Dime, etc.
... walking a mile and a half to school every day
... walking that mile and a half to school during the snowstorm of 1967
... stopping at the soda parlor to have a chocolate sundae with a friend

Taking a break for now. Tried not to repeat anything previous posters said.
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My sister had a Tiny Tears doll. My Chatty Cathy broke on Christmas Day.
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I am so old I remember being excited about a 4th TV channel.....

Dancing at Disco clubs with my friends on Friday nights

No central air/heat until I was in Jr. high school

Only dresses and skirts worn to school until 6th grade

Being bused to a different school in 5th grade because of desegregation

Going for rides on Sunday afternoons and always stopping at a little hole in the wall restaurant in the country

Being able to play kickball, baseball and football on a vacant lot in the neighborhood and no one cared

A gallon of gas was 29.9 cents

Being able to walk to a local convenience store and getting a whole bag of candy for a dime

My mom taking us to G.C. Murphy and sitting at the counter having milkshakes

Recording songs from the radio or our record albums onto a tape recorder so we could listen to all our favorites

Ordering our back to school clothes from the Sears catalog

Black and white TV until Jr. High

Green stamps

I love reading all of these!

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I'm OLD!
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I am so old that I've done EVERYTHING mentioned by the PPs. I am so old I would only repeat what others have mentioned because I can't remember all the things the others mentioned. Loved reading all of the posts and bringing back warm, wonderful memories! BUT I am so young I'm still getting up every morning and thanking GOD for my rich, full life! I am so young I can walk 5 miles everyday. I am so young I appreciate the beauty around me found in unexpected ways! I am so young I cherish my family and friends & am there for them whenever they need me. I'm so young I am always looking for new adventures!! Love being an old gal with a young outlook!!
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You've said it! I love it! I hope we may all remain young enough to do all those things you mentioned.
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Wow! How wonderful that most of us can share these sweet memories and be grateful for these experiences but still love where we are in life currently. Thanks for posting!

I might add: the area where most people sat to visit was the kitchen, not the parlor or living room with the super heavy couch. There was always food served and you would NEVER eat in the parlor. No wonder their furniture lasted decades.
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I agree with a lot and would just be repeating except for this one:

* I'm so old, I can remember when there wasn't a McDonalds!
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I was one of the first (if not the first) to wear pants to college classes after I got tired of changing after working in the scene shop in the theatre building. Boy, did I get looks!

I went to college on an S&H Green Stamps employees' child scholarship. And a $500 per year scholarship paid tuition, books, and bus fare.

Milk came in glass bottles.

We ate Love Nest candy bars for the thrill of asking for one by name.

The joy of having 33 1/3 long playing records of new musicals.

I watched my first TV show through the window of a neighbor who left the windows open for the children perched on the porch railing.

I saw the premier of Bonanza.

Our first application for a credit card was turned down because, the bank's letter stated, I was "of child bearing age."

Not getting my scholarship money turned over by the college until I verified that I hadn't been convicted of participating in a violent demonstration.

Asking for reimbursement for a work related class in my first job which was at a bank and being turned down because those classes were for permanent employees and "we don't consider women permanent employees."

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I remember many things you'll mentioned and...

my mom's outstretched arm was our "seat belt" when we stopped suddenly

big 10 cent ice cream cones

sliding around in the car's back seat when we turned the corner sharply

my old phone number ED 6-5349 on our rotary phone and calling for the correct time

no AC in the car and we had a "canvas" water bag on the hood ornament when we traveled across Arizona and Texas

no heat on the second floor of our house; windows iced up inside during winter, and an oil furnace, standing over the big floor grate in the living room to warm up in the morning

taking frozen clothes off of the clothesline

ironing pillowcases and sheets

sewing our own clothes

wearing dresses to school every day, we even wore dresses to college classes

.19 hamburgers at the Kow Korner

dragging the gut

Nancy Drew books

such fun memories
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I loved Captain Kangaroo, Rabbit, Mr. Green Jeans, Dancing Bear and Mr. Moose.

Waiting for my name to be called on Romper Room - 1 time, boy was I excited.

Having friends teach me how to ride my bike. But they forgot to tell me how to stop so I fell in the bushes at the end of the hill.

Learning to roller skate on an outdoor skating rink.

Having a dollar on Saturday: went to the movies, had popcorn and going to the skating rink.

Big Chief tablet for school.

Buying/renting books at the local book store for elementary school.

Catching up on all the new shows when we returned to the United States after being away for 3 years.

Reading books at the grocery store when mom shopped.

Playing jacks while waiting for the bus.

Writing letters to family and eagerly waiting the mailman to bring the mail.

This was fun to read everyone's memories and to go back in time to think about my childhood.
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I am so old I remember when they mixed custom paint using eyedroppers instead of computers.

(Waiting way too long in home depot)
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I remember before computers waiting a long time for a custom paint color. However, I never watched them as they made the color for me.
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--I'm so old that I was able to actively participate in singing in the children's choir at a latin mass.

--I'm so old that when I was quarantined for scarlet fever my uncle brought over a brand new Sony portable black and white tv so I could watch The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show.

--I'm so old that I remember when black patent leather shoes were forbidden at school because the boys could look up our uniform skirts in the reflection.

--I'm so old that I remember at my Omi's house her gas powered refrigerator could not freeze ice cubes so we had to get large blocks off a truck for family celebrations. Sometimes we would push these large blocks of ice up a grassy hill, wrap a towel over it , and slide, slide, slide down the steep hill. Ah, those were the days.

I'm so old that I remember watching the Undersea World of Jacque Cousteau and celebrated the fact that because of his invention the undersea world could be explored by everyone with scuba equipment!!!

-I loved his quote

"When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life,
he has no right to keep it to himself."

--Last but not least I remember at age 5-6 going deer hunting in So. Cal. at my dad's boss's ranch and RUFUSING to help my dad skin, clean, or eat the liver from it.
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While cleaning out my room today...I found one of my favorite books from college (an early childhood development class) A Child Goes Fourth. The year I had to use this book in one of my classes read 1979. Now this makes me feel old. I wrote my name on the inside cover and wrote in that year.
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These make me feel happy when I remember
Old 06-11-2018, 05:43 PM
 
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: Sitting at the kitchen table with my sister, mom and each with a damp sponge pasting in S&H Green stamps in the books (too young, haha, to remember what they were turned in for.
: UHF channels 21, 27 and 33. I seem to recall there was a 40 something but you couldn't see it through the "snow."
: the topic in my dad's world was when with seconds left Heidi interrupted the NFL game and everyone missed seeing the last scoring runs
: holding hands while walking with my mom on my right and dad on my left. They'd say 1-2-3 weee! and both would lift their arms and swiiing. I don't know how they had the stamina
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Old 06-15-2018, 11:06 AM
 
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These were fun to read haha
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