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This kind of goes along with the Lost Words from our childhood post.
Sorry if it has already been posted.
I do remember Perry Como singing about a Big Pizza Pie Hits your Eye and we didn't have a clue what the hell he was singing about.
Never had a Pizza until 1962. So this post hits home a lot.
Other than going to the A&W with the family for foot longs and root beer floats, which were a treat, our family never went out to eat.

Hope some of you old Farts remember some of this. If not welcome to CRS :D :D :D


Remember the "Good Ole Days? D





Remember Slow Food?




'Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?'


'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,
I informed him.

'All the food was slow.'

'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?'


'It was a place called 'at
Home,'' I explained. !


'Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'


By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.


But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it :


Some parents NEVER owned their own house, never wore Levis, never set foot on a golf course, never traveled out of the country or had a credit card.



In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears & Roebuck.
Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.


My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer.


I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow)



We didn't have a television in our house until I was 11.


It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. And there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.


I was 19 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called 'pizza pie.' When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had.


I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.


Pizzas were not delivered to our home But milk was.


All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers -- my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at 6 AM every morning.


On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers. His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change. His least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.


Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.


If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren


Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.


Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?


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. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.


How many 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.


Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.


Older Than Dirt Quiz :


Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about. Ratings at the bottom.


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 jukeboxes
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 (that was our hair product)
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 flashbulb
20. Packards
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebakers
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!


I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of my life.


Don't forget to pass this along!!
Especially to all your really good



O L D FRIENDS
 

Colonialgirl

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AAAHHH, YOU FORGOT about the "Starter" thingy on the floor you HAD to push with you foot to start the car; Usually mounted to one side of the gas pedal and the Manual Choke.
Oh, Your List??
I remember all 25 of them and the ICE MAN too.
 

steveodtw

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I guess (I know) I qualify as older than dirt. My first car was a '50 Chevy BelAir Deluxe. Complete with window visor and a manual throttle on the dash (kind of like a light aircraft throttle only in reverse). It was my Grandfather's car. When the family rarely went out for a meal, it was to a big local drugstore restaurant "downtown" or a "dimestore counter.
 

SAJohn

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All of them but the phone party line. I also did think about the starter button on the floor of my 1929 Model A along with the timing retarder lever, the choke with a fuel mixture control, and the throttle lever.. No car since has had a better sounding horn.

Crank car starters, even my 1964 TR4 had one.

How about the the car evaporator cooling air conditioner with the little pull chain?

The ice truck.

Real ice coolers.

Refrigerators with the round condenser on top.

Don't get you **** caught in the winger.

LSMFT (loose straps mean flabby t****.
 

Big Old Boy

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I remember my mom beating me with the hose from the washing machine. And yes I passed with flying colors.our phone was two rings three on our line the best time to use the phone was milking time both were farmers on our line.
 

Bob Wright

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Blackjack Chewing gum! We sort of made our own when they tarred our street. We would keep our fingers wet, to keep the tar from sticking, and roll up a ball of tar that had escaped the gravel. Then we would get a ball of resin from a sweet gum tree and mix the two to make a sort of amber/black wad. If we could get it we'd add sugar, then chew this mess.

Supposed to be good for your teeth.


And, if the wet fingers didn't work too well, cleaning your hands with turpentine to get that stain off.

Bob Wright
 
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That is scary I remember ALL of them.

I also had a car with a radio. . .AM only. You also could order a car without a radio.

You could also order one without a heater.

Windshield wipers that went slower if you sped up.

Today push button start is the thing. My '49 Ford was a push button. Turn the key, pull the choke out half way and mash the push button.

Wing windows.

Remember tire sizes. 670-15, 710-15, 760-15 There were NO radials then.

I wonder how many people here have actually used a 'chamber pot', an out house (porta-pots do not count), cooked on or heated with a wood or coal stove

How many know what a .25 cent cake of ice is and what it was used for.

How many scoured the ditches for returnable bottles so you could get the cash for them?
 

bogus bill

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I found pictures on the net of my first three cars right down to the same colors.
A 1942 studebaker commander This one dad gave me. Was a extra parts car for his 1941 commander.
https://i.postimg.cc/BQ2vHLDY/1942-studebaker-commander.jpg
A 1946 chev paid $40
https://postimg.cc/Wh2gZxnT
A 1950 studebaker starlight coupe paid $100
https://postimg.cc/KRZpYq3g
 

bogus bill

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These also are the same exact models I owned and colors.
1956 chev 210 coupe I paid $800 for in early 1960
https://postimg.cc/zVz51kJx
1961 Olds Dynamic 88. I forgot what that cost me for sure, I think $1,700 in 1963.
https://i.postimg.cc/DyL8hzNR/image-31-resize.jpg
1964 Cad coupe Deville but by then I had a few other cars and trucks in between
https://postimg.cc/kBJcF2cV
 

bogus bill

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A few more right down to the same colors but a lot more in between.
https://postimg.cc/VdfSHM28
https://postimg.cc/gnz5vk0M
https://postimg.cc/cr1JxWxy
 

DPris

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When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore.
Dean Martin. :)
Denis
 

steveodtw

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bogus bill said:
I found pictures on the net of my first three cars right down to the same colors.
A 1942 studebaker commander This one dad gave me. Was a extra parts car for his 1941 commander.
https://i.postimg.cc/BQ2vHLDY/1942-studebaker-commander.jpg
A 1946 chev paid $40
https://postimg.cc/Wh2gZxnT
A 1950 studebaker starlight coupe paid $100
https://postimg.cc/KRZpYq3g
Love that 1950 Studebaker Starlight coupe. No blind spots there. The body steel was like armor back then.
 

Coop

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Barbeque Pit Fairfax, Wilmington, Delaware.

Caddying at duPont Country Club 1956/7 Wilmington, DE. The caddy master always gave me women golfers 'cause I was so small. Caddied a lot for Peg Ottoni, the woman's Club Championship in the mid to late 50's.

Hawthorne bicycles by Montgomery Wards. Top of the line.

Strawbridge and Clothier for my conformation suit at St. Mary Magdalene church 1957.

Bowling at Fairfax lanes 1954-57, Fairfax shopping center, Wilmington, DE.

Our first dishwasher, a Kitchen Aid, 1954 at our home, 210 Potomac Road, Fairfax village, Wilmington, DE

Parents split 1955, moved to Summit/Cranford, NJ with mother and 3 sibs August 1957. Next 5 years, pure Hades. Not a happy time.
 

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I was twelve years old when my parents bought a used Buick that had turn signals.
Black Jack chewing gum? Oh yes I remember. Anybody remember Fan-Tan chewing gum?
 
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