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Fire_n_Ice

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Message Posted: Jun 1, 2005 10:22:04 AM

I got an email this morning that brought back a lot of memories. I hope it will for you, too. I'm just putting a few excerpts here:

All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?

It took five minutes for the TV warm up?

Nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home from school?

When a quarter was a decent allowance?

Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?

You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time? And you didn't pay for air? And, you got trading stamps to boot?

It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents?

They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . and they did?

Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?

Summers were filled with bike rides, baseball games, Hula Hoops, bowling and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar. Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, "Yeah, I remember that"?

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northnut
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2014 1:00:59 PM

Milkman came to every house. Bread as well. Could also get your dry-cleaning picked up. Used to leave the tokens in the top of the milk bottle and never had to worry about them getting stolen.
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J Eric
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2014 11:59:32 PM

Young teens nailed metal pieces to the heels of their shoes. Supposedly to protect the rubber heal from wearing down so quickly, but actually to make a somewhat ominous clink-clink sound as you'd walk around (think Western bad guy with spurs). The heel-protectors became quite unpopular in school and other places because the metal would scratch and mar flooring of wood or linoleum.
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magpie2013
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2014 8:07:43 PM

The peddler would drive down our street calling out the names of fresh fruit for sale that day! Oh when the rag man would drive down our road and yell rags and all the ladies in the neighborhood would come out with a bag or two of rags and he would weigh them and pay you by the pound!
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cmicvret
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2014 9:34:17 AM

You actually dialed a phone
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J Eric
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2014 4:20:05 AM

We all tuned into the TV special where Jackie Kennedy gave us a tour of The White House.
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Cinny143
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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2014 12:18:01 AM

Walgreens had a soda bar where you could get a burger, fries and a cherry coke.
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cmicvret
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2014 11:06:16 AM

Mom would send you to the Saturday matinee at the local theater for 20 cents. You would get a feature 6 cartoons and a serial.
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Cinny143
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Red Rover, Red Rover, let Tommy come over.
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2014 3:03:55 PM

Or kids had Etch A Sketches, board games, crayons and coloring books keeping themselves occupied and happy.
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J Eric
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2014 10:13:26 PM

Kids entertained themselves with picture shows on "Viewmasters" and those circular cards of slides that fit into them.
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bhpj45
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 5:29:50 AM

I think those were the best days you could have grown up in.
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Mr1lung
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2014 12:42:40 PM

gas was $.25 gallon
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cmicvret
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2014 9:31:44 AM

The TV came in fuzzy on both channels
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J Eric
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2014 11:41:03 PM

A pair of good men's leather shoes cost about $15.
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2014 1:17:56 PM

No internet, no cell phones, no DVD's, no cable. We wrote letters and mailed them to communicate with family and friends that lived out of town. Called them long distance on a rotary phone then a push button phone. We were outdoors all the time.
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chocolateflash
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2014 2:58:29 AM

Don't recall anything.
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malcm
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2014 7:21:50 PM

It was 1938 and for a nickel fare my Mom and I rode the subway downtown to New York's Times Square. Nearby were the small Translux or the Embassy theatres where, for a quarter we could view an hour of newsreel and shorts. On this day I eagerly awaited a particular subject on the Universal newsreel, for they had sent a crew 57 miles up along the Hudson river to my school, the New York Military Academy, to photograph the drill of our cavalry troop, including our fire jump. And finally, I whispered, "there, Mom - I'm the third one in line!" Of course, we all looked the same in that long shot, but it was a fun memory! We then went to Schrafft's for lunch.

[Edited by: malcm at 10/2/2014 7:26:07 PM EST]
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magpie2013
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2014 6:56:23 PM

Seamed nylons with stilleto high heels, straight skirts with the slit up the back about 2 inches. Red lipstick, garter belts and I thought my Mother was so beautiful with her flaming auburn hair. Even the boys would stop playing ball on the playground as she walked us to school, one day one boy asked me who was that and I said aw that's just my MOM. But I watched her walk to the bus stop I was so proud of her She was 5 feet 8 inches and 115 and I could not wait to grow up and be like her!
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J Eric
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2014 12:50:58 AM

Highway bridge tolls were ten cents.
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malcm
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2014 2:00:26 AM

I bought a small folding camera for $1.50, and later, replaced it with the DeLuxe model for $2.50! When my father published a song entitled, BUY AMERICAN, "- that's the thing to do!", it was not a hit - but "Always" and one called, "TOGETHER" was. And others. My son performs those, and others of that era, with his band.
I'll soon be 94, but I have sharp memories of my childhood.It's fun to mentally sift thru them occasionally.
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rcsteve23
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 4:21:05 PM

photomat
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rcsteve23
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 4:16:06 PM

TV tube testers in the store, tv antenna's

[Edited by: rcsteve23 at 9/11/2014 4:19:11 PM EST]
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 10:26:33 PM

car radios had only AM stations
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J Eric
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2014 1:45:19 AM

Mail collection boxes were painted red, white and blue.
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catfish99
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2014 5:50:33 AM

Newspapers came in morning and evening editions.
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2014 10:51:39 PM

Everything wasn't all spelled out for us to the exact detail. People used their imaginations and brains and survived, lived day to day. We moved forward!
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J Eric
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Message Posted: Jun 1, 2014 4:08:18 AM

All the stores were lined up on one or two main streets of a town. There were no Shopping Centers strung out for miles of urban sprawl - indeed, the concept of "shopping centers" or "malls" did not exist!
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: May 27, 2014 8:16:30 PM

Many homes in small towns or some established sections of the city, has both front and back porches. Neighbors would go by, you'd invite them in to visit or talk thru the screened windows. Sit out on a nice evening just relaxing.
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: May 19, 2014 11:28:07 PM

When your girlfriend sat next to you in the front seat when you drove anywhere on a date, or driving her home after school, or just out driving/cruising.
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geezer
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 11:34:08 PM

I remember writing on the cave walls, then riding my dinosaur...
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USATodayDude
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 9:59:12 PM

I remember when it was safe for Children to play outside without getting Kidnapped or Shot..... :(
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goldrose1
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 12:18:30 AM

Sneakers, Thanks for sharing CPAP story.
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thorman52
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 8:51:29 PM

I remember when it was cool and safe to hitchhike across the U.S. I didn't quite go that far but I did my fair share of thumbing. I hitched from South Bend to Atlanta (and back) at least 5 times and on to Savannah GA another 3 times. Got rides from some of the nicest people too. Me and a friend was standing on U.S. 31 on our way South in a snow storm. We finally got picked up by an elderly couple that got in their trunk and gave us some dry towels. They also fed us and took us to OUR destination well out of their way. A rarity in today's world.
On my way back from Atlanta to South Bend by myself one time a nice looking lady stopped and got out of the car and said, "don't be scared of Smokey (?)in the back seat." When I got in the car I saw what she meant. A very large German Shepard had his chin on my shoulder for about 500 miles. Me scared...not at all. She let me out in Indianapolis and I thanked her profusely. Not so much for the ride but for letting me out in one piece.
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thorman52
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 5:34:58 AM

Ah, and I remember Chicago baseball also. In the 50s I was a White Sox fan, as most of my whole family was. The Sox won the pennant in 1959 but lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 2. Loved listening to the games on radio. In 57 I listened to Bob Keegan pitch a no-hitter and was as excited as it I were there.
Within 2-3 years the Sox had traded away all my favorite players and I was dejected to say the least. My maternal grandfather was a diehard Cub fan and watched all the games on WGN. I would ride my bike the one mile to watch with him and that's how I became a Cub fan. I estimate from 1968 to the early 90s I went to Wrigley Field 100 times. Even had one of the yellow "No Lights In Wrigley Field" t-shirts. After I went to a night game for the first time, it was like heaven. Unfortunately, I may never see a Cub game in a Championship season, unless you count 1984 Divisional Championship.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 4:49:52 AM

On Jun 1, 2005 9:22:04 AM, Fire_n_Ice wrote:

>All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?

The most strenuous things girls did in school could be done while they were wearing Keds?

Then, you had a girls' basketball team and the girls wore Converse "Chuck Taylor" All-Stars just like the boys did? Except, for some reason, the girls wore unbleached white high-tops and the boys wore red low-tops? They had red high-tops back then, I'd figure it would have made more sense to have both teams wearing them!

>It took five minutes for the TV warm up?

It takes almost that long for modern sets to come on. Except they go from nothingness to a full picture, the old tube sets went through a five-minute metamorphosis.

>Nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home
>from school?

When Mom was out doing something, she'd leave something for me to eat on the top shelf of the refrigerator.

One day, she left some cows' tongue on the top shelf. I commented I didn't like the stuff, but i ate it not knowing what it was. Mom commented "You sure ate cow tongue when you didn't know it was cow tongue!"

Another time, she left the family supper on the top shelf and I ate part of it! She came home complaining I'd eaten supper. I said that she had put it on the top shelf and I put it back on the top shelf when I had my fill! Don't know how much I ate but some was left.

>When a quarter was a decent allowance?

When I was a senior in high school, I got a dollar a week plus what I could glean out of the sofa cushions.

>Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?

Remember that...

>You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped,
>without asking, all for free, every time? And you didn't pay for air?
>And, you got trading stamps to boot?

I don't ever remember getting trading stamps at gas stations, but I remember them at grocery stores.

When I was in Alabama, the Kroger stores there had a system that was basically trading stamps on a smart card. I got a number of things from the system the time I was there. The system must have not worked out because they don't have it in Texas in this millennium.

>It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a
>real restaurant with your parents?

In junior high, I was being inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. My Mom and Pop decided to take me out to eat. They thought I would ask to go to McDonald's. I said I wanted to go to THE TOP OF THE TOWER RESTAURANT on the east side of what was then the Blue Ridge Mall. I knew about it because the optician that did my glasses was in the same building. Mom and Pop were somewhat flabbergasted, but they said if I wanted to go there I had to dress nicely. I did, and we went there. While we ate, we looked out the window at the Kansas City skyline in the dark. When they asked if we wanted wine, I said "I'm not old enough to have wine!" (That is not really true. Missouri has very liberal alcoholic beverage laws. Unlike most states, parents can give kids alcoholic beverages without breaking the law. Also, public intoxication is not a crime in Missouri. When my BFF found out about the alcoholic beverage laws in Missouri, she was ready to move up there!) When I got sick one time and commented to the doctor "I feel like I'm drunk, but I haven't had a drop to drink!" they ran a blood alcohol level. It came back all zeroes. I told my Mom about this and she said "You like neither the taste nor the effects of alcohol!" I commented "It was an ER doctor, he had to rule the possibility out!" He also did a toxicity screen on me to see if I had ingested something unaware. Nothing there but the drugs that I had been prescribed by my doctors. CPAP machines were quite rare in 1998 (I had to drive to the other side of Houston to have my sleep studies), while now it seems that every other strip mall in Clear Lake has a sleep diagnostics center in it. Later on, as they were used more frequently, they began finding out that patients who are put on a CPAP machine sometimes come down with mental status changes. One doctor even took the CPAP away from one of his patients and the mental status changes went away. They eventually concluded that patients that did this were mentally ill all along, they just didn't have the symptoms enough to make a clear diagnosis possible until they got a good night's sleep!

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mincemeat26
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 3:17:10 AM

I remember my first Major League baseball game. Phillies vs. Cubs, 1945 -- the last time the Cubs won a pennant.
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thorman52
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 12:48:30 AM

I remember selling "White Cloverine Salve" from an ad out of a magazine. Sold light bulbs too. I couldn't remember what magazine the ad was in, so I looked it up.
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White Cloverine Salve
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The tin that is shown in the article is what I sold. Oh to have a dozen or so of them in the attic.
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wackiness
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 12:45:12 AM

I remember Cub Scout meetings in our one car garage
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wackiness
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 12:43:37 AM

I remember my Dad taking me to the San Fransico Bay to watch Navy vessels preparing to depart for the Korean War
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wackiness
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 12:33:20 AM

Milkman delivered milk to the door. Remember he'd place a sack of ice on top
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thorman52
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 9:23:28 PM

I'm happy to report that 8 persons, including 4 juveniles, were arrested for the shooting of the 2 year old in South Bend as reported in the previous posting.

Now back to "Do You Remember When"

[Edited by: thorman52 at 4/19/2014 9:24:20 PM EST]
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thorman52
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 12:57:07 AM

flyboyUT - I was too young to drive but I do remember my dad being excited when the stations would have "gas wars" and he'd get filled up for 12.0 a gal. Where are those gas wars today?

Reading back some, I see a couple of people remembering having their kids playing outside without a worry. I'm sad to say that is REALLY in the past. Here in South Bend, last Wednesday, a two-year old toddler was doing just that, playing out in his own front yard. He was shot in the head by a stray bullet from one of two rival gangs having a shoot out in the neighborhood. He was buried on Sunday.
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WHY?
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[Edited by: thorman52 at 4/15/2014 12:58:07 AM EST]
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2014 8:58:41 PM

Going to professional sporting events, no matter what sport was affordable, you could take the kids and wouldn't need to have a part time job. Baseball of all games, the American past time should be an event you can purchase tickets to sit in the outfield say family of 4, get hot dogs, pop, couple bags of popcorn all for under a $100. Not in today's world. I remember taking my 3 kids to the Metrodome during mid 80's and mid 90's. We'd sit in center field behind Kirby Puckett, do the above all for under $60!

Reflecting like diesel, kids were outdoors playing all the time, sandlot baseball, riding bikes, croquet...not sitting indoors on computers, watching T.V., Iphone...we didn't stay indoors. Only if it rained or had to come home for dinner after dad got home from work.
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2014 12:27:51 AM

I remember going to the grocery store barefooted. Those cold floors felt good in the hot summer. I remember eating hotdogs at Tastee freeze. I remember when kids still played outside. I remember when America was strong and nobody wanted to mess with us.
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2014 9:03:03 PM

You typed papers on a typewriter, used an eraser wheel for mistakes, brushed away the eraser fragments with the other end with the small bristle/brush. Then came correcting tape which was much better.
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malcm
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2014 11:34:53 PM

Unemployed? Then ALL prices are out of reach. Otherwise, the comparisons need to include inflation for a true figure.
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J Eric
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2014 11:03:23 PM

Also remember when a $1.00 postage stamp was quite a rarity. You'd have to mail something really heavy, like a microwave oven, to need them on the package. But come to think of it, there were no microwaves back then either.
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J Eric
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2014 11:32:50 PM

No, don't remember gas prices being quite that low! More like 26.9. I remember when Christmas Accounts were popular at banks.
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flyboyUT
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2014 9:05:52 PM

Yeah I remember the Latin Mass for sure. I used to really enjoy going to High Mass.

Anybody else remember buying gas for 17.9 per gallon and hearing the truckers whine about diesel being 6 cents a gallon.
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thorman52
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2014 8:57:49 PM

Having mass in Latin.

Dòminus vobìscum.
Et cum spiritu tuo.


[Edited by: thorman52 at 3/16/2014 8:58:33 PM EST]
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R209
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2014 7:47:22 PM

Flexy Flyer
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