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Remember When
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KellyGa    Posted 12-21-2004 at 10:13:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Remember when:
We darned our nylons and sox?
We turned the collars on our shirts?
We cut the buttons off before discarding clothing?
We replaced the waist elastic on slips, pajama bottoms and other items?
We replaced the elastic closures on bras?
We squeezed every last smidgen of toothpaste from the tube and then saved the tube for the war effort?
We drove the car only once for a week's errands to save gasoline?
We walked to save money?
We read all our books from the library because they were too expensive to buy?
We traded magazines with our neighbors to save money?
We smoothed and folded wrapping paper and ribbon for reuse?
We made our own bread crumbs?
We baked from scratch?
We cooked whole chickens and used all the parts from breast to broth?
We cooked bone-in hams and the bone-flavored beans or soup was the best part.
We used hankies instead of tissues; cloth napkins instead of paper?
We diapered our babies with clean-smelling, air-dried, soft cloth diapers?
We seldom ate a meal in a restaurant?
We saved the leftovers and made big pots of soup

Ret    Posted 12-21-2004 at 16:10:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was 14 I think, when my aunt and uncle staying with us for awhile got a Xmas present from their son. It was a Reynolds ball point pen, first time I had heard of them. The big advertisement was they can write under water. Sure as heck, my uncle had to try it and see if it did. That was Xmas of 44 I think

Betty Oh    Posted 12-21-2004 at 14:10:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You mean there are people who don't do these things.
Have diapers in closet for someone when they forget the throw away thingies. But do all the rest. I repair more clothes that some people buy in a yr. Jeans. zippers, etc. for anybody.

Betty    Posted 12-21-2004 at 14:15:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Are you Married? Big John

Jimbob    Posted 12-21-2004 at 13:02:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Unfortunately I grew up in the wealthy suburbs of Detroit. Already a 'throw it away, buy new' society there in the '50s & later.

On a good note. I moved 220 miles away to the country & we raise/grow most of our food now.

Zenia    Posted 12-21-2004 at 11:22:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I still do a lot of those things... thanks for the reminder, I need to do more! We get a big pile of books every week from the library. My boys go through them like water.

tacon1    Posted 12-21-2004 at 10:38:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
[Remember When?]

What A Difference
The Years Can Make!

A sure sign that you're getting "up there" is that you can remember back when things were different ...
A LOT Different!

Consider some of the changes that we have witnessed!!!

We were born before the PILL and the population explosion.

We were born before TV, penicillin, polio shots, antibiotics, frisbees, frozen food, nylon, dacron, Xerox and contact lenses.

We were before radar, flourescent lights, credit cards, split atoms, laser beams, and ball-point pens.

For us, time-sharing meant togetherness ... not computers or condominiums. A "chip" meant a piece of wood, hardware meant hardware, and software wasn't even a word!

In our time, closets were for clothes ... not for "coming out of," and being gay meant you were happy and carefree.

In those days, bunnies were small rabbits and rabbits were not Volkswagons.

We were before Batman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Snoopy.

We were before DDT, vitamin pills, disposable diapers, Jeeps, and the Jefferson nickel.

We preceded Scotch Tape, the Grand Coulee Dam, M&M's, automatic transmissions, and Lincoln Continentals.

When we were in school ... pizzas, Cheerios, frozen orange juice, instant coffee and McDonald's were unheard of. We thought fast food was what you ate during Lent and Outer Space was the back of the Riviera Theater.

We never heard of FM radio, tape recorders, electric typewriters, word processors, electronic music, digital clocks, artificial hearts and guys wearing earrings.

We were before pantyhose and drip-dry clothes, ice makers, dishwashers, clothes dryers, freezers, electric blankets, air conditioners and before Hawaii and Alaska became states.

We were before yogurt, Ann Landers, plastics, hair spray, the forty-hour week and the minimum wage and before man walked on the moon.

We got married first ... and then lived together afterward. How quaint can you be?

In our day, cigarette smoking was fashionable, "grass" was mowed, "coke" was something you drank, "pot" was something you cooked in, "rock music" was a grandmother's lullaby and AIDS were helpers in the Principal's office.

We were before coin-operated vending machines, jet planes, helicopters, and interstate highways. "Made in Japan" meant junk and the term "making out" referred to how you did on your exam.

We were before house-husbands, gay rights, computer dating, dual careers, and computer marriages. We were also before day-care centers, group therapy and nursing homes.

We had fountain pens with bottles of real ink. We had stockings made of real silk with seams up the back that were never straight. We had saddle shoes and cars with rumble seats. We had corner ice-cream parlors with little tables and wire-back chairs where we had a choice of three flavors.

We hit the scene when there were 5-cent and 10-cent stores where you bought things for five and ten cents. You could buy ice cream cones for a nickel or a dime. For one nickel you could ride a street car, make a phone call, buy a Pepsi, or enough stamps to mail one letter and two postcards.

You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600 ... but who could afford one? A pity too, because gas was only 11-cents a gallon.

We were certainly not before the difference between the $exes was discovered, but we were surely before the $ex change ... we made do with what we had.

And we were the last generation that was so dumb as to think you needed a husband to have a baby! Can you imagine that?

bob ny    Posted 12-21-2004 at 11:09:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
i was 11 years old before we had electric in the haose we had it in the barn a year earlier

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