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Remember Whens

Posted Wednesday, July 25, 2007, at 8:23 AM

Every so often, things of old come to mind, (by virtue of the mind being so old itself, I suppose). Anyway, here are a few...feel free to expound on any others...

white shoe polish

white rain

rain hats that tied under the chin


$7 concert tickets

Cher Pants

Angora around HS rings

Ballerina bras

Orange Coppertone tans (especially the hands)


Chapel veils




Nickel returns on soda bottles

Roller skate keys

Church keys (Southern Baptists probably won't know this one)

Bali Hai


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Cool Crackerjack prizes


Hopalong Cassidy figures

Hopalong Cassidy radios

Inner Sanctum

The Naughty Little Boy

The Shadow Knows

Lash LaRue

Ten cent movies at the Weeks on Saturday mornings

Whip Wilson

Davey Crockett coonskin hats

jump ropes

pedal pushers

crop pants

pop beads

can cans

penny loafers

spinner hub caps

fender skirts

continental kits

-- Posted by goat lady on Wed, Jul 25, 2007, at 8:36 AM
Minne O'Pausal's response:
I knew our faithful goatherder would have a worthy contribution. Oh, the memories!

Do kids still catch tadpoles and watch them till they either turn into frogs or float at the top of the mason jar?

Ever raise seahorses? I did. And guppies.

Mood rings

Hoola Hoops

Betsy Wetsy

Candy necklaces on elactic string

penny candy

Sky King and his plane the Songbird

Saturday mornings with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Trigger, Buttermilk, Bullet and Nelly Belle the jeep.

Dancing with your feet on top of your dad's

Standing on a chair to dry dishes


Poodle skirts

black and white saddle shoes

fuzzy dice on the rear view mirror

Sock Hops

Bunking parties

lemonade stands

secret decoder rings


Silly Putty

Jewelry boxes with little pop-up ballerinas

-- Posted by Ducky on Wed, Jul 25, 2007, at 1:09 PM

Oh, and those cool little plastic animal figures than hung on your mug of A&W Rootbeer. Remember the monkey? He was my favorite.

-- Posted by Ducky on Wed, Jul 25, 2007, at 1:11 PM

Why do the days go so slow and the years so fast?

-- Posted by Ducky on Wed, Jul 25, 2007, at 1:13 PM

Summer vacation - how the evenings stretched out so long

How it seemed like forever for Christmas to get here.

-- Posted by Ducky on Wed, Jul 25, 2007, at 1:15 PM
Minne O'Pausal's response:
Ducky Dear...

I've SO enjoyed your rememberances. Took me right back to the late 50's (or was it the 80's..I couldn't be that old). I don't recall the root beer thingies, but that's probably because we were rarely privy to a drive-in restaurant. And what I recall about Christmas is that it wasn't all toys and electronics...I recall getting a blanket for my bed and being THRILLED! Not that I was freezing, but it was just SO cozy.

AND...how about catching lightening bugs in Mason jars...now I know there are still lightening bugs and I have plenty of jars in my cabinets, so why don't we see kids doing that anymore? Are they too busy playing on their Playstations? I say get them outside. We can go inside and enjoy the AC...we've earned it. They haven't!

I remember Christmas. We went out on Christmas Eve and cut down a tree. We put home made decorations on it and maybe a couple of store bought ones. In the morning there was usually a new pair of pants, a shirt and socks maybe and a (1) toy present of some kind for everyone. It was so enjoyable. What the heck happened????

-- Posted by I.B. Le Truth on Wed, Jul 25, 2007, at 5:54 PM
Minne O'Pausal's response:
The world of electronics, I'm afraid, Truthy, and the era of "giving in" and presenting our offspring or our offspring's offspring with every available gadget and fearing they won't be satisifed or happy if everything they asked for isn't under the tree. I, for one, find the idea of children authoring a "list" of wants for Christmas absurd! Take what you get and be grateful! That was half the joy of Christmas; the surprise element. Of course, the commercialism is to blame overall. Such a shame. Perhaps we should begin a campaign to take Christmas back to what is once was. Think we'd have any takers? Perhaps from our generation, but I doubt that many young parents would join our forces...they're too far gone!

Yes, Minnie, let's do start a campaign to take Christmas back to what it used to be. I bet even young parents would be relieved to get away from the virulent consumerism of today.

My favorite Christmas was when a little friend and I took our horses to a wooded area near our houses that was owned by a paper company. We scouted out what looked like a small pine tree, cut it down and dragged it back to the house on a big sheet of cardboard tied behind one of our horses. My dad ended up having to saw about 2 feet off the tree just to get it into our house. It wasn't really a small tree when we got it out of the woods. My younger brother and I decorated it with sequined/glittered pine cones and sweet gum balls. We thought it was the most gorgeous tree ever.

-- Posted by Ducky on Wed, Jul 25, 2007, at 7:59 PM

Howdy Dudie(sp?)

Buffalo Bob

Clarabell clown

25 cent packs of cigarettes

25 cent a gallon gas

Saturday afternoon westerns

-- Posted by LUFER on Wed, Jul 25, 2007, at 8:07 PM

Good one, Lufer.

-- Posted by Ducky on Wed, Jul 25, 2007, at 8:12 PM

...Twisting your bobby socks one way to indicate you were going steady - another to signal that you were available...

Tying a little silk scarf around your neck...


little white tie on collars that went over plain sweaters

big white men's shirts with the sleeves rolled up

blue jeans with the legs rolled up

black and white oxfords

guys with ducktails and white tee shirts with cigarettes rolled up in the sleeve

black leather jackets with little silver metal stars (goat lady did not date those bad boys!!!)

flat tops (goat lady liked those boys)

drive in movies

-- Posted by goat lady on Wed, Jul 25, 2007, at 8:33 PM

Ducktail haircuts

-- Posted by LUFER on Wed, Jul 25, 2007, at 9:48 PM

That haircut sounds right down my alley.

You guys are the tops - the cat's meow. What wonderful memories.

-- Posted by Ducky on Wed, Jul 25, 2007, at 10:39 PM

...the bee's knees.....

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Jul 26, 2007, at 7:35 AM

Families that ACTUALLY sat down at the table and ate dinner together? Does that ever happen anymore?

-- Posted by D.W.B. on Thu, Jul 26, 2007, at 9:16 AM

Mmmm....I think I saw it in a "Leave it to Beaver" rerun....

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Jul 26, 2007, at 5:45 PM

What were chapel veils?

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Jul 26, 2007, at 8:45 PM

You girls and your fearless leader are just SO funny! A chapel veil was a head covering shaped lke a doilie (sp?) worn (usually bobby-pinned) on the heads of those "properly dressed" for church...commonly found in your bucket bag, next to the Kleenex - which could also pinch-hit for a chapel veil in case of emergency.

-- Posted by qglenellyn on Thu, Jul 26, 2007, at 10:22 PM
Minne O'Pausal's response:

Does it make you wonder what kind of women grow up not knowing what chapel veils are? What is this, the Bible Belt or something? Pity the poor girl who attended Catholic (oh, that's the problem) Mass without a chapel veil. You could bet on an elder female of the parish pulling out a Kleenex (used or not) and bobby-pinning it to your head.

And speaking of bobby pins..there's another "remember when."

Girls...I've SOOOOOO enjoyed all the "whens." It's a never-ending list..oh, the memories. I do have some afterall!


Yes, Minnie, you can now see that I grew up Protestant! The only thing we covered our heads with was hats! And what lovely things they were!

Get your hats, your white gloves, your white pumps and a matching purse....and you were ready to go! (Well...these items were prefaced with the obligatory girdle and seamed nylons, of course! And, get those seams straight, girls!!)

The older ladies even had a delicate little net that came down over their eyes just ever so slightly!

Ah, back then we were PREPARED for church! No blue jeans and everyday clothes for us!

-- Posted by goat lady on Fri, Jul 27, 2007, at 5:50 AM

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