Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Childhood Memories - Do You Remember?

45 rpm spindles - I look at this and think music.

Green Stamps - I saved enough books to get an iron and a camera!

Metal ice cubes trays with levers - Remember how hard you had to pull to get the ice out?

Beanie and Cecil, the Seasick Sea Serpent.

Roller-skate keys - Make it too tight, and you'll dent your shoes--too loose, and the skate falls off!

Marlin Perkins, host of the television program, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.

Drive in Movies - One night, I got out of one guy's car and began walking home!

A & W Drive-in restaurants - Remember the frosty root beer?

Car Hops brought your order on roller skates to the driver's window, which was rolled down halfway.

Turquoise Studebakers

Topo Gigio on The Ed Sullivan Show (a reel-ly big shoe)

Washtub wringers - I got my arm caught in the ringer once! Mama turned the machine off and rescued me.

The Fuller Brush Man played by Red Skelton, comedian.

Fifteen cent McDonald hamburgers!

Five cent pack of baseball cards and you got gum too!

Penny candy - how much does it sell for now?

Twenty-five cents a gallon gasoline, and you got clean windshields!

Gum wrapper chains - use it as a bracelet or necklace.

Cigarettes for Christmas - Great gift idea! (cough, cough)

Burma Shave signs helped to make the car trip interesting.

Brownie camera - Mama made us face the sun to get a clear picture with this. Therefore, all my childhood pictures are of me squinting!

Flash bulbs - Remember how long you saw spots?

TV Test patterns - what we watched when no Television programs were on.

Do you remember most or all of these?

Barbara at Stray Thoughts shared this new award with me. It came with this message:
I thank you for being a faithful servant and being obedient to the upward calling every time you share a piece of His heart living out in you! I pray that you will share this award with others who have touched your heart by sowing seeds of love into your life! They will know we are His by how we love one another!
I will place it on my sidebar with appreciation. I would like to pass it on to you if you comment here and are someone who shares His love.


Just Between Us Girls said...

Dear Sally,
I remember lots of these things. What a great idea to bring back happy memories to everyone that recalls these pictures. Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, how did you come up with all this, sad to say I remember all of them. This is a great post.And yes, I would be honored to share your award. Thank you.


Dawn said...

I remember so many of these!!! I was thinking about those gum wrapper paper chains just a few days ago. Oh, and I loved Red Skelton. How about getting your tongue stuck to that metal ice cube tray. Not fun!

Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

take care,

splummer said...

Hi Sally,
Love your post on memories. I remember all of them. Is that telling my age? Oh well, who cares? Really liked the television one. That one is really cool. Wonder why they don't use that today? UMMMM.....Take Care!!

P.S. I would be honored to share your award with your!


splummer said...

Hi Sally,
It's me again. Your post was so fun and I loved it so much......I have posted about it at my blog. I put a link up so folks can come and see your memories. They are awesome! Hope you don't mind the link. Take Care!!


Lorrie said...

Hi Sally I just loved this trip down memory lane! I remember making gum wrapper chains with my friends. In my house with five kids the ice cube trays were always empty and none of us kids wanted to refill them at the sink and then balance them all drippy back to the freezer. Thanks for a fun post.

Becky said...

This brought back a lot of pleasant memories for me. My older sister made a lot of gum wrapper chains, my dad still has his Brownie, and there is an A&W in Antwerp, Ohio where we still head occasionally for a chili dog. Thanks for posting. :)

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Sally
I LOVED this post. Thank you for taking me back to life as it was at that time. I remember all of them except the Burma Shave Signs. Thats funny about the drive-in but I do hope the walk wasn't long.
Oh my...the camera...the lights..the spots..Red Skelton...asking for 50 cents worth of gas..oh my!
This is a wonderful post and I've thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thank you I will take the Award and cherish the love.

Have a lovely day.

Melissa Wertz said...

Love this post. Brings back a lot of memories!

Becky said...

I remember so many of those things with great fondness...the drive in movies...and the little thingy that you put in your 45 records.
The ice cube post leaving me with good memories.

Shelia said...

Morning, Sally. Oh, now, I'm an oldie - I remember all those things!! That was such a fun post.
Congratulations on the precious award. Thank you for passing it on to me - I will gladly wear it proudly on my blog to praise Him!!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Patsy said...

Oh how I remember all of those !!! I used to have a lot of the same items but through the years,of moving a few times,etc. I do not have any old items left--I really do not know what we did with them-probably trashed them thinking they are not any good anymore and would not be important to us down the road. Yes, I share the love of the Lord as well--could not make it without Him and with the days ahead of us , I think we will be depending and calling on Him more.

ellen b. said...

I remember every one of these. Licking S&H stamps and filling books. I got my arm wrung in a wringer by accident when I was shoving a piece of clothing in and it grabbed my fingers and kept going OUCH! What a fun trip down memory lane SAlly!!

Minxy Mimi said...

I remember some of those! I love In Lodi, CA The birthplace of A & W!

squawmama said...

Sally this was such a GREAT post... FUN FUN FUN!!! I remember it all and it brings back so many good memories... LOVED it...


Killlashandra said...

Ok I admit I remember some of those. Although around here you can still get a car hop to bring you food if you stop in at a Sonic. ;)

Although the drive in movie is probably the one I miss the most. I only went to 2 but I have such fond memories of those 2 experiences I wish I could take my kids.

Congrats on your award. :)

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Hi Sally, I enjoyed this trip down memory lane..look how easy things are today in our lives...Green back stamps were fun to collect, but took too many books to get something good!!The metal ice cube trays were hard to use and I would also drip water on the floor and in the freezer, placing them back inside of the ice box...Going to the drive-in movies was fun as a child, but too dangerous as a teenager!!!I loved penny candy... especially Mary Jane's..Have a great day. Baba

Anonymous said...

Oh how fun! Yes I remember them all. The green stamps were really special. And I haven't seen a skate key in so long.

Kathy b

jeanne said...

Sally, I am distressed to say I remember all of those wonderful memories. OMG are we old or what? I am not going there. Thinking young is all there is to it. NOT!

Your post is outstanding finding all of those pics is amazing. Good job.

I do love roses and it comes from living in that old farm house I just posted. My grandmother had roses everywhere except one place. In the front yard down by the hwy. there was a huge circle of tiger lilies. A pear tree was in the middle of the yard and a huge black walnut tree on the left side of the house where a wooden seat was built in the tree where lightening split the tree. Where is all of that stuff now? such is life. Did I just write a book? You better critique it. LOL


Knitty said...

What a fun post! And thankfully read while I still remember those things, before I slip into "where are my glasses?" mode (they're on my face) or come home from buying the item we looked all over for here in the house, you know...the thing that mysteriously shows up after you buy the replacement.

Diane of Crafty Passions said...

That was a fun post it was just great!!
Talk about a walk down memory lane!!!
Made me smile thanks !!

Ma'dame French said...

Sally I am so happy I found you way over her (lol) Love the blog and am gonna add you to my blog roll;) You are an independant book reviewer? My secondary blog is a book and I would love your feedback;) French

ROXY said...

Neat post Sally!! I used to love A & W!! Their is one at the casino in CT but it's an hour away from us. That's a little far to drive for an egg cream or root beer float! Talk to you soon:)

Barbara H. said...

I received this in an e-mail once and used parts of it for a Thursday Thirteen. I do remember most of these! That frosty A&W mug was one of my favorite things.

I don't remember Beany and Cecil pr the mouse on Ed Sullivan (though I do remember the Ed Sullivan show), but I do remember most of the rest. Fun memories!!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

Girl, now I am having flash backs with my hot flashes! LOVE this post :)

nikkicrumpet said...

Well...if I admit to remembering most of them....will it show my age??? Oh wait the gray hair and wrinkles already does that! Yup I remember most of them!

An Enchanted Cottage said...

I rmemebered them all except for Beany and Cecil, although they sounded familiar! Thankfully we still have a drive-in in our area so we were able to keep that tradition alive with our own kids - as a matter of fact, we sill make sure we go at least once every summer even though the girls are now 19 and 22!! It brings back good memories for everyone! Thanks for the trip down memory lane!...Donna

Ruthie said...

I remember them well! What fun we had - a simpler life style for sure.

Grandma Faith said...

I surely did enjoy your post today. Man oh man, do I ever remember those days! I licked enough green stamps to get my baby daughter's high chair and play pen back in 1974. Chewing gum wrapper chains that went on and on ....I would love to post the award on my blog. I am thankful to God for all the blessings I enjoy, and this is a sweet way to share the love of Jesus. God Bless You. Love, Faith

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Oh, the A&W rootbeer...that is one of my favorite childhood memories. And I also remember the flash light bulbs, and how you only got 4 uses out of them before it was all used up. Crazy to think about now!

Melissa's Cozy Tea Time Readings said...

Help! I'm having a flash back and I can't stop! lol My sis used to make gum wrapper chains all the time and I totally remember having spindles for 45's. If you want curly hair (my post) then do it! Don't wait for it to come back into fashion. Be the trend setter. Woohoo!

Debbie said...

I have some of those little yellow disks. I saved all my "one hit wonders" from the early 1970's they have A&W's on the east coast? I thought they were a west coast thing? but good...really good root beer.
this was fun Sal!

Anonymous said...

Good evening Sally, I loved your post. what great memories! Thank you for this heart. I saw it on Faith's blog too. I think I will post it for Hopeful Friday. I hope you will take the award on my blog.

sharonanne said...

These are all I bit before my time. I grew up with the smurfs and slap bracelets.

salmagundi said...

I remember all of these. Does that make me old??? Sally

Nerissa said...

That's a pretty cool post. I remember the spindles for the 45's & the S&H green stamps. (I never knew what those were for) I remember my mom saving those up.

Cottage Rose said...

Good evening Sal; OH how I remember it all, I made the wrapper bracelet love the penny candy, Mary Jane's yummy. Now I feel really old. What fun to see all those memories that I forgot. ha ha thanks for sharing.
congrats on your wonderful award.


Mojo said...

Oh man... I remember every single one of these in one form or another. We didn't watch Ed or Red too often (we had one TV and Dad thought variety shows were just a little mindless -- "Go read a book!") -- so I don't really have clear memories of individual shows or characters from them... but I remember the shows themselves. But penny candy, 15 cent Mickey D's burgers, drive-ins (both the food and movie kind)... and gas for a quarter a gallon... yeah I remember all of those, though I have to say the lowest price I ever actually paid for gas was around 45 cents.

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Sally, boy was that a trip down memory lane! I am embarrased to say I remember every single one of them! I did have to laugh at the gum wrappers chain. I remember making them all the time!
Love, Ann

Annie said...

I remeber having a mouse toy called Topo Gigio, so I presume the little chap was on tv over here. I also remember the test card, but it was different here. (England). I really like your blog.

lookuptoday said...

Hi, Just passing by. You have a fun blog. Very creative! I remember most all of the items pictured. I have a gum wrapper coaster i found at a garage sale. Soooo....cute. Perhaps i will stop by again and join in the fun. Dee

Shimmy Mom said...

I know that to a point you are trying to date yourself with these, but even though I am only 31 I do know A LOT of them. Especially, green stamps, flash bulbs, and Red Skelton!
Great post.

Susie Q said...

This was a wonderful post! I remember each one of thes ethings SO well! I should at 52 huh? *laugh*
I adored Topo on Ed Sullivan. Mr. Eddie...he always said. *grin*

Now I am thinking back to easier days and sweet memories. Thank you for this!


Susie Q said...

Oh Sally, I did not say thank you for this sweet award. It was one I have never seen and it is so special. How dear you are to pass it on this way.


imjacobsmom said...

Dear Sally, This is the funnest post yet. Or should I say most fun - whatever - I remember so many of these things, I was just telling Jacob about the green stamps, because there was a green stamp machine at the antique store. My Mom purchased a Corningware loaf pan with them and lo and behold just a few days ago we opened the cabinet and discovered it had cracked in half. Bummer! I used that every year at Thanksgiving to make the sweet potatoes. Now they will never taste the same.:( I could go on an on about your other pictures - thanks for the memories. ~ Robyn
PS I could go for some of those Sixlets right now. And thanks for the award :)

Elizabeth said...

I'm "only" 40, but I remember lots of these things. I used all my mom's and grandma's green stamps to outfit my dorm when I went off to college, and my first cameras had flashbulbs. My dad still uses a stereo w/ bulbs to play his 45s, 33s, and...78s!

SueFitz said...

OMG - I remember using a sponge to help my mom put the green stamps (and blue chips) inthe books.

I made a gum chain from all 4 corners of my bedroom (don't ask - I didn't chew all the gum)

A&W's the best one was in LaCrosse, WI when we would drive from Rochester, MN to Flushing, MI

Bridget said...

Boy this brought back LOTS of memories! I remember them all!

bj said...

This is a fabulous posting, Sally girl...I remember every single one of them...every one!!
Thanks for the memories!
love, bj