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Jump ropes, at least for children using them.  I guess they're still part of fitness centers' activities for groan-ups.


 I thought that was a typo. Nope. It's a pun.

When you and Eddie drove through Arizona, you never needed a GPS...not with your sense of Yuma. blankstare

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Thanks, KCM!

All right, back to the thread's subject, how about laundry starch?

I may have mentioned that earlier, but maybe not Eddie's insistence that I, while we were stationed at Ft.
Wolters, after laundering his fatigues in the washing machine, dip them in liquid starch, wring them out with what little strength I had, hang them on the outdoor clothes line until they were what, crisp? and then sprinkle and iron them, while he and I tended to two young-uns...

Y'all can understand my nattitude toward starch.  cry



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Glass soda bottles with a 2 cent deposit. I would scout the neighborhood in the morning and collect enough bottles to finance a Sgt. Rock comic and a Green River from the local Norman Rockwell soda fountain.



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Green River appears to have gone away, too...it was my second-favorite soft drink...a distant second to Coca-Cola.

When I was four, five, six...my father would take me to a street that bordered a high embankment with heavy train traffic. It was one of the main lines of the Chicago and North Western RR, which ran west out of Chicago, to Iowa and the states beyond. Plenty of engines and freight cars and passenger trains, pulled by both steam and diesel locomotives.

Then he would take me to a dark old soda-fountain that was wood-paneled and had high wooden booths and a huge neon Coke sign, in orange script, over the entrance. It was at a busy corner...Lake and Hamlin, I think...next to the "L" tracks. I think it was probably a former beer joint.

And there, I would guzzle a Green River, made with green syrup and seltzer. My mother's cousin had a whole gallon jug of that syrup when I was older and living in the suburbs, and he'd make us Green River drinks whenever we visited...but finally the stuff ran out.

The bottled stuff was never as good, and the cans were even worse. Then some big company bought out the brand and really ruined it. Now? I think it's long-gone, like so many other labels and flavors. But we're addicted to Coke...now more than ever.

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The sign looked a lot like this...

 

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Green River's logo looked like this...

 

 

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..and a glass of Green River looked like this...

There was no mistaking that electrifying emerald color!

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When I was young I went to the store with $2.00 for a loaf of bread, a gallon of milk and a pack of Pall Malls. If there was change I got a Sgt. Rock comic for my troubles.

 

Good times.

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S&H Green Stamps.

Grandma collected them once Morris Plains' first Acme store opened sometime in the mid 1950s.  (There weren't any supermarkets yet, at least not in our no longer rural but not yet citified part of slightly north and definitely central NJ, but this was an improvement over having to shop separate stores.)

I don't remember whether she picked up the S&H catalogs at Acme or whether we received them in the mail.  Whatever, I delighted in looking through them.  Every time Grandpa drove us into Morristown, where S&H had a redemption center, I hoped she'd get something fabulous.  No, as I know I've mentioned before, always silver-plated serving spoons.  I still have the last two.  The plating's lasted a long time but is beginning to wear.  I should hate them, but I can't.

 



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Oh, yeah...I remember how a couple of the downtown department stores had branches in the business district of Evanston, and one had an S & H Redemption Center. The TV ads said "...and only twelve hundred stamps to fill a book!"

When you were a kid, and you had to paste them into a book with a bowl of water and a sponge, guess what? Those 1,200 stamps were a LOT, even when they were in sheets you had to divide up to fit the pages. My mother had stacks and stacks of sheets in a bag, countless thousands of stamps, and she finally decided to redeem them, so my sister and I had to turn those sheets of Green Stamps into filled books.

It took a LONG time, and was a very sticky and messy chore. At least they weren't stuck together, which would have made the sheets useless and worthless. I can't remember how many books we filled or what our prize was. But we brought in quite a few books, so we probably got something useful. Gas stations also gave them out, too...and there were other colors of stamps, not just varous kinds of green ones. I remember yellow ones, but not what they were called. And there were even PLAID stamps. They were called...surprise...Plaid Stamps.

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I always got to lick the stamps, but it didn't take long because Grandma would hand them to me the same day she got them.

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We still have telephone books in the house and in our car. I can look up a number faster than someone can online, and we don't have a goddamned smartphone to look up numbers and addresses in the car. That can be a pain in the ass, but we can do it with phone books anyway. They are in a container and are accessible if we really need them.

What can be really hard is finding a public phone when you are on the road...hardly any are available anymore. We should carry cell our phone around, but we never do. Already lost a couple of them.

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We still have a very thin book with print so small no one can read it plopped in our driveway sometime in the second half of June. It contains both White Pages and Yellow Pages, and damned straight, ads in the latter.  That part's a Good Thing, since the ads are the only thing we can read even with our glasses.

Yes, we know we don't need phone books any more and can find anything we need or want online--unless the electricity's gone out.  Hey, we're happy both the electricity and the phone service have never gone out together, at least so far.

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I remember when my Mum opened a box if ABC laundry soap out would come a fee towel. The towels were not the thickest but they did us kids for a while. Us kids would pick a number and who ever go it right got to use the towel first after Mum washed and dried it.aww I feel silly just thinking of all the things my sibs and I would argue over and every time Mum would play the number game. LOL's 

And sometimes we went to bed without supper. Now this did not happen too often, after all  we all loved our food.

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Hah, I think I remember Grandma getting dish towels with some brand of laundry detergent after Mama finally talked her into a washing machine so Grandma would be spared the effort and our clothes the torture of being boiled in a washtub on the coal/wood stove with Kirkman's laundry bar soap and being roughed up on a scrubbing board.  Grandma wouldn't agree to an automatic, insisted on a wringer type, but at least she'd wheel it into the kitchen Monday mornings to fill it from the kitchen tap.  Always emptied it into buckets, trudged outside with them, and threw the wash water on the lawn.  The wringer did save her a lot of time and effort at least.

For decades, she'd make dish towels from chicken feed sacks, hemming the raw edges on her non-electric foot-treadle machine.

I can remember getting all sorts of cheap little plastic toys in cereal boxes, and offers for other crap stuff in exchange for sending the required number of box tops.  Maybe that's still so, but I haven't bought cereal in nearly 35 years, once the kids hit their mid-teens and pretty much outgrew it.



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Gas Station prizes.  We had all kinds of dishes and glassware, steak knives.  They'd hand them out at the station.



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I don't remember that at all, but then Mama usually bought gas at Uncle Alf's station, and Uncle Alf wasn't inclined to give away much of anything.

Ice cube trays.



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Ice cube trays are going away? I have stacks of them, and use them regularly.
But then, I have a shitty flip-phone that I hardly use...and a landline with six additional extensions throughout the house.
Also a crappy 27-inch TV from the Nineties and a toaster from 1953. I can go on and on but it's time to get some Zs.

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You mean you don't have a fridge/freezer with an ice cube maker and dispenser?

We have 2 old connected-to-an-outlet phones, one in the kitchen, one in the front bedroom, both tied into the answering machine and the Caller ID gizmo, plus a completely useless crap piece of a cell phone that we've never set up to receive calls other than the numbers they come from, none of which we recognize.

OK, Eddie and I aren't much for reaching out and touching anyone.  We pay for a land-line so we can make calls if we need to, receive replies we expect, and delete, delete, delete all the garbage that infests it.  It just pisses me off the way robo-calls take advantage of that for which we're paying.  Oh, yes, the strangest ever are the ones with no message on the answering machine but that the ID machine claims were placed from our very own phone number.

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It's almost 5:30.  I think I'll go have my bedtime snack now.  Say G'day, y'all.



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Green River has not gone away. I stand corrected. But it is hard to find. Stores don't carry it.
You have to order it from a bottler in Chicago (natch) and have it shipped to your house.

Lucinda gave me a few bottles...yes...bottles...for Hanukkah...all very well-padded and wrapped.
They gurgled in the box. Same color and same label, too. I unwrapped one and took off the cap.
Same lime taste, with a touch of lemon. And it contains both blue and yellow food coloring--hence the lovely shade of emerald green.

 

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Whatta treat! Thanks muchly, Lucinda!



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-- Edited by KidCharlieMane on Tuesday 4th of December 2018 11:30:23 AM

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Really good restaurants.  cry



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Ladies and gentlemen wearing hats when out and about (all right, I'm sure I've mentioned this in another thread, but that isn't going to stop me from filing another complaint).  That custom finally faded after I graduated high school, I guess.  I hated the hats Mama chose for me to wear to Sunday School, and I never understood why men (but not boys) were expected to wear fedora-type hats while outdoors in cities or towns but immediately remove them upon entering any interior.  confuse



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