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    Re: When Things Weren't So Modern Archived Message

    Posted by Speaking Out on January 18, 2018, 12:07 am, in reply to "Re: When Things Weren't So Modern"

    I remember 23 for sure, 24-25 could be just from hearing stories.

    I certainly don't remember ever having milk delivered, but I do remember it being in many of the TV shows or commercials back then.

    I also remember the stores and gas stations competing for your business back then. Your business was badly wanted and very appreciated. You were enticed with savings stamps, or drinking glass sets from certain gas stations. Even some laundry soap companies shoved towels into every box of detergent.

    Entertainment was far less complicated back then and more hands on. We played jacks, pick up sticks, Dominoes and lots of card games. We grew up watching the "grown ups" playing pinochle, poker and rummy. We built card houses that would eventually lead to a wrestling match when your brother or sister made sure you never got to complete that second story.

    I can remember meeting in the school yard after school or on a weekend, and we would pitch pennies against the school building. I had a mean toss for a little girl and would walk away with a pocket full of jingle that would afford me that famous brown paper bag full of penny candy from the neighborhood confectionery.

    How many remember having your shoes repaired? They were too expensive to just throw away if they needed new soles or heels. If they still fit, you had them repaired. Your parents may also have the repairman put taps on your shoes to help them last longer.

    Bicycles back then, if you had siblings, were just like clothing. You had hand-me-down bicycles, pieced together and sometimes coated in a fresh coat of spray paint. Today, bicycles are mass produced in a large range of prices. Back then, it was a big deal to get a brand new bike.

    I remember making a whole day out of a trip downtown. We could hop on a bus for 20 cents, catch a Saturday matinee at the Washington theater, and walk over to the dime store after the show was over. As a kid I can hardly remember ever being bored. We always could find something to do, and a neighborhood full of kids to do it with.

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