An entire childhood in a post

What happens when my  computer crashes?

Well, for one thing, I don’t spend all my time on a computer!  For this past week and this coming week, that statement is especially true, since we are down to one working computer in our home and H-J is cramming for taking multiple AP exams.

Without the ability share many of my own pictures with you (you in its  plural form, as in all y’all… I did spent 5+ years living in Texas!), I’m sharing an oldie-but-goodie with images found on The Google  [insert nod to Jen]and an e-mail compliments of my friend Carol. (Thanks, Carol! 🙂) Without further ado, here is your walk back through childhood:

45 rpm spindles

Metal Ice cube trays

Roller-skate keys


Cork pop guns

Marlin  Perkins

Drive in  Movies


Drive in (NOT drive-THRU) restaurants

Topo Gigio (Ed Sullivan Show)

Washtub wringers     (I see these for sale on a regular basis.)

The Fuller Brush Man (Red Skelton)


Reel-To-Reel tape recorders

Tinkertoys

Erector Sets


Lincoln Logs

15 cent hamburgers   (I’m pretty sure the fries tasted better then, too.)  

5 cent packs of baseball cards


Penny candy

25 cent a gallon gasoline

Jiffy Pop popcorn  (We actually have some of this in our camping supplies!)

Gum wrapper chains

Chatty Cathy dolls


5 cent Cokes

and 5-cent candy bars, too!

Of course, if you ate too much candy, you might need this:


Speedy Alka-Seltzer

Cigarettes for Christmas  (and kids being sent to the corner store to buy them for their parents)


Burma Shave signs

This gum

Brownie camera


Flash bulbs  (now THAT was a pop!)

TV Test patterns   …and the fact that programming ended each night

Old Yeller


Chef Boy-AR-dee

Fire escape tubes

Timmy and Lassie


Ding Dong Avon calling

Brylcreem (a little dab’ll do ya’)


Aluminum Christmas Trees

Was life really simple back then, or does it just seem that way because we were children without grown-up worries?

What the heck where they thinking?!?!?

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11 thoughts on “An entire childhood in a post

  1. This was great! I remember every one of these. (Once when i was 8 I bought candy cigarettes at the dime store and my grandma made me take them back.)

  2. Cool pictures.
    I am sorry for your dead computer, bummer that it is.
    It was a reminder to back up my recent ones.

  3. EXACTLY the same for me in rural Alabama in the 60’s and 70’s. Remember Hazel on tv? Mr French? Green Acres? A coke , bag of chips, 2 jolly ranchers for 25 cents at the corner store?

  4. Some of my memories are of different things, but metal ice cube trays,cork pop guns, flash bulbs and TV test patterns are part of my memomry bank. As is cars without safety belts, Rocket Cheese in a tube (pushed up from the bottom and sliced with a thread…) dresses made in a nylon material that could be ice cold and clammy wet at the same time – ah those were the days!
    As for candy cigarrettes – yes we had them here as well!

  5. Can’t say I remember those tubes but the rest, I either remember directly (most of them) or heard of .. like Burma Shave. I must be old.. or something. Fun stuff, KC.

  6. Uh…I don’t know if my son is cramming or not for AP tests because he does his homework at school. He’s a day student at a boarding school and stays for dinner and study hall most nights. (It does save me something on our food budget.)

    I confess to regretting that I made my mom get rid of the aluminum tree. So guess what I found on ebay that I’m going to put up next Christmas season?????

  7. It strikes me as less complicated because we had less STUFF screaming for our attention.
    I remember my folks having that kind of ice cube tray. And we DO live in a town with a thriving drive-in!

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