Re: Older than dirt/off subject

From:Jo Dee Fish

I don't consider myself "old as dirt" yet, just barely got my toes 
dirty at 40 (okay, almost 41)!  But, thought you would like my mom's 
replies, she IS old as dirt, and admits it proudly!!!  She's a funny 
one, gotta love her!
Take care all,
Jo Dee

Definitely "Been there, done that"!
1. Blackjack chewing gum!- My Grandpa always carried this
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water- 2 for a penny!
3. Candy cigarettes- always bought "Pell-Mell" 'cause my Dad smoked Pall-Mall's
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed bottles- and you opened a little door to
pull them out.
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers- We
played "bottle-caps" with the stoppers. Threw one down, then tried to land
another on it. If you did, you got to pick up and keep ant caps that yours
touched. Several could play in a circle. My first "gambling"!
7. Party lines- My mother would listen in on the neighbors calls!
8. Newsreels before the movie- And serial "shorts". You had to go back the next
Saturday to see what happened next.
9. P.F. Flyers- Yes, but I wore cowboy boots.
10. Butch wax-My brother's used Red Fitch Hair oil
> >11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (Oliv! e - 6933)-Our number in
Riverbank was just 7-J; in Oakdale it was 7173, no prefix yet.
> >12. Peashooters-Worked best with tapioca (dry, not cooked)
> >13. Howdy Doody-and Buffalo Bob, Claribel the Clown, and Princess "Summer-
Spring Winter-Fall". I was definitely in the "Peanut Gallery"!
14. 45 RPM records-Before that, we had 78's
15. S&H Green Stamps- Your stroller and high chair came from the stamp store!
16. Hi-fi's- "Victrolas"!
17. Metal ice trays with lever- And, your fingers would sometimes freeze to the
18. Mimeograph paper-The print was purple and messy
19. Blue flashbulb-Yep
20. Packards- When I was born, our family had a 1934 Packard convertable,
with "jump seats" in the back.
21. Roller skate keys- Nothing hurt worse, than when you didn't get it
tightened down enough, and your skate loosened while you were rolling. Caused
lots of skinned knees and elbows!
22. Cork popguns- I had a "real"  Roy Rogers gun that shot caps!
23. Drive-ins- Took you to the drive-in theater in a "car bed" many times. Also
ate hamburgers at the other kind. There were "car-hops" then that took your
order, and delivered it on a "window tray"
24. Studebakers-Brought you home from the hospital in a '59 Studebaker Lark!
25. Wash tub wringer-Dad had to come home from work and dismantle Grandma's
wringer to get your cousin Mike's arm out of one.  He still has the scars.

Guess I really am "Old as Dirt"!
Love, Mom
Jo Dee Fish
Research Technologist II
Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease

Telephone: (415) 695-3720
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