Someone sent me this in an e-mail, and I thought it was fun. I do remember these, though I had not thought about many of them probably since childhood! I don’t know who to credit the pictures to.
1. Spindles for 45 records.
When I was growing up people had these in the living room and a “real” tree in the family room/
4. Metal ice trays with handles that you pull up to loosen the ice.
5. Chatty Cathy dolls.
I don’t think I ever had one of those, but I remember them being advertised.
6. Coca-cola for 5 cents.
7. Flash bulbs
I don’t know if this particular kind were the ones used with cameras, but I remember those plus big bulbs that you’d have to take out of the back of the TV and replace.
8. Tinker Toys
My kids did have these, too, but they had a lot of plastic pieces in them. In my childhood they were all wood.
9. Test Patterns.
10. 5 cent stamps.
We used those for all kinds of things. I remember once getting a little toy tea set when my parents let me choose a toy with a portion of them.
12. Jiffy Pop popcorn.
Lots of fun to watch the flat silver package inflate into a ball!
13. Drive-In Diners.
Sonic is based on this idea. We used to go to dinner at a place like this every Friday night after getting groceries.
This has jogged my memory to other things common in my childhood: rabbit ears (with foil on the ends) on top of TVs, big heavy TV and stereo cabinets, “dinette” sets, 5 cent milk cartons for school lunches, Barbie dolls with a ponytail right at the crown of the head, toy guns made out of metal (I had to get a toenail removed after one of my brother’s toy guns dropped on my foot), baseball cards with a stick of gum in the same package, little wax soda-bottle shapes with flavored liquid kind of like Kool-aid in them; glass bottle on windowsills with colored water in them…
Anyone else remember these?
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