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Posted By: Chicken Charlie
30-Aug-01 - 04:16 PM
Thread Name: For all the Ancients
Subject: RE: For all the Ancients
Right. Along with nickle candy bars went the time when you bought a dollar's worth of gas--because in your '49 Ford custom that would actually move the gauge up the dial--and the kid at the station washed your windshield and checked the air in your tires while it was pumping.

Bus tokens. Crystal sets (primitive radios). "Church key" as slang for a pre-poptop beer or soda can opener. Pocket protectors. The huge demo slide rules that hung over the blackboards in the chem and physics labs so the profs could work a problem and everybody could see it. Telephone party lines; not totally gone perhaps, but not nearly as common. My grandmother's hairdo, a "Marcel wave." Really 1930's chic. Women's hats. A car style called a "coupe" which meant it only had two doors.

And a word from the Black part of the integrated neighborhood I grew up in that I've never heard anywhere else: "reet." Meant stylish, with-it.