Mudcat Café message #539307 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #38216   Message #539307
Posted By: Bill D
31-Aug-01 - 06:24 PM
Thread Name: For all the Ancients
Subject: RE: For all the Ancients
ahhh...lying on the rug beside the radio (with the little green 'tuning' eye) and listening to The Lone Ranger and Jack Benny. Having ether for anesthetic to have your tonsils out. Being outraged when the cost of popsicles and ice cream bars from the Good Humor truck went up from 6 to 7(but saving all the flat sticks to weave into fans). Watching my mother cry when a railroad engineer told her about the death of FDR...and not 'quite' understanding...buying hamburger to feed the cat, because it was *cheap*....

and yes, I mixed the color packets into the margarine!...and we had Log Cabin Syrup in the TIN shgaped like a log cabin! (wonder what one of those is worth today!)......who remembers prying the corks out of pop bottle caps and re-assembling then on white tee-shirts? My brother & I collected hunderds of those, and I had a shirt with maybe 30 bottle caps clanking on it!

Wooden Tinker-Toys that you could build ANYTHING out of,,,*grin*....

bicycles with NO gear shifters, you just peddled hard! (Mostly Schwinn)(and playing cards clothes pinned to the frame so they extended into the spokes to make a noise intended to sound like a motorcycle)....

cast-iron toys..(cars, boats, soldiers) that you bought at the 5-10 store...for 5-10 cents!

and music!...hearing "Atchison, Topeka & the Santa Fe" and "Goodnight Irene" (Andrews sisters?...lordy, how I hated that version)) played over the speaker at the swimming pool...hearing "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" and "Sioux City Sue" and "Home on the Range" sung by the like of Gene Autry regularly!....(while my mother was sighing to Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust")

movies..."Prince of Foxes" and Westerns and Disney classics,,( I attended the World premier of "Song of the South" (New Orleans, 1946 or early 1947), and heard "Bibbity-Bobbity-Boo" and watched Br'er Rabbit get flung in the briar patch before ANY of you!..*grin*.

and prizes in cereal boxes...and prizes you had to send OFF for with cereal box-tops(always to Battle Creek, Mich.!)..... DAMNED much more...some I'd like to have back...some of which is best forgotten.