A Blast In The Past - For Me

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  1. Gloria Mitchell

    Gloria Mitchell Very Well-Known Member
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    I remember at about age 7 walking up to the corner shanty like grocery store on the corner of where we lived. For a quarter could buy me,a drink and a little itty bitty naked porcelain like doll with moveable arms and legs. I would set on the front porch,and make tiny little clothes for my new toy. It was so small I used a small match box for the bed. Later in the day, after swimming around in my mom's nbr 2 wash tub with my brother,he and I would walk in our flip flops to the other corner up a hill and buy snow cones-for a nickel.
    The smell of my grandmother in Missouri making doughnuts,on her wood burning stove.
    The outhouse at my grandmothers house-they lived atop a mountain. The outhouse was pink...lol that is what I painted it.
    Riding in the back seat of our car, looking out the window,and seeing signs at gas stations,with big easels sitting outside their stations, proclaiming their gas was cheaper. One side said 15cents, the other said 18 cents. Oh yeah, nothing digital back then.
    Back then the "green stamps". Oh heavens we had to save what seemed like thousands of those things,all licked and applied in the booklets by me and my brother. Then,when your mom thought she had enough, off to the green stamp store, to buy something nifty for the house.
    I can remember more , but how many can you remember ?
     
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    Enjoyed reading your post Gloria :)
    I so remember green shield stamps, I loved them, I was hooked
    Couldn't wait to get home and stick them in the book
    Sometimes I'd get 'extra' ! Wow, you'd think I won the lottery ! :p
     
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    I remember green stamps and later I think there were plaid stamps, that might have been from A&P but I'm not sure.

    You sure had to get a lot even for something small though...a bigger item was almost unattainable.:)

    I think I did get some things for my room.

    As for outhouses, I've never even seen one til I lived in Hungary and visited the countryside...oops, just remembered a week at a summer camp that had an outhouse...it was scary at night since we were in the woods and the outhouse was quite a ways from the cabin. You had to have someone go with you and also a flashlight.

    I may be younger than you though.
     
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    No outhouse, but like some others here, I'm most likely younger than you (I'm almost 68). However, do remember, chopping/splitting tree wood for the furnace in the basement. For a skinny kid (95 lbs), that was a lot of work that I really didn't like doing. Also, helping step-parents can rhubarb. Watching very little tv, because they "ruled" the tv. Gas, when I got out of the Navy, was 28 cents a gallon. Renting a completely furnished apartment in a apt. complex (don't have anymore).

    Yes, a LOT of things have changed since "back in those days/years".
     
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    THIS was wonderful Gloria, thank you so much for the memories. Especially remember the wash-tub bath, and green stamps!! We had an old wooden sidewalk out to where the cars parked, and I can remember when I was like 3, running down that sidewalk squishing as many daddy-long-legs as I could. There was a store too! Brockway, and it still stands (pic below) and old wood floors, and penny candy;)

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    @Denise Happyfeet - Isn't that amazing, still standing. Charming it is :)

    We had to buy bundles of wood :rolleyes:
     
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    I remember most of those things, @Gloria Mitchell ! We didn't have those flip-flops until I was older, and I never wore them because I could not stand the feel of the thong in between my toes. I had little dolls; but hardly ever played with them. My mom was sure I needed dolls, and she bought them for me; but what I wanted was a PONY ! !
    As. For the grocery store, yes, I remember the little neighborhood groceries, and that is where I lived when I was little. My folks had the little store and living quarters in the back. At least a kitchen and a bedroom. No bathroom, that was an outhouse. I hated it, was always terrified that i would fall in and be stuck in that smelly thing. I was SO happy when we bought the house next door to the store and it had a real bathroom.
    My Grandma Bailey didn't make doughnuts; but she did make pies, and those were delicious, and always smelled wonderful. There was a small drive-in that made fresh banana doughnuts every day though. By then I was older, and had a horse, and my friends and i would ride across town to the drive-in and get a dozen of the fresh and still warm banana doughnuts. To this day, that is the best doughnuts that I have ever had ! !
    Here I am in my "Dale Evans" cowgirl outfit out on the front porch of the little grocery store.
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    If I had the money, I would buy it, no one has yet but it and a bit of land is for sale. I would make it into some teeny shops. It's right on a main highway (East/West) in Oregon, Hwy 42. My old highschool is right up the road;)

    I sure hope you keep adding more stories @Gloria Mitchell this made my morning;)
     
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    gotta run, you all have a great morning/afternoon, try to peek back in later today;)
     
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    We are the same age
     
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    You're just so cute in that outfit, and I love that look of determination - you look 'ready' :cool:
     
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    I remember me first Davy Crocket hat and loved the song that went with it
    I also remember me first jive skirt, I was only 9 years old - I twirled and twirled in that skirt :p
     
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    Love that photo Yvonne, I had an Annie Oakley outfit;)
     
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    My father built the first house I remember living in, and it had really tall ceilings. It echoed. We too had an out house. A two seater! :confused: I always wonder who went to the toity in pairs? o_O Even worse was the many BIG spiders down inside 'there'. I was always scared they would bite me on the tush.

    There was no running water in the house, we had an old plump out back that we had to prime with water each time we used it, and if we forgot to refill the water can that was grounds for punishment. We did have an old washing machine with the wringer on top, but we did have to lug water to it from the pump. :eek:

    I remember taking a bath in the over large porcelain kitchen sink, it had a draining board that was porcelain as well. I always wondered why it was there. There was no water! But I guess my father was looking forward to a day when he could ad plumbing. :rolleyes:
     
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    hey Ina, we did live where there was an out-house!! I remembered! It had two holes too but I think ours was one hole for #1 and one hole for #2 right??

    LOL!!

    I am loving this thread, I really had missed Ike's stories @Gloria Mitchell got us started again;) I remember a pump-house and we had indoor water for the kitchen. I've seen photos of my little bro and I being bathed in the kitchen sink but I don't remember that;) I do remember my favorite "toy" from the kitchen, an old, round bottom, metal bowl just the right size for me to sit in and spin around the kitchen floor;)
     
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    I gotta see a "jive" skirt now Patsy;) I remember my older sister had a poodle-skirt, wonder if that is similar;)

    My little bro had a Davy Crocket hat too;) Seth Parker is the first "Davy" I can remember;)
     
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    This is a nice thread, @Gloria Mitchell. I am well acquainted with outhouses, as I can remember when we first got plumbing in the house. Prior to that, we had a pump outside, and of course we had an outhouse. It was mighty cold walking out to the outhouse on a January night in the UP of Michigan. Even after we had a regular bathroom in the house, the outhouse remained, and was put back into use every now and then when the pipes would freeze in the winter, and we'd use it sometimes instead of going back in the house if we were outdoors. We also had a camp with an outhouse.

    I also remember the wood cooking stove, which my mom decided to keep even after they bought an electric one. There were some things that mom preferred to cook on the wood stove, I think, and it also supplemented as a heating stove on colder nights, since our heating stove had only one central heat source, which wasn't piped through the rest of the house.
     
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    The stamps spoken of were required to be purchased by the business giving them out free. In my gas station, 1972, S&H Green Stamps were the rage. All the customers demanded them. So, I reluctantly began buying them. $44. per book. A book lasted about 2 or 3 days. We kept them in the cash drawer, a metal drawered box fastened to the wall, waist-high, just inside the station. The drawer was accessible only by a key. The 2 high-school guys working for me had keys, as well as Dan, my nephew, and I.

    We closed at 10:pM. One night, 2 new books of stamps disappeared from within the cash drawer. The young man working alone, Steve D'Angelo, claimed next day they had been stolen by a customer. Didn't "wash", as either Steve left the drawer not fully closed (real possibility), which he denied, or HE stole the stamps. Not fully closed meant a customer MIGHT have sauntered in during the ever-ensuing commotion on the gas-island, and taken the stamps. Except that NO CASH was missing! (??). Steve was liable, either way. I had had him booked in my mind as honest. But I knew circumstances often altered levels of honesty. I fired him. He had worked in the station throughout high school, mainly for the previous ARCO dealer. He took it very gracefully, stating that unemployment benefits would take care of him.

    Long story shortened, month later he showed up, furious! Ready to kill me. He got weekly benefit checks, all right, but meanwhile I received from Dep't. of Economic Security, forms asking why he was terminated. THEFT, I wrote. They were demanding the dough back he had received! I sat him down in my office, gave him a fatherly pep-talk about honesty, learning why cheating bites back. His demeanor changed, as I thought it would; he apologized. I gave him a hundred bucks, sent him on his way, glad he had not killed me!
    Frank
     
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    Glad you all like the Blast..... Got to thinking this morning, how on occasion my dad would take us out to eat. There was a place called Southern Kitchen close by and many times we went there. A full plate meal was a whole dollar! Then as a treat sometimes he would take us to the A&W root beer drive-in. The young waitresses, would skate out to your car and take your order. One night, my brother who was all of 3 gets out of the car and stands upon the middle of a walk way and starts dancing in his little kakkki pants and shirt.. They played music all the time....You aint nothing but a hound dog-Elvis Presley. He was so cute, and he got many applause and kisses from the waitresses.
    Have a good day :p
     
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    Great memories Gloria, I can see your little brother - does he still like to dance ?
     
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    No, he is more into playing his guitar and other musical things . He would try at least to do the Twist...long before Chubby Checker came out with it.
     
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    That is precisely correct @Denise Happyfeet. One hole for each type of "chore".
    When I was in the Nam, we had "10 holers" which the U.S. Army spent hundreds of thousand of dollars traing us in Latrine Logistics. It was a simple one week course on SOP as to how to properly and in military fashion switch seats with another soldier during morning Latrine operations.
    The hardest part was standing at attention and saluting each other with our fatigue pants down prior to "the switch".
     
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    LMBO, this is a screamer, the things our Veterans have to go through in "training"!!o_O

    Just one question, if @Yvonne Smith accidentally walks in on you in the latrine, do you still salute??:p
     
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    Wow, and I'll bet the food served was way better then Gloria;) My first job besides baby-sitting was a an A&W;) They had dropped the skating thing, although how I would have loved that as we rarely got to go into town to the rink. Can see a little guy boogey'in down to Elvis, how darling I'll bet he was;)
    Great reading this a.m. ty much;)
     
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    My little brother is still into his music making today, I was the dancer;) I remember when it came out, and we usually did square-dancing at the grange. But there was a kids dance put on, and mom made me a full-skirt, twirly dress and I "twisted" with the other kids. We must have looked so funny, LOL!!
     
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