I’m not a geezer, but…Posted: February 4, 2016
…I certainly remember most of the items in the Facebook meme at the bottom of this post. Most of them are relics of the late fifties and early sixties.
- Cap Guns. Yeah, but sometimes it was more fun to hit caps on the sidewalk with a hammer.
- Home milk deliveries in glass bottles. Our milkman, Bill, walked straight into the house and put the milk in the refrigerator for us.
- TV test patterns in the early morning. I got up early on Saturdays and watched the test pattern before programming started for the day.
- Curb finders for your car. I depended on those in my 1965 Ford Galaxy.
- Stamp books and redemption centers. Green Stamps and Blue Chip stamps. We had to drive thirty or so miles to Riverside or San Bernardino for the redemption center.
- Phone booths. Of course.
- Aluminum ice cube trays with pull handles. We had those in our freezer.
- Subway tokens. Well, I knew about them from television. We didn’t have subways ninety miles east of Los Angeles in the fifties and sixties. Still don’t, except for the sandwich shop.
- Crazy Eddies. (Who, or what, is that?)
- Earl Scheib’s auto paint jobs. “I’ll paint any car any color for $29.95.”
- Mobile rides that came around the neighborhood. (Say what?)
- Free road maps at service stations. More convenient than going to the auto club.
- Seltzer bottles. I knew them from the Three Stooges, but not up close and personal. My family didn’t drink hard liquor. (Unlike moi, who enjoys his scotch.)
- Doctors who made house calls. I was the recipient of at least one.
- Cigarette vending machines. In restaurants.
- Flash cubes. I never owned a camera that used flash cubes, but I had relatives who did. They were nice because you could take four pictures before needing to change, unlike flash bulbs that you had to change every time.