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I'm old. I remember this stuff.

How It Used To Be

It took three minutes for the TV to warm up.

Nobody owned a purebred dog.
A quarter was a decent allowance & made with real silver.

You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny - made with real copper. (I still do...giggle).
Your Mom wore stockings that came in two pieces - one for each leg.

You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked & gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time.

You didn't pay for air & you got trading stamps, too.
Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box.

And don't forget Crackerjacks! A prize in every box.

Teachers threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed...and they did it.

When a 57 Chevy was everyone's dream car.

People "went steady."
No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked. This sometimes applied to house keys, too.

Playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules.
Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to kill a perfect stranger with mass-distributed poison.
Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.

Blackjack, Clove, Pepsin and Teaberry chewing gum.

Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers.

Telephone numbers with a word prefix. And no area code for local calls.
78's and 45's - no, not guns.

S&H Green Stamps

Mimeograph machines

Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a peashooter or a slingshot.
Saturday morning cartoons weren't commercials for action figures.

Olly-olly-oxen-free' made perfect sense.

The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.

Water balloons were the ultimate weapon and war was a card game.
Having said this, there was plenty of hypocrisy & bullshit back then too-particularly #racism #sexism #homophobia. Let's not forget lead paint & asbestos, too.
Of course now we have rollbacks & newly-intensified #racism/#misogyny/#homophobia & #theocracy.
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