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Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?'

'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him.

'All the food was slow.'

'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?'

'It was a place called 'at home,'' I explained. !

'Mum cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'


By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.

But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it :

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis , set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit card.

My parents never drove me to school. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow).

We didn't have a television in our house until I was 19.

It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. and there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people...


I never had a telephone in my room.The only phone was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.



Pizzas were not delivered to our home... But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers --my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. He had to get up at 6AM every morning.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.


If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?

MEMORIES from a friend :

My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it.. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.

How many do you remember?

Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.

Older Than Dirt Quiz :

Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about.

Ratings at the bottom.


1.Candy cigarettes
2.Coffee shops with tableside juke boxes
3.Home milk delivery in glass bottles

4. Party lines on the telephone
5.Newsreels before the movie
6.TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels [if you were fortunate])
7.Peashooters
8. Howdy Doody
9. 78 RPM records
10.Hi-fi's
11. Metal ice trays with lever
12. Blue flashbulb
13.Cork popguns
14. Studebakers
15. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-3 = You're still young
If you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older
If you remembered 7-10 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 11-15 =You're older than dirt!


I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of my life.

Don't forget to pass this along!!
Especially to all your really OLD friends,

Brothers & Sister.... !!



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Derek, I remember them all, I am only 65, but I like to tell young folks that when I was young the Dead Sea was just sick, when I was a kid we didn't have electricity, I watched TV by candle light and so on. I remember a short reading entitled “The only time you enjoy growing old is when you are young” I shall do my best to get on paper what I remember of it and post it here. Thanks for the memories.

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Hi Derek,

You sure nailed this one

At a mere 60 years young, I remember every last one of these
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Yepper. At 60 I nailed em all.

I remember the coal truck and the man filling the bin through the coal door. Also had another door for the milk delivery.

We used to walk a mile or 2 to the store to buy candy and kites without worry of being molested.

A bag of marbles was always hanging on the belt.
The sissie girls had jacks.

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'Mum cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'
Are you my brother?????
All this brings back many memories, all good ones too I might add.
Thank you for posting this.

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Yep; I remember all that and more, guess I'm older then Dirt and Proud of it.

Good memories for sure, life sure was a lot simpler back then, I don't remember anyone being in such a hurry to go nowhere and run ya over like now days.
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Yep; I remember all that and more, guess I'm older then Dirt and Proud of it.

Good memories for sure, life sure was a lot simpler back then, I don't remember anyone being in such a hurry to go nowhere and run ya over like now days.
I wasn't there when dirt was invented but, I did warn Noah about those clouds.

I got 'em all correct. In two years, I'll celebrate the 2nd anniversary of my 35th birthday.

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Pizzas were not delivered to our home... But milk was.
old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it..
I've seen similar home-made sprinklers in use by my mom and my grandmother. I on the other hand own a large collection of wash-and-wear shirts and choose to believe they are so.

Ignition switches on the dashboard.
My 2002 Nissan Alima has a dash board ignition key switch and later models have a pushbutton.

Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
They still sell these at the local bike shops (also seen home-made versions).

Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
I have seen this and my boss at work has a story about using one in the 70's in Africa to repair a leaking radiator out in the bush. Heat source was a campfire and some help from a local bushman who kept picking up and arranging the coals with his bare hands.


Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.
I occasionally see people doing this correctly for both bikes (as they should) and cars. There is a Sonic Drive-In (50's style drive-in eatery for Derek's benifit) about 6 blocks from my house. They have a regular antique car club meeting and I've occasionally been on the street when they gather.

1.Candy cigarettes
You can still get these, but not at Wal-Mart! Candy Cigarettes 24ct

3.Home milk delivery in glass bottles
Lawrence, KS, USA and surrounding communities can have once per week home delivery of organic milk in glass bottles. Or you can get it at a couple of local grocery stores and do the bottle exchange. Expensive as the dickens though!

7.Peashooters
See these for sale at craft fairs. However in the spirit of Derek's original post, I do doubt they are a commonly "made" item by kids any more.

9. 78 RPM records
I don't know if any new 78s are being pressed but there are lots and lots and lots of them for sale in used record stores. 33s and 45s are still pressed (better technology and sound reproduction than 78s anyway since they use the sides of the grooves and a lighter tonearm/head anyway )

11. Metal ice trays with lever
I believe I have seen these for sale at Target and Bed-Bath-and-Beyond stores.

12. Blue flashbulb
Very special industrial/scientific research flashbulbs still in production but the little M3s and PH13s and flip flashes and cubes and what have you are long gone. I have amassed about one gross of the M3s to use with some Polaroid cameras (peel-apart film not the integral SX70 packs) which I have and use. And yes, you can still get film, "old" Polaroid film (some still fresh dated) and Fuji makes a compatible product.


13.Cork popguns
Also a staple at local craft fairs. But I doubt they are being made at home. Also, they always seem to be sold with that dumb string holding the cork.
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At nearly 76 I remember all of those very clearly, that is except Howdy Doody and Studybakers, which lead me to believe that this is American. I particularly remember when I was about 11, a girl teaching me how to hold her whilst she leaned way back like in the movies and kiss her, mouths closed of course. They were wonderful days, it wasn't 'till I was 17 and in the TV repair trade that I bought, very cheaply, a 10" black and white set for my parents in 1951.

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For me ,( older than dirt!) I am......

I recall it took two to start the car,one to crank it over and one to play with the spark..then one more to load the bricks off the wood stove top and then put them in the car to keep your feet warm.. plus the Sears catalog was not for reading it was for the out house at 10 below at 3:00 AM..once you kick 3 ft. of snow away for the door just to get in the out house...good old days... LOL

And dinner that's what you had on Sunday not ever day..

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