I Remember Back When. . .
things were so much simpler. Something small like
a clothes line full of laundry blowing in the summer breeze,
which really doesn't mean much now, but thinking back then makes all that simplicty of the 60s, make sense
over the hustle and bustle of today. Holding hands in public then was an intimate gesture between a boy and a
girl. Wearing each other's ring around your neck meant a commitment. Doors unlocked at night meant trust in
your fellow neighbors. Keys left above your visor or in the ignition of your car was a common thing in many small towns without fear of your
automobile being stolen. Do you remember when these were popular?............. Check out I remember
...five and dime stores like Woolworth's were popular. They
almost had anything you could want to buy plus they had a lunch counter which served sandwiches, malts,
cherry cokes, pies and so much more. Cheap also. We didn't have a Woolworth's in Circleville
but there was one in Columbus which I had been to many times in the 50s and 60s. Click Here to See the Lunch Menu. (Thanks
to Wanda Sears for sending it to me)
....growing up in the 50s and 60s, my mother washing and hanging
clothes on a clothes line. I can still picture her wiping the clothes line off with a wet rag to rid the line
of dirt and bird crap. The clothes would be hung with wooden clothes pins that clipped the clothes to the
line. After she hung the clothes up she would prop the line with a line pole and the clothes would just blow
in the summer breeze. When the clothes were removed from the clothes line, I still remember how fresh they
smelled. I also remembered the clothes being frozen on a cold winter day as they were taken from the line. I
don't think I had ever seen a clothes drier until I visited a laundromat while in the Army. I also remember my
mother using a soda bottle with a stopper with holes in it which she would fill with water to sprinkle the
clothes before ironing. There wasn't any steam irons back then. I can still see the old RC soda bottle Mom
used sitting on the ironing board.
.....our first washing machine was an old wringer type like this.
When I was about 3 or 4 years old I got my arm caught in the wringer by putting my fingers in the wringer and
it just took my entire arm through it. I had to go to the doctor and have an x-ray and my arm was put in a
.....laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels
hidden insdie the box.
....wooden ironing boards were used. They were really popular in
the 30s, 40s, and 50s but families continued to use them during the 60s. Many folks still use them today. They
are considered antiques now.
....all the homes I lived in and actually visited back in the 60s had
only one bathroom.
How did we survive? I had 2 sisters and a brother, mom and dad and my grandmother fighting over one
....cars had a stick shift on the column Actually driver's training
in high school was taught with a stick shift on the column. Our instructor who also was the football
coach, (why did the coaches always get the cushy teaching
job?) who would always take us up the steepest hill which had a
traffic light and we had to take off while stopped going up a hill.
....fond and not so fond memories of the skating rink or
roller rink as they are called now. Back then you skated with a date (in my case I fell down with a date) with the
day's popular music playing and a cabaret of lights flashing around the rink. The couples skate with the
lights turned down which was so cool then but not so cool especially with guys like me who couldn't skate too
...pizzas weren't delivered but milk was. The milkmen were
the kings of 4am delivery. I remember the glass milk bottles that were delivered to your front door before you
were even out of bed. The only person that heard the milkman arrive was the dog. You left your empty bottles
on the front porch with a note inside the bottle telling the milkman what you wanted that day. I also remember
that the milkmen wore white uniforms and drove those funny looking trucks. I also remember the breadman who
not only brought bread to the door but all the sweet goodies he tempted you with. The one we had was the Omar
bread company. I don't think they are in business any longer. If they are still in business leave me a message
in the guestbook.
....newspapers were delivered by boys. Most boys had paper routes.
I think the most I ever made was $8.00 a week but that was great money for a young boy back then. What I hated
most was the inclement weather. I always liked the customers who tipped me and detested the customers who
weren't home on collection days which was normally Friday night or Saturday morning.
....we had a dress code at school? That wasn't bad was it? Boys hair
could not be over the ears and they could not wear duck tails that was prevalent during the 50s and 60s. Shirt
tails had to be tucked. Girls' skirts could not be above mid knee. (Darn) Many got away with it especially if they
had decent looking legs.
...we never had convenient stores back in the 60s like today's 7-11
stores. We got our last minute necessities at the corner market or neighborhood store. In my neighborhood we
even had a place to buy meat over the counter which is not too common today. I remember you could run a bill
at the store and pay on payday which many took advantage. This was before credit cards became popular. Back
then you had a store credit card or gasoline credit card only. I think Mastercard began somewhere in the mid
to late 60s.
...Super Duper Supermarkets were the money saving places to
....home town dairies had the best ice cream and dairy products
around especially my hometown's Blue Ribbon Dairy.
...we ordered hamburgers, hotdogs, fries and coke through a
drive-in type speaker and a car hop would deliver your food and drinks on a tray that hung on your window. In
my hometown the A&W Root Beer Stand and Noel's Drive In was the hang out. They were also favorite cruising
I remember the Papa Burger, the Mama Burger, the Teen Burger
and the Baby Burger were popular at A&W Root Beer Stand.
....I would sit in the this metal chair on the patio listening to
my transistor radio during the summer as I waited for my buddy who lived next door to get out of bed. I was
always an early riser and he would sleep till noon. Wasting a whole day in bed never made sense to me.
Remember these metal chairs?
....having a telephone in the home, there was only one and probably
it was located in the living room and it was a rotary dial and on a party line. Before you could dial, you had
to listen and make sure some person you didn't know wasn't already using the phone line.
headlight dimmer switches were on the floor and the ignition switch was on the dashboard and the older folks called
the car a machine instead of an automobile or car.
....cars without turn signals which
resulted in using hand signals to make a turn.
.....pictures were taken that had large flashbulbs like
....Blackjack, Beeman's, Clove chewing gum, and candy
....paraffin soda bottles with sugar water inside were a popular
...bubble gum came with comics inside the wrapper like Bazooka
....smoking was suppose to be cool and was depicted in movies in a
positive manner which resulted in candy cigarettes being sold for kids to emulate adults.
....soda machines dispensed glass bottles? Remember Hires Rootbeer and
Suncrest soda pop that came in flavors like orange, grape, cream soda and strawberry? How about Nehi Soda?
TV's Mash character Radar's favorite drink?
....RC Cola was a popular choice for soda pop?
....coffee shops, restaurants, and malt shops had booth
....S&H Green Stamps and the catalog to order merchandise with
your stamps was popular in most households. Even A&P Supermarkets got in on this stamp craze introducing
the Plaid Stamps.
....everybody had to have a pair of PF Flyers to run faster than
....I lived near railroad tracks and the trains would make a racket
in the middle of the night as they came roaring down the tracks. In the 50s and very early 60s they had the
steam locomotives instead of the diesel locomotives. Do you remember them? I do and I use to put a penny on
the tracks so when they ran over it would flatten out to be as large as a quarter.
....playing marbles in the school yard and losing most often until
I got good at it. I don't think kids play marbles anymore. I played so much that my thumb got real sore until
I developed a callous. We all would go to school with our pockets bulging with marbles waiting for recess to
play our favorite game. Remember these old fashion handmade marbles? They are worth a lot of money now. Most
marbles today are plastic. These were great marbles although they did chip. Then they came out with what they
called the cat's eye marbles. When they did these hand made marbles went the wayside.
....we use to play jacks. The jacks actually were made of metal.
Today they are made of plastic.
.....I was twelve I cut grass with one of these push lawnmowers. It
was probably about 2 or 3 years later that we bought a power mower. I also remember while in the Army we used
this type of mower into the late 60s and even to the early 70s.
....I use to buy these at the local grocery store for about a dime
to a quarter depending on the size. It would last a few weeks or until it ended up in a tree and off to the
corner store I would go purchase another one.
....my mom bought these tablets as a requirement for school
supplies. I can't remember what grades we used them but I assume it was in the early elementary
....many of us tried to sell these flower and garden seeds to win
one of those prizes. I don't remember winning anything except a chewing out for ordering those seeds which mom
and dad ended up buying. Did anybody really win any of those prizes?
.....playing records on these old record players and how they would
skip if the record was scratched or because the needle started wearing out. You then had to place a nickle on
top of the arm to keep the record from skipping.
....the old black and white TV took forever to warm up before you
saw the picture.
....we always had our meals together sitting around our large dining
room table. We talked, laughed, joked and complimented my mother on her cooking. I still remember those special
Sunday dinners. Seems like it was always fried chicken which my mom was an expert at preparing. I think she taught
Colonel Sanders a few things. Pretty sure that fried chicken wasn't the only Sunday dinner we had but it sticks to
my memory more because it was one of my many favorites. I still have many of her recipes which were written on
scraps of paper, napkins and on back of old used envelopes. Many still had the grease and food stains on
them. Click Here for the rest of the story.
....school teachers dressed up while they taught at school. The men
teachers wore neckties and a jacket while the women teachers wore dresses, their hair done and many of the women
....ladies nylons came in two pieces. Long before panty
....auto theft wasn't much of a problem. In fact the car keys were
left above the visor or in the ignition.
....Log Cabin Syrup came in a tin. I think they started producing
these in the early 1900s to somewhere around the 1930s and stopped altogether in the early 60s. Many are worth
quite a bit of money now.
...Jade East and English Leather were the most popular after shave
cologne for men. I still today use Jade East and English Leather
Click Here to read about my Jade East adventure
back in 1965.
...Speedy Alka-Seltzer ads filled newspapers and magazines as well
as on TV and radio. When was the last time you saw or heard from Speedy?
... The Burger Chef in my hometown and across the highways of
this great nation. The home of the 15 cent hamburger and the Super Shef. The Burger Chef in Circleville, Ohio
was a crusing stop off for all of us teenagers.
....popcorn came in a jar and you cooked it in a pan and shook the
pan while popping it on the stove or buying the other alternative was buying Jiffy Pop in its own
....I used a "little dab will do you" with Brylcreem. Be sure not
to use more than one dab. "The girls love to get their fingers in your hair."
....drinking fizzies was cool. Just drop the tablet of your
favorite flavor in a glass of water and watch it fizz. I thought they were better than Kool Aid. What ever
happen to Fizzies?
....ads like these were in magazines and newspapers. Go by Lazy Boy
and pickup your Christmas album by Bing Crosby.
---girls would weave these rings from gum wrappers. I wasn't as
talented and couldn't do it. Do you remember this fad from the 60s?
...when products like Lux Soap would use what was popular at the
time to sell their products. In this case, The Beatles. I don't know what the Beatles offer was, but it could
have been a picture or recording. Does anybody remember this offer?
signs were all up and down the highways. I couldn't wait to see what the next sign was going to say. They were
humorous and was one of the best innovative advertising methods ever used during the 60s?
....Charles Potato Chips were delivered to your door in these
tins. I recall they were kind of greasy. Huh? we liked greasy back then. They were probably cooked in
...Zagnut candy bars were popular. I think they were made by the
same company that produced the Clark Bar.
....Mallo Cups and Reese cups were my favorite candy back in
Bar candy bar that cost 3 cents. They are no longer around. If
they were still around today and based on inflation, they would cost about 45 cents.
Breakfast Drink. Orange flavored and loaded with sugar ummmmmmm
.....girls use to roll their hair before a date or before bed. How
did they sleep with those curlers. You ladies care to comment?
.....these signs were common especially in the 50s and 60s during the
....Grants or later on Grants City. Super large shopping store
mostly household items and clothes. No longer in business. Do you remember Grants?
.....although I remember these from elementary school in the 50s
these were still prevalent in the 60s. Readers with the characters; Dick, Jane, Sally, Spot and
....the Kresge stores were popular. Most larger cities had them in
downtown locations. I think they became K-Mart. Anybody care to comment on this?
....the girls wore Ambush during the 60s. Ambush was
launched in 1955 and is still available today. Trisha
Pierson of Mobile, Alabama commented in the guestbook about
the girls wearing this during the 60s and aroused my memory of this.
.....when the girls wore pedal pushers also known as capris. Great
for riding a bicycle. (Thanks to Carol Ann
Cella-Kirner of West Caldwell NJ)
.....the yellow 4-way traffic signal that hung from the middle of
....the barber pole. The barber shops were all identified by these
barber poles. The BS was shuffled as the men and boys got their haircut. No women allowed except to wait on a
child. (Just kidding) Although only boy's and men's hair were cut in the shops back in the 60s. They weren't
hair salons they were known as barber shops.
Butch Wax was used to make
your flat top stand up. Is it still around anymore?
...moments like these. You will never
forget those times.
Who can ever forget those times of our youth. If you like to reflect
back to those good old days then you won't mind looking back to the 50s. I think this is a real nifty look back
then. I hope you enjoy it. Click here for a musical
visual look back. Sit back and enjoy Do You Remember These?