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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])


8. Howdy Doody

9. 45 RPM records

10. Hi-fi's

11. Metal ice trays with lever

12. Blue flashbulb

13. Cork popguns

14. Studebakers

15. Wash tub wringers

16. Toy pistols made of pressed sawdust

17. Cap guns with red rolls of gunpowder dots.

18. Horseshoe taps for shoes.

19. Penny arcades with games that cost a penny.

20. Carnival freak shows with real freaks.

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 11-20 =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....

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Dang... I'm on the older than dirt bubble. I remember 10 of those...

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Can remember 10 to 20, plus all those other things. :) :beer:


I was six years old in 1959. That time period, is getting slightly vague.

But from seven years old, the memories of 1960's decade is quite clear. :)


Black and white television. :yes:

The old currency of pounds, shillings and pence. :beer:

20 shillings equalled a pound note.

12 pennys were a shilling.

Two half pennys equalled a penny.

The silver coin of threepence was three pennys.

45, 33 and 78 RPM Records.

My brothers and i, shared a portable record player.

When closed it had two latches. Basically looked like a little suitcase. ;)

We also had a 'TEAC', portable reel to reel tape recorder.

YO-YO's were popular.

One of the YO-YO tricks, was ' Walk the dog '. :lol:


During school recess periods, marble competitions were all the rage.

These marbles, had different patterns and colours.

There were nicknames for different types, which i can not recall.


Home made slings, which we improvised and referred to as " Shang eyes". :lol:

I can definitely remember the ink well, pen and nib plus blotter.

When i reached grade six in primary school, this was phased out.


Grandma had a scrubbing board. :yes:

The laundry had two cement troughs.

Washing machine, had two rollers and a handle.

This was the wringer device.

Granny would rotate the handle, while squeezing the clothes between the rollers.

We had a portable kerosene heater.

No house air conditioner back then.


Most cars had vinyl seating.

During summer it was a shocker. :yes:

So all windows right down.

Then my parents set up, beach towels on the car seating.


My grandma had sewing, seamstress and tailoring skills. :)

When my brothers grew out of their clothes, they were handed over to me.

Nanna would , re-tailor their trousers to fit me.

This was also done with coats and jackets.


New clothes from the shop was regarded, as an unnecessary extravagance.

Henceforth this is why , my cherished and loved nanny would improvise. :) :heart:

Those were the days, when people actually wore , their sunday best clothes on sunday.

This applied to both genders.


In those years, parents were capable at cooking.

But on the average, it was the grandmas, who had that certain style.

Also parents spent many hours at factories, or they had their own business.

The grannies helped ,to supervise the children while parents worked.

Grandmas wisdom, love and guidance was held, in high respect by all family members.

In the parents absence Omas word was law.

Arguing or talking back was unheard of.

During the 1960's in adelaide, this would have also applied to the italians.


They were strict on how their kids, should conduct themselves.

My darling Oma was firm with discipline, but she did it with kindness and tolerance.

Nanna would prepare breakfast.

School lunch was made.

Clothes were re-tailored.


The garden was maintained, plus the vegetable patch.

She did all the laundry washing.

All the evening meals were set up.


Highlight of the week for me was saturday.

Oma and i ,would travel on the bus into town.

Helping granny to shop, plus keeping her company was a sheer joy. :heart:


Periodically she would make a fuss, and i would pretend to be embarrased. :blush:

But in reality i loved my nanna, and enjoyed her attention. :heart:

This was usually on the bus.

Granny would re-arrange my shirt collar. :)

Then she would wet her hanky, and wipe a food stain from my face. :yes: :blush: :heart:
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