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The Nostalgia Thread

Amy SF

Dweller in nature
Here's a chance for everyone (at least us older folks) to reminisce about days gone by...about past eras we've lived through, without actually demanding that society in general return to those bygone days, said bygone days not always the happiest for certain groups of people.

To start off, look at this: http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2012/11/16/11-Foods-You-Cant-Buy-Anywhere-Anymore#page1

I myself don't actually recall sampling any of the extinct "foods" described therein (especially the purple ketchup, ew), but I'm willing to bet at least one reader does.

What I remember: Rotary telephones back in the 1960s, and the phone company sending out a guy to set up our telephones when we moved to a new home and my father going "I don't see why we have to RENT all our phones" and actually buying them from the phone company. Buying phones was something most people probably never thought of until the 1990's.

My mother drove a Rambler back in the 1960's. After driving it for about 10 years, she gave it to my cousin Rochelle and then got a Dodge Dart Swinger. The DDS was a GREAT car. It would start off like gangbusters after idling at a red light and just keep going. I learned to drive and took my driving tests (all three of them) in that car. The Rambler was a pretty good car, too. My father recalled once the air conditioner settings. This a/c was installed before California starting passing laws and regulations aimed at reducing smog. He said (partly tongue in cheek) the a/c settings were "cold", "super cold" and "desert". If you've ever driven through the California desert, you'll know why the coldest setting was called desert. :p

When I was a kid we'd take weekend vacations in Palm Springs and neighboring Indian Wells out in the desert. On the way back we'd stop at a place called Hadley's (which is still there) and buy dates and other dried fruits and nuts. They had a stand at one end of the building where they sold date shakes that were nice and cold, which we appreciated when we got out of the car. I recall stopping for gas at a gas station in Fresno, and the weather sign read 103 degrees F. I thought that was pretty hot at the time, but I've experienced hotter weather since then.

We also took driving vacations to places like Mesa Verde to see the cliff dwellings and Sequoia National Park to see the giant trees. At Mesa Verde I recall climbing up this tall ladder and entering one of the dwellings. I don't think they let people do that anymore. Something about protecting the cliff dwellings. I also recall driving through a hole cut through the base of one of the giant redwood trees, and cars were pretty wide back then. The idea was to show everyone how big these trees can be. I don't think they do that anymore, either, since it damages the trees.

Every time I see Back to the Future, Part III, I see the actress playing Marty's girlfriend wearing that 80's "natural cotton" outfit and thinking "I remember wearing clothes like that." To be honest, I thought the "natural cottons" trend in the 80's was one of the saner fashion trends of that era. The over-sized shirts and the padded shoulders? Not so much.
 
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Moll Flanders

Guest
I was talking about this with my husband the other day as I was saying I always crave a bar of chocolate on Sundays as I used to get it as a reward for going to church.:D

Rubix Cubes, only having three TV channels to watch, the school summer holidays feeling like they lasted for ages and drinking slush puppies and soda stream drinks.

Going on the bus and it only costing 10p (!) and all the buses were the old-fashioned buses that they always show when they do a stereotypical London scene in films.:p

ETA - penny sweets and half penny sweets. Half penny coins. It seems weird that you could ever buy anything with half a penny!

I feel old.
 

Indian Summer

Cult Leader
Administrator
We had rotary telephones as late as the 80s where I come from :)

I remember how our phone number used to be 5 digits. Later it became 8 digits, I think because the area code became mandatory.

There used to be a local electricity company, and we'd lose electricity several times during winter when trees fell on the lines during storms, but usually it was fixed within a few hours. So we'd have to find our blankets, candles and bunsen burners to cook food. As I got older, we cursed the electricity company when this happened while we were doing important computer stuff.

The roads in the parish used to be mostly gravel, and in the winter they would occasionally become very icy and sometimes we were snowed in. This never happens these days ...

We also had just one TV channel, the NRK (the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation). Between the programs there was a nice program presenter lady, I believe often sitting next to a lamp with a lampshade and some kind of flower decoration. On children's TV there were lots of stop-motion animated series from the east bloc countries. Every Christmas there were Disney cartoons though, they were much better. Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Lady and the Tramp etc.
 

thefadedone

Needs a life
I tried some of those foods! Ecto cooler was good stuff. I don't remember purple ketchup but I remember the green one. Tato Skins were soo good. I forgot they existed! I live near a Wonderbread bakery outlet that sells discounted products. I wonder if they will have a huge sale if the company goes out of business.

I was talking about this with my husband the other day as I was saying I always crave a bar of chocolate on Sundays as I used to get it as a reward for going to church.:D

Rubix Cubes, only having three TV channels to watch, the school summer holidays feeling like they lasted for ages and drinking slush puppies and soda stream drinks.

Going on the bus and it only costing 10p (!) and all the buses were the old-fashioned buses that they always show when they do a stereotypical London scene in films.:p

ETA - penny sweets and half penny sweets. Half penny coins. It seems weird that you could ever buy anything with half a penny!

I feel old.
:yes: We got rewarded for going to church also. Usually it was a snack with a slush puppie or ice cream afterwards which we deserved after having to sit there for 2 long boring hours!

Last Christmas I bought my sister a rubix cube from the dollar store. I never could figure that thing out.

Penny candy was awesome! We also bought ice pops for only 10 cents.
 
Feeling awfully nostalgic right now listening to a playlist of every single song from the TV show Dawson's Creek. That show was everything to me as a teenager who had a really rough life. It made me love and appreciate music, to a point most people don't get to. I am definitely a child of the '90s. Thing is, they couldn't afford to get the same music for the DVDs, so this is a real ****ing treat.
 

Amy SF

Dweller in nature
After reading through the posts in this thread, I suspect rotary phones might still be in use somewhere. I love the scene in the movie In & Out where the model/girlfriend encounters a rotary phone and doesn't know how to use it. :p
 

RabbitLuvr

I love rabbits.
Location
Rabbitville, USA
We were poor and didn't have a push-button phone or a microwave or anything like that until several years after they came out.

If my grandma's rotary phone is still functional, I bet she's still using it.
 
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