This was sent to me via email from an 85-year-old woman. It is amazing to me how she uses a computer and email. Can you even wrap your head around the technology advancements this woman has experienced? The iPhone, iPad, Cable Television, or Google News was nonexistent. For that matter, even computers were a science fiction sort of thing. OMG!
- We didn’t have a television in our house until I was 16. – – 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 in the house was in the living room and it 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.
News and Media
- All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers — It cost 7 cents a paper, and they got to keep 2 cents. They had to get up at 6AM every morning. On Saturday, they had to collect the 42 cents from their customers. Their favorite customers were the ones who gave them 50 cents and told them to keep the change. Their least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.
If you grew up in a generation before there were any of these technologies, you may want to share some of those memories with your children or grandchildren. Please just don’ t blame me if they bust a gut laughing!
Older Than Dirt Quiz
Count all the items that you remember not the ones you were told, and then check the ratings at the bottom.
1. Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines on the telephone
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. 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, that is if you were fortunate )
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S & H Green Stamps
16. Hi-fi ‘ s
17. Metal ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper
19. Blue flashbulb
21. Roller skate keys
25. Wash tub wringers
If you remembered 0-5 = You are still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
If you remembered 11-15 = Don ‘ t tell your age
If you remembered 16-25 = You are older than dirt!
I’m not older than dirt yet however I’m not telling my age. Are you smiling yet? How did you rate on the quiz, do tell!