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Old 07-20-2008, 10:50 PM
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Things you don't See Anymore

A trip down memory lane. Name some things you just don't see anymore.

My mother was telling us about how in the 1970s she worked at a theme park selling souvenirs, she told us how when customers used a credit card she had to take out a big book that listed bad credit cards to make sure the customer's card was still valid, you no longer she this anymore. She also told us about how the 'ice cream man' would come around in his truck selling cones in her neighborhood, one doesn't see that anymore. My father says when he was a boy he saw lots of hitchhikers, no longer ...

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Old 07-20-2008, 10:53 PM
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i still see an ice cream truck, but I do miss the Mr.Softee we used to get in CT

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model cars and model car paint in stores like Wal-Mart....
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Old 07-20-2008, 11:52 PM
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$.99 jumbo jacks
cheap prices on ANYTHING
the decal on cop cars that says "in god we trust"
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Old 07-20-2008, 11:56 PM
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3 Pretzels for a buck at Sears (or K-mart).
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Old 07-20-2008, 11:57 PM
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Go even further back in time to when the ice man brought a block off ice to your house, and you put in your ice box and busted it up as needed. don't forget the milk man
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Old 07-20-2008, 11:58 PM
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Ice cream man and the "mosquito truck", spraying ddt, was the big event of the week when I was a kid. We chased both on our banana seat bikes.
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Old 07-21-2008, 12:04 AM
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Old 07-21-2008, 01:00 AM
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You can't be very old if you don't remember those big books of credit card numbers, if you've ever been shopping with your parents. Every place that took credit cards was required to look up the number. If the number wasn't in the book, the credit card issuer would pay for the transaction if it was fraudulent, but if it was in the book, the merchant got nothing.

Hitchhikers? I've picked up a few. Not in well over twenty years.

The "Ice Cream Man" still exists, but back then they were company men. These days, they're independent contractors who pay weekly rent for the trucks and pay for all of the product, which they are required to buy from their "employer." In a bad week, they lose money. In a good week, they make a little. The owners of the operation always get theirs.
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Old 07-21-2008, 01:07 AM
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We still have the milk man, only now it's Oberweis, and costs something like $5 a 1/2 gallon, so we just go to the store and buy the damn milk. Not just phone booths, but pay phones in general are just about extinct.
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Old 07-21-2008, 01:30 AM
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ok, we had popcorn for sale at sears (in compton, which was lily white-hey i am just telling you, not saying it was uh "better" then), the helms bakery delivery/sales trucks, cars were unlocked (and you went into them to turn off the lights for those forgetful people) , my grandmother had a 196o chevy designed so it could be driven without keys (really), you could smoke anywhere (most people did) and (tho i was too young to file) i do believe you could claim children on your 1040 without providing a social #.....
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Old 07-21-2008, 02:33 AM
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Going to a theatre and making it through a movie without someone's phone going off.
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:50 AM
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the decal on cop cars that says "in god we trust"
Thats a good thing to be gone. Hopefully our money is next.

Landline phones. Almost everyone I know uses their cell as their home phone.
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:04 AM
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I remember ice cream bikes in the 70s. 3 wheel bikes with an ice chest in the front. I remember the things that Archie Bunker used to be say on tv, and get away with it. I remember independent department stores that could be found downtown. I remember almost everything being made in USA.
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:05 AM
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I remember ice cream bikes in the 70s. 3 wheel bikes with an ice chest in the front.
Those are all over the place, the mexicans run them around here.
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:34 AM
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My room mate from college days one summer could not find a regular job and worked the summer driving one of those ice cream trucks.

I don't remember if he made much money or not but I remember he said it got his mojo going and made him horney as a horney toad.

(Heck at that age who needs an ice cream truck for that?)

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