Friday, July 22, 2011

Nostalgia . . . from Yester-Year

A friend related  this about his father:

My Dad was cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old  Royal Crown Cola bottle.  In the bottle was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it.  I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea.  She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something.  I knew it as a bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to "sprinkle" clothes with, because  we didn't have a steam iron.  Man, I am old!
Now that my mind is in gear,
I wonder how many of the following you are familiar with:
Wood stoves
Food stamps
Pea shooters
Real ice boxes
45 RPM records
Roller skate keys
Washtub wringers
Mimeograph paper
Lugged tractor wheels
Metal ice trays with lever
Newsreels before the movie
Busy party lines on the telephone
A car's gear shift on the floorboard
Soldering irons heated on a gas burner
Ignition switches on the dashboard  of car
Pant clips for bicycles without chain  guards
Headlight dimmer switches on the floorboard
Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
Coffee shops or diners with table-side juke boxes
Hand signals to indicate turns, regardless of weather
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers

about the
Good Old times!

Merle Baird-Kerr
June 19, 2011


  1. The "sprinkler" is a wonderful reminder for the older generation, how simple items became, household articles to be used.
    Let's not forget the cork liner inside the bottle cap that had to be removed, before punching holes in the cap, to become,
    "the stopper".

  2. That's worth remembering...probably many more...amazing how something small can have such a "use"...thanks for the memory, Sol.