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Friday, February 9, 2007

Can You Remember These?

Found this the other day.. see how good your memory is:

Remember "Continental kits?"
They were those rear bumper extenders and spare tire covers that made any car look as cool as a Lincoln Continental, especially Cadillacs. There were several of those on cars in Riverview.

When did we quit calling it the "emergency brake?"
At some point we stopped calling it a "parking brake," but I don't remember when.

Remember when you used to wait at the street for somebody to come up the driveway, so you could ride the "running board" up to the house?

Remember when items from the Oakwood Market, the Giant Store, or Rose's were considered "store-bought?"
Of course, just about everything is store-bought these days. But once it was bragging material to have a store-bought dress or a store-bought bag of candy.

"Coast to coast" is a phrase that once meant world-wide.. now, it means almost nothing.
We take the term "world wide" for granted now.

"Wall-to-wall" carpet was once a magical term in our homes in Riverview.
Back in the '50s and 60's, everyone covered his or her hardwood floors with, WOW.. wall-to-wall carpeting! Today, everyone replaces their wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood floors.

When's the last time you heard "in a family way?" It's hard to imagine that the word "pregnant" was once considered too graphic, a little too clinical for use in polite company So we had all that talk about "stork visits" and "being in a family way" or simply "expecting."

Apparently "brassiere" is a word no longer in usage. Seems a bra is a bra is a bra.

Some of us loved going to the "picture show," but at some point when they let us move down from the balconies at the State and the Strand Theaters, it became the "movies."

Remember the word "percolator?" Believe it or not, that's what we called it, instead of a coffee pot.
How about the "Frigidaire," instead of "refrigerator."
"Hand me a Kleenex," instead of a tissue.. "Take this and Xerox it," instead of "take this and copy it.. when's the last time you "copy it" anyway? "Take this and print it off."

Here's a marketing term some of us will remember..
"Introducing the 1963 Admiral TV, now with "SpectraVision!" What in the world was "SpectraVision?" How did that make a difference from the RCA set we had, that had "VistaVision."

Castor Oil must have cured some ailment forever, because hardly anybody ever gives it to children anymore. Milk of Magnesia still tastes like chalk, no matter now many fruity flavors they put in it.

It's still "dinner" It used to be "supper," too.