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Cracker Jack had GOOD prizes ?

Jelly jars had cartoon characters on them ?

You would get your mom to buy cereal you didn't like, because you wanted the license plate that was inside ?

A little baking soda would make the submarine dive and surface in the tub ?

You could get someone on the playground to swallow a whole packet of Pop Rocks?

You would leave a layer of skin on the hot metal slide ?

Seatbelts only went either around your lap, or under the seat ?

Boontonware was in everyone's kitchen ?     Google it

You would look through the Green / Plaid Stamp catalogue hoping you had enough ?

7-11 was only open from 7 til 11?  And we would comment on how no one could possible need something at 10:30 at night.

Blue Laws ( New Jersey still has them in some areas )

Radios with only AM dials

78 rpm records

You had to bring vacuum tubes to the store and test them yourself to see which one needed replacing.

You WERE the remote control for the tv ?  And it only had 7 channels ( not counting UHF )

Charles Chips delivered those cans full of snacks ? ( possibly a Jersey thing )

Seltzer came in coloured glass bottles, with nozzles.





carry on

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Oooh...... The best baseball card in the pack had the gum stain


wear your reading glasses or change the font size

filthy minded perverts you are

Bazooka bubble gum had the comics that you could save up for luxurious prizes e.g. plastic decoder ring.

Breeze laundry detergent had towel or washcloth inside depending on size of box.

Everybody in high school had a Trapper Keeper.

and best of all, when you heard those bells dinging when you were a kid in the summer time and you knew it could only be one thing....THE ICE CREAM MAN IS COMING!

Now-a-days, most of these morons wouldn't have 2 sweet clues to what anything is on your list!

My mother always bought the laundry detergent with the washcloths or towels inside. I remember the Cracker Jacks and Bazooka gum, but a lot of the others listed I don't - maybe we didn't get them in Canada. I had an uncle who worked for a large cereal company and when he visited, he brought us a big bag of the free toys that would go in the cereal boxes.

.....and those toy less boxes were destined for..Shop Rite.....Rockaway, NJ Angry

I remember it all except Boontonware.

The TrapperKeeper was after my time. We used something similar to cigar boxes.

I also miss the old metal lunch boxes with the glass thermos that would shatter as soon as it was dropped (and what kid is not going to drop it?)

As far as 7 channels -- we only had 3 (ABC, NBC and CBS), in glorious black and white. We were lucky if we could get the V- and H- hold adjusted correctly.

Whatever happened to the good old days?Big Smile

And we drank water from a hose, Played until the streetlights came on or one of our mothers call us to go in. We would go to a 5 and dime and only spend 7 cents.

And played such politically incorrect games as "Cowboys and Indians" or Soldier, with our toy guns .

Acorn fights


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