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A large Hershey bar was 5 cents and I was fuming mad when it went up to 7 cents because us kids would get 10 cents each to go to the candy store and that meant that I could no longer get two bars.  I'd have to get one bar and three Bazooka gums.

Gas was cheap...and you got S & H green stamps w/ your purchase and made a set of glasses (free glass w/ fill-up)

A dozen of doughnuts was 89 cents...I thought it was a huge deal when my mother would give me a buck and tell me to get "donuts" for our guests...and that I could use the penny of the 11 cents change in the gumball machine.

Hot Weiner's with the works 20 cents each (I recently surprised my folks with 2 each and it cost me more than seven bucks!!

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I don't recall the exact prices, but I remember walking about a mile with a couple friends to the dime store, buying a bag full of loose candy for less than a dollar, then heading on down a couple doors to the movie theater and seeing a double feature (plus cartoons) for $0.75, then eventually $1.00. I think that would've been around '67 or so.
 

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I remember when Teddy Grahams came out.  Little bear shaped crackers that came in different poses and flavors?  Thanks for encouraging my OCD and my sugar high at the same time.

That apparently the only people who had pagers were drug dealers, and that's why schools banned them.  Never heard a good reason why walkmans were banned on campus.  Listening to music via headphones during lunch made you a drug dealer?

When a walkman cost $100 and cell phone required it's own 20 lb purse.

When 5.25 inch floppy meant a computer disk, not a Viagra spam email.

Having a VCR was a big deal.

There was one HBO and AMC was a premium channel without commercials.

You could get Coke made with sugar without importing it from Mexico.

There were two Germanys (Germanies?).

Saying the word "virgin" in a song and dancing around with a bra exposed was shocking, shocking I tell you.  Now they barely bother to bleep out F--- and oil up the women before filming videos.

That apparently the hottest men tried their damnedest to look like butch women.  Seriously girls were swooning over guys in pink suits with shoulder length hair, eye shadow, and dangling earrings?  Huh?

No one had to explain erectile dysfunction, herpes, or the pill to a five year old because of a daytime commercial.  

Nobody had restless leg syndrome.

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My 1st bout with inflation.

I used to get $1/week allowance for a long time.

Comic books cost 20 cents, I could get 5/week.

Then comic books went to 25 cents, I could get 4/week

Then comic books went to 30 cents, I could get 3/week with a dime left over.

Then they went to 35 cents I couldn't even get 3.  :'( I think I talked my mom into a raise about this time.

Good news is I took care of them and kept all of them in nice plastic wrappers, around 2,000 of them and they are worth a small fortune now.  ;D

But I won't part with them, another 50 years and some heir of mine will show up on the antiques road show with them.

Now if I only would have saved my baseball cards.  :(
 

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Oh, I remember when all my matchbox cars were still made in England.

I still have all those too.  ;D
 

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Forster said:
Oh, I remember when all my matchbox cars were still made in England.

I still have all those too. ;D
Oooh, I'm envious! I only have two left...

I remember when Legos required actual creativity to build something from a bunch of featureless blocks, rather than coming in pre-sorted kits with accessories and directions.

I remember when cars had bumpers that required chrome polish and much buffing whenever you washed the car.

And I remember when people thought, in all seriousness, that computers would save everyone time. :eek:
 

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I remember when bikes had banana seats and only one gear.
 

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I remember you had to get up to change the tv channel, no remote, and there where only three channels at the most, anyway
 

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intinst said:
I remember you had to get up to change the tv channel, no remote, and there where only three channels at the most, anyway
That was one of mine - when there were 3 channels if you could get them all - 4 if you counted the really bad reception on the "educational channel". And it was all black & white.

I remember selling Krispy Kreme donuts as a fundraiser for 50 cents a dozen.

I remember when the ice cream truck came by and you didn't think "possible pedophile?"

I remember yellow 78 rpm records.

I remember party lines on the telephone.

A Krystal burger cost a dime.

No doubt more too come as I ponder this....
 

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I remember when the milkman, the iceman, and the neighbors walked in and out of the kitchen while we were eating breakfast every morning; when the postman delivered the mail and announced who it was from; when you only looked for the car keys when you were ready to sell the car and when our family's major form of entertainment was reading, listening to the Victrola or having a sing-along.

I try to forget that we only had one bathroom, no air conditioning in the summer, only a few warm spots in the house during winter and that privacy was a myth.

 

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Forster said:
I remember when bikes had banana seats and only one gear.
Cute.
I remember when bikes were made either by Schwinn or by Roadmaster.
Had one gear. Braked by peddling backward.
And then there was the new inovation: English racer - 3 gears. slimmer tires. No tank (with horn) in the body.
 

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We had a rotary dial phone (before cell phones, before touch tone).  And it was a "party line", five nearby farms would be on the same line, so if you picked up the phone you might hear your neighbors conversation.  You would politely hang up and check back in a few minutes.
 

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we got our first video game
PONG! by Atari.
We played it on a tiny B/W TV.

collecting glass soda bottles to take to the store for 5-10 cents. The first recycling.

I could leave the house on a Saturday (after cartoons were over, of course) go anywhere I wanted in the whole neighborhood and not come home till after dark. 

learning to drive in my aunt's 1970's Fiat.
 

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kim said:
We had a rotary dial phone (before cell phones, before touch tone). And it was a "party line", five nearby farms would be on the same line, so if you picked up the phone you might hear your neighbors conversation. You would politely hang up and check back in a few minutes.
My grandfather's phone had no dial, I just picked it up and soon a female voice would say, "Number please." If I didn't speak she would say "Jeffry, stop playing with the telephone or I'll tell your mother."
 
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