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Post# 994787   5/21/2018 at 08:52 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Advertisements for the home prior to 1980. Homes, building materials, furniture, light fixtures, flooring, decor, household items, kitchen items (non electric), in short, everything that made the home modern and easier to care for. Of course, everyone is invited to contribute with advertisements. Please be sure they contain no watermarks from other sites. For home appliances, please refer to Vintage Appliance Advertisement series.





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Post# 994789 , Reply# 1   5/21/2018 at 08:54 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Formica 1954

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Heywood 1952

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Whitehead 1937

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Kentile 1956

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Goodaire 1951

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IXL 1968

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Post# 994795 , Reply# 7   5/21/2018 at 09:02 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
La-Z-boy 1971

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Post# 994797 , Reply# 8   5/21/2018 at 09:05 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Contemporary Ranch 1963

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Post# 994799 , Reply# 9   5/21/2018 at 09:07 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Wear-Ever 1921

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Post# 994800 , Reply# 10   5/21/2018 at 09:08 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Empire 1953

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Post# 994801 , Reply# 11   5/21/2018 at 09:10 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Oh, those IXL

cabinets look like the ones the homes in our area had from one of the builders.
Our were bead board style with dowel caps on the doors. They are in the basement in our laundry room now. A house down the street just removed theirs last year.

Post# 994804 , Reply# 12   5/21/2018 at 09:34 by appnut (TX)        
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Westinghouse dishwasher.

Post# 994814 , Reply# 13   5/21/2018 at 12:11 by Joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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‘nuff said.

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Post# 994816 , Reply# 14   5/21/2018 at 12:20 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

the great ole' American middle class. I think we had the highest standard of living in the world.

Post# 994817 , Reply# 15   5/21/2018 at 12:27 by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
"Mom's making fried ice cubes for dinner!"

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Well, she could have, if she wanted to.

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Post# 994818 , Reply# 16   5/21/2018 at 12:40 by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
Make it ahead . . .

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. . . or don't make it at all.

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Post# 997773 , Reply# 17   6/19/2018 at 19:05 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Kenny Shower 1921

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Post# 997774 , Reply# 18   6/19/2018 at 19:07 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Burlington 1956

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Post# 997775 , Reply# 19   6/19/2018 at 19:08 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Drexel 1964

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Post# 997776 , Reply# 20   6/19/2018 at 19:08 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Crosley 1950

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Post# 997777 , Reply# 21   6/19/2018 at 19:09 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
General Electric 1921

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Post# 997778 , Reply# 22   6/19/2018 at 19:11 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
General Telephone & Electronics 1961

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Post# 997779 , Reply# 23   6/19/2018 at 19:12 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Congoleum 1940

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Post# 997780 , Reply# 24   6/19/2018 at 19:13 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Udylite 1949

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Post# 997781 , Reply# 25   6/19/2018 at 19:14 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Kroehler 1959

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Post# 997782 , Reply# 26   6/19/2018 at 19:16 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Samson 1950

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Post# 1001342 , Reply# 27   7/24/2018 at 23:44 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Westinghouse 1923

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Post# 1001343 , Reply# 28   7/24/2018 at 23:45 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Kroehler 1957

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Post# 1001344 , Reply# 29   7/24/2018 at 23:47 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Kentile 1951

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Post# 1001345 , Reply# 30   7/24/2018 at 23:48 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Bigelow 1941

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Post# 1001346 , Reply# 31   7/24/2018 at 23:49 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Drexel 1964

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Post# 1001347 , Reply# 32   7/24/2018 at 23:51 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
National 1949

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Post# 1001348 , Reply# 33   7/24/2018 at 23:53 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Simmons 1948

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Post# 1001350 , Reply# 34   7/24/2018 at 23:54 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Standard 1920

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Post# 1001351 , Reply# 35   7/24/2018 at 23:55 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Western Electric 1960

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Post# 1001352 , Reply# 36   7/24/2018 at 23:58 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Weyerhaeuser 1964

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Post# 1001353 , Reply# 37   7/24/2018 at 23:59 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Crossett 1960

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Post# 1001391 , Reply# 38   7/25/2018 at 10:30 by IowaBear (Cedar Rapids, IA)        
Base Plugs, Wall Plugs, Floor Plugs

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Now that I'm getting older I kinda wish those wall plugs were still a thing!

Post# 1001404 , Reply# 39   7/25/2018 at 13:33 by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

Iowa, me too! I'm having sparky put some in for me as we speak.

Post# 1001412 , Reply# 40   7/25/2018 at 15:27 by moparwash (Pittsburgh,PA -Next Wash-In...June 2019!)        
I-XL Cabinents

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Was owned by Westinghouse through the 70's

Post# 1001427 , Reply# 41   7/25/2018 at 17:10 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

That Turquoise Kroehler sectional looks a lot like one that was in the living room of the house my friend Bobby lived in when we were in elementary school. I always like the open rounded end.

As for the Westinghouse ad, it would have been unusual to have receptacles (they call them plugs) high up on the wall except in a kitchen, bath or utility area. Many house built at that time had them at baseboard level in bedrooms, living and dining rooms. My house built in '52 had them located 12" on center above the floor, but in my rewiring during the renovation I'm locating them 18" O.C. above the floor level. This is the ADA recommended placement. I've also put switches lower than what they were originally.

Post# 1003318 , Reply# 42   8/11/2018 at 14:10 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
General Telephone & Electronics 1958

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Post# 1003319 , Reply# 43   8/11/2018 at 14:12 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Johnson/carper 1966

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Post# 1003320 , Reply# 44   8/11/2018 at 14:13 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
General Electric 1921

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Post# 1003322 , Reply# 45   8/11/2018 at 14:23 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Lustron 1948

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Post# 1003324 , Reply# 46   8/11/2018 at 14:40 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Johnson Wax 1972

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Post# 1003373 , Reply# 47   8/11/2018 at 23:12 by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

I have a vague memory of Big Wally.  Does anyone ever wash walls anymore?  No one I know, I do occasionally wash my kitchen wallpaper though.

Post# 1003429 , Reply# 48   8/12/2018 at 16:22 by scoots (Chattanooga TN)        

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"Does anyone ever wash walls anymore? No one I know, I do occasionally wash my kitchen"

I do, but it's a once a year thing spread over a month's time. My house has painted walls, and I try to do them in the spring.

Post# 1003432 , Reply# 49   8/12/2018 at 17:08 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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I'll wash the kitchen walls. And spot clean the rest.

Post# 1003478 , Reply# 50   8/13/2018 at 07:23 by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        
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There is a pretty run down and abandoned(?) home south of town that looks like it was built using these blueprints.  I'll try and snap a photo sometime soon.

Post# 1003540 , Reply# 51   8/13/2018 at 16:29 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

I well remember "Big Wally", but we never bought it as my mom said it was a very expensive way to clean walls. She would usually use Tri-sodium phosphate in a bucket of hot water, sometimes with a little bit of Lux dish detergent. It was made very plain to me that you started at the bottom of the wall, and worked upwards (to avoid streaking).

This product was being advertised on TV in Summer 1972, and my cousin Kenny was almost 5 at the time. His mother (my Aunt Margaret) was from Scotland, and they would refer to a certain part of his body as "Wally". So when the ad was shown, he would remark that he had "big Wally", too. This would embarrass my aunt, but we got a big laugh out of it.

Post# 1003549 , Reply# 52   8/13/2018 at 17:23 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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We always used Spic&Span to wash the walls, and used Tom’s Mom’s method, start at the bottom and work up to avoid streaks.

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Post# 1006875 , Reply# 53   9/12/2018 at 01:20 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Mary Proctor 1954

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Church 1929

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Post# 1006877 , Reply# 55   9/12/2018 at 01:24 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Dazey 1956

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Post# 1006878 , Reply# 56   9/12/2018 at 01:27 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Kenmar 1954

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Post# 1006879 , Reply# 57   9/12/2018 at 01:30 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
West Bend 1955

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National 1958

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Post# 1006972 , Reply# 59   9/12/2018 at 19:00 by kd12 (Arkansas)        
Wall Washing

I've never seen anyone do this before. But it would make if you were in a house full of heavy smokers. As was the case back in the day.

Post# 1007022 , Reply# 60   9/13/2018 at 07:02 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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As always, loving these ads, Louis!!

I wanna go back to 1957 and get the living room grouping shown in reply #28!!

Very interesting that as far back as the early 20s, the idea of 'live better electrically' was already being floated. I suppose at the time that many, many homes didn't have any serious, if any 'housepower'. Vive la Knob and Tube... LOL

Post# 1007025 , Reply# 61   9/13/2018 at 07:19 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
My pleasure Paul!

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Yeah, that Kroehler set is just beautiful! Would love to find something like that. When I was a toddler, we had a very similar set, but in deep blue fabric. And of course it was covered in clear vinyl.

Post# 1007027 , Reply# 62   9/13/2018 at 07:28 by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        

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Is that not the set that Jerry Moparwash has?

Post# 1007028 , Reply# 63   9/13/2018 at 07:47 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
'live better electrically'

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By early in last century while many homes were wired, outlets were often lacking. Instead lamp sockets were used which not only proved dangerous, obviously limited how many appliances could be used at once.

Even if the circuit could easily handle say a light blub and iron, well you can't screw both into same socket.

It was truly a case of the tail wagging the dog. Once electricity came upon scene not long afterwards more and more various appliances were introduced. Gradually all things that once required heating on a stove/range (gas, coal, or whatever), now had their own internal heating elements.

So you're a 1920's housewife laying out breakfast. Electric coffee pot, electric waffle iron, electric toaster, electric fry pan, etc... Obviously that one lamp socket or whatever just wasn't going cut it.

Post# 1007047 , Reply# 64   9/13/2018 at 10:04 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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“Even if the circuit could easily handle say a light blub and iron, well you can't screw both into same socket. “

There were “Y” sockets that could be screwed into the light socket therby giving the ability to use two electical appliances at once, or a light bulb and an appliance. I found that Lowes still sells them. I believe that I’ve even seen adapters in old movies that allowed for three appliances or bulb at once, but they probably were not very safe if too much wattage was used at the same time.

Also, pay attention to old movies, and you’ll notice that many older homes and apartments were retro fitted with electical wiring that ran down the walls, usually near a door frame, as I’m sure that going through the lathe and plaster walls would have been prohibitive for people without means.


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Post# 1007086 , Reply# 65   9/13/2018 at 18:00 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
General Electric 1921

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Post# 1007087 , Reply# 66   9/13/2018 at 18:02 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Cosco 1951

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General Telephone & Electronics 1960

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Waxtex 1950

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Post# 1007090 , Reply# 69   9/13/2018 at 18:07 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Bakelite 1955

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Post# 1007108 , Reply# 70   9/13/2018 at 20:12 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Twinkle 1956

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Kentile 1959

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Post# 1007140 , Reply# 72   9/14/2018 at 05:28 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Those old Cosco Stools and Carts

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Are worth their weight in gold. Versatile, well made and built to last.

Have been on look out for one nearby instead of eBay and having to deal with shipping.

Post# 1007141 , Reply# 73   9/14/2018 at 05:32 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Problem with light socket outlets is most (maybe all?) were not grounded. You can imagine what happened when a housewife doing laundry using a washer that required a floor drain and or otherwise wet floor reached up to unscrew the plug and if there was a short in machine.

Post# 1007148 , Reply# 74   9/14/2018 at 07:13 by mrboilwash (Munich,Germany)        

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Early convenience outlets weren`t grounded either. At least you couldn`t ground an appliance over the outlets as there was only the two prongs plug, so washers usually came with grounding wires which had to be attached to a water pipe or similar to be electrically safe.

If the outer casing of a light socket would be grounded but your faulty washer on a wet floor isn`t grounded then I`d actually prefer to touch a non grounded socket to unscrew the plug.

Post# 1007151 , Reply# 75   9/14/2018 at 07:24 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

When Rossmore Leisure World opened in California, Life Magazine was full of ads touting how they were built for the retired set. One of the things they liked to show was that the electrical outlets were chair high so that people in wheelchairs and otherwise unable to bend easily would have less difficulty connecting plugs on cords to wall outlets.


I grew up with a Cosco stool, although it was not used for much. My sister made sure to take it out of the house when we emptied it. It is red.

Post# 1007178 , Reply# 76   9/14/2018 at 11:18 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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I always wondered what Ann Pillsbury looked like. No resemblance to the Doughboy at all. 

Post# 1007184 , Reply# 77   9/14/2018 at 13:14 by washman (Butler, PA)        
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we lived in a National home in Mooresville Indiana in the early 1970's. It was a 3 bed 1 bath slab-on-grade with a 1 car garage that had been converted into a family room.

The kitchen and bathroom shared the same wall and plumb runs to minimize costs on piping. It was built in 1958. I recall it must have come with an oil furnace orginally but when we purchased it in 1971 or 72 it already had a natural gas furnace put in. My bedroom was the far one on the right front of the house

I put the google street view link in the URL. It is the house with a portable basketball goal in the front yard. The family room behind driveway now has a much larger window and the arch covering the front door has been removed. IN case the link does not work the addy is 21 maryvale court mooresville indiana. If you are able to pan around and move around some of the adjoining streets, you will see pretty much ALL the homes were National homes. IN fact, they were dime a dozen back in the Midwest.

I recall many happy memories living there. We were Penny's folks, from appliances to clothes etc. I was a very happy little boy with my $2 keds from Ben Franklin 25 cent comic book 2 cent bazooka joe bubble gum and soda with sugar.

In light of recent loss of family I can say without reservation that I really miss those days and would give anything to go back.


Post# 1007187 , Reply# 78   9/14/2018 at 13:26 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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I know just what you mean about missing those happy childhood days. We were content with so much less then, and it was a safer world for little kids.

My little brother and I used to walk all over the neighborhood from the time we not much more than toodlers, and my parents didn’t have to worry about us being safe. People looked out for one another then. This was a neighboorhood in Richmond, Calif. and the homes were all built just before the Second World War, all pretty much alike. This was the first home my parents bought after my Dad passed the Bar Exam in 1952. I’m pretty sure they had a VA loan on it. It was a 3 bed 1 bath house. I took my neice to see it in 1995, and it still looked the same as it did in 1954 when we moved from there. And it was just like I had a homing device, I drove right to it, just like I still lived there.

We had a Servel Gas refrigerator and a 36” O’Keffee and Merritt gas stove and a gas floor furnace that you needed a furnace key to turn on and off. I remember standing on the grate while it heated up, until it got too hot and started to burn my feet. We had a GE wringer washer on the service porch off of the kitchen, no dryer, but a nice clothes line that Mom could reel in and out, so she could just stand on the back porch and hang the laundry, and then reel it back in when it was dry.

I used to go next door the Mrs Brennen’s house next door and really just invite myself in, when I was only 3 yrs old,and she treated me like I was an honored guest. We would sit down at her kitchen table and have Ovaltine, just like she was having coffee with an adult. I always felt safe and loved. I’m glad you have those same kind of happy memories too.


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Post# 1007197 , Reply# 79   9/14/2018 at 15:23 by washman (Butler, PA)        
You nailed it eddie

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We were content with so much less then, and it was a safer world for little kids

 THose are the days I miss.  No email, no smart phone, you watched Rhoda or whatever when it was aired or in reruns.  Rainy days meant Life, monopoly, connect 4 battleships etc or a train set


I subscribed to Highlights for Children and was part of the Weekly Reader Book club.


Seems like a simpler time, perfect was it?  NO, but there seemed to be a lot more harmony in the world than what we have today.

Post# 1007199 , Reply# 80   9/14/2018 at 15:47 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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Highlights Magazine! My brother, sister and I always looked forward to the new issue every month! Remember Goofus and Gallant?

And we played Monopoly, Scrabble, Chinese Checkers, Checkers, Bingo and Go Fish endlessly. There were only three TV channels then and not much to watch many times. We learned to get along with one another. My parents always said, “If you can’t get along with your family, how the hell to you expect to get along with anyone else in your life”?

And if we ever had a question about anything, our parents told us to go look it up in the encyclopedia, we had the World Book 1959 edition, Brittanica Junior1956 edition and a Comptons 1940 edition. I loved the encyclopedia. We were expected to entertain ourselves and use our heads. And it fostered independence and inquisitive minds that all three of us have to this day. And I read a different book everyday. The school library was one of my favorite places.

So much better than being hunched over a lighted screen, beginning to develop a lifetime of neck problems.


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Post# 1007227 , Reply# 81   9/14/2018 at 20:15 by washman (Butler, PA)        
oh yes!

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and the Timbertoes!  I loved that magazine.

I think I might fly out to visit sometime!  I bet we could swap stories for days on end.


I had the World Book Encyclopedia or was it the New Book of Knowledge 1972 edition. I can't remember, but I know by the time I hit first grade, I read the entire volume. Along with every Hardy Boys, Happy Hollisters, and Nancy Drew book I could beg, borrow or .........well borrow!  Remember the Golden Guides?  At one point I had them all and I still have the weather one and the one about spiders too.


Sounds like your parents and mine were cut from the same cloth. 


Oh one more thing, our home in Mooresville had the screw in fuses and a whopping 60 amp service!  How we managed to run an electric water heater plus a Penneys AC unit I don't know but we did somehow!

Post# 1007229 , Reply# 82   9/14/2018 at 20:40 by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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I loved going to the dentist and reading Highlights. Spent alot of time in the public library and read alot as a kid. Was always felt safe as a kid, hated Catholic grammar school. Read every Sears catalog cover to cover and grew up with an old octopus oil furnace and those stupid Buss fuses in a 60 amp. entrance too. Glad that chapter is done but the memories still bring me back to a much easier day.

Post# 1007232 , Reply# 83   9/14/2018 at 20:52 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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I’m not familar with the Timbertoes magazine or the Golden Guides, but you’re a good deal younger than I am, so maybe we didn’t have them during my youth. My favorite kids books were the biographies about famous people. I read them all. And yes, I agree, sounds like our parents were very similar. I’m very grateful to have been raised by them and during the time I was raised. It’s served me well throughout my life.

I remember those screw in fuses well. When I was first out on my own most of the rentals I lived in were old and they all had them. One place was a duplex that was probably built in about 1920. I had a Maytag A50 Twin Tub, and whenever I used the spin tub, if I had much else on, like a lot of lights it would blow a fuse. And the fuse box was outside, under the eaves with Ivy all around it and no lights. Once it blew at night, while it was raining. I had no ladder, and the only chairs I had were three leg Danish Modern, so I was outside, on that precarious chair, in the rain, flashlight in hand and the new fuse in my mouth, changing the fuse. After that I never did the laundry after dark again while I lived there.

The house we lived in just before my Dad died in 1962 had radiant heating in the slab floor. The house was built right after WWII and materials weren’t the best then due to shortages. Anyway the boiler would often overheat and start to clang. There was a pressure gauge, and since I was the oldest kid it was my job to turn off the boiler when it started to clang. My Dad told me to get out fast if the needle of the gauge was in the red zone. That used to scare me a little, but I did it anyway. I was only 11 years old, but I already knew what responsibility was. I also knew how to relight the water heater, and did so often.

Sorry to bore the “app cray” out of everyone, but I suspect that my early childhood experiences are similar to many other members of my generation.


Post# 1007241 , Reply# 84   9/14/2018 at 21:54 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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Wait a minute, weren’t the Timbertoes characters in Highlights magazine? I do vaugely recall that now. It’s been a long time since I last read Highlights, but I sure did enjoy that publication.


Post# 1007251 , Reply# 85   9/15/2018 at 00:50 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Yes,remember Costco stools--had one-always was in the kitchen.then Highlights and Weekly Reader.Sort of miss them as a grownup!yes Goofus&Gallant!!We see modern "adult" Goofus and Gallants today--Look around you!

Post# 1007255 , Reply# 86   9/15/2018 at 01:16 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Just invent a time machine

And WATCH how fast I go back to the 50s!

Post# 1007272 , Reply# 87   9/15/2018 at 07:21 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Corning Ware 1971

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Armstrong 1939

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Post# 1007823 , Reply# 97   9/19/2018 at 14:23 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        
This is the Home My family Lived In

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from the Fall of 1954 until we moved in Feb of 1958. It’s the Grey house with the Orange door, not the colors it was when we lived there. It was White and the door was varnished dark wood.

I believe that I can recall my Mom saying that they paid about $16,000 for it. It was built by a school teacher from Richmond HS and her husband in 1928, and I believe her name was Mrs. Perrill. Both of my parents had her as a teacher when they attended Richmond HS. I remember that she came by shortly after we moved in, I was only 3 years old, she kind of looked like Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

This was a lovely home to live in. It had an unfinished basement that my brother and I played in during the rainy days. And my Mom got her first automatic washer, a Bendix Economat when we moved there. My Dad strung clotheslines in the basement so Mom could hang the laundry there when it rained, we didn’t get a dryer until after my sister was born in August 1955. It was a Norge Timeline. It had a laundry shute, 3 beds 1 bath upstairs and 2 beds 1 bath down. Were never used the bedrooms downstairs, but my Grandparents lived there for about 2 months while they were waiting to move into another home.

And this is the home where I was bedridden for 6 months with Rheumatic Fever in 1957.

We were the second owners, and the current owners bought it in 1974 for $38,000 and its now valued at over $800,000. I don't’ know if they purchased from the buyers my parents sold to, but for a 90 year old home its not had very many owners.

I hated moving from there because my very first best friend lived three doors down and I really missed him.

The house to the left in the picture was owned by an older couple, the Robere’s and was painted two tone Blue to match their 1949 or 50’ Kaiser, Light Blue with Navy Blue trim. They later got 55’ Dodge 4 door and painted it to match the house!

I was so surprised that I could find this picture on line and I wanted to share it here since it kind of is relavant to the Mrs. Swenson You Tube that Launderess posted here a few days ago.



Post# 1007828 , Reply# 98   9/19/2018 at 15:43 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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I've always liked that style of house. Almost fairy tale like.

Post# 1007829 , Reply# 99   9/19/2018 at 15:44 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Republic 1956

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Republic 1956

Post# 1007830 , Reply# 100   9/19/2018 at 15:48 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Eddie, that's a nice house you lived in. I've heard the style referred to as "Storybook Cottage".

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Post# 1007838 , Reply# 102   9/19/2018 at 16:02 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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The view of this house from the front is deceiving. The driveway went down hill to the detached garage. So what you see from the front is the top floor. The basement/ground floor is below. I guess kind of like a split level. The ceilings in the living room and dining room, which were the two rooms in the front of the house were 12 feet high. We always had a huge Christmas tree in the front window, that my Dad would have delivered. My parents needed to use a stepladder to decorate it. And we always had that old fashioned tin tinsel on it, the kind that you saved and used year to year. I have such wonderful memories of living there.

Apparently, the current owners must love it too, they’ve been living there for 44 years.


Post# 1007854 , Reply# 103   9/19/2018 at 18:32 by appnut (TX)        

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Eddie, I love the house.  It reminds me of similar types of houses around Rice University. 

Post# 1007913 , Reply# 104   9/20/2018 at 03:35 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Heck when I watch Lucy I often wonder what it would have been like living in that time.  I even miss the 70's and early 80's.  I watch commercials on youtube from my childhood and it takes me back to a much simpler time. 

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