Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Older Than Dirt

I got one of those nostalgic forwards from an "older" friend and took the quiz. Well, I guess I'm older than dirt, as there were only two on the list that I didn't remember. Wow. Here are a couple of excerpts from the email as well as the quiz. Take it and let me know how you make out. Don't be afraid to tell!

MEMORIES from a friend :
"My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top 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 the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old."

How many do you remember?
Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.

Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about.
Ratings at the bottom.

1.Candy cigarettes
2.Coffee shops with tableside juke boxes
3.Home milk delivery in glass bottles
4. Party lines on the telephone
5.Newsreels before the movie
6.TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels [if you were fortunate])
8. Howdy Doody
9. 45 RPM records
11. Metal ice trays with lever
12. Blue flashbulb
13.Cork popguns
14. Studebakers
15. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-3 = You're still young
If you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older
If you remembered 7-10 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 11-15 =You're older than dirt!


diana said...

i got an 8 so i'm not supposed to tell my age =) (which is 50). i remember a lot of the answers but didn't experience them personally. my, have times changed.

Susan said...

Everyone already knows I'm older than dirt and now this test, of which I knew them ALL, confirms it.

Hey, I've been young and now I'm old and I've enjoyed the entire journey (well most of it!!!!).

Nama said...

Oh, my oh my....I am not EVEN going to tell the number I got lol! This is sad....but so nostalgic. I actually loved it and smiled all the way through it. Thanks for the "walk down memory lane!" I loved it....and, btw: I got 9!

Beverly said...

I'm still young!

Linda said...

I'm definitely older than dirt! This was fun Maxine.

Patti said...

I got 6, so I'm getting older!!! (Though I'm close to not telling my age!)

I had to laugh at the party line one...I would NEVER have known what that was, except that when I was 15, my parents moved from a major metropolitan area to a TINY rural town about 3,000 miles away. The town was so rural and so tiny that there were only a few phone lines...so we had to have a 4-party line for about 3 years, then it went to a 2-party line. I don't necessarily equate that with a bygone era, though...just extremely rural living where there was not enough of a population to warrant more phone lines.

In that major metropolitan area, we did have home milk delivery, but it was in cartons as I recall...not glass bottles.

Anyhow, thanks for the trip down memory lane.


Sandra said...

Older that dirt, yes I am!!! But remember, man was created from that dirt so we still have a lot of potential.

Thanks for the memories. As a child, I once got my finger caught in one of those wringer washers, and we still have a vehicle with a light dimmer on the floor-board because old things were made better than the newer models. Ha! Ha!

Laurie said...

What fun, Maxine! I actually remembered 13 out of the 15, and the other two I knew about! The party lines really stand out, because I remember the "click" when someone was listening in!

Joan said...

Maxine - I just love your blog! Thank you for visiting mine today.

I remember almost all of these things - guess that makes me older than dirt. And yes, Mom had the coke bottle with the sprinkler top. I think she actually used a Nehi (not sure if I spelled that right) strawberry soda bottle.

Thanks for the memories!