Being a Kid in the Late 60s and Early 70s

As we get older we tend to think back to when we were younger and about all of the things that have changed over time. We call it reminiscing or remembering the good ol' days.

I am certainly grateful for the vast improvements in technology that have occurred just since I've been born, but sometimes I miss some of the simple things that got left behind. These things hold fond memories for me as I am sure most do for you as well.

This is basically my "remember when" hub. I hope you enjoy it as I take you down memory lane for a bit.

Candy cigarettes
Candy cigarettes
This was exactly like the mood ring I had
This was exactly like the mood ring I had
Vintage Black Panther
Vintage Black Panther
Vintage box purse
Vintage box purse
Harvest Gold Stove
Harvest Gold Stove
S&H Green Stamps
S&H Green Stamps
Vintage peacock jewelled purse
Vintage peacock jewelled purse
Monkey blood
Monkey blood
This is what our phone looked like
This is what our phone looked like

Sit back and see how many of these hold a memory for you. Do you remember these?

  • Candy cigarettes-a box of little candy sticks colored to resemble cigarettes in a box.
  • Bottle Caps - popular soda-flavored candy discs shaped like the old metal caps found on glass bottles of soda
  • Pop Rocks -you can still buy these and are a lot of fun to try
  • Mood Rings -I remember we bought my first one in the dead of winter. When we went outside, of course, it turned black. My mother was convinced it was somehow "broken". It didn't take long to change colors after we got in the car.
  • The mosquito fogger truck -kids loved riding their bicycles in the rolling plumes of pesticide. I can still remember that distinctive smell.
  • We called our Aunts and Uncles Aunt and Uncle, never by their first names only
  • Shiny black panther statues sat on top of TVs
  • Plaster of Paris kissing fish with bubbles for the bathroom wall
  • Tupperware parties
  • Drive-in movies - there are a few still around
  • Local TV stations signed off at midnight with the National Anthem
  • You only had 3-5 channels on the TV
  • No TV remote
  • No microwave
  • No central heat and air. (My parents didn't buy a window A/C unit until I had married and left home. This is a pretty big deal in Texas).
  • Eating fastfood was a treat you got maybe once a month
  • Sodas were a treat that you got maybe 2-3 times a month
  • Shag carpet
  • Harvest Gold and Avocado Green Appliances
  • Glasses and towels inside boxes of washing detergent
  • S&H Green Stamps and redeeming the filled books at the S&H Green Stamps store
  • Wooden box purses
  • Peacock jeweled purses
  • Wooden console TVs
  • TV Dinners on TV Trays in front of the TV
  • Glass-ball Clackers (until they were banned)
  • Skip Ball (ankle slips through a ring that has a bit of cord with a ball on the end. As you sling the ball around one ankle, you jump over the cord and ball with the other foot. Great exercise!)
  • Hula-hoops
  • Wearing a seatbelt in a car was not required
  • Texas Blue Laws-many common items such as diapers and batteries could not be sold on Sundays
  • Everything had a closing time, nothing stayed open 24 hours
  • Most businesses, that could, were closed on Sundays
  • Home phones were called landlines
  • Mercurochrome (aka Monkey Blood)
  • Camphophenique
  • Gas came in "regular" or "ethel" and it was cheap (compared to today)
  • There was no "pay at the pump"
  • Most places didn't accept credit cards, if you even had a credit card.
  • Getting homebaked treats for Halloween wasn't feared
  • No video games
  • No cable or satellite TV
  • Rotary dial phones
  • Played outside all day, no matter how hot or cold it was
  • No bicycle helmets or knee pads
  • No bottled water
  • My Texas school didn't get air conditioning until I was in 5th grade
  • Bayer chewable baby aspirin
  • You only got to watch cartoons on Saturday mornings
  • Joing The Monkees fan club
  • Metal slinkies
  • Suzy Bake oven & washing machine
  • Baby Small Talk
  • Banana seat bicycles
  • Charms sweet and sour pops (candy suckers)

A Music Video That Says It All

Some Personal Memories I Want to Share

I was an only child, but I had a cousin who was close in age and we often played together. She became more of a sister than a cousin. Pam and I were even dressed alike by our mothers.

I remember spending hours playing outside on the swingsets and teeter-totter my grandfather made me. We always had a tan and calluses on our hands. We never wore shoes while playing outside.

Pam and I each had a playhouse that was built by our fathers and grandfather. Hers was army green and mine was white. Both of them had a door and two windows with real glass. My windows were on the front and back, while her windows were on the front and one side. I was a bit jealous of that because she could play restaurant drive-thru with that window set-up.

My parents bought me a Suzy Homemaker Oven and Suzy Homemaker Washing Machine for my playhouse. I also had a plastic china hutch. The oven really baked little cakes with the use of a lightbulb, much like the EasyBake Ovens. But this really looked like an oven.

My parents owned a white wooden picnic table set that my grandfather built that we constantly used to make furnishings for our make-believe house. These pieces were too big for our playhouses so we would stack the benches on top of each other and turn the table on it's side to make things. It drove my mother nuts. Many a mud pie was made on that picnic table. We had Chinaberry trees behind the back fence and those made great garnishments for mud pies.

The front porch of my house was cracked down the middle. That provided a natural division for us to play house. The only problem was who would get the half that had a 'front door' AND a "side door"? Each half had a step from the front side, but only one half had a step to the side. Kids worry about that kind of stuff.

I remember one year when my Uncle Wendall was at our house. He was in our garage doing something and I accidentally found out what it was. He was putting together Pam's new bicycle she would be getting for Christmas! I was so jealous! I cried so much about that information that my parents finally told me about my new bicycle just to shut me up. Mine was prettier than hers. Hers was a yellow and green with a sparkling green banana seat. Mine was white and pink with a white banana seat. I loved that bicycle.

We were only allowed to ride our bikes as far as mama could see or holler. If she stepped outside and couldn't see us, or we couldn't hear her if she hollered at us, then we were in trouble. As I grew a bit older, the boy down the street was just at the end of mama's sight and hollering distance. I remember sitting in front of his house on my bicycle keeping an eye out for mama while talking to him.

Baby Small Talk came out in 1967. Pam and I would have been five years old. We each got one for Christmas. We both loved that doll. She had a pull string that allowed her to say "mama", "I want a drink of water", "I'm sleepy", etc. She was only 10 inches tall, but she holds a lot of memories for Pam and I. This past year, I found one on eBay that luckily still talked when you pull her string (many don't anymore) and gave it to Pam for Christmas. I don't think I could have gotten her a better present. So many memories came flooding back that night for both of us and our mothers.

It's good to take time to remember.

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Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

Claiming the 1960s (ages 11 thru 19) and enjoying your reminder of all the things we loved. Nice afternoon stroll through a kinder and simpler time.

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C. C. Riter 7 years ago

Nice trip down that ol' lane my dear. Ahhh the memories. Take me home country road. gee thanks girl. nice hub and bless ya lassie

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you Jerilee and CC Riter! I really enjoyed writing this as well! I'm sure I'll think of other things as time goes on and add them. Things just weren't so complicated then. It was easier to be a kid and just have fun. We never worried about being an adult. Kids today seem to want to be adults right out of kindergarten!

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C.Ferreira 7 years ago from Rutland, VT

Pretty cool hub...i was born in the mid 80's and remember the majority of your list! I don't miss most of them, but they were great when I was a kid!

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

C.Ferreira: Mid 80s! I graduated from highshool in '81! Ouch! LOL Glad you were able to relate to some of them though!

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C.Ferreira 7 years ago from Rutland, VT

There's nothing wrong with being a little older....note how I did not say old! Just look at it this way...born some years apart, we still had many of the same experiences!

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

LOL....I love being in my forties! I do realize that some of those products can still be found. Luckily, the harvest gold and avocado green appliances are gone, as is the shag carpet. LOL

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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

OMG - those black panthers! I'd totally forgotten them. Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane!

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Iphigenia 7 years ago

Oh those "clackers" - the sore wrists (I was useless with them) and the indignation when they were banned at school.

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

LOL @ JamaGenee.....they were hideous weren't they?

Iphigenia: I loved the clackers! I got pretty good at it. I hated that they banned them. afraid someone would put an eye out with fragments flying off them. LOL All the ones they came out with after that are not as good.

Thanks for stopping by gals! Glad I brought back a few memories!

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rongould 7 years ago

I was a kid in the 50's but my brother and sister were right there with you. Such a simpler time. The kids now don't know what they missed. Great hub! Pretty good memories, too.

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Glad you enjoyed it Ron! Have you been over to the hub I posted yesterday? I think you'll recognize someone.

Thanks for stopping by!

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TexasChickiMama 7 years ago from Texas Gulf Coast

I can't believe we all lived through everything????

I was raised in the Heights a small town that was swallowed by Houston. It was a different world! Thank you for this Hub!

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

I know, TexasChickiMama! It's amazing....we are a tough generation....LOL

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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

I was a child of the late 50's and early 60's so remember some of these things but from an almost adult perspective. Well worth a read though, thanks :)

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by Ethel! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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R. Blue 7 years ago from Right here

Baseball and Football cards with a stick of gum in them...I still have the cards....Mom didn't throw them away.....but used a few of them in the spokes of the bike...what a fuss.

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

As a girl, with many girl cousins, we didn't have the baseball and football cards, but we used playing cards to put in our spokes. Much easier to get your hands on 52 of them. LOL

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Ron Montgomery 7 years ago

2 other classic candies from the 70's:

Zotz - they made you foam at the mouth.

Now and Laters - these might still be available.

Remember Earth shoes?

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Wow, I don't remember Zotz, but I doubt my mom would have let me try it if I would end up looking like a rabid dog...LOL Now and Laters are very much still around. Pulling out fillings for kids everywhere! LOL Earth Shoes? I think so.

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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Hi KCC, Found my way over here from Christoph's hub about butt pimples. LOL -- I don't understand the connection between yours and his, either.

I'm sure every generation has their version of cultural nostalgia. My brother is the same age as you. I'm a coupla years older, but remember all of the products and behaviors you mention!

How about Fizzies? Remember putting them on your tongue instead of dissolving them in water. And candy necklaces (still around these days).

Did you play Chinese jumprope? Cat's cradle? Mystery Date?

Oh -- I could get into this in a big way. I'm going to stop, get back into the present, and go hubbing! MM

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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

I love many memories...I had have restored...thanks! :)

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

I don't remember FIzzies, but my mom was very particular about what candy I got. I was an only child, so there was no 'we' to gang up on them. I do remember candy necklaces. Just couldn't leave them alone until you'd eaten the whole thing.

Regarding Chinese jumprope, Mystery Date, etc. I didn't have anyone to play with. I missed out on the boardgames, although I am vaguely familiar with the names.

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Glad you both enjoyed it, Mighty Mom and Tom!

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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

My parents were strict on the candy and soda also. We were allowed to get candy -- one box or bar each -- every Sunday after church. We were allowed to have soda on Friday night only. My favorite was called Tahitian Treat!

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

You can still get Tahitian Treat here. Yeah, soda was once a week for me too.

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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio

KCC--Terrific hub--we must be close to the same age, because I remember all of these so well...

My mood ring was ALWAYS black, lol, I had cold hands, I guess...

We didn't have air conditioning, either, so we used to sleep in our basement on hot nights on sofas and cots!

Oh, and remember party lines???? You always had to share your telephone line with someone else--ugh...we had an old woman on ours who just loved to listen in on us all of the time, lol..

And cheap gas--yep, I can remember my dad swearing that he would NEVER pay 50 cents for a gallon of gas, hahaha...

Thanks for bringing back all of these memories for me--I loved it!

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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Pixie stix! Gosh, so many memories (I still have my Suzi Homebake Oven!). Thanks for the fun.

(Why isn't my hub on your hub. Grrrrr)

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks TamCor! A black mood ring is no fun! Yes, you definitely had cold hands! LOL I do remember the party lines, but we didn't have one, but my grandmother did. I remember my dad saying he'd refuse to drive if it EVER got to $1/gal.

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Christoph, do you REALLY have a Suzy Homemaker oven???! Glad you enjoyed the hub and I have no idea what the correlation between your hub and this one is. I don't think we have any of the same keywords even. But, everyone....head over to read Christoph's hilarious hub about the Pimple from Hell!

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DoodleLyn 7 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

I was laughing out loud reading your list, KCC!! I really enjoyed this trip down memory lane - thanks. Thank you for joining my fan club and your kind welcome to this crazy hubbing world. I know I'm going to like it here. Blessings..

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

I'm glad you got a got laugh at out my list, DoodleLyn! It's fun to remember the past, isn't it?

HubPages is a great community. You'll make lots of friends here!

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RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

Thanks, KCC. What a flood of memories this brings. such fun to remember "when"...great hub!

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Glad you enjoyed it RedElf! Taking strolls down memory lane can be fun!

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ljrc1961 7 years ago from Michigan

I remember so much of this! You must be my age....

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

If the 61 in your hub name is an indication of your birth year, then yes, we're pretty close ljrc1961. I was born Nov 1962.

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Bryan Robertson 7 years ago from Tennessee, United States

Hey, KCC - Thanks for the great compilation. I was born in 1959 and usually don't like to be reminded of that but this was a nice exception.

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Hey Bryan! Glad you enjoyed it! Stop by anytime!

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elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

ah, what memories

7-11 was open from 7 to 11

If you had a quarter, you could get yourself a pretty good sack of candy

and your parents could send you to the store for milk and bread, give you a dollar, and say "bring back my change!"

oh, now I'm gonna have to write a new Hub about my memories.....

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Elisabethkcmo...thanks for thinking of more! If you write a similar hub, email me the link and I'll post the link here on my hub! Thanks for stopping by!

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Hey folks, Elisabeth just published the hub she promised and the link is now added above! Thanks for sharing Elisabeth!

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Philuc 7 years ago from Quito, Ecuador

I really enjoyed your hub - all those memories. No cel phones, vinyl records, and best of all - being a child. (Or perhaps just the memory of being a child).

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks Philuc! It's fun to look back at how things were. I think it makes us appreciate how far we've come as well.

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euro-pen 7 years ago from Europe

Great hub. Wow. I grew up in the 1970s. However, the particular European country I grew up then was really just catchng up (both socially as well as economical). Even so I can remember and relate to lot of the things you have included in your list. Made me smile and at the same time feeling a little nostalgic. As the saying goes: In the old days everything was better, even the future :). Thank you very much for this hub.

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks Euro-pen! I'm glad you enjoyed it and found things you too could relate to. :)

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SunShineSnow 7 years ago from Texas

Oh the memories this brings back. Sometimes we tend to forget about all the small things that made life so great back then. The rotary phone; my best friends daughter was at my house a few years back and I actually had one of those hooked up. She asked if she could use my phone and I told her to use the phone in the bedroom. In a matter of moments she came out of the room to ask me how to use it.

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

That's too funny SunShineSnow. My daughter is intrigued by one of the harvest gold wall rotary phones that my mother still has up in her house. Those phones were hell on fingernails. Remember everyone using a pencil to dial with? LOL

Marty 7 years ago

I love these. Remember when thinking people our age were OLD? I remember being at a concert a few years back. This guy had a t-shirt that said "I can't be 50. I still like Rock and roll."

You are right. No video games. So we went outside to play. Did you ever play "Kick the Can" or "Capture the flag?" As far as the board games go, there was "Hands down." (don't be the last one down, or you'll lose a card.) And there was "Ker PLunk." Because of the commecial, you expected it to actually make the kerplunk sound, but it was just metal balls hitting plastic. And last but not least, a game I still have in my house with everything intact - tip it.

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

I know what you mean, Marty. I remember very vividly when my cousin and I made cardboard signs to wear while we rode our bicycles up and down my street announcing my daddy's 44th birthday. Here I sit at almost 47. I remember all those games.

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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio

I know I've already posted on here, but couldn't resist a comment about rotary phones!

You mentioned using a pencil to dial with--I can remember seeing so many phones with pencil lines underneath the holes of the dial, lol...I guess people should've used the eraser end!!! :D

Do kids still put playing cards on their bike wheels to make that noise they used to make--I can't even begin to try to explain, or type, that sound out, haha!

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

LOL....I can always count on TamCor to reminsce with me. :) I remember at some point in the 70s I guess that they made things to put in your spokes, but my dad refused to buy them and said the cards worked just fine. I taught my kids the card trick too. :) Kids today, probably no clue....depends whether or not their parents are cool like us. :)

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MagicStarER 7 years ago from Western Kentucky

LOL! Memories, for sure. Remember the dangly things on the handlebars of your bicycles? Are you too young to remember saddle shoes and penny-loafers? Or how about those stirrup-pants? Gosh, I will really be telling my age, if I tell you I can still remember the day they walked on the moon... Great hub! :)

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

LOL....MagicStarER, I do remember the dangly things from the handlebars of your bicycle. I don't really remember saddle shoes and penny loafers though. I do remember stirrup-pants though. I remember them walking on the moon vaguely on TV. I was 7 yrs old. Thanks for stopping by.

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franki79 7 years ago

Great HUB!!! Of course things cannot be as they were in ourchildhood. Enjoyed it very much


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Glad you enjoyed it, Frank! Thanks for stopping by.

debbie 7 years ago

I really enjoyed seeing the things me and my brother Garry grew up with. It brought back so many great memories.

It would be nice if they would bring back some of these things, and make them just as they used to be made. we really liked the mood rings too. They were kool. Thanks for the memories. Garry and Debbie.

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

I agree, Garry & Debbie! Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad it brought back found memories for you!

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donotfear 6 years ago from The Boondocks

Your childhood sounds like a carbon copy of mine growing up in Texarkana! How cool it was...! The sound of locusts buzzing on a summer evening. The smell of mimosa hanging in the air. The mud fights, forts built, tree houses, and sand pile battles! Loved it...wish I could hear old Mayo's lawnmower going in the back yard again. Wish I could see our housekeeper Velma. Wish I could hear the popscicle man's truck coming...I want Fudge!

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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England

Great memories. Loved moonrings and I joined the monkies fan club. Brilliant hub

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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

KCC you really took me down memory lane there. Especially being a kid and watching HR Pufnstuf and Jonny Quest !Ans Sunday night the whole family watched " The Ed Sullivan Show ". It was my job among many to get up to change the channel !

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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Glad I could take you down memory lane Tony. You'll have to read my hub titled "Hemisfair and HR Pufnstuf".

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geegee77 6 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

Wow I remember alot of that stuff, I love those simple times of the past, we have so much nowadays, and the world just to seems to be more complicated. Great hub!!!

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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you geegee77. I'm sure the 60s and 70s were much more complicated than the 40s and 50s. Each generation will have things to look back on and reminsce about.

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geegee77 6 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

I wouldve loved to live in the 40's and 50's era!

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Uninvited Writer 6 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

I remember running after the mosquito fogger truck at the campground where my aunt and uncle had a lot :) I also remember candy cigarettes. Good memories.

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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

I know what you mean, geegee77.

The fogger was the bomb, wasn't it, Uninvited Writer? I can still remember the smell so vividly. You can still buy the little candy cigarettes in the small town I live in. It's pretty cool.

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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Go to Google images and put in Hostess Ding Dong. The old ones had the piping (like cursive e's).

Donna 6 years ago

Hostess Cupcakes, not ding dongs, they were different.

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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

You're correct, Donna. The Hostess Cupcakes are the ones with the cursive e's. Why did it take you 6 wks to get here and correct me? LOL Thanks!

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JBeadle 6 years ago from Midwest

I remember I used to cry my eyes out if I slept until 9 or 10 on a Saturday in the 60s because I missed all of the cartoons like Buggs or Woody Woodpecker or Josie and the Pussycats or the Jetsons. It was the only time I got to control the TV and not watch what my parents were watching or what my sister wanted to watch. Absolutely ruined my Saturday. Didn't happen often. Now you can watch cartoons 24/7 or just go download them from the Internet. Another great blast from the past hub!

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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

I know what you mean JBeadle. I didn't have anyone to compete with for the TV because I was an only child, but I do miss the specialness that Saturday morning cartoons held. With them being available 24/7 or on DVD, I think kids take them for granted.

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Happyboomernurse 6 years ago from South Carolina

Nice trip down memory lane. Love the fact that you took the time to hunt down Baby Small Talk for your cousin Pam, on ebay. What a really cool Christmas gift and "fond memory" jogger. Thanks for sharing.

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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks Happyboomernurse. I need to find something along those same lines for Pam this Christmas. :) It was really cool to see her face when she opened it.

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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You

Hi KCC. I'm about 10 years older, but I do remember most of these things.

Another thing that was common was that most people didn't lock their doors when they went out(until the late 60's..depending where you lived).

I also remember having a portable record player, with the platter the size of a 7" single. If the record was warped or skipped, we just scotch-taped a penny on the end of the tonearm, so it would play.

Still..I like the convenience of the modern stuff, even though it sometimes doesn't last as long. Back then, things were built to last quite a while, it seems.

Fun hub KCC. Now...back to the future.

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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks Timorous. I remember my dad taping a penny or a washer to the arm of the record player too sometimes.

I agree that most of us probably enjoy the convenience we've seen from the technological advances, but yes, we have missed out on durability and often, reliability.

My 18 yr old just this week commented that she thought my generation would be the one to see the biggest improvements during our lifetime. She felt that her generation probably wouldn't see such remarkable changes take place. I disagree with her. I think she has no idea what lies ahead for them.

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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

Woah, not sure how I stumbled upon this, KCC, but glad I did. This is a very delightful and well thought out Hub. Thanks for the hard work, and the longevity proves it is a good work.

Glad to be in a crowd of others who know what the heck I am talking about too. Mighty Mom cheered me with the Fizzies remembrance, Root Beer was the #1 seller. Remember the Sunkist Orange (i want to call em nipples) sucker things you punch in the Orange?

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KU37 6 years ago

Here's a song from the sixties that you might remember. It was good on long car trips. It was called "Antidisestablishmentarianism". Basically you would start by saying it very slowly, then repeat gradually getting faster and more high pitched until you crash. Then you do it again. Hours of fun. Just thought I'd reminisce.

Great Hub!

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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Hey Lilly! Thanks! Yes, I do remember those! Thanks for the reminder.

KU37....I do remember that song, but it had long been forgotten. I never went on long car trips, but somewhere along the way I was introduced to that song.

Thanks for the reminder!

Glad you both stopped by to reminisce!

tob1onone 5 years ago

Thank's you for bringing me back to the time, in my life I liked the most. If only I could go back at least for a short time I would know that I did not have to worry about the future.

Thank's again

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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Tob1onone, so glad I could take you back their for a visit...wouldn't it be cool to relive snippets of the past for an hour or two at will? :)

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ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

I enjoyed your hub. I remember many things you write about. My brother and I had banana seat bikes. We got 3 channels on t.v. Most of the movies seemed to be westerns. I wanted to see monster movies and sci-fi. I got so sick of westerns it was yrs before I could enjoy watching them. My brother and I had a toy by mattel, it was small plastis squares, you put them in a plastis see-through cover, turn it on. It would heat the squares up and they would open up into a monster. When you finished playing with them you put them back in and heated them up again then put them in a vice and squeese em back into the square shape again. I believe the toy company got that idea from little brothers melting toy soldiers in their sisters easy bake oven. A few times a year our family went into town and had dinner at the local resturant. I never felt deprived about that because our mom was the best cook I ever knew.

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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks for sharing your experiences, ruffridyer. I don't remember the melting toy you're talking about, but I think you're right about where they got the idea. Sounds like an interesting game though.

Jerry 5 years ago

I was in the class of 1982. I grew up in a small town in Southwestern Virginia, my father was the chief of police and I got into so many fights in school because my father wrote another kids father a ticket.

I was so in love with Marie Osmond then. I remember the day Elvis died. My mother was crying so hard. It was a great time to have been a kid though. The years have flown by so fast. Thank you for your story.

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happyturtle 5 years ago from UK

What a great list, if very US centric. I think we'll have to create a list for other countries and centuries.

Well done!

jane, iilinois city illinois 5 years ago

im wanting to see the little stuffed kittens that cam in a wicker basket, they were made of fake fur, and my mother purchased them for me with s&h greenstamps. does anyone still have those or a pic of them?

being raised in the 60's and 70's 5 years ago

Thanks for the memories. They were great. I am using this for my research paper.


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aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

I'm such a nostalgic ol boomer! Really enjoyed the walk down memory lane, thank you for a beautifully written hub. Voted up :)

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fwy66 5 years ago

Wow loved your hub, and I remember everything you discussed (even the zotz)onea my faves. We have a site celebrating those things. It's at everyone is welcome.

Thanks KCC for the memories,


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Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

Such memories! I remember all of them - thanks for the trip through the 60s. My friends and I often comment we think we grew up during a special time. I hope kids today feel the same way.

Freddy D. 4 years ago

What great memories, hitting the big 50 this year and from what I read TX in the 60's was no different than MA in the 60's thx great job!

Judy 4 years ago

Does any one remember the game called 7up were you had 7 things to do with a ball against a wall? Can anyone tell me how to play it?

dickandjane 4 years ago

Hence my name..does anyone remember learning to read with the Dick and Jane books? Also, pet rocks, Chatty Cathy dolls & playing with jacks & hopscotch. Jumping rope was also a good pasttime. I remember watching the first moon landing & not really understanding the big deal. Also, I thought b the time I was grown there would be a robot like "Rosie" to do housework & cooking. Haha for me. And that cars would be obsolete, flying everywhere would be the norm. But what brought me here was trying to figure out the name of a club I was in that sent a box, monthly, I think that contained little trinkets from around the world with a letter & record talking about different countries. Does anyone remember the name of this co. I wonder if something like this still exists. Once I got a counting machine from India with the beads. Sadly my mother got rid of most of m toys & other stuff. I still have a tambourine though that I bought with green stamps. I wanted to be Veronica from the Archies. Loved reading the Archie comic books.

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dora borsboom 4 years ago

i remember simpler times...laundry out in the backyard to dry, w colored plastic clothespins so pretty u cld just stare at them where the sun hit it...halloween w construction paper projects and homemade costumes, christmas w santa in school hallway and excitement over sears toy catalogues each year...collecting peanuts comic books and sunday funnies w classic strips...looking at w teens wore for 'fashion clues' like go-go boots (in first grade, lol--slid down school hallway in them)...up early to watch captain kangaroo and romper room w mom exercised to jack la lanne and watched lucy home at 5pm and meals w meatloaf, mashed potatoes and later 'exotic' dishes like fondue...smiley stickers and albums of pop groups and seemed like everything around was so awesome and fun

ken 4 years ago

Chukka boots in the late 60' early 70's

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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

I thoroughly enjoyed this hub. I grew up in Louisiana, and I had one of those stingray bikes with the banana seat (and butterfly handlebars). My oven was an Easybake though, boy did it take a long time to bake a cake with a light bulb. My talking doll was Chatty Cathy, I think she was the first one. Did you ever have Creepy Crawlers? It was a set of metal molds that you filled with goop and then you cooked it on a little hot plate to make your own rubbery bugs and snakes. I can't believe they let kids do that, I burned the heck out of myself many times. It was fun though.

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nmsu southpaw 4 years ago

I enjoyed this hub to. I lost my Mother a few months ago from heart failure, and was feeling a little blue but this site brought back some great memories. Funny thing is I still have her black panther statue on the TV. Sherry, I did have a creepy crawlers set, and some class mates and I got in trouble in 2nd grade (1968) for bringing our "Bugs" to class and scaring the girls. My Father worked for Grumman Aerospace and worked on the Luna Lem that landed on the moon, and my brother and I had models of it, I never knew what happened to them. I also still have the TV guide from July 1969, where the men landing on the moon was on the cover. My parents kept putting it with old news papers, and I kept taking it out. I wanted to save it. About a year ago I did ask my Mom, "Remember this?" and she was surprised I still had it, and we spent the afternoon going through it talking about things that went on in '69. Now I know I sound like my parents, but I am glad I grew up when I did.

Robby 4 years ago

Light bright,kerpunk action Jackson , The magic garden ,courageous cat and minute mouse. the carnavals came to your town (not six flaggs) When riding your bike a few towns over was a big adventure.

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Ily Michael 3 years ago

Is there anyone who remembers the cookies that came in a red(I think) bag? They were chocolate and had a tan icing, I think it was a peanut butter icing. I LOVED those things and no one knows what I'm talking about. I remember sitting in the seat in the buggy and asking Mom for them, they were on the top shelf, at Big Star. I always got those and sour bites from there and at the dime store I would get No Jelly candy bars and charm sweet and sour suckers.

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KCC Big Country 3 years ago from Central Texas Author

I don't recognize the cookies you are talking about. I do remember Charm's Sweet & Sour suckers though. I loved those.

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kansasyarn 3 years ago from Rural Midwest

Great hub with lots of great memories! Made my morning. Have to share!

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