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You're Getting Old If...

Updated on March 21, 2017

You’re getting old if you remember when:

  • All the girls had ugly gym uniforms. And wore tennis shoes not $200 Nike's!
  • It took three minutes for the TV to warm up.
  • Nobody owned a purebred dog.
  • When a quarter was a decent allowance.
  • You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.
  • Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces.
  • You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked and gas pumped, all for free. And you didn't pay for air and got trading stamps too.
  • Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels inside the box.
  • It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner by your parents.

  • They kept kids back a grade if they failed.
  • A 57 Chevy was everyone's dream car and people went steady.
  • No one asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car ignition with the doors unlocked.
  • Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals.
  • Being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited them at home.
  • Kids had candy cigarettes and wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.
  • Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
  • Coffee shop tables had side jukeboxes
  • Milk was delivered to your doorstep in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers.
  • Businesses issued Green Stamps to customers.
  • A race issue was arguing about who could run the fastest.
  • Having a Weapon in School meant having your Slingshot confiscated.
  • The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team and War was a card game.
  • Taking drugs meant orange flavored children’s chewable aspirin.
  • Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.
  • Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle.
  • “Oly-oly-oxen-free” made perfect sense.
  • Saturday morning cartoons weren't half hour commercials for action figures.
  • It wasn't unusual to have two or three “Best Friends.”
  • Catching fire flies could easily occupy an entire evening.
  • Decisions were made by saying “eeny-meeny-miney-moe.”
  • People used mimeograph paper.
  • There were Hi-Fi's and 45 RPM records.
  • Telephone numbers had a word prefix (Yukon, Klondike etc.)
  • Movies were always preceded by newsreels and a cartoon.
  • There was Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum.
  • Howdy Doody, The Peanut Gallery, The Lone Ranger and Roy Rogers were the best shows on TV.
  • A “Double Dog Dare” was the ultimate challenge.


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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, those were the simpler days. I remember them well, and they really were better. Thanks for the memories.

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      Cynthia 5 years ago from North Myrtle Beach, SC

      I remember too many for comfort! Great hub. Thanks for the memories!

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      Oh no I remember some of them! Am I getting old? I enjoyed reading it thanks for sharing. :-)

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, I am geting old, as I remember every bit of all of that, and it was a great time. This brought back a lot of great memories of the good old days. Sharing this one. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hell JY, good hub and very funny! Voted up and shared.