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Stocking for Christmas: I remember going to the American Legion or VFW Hall and receiving one of these stocking for Christmas, Sometimes, they had an apple, orange or nuts in them. Those weren’t as fun. Do you remember these? Where did you get yours?

Map: Did you help your parents read the roadmap? We’re you good at folding it back up? I loved the maps and all they revealed bout the area we were driving through. However, I never wanted to be the one who tore the map. It never folded the same after that.

S&H Green Stamps: My Mom’s best friend always gave me her S&H Green Stamps to save in the stamp book. I loved looking through the Dreambook catalog and dreaming of what I’d get once I got enough filled stamp books. Seemed like it took forever.

Gas Station: Remember when you pulled into the gas station and a uniformed clean cut young man can out to greet you? He washed your windshield, checked your tires, and made sure your oil was filled. Back in the day when SERVICE was key!

Mercurochrome: This may STING. Whether it did or not, the anticipation was torture! I don’t remember how well it worked, but as kids we did everything in our power to only need one application.

This is how we messaged back in the day. Frankly, I think it took more smarts than messaging today because you had to make your own delivery apparatus. And you had to know how to fold it for maximum speed and trajectory!

JELLO mold: Every dinner party in the 50s and 60s featured a Jello mold of some type filled with fruit. However, there were some odd variations, especially the ones with vegetables or cheese. They were really more food art than food

Today, it’s more like where’s the KETO? It’s funny to think we once insisted on more beef and now we insist on less. However, Wendy’s is still delivering the beef!

Back in the Day play smoking with candy cigarettes was A-O-K! It was a major Halloween treat. A little stick of pure sugar that we used to imitate our parents. And people thought it was CUTE! O, the good ol days before we realized how non-PC we were.

Back in the Day, a trip to McDonald’s was a special and often costly treat depending on the size of your family. We look at those prices now and can’t believe how inexpensive everything was. However, 50 years ago, $5 was a lot of money. If a McDonald’s milkshake was only 10 cents today, I’d live on them. What are your childhood memories of McDonald’s?

Back in the Day this was our Internet. It’s where we explored and saw the world. Did you own a Viewfinder? It was a time when we used our imaginations!

Back in the Day, this was our first exercise in negotiation: deciding who would get which package of cereal. Usually ended with Mom picking them for us. My favorite was the Sugar Smacks, what was yours?

Back in the Day, we didn’t wear helmets or elbow pads, but somehow we managed to put these contraptions on our feet and have the most fearless fun. We depended on our own instincts to adjust them to our feet. We fell, we cried, we laughed, we survived.

O, how times have changed! What memories do these pics bring up for you? I know one thing TV dinners were certainly bigger and always came with dessert.