||Do You Remember
Do you remember...
...the "Five and Dime" Store? It's been replaced by the "Buck or Two" store. The "Buck or Two" now sells the same stuff the "Five and Dime" used to.
...when a penny would actually buy something?
...when a one cent coin was called a "copper" and was the size of a loonie? And bought as much?
...the sweet aroma of the soda fountain? You bought a milkshake for a dime, got two straws, and shared it with your girlfriend on a Saturday afternoon.
...when "going steady" meant you saw your your girlfriend once a week: at her house every Sunday afternoon, after church, and had dinner with her family?
...when the minister dropped in unexpectedly? And you could clean a house in the time it took him to walk up the front steps?
...when friends could drop by unexpectedly -- and be welcomed?
...when milk and bread was delivered to your door in a horse-drawn wagon? Watch your step behind the horse!
...when it was possible to see the Milky Way?
...when a "Computer" was that nice university student working at the
observatory, making calculations with her slide rule and math tables?
...when you arrived relaxed and fresh in Vancouver, after a three day journey from Toronto, on "The Canadian" with a berth, first class dining with a fresh carnation on each table, and sharing conversations and playing BINGO with new found friends? Also "The Super Continental" and earlier "The Dominion" and "The Panorama" that would take you to the same destination by different routes and times? Can you recall which of these trains actually scheduled to take you through the Rockies during daylight hours?
...when "Want Ads" in newspapers were in two classifications: "Men Wanted" and "Women Wanted"?
...when there was a "Woman's Section" in the newspaper?
...the record player (remember that?!) that didn't plug in or need batteries -- you would just wind it up after every few records? Where a box of 100 needles for your record player cost 10 cents and were rated at 5 record plays per needle, but where people would see how may
more than that they could get out of a needle (I got 25 once!)?
...the paper boy?
...crushing tin cans and delivering them to the metal collection
depot, to be converted into items needed in the war effort?
...when you thought you were smart passing off a subway token as a dime?
...when you passed off that Newfoundland 20 cent piece as a quarter?
...the "shinplaster" -- a 25 cent note, which, if you lost, was the same as losing a $20 bill now?
...when the Silver Dollar was actually made of silver?
... the days before
Don't like metric? Then solve this problem:
"A fruit grower put up in boxes all the same size and keeping each kind of fruit by itself, 15 bu. of plums, 16 bu. 7 gal. of peaches, 5 bu. 5 gal. of apricots and 7 bu. 6 gal. all but one pint of nectarines. Find the fewest number of boxes he could possibly have used." From 'Public School Arithmetic' for the Province of Ontario, 1878.
||Do You Remember