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  • smithlme
    smithlme Member Posts: 383
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    Remember Little Kiddles? Tiny little dolls with tons of accessories. Then they came out with Lucky Locket Kiddles. Little dolls in a plastic broach that you could wear and a really tiny one that went in a ring. I had a Goldilocks one that had a plastic "tree trunk" table and chairs. There was even three bowls attached to the table and a small brown bear.

    Remember the game Fascination? It had metal marbles and you had to roll them through a hand-held maze and when you got them all in the top holes it would buzz. My brother use to have a football game that vibrated and moved the players across the board.

  • Meece
    Meece Member Posts: 10,618
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    I still have a couple of kiddles somewhere.  The two I still have were animiddle-kiddles, a purple mouse costumed one and a tiger costumed one.  Didn't the ones in the broach bubble things have a perfume scent to them?  The broach was a bubble with a gold toned plastic fram as I recall.

  • elimar
    elimar Member Posts: 5,883
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    I wanted Honey West's ocelot too.  I wanted Lassie and I wanted Flipper (yet lived no where near an ocean.)   I thought my parents said no a lot.

  • Katyb
    Katyb Member Posts: 11
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    What a great topic! Remember body shirts? All one piece and snapped at the crotch so we could wear the hip hugger bell bottoms and our shirt stayed tucked in.

    I know I must be getting old, I don't think it would hurt the girls today that wear such low, low rider jeans to have a body shirt underneath. I would have died back then if I thought someone could see my underwear over the top of my jeans! I guess it would be worse if they showed now!

  • Meece
    Meece Member Posts: 10,618
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    Halter tops, the sort of triangle that just  tied on.  If it was windy, you might have a dilemna, tie it on your chest or over your hair!  (Not really)


  • smithlme
    smithlme Member Posts: 383
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    I use to make halter tops out of bandannas. I'd fold them into a triangle, sew the top point down for the casing, put a leather lace through the casing, tie it around my neck and the two long ones around my back. Either bandannas were much larger back then or I was very tiny! I had a white "Levi's" halter back them. It was white jean material with a pocket in the center and the Levi tag on the side.

  • EWB
    EWB Member Posts: 592
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    Remember having very long hair, parted severely in the center and worn straight down the sides of our faces. For those of us that worn glasses, we wore them OVER the hair in a rather "cousin it" kind of way. As far a undergarments and hip huggers...my mother would not let us have bikini underwear which was a problem, so we would roll our granny pants down they did not show. If not done just so, there was a lump ring all around, ack.

  • elimar
    elimar Member Posts: 5,883
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    This is probably an urban thing, I don't know, but did anyone else go to a school with a Safety Patrol?  Was it nationwide?  I'm too lazy to Google for this.  At my school, the Safety Patrol was for boys only.  The girl contingent was called the Service Squad--the main duties being to keep the hallways and stairs safe with commands like, "Single File!" and "No Running!"   These positions confered great power on a sixth grader.

  • smithlme
    smithlme Member Posts: 383
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    I was on our schools safety partol. We would have large stop signs on a pole and we'd push the walk button on the corner by the school, before and after school. When it said walk, we'd yell, "Get ready to cross.....signs out"...then, "Signs in." We thought we were soooooo cool. When it rained we had to wear these bright yellow, smelly raincoats, hats and large rubber boots.

  • Meece
    Meece Member Posts: 10,618
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    I think we called them hall monitors.

  • sue-61
    sue-61 Member Posts: 262
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    Oh my word, hall monitors! Such memories.

    Did anyone get to go outside and clap the erasers? You know, to get all the chalk out of 'em? Sue

  • hmm
    hmm Member Posts: 957
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    We also had a classroom monitor for when the teacher had to briefly leave the room. Of  course some monitors reported who talked and who did "whatever" ..........................  needless to say that those who did this were not very well liked...........

  • lvtwoqlt
    lvtwoqlt Member Posts: 765
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    oh what memories, clapping the erasers on the playground and the cloud of dust that you created also washing the blackboards for punishment, hall monitors, room monitors and hall passes - if you didn't have a hall pass and were caught by the hall monitor during class time you had to go to the principals office. The safety patrol at my elementary school helped with the loading and unloading of the school busses. When my son was in the 6th grade, he was on the safety patrol only because he was in the wrap-a-round school (daycare) program, they had reflective orange belts with the shoulder straps, part of his responsibilites included assisting the younger children who were car riders get in and out of the car safely and helping the children get on and off the buses.

  • elimar
    elimar Member Posts: 5,883
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    The Service Squad was different than a hall monitor.  Service Squad was like Safety Patrol working before school and at the end of the day, both left class five minutes early to get to their positions.  The SS worked the halls/stairs/doors when they were swarming with kids.  We had hall monitors too.  It was one kid sitting at a desk when the classes were in session.  You had to show them your pass.  I don't know if Service Squad was widespread; it was in the public schools in my city.

  • sue-61
    sue-61 Member Posts: 262
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    I went to Catholic school.......washing the blackboards, per the nuns, was a PRIVELEGE, not a punishment as I recall. We had a "check list", too, and if you talked when the nun left the room you got "checks." I recall getting 4 in one sitting and still hate arthur b to this day. What a tattletale.

  • Meece
    Meece Member Posts: 10,618
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    Cleaning the erasers at my public school was also a privelege.

    Speaking of public school, remember when you were afraid to be sent to the principal because of corporal punishment?  And your parents stood behind the teachers and principals because they all wanted you to grow up as a good citizen.  If you got in trouble at school, you'd probably get in more at home.

  • lvtwoqlt
    lvtwoqlt Member Posts: 765
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    Cleaning the erasers was a privilege, you got to go outside during class time to do that. But washing the chalk board was punishment, you had to stay inside during recess to do that chore under the watchful eye of the teacher. I was one of the smaller people in the class and washing the chalkboard was hard for me to do, up and down a chair to reach the top, it was definately a punishment for me.

  • elimar
    elimar Member Posts: 5,883
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    The traditional chalk boards were called "blackboards" because they were, but I remember the green ones making an appearance during my school years.  The chalk didn't write as well on their slicker surface.

  • Meece
    Meece Member Posts: 10,618
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    Yep, those green chalk boards, I remember them.  In lower grades, they had white lines painted on them so you could practice your letters.

    The first day of school:  You were given a pencil, an eraser, a box of crayons, paper and all sorts of things.  You did not receive a list of manditory items your parents had to go out and buy within the following 5 days!

  • nancyd
    nancyd Member Posts: 557
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    How about The Howdy Doody Show?

    I've used this story to guage people's ages: I tell them my brother married a woman named Clarabell (true story)...if they break out laughing, I know they're over 55 and remember the clown from Howdy Doody. If they just smile and continue with the conversation, they're too young to remember (or they lived outside the US). 

  • sue-61
    sue-61 Member Posts: 262
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    Nancy, I remember coming home for lunch each day. We had to walk. It was a mile each way. (no wonder I was so skinny as a kid); we got to watch about 15 min of TV........

    I also loved Buffalo Bob Smith. 

    Oh, and i am over 55................by about 7 yrs!

  • Howdy Doody with Mr.Bluster and Dilly Dally and Chief ThunderCloud and Princess SummerSpringWinterFall.....did I get my months in order for her name?  What time is it? and the kids in the peanut gallery would scream It's Howdy Doody Time and then that song would burst on. 

    I was the only girl to get paddled at our HS.....my mother was mortified, but I thought it was rather cool....a beginning to my liberated woman phase. 

  • Meece
    Meece Member Posts: 10,618
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    We didn't get to watch much t.v. after school.  I vaguely remember Paul Winchell and the Winchell Mahoney Hour.  We did our home work and went outside to play in the neighborhood until dinner, or at least time to set the table.  We had neighbors who would run in the house in the middle of a game because they wanted to watch TV.  Batman inparticular BAM!  POW!

  • elimar
    elimar Member Posts: 5,883
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    T.V., no not too much of it afterschool, that was playtime with the neighborhood kids, but we must have watched enough of it because we played a game called "TV Tag."

    I do remember that on Sat. AMERICAN BANDSTAND came on.  My memory is of my babysitter having it on and learning how to do  "The Locomotion" with Little Eva.

  • Meece
    Meece Member Posts: 10,618
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    Oh my, I remember things like t.v. tag, color tag, state tag....  Red light/green light, mother-may-I, kickc the can and hide and seek.  Being one of the younest in the neighborhood, you know who was usually "It".

  • EWB
    EWB Member Posts: 592
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    Captain Kangaroo, Mr Green Jeans, Moose & ping pong jokes?

  • Meece
    Meece Member Posts: 10,618
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    I loed to watch captain kangaroo.  I am trying to remember the precursor to Sesame St.  Oh, I remember...Romper Room with Miss Maryann.

  • Ping pong jokes?  Tell us about those. 

  • LILLY1955
    LILLY1955 Member Posts: 10
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    How about Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color and Wild Kingdom?  Loved these shows.  Crazy about the Monkees---sigh Davy, another sigh.  Cute then but now!!!! Not so much.  Long Stick straight hair (people asked me if I ironed mine but it was just naturally that way)  I still have my 1959 Barbie and her friends with all their clothes and carry cases.  Sadly my Barbie Dream House got wet and had to be thrown away.  What about TV dinners in metal trays?  My 1970 bright orange Mustang (totalled it in 72)  Fringed brushed leather jackets and vests worn with low wide bell bottoms with a body suit and wide belt.  Anybody ever try to smoke aspirin?  Totally sucked.

  • Meece
    Meece Member Posts: 10,618
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    Ah, Sunday nights and The Wild Kingdom, sposored by Mutual of Omaha, followed  by the Wonderful World of Disney.  Bedtime right after it.

    Ihad a Barbie House That was "mod"  it had a poster on the wall with Carnaby Street.  It didn't fair well when I sat on it.