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    Station Wagons & Back Seats

    Many relics from the past tweak our collective sense of nostalgia. And one of them is cramming into the back of a station wagon. Nobody condemned parents when they threw a herd of kids into big sedans or wagons and headed off on family trips. The wedge principle applied: Cram enough kids into a back […]

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    Vintage Gelatin Mold Recipes

    Some things go great together: Peanut butter & chocolate; strawberries & cream; Siskel & Ebert. Other things, while great on their own, should never be combined: Pizza & ice cream; Ebert & Roeper; lime gelatin and salmon. Oh, you remember those gelatin mold recipes from your past, don’t you? I don’t actually remember anyone eating […]

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    American Motors Corporation

    “Gremlin. Pacer. Hornet. Rambler. Marlin. Ambassador. Javelin. Matador. And of course, the JEEP. These were names more befitting a superhero sidekick than an automobile, but that was part of the American Motors Corporation (AMC) charm. Sure, AMC had been around in one form or another for decades, and even though they owned JEEP, it wasn’t […]

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    Vintage Maternity Wear

    “There’s a fine line between “”vintage”” and “”dated.”” Things that are vintage usually trigger some sort of knee-jerk nostalgia; a longing for simpler times, even if those times were never actually simple. Things that are dated, though, are usually met with an instinctual feeling of dread, regret, and a collective “”ugh!”” Vintage maternity clothing fall […]

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    Click, Click – Remembering the Viewmaster

    “There’s some sounds that stick with us no matter what, because they form a connection with us and we simply can’t imagine a product existing without it. Even today’s cell phone cameras still make clicks as if we were taking pictures with an old Polaroid camera. There’s a sound that still resonates with me when […]

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    Big Wheelin’

    I can’t think of the Big Wheel without thinking of War’s 1974 classic, “Low Rider.” Why? Because the song seemed to be tailor made for this thing. Just look at it: It was the cruiser bike for ’70s kids, no doubt a by-product of the immensely popular film, Easy Rider. Even when I’d watch my […]

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    DoYouRemember Penny Candies?

    One of the great things about being an adult is that I can eat all the candy I want, and mom won’t tell me it’ll rot my teeth. My dentist does that now, and my HMO isn’t happy about it. Back when I was little, the few remaining penny candy stores were still in business, […]

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    Saturday Mornings with H.R. Pufnstuf

    I used to hate getting up early for school, and would get dressed half-asleep, taking a nap in the car on the way. But on Saturday mornings, I would get up at the crack of dawn to catch my favorite cartoons. Back in the early 70s I loved H.R. Pufnstuf, and from the beginning I couldn’t […]

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    All in the Family: Those Were the Days…

    There’s an old saying about how only the comedian can call a king a fool to the king’s face without losing his head. If that’s the case, then All in the Family didn’t just call the king a fool; it practically slapped him and his royal court in the face with a 2×4. Semantics and […]

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    The Disaster that was “New Coke”

    On July 10th, 1985, The Coca-Cola Company rectified one of the worst decisions in the history of corporate America: They reintroduced their original product, which had been enjoyed for a century, after it had been removed in favor of New Coke three months earlier. At the time, the American publics reaction was similar to that […]

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    Book Mobiles: Bringing the Library to You

    Long before the Bat-Mobile, people were getting into Bat-Man in Book Mobiles. Having grown up in a large city, book mobiles were pretty obscure to find. Though they predate yours truly, I remember hearing my old man tell me about his time in Book Mobiles when he was a little boy out in the country. […]