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I Remember When

Marlene Geiser

Posted on June 7, 2019 17:54

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I asked my husband what he remembered about the past. He couldn't stop sharing what came back to him.

My husband and I were discussing what we remembered of the past, and much of what I write here are things that he offered when I asked the question. "What do you remember?"  

He began with the little machine that sat on a table at a cafeteria that told your fortune. Then jukeboxes that you could pay for and played music at your table in a restaurant.

Ice Men, Milk Men, Coal Men, gear shifts on the floor of the car, and the transom above the door, and radiators that gave off steam. Then there were fire escapes, trolley cars with wicker seats and a conductor at the rear.

Next came telephones with a circular dial, and later on, telephone booths, and drug stores with soda fountains.

He grew up in Illinois, and he remembered hay rides. We New York kids only saw them in the movies.

Speaking of movies, he mentioned people on the screen smoking, everyone was smoking everywhere.

Later on, he remembered telephone sets with a magnifying glass in front of them that shut down at night and gave you a colored pattern.

The barrage of memories went on, with candy that came stuck to a paper, and refrigerators that had a big ball on top.  Oh yes, he also added ice boxes.

If you were to ask me, I do remember many of the same things, but girls appear to pay attention to different things then boys. I have written many times about my memories of the past, but what has come to mind, have always been in context with specific experiences I had.

In any event, memories are good things to own. They are yours to keep and share with the people you love and with your friends.

If you have any memories that you would like to share, it would be fun to read your response one of these days. I guess that it depends upon when you were young. My husband and I grew up in the late 1930s, the 1940s, and early 1950s.

Naturally, we are still happy compiling memories in our early eighties, and will hopefully do so for a while longer. Every day we live provides a new experience, and we are both blessed to be doing that in 2019.  Will miracles never cease?

Marlene Geiser

Posted on June 7, 2019 17:54

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