Hmm ~~ I didn't know that about 45s & the UK. I never really thought about why 45s had the big hole and the larger 78s & 33 1/3s had the little hole. Guess I just figured a 45 would be more prone to warping or something if it had a little hole. It seems to me that all kids records were on 45s, and that there were sturdy little record players just for kids & their 45s.
This 1960 vintage ad for a sun lamp shows a mom frying her baby.
This ad shows how an uptight dad stopped beating his child after switching to decaffeinated Sanka.
A special one for our Canadian friends.
Mama, please DO NOT give your baby another glass, it's root beer!
If the headline and image don't convince you to buy your tot a gun, perhaps the copy will: "Every live, healthy boy wants a 'King' AirRifle. It's boy nature to want a gun; to want to get out in the fields and woods, nearest to nature, and enjoy youthful life to its fullest extent. Get your boy a 'King' Air Rifle. It will mean health and boyish happiness -- and steady nerves, keener eyesight and well-developed powers of observation."
Wow, this thread is bringing back memories. I remember so many of these things. I had a Fury with push button transmission just like imec's picture. I miss that car. :-(
The way I understand it is that the reason 45's have the big hole is that it makes them easier for jukeboxes to play. (But I don't know why it would be different in the UK. Were there fewer jukeboxes?)
I also remember that we would put pennies on the stylus to weigh it down if the record skipped.
Also, how about the records that were made of cardboard that you could just cut off of cereal boxes?
And candy cigarettes. I remember two kinds -- the ones that were bubble gum and the ones that were hard candy and had powdered sugar under the paper so you could blow on it and it looked like you were smoking.
Also, I am very embarrassed to admit it but I remember that us kids would say some terrible things in our play. Like "eeny meeny miney mo, catch a ni**er by the toe, if he hollers let him go, eeny meeny miney mo". And we'd play a game where everybody'd pile up on someone. It was called "ni**er pile". And I really wasn't brought up racist or anything. It was just the words the kids used. (I did stop when I started thinking about it.)
Hopefully kids don't say things like that anymore in their play.
That's weird -- I don't remember those cut-out records at all.
I do remember candy lipstick and candy cigarettes, also wax lips, which I think are still around.
Livaco, until I was a fairly big kid, I thought the rhyme went "catch a tiger by the toe". That's how our mom taught it to us.
Does anyone remember the little hard plastic dogs that smoked cigarettes? You put a tiny rolled up piece of paper in the dogs mouth & lit it (!) and the pup puffed away. Another thing that I remember from when I was really little, maybe four or five, was a plastic parakeet with rotating suction cup "feet". You wound it up and it walked up the wall.
No one has mentioned the x-ray machines in shoe stores, or how dentists would give you a little vial of mercury to play with. Ah, the good old days.
Yeah, bixa, my mom always pronounced it Woolzwerths, but, of course, she also got her paint from Sherman Williams and her make-up from Esther Lauder.
We had two "dime stores" right next to each other in the little burg I called "town" when I was a tweenager. I would get all dressed up in a dress and hose to go to town to shop and those horrible garter belts to hold up the nylons, but all they did was squash my thighs up together, causing terrible chafing on a hot summer's day from the sweat. I can actually remember the pain from my fat little thighs rubbing together and having to walk with my knees bent outward, like an ole cowpoke!!!! Often, when I finally got home, I would discover that my thights were bleeding!! OMG!
casimira - well i remember swimming caps, as we had to wear them for our school's swimming lessons.
iain - until recently i owned a bike with three gears. and i remember even bikes with *gasp* no gears! now i have a normal bike with many gears though, finally.
i think we just had chocolate cigarrettes rather than chewing gum or candy ones... but we had many other candy that isn't common these days, though i am sure it still exists... like pfefferminzkissen (peppermint pillows)...
I had a lovely three-speed bicycle that was stolen a couple of years ago. I was very sad. It was a CCM Sunsport, a beautiful copper colour. Had scarcely been used - I bought it from an elderly couple - the wife couldn't cycle even on a slow bicycle like that any more. It cost me $25 Canadian, and worked fine - obviously, I spent a lot more than that on upkeep for it while I had it.
My current bicycle is a Raleigh Sprite - now a 6-speed, though it may have originally been a 5-speed. I don't need any more speeds than that, even to climb our little hills and our so-called "mountain", because I had to have the plateau changed and have one with a "super low" speed, which is kind to my arthritic knee, meaning I take hills "en moulinant" (pedalling fast) rather than forcing my knees.
Rikita, do you live in a hilly or mountainous region? Sure, I know Germany extends from the flat northern plains to the Alps, and there are other hilly areas.
I detest mountain bikes unless one is actually cycling in mountains. There is a big return to more urban cycle styles, with mudguards (fenders) and a posture more adapted for town riding. www.amsterdamize.comwww.copenhagencyclechic.com
Lagatta, I ride an old ,probably circa early,mid 1960's Raleigh 3 speed. Not great for long distance as you said but perfectly suitable for around town. It's pretty flat here,it's all I need. Good old Sturmy Archer gears,will last forever. My husband had one almost identical to which we just gave away to the young man who works for us and is pretty much family.(Mr.C did not forsee using it anymore and it was just sitting up).