Dare to Remember When

Girls looked so fashionable in their school uniforms

School Uniforms

It took five minutes for the TV to warm up

Maybe you can even remember BEFORE there WAS any TV!

Old TV

Nearly everyone's Mum was at home when the kids got home from school

Family meal

Nobody owned a thoroughbred dog


You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny


Your Mother (or maybe even you) wore Nylons that came in two pieces

Nylon Stockings

You got your windscreen cleaned, oil checked, and petrol served, without asking, all for free, every time.

Petrol Station

It was considered a great privilege and a thrill to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents

Dinner on a Plate

They threatened to keep children back a year if they failed...And they did it!

School Room

When a Ford Zephyr was everyone's dream car...

And people went steady

Ford Zephyr

No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked

Car Keys

Playing cricket with no adults to help the children with the rules of the game

Kids Playing in the Street

Bottles came from the corner shop without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger


And with all our progress, don't you wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savour the slower pace, and share it with the children of today.

Family Living

When being sent to the head's study was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home


Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.

Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat!

But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.

As well as summers filled with bike rides, rounders , Hula Hoops, and visits to the pool, and eating sherbet with liquorice sticks.

Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, 'Yes, I remember that'?

Hula Hoop

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Can you still remember the Lone Ranger and Sgt Bilko?

Lone Ranger

How Many of These Do You Remember?

Coca Cola in bottles.

Coca Cola Bottle

Home milk delivery in glass bottles with tinfoil tops.


Of course, some of us can remember even before the milk came in glass bottles - straight from the Dairy and into our waiting jug.

Hi-Fi Pick-Ups on which we played 45 RPM & 78 RPM records

Record Players

Adding Machines?

Adding Machine

Do You Remember a Time When ...

Decisions were made by going 'eeny-meeny-miney-moe'?

'Race issue' meant arguing about who ran the fastest?

Catching tiddlers could happily occupy an entire day?

and It wasn't odd to have two or three 'Best Friends'

The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was 'chickenpox'?

Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a catapult or shanghai?

War was a card game.

Cigarette cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?

Taking drugs meant orange-flavoured chewable aspirin? ...

and Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?

If you can remember most or all of these, Then You Have Lived!!!

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