Recently, I found a few forums on Facebook devoted to Baby Boomers. They take me back to simplier times, when cell phones and texting didn’t dominate the day. It’s refreshing to see I’m not alone in my quest for nostalgic comfort.
Especially intriguing are these odd items from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Our cupboards were filled with stuff that eventually became obsolete over time, but back in the day, these items dominated every household.
Who remembers Mercurochrome? Widely used as a general antiseptic, did you know that it was originally introduced to the medical profession as a urinary antiseptic? Gives new meaning to the term “piss off” doesn’t it?
How about those S&H Green Stamps? According to Wikipedia, S&H Green Stamps (also called Green Shield Stamps) were trading stamps popular in the United States from the 1930s until the late 1980s. Our family also collected Blue Chip Stamps. In fact, I think we may have redeemed several books to buy a toaster.
What about Silly Putty? It was originally created by accident while doing research into potential rubber substitutes for use by the United States in World War II. Sounds like something Superman would have liked. I used to roll it up in a ball and bounce it all over the house. I think our dog got it once, and vomited all over the living room. So much for our Silly Putty.
What other items do you remember, and how did you use them?