Day Brightener – Another “I’m Older Than Dirt” Retrospective


My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother’s house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to ‘sprinkle’ clothes with because we didn’t have steam irons. Man, I am old.

How many do you remember?

  • Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.
  • Ignition switches on the dashboard.
  • Starter on the floorboard.
  • Only one brake light on the left rear.
  • Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
  • Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
  • Using hand signals for cars without turn signals .

Older Than Dirt Quiz:
Count all the ones that you remember, NOT the ones you were told about. Ratings at the bottom.

  1. Candy cigarettes.
  2. Coffee shops with tableside juke boxes
  3. Home milk delivery in glass bottles
  4. Party lines on the telephones
  5. Newsreels before the movie
  6. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels. If you had a TV!!
  7. Pea-shooters
  8. Howdy Doody
  9. 45 RPM records
  10. 8 rpm records
  11. Hi-fi records 33 1/3 rpm
  12. Metal ice trays with lever
  13. Blue flashbulb
  14. Cork popguns
  15. Studebakers
  16. Wash tub wringers
  17. Little wax bottles with sweet liquid
  18. Aluminum foil on the rabbit ears.

If you remembered 0-3 = You’re still young
If you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older
If you remembered 7-10 = Don’t tell your age, &
If you remembered 11-16     =     You’re older than dirt!!!     THAT’S ME!!!

I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of my life .
Don’t forget to pass this along! Especially to all your really OLD friends

One thought on “Day Brightener – Another “I’m Older Than Dirt” Retrospective

  1. The first 17 apply. Wow. Great memories. I have my parents ice box and remember ice block deliveries. The horseradish man yelling “fresh ground horseradish”

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