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The History of Christmas Lights

We can all relate to this History of Christmas Lights. 

The custom of Christmas lights goes back to the use of candles to decorate the Christmas tree in Christian homes in early modern Germany. Christmas trees displayed publicly and illuminated with electric lights became popular in the early 20th century. By the mid-20th century, it became customary to display strings of electric lights along streets and on buildings.

In the United States, it became popular to outline private homes with such Christmas lights in tract housing beginning in the 1960s. By the late 20th century, the custom had also been adopted in non-western regions, notably in Japan and Hong Kong. (Source)

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Pre-filled Christmas Stockings – 1975

What’s behind the custom of hanging Christmas stockings on the fireplace?

According to Wikipedia:

While there are no written records of the origin of the Christmas Stocking, there are popular legends that attempt to tell the history of this Christmas tradition. One such legend has several variations, but the following is a good example:

Very long ago, there lived a poor man and his three very beautiful daughters. He had no money to get his daughters married, and he was worried what would happen to them after his death. Saint Nicholas was passing through when he heard the villagers talking about the girls. St. Nicholas wanted to help, but knew that the old man wouldn’t accept charity. He decided to help in secret. After dark he threw three bags of gold through an open window, one landed in a stocking. When the girls and their father woke up the next morning they found the bags of gold and were, of course, overjoyed. The girls were able to get married and live happily ever after.
Other versions of the story say that Saint Nicholas threw the three bags of gold directly into the stockings which were hung by the fireplace to dry.

This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas.

According to the Smithonian:

As far back as 1823, when Clement Clarke Moore (or possibly Henry Livingston Jr.) wrote “A Visit From Saint Nicholas,” stockings were hung near the fireplace, awaiting a visit from Santa Claus. At the end of the poem, St. Nick “fill’d all the stockings; then turn’d with a jerk,/And laying his finger aside of his nose/And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.”

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I remember getting one of these for Christmas.

Christmas Stockings are an important part of Christmas traditions!

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Throwback Thursday – Your Own Computer System

Remember when you could have your own Computer System… at home!

Well, you have to remember this computer system and the entertainment it provided to the household.

Oh yes, the Atari Computer System that hooks up to your very own TV.

Many a family bought these, and it was the “way back when” version of the PlayStation system currently on the market.

 

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The original Atari, Inc. founded in 1972 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney was a pioneer in arcade games, home video game consoles, and home computers. The company’s products, such as Pong and the Atari 2600, helped define the electronic entertainment industry from the 1970s to the mid-1980s.

As of 2004, there were 30 million of these units sold. The media used was ROM cartridge & tape.

 

 

 

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1967 Pontiac GTO – A Great Classic Car

The 1967 Pontiac GTO was a great classic. 

Found at numerous classic car auctions, it is a favorite car to bring back to life!

The Convertible was a favorite to drive.

 

Pontiac GTO

Baby Boomers and those Over 50 love to reminisce

about the cars of their youth!

 

The Pontiac GTO was built by Pontiac from 1964 to 1974.

The first generation GTO was a muscle car of the 1960s and 1970s era. Although there were earlier muscle cars, the Pontiac GTO is considered by some to have started the trend with all four domestic automakers offering a variety of competing models.

From 1964 and 1965 Tempest had the GTO option. In 1966 the GTO became its own model until 1972. In 1973 GTO became an option again but for the Le Mans. In 1974 GTO then became an option on the Ventura.

The GTO underwent a few styling changes in 1967. The louver-covered tail lights were replaced with eight tail lights, four on each side. Rally II wheels with colored lug nuts were also available in 1967. The GTO emblems located on the rear part of the fenders were moved to the chrome rocker panels. Also, the grill was changed from a purely split grill, to one that shared some chrome.

The 1967 GTO came in three body styles:

  • Hardtop – 65,176 produced
  • Convertible – 9,517 produced
  • Sports coupe – 7,029 produced

Since the 1967 model year required new safety equipment, a new energy-absorbing steering column was accompanied by an energy-absorbing steering wheel, padded instrument panel, non-protruding control knobs, and four-way emergency flashers. A shoulder belt option was also featured, and the brake master cylinder was now a dual reservoir unit with a backup hydraulic circuit.

GTO sales for 1967 totaled 81,722.

The GTO was selected Motor Trend Car of the Year in 1968.

The GTO model was revived from 2004 to 2006 model years.

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Top 10 Songs that Defined the Boomer Generation

We all have personal taste when it comes to music, and usually that taste stems from our childhood experiences and memories.  The baby boomer generation is blessed with some pretty iconic musicians and artists that helped shape and mold the music industry and still inspires artists today.

This list below is a small snippet of some old time favorites, but there’s no doubt they’re some of the most defining songs of our generation. We’ve included videos with the titles so you can listen and take a fun walk down Memory Lane! We would love to hear your favorites in the comments below!

The Boomer Generation Top 10:

1. Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan (1965)

 

2. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Rolling Stones (1965)

 

3. Dancing in the Street – Martha and the Vandellas (1964)

 

4. I Want to Hold Your Hand – The Beatles (1963)

 

5. The Twist – Chubby Checker (1960)

 

6. What’d I Say – Ray Charles (1959)

 

7.  Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry (1958)

 

8.  At the Hop – Danny and the Juniors (1957-58)

 

9.  That’ll Be The Day – Buddy Holly and the Crickets (1957)

 

10. Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley (1957)

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Wrigleys Vintage Chewing Gum Vending Machine

Do you remember when you could buy chewing gum from a machine for 5 cents? Well, this chewing gum vending machine is an antique!

The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, known as the Wrigley Company, is an American food company founded in 1891 by William Wrigley Jr. It is based in the Global Innovation Center (GIC) in Goose Island, Chicago, Illinois. The company is now owned by Mars, Incorporated. It is currently the largest manufacturer and marketer of chewing gum in the world.

In 1892, Wrigley Jr. began packaging chewing gum with each can of baking powder. The chewing gum eventually became more popular than the baking powder; thus, Wrigley’s reoriented the company to produce the gum.

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Wrigley’s Chewing Gum Vending Machine was produced by Kayem Products Co., Inc. in 1947.

Kayem Products Co., Inc. released 3 different machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1940.

Other machines made by Kayem Products Co., Inc. during the time period Wrigley’s Chewing Gum was produced include Beech-Nut Chewing Gum, and Reed’s Aspirin.

Today, the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company is a global organization with operations in more than 50 nations. They distribute products to more than 180 countries. Its heritage is filled with stories of leadership, innovation, and integrity. Its origins begin over a century ago when a Chicago businessman decided to offer his customers a little “something for nothing. And, that was a stick of gum!!

Wrigleys Chewing Gum Vending Machine – A memory from the past!

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Abandoned Cars Graveyard

This abandoned car graveyard in Chatillon, Belgium might be called an abandoned traffic jam from World War II or at least that is what some people are saying!

Dozens of abandoned vintage cars have deteriorated over a span of nearly 70 years. Where did they come from and why were they abandoned?

The most popular theory is these cars were abandoned by US soldiers stationed near Chatillon in WWII. Since it was expensive to ship cars back to The States, they were abandoned in the serene Belgium forest.

Besides the normal natural deterioration, the cars have also been looted/salvaged.

It is believed that other cars were added to the abandoned car graveyard over the years.

This has turned into a tourist attraction for many photographers and adventurers.

Where do you think all the abandoned cars came from?

Do you believe the theory that US troops left their cars behind in hopes of returning for them at a later date?

The mystery of the abandoned cars…

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Throwback Thursday Unique Racer Pedal Car

Throwback Thursday, again… we found a unique Racer Pedal Car that looks like a 1930’s / 40’s racer.

Pedal cars for children first appeared in the late 1880s, when Karl Benz introduced his three-wheel Patent Motorwagen for adults. By the early 1900s, pedal cars were widespread in the United States, England, France, and Australia.

One of the first companies to make three-wheel velocipedes for children was Whitney Reed. Because automobiles are the main type of pedal toy sought by collectors, pedal toys like the early Whitney Reeds can be surprisingly easy to acquire.

 

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The heyday for pedal cars in the United States occurred between the World Wars. For example, pedal cars were fixtures in Sears catalogs. Unfortunately, the pedal cars were only sent to customers who lived near railroad tracks because mailing a steel car, even a small one, was simply not possible.

Other companies that made pedal cars in the ’20s and ’30s included American National Automobiles of Toledo and Steelcraft of Murray.  Both of these companies were based in Ohio.

Among other products, Steelcraft made GMC pedal trucks. They also made Mack dumptrucks, Model T Roadsters, Dodge Runabouts, and a Chrysler Roadste. The  which had bullet-shaped headlights and rubber tires. Steelcraft’s Chrysler was 50-inches long and could be yours for only $31.50.

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Colorado Drive-In Movie Theaters

Most of us can remember going to the drive in movie theaters when we were younger. Memories of piling into the back of the car, bringing blankets and snacks, and enjoying warm summer evenings with family and friends. It was one of the very good things about growing up!

The drive-in’s peak popularity came in the late 1950s and early 1960s, particularly in rural areas, with some 4,000 drive-ins spread across the United States.

Although many drive-in theaters have succumbed to large and fancy indoor theaters, thankfully there are still some around the state of Colorado that are alive and kicking! So grab some loved ones and head out to some of the drive-in’s listed below for some good ol’ fashioned nostalgia! Click on the theater name for more info!

 

88 Drive-In Theater

8780 Rosemary St, Commerce City, CO 80022

Mesa Drive-In

2625 Santa Fe Dr, Pueblo, CO 81006
1001 CO-92, Delta, CO 81416
2206 S Overland Trail, Fort Collins, CO 80526
600 E Miami Rd, Montrose, CO 81401
451 E 58th Ave, Denver, CO 80216

 

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Classic Station Wagons

The Classic Station Wagons were a craze that sort of turned into the SUV and Crossover Vehicle’s today. 

These photos take you back to the day when your dad was looking for the family wagon – car.

There are 5, according to this article, that are really nice cars. Oh well, whatever your taste is… that is what counts.

Richard Nixon was president when the last really cool one was built in America.

These certainly weren’t all “mom mobiles” for the pre-minivan generation!

1) 1955-57 Chevrolet Nomad

The iconic Tri-Five Chevy, built from 1955-1957, was likely the post-war high-water mark for Chevrolet.

2) 1959 Pontiac Safari

This is the model year in which tail fins reached their absurd apex. The ’59 Safari actually had two sets of fins.

3) 1964-65 Chevrolet Chevelle

Two-door wagons are totally impractical to the point of defeating the purpose of having a wagon in the first place, but they look cool.

4) 1968-72 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser

The Olds gets the nod in terms of cool, simply because we love the glass roof and GM’s spot-on styling work.

5) 1971-73 Volvo 1800ES

The P1800 coupe was gorgeous, and for a few brief model years, it was available as a very pretty two-door sports wagon.

 

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