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Tick Tock – The Vintage Alarm Clock!

Thomas Edison once said, “Time is really the only capital that any human being has and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.” The alarm clock woke us, with a loud buzzing or beeping sound, from precious time sleeping to begin our days. Alarm clocks have certainly evolved since they were first introduced.

 

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Did You Know?

  1. The very first alarm clock dates back to the 400’s BC. Plato was said to have owned a water clock, with an unknown signal, that woke him for his early morning lectures. Water clocks were used for many years.
  2. The first clock known to strike once each hour was in Damascus, Syria. It was constructed by an Arab engineer in 1154. Beginning in the 14th century, clock towers in Europe were introduced and capable of chiming on the hour. The most famous clock tower still standing is located in Venice.
  3. Mechanical alarm clocks, set by the user, date back as far as the 15th century. But it wasn’t until the mid-1800’s that a French inventor patented the first adjustable mechanical alarm clock.
  4. In 1942 during World War II production of the alarm clock, like many other goods, ceased so that factories could be used for war work. By 1944 production was resumed for the alarm clock, because many of the clocks that were being used began to fail and men were late for their scheduled shifts for their jobs that were critical to the war effort. Pre-war designs were made as well as new designs.
  5. The first radio alarm clock was introduced in the 1940’s. A clock radio is an alarm clock and an AM/FM radio integrated in one device. They are integrated so that the radio’s sound may be used as an alarm. This allows the sleeper to be awakened by radio music/news or a buzzer sound.
  6. Traditional mechanical alarm clocks have one or two bells that ring by means of a mainspring. This powers a gear to propel a hammer back and forth between the two bells or between the interior sides of a single bell. In some models, the back encasement of the clock itself acts as the bell.
  7. In an electric bell-style alarm clock, the bell is rung by an electromagnetic circuit and armature that turns the circuit on and off repeatedly.

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Do you still have an alarm clock? For many households, alarm clocks have gone by the wayside in favor of Smart phones and other popular devices. Maybe, if you go to grandma and grandpa’s house, you will see one or two vintage alarm clocks!  Source…

A Piece of History – The Alarm Clock!

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Throwback Thursday – Butterfinger Candy Bar

OK…Tell yourself you need to head to the store and get a…Butterfinger Candy Bar.

 

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It’s been around for a long time, now go out and get one!

The Butterfinger candy bar was created in 1923 in Chicago Illinois by Otto Schnering. It is currently manufactured by Nestlé. The bar consists of a flaky, crisp, peanut butter-flavored center covered with compound chocolate.

Related to the Butterfinger candy bar is a small bar with bite-sized pieces of Butterfinger called Butterfinger Bites.

Butterfingers are used in other food items, such as, ice cream and other frozen desserts. If you ‘crunch them up,’ you can use them as sprinkles on a variety of cakes, cookies and pies. Be creative with them!

Some candy bars stand the “test of time” and Butterfinger certainly does that. Ask Baby Boomers and anyone else Over 50 about Butterfingers, and they will know exactly what you’re talking about. No doubt, they will say they like them!

Do you know how popular they are? With 2010 sales of $598 million, Butterfinger has become increasingly popular. It has typically ranked as the eleventh most popular candy bar sold in the $17.68 billion United States chocolate confectionery market between 2007 and 2010.

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Things We No Longer Do Because of Technology

With technology touching every part of our lives, we no longer do simple things like writing ‘thank you’ notes, looking up a phone number in an address book or numerous other activities.

These activities had the essence of simplicity of life, but today we no longer practice them, as technology has invaded our fast-paced lives.

We have chosen a list of activities that many people no longer do on a daily or frequent basis. You may feel these activities have enriched your life or you may feel that you would like to go back to the ‘good ol’ days’!

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 ‘Comment’ below and tell us if you still engage in any of these activities?

  1. Make photo albums
  2. Have a CD collection
  3. Pay bills at the counter
  4. Call the 24-hr operator to know the exact time
  5. Call a theater to get accurate movie show times
  6. Record your favorite programs using a VHS recorder
  7. Preserve paper clippings
  8. Own an encyclopedia
  9. Use public phone booth
  10. Remember to take cash when going out
  11. Gift books
  12. Develop a film for photographs
  13. Play Scrabble
  14. Use telephone landlines
  15. Pay by check
  16. Carry plenty of change
  17. Write ‘Thank You’ notes
  18. Visit a travel agent
  19. Use a telephone directory
  20. Carry a notepad and pen
  21. Carry portable cassette players and cassettes
  22. Check a map before or during a journey
  23. Remember phone numbers
  24. Make mix tapes of your favorite music
  25. Send handwritten letters
  26. Own an analogue radio
  27. Alarm clock
  28. Watch TV shows at the time they are broadcast
  29. Buy flowers from a florist
  30. Buy newspapers
  31. Have a newspaper delivered at your door
  32. Keep printed bills and card statements

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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.

 

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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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