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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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Big Chief Tablet

The Big Chief tablet certainly brings back memories of elementary school!

I loved writing on the wide-lined paper. To this day, I prefer wide-ruled paper compared to narrow-ruled.

You can still buy Big Chief Writing Tablets for your children, grand children, nieces and nephews! You might even want to buy one for yourself For Old Times’ Sake!

An interesting fact is that in the 1994 film “Forrest Gump,” Forrest can be seen getting on the bus holding a “Big Chief Tablet” and it also appears in the famous “run Forrest, run” scene.

Another interesting fact about a popular writer: Hugo Award winning Science Fiction Author, Connie Willis writes her books by hand on Big Chief Tablets which she buys in bulk.

Did you know this about the Big Chief Tablet?

  • Big Chief Tablets were made of newsprint paper.
  • The wide-ruled lines is easier for those learning to write.
  • Western Tablet produced the Big Chief and trademarked in 1947.
  • In 1964 Western Tablet was renamed “Westab.”
  • The Big Chief usage peaked in the 1960s but found a new competitor.
  • The spiral notebook became popular in the 60s and began to claim a bigger market share.
  • Big Chief tablet halted production  in 2001.
  • American Trademark Publishing resumed production the Big Chief Writing Tablet in 2012.

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The Game of Cootie

 

Did you ever play the Game of Cootie when you were growing up?

The Game of Cootie is a children’s roll-and-move tabletop game for two to four players.

The object of the game is to be the first to build a three-dimensional bug-like object called a “cootie” from a variety of plastic body parts.

I spent many hours playing it and loved every minute of it!

 

Did you know these interesting facts about the game of Cootie?

1) The Game of Cootie was created by William Schaper and was launched in 1949.

2) It sold millions in its first years.

3) In 1973 Cootie was acquired by Tyco Toys and, in 1986, by Hasbro subsidiary Milton Bradley.

4) In 2003, Cootie was named to the Toy Industry Association’s “Century of Toys List” of the 100 most memorable and most creative toys of the 20th century.

5) Cootie, the plastic bug, has become an icon, and, for some, a symbol for the baby boomer generation.

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The Slinky Toy – Didn’t We All Play With This?

The Slinky Toy

Didn’t we all have one of these?

* The Slinky is a toy that is a precompressed helical spring which was invented by Richard James, a naval engineer, in the early 1940s.

* It was demonstrated at Gimbels department store in Philadelphia in 1945. It became an immediate hit, selling its entire inventory of 400 units in 90 minutes.

* The Slinky was originally priced at $1 and has remained modestly priced throughout its history.

* The Slinky is best known for being able to travel down a flight of stairs end-over-end as it stretches and re-forms itself with the help of gravity and its own momentum.

* The Slinky was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2000.

* Slinky was named to the Toy Industry Association’s “Century of Toys List”. This is a roll call of the 100 most memorable and most creative toys of the twentieth century. That’s quite an honor!!

*It has been estimated that in its first 60 years Slinky has sold 300 million units.

*In 1999, the Slinky postage stamp was issued by the United States Postal Service.

*The rules that govern the mechanics of a slinky are due to Hooke’s law (a principal of physics) and the effects of gravitation.

*Plastic Slinky toys are also available. They were marketed in the 1970s as a safer alternative to metal slinkys. (They did not present a hazard when inserted into electrical sockets!)

*The plastic spring slinky toy, known as the Plastic Slinky was invented by Donald James Reum, Sr. of Master Mark Plastics in Albany, Minnesota.

*Children of all ages enjoy playing with slinkies. Our granddaughters love playing with them on our short flight of stairs going into the lower level of our house. It’s fun to see how many stairs they can “navigate.”

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WKRP in Cincinnati Throwback Thursday

Screenshot 2016-06-21 10.00.01From the www.imdb.com website on the theme of WKRP In Cincinnati:

“Arthur “Big Guy” Carlson tries to run a failing Cincinnati radio station owned by his “tough as nails” mother. His own incompetence is overshadowed by the strange employees that work at the station. From wild Disc Jockeys: Dr. Johnny Fever and Venus Flytrap to the geeky news director, Les Nessman and obnoxious advertising sales manager, Herb Tarlek. 

With the help of saner employees such as Bailey Quarters; the rather shy journalism major; Jennifer Marlowe, the beautiful receptionist who is the very opposite of a stereotypical “Dumb Blonde” and Andy Travis; the studly program director, Carlson tries gimmick after crazy gimmick to bring money into the station and make it a success.”

WKRP premiered September 18, 1978 on the CBS television network, and aired for four seasons and 88 episodes through April 21, 1982. During the third and fourth seasons, CBS repeatedly moved the show around its schedule, contributing to lower ratings and its eventual cancellation.

The ensemble cast consisted of Gary Sandy, Howard Hesseman, Gordon Jump, Loni Anderson, Tim Reid, Jan Smithers, Richard Sanders and Frank Bonner.

I miss this one, it was a great sitcom!

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Remember Pleated Ties?

Pleated Ties, do you remember when they were popular? They certainly had character.

Interesting facts about pleated ties:

1) They were popular in the mid-’50s.

2) By the early ’60s ties became more narrow and would not hold a pleat. So, that was that!

3) These neckties have an art deco look to them.

4) You tie a pleated tie in the smooth part above where the pleats start.

5) Some neck ties had six pleats and others had four. It all depended on the width of the tie.

6) Fabrics used for the ties ranged from brocade to woven rayon with ties today sold in silk fabric.

7) Yes, you can still get neckties with pleats in them today. Some are rather pricey and are high fashion.

 

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Old Watering Can

Remember the old watering can that your parents or grandparents used in the garden? It’s still useful, still works great!

Vintage watering cans make great flower planters and can also be used in a group to really make a statement! They add so much to a garden, flower bed or as decor on the front or back porch. They can even be used inside the house as a unique decorating piece!

The condition of the watering can doesn’t matter…the older it looks, the better it is!

“However many years she lived, Mary always felt that ‘she should never forget that first morning when her garden began to grow’.”  ― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

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And look what else you can do with an old watering can:

 

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And More…this is such a unique and useful way to use a watering can. Doesn’t it just make you want to jump under it and have a nice shower? It could also be used in an outdoor shower!

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Isn’t this attractive?

summer porch:

 

Love this watering can birdhouse!

Water Can Bird House:

 

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