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"THE GOOD OL' DAYS"

Good old days.

For those of you still left, you might recall the “good ol' days” and can tell our young people what the “good ol' days” were like from actual experience. They weren't the 1910s for most of us but the 1920s.

 

Therefore, some of you grew up during the Coolidge and Hoover administrations.


 

At that time most people were very much aware of the horse and wagon on a daily basis. . Ford's were just beginning to make their presence. They had to be cranked with a big metal crank and didn't start with the push of a button as cars do today.


 

In the good ol' days the ice man, who often announced himself on top of his seat on the ice wagon, “ice man” would bring a 50 lbs block of ice, dripping on his back over a rubber-like pad on his shoulder.


 

He used what were called ice tongs to place it in the ice compartment, the upper element of the ice box and the ice would last for almost for two days in the summer, keeping food slightly cooler than in the kitchen. That much ice cost 15 cents.


 

There was a pan large enough to catch the dripping water under the ice box to gather a day's water and had to be emptied everyday otherwise there would be water all over the kitchen floor.


 

I don't know if anyone remembers indoor gas lights, but some old light fixtures in some of the older houses still contained combined gas and electric light fixtures as electricity failed so often.


 

The fish man sold fish from his horse and wagon, announcing, “fish, fish.” Then there was the junk man with his horse and wagon, “rags, rags, junk man, junk man.”


 

In those good ol' days we didn't have unemployment insurance. Most people didn't know what insurance was but they knew what the poor house was and that people went to the old people's home to die.


 

The doctor made house calls. One seldom went to his office. He charged $15 for the removal of an appendix. I don't know what a tonsillectomy cost. The sisters in charge of hospitals never got salaries. 


 

These are some of the romantic examples of the good ol' days. They must have even been 'gooder' the decades before. Oh! Yes, I remember that once in awhile in grade school the election signs went up. Not many adults seemed to show up but what was that all about?


 

Kids didn't much worry about what government was all about then and they don't seem to now.   That hasn't changed.  I don't recall any basement backups, do any of you?


 

There you have it.  Good day and good luck and Lenny don't work too hard today, its Sunday.

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