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  • 8¢ Trolley fares
  • 10¢ Coffee
  • 15¢ Double-Dip Ice Cream
  • 25¢ allowances
  • 45 RPM Records
  • 6-12 Spray Repellent
  • Air mail pick-ups at the duPont Airport
  • Air-raid drills in the 40's & 50's & crouching under you desk and in the halls
  • Chinese Gingko Trees and their 'Stink Bomb' seeds
  • Buck-Shoot-Em Road to Wildwood
  • Clyde Beatty & Cole Brothers circus at Price;s Corner
  • Cork Pop Guns
  • Crashing Weddings at Mo Jo's, St. Thomas' & Knights of Columbus Hall
  • Delaware State Hospital Test Siren
  • Dialing '1191' & hanging up would make your phone ring
  • 'Dick & Jane' Books
  • Ditto Copiers with blue ink print
  • Doctors made 'house calls'
  • Father Tucker Blessing Hot Dogs
  • 'Gasoline Wars' - 16¢-17¢/gal.
  • Getting 'Left Back' meant getting left back
  • 'Hardy Boys' books
  • Hula Hoops
  • Kennett & Concord Pikes & Kirkwood Highway with only two traffic lanes
  • Kite Flying
  • Leaving your doors unlocked
  • 'Light' was opposite dark - not 'light food'
  • 'Listening Booth's' in record stores
  • Mechanical Flag Waver at construction sites
  • Metal Ice Cube Trays
  • Mimeograph copiers
  • Motor Vehicle Inspection Lane lines winding through the 'Flats'
  • Movie Newsreels
  • Mustard Plasters
  • 'Nancy Drew' books
  • Non-diet food & drinks
  • Oyster boats docking at 3rd & Church Streets
  • Parking & leaving your car with windows opened & keys in ignition
  • Pay Toilets
  • Peashooters
  • Phone exchanges OLympia, WYman, POrter, ENdicott and SYcomore
  • Playing baseball WITHOUT adult supervision
  • Reel-to-Reel Tape Recorders
  • 'Safety Capless' bottles
  • Savings Stamps
  • Slingshots
  • Smoking at work & in restaurants
  • Sugar rationing Stamps
  • Telephone 'Party Lines'
  • Thanksgiving Day football games
  • The 'ammonia odor' from Diamond Ice & Coal Ice Plant on 11th Street & Bancroft Parkway
  • 'The Flats' Woodlawn Trustees Maintenance Men
  • The odor from the Marcus Hook refineries
  • The Plymouth 'Push Button' transmissions
  • The 'tanning odor' from Amalgamated Leather Co., Front Street & Maryland Avenue
  • Two-way traffic on Market Street
  • 'Ring Worm' Epidemic
  • Veedol Service Stations with 'complete' service
  • We only had one mail zone number: (example) Wilmington 5, Delaware
  • YMCA, 10th & Walnut Streets
  • Your phone number had only 5 numbers and before that - 4 numbers
  • Ice Cream (Dixie) Cups with sports figures under lid


Revised: February 28, 2010