Thursday, July 26, 2012


Remember when the milkman and the breadman would go door to door selling their wares. I do because I was a breadman. In 1964 when I was 12 years old I would help Bob Myles (and later John Hartwick, 2 terrific fellows) every Saturday on their bread route. I wore a "pouch" around my waist to collect money for whatever the customers would purchase.We would fill up our "basket"(2 feet by three feet with a handle) and carry it to the door of the home. Boy, that was heavy work for a kid back then but I was sure glad to get my $1.50 at the end of the day and maybe a "twofor" for myself and a choice of a nearly stale loaf that would be thrown out that day, for my family. We would then knock on the door and shout  "baker" to announce that we were there. I shouted "baker" so much in those years that it started to sound like "beggar". We sold breads of all sorts and sizes, dinner rolls, pastries, butter tarts,eccles bars, cinnamon rolls and what we called "twofors". They were little packets of 2 butter tarts, 2 cupcakes or 2 of any snack for 10 cents. Some people would put signs in their windows saying,TOASTMASTER the name of the bread company (which meant they wanted bread or something) or a sign saying NO BREAD, to save us stopping. A lot of times we would check the milkbox (remember those?) for a note as to what to leave and we would mark in the "book" how much they owed us when we came to collect at the end of the week . I learned math real quick. The milk man had his hands full also. He too used the milkbox for messages so he would know what to leave. The wooden,5 inch by 5 inch adjustable order plaque is what some customers would use. I snatched this out a rummage sale and it brought back GOOD memories. Enjoy

Trivia:  Storage unit? You can fit 600,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 atoms in a thimble.

Did You Know?  Hawaiians once used coconut husks as toilet paper. OUCH!!!

Friday, July 20, 2012

J.F.K. flicker ring,President John Fitzgerald Kennedy dime store or gumball machine flicker ring 1962

This is a flicker ring featuring a picture of John F. Kennedy and the American flag. Kids loved these in the early 1960's. I still do. He was the 35th president and the youngest at 43 to be elected into office. He is most commonly known by just his initials, JFK. I still remember the day(November 22nd ,1963) when he was assassinated by Lee Harvry Oswald. They let us out of school early so I knew this man must be important. Over the years I see him as a man that did not back down from other oppressive regimes or countries. He had balls. It would be nice to see other leaders in the free world take after him. That is my opinion and I'm stickin' to it.

Trivia:  Question: What do your coccyx(tail bone) and your appendix have in common.
            Answer:  Nobody knows what they're for.

Did You Know? A 54 year old man from Fort Worth, Texas, died on December 29, 2008, from complications of a gunshot wound he had sustained 35 years earlier.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Another silly creation from the 1960's. They are still cute and bring back fond memories of that time in my life.

Trivia: On average, men spend 45 seconds in a public restroom stall. Women typically spend 80.

Did You Know?   In Switzerland, it is illegal to flush a toilet or pee standing up after 10 p.m. ( I bet that's a crappy rule to enforce)