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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby MrsWWoof » January 12th, 2016, 7:33 pm

Those lace doilies with beads around the edge to cover jugs of cold drinks in the summer to stop flies getting in.

I've got some lovely ones and still use them.
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby Pepper Pig » January 12th, 2016, 7:42 pm

I'd forgotten about them! Very classy. 8-)
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby Ratatouille » January 12th, 2016, 7:50 pm

Sorry very late to this party - busy day

Wooden clothes pulley - yes we had one at home and here until we changed the kitchen.

Hairdryer with hood - yes I had one but for the life of me can't remeber when and can't find any picture of one on Google.

Dressy dolls, of course you can still get them, They would keep me amused for hours. magisc painting books i hated, I would much rather have had a plain piece of peper and some paints,

i had a tin toy stove which worked with meths - I didn't like it because i knew you could never cook anything in it and I, by that time, was allowed, with supervision, to use the oven.

We had both tilly lamps and oil lamps (Victorian style) for most of the time we were in the Bahamas - they were smelly.
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby Herbidacious » January 12th, 2016, 7:56 pm

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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby uschi » January 12th, 2016, 7:58 pm

I haven't seen children play "Gummitwist" in ages. A long loop of elastic band was placed around the ankles of two children and a third jumped around in that. As the game progressed the band was placed higher up the legs, up to the waist, shoulders and so on, and the jumps grew higher.

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But as of last year it's made a come-back.
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby Herbidacious » January 12th, 2016, 8:06 pm

Ah yes, Cat's cradle too - the hand version?! (sort of.)

For a moment, there, I had visions of gummitwist involved stretching out gummibears... Gummitiwst must be a 20th century thing? (goes off to google the history of rubber bands...)

I wonder if they still skip in playgrounds. You know a long rope with lots of children. It was all the rage when i was about 8. Not spotted it in the school where I volunteer. Probably to dangerous...
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby Pepper Pig » January 12th, 2016, 8:27 pm

Uschi, we called that American skipping!
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby aero280 » January 12th, 2016, 9:48 pm

Anyone still use a Chicken Brick?
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby spotteddick » January 12th, 2016, 10:11 pm

I still use my Römertopf (great for baked potatoes)
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby uschi » January 12th, 2016, 10:37 pm

PP, thank you. I had only found this. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_jump_rope
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby Amber » January 13th, 2016, 12:21 am

We called it 'elastics' or 'French skipping'.

Can anyone else do Double Dutch skipping? I used to be able to, but I'm not sure I could now.. :shock: :) :D :D
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby MrsWWoof » January 13th, 2016, 6:08 am

Anybody still use a Rumptof (sp?) to layer soft fruits with sugar and alcohol to enjoy boozy fruits and a fruity liqueur at Christmas?
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby Seatallan » January 13th, 2016, 8:37 am

They dance up & down Broad Street in Reading fairly frequently too. :D
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby suffolk » January 13th, 2016, 8:51 am

We called it French Skipping too - I was rubbish at it but I was good at standing still with the 'lastic' round my legs :rolleyes: .
We used lots and lots of rubber bands joined together.
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby Ratatouille » January 13th, 2016, 8:55 am

aero280 wrote:Anyone still use a Chicken Brick?


Yes! Makes perfect chicken with 40 cloves of garlic :hungry: :hungry:

I wonder if anyone still has one of these? My father won one as a leek show prize and gave it to me when I got my first flat in Reading in '63
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Teri I find the beaded jug toppers invaluable in the summer months. Theey are both pretty and practical aren't they?
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby Seatallan » January 13th, 2016, 8:59 am

suffolk wrote:We called it French Skipping too - I was rubbish at it but I was good at standing still with the 'lastic' round my legs . We used lots and lots of rubber bands joined together.


Oh I loved French Skipping! I used to practice at home with the elastic around chair legs. I can even still remember some of the skipping rhymes :D
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby Seatallan » January 13th, 2016, 9:02 am

...And macramé! Does anyone still make macramé owls and pot-holders? :D
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby earthmaiden » January 13th, 2016, 9:10 am

Someone posted this on Facebook yesterday ...! Cherryade ...mmmmm!
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby aero280 » January 13th, 2016, 10:05 am

Where's the Dandelion & Burdock? :)

I remember when Corona changed to those screw top bottles. Before that they had the ceramic stopper with the rubber seal and over-centre wire latch.
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby StokeySue » January 13th, 2016, 10:28 am

Chinchilla_lady wrote:I used to collect Bunty dolls every week, trouble was each week the outfits 'fitted' a different pose of cut out doll, and I couldnt be bothered to cut out the dollies every week, now I spend a lot of time cutting out paper shapes, how times change :lol:


Ah it was Bunty was it, I get Bunty and Judy mixed up

I had Princess :tutu:
And Robin before that, and Petticoat after, the main editorial was written by Janet Street Porter (who wrote very well for adolescents, simple but without ever talking down to us)
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby Pepper Pig » January 13th, 2016, 7:40 pm

Adult bikes that had either black square metal seats on the back or tiny saddles halfway alongthe crossbar for children. I was a crossbar kid. I loved it!

Am guessing you could still do that today but Health and Safety would have a fit!
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby Pepper Pig » January 25th, 2018, 5:01 pm

Just watching Antiques Roadtrip and realised I haven’t seen a Henri Winterman’s cigar box for a very long time.
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby suffolk » January 25th, 2018, 6:38 pm

Pepper Pig wrote:Uschi, we called that American skipping!


We called it French Skipping :lol:

What about those little toy pianos? Haven't seen one in years ... loved the plinky plonky sound they made :D
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby StokeySue » January 25th, 2018, 7:16 pm

There's a reason you don't see the little seats on the back of adult bikes any more (or possibly two)
First they were made, like everything for children in the fifties, from finger shredding metal strips
But more importantly the tot's feet used to slip off the rudimentary foot rests and get tangled in the spokes of the back wheel, I was at uni with someone who'd had quite significant surgeryto restore a mashed foot and I think I've met another
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby Hope » January 26th, 2018, 7:47 am

I hvae some Antimacassars! My mum still uses hers. I have some that were my Gran's and use one of them on the wing-back chair in our bedroom.
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby Pepper Pig » January 26th, 2018, 12:30 pm

One of the old girls at the pool this morning was lamenting the demise of the Singer Sewing Machine Shops. :o :o
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby Gruney » January 26th, 2018, 7:43 pm

Eucryl tooth powder. It's probably stil available somewhere, but nowhere I frequent.
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby StokeySue » January 26th, 2018, 8:22 pm

Gruney wrote:Eucryl tooth powder. It's probably stil available somewhere, but nowhere I frequent.

Noticed it in Savers the other day, and Google suggests that Superdrug stocks it
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Postby Gruney » January 26th, 2018, 8:42 pm

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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby Ratatouille » January 27th, 2018, 7:40 pm

Beat this! When emptying the final box from next door i came across my dad's crystal wireless set, complete with crystal and a pair of headphones with fabric covered cables. We plan to try to get them working very soon!! I know it is pre war by a long way!
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby StokeySue » January 28th, 2018, 12:09 pm

Nice Ratatouille!
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby earthmaiden » January 28th, 2018, 12:35 pm

Wow - what a find!

I was watching Mary Berry yesterday as she whizzed up a cake mixture with an electric hand whisk. All the TV chefs seem to use electric mixers for everything, I wonder if younger generations think that they are a necessary item to be able to cook anything?
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby Seatallan » January 28th, 2018, 6:46 pm

suffolk wrote:We called it French Skipping :lol:


Loved French Skipping! I became quite good at it. :D
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby uschi » January 29th, 2018, 7:03 am

Seatallan wrote:
suffolk wrote:We called it French Skipping :lol:


Loved French Skipping! I became quite good at it. :D

Oops! Haven't checked this thread in ages!

Thanks for all your answers!!

It was called "Gummitwist" (elastics twist) here. My friends loved it and we played endless rounds of it, but I wasn't the keenest fan of the game.
Still, I gave the little girls in our house fancy new sets. Where we asked our mothers for knickers elastics today you get shiny, robust elastic ropes in great colours. I still have a pale purple and a turquoise one lying around.
Just to make sure I also added a printout with the destructions. ;)
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby Pepper Pig » February 4th, 2018, 8:06 pm

Whitsun. (Just watching Call the Midwife). It’s not the same as Spring Bank Holiday. :evil: :evil: :evil:
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby scullion » February 4th, 2018, 9:56 pm

Pepper Pig wrote:One of the old girls at the pool this morning was lamenting the demise of the Singer Sewing Machine Shops. :o :o


maybe she hasn't been looking hard enough, i think they're still around - there's a singer sewing centre in truro.
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby StokeySue » February 4th, 2018, 11:04 pm

There are alot less sewing machine shops round here than there used to be - there used to be one in Stokey, one in Islington, and one near my office in Uxbridge, all independent, all gone, though I just Googled and there's one in Bethnal Green
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby Ratatouille » February 5th, 2018, 10:27 am

Pepper Pig wrote:Whitsun. (Just watching Call the Midwife). It’s not the same as Spring Bank Holiday. :evil: :evil: :evil:


It replaced Whit Monday I think because Whit is a moveale date depending on Easter and the powers that be deicded to fix the date.

In France they do all three. May Day, Liberation Day and Pentecote - this year they are all within a week so very big ponts will be made - ie when people take a "bridging day holiday" between public holidays and weekends - The French are gold medal winners at this.
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby scullion » February 5th, 2018, 10:42 am

StokeySue wrote:There are alot less sewing machine shops round here than there used to be

We're lucky, we have a really good sewing centre in redruth. The chap who runs (owns?) and does the repairs is really helpful, they run quilting/sewing etc classes and have a cafe area. They even had the right drive belt to mend a stone tumbler last year.
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby suffolk » February 5th, 2018, 11:14 am

Pork chops with a slice of kidney attached.
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby Pepper Pig » February 5th, 2018, 12:16 pm

Oh yes Suffs. Such a treat.
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby Seatallan » February 5th, 2018, 1:19 pm

Thirded! Mr S was reminiscing about that only the other day. :chops:
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby Amber » February 5th, 2018, 9:48 pm

suffolk wrote:Pork chops with a slice of kidney attached.


Ooh! Wow! Yum! :D
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby earthmaiden » February 6th, 2018, 10:28 am

Coloured loo paper just appeared on a 'remember when' kind of site on Facebook. It showed a multitude of colors - we all bought it to match the bathroom suite (didn't we!). I hadn't realised it wasn't around any more - but now it has been mentioned I don't think there is much apart from white nowadays, but I guess it might be hard to find an avocado bathroom suite too :lol:
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby TeresaFoodie » February 6th, 2018, 10:43 am

Talking about loo roll (I only like white for some reason but used to colour coordinate at one point!) didn't everyone use to have those dust collecting crocheted doll covers with plastic heads? They were everywhere! There was always one on the back of the toilet in my mum and my grandparent's houses. I think I might even have had one in my early home maker days, along with the matching toilet paper! :shock:
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby suffolk » February 6th, 2018, 10:49 am

I remember the family who lived at the village post office always having pink three ply scented soft loo paper in their outside privy (their only 'facility') ... whereas we at the farmhouse had Bronco :shock: in our indoor loo ... I was never sure which family had its priorities sorted out ... :lol:
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby Chinchilla_lady » February 6th, 2018, 12:18 pm

We had Bronco too, ( in the flat pack) my childhood was awful.. I was the only girl in the class who couldnt bring an empty toilet roll in to art class. We had to beg one from a neighbour. Oh the shame of it :oops: And the humiliation when my little girlie friends came to tea... :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby suffolk » February 6th, 2018, 12:27 pm

I used to go and play with the girls at the post office just so I could use their loo ........ sometimes I took a pocketful of their loo paper home. :oops:
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Re: Things you don't see any more

Postby TeresaFoodie » February 6th, 2018, 12:32 pm

I had to Google Bronco, apparently 'for the bigger wipe' :lol:

http://broughttolife.sciencemuseum.org. ... ay?id=1790

I remember those horrible leaves of tracing paper stuff, layered in cardboard boxes in dispensers at school! Not exactly the best way of cleaning up after yourself! It just moved things around! :lol:
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Postby Ratatouille » February 6th, 2018, 1:08 pm

It was izal wasn't it? It smelt awful too - along with the Wright's Coal Tar or Lifebouy soap :scared: Still it was marginally better than the squares of newspaper on a nail in my gardnparents' outside netty which was whitewashed twice a year!
We always used to bring "civilised" loo paper to France when we first started visiting. One was usually provided with something that was like brown crepe paper made all the worse by the Style Arabe toilets - ie holes in the floor.

When we bought our first house in the UK after coming back we proudly installed a, then beautiful, avocado bathroom suite. We felt we had arrived!
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