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Pre-filled Christmas Stockings – 1975

What’s behind the custom of hanging Christmas stockings on the fireplace?

According to Wikipedia:

While there are no written records of the origin of the Christmas Stocking, there are popular legends that attempt to tell the history of this Christmas tradition. One such legend has several variations, but the following is a good example:

Very long ago, there lived a poor man and his three very beautiful daughters. He had no money to get his daughters married, and he was worried what would happen to them after his death. Saint Nicholas was passing through when he heard the villagers talking about the girls. St. Nicholas wanted to help, but knew that the old man wouldn’t accept charity. He decided to help in secret. After dark he threw three bags of gold through an open window, one landed in a stocking. When the girls and their father woke up the next morning they found the bags of gold and were, of course, overjoyed. The girls were able to get married and live happily ever after.
Other versions of the story say that Saint Nicholas threw the three bags of gold directly into the stockings which were hung by the fireplace to dry.

This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas.

According to the Smithonian:

As far back as 1823, when Clement Clarke Moore (or possibly Henry Livingston Jr.) wrote “A Visit From Saint Nicholas,” stockings were hung near the fireplace, awaiting a visit from Santa Claus. At the end of the poem, St. Nick “fill’d all the stockings; then turn’d with a jerk,/And laying his finger aside of his nose/And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.”

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I remember getting one of these for Christmas.

Christmas Stockings are an important part of Christmas traditions!

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Retro Saddle Shoes and Bobby Socks

Remember those saddle shoes and bobby socks?

saddle shoes and bobby socks

In case you don’t remember, saddle shoes are a low-heeled Oxford-type shoe with a plain toe and saddle-shaped decorative panel in the midsection of the shoe.

They are usually constructed of soft white leather with a black saddle.

Yeas ago you would see saddle shoes as part of cheerleading uniforms, at Jitterbug and Lindy Hop dances, and lined up in a row at sock hops.

Bobby socks were fashionable in the 1940s and 1950s. They had thick uppers that were turned down to form a thick cuff at the ankle. Sometimes girls would roll the cuffs instead of folding them down.

Bobby socks were sometimes worn as part of a girl’s school uniform. They were usually worn with saddle shoes, loafers, or Oxford-type shoes.

Women and teenagers especially loved wearing saddle shoes and bobby socks because they were so versatile. The women and teenagers especially loved how versatile they were. They mixed and matched them with poodle skirts, pencil skirts, denim and shorts.

Oh, for sure…those were the “good old days”! In many ways they seemed like more simple and happier times.

 Saddle Shoes and Bobby Socks – Icons of year’s past!

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Vintage Halloween Reminiscing!

Let’s Reminisce About Vintage Halloween!

Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. The word Halloween is a shortened version of All Hallows’ Evening, which is also known as Hallowe’en or All Hallows’ Eve.

Traditional activities of Halloween include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting “haunted houses” and carving jack-o-lanterns. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century. These countries included Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand

Trick-or-treating, is an activity for children on or around Halloween in which they proceed from house to house in costumes. They ask for treats such as confectionery with the question, “Trick or treat”? The “trick” part of “trick or treat” is a threat to play a trick on the homeowner or his property if no treat is given.

Trick-or-treating is one of the main traditions of Halloween. It has become socially expected that if one lives in a neighborhood with children one should purchase treats in preparation for trick-or-treaters.

Part of the history of Halloween is Halloween costumes. The practice of dressing up in costumes and begging door to door for treats on holidays goes back to the Middle Ages and includes Christmas wassailing.

Historically, it is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from ancient Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain. However, some believe, that Halloween began solely as a Christian holiday, separate from ancient festivals like Samhain.

Today’s Halloween customs are thought to have been influenced by Christian dogma and practices derived from it. For more info – Source…

Enjoy these Vintage Halloween Reminiscing graphics & costumes from days gone by!


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Halloween, All Hallows Eve, Trick or Treat, Witch, Cauldron, Goblin, Ghost, Black Cat, Bat, Skull, Spiders, Ghouls, Scarecrow, Grim Reaper, Grave Keeper, Vampire, Cobwebs, Jack-O-Lantern, Pumpkin, Spooky, Scary, Haunting, Creepy, Frightening, Full Moon, Autumn, Fall, Magic Potion, Spells, Magic, Haunted, Donald Duck


Vintage Halloween Images | Condition Free | Entirely Public Domain


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Charlie Brown – It’s the Great Pumpkin!

This is for you, Baby Boomers – Did you grow up watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown?


To Help Refresh Your Memory:

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a 1966 American prime time animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz.

The first episode was October 27, 1966 and has been re-aired annually. The program was nominated for an Emmy Award.

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, a retrospective book was published in 2006: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: The Making of a Television Classic. It includes the entire script, never-before-seen photographs, story board excerpts, and interviews with the original child actors who provided the voices of the Peanuts gang.


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Colorado Springs Woman was the Inspiration for a Peanuts Character!

Did you know that a Colorado Springs woman was the inspiration for a Peanuts character? Yes, that’s right!

Louanne Van Pelt was the inspiration for Charles Schulz’s iconic character, Lucy Van Pelt.

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Photo Courtesy of Peanuts Worldwide

 Following WW II, Louanne and her husband, Philip, lived in Colorado Springs, just a few blocks away from Schulz. The Van Pelt’s and Schulz frequently played bridge and during that time he was developing the “Peanuts” characters.

According to Van Pelt’s daughter, Marnie, “Mom always said when she was interviewed that she was much nicer than that (Lucy) in person.”

Schulz introduced the know-it-all brunette to the cartoon strip in 1952 after moving with his wife and daughter, Meredith, to California.

“She was originally a goggle-eyed toddler who continually annoys her parents and the older kids. She aged up over the next two years so that by 1954, she was the same age as Charlie Brown. Schulz then altered Lucy’s eyes to have the same appearance as that of the other characters. The exception was for small extra lines around them which were also sported by her two siblings.” Source…

Louanne Van Pelt passed away April 6, 2015 in Colorado Springs.

Charles Schulz only spent a year in Colorado Springs. He passed away in 2000.

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Throwback Thursday 1967 GTO

It’s Throwback Thursday Highlighting a 1967 GTO

1967 GTO

Remember John DeLorean?  He designed the GTO for Pontiac (he also had his own DMC made out of ??? – Post Your Comment on the Colorado Springs Over 50 Facebook page).

Most automotive enthusiasts would agree, the 1967 Pontiac GTO is possibly one of the most famous muscle cars ever built. It may just be worthy of the title, “best old school muscle car” ever.

Ask any true automotive historian which classic muscle car is tops and there is little doubt the Pontiac GTO will come up somewhere in the discussion.

The target buyer for the GTO was the single, all-American male in the 18-25 age group.

What better way to grab his attention than with a bombardment of print, radio, and television advertisements depicting the GTO in its tire-smoking, fish-tailing glory? Remember those ads?

This muscle car is a classic and very popular today with restorers.

It will no doubt remain popular for years to come!  

(Photos from www.horsepoweronline)


1967 Pontiac GTO InteriorBlack

Few muscle cars have been cloned and copied as many times as the GTO.

Fortunately, 1966-1971 GTOs all display a VIN that starts with 242.

Anything else is a clone.

Source: 1967 Pontiac GTO

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Throwback Thursday – Do You Have The Right Fuel?

Throwback Thursday – Do you have the Right Fuel? 
Remember when you were served at the pump?  You might have pulled up to the Sinclair Dino Gas Pump!
We have a great picture of a vintage Sinclair Dino Gas Pump. Isn’t it cool?
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This pump along with a plethora of 1950s memorabilia can be found at the Dragonman’s Museum.
Dragonman’s has a museum full of Throwback Thursday items!
The brontosaurus logo is parodied in the Toy Story and Cars franchise films as being the “DinoCo” gas station chain.
“Sinclair continues to use the green dinosaur, affectionately called “Dino”, and markets all its products under the logo. Sinclair patented the gasoline additive SG-2000. The high-octane fuel blend is called “Dino Supreme” and regular gas is “Dino.”
These trade names have been used since 1961, when many oil companies still used trade names for their fuels instead of generic terms such as “regular,” “premium,” or “unleaded”. Prior to that time, Sinclair’s trade names for its gasoline products included “Power X” for high-octane fuel and “Sinclair H-C” for regular gas.
Sinclair also has marketed products such as Dino, Dino Supreme and Opaline motor oils.” Source…

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Throwback Thursday – Twilight Zone

Remember The Twilight Zone?

It’s Throwback Thursday.

Rod Serling wrote some pretty interesting and sometimes bizarre features. 

Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner. 

Very creative and some made you think about…whatever!


The Twilight Zone introduced many Americans to common science fiction and fantasy tropes. The original series was shot entirely in black and white. It ran on CBS for five seasons from 1959 to 1964.

The series was so successful, it led to a feature film, a radio series, a comic book, and a magazine. It also had various other spin-offs that spanned five decades, including two revival television series. Source…

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Back From 44 – The Sacrifice and Courage of a Few

back from 44 - the sacrifice and courage of a few

A story from World War II, Back from 44 – The Sacrifice and Courage of a Few. 

Nick Bentas, Staff Sergeant US Army Air Force, finds himself in a severely crippled B-26 Marauder. Trying to return to base, he remembers the different times in his life that led him up to this point. 

From enlistment to basic training to saying goodbye to his new wife, he remembers his deadly missions around France, Germany and the wider Mediterranean. Experience how it was first hand to encounter enemy flak and fighter attacks, while dealing with the emotional impact of losing close friends.  

Back From 44 is an in-depth look into the bravery and sacrifice of ordinary men who did extraordinary things during World War II.

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Goodreads.  John’s review.  Apr 30, 2016 – Read from April 30 to May 12, 2016

“As I get older and realize there are too many books that I have to read before my time is up. Having said that, I was ready to ditch this book half way through. I am glad I didn’t, this book will kick you right in the balls. Kudos to the author and highly recommended.


320th Bomb Group, 441st Squadron crewmember, January 2015

“I want you to know I was very impressed with your book “Back from 44.”  The fiction part of your book was far less fiction than you might think.  The “conversations” between individuals in the book may have a figment of your imagination, but those conversations might have very well been discussed at the time.  What was discussed was exactly the sort of things we did actually discuss.”

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Gummy Bears – Where Did They Come From?

Ever wonder where Gummy Bears came from and who had the idea for this popular candy?
Well, Gummy Bears, as we know them, started in 1920 by Hans Riegel in Bonn, Germany.
Hans wanted his own sweets company and started with hard candies.
A couple of years later he produced a soft, gelatin-based, fruit-flavored candy in the shape of dancing bears.
Bears were a popular diversion at festivals in Europe at that time.
The name of the company, Haribo, is the first two letters of his own first and last names and hometown.
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“Gummy candies descend from Turkish delight and even Japanese rice candy,” says candy historian Beth Kimmerle, author of Candy: A Sweet History. “But both of those are typically made with rice or corn starch versus gelatin.”
An American version of the these Bears was started in 1981.
There has been a decades-long debate over which is superior: German or American Gummy Bears!
What do you think?
Do you crave Bears every so often? 
Do you know how many different colors are used in these Bears?
Well, find out more about who and where and then head to the candy store for a fix!
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