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Retro Saddle Shoes and Bobby Socks

Remember those saddle shoes and bobby socks?

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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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Roy Rogers and Dale Evans

Remember the good old days when you watched the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show? It was a variety program that ran on ABC television for 13 episodes – from September 29 to December 29, 1962.

They also starred together in The Roy Rogers Show. It aired for 104 episodes on Sunday afternoons from 1951 to 1957 on NBC.

Both Roy and Dale had very successful careers individually as well as in joint ventures.

Interesting facts:

Roy and Dale were married in 1947.

Evans composed the words and music of the program theme song, Happy Trails. This song quickly became the music most associated with the pair.

They were elected to the Western Music Association Hall of Fame in 1989.

The Texas Press Association named Dale “Texan of the Year” in 1970.

In 1995 Dale was named to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame


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Remembering the Pay Phone!

The pay phone is quickly becoming a thing of the past but brings back lots of memories.

Did you know?

1)  William Gray is credited with inventing the payphone in 1889; George A. Long was its developer.

2)  The site of the first pay phone in the U. S. was in Hartford, Connecticut at the Southeast Corner of Main and State Streets.

3)   The first pay phone was actually a “postpay” machine which means the coins were deposited after the call was placed.

4)  In 2000 there were 2.2 million active pay phones in the U.S and today that number is about 450,000.

5)  You will still find pay phones outside gas stations, supermarkets and convenience stores.

So, how many pay phones are there in the United States? Since 2007, the number of payphones in the United States in operation has declined by 48%. “At the end of 2012, the FCC reported the number of payphones at 243,487 generating $362 million falling to $286 million by 2015.”

The market is currently being served by independent payphone companies. An estimated 100,000 payphones in the US remain as of 2018. Roughly a fifth of these payphones are located in New York.

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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)


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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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The Game of Cootie – A Baby Boomer Favorite!

Did you ever play the Game of Cootie when you were growing up?

We spent many hours playing it and loved every minute of it!

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Did you know?

1) The Game of Cootie was created by William Schaper and was launched in 1949. It is a children’s roll-and-move tabletop game for two to four players. The object is to be the first to build a bug-like object from a variety of plastic body parts. The winner is the first player to completely assemble a cootie.

2) The Game of Cootie sold millions in its first years.

3) In 1973 Cootie was acquired by Tyco Toys and, in 1986, by Hasbro subsidiary Milton Bradley.

4) In 2003, Cootie was named to the Toy Industry Association’s “Century of Toys List” of the 100 most memorable and most creative toys of the 20th century.

5) Cootie, the plastic bug, has become an icon, and, for some, a symbol for the baby boomer generation

How did Mr. Schaper come up with the idea of a “Cootie”? Working as a postman, W. H. Schaper whittled a bug-life fishing lure which he thought had toy potential. He sold this fishing lure (and others like it) in his store as a sideline business along with small commercial popcorn machines. Soon, he created a game around this creation and molded it in plastic. The rest is history!


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Shirley Temple – Top Five Movies

Shirley Temple was America’s top box office draw from 1935-1938. She was an American film and television actress, singer, and dancer.

As Jake Coyle, an AP Film Writer, said in a recent article that many child stars have appealed primarily to young audiences, but Temple charmed a largely adult movie-going nation with what film critic David Thomson called her “elfin perfection”.

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Ms. Temple Shined in These Top Five Movies:

1) “Bright Eyes” (1934)

2) “The Little Colonel” (1935)

3) “Curly Top” (1935)

4) “Wee Willie Winkie” (1937)

5) “Heidi” (1937)

What you may not know about Shirley Temple Black:

1) After retiring from movies and television, she went into politics.

2) She was a U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

3) Shirley started dancing when she was three years old.

4) She was born in 1928 and passed away on February 10, 2014.

Shirley went on to be a U.S. Representative to the United Nations. She was also the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana, as well as the U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia. During Gerald Ford’s administration, she was the first woman to be U.S. Chief of Protocol.

Shirley’s first volume of her autobiography in 1988 was entitled Child Star.

Shirley starred in 14 short films, 43 feature films and over 25 storybook movies. Her career spanned three decades, from 1931 until 1961.


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Were You Born in the 50s?

Were you born in the 50s? Here are 10 signs you were born in the 50s if you can remember and identify these 50s events and circumstances.

Remember When – Were You Born in the 50s:

1) You went to five and dimes – You do remember Woolworth’s, don’t you? You spent your precious nickels there and then had a soda or malt at the lunch counter!

2) You knew a lot of teen brides – The average age of brides from 1950-60 was 20 years old. That meant there were plenty of teen brides! Today the average age of brides is around 27 years old!

3) You remember where you were on significant occasions – We are talking when JFK, MLK, and RFK were all shot. Also,when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper’s plane went down. On a happier note, when the Beatles debuted on the Ed Sullivan Show.

4) The Bomb was the scariest thing ever – Remember the days of the Cold War, when the fear of Russia, communism, and the possibility of atomic war was a part of your everyday life? You definitely remember duck and cover drills in school.

5) You watched the Ed Sullivan Show – Every Sunday night you turned on the black and white TV to watch the Ed Sullivan Show.

6) You played with simple, iconic toys – The hula hoop, Mr. Potato Head, Play Doh, Magic Slate, Lincoln Logs and Easy Bake Oven were top on the 50s toy list.

7) You hated the Yankees…or loved them – They were the winners of six world series from 1950-58. Who wouldn’t like them and Mickey Mantle!

8) You listened to the radio and listened to music on 45s -You were born in the 50s if you listened to radio DJ, Dick Clark, and bought the newest Beatles or Ricky Nelson single on a 45 record for 75 cents!

9) Your food was read food…except when it wasn’t – You grew up eating fresh foods, such as strawberries and “real” ice cream. On the other hand, processed foods made their appearance…TV dinners, canned soda, boxed cake mixes, Hamburger Helper and – forbid! – margarine!

10) Everyone smoked – Well, almost everyone! Family members smoked at the dinner table. They also smoked at the supermarket and at work. All the cool guys wore a pack of Lucky Strike in their shirt sleeve. (About 18 percent of people still smoke.) Source…

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Throwback Thursday – Gum Machine

Throwback Thursday – Wrigley Gum Machine!
Remember these gum machines in the drug stores and grocery stores?
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The story of the Wrigley Company is very interesting and inspiring!
The Wrigley Company is a world-wide organization with operations in more than 40 nations. They distribute products to over 180 countries.
The Company began over a century ago in 1891 when William Wrigley Jr. moved to Chicago. He began selling soap, baking powder and other necessities. He gave away sticks of gum to his customers as “something for nothing” incentives. These incentives proved to be more popular than the merchandise he was selling!
Because of this experience, Wrigley Jr. decided to produce his own line of gums. Two of the company’s earliest products were Sweet Sixteen Orange and Lotta Gum. They revolutionized chewing gum’s appeal to young people and the public at large. Previously, the stereotype was that only women chewed gum!
Wrigley’s Spearmint® and Juicy Fruit® were introduced in 1893 during an economic depression. In 1907, Wrigley mortgaged everything to launch a huge advertising campaign. This move skyrocketed the Wrigley company into the national spotlight.
Wrigley established himself as a leading champion of employee rights and benefits. In 1916 he created a health and welfare department in his Chicago factory. He also gave his employees Saturdays and Sundays off starting in 1924. Even during the Great Depression, the company set minimum wage levels to give its workers financial security during this difficult time in our nation’s history.
Wrigley Jr.’s son Philip, was named the company president in 1925. He expanded the company’s reach by sponsoring radio programs and ads in the “funny pages” of newspapers.
To this day, the Wrigley Company success is based on “leadership, innovation and integrity.”
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Classic Car Restoration for the Over 50 Crowd!

OK, Guys (or Gals)…have you thought about Classic Car Restoration? Now that you are Over 50 and are fortunate to be happily retired with lots of time on your hands, this may be the perfect hobby for you!

Are you motivated with a “Do It Yourself” attitude? Well, you may be more inclined if the passion and interest are there.

Of course, you must have some skills to support this hobby.  It could be profitable if you stick to it.

If you’re just getting started, Second Chance Garage recommends:

  1. Car Restoration and Classic Car Collecting: How Do I Get Started? – It provides basic information on getting this whole process started. It will help you decide which vehicle you choose to restore based on price, condition and other considerations.
  2. Classic Car Restoration 101: Do Your Homework –  This article provides important considerations that must be addressed in order for a car restoration project to be successful. Many would-be classic car restorers have become disillusioned by the heavy costs in time, space, equipment and money. This is usually due to improper research and planning (or none at all) up front.
  3. Beginners Corner – This section teaches very basic skills of car restoration to those who’ve never attempted to work on cars. It might be called “Car Restoration 101”!

From the recommended website:

“Need some inspiration? Be sure to check out our Classic Car Photo Gallery. We have over 7,000 photos of more than 500 really nice classic cars. Want to talk car restoration? Be sure to see our Forum.”

According to Hemmings, the top ten classic cars to restore are:

1) Buick Riviera – 1963-65

2) Chevrolet Bel Air – 1953-54

3) Pontiac GTO – 1971-72

4) AMC AMX – 1968-69

5) Lincoln Continental – 1961-66

6) Ford Model A – 1928-31

7) Packard – 1951-54

8) Ford Mustang – 1964-68

9) Chevrolet Camaro – 1967-69

10) Dodge Challenger – 1972-73

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Classic Car Restoration – A great hobby shared by many!

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For Old Times’ Sake…1952 Woolworth’s Christmas Book!

Remember when you were growing up, every Christmas you would get Christmas catalogs and one of them would probably be the Woolworth’s Christmas Book. It was so much fun to look at all the toys, gadgets and other Christmas items. Enjoy a trip down memory lane!

The founder of the F. W. Woolworth Company was Frank Winfield Woolworth (April 13, 1852 – April 8, 1919). He operated discount stores known as “Five-and-Dimes.” They featured a selection of merchandise priced at five and ten cents. He was the pioneer of the now-common business practice of buying merchandise direct from the manufacturers and determining the prices of items rather than bartering with the manufacturer on price. He used self-service display cases so the customers could examine that they wanted to buy without the help of a salesclerk.

It’s not quite certain how Woolworth was introduced to the “five-cent counter concept.” No matter how it was brought about, this concept became the most profound key to Woolworth’s success. This changed not only his life, but retailing as well.

At the time of his death, Woolworth was worth approximately $6.5 million which was a lot of money in 1919! His company owned more than 1,000 stores in the U. S. and other countries. In 1913, Woolworth built the Woolworth Building in New York City at a cost of $13.5 million in cash.

There are still divisions and namesakes of Woolworth’s throughout the world. Some of the companies in the U.S. you will recognize: Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Eastbay, Northern Reflections, and the San Francisco Music Box Company.

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