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Looking Back: Remember 15
, p. 30

Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 22 May 1996
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    Latitude: 44.35012 Longitude: -78.73286
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Remember when:

*Gordon Brigden was sports editor of the Lindsay Daily Post back in the mid 1940's.

*When pressure cookers were first introduced to householders and were considered the "in" thing. Where are they now?

*No matter where you went the words "Kilroy Was Here" was inscribed on everything that could be written on.

*Hotels were only permitted to serve one draught or one pint of beer at a time to a customer. If you wished to move from one table to another it was against the law to move the beer yourself but one had to get the waiter to carry it over for you.

I*t was a common sight to see a farmer delivering a load of manure to someone's home for use in their flower and vegetable gardens.

*Warm goose grease was a favorite remedy to rub on one's chest to rid the flu.

*Radio station C.F.R.B. used to broadcast the famous "Happy Gang" program? It always opened with the following:

"Knock knock"

"Who's there?"

"It's the "Happy Gang"

"Well come on in."

At this point they would break into their theme song; the words to which went as follows:

Keep happy with the "Happy Gang,"

Keep healthy start your day with a bang.

A happy (Monday) to you from the boys and Kay Stokes,

We hope you'll like our music and our songs and our jokes.

Keep happy in the "Happy Gang" way,

Keep healthy use Palmolive each day,

Cause if you're happy and healthy

To heck with being wealthy,

Just keep happy with the "Happy Gang."

*Slogans like "Loose Lips Sink Ships" or "The Walls Have Ears" plus many other slogans were posted everywhere during the war years.

*General stores were noted for the benches placed outside near the front doors where the men-folk could sit. It was there that they would pass on the latest news or discus how their crops were faring while their women did the weekly shopping.

*Spare car tires were mounted on the back of the car or on its' running board adjacent to the front fender.

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Looking Back: Remember 15