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Looking Back: Old soap, treehouses, free maps stir the memories of yesteryear"

Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 4 September 1999
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.35012 Longitude: -78.73286
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Remember when:

*Lifebuoy Soap used a fog horn to close out their commercial that went as follows:

"Singin' in the bath tub,

Singin' with joy,

Livin' the life of Lifebuoy.

Can't help singin' cause I know,

Lifebuoy really stops

Beeeeeee Oooooo."

We lived the simple life.

*If a dragonfly flew anywhere near us we would take off like a shot!

"If they get anywhere on you they can sew up your eyes and mouth" or so we were told.

*Swinging on a gate was a great way to pass the time away, and it was fun too.

*Tree houses for boys were common as were playhouses for girls. Like everything else, instead of parents helping their children build these dreams, they buy them the things they (the parents) always longed for. The excuse for buying these things is that they don't want their children to do without what they had to do.

*You were told to always tell the truth because it is so easy to remember.

*A common sight was seeing a child riding a "kiddie car."

*Folks were requested to save the tin foil from cigarette packages and other sources to help the war effort.

*Zig-zag headbands were a common sight. These were made out of thin newspaper and/or cellophane, Mac and Joan Ross reminded us that the bands were quite an attractive item.

*You could get a road map at any gas station just for the asking. I recently picked up a couple at the cost of $2.95 each.

*A train load of Lindsay students, accompanied by their teachers, were taken to Riverdale Park in Toronto in 1939 to see King George and Queen Elizabeth. How our chests swelled with pride and honour at seeing a real king and queen!

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Looking Back: Old soap, treehouses, free maps stir the memories of yesteryear"