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Looking Back: Whatever happened to maggie and jiggs?

Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 19 January 2001
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.35012 Longitude: -78.73286
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Remember when:

*It was possible to buy peaches that when you took a bite, the juice would run down your arm?

*The comic strips Maggie and Jiggs was so popular? Who could ever forget Maggie chasing Jiggs with her rolling pin and Jiggs with his cigar stub sticking out of his mouth?

*"Moon Mullens" was also a character never seen without a cigar?

*Folks living in the country would hang a specific clothing item on their clothesline that they were in a state of distress. This, of course, was when telephones were few and far between. That system worked extremely well.

*You first heard the definition of a modern composer as one who decomposes the master's works.

*We laughed at the comic strip Buck Rogers – 25th Century. Rockets were forecast for the 25th Century and look what happened in the 20th Century.

*Ladies were never seen in church without having their head covered.

*You last heard something especially comical that's hard to forget? Well I recall a man telling me about a young fellow up in Minden who could take pencil to paper and sketch your face in no time at all. "You know that lad was really clever but he was as stupid as hell," he remarked.

*A common sight in a home was half of a coconut hanging from a strategic place in the kitchen with two eyes painted thereon, complete with eyebrows and just below a hole was punched out with little red lips painted on, forming a mouth. And what was hanging out of the mouth but a length of string!

*Families used to make these decorative string holders by cutting a coconut in half, use the three spots on the coconut as eyes and mouth. When completed they would place a ball of string inside the coconut feeding the end of the string through the lower hole (that represented a mouth) had been punched out. (LDP)

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Looking Back: Whatever happened to maggie and jiggs?