My family and I recently visited the Henry Ford, a museum in Southeastern Michigan, which is quite large. However, they had roped off a significant portion to renovate and focus on automobile history. They did have a wonderful exhibit on Civil War history, which is the primary reason we attended. However, I did see a small exhibit of interesting “collector’s” items dating from the 1950s through the end of the 20th century.
Say WHAT? “Collector’s” items? A lot of things I remembered from childhood and beyond. Talk about *feeling old.*
From old black and white televisions to computers (complete with *large* floppy disk slots), toys and games, furniture, clothing and shoes, photos and more, I wandered along the small area with a few thoughts in mind. Mainly “Hey, I remember that” to “we still have one of those in the basement,” with a few “wake-up, you’re OLD” memories. Like metal lunch boxes and thermos bottles. Complete with screw-on lids. And I wasn’t even a “lunch in school” kid — my mom was a housewife for most of my early school years, so we walked home. If she *had* to send us with our lunch, we used brown paper bags. But I do remember seeing those tin lunch boxes in school and in stores. Here’s what my dad always took to work:
Due to the magic of television, which was more of a privilege back then and not a right — *if* we kept our rooms tidy, *if* we had our homework done, *if* we came in before the street lights were on, and *if* Mom, Dad and my older siblings weren’t already watching TV, that is. Hey, we would watch anything. And being an early bird from infancy, I watched Saturday morning cartoons like Bugs Bunny, the Flintstones, the Jetsons, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, Pixie and Dixie, Huckleberry Hound and Augie Doggie, etc. I loved watching Soupy Sales at lunch time, then the Mickey Mouse Club after school and later Dark Shadows. Now, I rarely watch TV. Go figure.
My younger brother and sister ended up with cool metal lunch boxes, though. Here’s a few of my favorites, just for fun — photos courtesy of www.popculturesafari.blogspot.com.
SIGH. Those were the good old days.