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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

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https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=st...oQsAQIRA&dpr=1

and also where to use it when not being used to lubricated rusty gate hinges.

http://www.bakewithstork.com/
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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

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Saturday morning pictures (kids' cinema club).

Radio Luxembourg (after sunset).

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(Football Pools for those too young)

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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

Radiograms and television sets that took several minutes to warm up before you could watch or listen to them.

I was given a Mamod steam engine when I was about seven or eight, which ran on methylated spirit. Even at that age I could buy a bottle meths from the local chemist if I explained it was for my steam engine.

It ran well until my big brother thought we could save time by only part filling the boiler with cold water, instead of boiling a kettle first. I don't think he put enough water in though as the solder joint on the boiler melted, and one of the end plates blew off with enough force to send it about 50' down the garden.

And then there were Meccano sets.

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Cap Guns
Ahh yes, I remember those too. The caps would probably be classed as explosives today, and would be far too dangerous for a six-year old to play with, not to mention to damage that might be caused to young minds.

No wonder we all grew up as disturbed adults.
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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

Beef dripping sold in greaseproof paper tubs for use in fry ups!
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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

We seem to have drifted away slightly from the original subject of eating in the fifties but on the topic of cap guns I remember the little bombs which were on sale. They were small solid metal eggs with a detachable top half. A gun cap was placed between the two halves and they were held together with an elastic band. The whole device was thrown up into the air and would explode with a bang as it hit the ground.

There were also some lethal fireworks on sale those days. Jumping jacks were lit on the ground and would go shooting off in unpredictable directions with a series of explosions but worst of all were aeroplanes. They were basically a rocket without a stick but sporting cardboard wing stapled across. We would place them on the bird table(!), light them and they would suddenly fly off horizontally at huge velocity and at head height. I wonder why they don't sell them now?

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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

I remember those aeroplane fireworks now you mention it. The H&S police would have a fit nowadays! It was Horace Batchelor on Radio Luxembourg; he used to advertise his "infra-draw method" for winning on the football pools. I used to wonder why, if it was so successful, he needed to sell it to everyone else!

I still fry my chips in beef dripping, as does the local chippie. It's the only way .
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Various varieties are now on the shelves of Tesco.

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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

A 1d chew, could last you the whole day. Bluebird & Palm Toffee (Banana & Liquorice where my favorite)

Liquorice root / wood

2oz of sweets was a real treat and anyone asking for a quarter of something was showing off or it was their birthday.

1d Bag of "cracklings" from the Chippie...

2d for a bag of "broken biscuits" and 1d for a bag of biscuit crumbs.

Frozen Jubbly (but not until the late 50s)

Parma Violets & Imps made me feel sick and I didn't like Dib Dabs either.

Barley Sugar was the sweetest thing I remember & Pear Drops made the roof of my mouth itch.

The "School Run" meant you were late...

LSD was Pounds Shillings & Pence

Finding money in the street was a huge event. Anything less than 6d you got to keep, up to 2/6d had to be shared. We once found a wallet with notes in, took it to the Police Station. A man came to our house and gave us a 10s note as a reward.

I've managed to block all memories of school dinners...
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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

Keeping to the eating theme

Lucky bags? early version of Kinder surprise paper bag sweets and toy inside.
McGowans toffee bars.
Fruit salad chews.
Coke in real glass bottles with crown cap lid.

6d ( 2 .5 pence) Mars bars which my memory tells me were almost the size of the modern king size? And the disappointed children when the price went to 7d.

Licorice straws.

Areo chocolate bars, really good marketing ploy same size bars as other chocolate bars but due to the air bubbles not so much content!

Free meaty bones for your dog? Faded out or a charge appeared.
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Still is
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=st...oQsAQIRA&dpr=1

and also where to use it when not being used to lubricated rusty gate hinges.

http://www.bakewithstork.com/
Thanks Derek, I assumed it was one.of those brands that disappeared or was renamed years ago.
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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

Wagon Wheels which were about the same diameter as a CD, rather than the minidisc size versions we get now.
Fry's Five Boys Chocolate.
Old English Spangles.

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Mars bars were 4d when I first ate one, and Milky Ways were 3d. A price hike to 6d for the Mars was a bit much! They were huge back then - or perhaps my mouth was smaller .
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Wasn't there a chocolate bar called Bar Six?
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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

On margarine Echo and Blue Band (I think these were the brands), were produced on the same line. Echo wrapped in paper was the budget band and Blue Band in foil the luxury choice. I'd still rather have butter!
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