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AZDuffman
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September 17th, 2021 at 2:55:30 PM permalink
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    That is exactly how it worked. A neat idea lost to time. Today they would use an electronic sensor and gum it up.
    All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others
    rxwine
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    September 17th, 2021 at 5:29:27 PM permalink
    I don't remember ever seeing such a auto-toaster, so we must of gotten rid of it or it died before my time.

    Mostly what I remember is my dad liked his toast charred black, and I didn't, but sometimes my mom would forget to change the setting, and if we were almost out of bread, then I'd end up with some charcoal bread, which I just broke off an didn't eat.
    Quasimodo? Does that name ring a bell?
    EvenBob
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    September 17th, 2021 at 5:34:12 PM permalink
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    That is exactly how it worked. A neat idea lost to time. Today they would use an electronic sensor and gum it up.
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    Toasters are quite collectible. In the period from 1900 to the 1950s all around the world there were hundreds and hundreds of different styles of toasters. It couldn't just be functional it also had to be art. Some of the more ornate ones go for a lot of money.




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    September 18th, 2021 at 3:23:24 AM permalink
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    pocket protectors - faves of nerdy guys you knew in h.s. who couldn't play ball but went ahead to rule the world and make tons of money in computers and such





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    September 18th, 2021 at 3:46:53 AM permalink
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    Those football shaped rubber coin purses.
    Squeeze it to open.

    Dad used a rubber-squeeze coin purse.
    His dad used a leather coin wallet (folded octagon? squeeze to open).

    Keeps the coins from rubbing and wearing out the "good pants" as quickly, plus it's slightly faster to dig change out of your pocket with one.
    May the cards fall in your favor.
    EvenBob
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    September 18th, 2021 at 9:11:24 AM permalink
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    pocket protectors -



    Pocket protectors were no joke, up until the early 60s we used fountain pens that needed to be refilled with real ink. When I was in grade school we didn't have ballpoint pens yet and fountain pens were a giant pain in the butt and they leaked all the time. Right around 1960 or 61 Bic put out a really cheap ballpoint pen and everybody had one. They were like ten pens for $0.39. They still make them and they look exactly the same and sell millions of them a year.

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    lilredrooster
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    September 18th, 2021 at 9:18:54 AM permalink
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    back when credit cards first became widespread I had a little job as a cashier in People's Drugs - summers of h.s.

    we didn't get a lot of cards - when we got one I had to look up the # in a huge book that had the nos. and names of people who didn't pay - had bad credit

    I didn't actually look them up - it was a pain - the print was so small - I just pretended to - I approved every card

    then we had to run it thru a metal gadget that produced a carbon cy

    the customer signed and got a cy - and the retailer got the original





    Peoples Drug stores were huge on the East Coast - now gone of course
    everybody went there at some time for something
    you will see them when streets are panned in old movies








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    EvenBob
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    September 18th, 2021 at 9:32:01 AM permalink
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    then we had to run it thru a metal gadget that produced a carbon cy

    the customer signed and got a cy - and the retailer got the original



    My dad had two credit cards in the early 60s, a Sears card and the Texaco card and they were both made out of metal so they would leave a good imprint when they were run through the machines. Those carbon copies were a mess, but they were around for a long time. They weren't called credit cards they were called charge plates.

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    September 18th, 2021 at 10:21:26 AM permalink
    This is not political although it starts out with a politician.

    I was reading this morning of an upstate NY politician named John Salka. It caught my eye as I went to high school with a person of that same name. H was big in student government, was the anchor of the school tv news report, was a teenage republican, and thought the John Birch society was too liberal. It didn't really surprise me that he had gone into politics although I was surprised he would live in rural upstate NY.
    So ,out of curiosity I googled him to see how he had aged and realized it wasn't the same man. time does not transform a 6'3 athlete into a 5'9 fatman, no matter how hard you abuse yourself.
    Somewhat glad it wasn't my old friend, I took to the net to see if I could find the right John Salka and it took me a few seconds to find him.
    It didn't surprise me to find he had pursued a career in firefighting, as he was a member of my town junior fire department. Not only had he risen to the top of his profession, retiring after thirty-plus years as one of the top Chiefs in the NYFD, but he had been elected to The National Fire Fighters Hall of Fame, and evidently has written fire policies adopted by hundreds of departments that are credited with saving thousands of lives. He also invented a procedure where trapped firefighters can somehow extend their oxygen, giving others more of a chance to rescue them, apparently saving dozens of firefighters' lives over the last twenty years.
    It was good to know my friend hadn't grown up to be the guy I read about and great to see he reached such heights and saved so many lives.
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    September 18th, 2021 at 10:21:49 AM permalink
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    Those carbon copies were a mess




    this is the gadget - in the store we just called it a "thing" - as in "hand me the charge card thing"
    the cashier - me - had to hand write the total, then the tax, and then the grand total in these little squares on the far right
    then in the middle of the thing we wrote the grand total in large numbers and circled it
    incredible to remember all of this - what a pain in___







    the Manager - the poor guy - before the store closed had to check every single charge slip against what was on the register tape


    Edit - oh yeah, I almost forgot - every cashier had a stapler and a box of staples in case the stapler ran out
    the very last thing we did was staple the register receipt to the charge card carbon_________(-:\


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