Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Destination retro


Don't these just make you smile? These tin wall plaques were one of my husbands Christmas gifts. He loves to collect tin toys. When he saw these in a catalog he really liked them. Remember the drive-in movie theaters? Do you Remember these dancing and singing treats? I remember how the hot dog would JUMP into his bun! We don't have any drive-ins on Long Island anymore. Before the last one closed, We used to love to take our boys there. It always brought back memories of when we were kids. We would go in our pajamas. We would play in the playground before the movie began. The first time we brought our oldest son, we told him about our memories. So, he cheerfully wore his pajamas. He was totally embarrassed! No one was doing that anymore. Kids were playing baseball with their dads before the movie started. My oldest wanted to play, but was hiding in the car, in fear of being seen in his ghost buster p.js.! He was only 4 or 5 but was mortified if regarded as a baby!
Times were so innocent back when we were young. Kids were kids a bit longer. No one made fun of you if you wore snow pants to school over your tights. It wasn't UN cool to bring your lunch in a barbie or batman lunch box. My kids ditched the lunch boxes so early for the "cool brown bag". When I saw Sundays prompt, it made me nostalgic for a time far gone. A time that can never be made as clear as it is in our memories. A time I wish we could have captured and miniaturized and hung on the wall along with these retro snacks.

7 comments:

Ally Bean said...

Great post. I remember the popcorn one really clearly but the others I don't recall. I agree that it was more innocent when I was a kid. But then I lived in a small city that was close to nothing so all we had to do was goof off around town and go nowhere.

spider said...

I fondly remember drive-ins and the dancing food well. It's impossible not to like a dancing hot dog!!

I also remember going to the drive-in on a few dates in the 70's. I seem to remember it didn't matter too much that the speaker which hung on one's car window was so scratchy you couldn't hear what the actors had to say...more important things to do in that there car at age 17 or so.

Jane said...

I love old toys and things made out of tin. I've got an awesome collection of old metal balancing toys. I also love old, vintage board games. Somebody was just telling me about a game called "Pie in the Face" which was popular in the early 70's. I loved this post. It reminded me of all the old things I so love.

deirdre said...

I remember the drive-ins too. I thought you were supposed to wear jammies to the drive-in! And the dancing food! It all seems so long ago sometimes. Thanks for the reminder.

ann said...

I love those signs! they look terrific on your kitchen wall

alphawoman said...

I use to live in an area that had several drive-ins still!! I love to go. Load the car up with pillows and lawn chairs...(th kids you know)...and have a great summer evening. Truly like those tin's. Very cool.

Jane Poe (aka Deborah) said...

Thinking back, things do seem simpler when we were kids Lucy. It's hard seeing them grow up now, I want to keep my youngest as young and untainted as possible. You need your children to be smart & aware, but you also long for the blissful unawareness of problems of the world & the freedom and uninhibited joy at being goofy, carefree, pajama-wearing, drive-in theatre nights.
Much peace, JP