Nostalgia: How Important to the Memoir Writer? Reader?

One of my colleagues, Deb Higgins, sent around an email that has evidently gone viral.  It depicts lots of items remembered only by Baby Boomers and their elders. I used the skate key picture from that email as an illustration for Lanie Tankard’s guest blog on Touchstones. But I thought you might like to see the whole lost of nearly-forgotten items from 60’s and 70’s pop culture. Perhaps the list will stir you to comment or share a story that the item brings to mind!

How many of these do YOU remember???

45 rpm spindles

Green Stamps

Metal ice cubes trays with levers

Beanie and Cecil

Roller-skate keys


pop guns

Marlin Perkins

Drive in Movies

Drive in restaurants

Car Hops


Topo Gigio

Washtub wringers

The Fuller Brush Man

Sky King

Reel-To-Reel tape recorders


Erector Sets

Lincoln Logs

15 cent McDonald hamburgers

5 cent packs of baseball cards

Penny candy

25 cent a gallon gasoline

Jiffy Pop popcorn

5 cent stamps

Gum wrapper chains

Chatty Cathy dolls

5 cent Cokes

Speedy Alka-Seltzer?(Plop-Plop Fizz-Fizz Oh What a relief it is)

Cigarettes for Christmas

Falstaff Beer

Burma Shave signs

Brownie camera

Flash bulbs

TV Test patterns

Old Yeller

Fire escape tubes

Timmy and Lassie


Aluminum Christmas Trees

To complement the list above, here is another nostalgia link list.

Do you love to be reminded of these past cultural icons in memoir,

or do you find nostalgia distracting to the real reason you read?

Shirley Showalter

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