It was late in November 1922 when the first skywriting display was seen in the skies above the United States. The words hovered about a half mile above Times Square in New York City. In white puffs of smoke, Captain Cyril Turner of the Royal Air Force spelled out ““Hello USA Call Vanderbilt 7200.” It turned out the message was an ad for the American Tobacco Company.

Remember when madras plaids were EVERYWHERE? Madras is a lightweight cotton fabric with a plaid design. There was a time when almost everyone had at least one clothing item made of madras. There were madras pants, madras shirts, madras ties, madras jackets, madras bags, madras headbands, madras hats… even madras tuxedos to wear to the prom! Did you know the first Madras was made in Madras, India (now Chennai)?

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Madras…madras… everywhere!

It sure is hard to believe almost 50 years have passed since the movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” was in theaters across the United States . The film was released back in 1969. With the natural camaraderie and wisecracks shared between stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford, the movie is one of the most popular “buddy” films of all time. The American Film Institute ranks “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” at #7 on its list of the top 10 Westerns of All Time and #50 on its list of America’s 100 Greatest Movies.

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Remember when an operator placed phone calls for you? There were person-to-person calls, calls billed to a third party, and collect calls. Here’s something you may not know about the telephone operators on the other end of the line… they had to meet certain height, weight, posture, and arm length requirements. And they were not permitted to socialize or even speak to each other while working long hours at the switchboard.

Remember tomato pin cushions?

Dialing “O” for operator

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This n' That

There was a time when the tomato pin cushion seemed to be a staple in every household. Although not as popular, they are still around today. Here’s some interesting background info… During the Victorian Era, a fresh tomato was placed on the mantle of a home to ward off evil spirits and bring prosperity to the home’s residents. Since fresh tomatoes were not available year-round in those days, fabric replicas (stuffed with sand or sawdust) were often used instead. These good luck symbols evolved into pin cushions.

Romper, Stomper, Boomper Boo...

As kids, many of us looked forward to hearing the words “Romper, Stomper, Bomper Boo. Tell me, tell me, tell me do. Magic Mirror, tell me today, did all of my friends have fun at play.” We’d cross our fingers or start waving our hands at the TV screen. The fact that the mirror was just an empty frame with a handle didn’t matter one bit… we believed in the “magic.” 

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