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I have been packing and unpacking and I've been coming across things that were my mom's from the fifties.I have a set of I guess they're aluminum dessert dishes in bright colors with glass inserts.The
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RETRO "The 50's"

posted at 3/3/2013 10:55 PM EST
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I have been packing and unpacking and I've been coming across things that were my mom's from the fifties.I have a set of I guess they're aluminum dessert dishes in bright colors with glass inserts.These bring back so many nice memories of growing up in a much more carefree time.My son was commenting on how dark the apartment is at night and he said we'll need to leave a light on so we can see at night.He is crazy about big wild cats Tigers,Lions,Panthers etc. I remembered a TV light that my mom had. Do you all remeber the TV lights? I went on line and found him a TV light for his room it's a long stretched out Black Panther from the fifties that lights up in the back and his eyes just glow.I can't wait to give it to him.Do you all have things that spark good memories from the past ? 



Re: RETRO "The 50's"

posted at 3/4/2013 2:16 AM EST
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 Gale! Surprised Those retro aluminum dishes are real antiques! I grew up with the glasses. I bought some glasses and ice cream dishes last year because I remembered growing up with them and they're pretty. Are they in good shape? I like to use antiques I buy. Hold onto them!

 I have two things that lately made me remember the old days. One is I live in a house with the huge porch that you can put chairs and plants and tables on. It makes me remember the days when the neighbors were nice and they would just drop over to chat and people sat on their porches every evening.

Then there are the dolls. My daughter has kept a lot of things that were mine when young. Among the things are my doll collection. I had a troll that I made clothes for and played with the hair all the time. The other would be dolls that were put inside jewelry. My favorite was a doll inside a ring. They were so small!

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posted at 3/4/2013 2:30 AM EST
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                                                                Here are the little dishes .Mom had the glasses and pitcher but those got lost or ruined.I treasure these things.I do use them for shrimp cocktail I put the sauce in the glass and hang the shrimp over the sides.I've been collecting since I was 12.These were my mom's and they are perfect.This is why it's taking so long to move I have to be so careful unpacking everything and I won't let anyone help.lol

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posted at 3/4/2013 8:01 AM EST
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we like the 50"s retro looks.

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posted at 3/4/2013 8:03 AM EST
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We had a big black glass panther when I was a kid too.  It wasn't a TV light though.

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posted at 3/4/2013 9:27 AM EST
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                                                                Here are the little dishes .Mom had the glasses and pitcher but those got lost or ruined.I treasure these things.I do use them for shrimp cocktail I put the sauce in the glass and hang the shrimp over the sides.I've been collecting since I was 12.These were my mom's and they are perfect.This is why it's taking so long to move I have to be so careful unpacking everything and I won't let anyone help.lol
Posted by gale g

Gale you've got a real treasure there with the glasses! I haven't seen these in the antique stores at all. I recently learned from a friend that works in an antique store. According to him things are antique at about 20 years old.

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posted at 3/4/2013 12:32 PM EST
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The things from the 50s lasted longed then they do today also.

Re: RETRO "The 50's"

posted at 3/4/2013 12:41 PM EST
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That might be very true now because the generation following us are not collecting and throwing away things.It used to be 25 years and older.I don't remember the small dolls you talked about but I do remember the troll dolls those things were so cute.I had a couple but my sister in law liked them and has those now.I've been collecting since I was 12.The oldest thing I own is an English teapot that is 150 years old.When I was younger I used to buy and sell.It was a good hobby and it didn't cost me anything because the money I made from sales paid for the things I kept.I lived for garage sales and flea markets it was a weekly adventure for me.My sister started collecting and then my mom,dad and I got involved.It was a nice family thing to do and I learned a lot about the things I collected.

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posted at 3/4/2013 3:35 PM EST
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I remember the milkman bringing cottage cheese in brightly colored aluminum tumblers.  They made such a colorful site at the table and kept your drink nice and cold.

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posted at 3/4/2013 5:55 PM EST
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Great post love the fifty's   wish i had some of the thing they sold back then

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posted at 3/4/2013 6:00 PM EST
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That might be very true now because the generation following us are not collecting and throwing away things.It used to be 25 years and older.I don't remember the small dolls you talked about but I do remember the troll dolls those things were so cute.I had a couple but my sister in law liked them and has those now.I've been collecting since I was 12.The oldest thing I own is an English teapot that is 150 years old.When I was younger I used to buy and sell.It was a good hobby and it didn't cost me anything because the money I made from sales paid for the things I kept.I lived for garage sales and flea markets it was a weekly adventure for me.My sister started collecting and then my mom,dad and I got involved.It was a nice family thing to do and I learned a lot about the things I collected.
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 Oh Gale!! A 150 years old? WOW! That's a very special thing to have! Can you show a picture? I'd love to see it!

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posted at 3/4/2013 6:05 PM EST
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I remember the milkman bringing cottage cheese in brightly colored aluminum tumblers.  They made such a colorful site at the table and kept your drink nice and cold.
Posted by Bakery1 G


  Bakery I remember the milk man! It was always my job to bring in the milk. Ours only brought milk.

Re: RETRO "The 50's"

posted at 3/4/2013 6:19 PM EST
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Reading Gale's comments on moving makes me cringe thinking about ever moving from this house.  There is so much stuff I will have to get rid of if that happens.  My husband is always trying to get me to throw things out that are old.  Some of those "old" things are from the 50's and 60's and I just can't bring myself to get rid of them.  We even have an entire set of dishes from the late 50's.  My kids may hate me forever if I leave all those things for them to deal with lol.

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posted at 3/5/2013 9:50 AM EST
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In Response to Re: RETRO "The 50's" :   Oh Gale!! A 150 years old? WOW! That's a very special thing to have! Can you show a picture? I'd love to see it!
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Hi Vicki,Right now it is buried in a box somewhere at the new place I will have my Daughter in Law take a picture and post it when I find it.When I first started collecting we went to a garage and met the nicest older couple who were moving.She had an antique secretary that is now over a 150 years old which we bought from her.That pot was inside the secretary.I want to buy the teapot and she said it wasn't for sale because it was a family heirloom.To make a long story short we became friends during the months prior to their move to California.We were at their home one night and she gifted the teapot to me because none of their kids wanted it and she said she knew I would take care of it and pass it down in my family.I have kept that teapot near and dear to my heart and it will be passed down in my family.We remained friends with this wonderful couple until they passed away some years ago.

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posted at 3/5/2013 12:16 PM EST
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Reading Gale's comments on moving makes me cringe thinking about ever moving from this house.  There is so much stuff I will have to get rid of if that happens.  My husband is always trying to get me to throw things out that are old.  Some of those "old" things are from the 50's and 60's and I just can't bring myself to get rid of them.  We even have an entire set of dishes from the late 50's.  My kids may hate me forever if I leave all those things for them to deal with lol.
Posted by H. M

When I moved in with my husband he was living in the house he was born in.  I always kidded him that I married a man that never left home. 
There was not a lot of stuff left from his parent other than furniture but he collected quite a bit of "stuff" and I had a lot of "stuff"  Much of his stuff though I think he began collecting as the Alzheimer's began. Had I realized what was going on.....(water under the bridge, can't go back...)
Anyway He had been in that house 67 years I had been in it 30+ years it took quite a bit to clear it out and I was ruthless when tossing things out.  So far I have not missed much of what I tossed out.
So word of advice for all....begin to go through your "stuff" and deal with it while you can take the time to decide what you really want to do with it.
If the kids want it tell them to take it you are not going to store it for them!  (I found and tossed out a box of dirty clothes my son tossed in the attic when he moved out I have no idea why he left it there.)
Sell or donate what you can if no one wants it.

Re: RETRO "The 50's"

posted at 3/5/2013 10:16 PM EST
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I remember the milkman bringing cottage cheese in brightly colored aluminum tumblers.  They made such a colorful site at the table and kept your drink nice and cold.
Posted by Bakery1 G

I have a set of those glasses that the milkman brought...I think I must have been around 9 or 10 (wow! that was 65 years ago!) and they are in pristine condition.  We hardly used them....they were too pretty!!  When we moved into the condo 9 years ago, my husband threw away just about anything he could get his hands on.....I caught him with them....that's why I still have them!

Re: RETRO "The 50's"

posted at 3/12/2013 8:07 AM EDT
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 we like the reto look because it is cool looking.

Re: RETRO "The 50's"

posted at 3/12/2013 8:46 AM EDT
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Both of my Grandmas had so many items everyone talks about.  These metal cup holders with handles she used when company came - they held styrofoam coffee cups, juice cups, anything small.  Well today we say small, Grandma said normal size & the only large cup it holds is the old glass coke glasses because of their narrow bottom.  Pastel small plates/so tiny - when we visited, me & my 2 brothers got 1 scoop of ice cream each in them...I searched for the rest of the set (called melmac) but few sell & expensive when found.  I don't drink coffee but she said I needed for when company calls - only my husband knows how to work the "percolator" but the 2nd pot glass top broke & my step-mother said use a shot glass but take it off when pouring.  I loved & she gave to me when she sold the house
    Sweet Pastel Vintage Melamine Dessert Plates

Re: RETRO "The 50's"

posted at 3/12/2013 9:24 AM EDT
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Love all the retro goodies! I have my mom's tea set she had as a little girl, and her ceramic dolls - love them all!

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posted at 3/12/2013 12:13 PM EDT
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i have my mothers cookie cutters and a old cheese grater and my husbands aunts swifter
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