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In the 40s, Milk in a bottle and Scary Radio

We had home milk delivery in glass bottles with tinfoil tops and another man brought blocks of ice for the icebox.   It was lined with probably tin and was made of wood.  It was not electric and yet it worked.  When Pearl Harbor was attacked the morning of Sunday, December 7, 1941 and the U.S. entered the war, only one-third of farms had electricity to run refrigerators or washing machines in the house or lights and milking machines in the barn. Only 25 percent of farms had telephones.  I remember our phone number was 407 and we were on a party line for awhile.  For those that don’t know,  usually three families would share a line.  You could pick up the receiver and listen in on someones conversation if you were so inclined.  My parents said I WAS not.   Before dial phones came in, we had an operator and we had to tell her the number we wanted and she would dial it.  My how things have changed.

The father of one of my best friends bottled Dr Pepper and in those days soda pop came in bottles.  We would often go down to the plant and watch the bottles go through what they called the “soaker”, then watch the machine fill the bottles.  We loved to have our parents put Dr Peppers in the freezer part of refrigerators later when they got one.  When you open a frozen Dr Pepper the frozen liquid will creep out the top of the bottle and we would  eat it like a popsicle.  Bet you didn’t know tuna casserole was introduced in the 40s.   I found some recipes from the 40s you might like to look at, so check these:  The Retro Housewife and War Time Recipes.

It’s funny what a person remembers from their childhood.  The radio was our inside entertainment in those days.  I would lay on the floor next to the radio and my dads chair.  I would either just listen or draw which I liked to do.  The term “Old Time Radio” refers to the entertainment programs that were broadcast from the 1920s to the early 1960s.  Some of my favorites were Adventures of the Thin Man, The Shadow, Creaking Door, Mr Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons, Inner Sanctum and Whistler As you can see best of suspense were my favorite.