This week, we are giving you a test to see how much you know (or
remember) about the “Good Old Days.” This was sent by two our readers
from Tucker County:
1. In the 1940’s, where were automobile headlight dimmer switches
A. On the
floor shift knob
B. On the floor
board, to the left of the clutch
C. Next to the
2. The bottle top of a Royal Crown Cola bottle had holes in it. For
what was it used?
Capture lightning bugs
To sprinkle clothes before ironing
Large salt shaker
3. Why was having milk delivered a problem in northern
A. Cows got cold and wouldn’t produce milk
Ice on highways forced delivery by dog sled
Milkmen left deliveries outside of front doors and milk
would freeze, expanding and pushing up the cardboard
4. What was the popular chewing gum named for a game of chance?
5. What method did women use to look as if they were wearing
stockings when none were available due to rationing during World War II?
B. Leg painting C.
6. What postwar car turned automotive design on its ear when you
couldn’t tell whether it was coming or going?
B. Nash Metro C.
7. Which was a popular candy when you were a kid?
A. Strips of dried
Chocolate licorice bars
C. Wax coke-shaped
bottles with colored sugar
8. How was Butch wax used?
A. To stiffen a flat-top haircut so it stood
To make floors shiny and prevent scuffing
On the wheels of roller skates to prevent rust
9. Before inline skates, how did you keep your roller skates attached
to your shoes?
With clamps, tightened by a skate key
Woven straps that crossed the foot
Long pieces of twine
10. As a kid, what was considered the best way to reach a decision?
A. Consider all the facts
11. What was the most dreaded disease in the 1940’s?
B. AIDS C. Polio
12. “I’ll be down to get you in a ________, Honey.
B. Taxi C.
13. What was the name of Caroline Kennedy’s pet pony?
A. Old Blue
B. Paint C.
14. What was a Duck-and-Cover drill?
A. Part of the
game of hide and seek
What you did when Mom called you in to do chores
Hiding under your desk, and covering your head with
your arms in an A-bomb drill.
15. What was the name of the Indian Princess on the Howdy Doody show?
16. What did all the really savvy students do when mimeo-graphed
tests were handed out in school?
Immediately sniffed the purple ink, as this was believed
to get you high
Made paper airplanes to see who could sail theirs out
C. Wrote another
pupil’s name on the top, to avoid their
17. Why did your Mom shop in stores that gave Green Stamps with
To keep you out of mischief by licking the backs,
which tasted like bubble gum
They could be put in special books and redeemed for
various household items
C. They were given to
kids to be used as stick-on tattoos
18. Praise the Lord, and pass the ________.
B. Dames C. Ammunition
19. What was the name of the singing group that made the song
“Cabdriver” a hit?
A. The Ink Spots
B. The Supremes C. The
20. Who left his heart in San Francisco?
Tony Bennett B. Xavier Cugat
C. George Gershwin
17-20 correct: You are older than dirt, and obviously gifted with
mental abilities. Now, if you could only find your glasses. Definitely
someone who should share your wisdom.
12-16 correct: Not quite dirt yet, but you’re getting there.
0-11 correct: You are not old enough to share the
wisdom of your experiences.