Things You Remember Fondly From The Past

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  1. Frank Sanoica

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    @Nancy Hart
    You had a player piano? When you were a kid? I was about 10 or so when my Mother convinced my Dad to buy the one advertised nearby. I was taking piano lessons, and she may have had a "future" for me in mind. It wound up in our basement. Soon, one was advertised for sale: $15.00. We bought it. It, too, went into the basement. One was sold. Neither had been played, as I gave up the lessons, but maybe by the time I was 12 or so, the mechanics of how that thing could play music by just pumping the pedals had infused me with curiosity. I tore that player completely apart, ruined it to be sure, actually understood little about the mechanism, but found an amazing array of rubber tubing connected to little bellows which actuated the keys, the big driving bellows was foot-operated.

    Today, I can envision and understand how they worked, and must give enormous credit to the engineers and designers who back then could create such devices which were beyond their time.

    The wrecked piano was carted off by the garbagemen, piecemeal.

    Fifteen Bucks for a player...... our attic had big boxes of piano rolls stored......they were pitched when I left the Chicago area. More garbage fodder.
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    Porch swings and gliders (All file photos)

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    If I had one now, I'd have a porch bed. :cool::D

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    Several areas I've lived in were miserably loaded with a variety of biting insects......a screened porch was a necessity. The green-headed blood-suckers were among the worst:
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    They commonly bit me on my back through my shirt, as I took my walks in MO.

    The horse-flies were horrible. This one's obviously dead......
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    When life made sense and people had common sense.
     
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    Ladies only: .. Did any of you get this brochure (or something similar) ? . This was all .I got.

    "Go read it," she said. :rolleyes: :eek:

    (Actually I was relieved it was handled that way. :p)

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