Trips back to Elementary School:
Big Chief writing tablets--red front cover with an Indian face in full head-dress. Everyone
had Red Chief. I had to make do with plain tablets. Major envy. Everyone
had 64 colors crayon box with built-in sharpener. I had to make do with the 8 color box. I learned the difference between yellow-green and green-yellow with borrowed crayons from the large box.
Organizers which tied to the side of your desk. Everyone
had these gorgeous store-bought bags with lots of pockets. My mom made mine out an old curtain (green flowery pattern with cream background) with only one pocket and a drawstring. Major embarrassment.
Clear Plastic slip-on galoshes--I never could get my shoes out after using them. Everyone
else had yellow galoshes. Do we detect a pattern here?
Dick and Jane and Spot; Alice and Jerry and Jip.
Slide projectors. Manually threaded movie projectors; the rattling noise if you had the film threaded wrong; ripped out sprockets at the beginning of the film.
SRA readers--Liitle booklets with Q&A about what you had read; reading levels marked by different colors. I was so proud when I got to gold. I also remember cheating to get that high.
Graduating from using pencils to cartridge ink pens in 4th or 5th grade. Left handed, I always had ink on the side of my hand. Rule: no squeezing the cartridge to make ink shoot at someone you didn’t like (or maybe someone you had a crush on).
Big ceiling fans. No air-conditioning in Louisiana.
A parent bringing in a portable
TV (wow!) so we could watch rocket launches live (Mercury, Gemini).
Black and white TV’s. Adjusting “Rabbit Ear” antennas. Test patterns.
And last, but not least:
Mimeograph (Ditto) handouts with purple lettering. Oh, that glorious smell.