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This is the nostalgia section. It could've been lumped with the sections, 'People and places' or 'Local history' but nostalgia warrants its own section because it is different. History is fact recorded. Nostalgia is much more on a personal level that people alive today can relate to, and what becomes history when we are long gone.

Please send your own memoirs to me at colette@middletonia.co.uk to publish here, no matter how short. They could contribute to a bigger article in the future. Expats worldwide are invited to put 'finger to keyboard' here. For Middleton memories go to the menu on the left.

Here's a nostalgia message!

How's this for nostalgia?
All the girls had ugly gym slips. Family dog
It took five minutes for the TV to warm up.
Nearly everyone's Mum was at home when the kids got home from school.
Nobody owned a thoroughbred dog.
You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny. Teachers
All your male teachers wore ties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels.
It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents.
They threatened to keep children back a year if they failed. . . and they did it!
No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked.
Lying on your back in the grass with your friends and saying things like, 'That cloud looks like a... '
Street cricket Playing cricket with no adults to help the children with the rules of the game.
Bottles came from the corner shop without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger.

And with all our progress, don't you wish just once, you could slip back in time and savour the slower pace and share it with the children of today?

Being sent to the head's study was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home!
In the lounge We were in fear for our lives but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.
Summers filled with bike rides, cricket, Hula Hoops and visits to the pool and eating lemonade powder or liquorice sticks.
Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, 'Yes, I remember that'?

How Many Of These Do You Remember?

Coca Cola Sweet cigarettes.
Coca Cola in bottles.
Blackjacks and bubblegums.
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with tinfoil tops.
Newsreels before the film.
Telephone numbers with a word prefix...(Mayfair 3489)
78 RPM Party lines.
Andy Pandy.
Hi-Fi's, 45 RPM records and 78 RPM records!
Green Shield Stamps.

Do You Remember a Time When..

Decisions were made by going 'eeny-meeny-miney-moe'?
'Race issue' meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
Catching tiddlers could happily occupy an entire day?
It wasn't odd to have two or three 'Best Friends'?
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was'chickenpox'?
Having a weapon in School meant being caught with a catapault?
TV Saturday morning television wasn't 30-minute commercials for action figures?
Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles?
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team?
Cigarette cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
Taking drugs meant orange flavored chewable aspirin?
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?

If you can remember most or all of these, Then You Have Lived!!!!!!!

More nostalgia memories sent to Middletonia

What about....
The 10s 6d spare Mullard Valve for the "Telly"
Self assemble toys in packets of Cornflakes
Your Co-Op number when the milkman came to be paid
LSD was pounds shillings and pence
World Cup Willie was the 1966 World Cup Football mascot, not an unfortunate male affliction!

The History of 'APRONS'

apron patterns

I don't think our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few and it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for;

removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

an apron From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the Autumn, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ' old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.
Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.
They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.

I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron.

Interesting and Legal. Medications from the past

Treatments from our great granny's time, very effective medication!
Might not have ACTUALLY cured anything but it SURE took away the caring about it aspect.

Bayer's Heroin

Between 1890 and 1910 heroin was sold as a non-addictive substitute for morphine. It was also used to treat children with strong cough.

Coca Wine

Metcalf Coca Wine was one of a huge variety of wines with cocaine on the market. Everybody used to say that it would make you happy and it would also work as a medicinal treatment.

Mariani wine

Mariani wine (1875) was the most famous Coca wine of its time. Pope Leo XIII used to carry one bottle with him all the time. He awarded Angelo Mariani (the producer) with a Vatican gold medal.


Produced by Maltine Manufacturing Company of New York. It was suggested that you should take a full glass with or after every meal. Children should take half a glass.


C.F. Boehringer & Soehne ( Mannheim , Germany ) were proud of being the biggest producers in the world of products containing Quinine and Cocaine.

Opium for Asthma

No comment.

Cocaine tablets (1900)

All stage actors, singers teachers and preachers had to have them for a maximum performance. Great to "smooth" the voice. (Not a lot changes then!)

Cocaine drops for toothache

Very popular for children in 1885. Not only they relieved the pain, they made the children happy!

Opium for new-borns

I'm sure this would make them sleep well (not only the Opium, but 46% alcohol!!!!!)

And we worry about aspirin for children today???

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