Tell me you are old...without telling me your age...

I had roller skates that you needed a key to tighten them on your feet...

.I helped my Mom squeeze the little red dot in the plastic bag of oleo to make it appear to be butter...

joyful joyful
Jan '22

didn't get lectricity in the home til the year I turned 14 year old


My first job as a child of 5 was candling eggs in my grandfather's grocery store.


I remember when the Dollar General was Kneckel Ford, A&P was in Patriot Plaza, Rockway Sales was located on Main St.

Eye4anEye Eye4anEye
Jan '22

When I was a kid there were still milk trucks /milk delivery men and metal boxes on the porch to put the returnable empty milk bottles in and to get the new order of milk .

97XBAM 97XBAM
Jan '22

97XBAM, there's still a milkman in our area that does that! Great product at affordable prices and extremely reliable.

https://www.longvalleydairy.com/

Eye4anEye Eye4anEye
Jan '22

I used to use a key attached to the bottom of a can of Spam to open it.

Mr. Resident Mr. Resident
Jan '22

Hackettstown was a great place to live

Big Bob Big Bob
Jan '22

I don't buy green bananas

Jim KIng
Jan '22

Some of my favorite Hackettstown stores were Helen's Toyland , Western Auto , and Newberrys . Before route 80 extended east the family would take route 46 to Two Guys in Dover and Rockaway Sales in Rockaway .There was the Big N in Newton and Majors department store in Flemington next to a John's Bargain store . Some department stores like Majors and the Big N had arcade games in the lobby with hot dog and hot pretzel sales . Main Street Newton had a multi-level department store called Britts and there was also a two floor Sears and Roebuck .

97XBAM 97XBAM
Jan '22

Howdy Doody with Buffalo Bob was my favorite show. Years later, but still young, watched American Bandstand religiously. The “ Sand Bar” and “Grove” were popular swimming holes. My mother had a wringer washing machine and dried clothes on a clothes line.
Dad mowed the lawn with a push lawn mower. I listened to the Sunday Funnies in the newspaper on the radio before I learned to read. Doctor Harmon made house calls and had terrible tasting lollipops!

Spring fever Spring fever
Jan '22

I had to dial my friends numbers (from my own memory) on a rotary phone. Always seemed to mess up the 6th or 7th number and take another minute to redial.

jnnjr jnnjr
Jan '22

David, Goliath, Gumby, and Pokey. Saturday morning cartoons. Stingray bikes, manually change the channel on the TV, $.10 popsicles from the ice cream truck, $.25 for a slice and a coke from Carmine's in Netcong, riding bikes on RT 80 before it opened (Netcong/Stanhope area). Could go on forever!!!

njhokiefan njhokiefan
Jan '22

Way back when the Acme was where Dollar General is. I know that was my first job.
Favorite swimming hole was Saxton Falls out front by the parking lot.
Where the Hospital and school is I hunted and sleigh ride on the big hills there. I was born and raised in the white house across from the hospital.
Willow Grove use to be cement.
Old guy McPeat rode his horses and wagon everyday up to Bilby Rd. He farmed land there.

Bob K Bob K
Jan '22

Ever wonder the stupid world we live in??….

ONLY IN This Stupid World ......do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage. ‍

Only in This Stupid World ......do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the Store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front. ‍

Only in This Stupid World.....do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet Coke.. ‍

Only in This Stupid World.....do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.. ‍

Only in This Stupid World ...........do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in Packages of eight.. ‍

Only in This Stupid World .....do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering. ‍

Not In NJ Anymore Not In NJ Anymore
Jan '22

Mom used to dry curtains on a curtain stretcher.

Barbara Barbara
Jan '22

My first paying job was as a pinboy in the K of C basement bowling alley

eapos eapos
Jan '22

Buying cigarettes in vending machines.

3wbdwnj 3wbdwnj
Jan '22

@ Bob K: You are old...in fact so are we...possibly your neighbors back on Christopher St. and remembering all the things you did as well..

joyful joyful
Jan '22

Buying a soda at the fish hatchery for ten cents.

Robert Rowe Robert Rowe
Jan '22

I watched baseball games at Yankee Stadium, the Polo Grounds, and Ebbets Field. :-)

OnTheEdge OnTheEdge
Jan '22

Buying candy cigarettes that puffed pink "smoke."

Courtney1 Courtney1
Jan '22

S&H Green stamps

Gas was 29.9 cents a gallon

Party phone line and getting yelled at by the cranky lady on the phone to hang up

thehazguy thehazguy
Jan '22

Whitey Ford was pitching and Yogi Berra was catching for the Yankees.

JBJSKJ JBJSKJ
Jan '22

Joyful your right. Fred Almendinger at Cozy Corner.
I remember everybody who lived on Christopher St.
His wife made good food.

Bob K Bob K
Jan '22

I went to games at Ebbets Field and the old Madison Square Garden. Was very disappointed that Wilt Chamberlain only scored 41 points the year he averaged 50.

rbilly rbilly
Jan '22

The M&M boys came out to the warning track and waved to us kids in the bleachers.

Stymie Stymie
Jan '22

I wore bell bottom pants in H.S. and went to Aunt Kate's bar in Byram. Loved to go to Bertrands Island.

Patti Patti
Jan '22

Re: Tell me you are old...without telling me your age...

my first motorcycle looked like this.
right down to the squeeze it horn


I loved going to Bertrand’s Island.

Guilty-Remnant Guilty-Remnant
Jan '22

Anyone recall the original store in the Hackettstown Mall, late 60's early 70's, before K-Mart? The store was actually built first and the mall added-on later. Remember store but not name, guess that means I'm old..

Ex-townie
Jan '22

I think most of you have me beat, lol.
But I am old enough to remember rotary phones and party lines. If one of your neighbors were on the phone when you picked up the handset, you'd hear the conversation.

Cheapest gas I remember is about 50 cents per gallon.

And I do remember when there was a Shoprite where the Quick Check is on Main St. If I recall I think it burned down.

I miss the sporting good shop on Rt 46. The diner next door burnt down in the late 90's. I seem to remember the owners torched it, got badly burned, and eventually got arrested.

Rob Durana Rob Durana
Jan '22

Boone’s Farm wine

Stymie Stymie
Jan '22

Ex-townie, it was Grant's. I worked there for a couple of months between school & my "real" job.

tmb6123 tmb6123
Jan '22

I remember going to the outhouse and taking a bath in a washtub next to the coal stove in the kitchen .


Charlie's Angels
Captain Kangaroo
Gumby
Leave it to Beaver
Starsky and Hutch, lol


Stymie..
cute :)

PS You can still get Boone's Farm at Washington Liquor Store on Washington Ave 07882 !


Watching Uncle Floyd at 6pm on UHF, channel 68 WHT(Wometco Home Theatre- which by the way, days of yonder pre infiltration of cable TV, aired "adult" movies at night, albeit with a scrambled signal over the air.

Occasionally, very occasionally the scrambled signal would all of a sudden unscramble for a few seconds at a time, giving the viewer a peak of the "adult" content they were missing- a rather enthralling adventure of fortuitous happenstance for a young teen boy at the time).

If you don't know what the UHF band is or was on a TV set is, your probably too young to be on this thread! (put it this way, it involved a very intricate set of antenna settings to capture some UHF channels, which may or may not have involved putting your antenna in a toaster oven)

The Rhyme Animal The Rhyme Animal
Jan '22

Pattie. Do you remember the Stone House Bar. Just past Byran ShopRite . Better than Aunt Kate's.

Bob K Bob K
Jan '22

How about the TV repairman.
TV would go on the “blink”.
Call “Da Man”.
He’d pull it off the wall, take the back panel off and set a mirror in front of the tv so he could see the screen while he fiddled with it and worked his “magic”.
Came with a big black case filled with tubes, wires and stuff.
And got the job done!!

Stymie Stymie
Jan '22

Air raid drills in school. You hid under your desk. In case we were being attacked.

Linda
Jan '22

Coal being delivered down a chute in the front of the house --- carrying out ash to the garbage cans
the milk man delivering to a box on the back steps
unicef boxes and collecting alone after dark - with no adults along]
hiding under desks or in the hall crouched down hands over head
yup I'm old as dirt

4catmom 4catmom
Jan '22

Re: Tell me you are old...without telling me your age...

You got a smallpox vaccination that left a round scar on your upper arm .

97XBAM 97XBAM
Jan '22

M&M Mars not in Hackettstown.

auntiel auntiel
Jan '22

Prohibition sucked


Wow CBGB that was 100 years ago. You’re real old. Lol

auntiel auntiel
Jan '22

When I learned to drive and got my license at 17 gas was 21 cents a gallon. A 10 gallon purchase came with a free glass with a loony tunes character on it. My favorite was the daffy duck glass.


There was Jack's Auction House 0n route 46 in Oxford on weekends in the building where Lynch Trucking is now .You'd sit in movie theater type fold down chairs and bid on items brought up to the counter , they would toss bags of M&Ms to the kids . Route 46 out that way was concrete slabs and the drive there would go ka-thunk , ka-thunk , ka-thunk .

Also on weekends off 206 near Andover was the Springdale Farmers Market .Old building with a lumpy asphalt floor , muddy parking lot , old rotting wooden wasp nest filled outhouses out back , they sold a bit of everything . Produce ,vegetables with the price per pound shouted out by vendors ,cheap tools , a bakery ,furniture , clothes , shoes , comics with upper cover missing 3 for 25 cents , records , cheap no name electronics ,etc . The building was still there in the 90s used as a flea market , but far from the same minus the crowds and noise .Crowds of people in a dark dingy old building , many of them smoking , it's a wonder the place never burned down .

97XBAM 97XBAM
Jan '22

Reynolds/Kmart/a movie theatre where Lowe’s is now

Ponderosa where Hyundai is now

Jamesway where Dollar Tree is now

A bar was where Shoprite’s produce section is now

Come on man! Come on man!
Jan '22

When you could buy a small pack (2 Chiclets per pack) of Chiclets Gum for a penny in a vending machine in the NYC subway system.

Stewart Stewart
Jan '22

Good one Stew!
Or if you took a cab, you could cram 5 in the back of a Checker Cab—kids fighting over the folding seats on the floor.

Stymie Stymie
Jan '22

Before Ponderosa it was The Four Oaks until it burnt down. That was a very hot fire to fight !

Stewart's Root beer by East Ave and rt 46.

Down a little was the Dairy Bar ice cream place. If you could finish a big bowl you got a pin saying " I was a pig at the Dairy Bar ".

Bob K Bob K
Jan '22

I recall Shop Rite where Quick Check is now on Main Street, Reynolds & K-Mart at the Hackettstown Mall, the diner before it burned down,

The Rock Pile in Stanhope, Governor's Inn in Hopatcong, the Final Exam in Randolph (those were the days, the club scene, even before the Pandemic s-cks these days! I'm glad i was 18-25 in the days of FUN clubbing, I'd be bored to death if I had to find Single's places these days. And the fun nightclub with a band and another room w/ a dance floor at the Golf Course on Mountain Avenue.

I recall Dennis the Mennis, Lassie, Leave It to Beaver and Bozo the Clown.

This is a great thread for those 50+! Thanks!

MansfieldVillager MansfieldVillager
Jan '22

Bob K. I don't remember the Stone House Bar. Guess I didn't go that far down.

Patti Patti
Jan '22

my favorite song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jZJmW-auRQ


My first job was flipping burgers at Stewart’s Root Beer for Pete and Pauline. Pizza burgers were a bit hit!
Route 46 was always a huge traffic jam on Sunday night as people were driving home from their weekend in the Poconos. They would stop in for burgers at Stewart’s

Ziggy Ziggy
Jan '22

I loved Bazooka bubble gum, individually wrapped with a corny comic inside. Cost $.01 cent. Aprox $5.00 worth of comics could get you a Bazooka shirt. I remember the taste of the gum would wear off in two minutes and the gum was like a rock. Now, my teeth are paying the price.

Guilty-Remnant Guilty-Remnant
Jan '22

Remembering myself and my family being part of the "Bucket Brigade" standing out at corner of Rte 46 and Mountain Avenue collecting coins to help build a hospital in town..

joyful joyful
Jan '22

CBCG's favorite song above by Woody Guthrie:

This just sparked something because Woody Guthrie was linked above. He was in Greystone Psychiatric Hospital from 1966 for a few years:

https://philipsturner.com/2014/03/23/remembering-woody-guthrie-greystone-hospital/

Hackresident Hackresident
Jan '22

Joyful. Do you remember the very old sign across from Cozy Corner that said " Future home of Hackettstown Hospital ". I don't know when it was put there but when I was a little brat the paint was faded and peeling off then.

Bob K Bob K
Jan '22

I am sure I saw it, Bob K...as my husband and I have lived in town almost our entire lives and we are "old" now...Do you remember Carl's little grocery store on Mountain Avenue??

joyful joyful
Jan '22

Joy- remember when the medevacs started landing at the hospital? The police and fire department had to be on site. Everyone on Willow Grove would come out to watch the show.

auntiel auntiel
Jan '22

Yes Joyful I do.
When you turn on Christopher St from Pine St there were 4 houses on the right and I believe 3 on the left. I can remember everybody's name. I probably knew you ! The neighborhood kids played baseball in my field.

Bob K Bob K
Jan '22

I pasted green stamps in a green stamp book for my mother, she'd cashed them in to get something we needed like an iron, toaster etc. Also I had a banana seat bicycle with racoon tails and road it in the parade with balloons tied to the wheels for great sound.


CBGB

Thanks for posting that particular song. I can see now how Arlo was influenced by his Dad with regard to his sped up vocal technique in "The Motorcycle Pickle Song" and "The Ballad of Reuben Clamzo" (in the key of "A", of course, for "A Clam is Coming").

Phil D. Phil D.
Jan '22

Hackresident, cool info about Woody.

Phil D. the song and others by Woody may also explain Arlo's fine sense of humor.


ah - you remind me - I used to listen to wbai radio while getting dressed in the morning and they played a TAPE of Alice's Restaurant often - I then was at the Newport Folk Festival the year Arlo introduced it there- and performed it at virtually every stage - Fabulous - may also have been the year Judy Collins introduced Leonard Cohen - ah the memories

4catmom 4catmom
Jan '22

Listening to Cousin Brucie on channel 77WABC on my small transistor radio.

JBJSKJ JBJSKJ
Jan '22

I watched every Super Bowl

theCoach theCoach
Jan '22

Reading the old Burma Shave signs along the highways and the signs on 95 to Pedro's Place at South of the Border.

Bob K Bob K
Jan '22

Penny candy
Mickey Mouse club
Sears catalog
Drive-in movies


I remember 5 baseball cards and a piece of gum for a nickel.
My college computer class was a key punch machine.

Tom Sokalski Tom Sokalski
Jan '22

Daytime World Series games.

Stymie Stymie
Jan '22

Have gun will travel with Richard Boone.

Bob K Bob K
Jan '22

riding around in the back of our pick-up truck


WZZO in Allentown plays (played? I haven't listened to terrestrial radio in over a decade) Alice's Restaurant every Thanksgiving morning.

ianimal ianimal
Feb '22

How about the night Blue Ridge Lumber burned?

Barbara Barbara
Feb '22

How about when the mall on main street burned down?

Bug3
Feb '22

I get up to pee 3-4 times a night.

danny zucko danny zucko
Feb '22

Barbara your right. Was a big one but it was Williams & Hibler when it burnt. I lived across from the hospital and had ashes all over my car !!

Bob K Bob K
Feb '22

Dad got the 7 of us a huge box of hambergers from Leos for 29 cents each


My first car was a 12 year old Volkswagen Super Beetle...


iJay. My first car was a 1965 bug. I used to put a rope through the windows and had two guys stand on the rear bumper and pull wheelies in the Dollar General ( was Acme back then ) parking lot .

Bob K Bob K
Feb '22

Don't know if they have been mention
but the Orange Pit, Host Diner, Mansfield Inn, the bar after Manfield Inn I think it was Ogden's something.

Bob K Bob K
Feb '22

I remember Holmes Sporting Goods, Tank Town, Bobs Hobby Shop, Westren Auto on Main Street. Rockaway Sales in the mall. Getting a bottle of soda at the police station on Washington Street and looking at all the cool patches on the wall or counting the fire horns to see where the fire was. Good old Hackettstown

Earnhardt Earnhardt
Feb '22

Who can forget Jenny's Doughnuts across from the Knights of Columbus on Liberty Street. Every Sunday morning after church we'd stop there. Best doughnuts ever !

Bob K Bob K
Feb '22

Playing baseball with Bob K. In the field behind his house, you know when kids actually played outside!

Richard Chamberlain Richard Chamberlain
Feb '22

Rose, we would sneak out to LEO’S from the middle school when hamburgers and fries were
15 cents each. Geez that’s old! Lol

Richard Chamberlain Richard Chamberlain
Feb '22

First TV was black and white and we have 5 channels. And I am a year older than your lovely daughter ;)

LVMomOfBoys LVMomOfBoys
Feb '22

@ LVMomofBoys.....And... Your sister is the same age as my daughter and.I am just about the same age as your Dad!!

joyful joyful
Feb '22

The first 45 I ever bought for myself was "Saturday Night" by the Bay City Rollers.

JerseyWolf JerseyWolf
Feb '22

Gas was 54 cents a gallon

rudyk rudyk
Feb '22

Going to Lake Placid Winter Olympics. Awesome!!!
Both times!!


Gas was 25 cents a gallon

4catmom 4catmom
Feb '22

Making baked goods by following recipes

Spring fever Spring fever
Feb '22

Re: Tell me you are old...without telling me your age...

Cardboard tops on milk bottles.

Mr. Resident Mr. Resident
Feb '22

Milkman, baker, iceman delivered to home. No bathroom, no hot water.


I thought the half time show whistled backwards.

Roywhite Roywhite
Feb '22

"It's 10 pm. Do you know where your children are?"


The old Amoco gas station across from Dollar general had a tall blown up man like Paul Bunyon. I can't remember what it was advertising.

Bob K Bob K
Feb '22

Radio. Saturday morning “No School Today” with Big John and Sparky.
The Lone Ranger, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers. Their theme songs.

Millie Millie
Feb '22

Do you take checks?

Guilty-Remnant Guilty-Remnant
Feb '22

Mom sent us kids to the store to pick up cigarettes for her

mattnyd mattnyd
Feb '22

When NJ license plates were black with orange numbers/letters.
When phone numbers had a combination of four letters and or numbers. I still can remembers our number 171R.

Bob K Bob K
Feb '22

Cloth diapers, pins, & rubber pants.

auntiel auntiel
Feb '22

auntiel

...and diaper pails, smelling of ammonia!

Phil D. Phil D.
Feb '22

Aaah, when writing checks was the convenience feature. How about when they actually returned your physical checks!


Herb Oscar Anderson on WABC.


PBM don't forget " Cousin Brucie "

Bob K Bob K
Feb '22

Murray the K and the Swinging Soiree with a blast from the past

4catmom 4catmom
Feb '22

My beer is Reingolld, the dry beer
Think of Reingold whenever you buy beer


Went to see The Beach Boys Live at a theater near Newark.

Spring fever Spring fever
Feb '22

EVV if my memory serves me right but at this age I don't know but Reingold Beer's wearhouse was on Mountain Ave where Berks furniture is now.

Bob K Bob K
Feb '22

Bob K, you are correct - Rheingold Beer was located on Mountain Avenue where Berks Furniture is now. I have family members who worked there many years ago.

Neezy Neezy
Feb '22

Girls wore saddle shoes and penny loafers.

Spring fever Spring fever
February 20th

Tins of Charles Chips delivered to your door!

Original Looney Tunes (yes!) and Godzilla dubbed in English.

Hickory Dog
February 21st

Going with my mom to the laundromat on Willow Grove Street to walk uptown to buy comic books at Knapps/Thorps/Jigger Shoppe .


Where the old Hess Station was use to be a Dairy Queen and a small laundromat facing Main Street.


Polonia Acres in Randolph for polkas on Sundays.


I remember Korvettes

friendly mcface friendly mcface
February 24th

When driving at night, press down with your left foot on a switch on the floor to turn on and off your high beam headlights!


My cart had two keys. One for the ignition and one for the doors and trunk.

Stay Woke
March 7th

Wacky cards
Penny candy
Chutes and Ladders
Rock'em Sock'em Robots
Wooden Airplanes
Punch Balls
5 & 10 stores
Rockaway Sales /Two Guys
Marine Boy
Chiller Theater. etc.


Smoking, in high school, in a designated area, no less! We only got in trouble for smoking in the bathrooms instead of the designated area, regardless of age.

Guilty-Remnant Guilty-Remnant
March 7th

Tom Terrific. you would order ant they sent you a plastic screen on your tv screen and you could draw with tom on your tv

Phil Donaldson Phil Donaldson
March 10th

Smoking at your work desk in an office setting....

ianimal ianimal
March 10th

I think that was Winky Dink, Phil.

Lonesome Dove Lonesome Dove
March 10th

movies at the Strand Theater on Main Street


Free air at gas stations


Transformers - 3pm
GI Joe - 3:30pm

Consigliere
March 10th

When suitcases didn’t have wheels.

3wbdwnj 3wbdwnj
March 13th

I had a U.S.history teacher in Hackettstown High who told us students people would get so frustrated with the government they would elect a dictator strong man to straighten things out . And in November 2016 that prediction came true .


97XBAM… did your teacher happen to mention if it would happen a second time?!;>)

Spring fever Spring fever
March 13th

Of course not . But that teacher and the "Cool as a Moose" biology teacher were the two most memorable teachers I had in that school .


I'm lucky I can remember my teachers names back in the early 60's. lol


Keeping things vague can keep a post from being deleted - like the name of the dictator strong man which would surely have gotten that post nixed .This site is a very good resource of helping people in the area and receiving help/advice in kind .It's not the same as 5 years ago when politics got debated on a daily basis , but there are other sites for that .


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