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 01-30-2008, 08:45 Post: 150940
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Murf's post about Mr. Haney on Green Acres brought lots of memories from when I was growng up in rural Iowa. The Rawleighs man, Watkins man, Fuller Brush man, The fish peddler who showed up just before Lent. In the summer there were book salesmen who walked door to door selling encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc. then there were the tool salesmen who had everything from pliers to keystock. We weren't really loney at all out in the country back then. Most of these guys were just trying to make an living doing what they could, their arrival was welcomed and most all work stopped till they left. Some even took eggs, fresh, cream, butter, or fresh vegetables as some of the pay for their goods. Frank.






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 01-30-2008, 09:35 Post: 150944
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Ah yes, reminds of growing up on the farm. We had to walk to school in knee-deep snow, up-hill both ways no less, even in the summer.

Franky, pull yer' stool up and tell us more...

(Reminds me of my two youngest sisters who are 10 and 13 years younger than me. They were visisting one day on their way home from junior high school. They asked me if we had computers when I was in school. Told them no. They both looked puzzled and said "well how did you learn". Then there was the much younger woman I was dating who wanted to use my phone (pre cell phones). I showed her my "antique" 1940's rotary phone. She had no clue on to dial out! Now she's a school teacher with two Master's degrees. Scary!






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 01-30-2008, 09:38 Post: 150945
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Franky we have peddlers in DeTwah (Detroit)--'cept thay're not from the country and they peddle things that they don't own. I knew people that worked down town. Typically the peddlers will steal your car and then try to sell it back to you for $50.






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 01-30-2008, 09:58 Post: 150946
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Then there was the much younger woman I was dating who wanted to use my phone (pre cell phones). I showed her my "antique" 1940's rotary phone. She had no clue on to dial out! Now she's a school teacher with two Master's degrees. Scary!



There are some here Jeff who might pick on you for your choice of such a clever woman, nay even inquire if you two are still happily wed, but not I, no sir-ee-bob, not me.

I know you're single. Wink yeah right

Best of luck.






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 01-30-2008, 14:39 Post: 150966
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Ahhh I'm at a loss for words. How clever would you have expected her to be age...ahhh, never mind. Murf ol'SON me thinks me an' you are cut from the same cloth--if you get my drift...






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 01-30-2008, 14:49 Post: 150968
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I'm not sure it's 'cloth'......

But I think you're right, we were both cut from the same.... stuff. Wink yeah right

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 01-30-2008, 15:04 Post: 150969
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Speaking of cloth, yes, my Mother used to buy "bolts",kinda oblong looking rools of cloth for you youngings who weren't privliged to have lived back then to make clothes from. I do remember her once trading some live chickens to the cloth, needle, thread, yarn, zipper and botton peddler, and that isn't half of the story, on his way down the road the back door came open on his old panel truck and the chickens got loose. And again on the subject of cloth, there were men of the cloth who walked around the country side in the summer selling bibles and religous items. I could go on, but I'm sure you all have long since tired of my ramblings, old men tend to do that you know. Frank.






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 01-30-2008, 20:29 Post: 150980
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Back as a young kid in the 60s, we kids loved to see "The Rolling Store" come up the dirt road to my great grandmama's house. It was an old truck with a wooden bodied "store" complete with steps on the back and a counter at which you placed your order. My great-grandmama would buy sugar and such, and she always bought us those little "pecan planks" for a penny apiece. We thought we were on top of the world for that little oiece of "store-bought" candy.






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 01-30-2008, 21:25 Post: 150983
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Up till about the mid 90's there was still a CenPeCo salesman and a tool salesman who would stop by the farm shop about twice a year. The tool guy would roll out a new welder, plug it in and let you have a go at it, he had everything from torch tips to cotter pins. All of the other oldtimers were gone by then. I think the cost of fullsize vans and the fuel they used finally put them out of business too. I was never a big enough fish for the Snap On type guys to drive out in the country for, but I used to visit their vans once in a while if I saw them stopped at a farm machinery dealership. Frank.






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 01-31-2008, 09:38 Post: 150989
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If, we were to move back to more of this and less of hopping in and running 10 or 50 miles (one way) just to pick up something simple, any idea how much we could save per person and per a country in cost? Might make oil a little less costly. kt






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