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Posted February 10, 2013 - 02:26 PM

I was helping my parents do a little 52 pick-up in the basement. Mainly helping Dad move a few heavy things around.... when I found this under some stuff.
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"Straight Arrow - Distance Signals"
Got us to talking about what it was.

Nabisco made a radio and in-box promotion out of the story of an orphaned Indian child raised by non- Indians... you get the picture (not very PC, but this was 1949)

The cards were the dividers between layers of the shredded wheat and they were also available as a book.

During the conversation, my Mom went and got this

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It's very abused, One might even call it ratty, but it was one of her favorite things as a child. They didn't have a ton of toys and this would've been a luxury

She remembers getting it free with a bunch of box tops. C. 1949 or 1950.

I found a web site that has a ton of info on this as well as pictures of the series of cards. Kinda neat and lots of information. A real look into life as a kid in 1950 America.


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Posted February 10, 2013 - 03:48 PM

Cool!  Seems like the oddest things bring back the best memories.    Rick


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Posted February 10, 2013 - 03:54 PM

Isn't it amazing.  A few pieces of paper, cardboard and a hanky kept your parents busy probably all day long.  Now it has to have a screen, take photos, post to the web and cost a small fortune. 

 

Thanks for sharing that cool stuff.  You never know what lurks in the basement.


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Posted February 10, 2013 - 05:49 PM

 I love finding stuff like that. Thanks for sharing it.


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Posted February 10, 2013 - 06:06 PM

I remember the Straight Arrow lore in Nabisco shredded wheat.  I couldn't wait until my father would finish another layer to get at the divider.  I was allergic to wheat and couldn't help out with the eating tasks... 

 

Here's the Straight Arrow straight dope:

 

http://rolandanderso...-uity_cards.php


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Posted February 10, 2013 - 06:08 PM

That's pretty neat. Thanks for sharing. I bet you feel like an

American picker.


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Posted February 10, 2013 - 07:39 PM

Alan, those kind of things are priceless!  And HH....sorry you couldn't enjoy shredded wheat bales.....warm milk, sugar (sweetener now), sliced bananas.......it is delicious!


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Posted February 10, 2013 - 07:48 PM

Alan, those kind of things are priceless!  And HH....sorry you couldn't enjoy shredded wheat bales.....warm milk, sugar (sweetener now), sliced bananas.......it is delicious!

 

.......don't forget to cover the bales with peanut butter before adding the milk. Use to love that as a kid. Great story Alan, thanks for letting us peek into the basement with you today.


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Posted February 10, 2013 - 08:03 PM

Things just seemed to be more precious back then. Things weren't thrown out, they were repaired. Major appliances with repairs, would last twenty years. A new car or television was a neighborhood event. The "learning to ride bicycle" went through atleast six kids before it got to me and then my brother. We were given home made toys and learned to make our own. Good Memories, I actually feel sorry for my son and kids today.

 

You should record the history of the items and your parents.


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Posted February 10, 2013 - 09:19 PM

Dang it you guys are making me hungry.


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Posted February 10, 2013 - 09:22 PM

Willie, if you get to the next layer of shredded wheat, Harold wants the card. :D

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Posted February 10, 2013 - 10:26 PM

Alan, It's great to hear your parents talk about their childhood and what they had to play with.

 

Thanks so much for sharing !! :thumbs:


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Posted February 11, 2013 - 12:55 AM

Willie, if you get to the next layer of shredded wheat, Harold wants the card. :D

 

Absolutely!:D  The last one that I can remember told you how to set up a campsite...  I remember the part about digging a water diversion trench around it.  I don't remember what tools S.A. recommended you could make  to break hard clay though.

 

I'm pretty sure shredded wheat is what made me a life-long "oatmeal fan".  You can almost find as many ways to "embellish" it as shredded wheat.  It's funny my Dad didn't think of the peanut butter trick, he put that awful stuff (I'm also allergic to peanuts!) on everything else.  Come to think of it, my Mom probably wouldn't let him mix "breakfast" and "lunch" materials.  She ruled in the kitchen, some things just weren't done whatsoever!:D

 

Back in those days there was an entire Universe of stuff for kids tied to cereal "box tops" and "sending away for coupons".  That stuff today at toy shows is all premium $'s now.  I still wonder about the "Atomic Energy Ring" I had, you looked through a telescope like thing and there were things going on in there that reminded you of the stuff you see when you get hit on the head by large objects, stars, flashing lights, etc.  I really wonder what made that happen.  Probably some kind of dangerous materials that's banned in all 50 states today like the shoe X-ray machine!  When I used to haunt the toy/train shows I always looked for one and never found it.  When I see that light show effect today I'm usually being careless with tree trimming or taking stuff off high shelves.:D


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