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Schoolhouse Rock: America – I’m Just a Bill Music Video (by DisneyEducation)

For those of us who grew up in the 70’s “Schoolhouse Rock” was a collection of animated educational short videos that were seen on Saturday morning TV. These shorts gave lessons on math, language, government, history and more. 

“I’m Just A Bill” seems appropriate for the day we live in. 

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Vintage Home Entertainment at its Finest. Most people remember when televisions were functional furniture. I love the whole look here with the TV and the stereo system in one cabinet. Pretty sure there is a turntable in there somewhere. The big speakers could provide a room filling sound that would keep people entertained for hours.

Yesterday I was helping my dad install a TV in their RV and it did pretty much everything this unit did except it had a bigger screen and was only 2 inches wide. It’s amazing how technology has changed. 

Vintage Candy

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My wife brought back a bag of vintage candy from her trip to North Carolina. She picked it up at Mast General Store in Waynesville. 

Among the selection includes Squirrel Nut Zippers, Ice Cubes, Mary Jane (not that Mary Jane), Blood Orange Slices, Clove, Bit O Honey, Cherry Sour, Lemon Drop and more. Its good stuff and reminds me of a simpler time.

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In Soda Revival, Fizzy Taste Bubbles Up From The Past

“The soda fountain was once an equivalent to the local saloon,” says Darcy O’Neil, the author ofFix the Pumps, a history of the golden age of soda fountains. In 1875, he explains, there was a soda counter in almost every American city….

“In the beginning, pharmacists are using good flavors to hide flavors they need us to drink,” explains mixologist Owen Thompson…. 

So, you’d walk into the pharmacy, pick up your foul-tasting medicine, and then walk to the other side of the counter, where the pharmacist had a soda jerk. He’d mix the medicine with a sweet, flavored syrup and soda water.

“At first, [the pharmacists] used sweetened soda water to conceal the taste of bitter drugs like quinine and iron. Then they started to add more exotic substances,” says O’Neil, the drink historian. (NPR)

Photo: A 1939 soda jerk flips ice cream into malted milk shakes in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Library of Congress)