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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Make Room for Nostalgia

When you finally go back to your old hometown, you find it wasn't the old home you missed, but your childhood. -Sam Ewing
This honey of a stereo has been in my life since 1959 when my parents bought it from Sears. I remember, as a teenager, lying on the couch listening to "The Doors", "The Who", "Crosby Stills Nash and Young", "The Beatles", and "Three Dog Night," just to name a few. Thanks to my parents and my nephew, it now has a spot...I mean a whole wall in my living room. It is nestled in our 1970 house amongst the 1930 furniture from Aunt Ruth, a chair that supposedly came across the plains, and a curio cabinet made in wood working shop by my son.

The top middle of the stereo opens up to reveal the radio and turn-table. My mother had a stiffly starched doily placed in the center with a lovely silk flower arrangement Every time we wanted to turn on the radio or play a record, we had to move the doily and flower arrangement The speakers are so big that when we turned up the "Loudness" knob, (yes, it has "LOUDNESS" written by the knob) someone would yell, "turn it down!" or "turn it off!"
A box of LPs came with this stereo. I was so excited to see my favorites but was surprised to see albums such as these! What? Where are my groovy records?

How times have changed. Now we can blast our ear drums with our favorite music while walking around and no one else can hear. I wonder what Jacob is listening to...Maybe just for fun I should yell "turn it down!"
It's fun to have the stereo in our already crowded living room. It brings back many memories. I'm going to go starch a doily.

7 comments:

JILL said...

You already know what Jacob is listening to. It all has to do with Pee Wee!
I can't wait to come play the pile of shaving cream song on that record player.

Kazzy said...

Such a cool cabinet! I am all about 50s/60s design! Really neat. How about I bring over all of my Donny Osmond albums some afternoon and we have a party?

ps. I am assuming your made the doily in your spare time...

Valerie said...

Thanks for the walk down memory lane. We had a similar stereo with an 8 track tape player! Whoo! Now I am going to be singing Barry Manilow songs all day! (oh, the horror!)
And when did Jacob grow up? This really has to stop! :)

"Her name was Lola...she was a show girl..." da, da, da, dadadada.......(yeah, that will have to stop too).

Camille said...

I'm hoping the needle and arm get fixed so we can dance to "Cookie, cookie, lend me your comb" and "Tiptoe through the Tulips". I wonder if those are found anywhere on Jake's Zune...

Kazzy said...

You listened to The Doors and The Who? You really ARE cool!

Joanie said...

All your furniture is turning into a cool eclectic collection. Just think of all the fun stories you will be able to share with your kids about your younger years.

KC said...

I'm so glad you wanted that. I really felt bad saying no to Brett...but knew it had to stay in the family! ENJOY!