Friday, April 12, 2013

A Trip Back in Time

Hi everyone!  Not sure if any of you remember this, but back in the 1960's, when my parents purchased laundry detergent, there was usually a free item inside the box.  This could be a towel, toy or something else.  I do remember the towels, and I think the name of the brands that offered a free towel were Duz and Breeze, if I recall accurately.  Please feel free to share your childhood memories:  your favourite toys and activities.

The video I have chosen for this post is a one minute vintage Ivory Snow TV commercial.

The photo I have chosen for this post is one I took in the summer of 2010...at a greenhouse.  It is a place where you can, for free, go to visit and enjoy all the flowers and plants, fountains and there are even tables with chairs and benches, where you can sit and relax and perhaps even bring a lunch.
You just need to click on the image to see a larger view.

Thank you all so much for visiting me here!  I really appreciate and enjoy reading your kind thoughts, which you are always welcome to share by clicking on the 'comments' link at the end of my post.

51 comments:

  1. Companies are too tight to give their customers anything anymore, even a quality product.

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    1. Hi Gorges, I am afraid you're right.

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  2. Hello, Linda, I like your picture a lot and the plants too. I'm afraid I saw a documentary on similar decorative plants that have come into European homes from South American forests and that are extremely poisonous for human people. Have you heard anything about that. Anyway we should be careful and avoid touching them.

    Greetings,
    Santi

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    1. Oh, thank you for your comment and for sharing this information. I don't touch them, just take the photos but I will make sure to be careful. Thank you so much.

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  3. When staying with friends' families there would be a toy of some sort in every new box of cereal...but at home we did not eat box cereals....just porage, and nothing came free with that!

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Helen.

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  4. I do remember the free towels that came in the boxes of detergent, also the free dishes from some of the gas stations and who could forget the green stamps. Precious?? memories!

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    1. Hi Beth, oh, yes, the dishes, too! And the green stamps...of course.

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  5. I don't doubt why they then switched to cereal boxes

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  6. yes! seems a long time ago



    ALOHA from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
    ~ > < } } ( ° > <3

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    1. It sure does, Cloudia.

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  7. nice going through your blog happy weekend. Greetings from Creativity and imagination photos of José Ramón

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    1. Thank you so much for your visit and comment.

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  8. We visited a candy store today that had candies from back in the day...my kids thought I must be a dinosaur...I love seeing things from back in the day! Thanks for visiting me today!

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    1. Hi Joe, thank you so much for sharing, I really appreciate your comment.

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  9. Those plants are beautiful. I remember my mom getting a towel in laundry detergent. It was rainbow striped and my favorite when I was young. Blessings! Lara

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    1. Hello Lara, thank you so much for sharing your memory and so glad you liked my photo.

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  10. The plants are beautiful!!! And YES, I remember these gifts! How about when you got gas, they would run out to clean your window and you would always get a beautiful glass or steak knife. After a few tankfuls, you would have a whole set. Still have some. I think Cracker Jack still has a toy inside...

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    1. Hi Ginny, thank you so much, so glad you liked my photo. As far as the gas goes, my parents never had a car, but my friend's parents did, as well as my uncles, and I remember the glasses! Yes, Cracker Jack still has a toy inside, but the cost of Cracker Jack has gone up so much! It was either 5 cents or 10 cents back then!

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  11. Moją ulubioną zabawką był a śpiaca lalka. Uwielbiam miejsca, gdzie można ogladać rośliny. Dziękuję za odwiedziny i zapraszam do zagladania do mnie. Odwdzięczę się rewizytą. Pozdrawiam.
    My favorite toy was a doll sleeping. I love the place where you can watch the plants. Thank you for visiting and invite you to visit me. Repay a return visit. Yours.

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    1. Hi Giga, thank you so much for your visit and comment.

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  12. ooo, this was before my time, i guess, since i was born in 1976. i do remember that when i was a kid though, there would be tiny free toys inside packets of junk food, heheh :D

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    1. Hi Sean, yes, there sure were! Thanks so much for your comment.

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  13. I don't remember the gifts in detergents but I remember the gifts inside cereal boxes so my sister and I always used to have a bit of a scrap over who would open the box! PS I love your image of the plants, beautiful coloured leaves. Have a nice weekend. /Niki

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    1. The cereal boxes, yes! Sometimes they would have records in them, the old 45's. Thanks so much for your comment, so glad you like my photo.

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  14. I too remember the gifts in detergent. Seems like one of the companies gave out juice glasses with rainbow stripes?? And movie theaters as well as groceries would give out china pieces - so that if you went regularly, you could collect a whole set.

    Your video also reminded me that it's hard to find baby diaper pins anymore. I was looking for one recently to use (not for a diaper) and couldn't find any at the stores. Guess with the disposable diapers, people don't use them anymore?

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    1. Hi Rian, thanks so much for sharing your memories. As far as baby diaper pins go, you might be able to find some at a dollar store. Not sure about your area, but I often see things in dollar stores here that I thought were no longer available.

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  15. just dropping by to say hi.


    ...seems a long time ago.

    have a lovely weekend~

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  16. I believe I do remember the towels, but not toys. And I don't remember the brands. But I was busy with other things and not washing clothes. :)

    Those plants in your second photo...can't remember the name but they come in both red and white versions and we had many of them growing in our yard in our old house in Ocala...they returned every year and spread rapidly. Love 'em!

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    1. Hi Lowell, thank you so much for your comment.

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  17. ...I remember those little toys.. and I love the colors of your photograph.
    Costas

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    1. Thanks so much, I am so glad you like my photo.

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  18. I remember Duz laundry detergent and the advertising slogan, "Duz does everything!"

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    1. Wow, I had forgotten the slogan! Thanks for sharing, Ms. Sparrow!

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  19. Those plants are so pretty the colours are amazing.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment, I really appreciate it.

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  20. Love that plant with the heart shaped leaves but can't remembr what it is..and was thinking those baby toys would probably be worth something today on ebay!

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    1. Hi Leslie, thanks so much for your comment. I never thought about that, but you are probably right (about the baby toys being worth something today on ebay!)

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  21. Gorgeous shot! Amazing tropical colours.

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    1. Thank you so much, JM!

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  22. Thanks for your comment on good-times-rollin.blogspot.com

    We are sure enjoying the desert! Hope you will visit again!


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    1. Hi Gay and Joe, thanks, and I look forward to seeing you here as well!

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  23. As far as I can remember, Linda, there were towels in and kitchen aids.
    The colors of your picture are nice !
    Lie(f)s.

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    1. Hi Lies, thanks so much for your comment.

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  24. I remember Ivory Snow, but not the toy or gift. I wonder if they stopped including one in later. Old commercials are fun to watch and reminisce. Your greenhouse sounds like a lovely place to visit and stay for awhile.

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  25. I remember dishes with a wheat pattern & gold rims in laundry detergent, & another detergent that offered glasses. Tide had plastic drinking cups that were the right size for a three year old child to easily manage. My friends mother had a set of those that we used to drink Koolaid!

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  26. I remember those soaps and gifts! Beautiful flowers - - - and the baby in the video, too.

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