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Stuff that some folks probably bought, >50 years ago

 
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Hamburgers in a can!


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The lady who did the Pressure Canning book giveaway last month  
Pressure Canning for Beginners and Beyond by Angi Schneider
hads a recipe in her book for canning sausages, which I had never thought of, but it's a cool idea. I Bet hamburgers would be done the same way.

Things to learn from the past!  :D
 
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It will have been close to forty years ago now, but I have eaten a version of those.  Different brand.  We lived way out on the Yukon and there were a lot of canned meats that were by then hard to find but which had once been traditional in the pre-refrigeration era.  Canned bacon was a staple for us.  (Basically a pound of bacon, sliced, wrapped in waxed paper, then canned by some process that didn't do much more than pasteurize it.  Product of Argentina, if I recall.)

The burgers were not bad but not wonderful -- about as dry and hard as the cheapest frozen disc-patties you might buy in a big bag at CostCo.  
 
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Could've stopped at Spam, buuuut noooooo!


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Abbott: I made dinner!

Costello: What unholy concoction is that?

Abbott: Cold liver loaf on a shingle!

Costello: I just became a vegetarian.
 
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Those were great!  Would not likely eat them today, but they had a very distinctive flavor I associate with a particular time.
 
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>> Those were great!  Would not likely eat them today, but they had a very distinctive flavor I associate with a particular time.


Yes, those space food sticks would've been a welcome treat for my 10-year old self.  The following however, not so much:

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Anyone know what a polish mop is?
 
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Anyone know what a polish mop is?


A mop you use on a waxed floor to bring the shine back up, you polish the wax with it.
 
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Anne!
I ate many of those as a child. My father had to travel frequently for work and when he wasn't home my mom would break out the TV dinners for my brother and I!
Those foil trays were so exciting. Or maybe my mom just did a good job of making it exciting.  She was probably excited not get have to get dinner ready and clean it all up afterwards.
 
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Cat food, errrrr, chicken stuffed with veal.  Extruded.



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Melissa, I used to splurge on a few of those TV dinners to have something nice for a lunch at work.

At that time the foil tray was paper, though.

Swanson's were the highest price, tasted best, and had the best variety.

I can't quite remember what the ones I splurge on though it might have been lasagna and maybe something chinese.

Pearl, I never would have thought a polish mop was for polishing the floor. Duh ...
 
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Howdy

Who remembers Tang? We took it camping along with Spam. We also used to get C-rations("C-rats") at the old Army/Navy surplus stores for camping/backpacking, before freeze dried foods.  Sorry I don't have any photos.

My son listened to Monty Python a lot and didn't know what Spam was.("Spam and eggs,Eggs spam and eggs, Spam spam and eggs...") so we gave him some for Christmas, wrapped up.

I was tempted to give some of these "food items" a thumbs down...lol
 
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Growing up, I always wanted to be an astronaut. The problem was that by age 13, I required glasses (non-starter for NASA at the time) and I grew too tall. But prior to that, Tang and Space Food Sticks were astronaut food! I haven't had either since I was little and not sure if I'd like either today.
 
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The thing about Tang it is still around and so is spam...

Tang comes in a lot more flavors nowadays:

https://www.amazon.com/Grocery-Gourmet-Food-Tang/s

Spam probably comes in more flavors too.

Dear hubby liked his fried and I like the ham and cheese on bread for a sandwich.

The commercial on TV looks so appitising.


 
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Fried spam on top of a bowl of buttered Grits! I was too young for the purchasing, when 4 cents would have made any difference.

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How about Germans got addicted to Coca Cola?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MZ5heO3yaI

it was in a time that Coca Cola was just a party fizz and we had to learn that coca cola is a all day staple goes along withe every meals on every occasion..

is it really???

Funny how time has changed.......
 
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Earlier was vegetable Jello, this one is essentially ...  Miracle Whip Jello!

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Tang is still going strong in South America!
They make many flavors, all in wee packets that make a liter of "juice". But when I'm sick there's nothing I crave more than orange Tang...... brings me right back to being a kid at YMCA/PAL/FFA/etc summer camp!

I babysat a lot in late 80s/early 90s and I ate plenty of frozen dinners and abominations in cans. For an always-hungry teenager it was delightful (especially since we never had such crazy expensive things in our house)!
 
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Be prepared!
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From the Sears Catalog most are over 50 years


1971 Sears Catalog



1983 sears Catalog



The Elsmore



Jewelry from Sear Catalog
 
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I road in something like that light blue car seat in that ad, except mine, was yellow. I was born in 1972, there is photographic evidence of me in such a seat.
 
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I love old catalogues, with the drawn images rather than photos. They had style, they had character. And they were the dreaming books for kids, a view of worlds and things and ideas far away.
 
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So thick, it won't go through a strainer.  I'm not convinced that's a good thing.

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Just ... ugh.
 
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Gary Numan wrote:So thick, it won't go through a strainer.  I'm not convinced that's a good thing.


That ad would work on me! YUM!
 
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I can unequivocally say, my dad did NOT wear this.  Errr, these.
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Just ... Eeeew.


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A Fench breast washer from the 1930s ...also sold in the USA.   But....where does the water go??!
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And then the flying monkeys attacked. My only defense was this tiny ad:
HARDY FRUIT TREES FOR ORGANIC AND PERMACULTURE
https://permies.com/t/132540/HARDY-FRUIT-TREES-ORGANIC-PERMACULTURE
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