One of my favorite items as a kid was my doll Little Miss Echo. I remember rushing home from school to celebrate my 6th birthday. As I climbed the stairs to change out of my school clothes and entered my bedroom, there is a huge box wrapped with a big red bow. The box was as big as I was. I was excited to open my present, only to find Little Miss Echo. What made her so special was she repeated whatever I said. She was equipped with a tape recorder in her chest and was the next best thing to heaven.
My second favorite was my doll Chatty Cathy. She was also a talking doll but much different than Little Miss Echo. She had a pull-string mechanism in her back that you pulled and she would ask you to brush her hair. She had several other saying, like I love you and Although Little Miss Echo was my favorite Chatty Cathy was still a favorite. Eventually the string broke and Chatty Cathy no longer spoke to me.
My third favorite item as a kid was “penny candy!” You could go to the corner store with a quarter and come home with a bag full of penny candy, particularly, peppermint patties, squirrel nuts, pumpkin seeds, sweet tarts and bubble gum. Penny candy no longer exist, penny candy now cost $.50.
As a little girl, mostly on raining days when we were not allowed to go outside we would play pick-up sticks. You would hold numerous thin colorful sticks in your hands and let them fall as they may. The option was to pick up a stick without disrupting the other sticks. If you disturbed the other sticks you would lost your turn.
Another favorite that is no longer around are the Little Tavern restaurants that sold square hamburgers with square hamburger rolls. They used dehydrated onions that they soaked in water. The burgers were covered with pickles, and at you request mustard and ketchup was available. The burgers were delicious and you could buy a bag of three burgers for $1.75. Their motto was “Buy ’em by the bag.”