Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Back When I Was Young

Back when I was young, you had to lick the postage stamps.

Remember when they first came out with the peel-n-press stamps, and you had to pay extra for them? Maggie doesn't remember. She was reading a comic book today and wanted to know why anybody would lick a stamp.

Maybe this explains why stickers were such a big deal with I was little. It was always a treat to be the one who took possession of the Chiquita sticker off the bunch of bananas. When else did you see a sticker???


  1. I remember. I also remember handing the lady at the post office a dollar and getting four stamps and change.

    Today I told the 8 year old I babysit about computers when I was her age and her response was, "Why would you use a computer then? That's just boring."
    I've given up trying to explain many things like phones with cords, or life without computers or snow blowers or cellphones, or looking something up in a book.

    The world is changing a lot to think that someone who's not even young enough to be my child has no concept what-so-ever of what my childhood was like.

  2. I'd forgotten all about kids running around he house with a Chiquita sticker on their face. Thanks for the memory. :)

  3. I still accidentally lick the sticker stamps sometimes when I have to use them, just because I have the mindset that stamps ought to be licked. And I remember us not getting them because they cost extra. Heh...

  4. Our local grocery gave out smiley face stickers during the first smiley face craze in the 60s--all the kids on my street wanted one.

    Do you recall S&H green stamps? I used to lick them and stick them in my grandma's little booklets, then go through the catalog to see what she could get.

    Geez, I sound like an old lady...... :)

  5. Katie, I remember buying four stamps for a quarter and getting change back. So HA!

    Oh, yeah, Barbara, I remember green stamps!

    Mom, I popped a banana sticker on Alia's nose several weeks ago. It probably amused me more than it did her. :-)