The Changing Times

What will a few more years bring?

Subject: Can you remember these ? Fender Skirts

I came across this phrase yesterday “FENDER SKIRTS”.

A term I haven’t heard in a long time and thinking about “fender skirts”
started me thinking about other words that quietly disappear from our language
with hardly a notice like “curb feelers”

And “steering knobs.” (AKA) suicide knob

Since I’d been thinking of cars, my mind naturally went that direction
Any kids will probably have to find some elderly person over 50 to explain
some of these terms to you.
Remember “Continental kits?”
They were rear bumper extenders and spare tire covers that were supposed to
make any car as cool as a Lincoln Continental.

When did we quit calling them “emergency brakes?”
At some point “parking brake” became the proper term. But I miss the hint of
drama that went with “emergency brake.”

I’m sad, too, that almost all the old folks are gone who would call the
accelerator the "foot feed. "

Didn’t you ever wait at the street for your daddy to come home, so you could
ride the “running board” up to the house?

Here’s a phrase I heard all the time in my youth but never anymore -
“store-bought.” Of course, just about everything is store-bought these days. But
once it was bragging material to have a store-bought dress or a store-bought bag
of candy.

“Coast to coast” is a phrase that once held all sorts of excitement and now
means almost nothing. Now we take the term “world wide” for granted This
floors me.

On a smaller scale, “wall-to-wall” was once a magical term in our homes. In
the '50s, everyone covered his or her hardwood floors with, wow, wall-to-wall
carpeting! Today, everyone replaces their wall-to-wall carpeting with
hardwood floors. Go figure.

When’s the last time you heard the quaint phrase “in a family way?” It’s
hard to imagine that the word “pregnant” was once considered a little too
graphic, a little too clinical for use in polite company So we had all that talk
about stork visits and “being in a family way” or simply"expecting."

Apparently “brassiere” is a word no longer in usage. I said it the other day
and my daughter cracked up. I guess it’s just “bra” now “Unmentionables”
probably wouldn’t be understood at all.
I always loved going to the “picture show,” but I considered “movie” an

Most of these words go back to the '50s, but here’s a pure-'60s word I came
across the other day - “rat fink.” Ooh, what a nasty put-down!

Here’s a word I miss - “percolator.” That was just a fun word to say. And
what was it replaced with? “Coffee maker.” How dull. Mr. Coffee, I blame you
for this.

I miss those made-up marketing words that were meant to sound so modern and
now sound so retro. Words like “DynaFlow” and “Electrolux.” Introducing the
1963 Admiral TV, now with “SpectraVision!”

Food for thought - Was there a telethon that wiped out lumbago? Nobody
complains of that anymore. Maybe that’s what castor oil cured, because I never
hear mothers threatening kids with castor oil anymore.

Some words aren’t gone, but are definitely on the endangered list. The one
that grieves me most “supper.” Now everybody says “dinner.” Save a great word.
Invite someone to supper. Discuss fender skirts.

Someone forwarded this to me. I thought some of us of a “certain age” would
remember most of these.

Marcel :slight_smile: :slight_smile:

Here you go Marcel

Boy, you must be realy old :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:



Don’t go back that far Gerry, thank you. ha. ha.

This could have been Roy Cooke’s first car though. ha. ha. Sorry Roy;)

Sure brings back young memories.

This was my first car in 1967.

1964 Galaxie 500


There he is, standing in the doorway!

very nice

and ya had to have a “church key” to open a beer can or bottle!

Belt buckle worked just fine. ha. ha.

Marcel :slight_smile:

We called ‘em neckin’ knobs…:smiley:

It sure would get your female passenger on your lap in a hurry, without seatbelts. ha. ha. :wink:


You would like my brother in laws cars then, he has 1 just like this, he bought it from his cousin in 1998, believe it or not it only had 400 original miles on it, it was stored in an air conditioned garage on concrete blocks, still has original tires with the nipples stiil on them. He got it for $1800, he’s been offered $40,000, but turned it down. He has another one, it’s black, 427, two four’s, factory headers and fiberglass frontend, with a 4 speed, posi-tract rear end, that has never been tagged, just drag raced. Thanks for awakening the memories, 45 records, taps, bus-stops, and we wore underwear on the inside! :smiley:

And break your thumb off, if you hit a pothole!

Hi. Ken;

Actually, I would prefer to have kept my first new car I bought in 1970 in Florida while I was working as a Union Carpenter. Making money then.

$5.15 an hour and the car was $5,895 brand new.
This had a 351 cu. in. Windsor motor with 375 horsepower.

I would smoke the Torrino, and the 390’s.

Marcel:) :slight_smile: