|Cincinnati Skyline in the 1950's|
|Playing at night|
I used to play with my friends, outdoors, all day long without telling my folks where I was and they didn't even worry.
I didn't have to carry a cellphone so Mom could find me. 'didn't need to. At supper she would open up the back door and yell, "Markie! Supper's Ready!!!" I could hear her 4 blocks away.
|I had toy cars similar to these|
We had lead everywhere. Lead paint. Lead gasoline. Toys were made of lead.
One of the greatest smells in the world was pumping leaded gas into the tank of your car. It was worth the 25 cents a gallon price just to enjoy that lovely smell.
Let's talk Mercury. We used to have this wonder drug that Mom would paint on all your scrapes and cuts. It was called Mercurochrome. It was also called Merthiolate in it's generic version. Back then we didn't know what generic meant. Mercurochrome was not nearly as dangerous as Iodine. That was what Grandma put on my Mom's scrapes and cuts.
|Wally and The Beaver|