In 1967 Sweden changed from driving on the left to driving on the right....and the result was.........

The Greyhound bus company in 1923

In 1961 Goodyear tested and discarded the concept of illuminated tires. The inner rim was installed with dashboard lighting and the tire manufactured from a high cost rubber. The result is shown below. Goodyear quickly decided that the rubber was not a good one for the wear and tear of the roads, nor did the illuminating effect last for many miles before the tire needed to be cleaned....the tires NEVER went into regular production, but the concept certainly was interesting.

This is Walt Disney's 1958 view of what the automotive world will look like in the future. Some he nailed, some as still distant thoughts.......

Are CANADIAN RIVER CRUISERS TRUE OLD GEEZERS? (Editors note: I know the answer to that WITHOUT taking the test!)......let's see how you did...................

1. c) Fender skirts, attached to the rear fenders, covered fully half the wheel streamlining the car.

2. a) Blue

3. a) Emergency brake. We grew up in much more dramatic times.
4. b) PF Flyers. 

BF Goodrich patented the Posture Foundation insole, an innovation in comfort and performance, and began adding the new technology to its action shoes. Goodrich shoes with Posture Foundation became known simply as PF in 1937. 
Fashion trends in the Forties and Fifties saw PF Flyers escaping gyms and ball fields to become fashionable active footwear for everyone. Everything you do is more fun with PF read one 1947 magazine ad. In 2001, New Balance acquired the rights to the brand. 
5. b) It was November 3, 1948, when Truman upset Republican Thomas Dewey in the first Postwar presidential election. Trib publisher Col. Robt. R. McCormick got the news late.

6. b) Sticky fly paper hanging from kitchen ceilings was common in American homes until insecticides like Flit became available in 40s.

7. b) Movie Stars

Most people over 55 recall with nostalgia the Dixie Cup ice cream picture lids that appeared all over America from 1930 to 1954. In the final year, the lids were in 3D, full color, and styled in left and right action poses. These were used in stereo card viewers for the 3D effect. []      
The Dixie Cup: Famous Faces Under The Lid -
Dixie lids are most often associated with Hollywood and cowboy movie stars. The unquestioned popularity of these lids insured their uninterrupted annual ...

8. c) This is a tough one, but the answer is girdles and crinoline petticoats.
9. b) Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.

10. a) ‘cause I eats me spinach’

11. b) Rare hamburger or steak with tomato and lettuce.
Other examples of quaint jargon:
Waitress to cook:             Meaning
Axle grease:                   butter
Blowout patches:              pancakes
Bowwow, or groundhog:       hot dog
Baled hay:                     shredded wheat
Bessie:                         roast beef
Bessie in a bowl:              stew
Cackle berries:                eggs
Rabbit food:                   salad
Sinkers:                        donuts
Sweep the kitchen:            hash

12. c) Building toy structures.

13. a) A popular TV series called Leave it to Beaver, perhaps the most popularly viewed family TV program ever recorded, and used as a measure by every family in America.

14. c) Childrens play.
15. a) Playing or Baseball cards in the spokes. Who among you never did this?

16. a) 1914 Good then, 1935 Good now, 2000 Good always, read the back cover of a 1935 Toy Tinkers catalog.
Charles H. Pajeau and Robert Pettit, the founders of The Toy Tinkers of Evanston, Illinois, and the creators of the TINKER TOY construction set, knew that the Thousand Wonder Builder would continue to inspire the imaginations of children because of its easy-to-use, yet versatile construction system. They are still made today, now by Hasbro.

 17. a) Getting picked last.
As an expert on this particular humiliation, I assure you that getting picked last was far better than not getting picked at all.

 18. b) Soap.

Was this a regional thing? Where I grew up, spanking was the generally preferred method for punishing any childhood misdemeanor.  We wouldn't have known a time out to save our lives.

 19. a) Kill someone.

I can' t remember ever seeing the Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers or other cowboy heroes actually kill someone. They would just shoot the gun out of the bad guys hand. There was no blood, no violence, just folks wondering who that masked man was.

 20. c) 1957 Ford Thunderbird.

Hard one but, let’s face it, easy answer. The option was available only that year.


17-20 correct: You are not only older than dirt, but obviously gifted with mind bloat.
12-16 correct: Not quite dirt yet, but your mind is definitely muddy, ready to muck up others.
0-11 correct: You are one sad excuse of a geezer.

The 1954 Ford La Tosca - one can only think about how comfortable the bubble top was in 1954 in the heat of the summer.....and then below that is what they actually produced.

1957 Chrysler concept car.......and what they ended up with....

The 1956 Buick Centurion, and what they finally agreed to manufacture.