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Do you Remember when (A large portion of the following is from "Flying Dreams" Linda's Nostalgia Place")
you cried when Salty Brine's collie Jeff died.
you remember when Art Lake and Salty Brine had dark hair.
you remember Sara Wye, Franz Laubert, and Jay Kroll.
you remember Jack Comley and Dick Pace.
you remember the Outlet Company at Christmastime: Toyland the basement and the Christmas windows.
you smile wistfully when you think of the names Shepards, Woolworths, Grants, Peerless, Gladdings, and City Hall Hardware.
you remember when Kmart was still Kresge's.
you once ate at the Ming Garden or the Waldorf Cafeteria.
you remember when it was the Sheraton Biltmore.
you were assured by classmates that the Industrial National Bank building was the same one as in the opening of the Superman TV series.
you remember when they used to show all the Disney films at the MajesticTheater.
you remember the RKO Albee, the Loew's State,Leroy, Dalton and the Strand.
your mom wouldn't let you go near the Strand.
you remember that neat paperback bookstore that was cattycorner from the Outlet, having so many books and rock posters that the cashier had to sit up in a little booth.
being bussed to the Rhode Island Philharmonic once a year for special concert for schoolchildren.
you remember when that big pyramid that became Apex went up in Pawtucket.
  you remember when WPRI was WPRO.
 

you remember neighborhood bakeries and all the great pastries they carried: lemon squares, New Yorkers, cornets, zeppoles, and sfogliatelles.

  you know what a hermit is.
  you remember when Garden City was just about the only shopping center out in that direction.
       you remember when Garden City was just about the only thing out there besides farms and houses, and how at Christmas time when they put up their light display you could drive to the top of Laurel Hill Avenue and see it shining like a beacon in the distance
you remember the coal tipple that used to be on the north side of Sakonasset Road at what's now the "back end" of Garden City.
you remember Child World, and Brodsky.
your parents would threaten to "send you to Sakonasset" when you were particularly bad.(we would drive by to show us)
your mother would say, when you made her crazy, "You're going to drive me to Howard!"
you remember Reservoir Avenue when it was only two lanes.
you remember going north to Massachusetts before there was an interstate.
you have fond memories of Rocky Point, Crescent Park, and Jolly Cholly's.
you remember when Rhode Island Mall was Midland Mall.
you remember when Midland Mall opened.
you remember the junkyard that used to be where Warwick Mall is now.
you used to love the Cranston Drive-In, Lowes Drive in, Londsdale Drive in Seekonk Drive In and Boro Drive In.
you remember going to the drive in in the winter with the snow on the ground. Also you would use an electric heater or propane heater to help staying warm.
you wondered if they gave out free samples at the Eclipse syrup plant.
you remember free parking at the beach.
your mom grocery shopped at Almacs, Big G, First National, Stop and Shop, Finast, or the A&P.
you remember when your mom shopped at a neighborhood supermarket like Food Town.
you remember Warwick Shopper's World, Niantic Mills, Ben Franklin Store and Najarians.
your parents still referred to Warwick Shopper's World and Ann &Hope as "mill outlets" and going to one of these stores was going to the "mill."
your parents still referred to the Providence airport as "Hillsgrove" ( I still do)
you know what a "superette" and a "spa" were (and that the latter had nothing to do with health clubs.
you remember when Bald Hill Road was almost all farms.
you remember the downtown Newport waterfront before they remodeled it.
you remember when there wasn't a McDonald's in Rhode Island.
you remember Burger Chef and Jeff.
you remember when the section of Cranston at the intersection of Park Avenue and Gansett Avenue was called "the Speedway."
you bought a small Del's Lemonade for only a dime, Hershey bars for 10 cents, popsicles were a nickel, and penny candy was a penny!
you remember going to Stamp's Farm for eggs and Highland Orchards for apples.
you passed the Narragansett Brewery on your way downtown and people were working.
one of the big landmarks on Post Road was the Sholes roller rink, in Pawtucket Bobby's rollerway and Woonsocket Joyland.
every time a hurricane was forecast your mom and dad or grandparents would immediately talk about the Hurricane of 1938.
they'd take you downtown to show you the high-water plaque on the Providence Journal-Bulletin building.
you remember Trifari and Coro being two of the biggest employers in town.
instead of getting your chickens from the supermarket, your mom or dad went to the chicken man in Silver Lake.
your parents took you to the Slater Zoo.
Once a year we would go a long way to Lincoln Park in Ma. and had to go up the seven hills.
you remember Bosco and Maypo.
you remember the old Calart's Christmas display.
you remember the big rivalry between Old Stone Bank and Citizens Bank.
The overhead wires to power the busses in Pawtucket
you remember Darning socks

 

The Peanut man (dressed in a costume) walking out side the Planters peanut store in Pawtucket.
the moment you drove out of Rhode Island no one had coffee milk or coffee ice cream any longer.
you still have nightmares about "Choo-Choo" on the Railroad Salvage commercials.
the Ragman coming around yelling, "Raaaags," asking for old rags from the community.
the Ice Cream Man coming everyday during the summer and we'd wait for him knowing about the time he'd arrive in our area. As soon as we'd see him, we'd raise our hand for him to stop!
a neighbor got the first TV in the area and it had one channel also was black and white. We would go over to watch the pictures move.
Fudgesicles & popsicles = 5 cents Ice cream Sandwiches, Creamsicles & Drumstix = 10 cents!
 
 
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