Thursday, August 05, 2010

Shake It Shake It Baby

In about 1975, you could pop into your local Thrift-T-Wise and pick up one of these salt-and-pepper shaker sets, for 39 cents.

I'm not sure in which Provinces these were marketed, but these were bought in Oklahoma.
I am pretty sure that "Table Size" means that these are the right size to go on your table. They are NOT the size of your table.
Unless you're Captain Action, maybe.
In case you wondered, these fine shakers with stylized Gypsies and elaborate "S" and "P" symbols did not come with the seasonings inside. So you could be a very subversive seven-year-old and put salt in the "P" shaker and pepper in the "S" shaker and wait for Dad to get mad.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Random Consumer Item

If you are "of a certain age," you will remember when it was a luxury to have an icemaker in your refrigerator.

If you are MORE of a certain age, like me, you will remember when it was not even imaginable to have an icemaker in your refrigerator.

That is when you had ice trays in your freezer. Not PLASTIC ice trays, they did not yet exist.

But, aluminum ice-cude trays. What you did was, you filled 'em with water and put 'em into the freezer. Simple, henh?

The trick was getting the ice OUT of the trays after freezing!

The first thing you would do was turn the frozen tray over and run cold water from the sink onto the bottom of the tray. The idea was to loosen the ice from sticking to the bottom of the tray. Then you'd turn the tray right-side-up.

The thing running left-to-right was a handle to grip. You'd set the tray on your kitchen counter and try to hold it down with one hand while you lifted up on the handle with the other.

You see, the handle was hinged and when it was pulled up, the ice-cube dividers, which were hinged together with the handle, would turn a little and thus break the ice into the cubes formed by the dividers.

That was the theory. In my house, the next step was knocking the partial pieces of ice loose from the aluminum dividers and trying to find the biggest pieces for your drink. In other words, it didn't work too good.

You also had to be strong enough to crack the ice!
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