After writing last week about my trip to my hometown and the memories it stirred, I looked through old photos trying to recall how our house looked inside. With Mom and Dad both gone, I have no one to ask, with the exception of my big brother Doofus.
But many things in our old house in Warner Robins, Ga., I could still picture in my mind and I wanted to share some of them for those of you who love nostalgia. I lived in the house from age 2 to 11 (1967-1976), when we moved to Alabama.
Here are 10 things you would have seen if you visited us at 123 Lake Drive:
1. A console stereo, much like the one above, with the turntable and radio inside and the speakers covered in gold fabric. I know it had an 8-track cassette player inside at one point but I think it was an add-on that plugged in to the system.
2. This plaid sofa — that’s my mom at far right. I don’t know who the woman at left in the groovy pantsuit is. The sofa was, of course, green, gold and orange plaid.
3. Notice the paneling behind the sofa. It covered nearly every wall in the house. (Sorry for the quality of the photo.)
4. Mom had a hair dryer just like this one. The plastic bonnet went over the hair and the air blew through the tube. (That reminds me of the tiny folded plastic bonnet my grandmother always carried in her purse in case it rained. It tied beneath the chin and protected her heavily sprayed ‘do from potential collapse. Did your mother or grandmother have one of those?)
5. It’s difficult to see in this photo of a birthday party (I think for Doofus who is wearing the sunglasses) but we had an oval formica-top table in our kitchen. The chairs were covered in vinyl.
6. Notice in the corner there’s a black dial telephone on the wall.
7. A TV like this one. Doofus and I had to change the channel when Dad asked because there was no remote.
8. A gold hanging globe lamp like this one. Notice the cord “hidden” in the chain.
9. Saloon doors like these that hid the kitchen from view of guests in the formal dining room beyond. I think ours were unpainted when first installed and Mom may have painted them later. As a side note, I found this photo on a site called “Ugly House Photos.”
10. This sun lamp that Mom would lie under on a blanket on the floor. I used it as a child, too, before anyone knew it could be dangerous.
11. A brass flower clock just like this one in the den.
12. Notice the pedestal drop-leaf dining room table in the corner. The adorable kid with the baby doll on the left is me and the kid at the toy gas pump is Doofus. This was taken Christmas of 1967, which would have been our first in the brand new home that was built earlier that year.
Did you have any of these things in your home? What do you recall most from childhood?