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The photo is my son and myself. Now days you can get a photo made to look old like this one. This photo was taken when this was the new look.

Harry S Truman was president when I was born and world war II had ended. I grew up in a time when lunch was put in a brown paper bag and a sandwich was wrapped with wax paper. There was no such thing as pantyhose, we wore stockings that attached to the rubbery clippy things that attached to the girdle. Convenience stores were not common and when we took a trip we packed a picnic basket because many places did not have fast food. Highways had places to pull over and stop, some with picnic tables. Read more ....
 

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Fri Sep 16, 22 4:25 PM CST

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Sat Sep 17, 22 8:03 PM CST

Darlene Roudebush wrote

I agree, I wish I had know them both. Imagine all they could teach us. We still have a Ben Franklin store 12 miles from us. It smells old and the floors are original wood and creak. But they have anything you could want!

Darlene from Ohio

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Sat Sep 17, 22 9:02 PM CST

Karla Howard wrote

I absolutely love your blog Grandma Donna. Have been following it for some time now, and would love to read and enjoy every single post you have. Little by little I am getting them read. I know how busy you are, living the simple life is hard work, and definitely time consuming. I can totally relate to much of the things you write about, and how you are living like the past. You wisdom and experience is both an inspiration and a treasure to so many people. Thank you and God Bless you and Charles for sharing your lives with us, I truly appreciate it. Sending a hug across the miles, Karla

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Sat Sep 17, 22 10:12 PM CST

Grandma Donna wrote

From Grandma Donna
I want to apologize for the jumbled diary readings, I have gone back and corrected the problem. I was away from home and so I typed the diary readings in notepad so I could post them online when I got home. I had separations between the diary entries but for some reason, it posted them with all the words running together. I think I have corrected the problem.
I thank you for your wonderful comments. Darlene, I wondered if there were any more Ben Franklin stores around. :) Grandma Donna

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Mon Sep 19, 22 10:10 PM CST

Penny wrote

Love reading about Lil and Bob and Lena! Thank you for your wonderful blog - I look forward to it every week! I’ve been wondering - what does “worked Nuco” mean in the Lil and Bob diary?

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Mon Sep 19, 22 10:23 PM CST

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Penny, I am happy that you enjoy the diary readings. Nuco was a butter substitute and during the war butter was rationed so people were using this butter substitute. I believe that it was white and they colored it to make it look like butter and they would say worked Nuco. I was something I frequently see in these older diaries. Thank you for your question. Donna

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Mon Sep 19, 22 11:37 PM CST

Penny wrote

Very interesting! Thank you so much!!!

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Wed Sep 21, 22 7:02 PM CST

Sarah wrote

Hi! Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful entries. I'm assuming Lena is from NH? I only ask because I live not to far from West Lebanon and their weather is very similar to ours. My husband started the woodstove a few days ago and we had to open the doors and windows it got so hot!

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Wed Sep 21, 22 8:15 PM CST

Grandma Donna wrote

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Sarah, you are close, Lena is from White River Junction just across the river in Vermont. :)

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Tue Sep 27, 22 5:11 PM CST

Lady Locust (JL ????) wrote

I remember the Ben Franklin. Knew it had been around for years, but didn't realize it was around in the 40's so fun to hear of it. Last I remember is it went out of business in the 90's sometime.
I like the diaries so am glad to see them back.

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Tue Nov 15, 22 3:58 PM CST

Andrea wrote

I remember a Ben Franklin's store! I completely forgot about those until this post. Nice little memory :)

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