As I attempt to get this old brain into high gear and pull out memories long ago backed-up to some far corner, I get snippets of events that rapidly pop in and out. So, I must step back a bit and relate a couple if things that recently emerged.
When thinking of Grandpa Newt and his matches I remembered that there were two types of kitchen matches, one with white tips and one with blue. Both were "strike anywhere" and I mean anywhere. I've seen matches struck with a thumbnail while being held in the same hand, struck on teeth, the bottom of a shoe, on a jacket zipper and naturally any rough surface handy. Grandpa Newt, and many others, preferred the back of the leg. The knee was lifted to bring the thigh to a horizontal position and the match was dragged over the taut fabric from the base of the buttock to almost the knee. It was a common sight to see a light colored line running down the back of a man's dark trouser leg. However, this practice was put aside when wearing one's best attire.
day the big truck parked in front of the house next door attracted the
attention of several male neighbors. I went with Dad to look at it and
remember the sides were painted with a big red stripe and a big blue round
thing with writing over it. Being somewhat new at reading I had to ask
dad what P-a-b-s-t spelled -- I could read the Blue Ribbon part. The man
with the truck lived next door and had gotten his old delivery job back.
He and several others ended up in our kitchen with a case of PBR, and
a box of cigars to celebrate his return to a steady job and the end of
Prohibition. Dad passed up the cigars and got out his seldom smoked and
highly prized meerschaum. In thinking about this event now, I realize
it must have been early spring of 1934 as the 21st Amendment was finally
ratified the previous December.
Copyright© 2010 Ernest Whitenack
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