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#4491987 - 10/08/19 06:11 AM Old folks and old tricks  
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Always enjoyed when my grandparents would share tricks on how life was managed and improved back then with small and simple little habits.

For instance, they would always have an old rusty nail at the bottom of the drinking-water bottle ! Iron is good for health, isn’t it?
They all lived well into their mid-90s winkngrin

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#4492002 - 10/08/19 09:17 AM Re: Old folks and old tricks [Re: Sluggish Controls]  
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My maternal Grandmother would use a cleft stick to collect cobwebs to apply to cuts and grazes. She was known in her locality in East Ham London for piercing ears with a needle set in a cork, driven through the lobe into a bar of soap held on the other side of the ear which would give some antiseptic effect i suppose. Her handbag contained a small bottle of Martell brandy for 'medicinal purposes' and half a house brick in case of attack.

During air raids in 1941 she would sit under the stairs with a jam-making pan stuffed with a cushion on her head for protection, eschewing the dampness of the Anderson Shelter in the garden and avoiding the Public Shelters as there would inevitably be a neighbour there she was feuding with.

She also advised not to touch an electrical plug for a few minutes after unplugging so the electricity would have time to drain out.


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#4492013 - 10/08/19 10:40 AM Re: Old folks and old tricks [Re: Sluggish Controls]  
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Originally Posted by Sluggish Controls

They all lived well into their mid-90s winkngrin



Cheers,
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#4492129 - 10/09/19 06:44 AM Re: Old folks and old tricks [Re: Sluggish Controls]  
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My Grandparents all died in their sixties or early seventies. I remember them all as old people even though I am 74 myself now. They had hard lives, working-class people with little of anything.


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#4493089 - 10/16/19 12:15 AM Re: Old folks and old tricks [Re: BD-123]  
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Originally Posted by BD-123
My maternal Grandmother would use a cleft stick to collect cobwebs to apply to cuts and grazes. She was known in her locality in East Ham London for piercing ears with a needle set in a cork, driven through the lobe into a bar of soap held on the other side of the ear which would give some antiseptic effect i suppose. Her handbag contained a small bottle of Martell brandy for 'medicinal purposes' and half a house brick in case of attack.

During air raids in 1941 she would sit under the stairs with a jam-making pan stuffed with a cushion on her head for protection, eschewing the dampness of the Anderson Shelter in the garden and avoiding the Public Shelters as there would inevitably be a neighbour there she was feuding with.

She also advised not to touch an electrical plug for a few minutes after unplugging so the electricity would have time to drain out.

Years ago, my best friend in High School related to me a story, or rather I considered it a story at the time; that his Uncle who was young at the tell, had while washing a sink full of Dishes apparently with all the knives under the mess and cut off his Thumb at the first knuckle. As a teen this is a "i once knew a guy.." kind of story. He went on to say his Grandma, took cobwebs, turpentine and some thread or tape and attached his thumb..and supposedly it took.. but of course it was no longer bendable (like no doubt). Okay Yeah, right
Years later after high school I meet the dude he's older than us but not by much, he shows me his thumb an tells the same story and I had almost forgotten it. it looked really weird and didn't bend but he still had a thumb. I kid you not.


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#4493252 - 10/17/19 12:44 AM Re: Old folks and old tricks [Re: Mad Max]  
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Originally Posted by Mad Max
My Grandparents all died in their sixties or early seventies. I remember them all as old people even though I am 74 myself now. They had hard lives, working-class people with little of anything.



I remember my Nan telling me when i was 10, she was mid 60's, that she still felt early 20's in her head but that her body was just old. Made me look at old people in a totally different way from then on.


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#4493254 - 10/17/19 01:02 AM Re: Old folks and old tricks [Re: Sluggish Controls]  
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Older men would take a rag soaked with turpentine and rub down machinery exposed to the elements. The paraffin in it left a protective coating.


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#4493272 - 10/17/19 11:14 AM Re: Old folks and old tricks [Re: Ajay]  
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Originally Posted by Ajay
Originally Posted by Mad Max
My Grandparents all died in their sixties or early seventies. I remember them all as old people even though I am 74 myself now. They had hard lives, working-class people with little of anything.


I remember my Nan telling me when i was 10, she was mid 60's, that she still felt early 20's in her head but that her body was just old. Made me look at old people in a totally different way from then on.


On a side note. My paternal g'mother kept bugging me for a ride on my motorcycle. She always wore a drees. Told her she had to put on slacks to get a ride. I gave in when she said no more goodies for you if she didn't get a ride, so gave her a ride around the block. She was the talk of the neighbourhood. She was 78. She died at 94.


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#4493909 - 10/21/19 02:54 PM Re: Old folks and old tricks [Re: oldgrognard]  
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Originally Posted by oldgrognard
Older men would take a rag soaked with turpentine and rub down machinery exposed to the elements. The paraffin in it left a protective coating.


The turpentine trick still works. It's just harder to get turpentine now.


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