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"Heck, I'm a year or two younger than you, and I remember five & dimes and the like…in the NYC burbs we had Woolworth, Newberry, Kresge…my father sold housewares to them.

I remember having my gas pumped for me, oil checked, windshield washed, tire pressure checked if you asked, up to around 1980 IIRC."

If you live in NJ or OR, they still pump your law.....but I doubt they do the windshield and there is no need to check the oil.

As I kid, I remember getting gas at 'full service' stations...but by the time I had a car, at least in NY state, it was pump your own.....and I put Sunoco 190 into the 11 year old VW bug....a couple gallons at a time.....lowest price I remember was 27c/gal....but I was making all of $1.10/hr part time in the EE department. That summer I made about $3/hr which was great pay for the 10 week summer gig.

We had a Five and Dime store 5 miles from the summer place..maybe saw it a few times during the summer and we might have gone in it..

Yeah, my mom didn't get a dryer till I was things hung out on the line or in the basement. I couldn't wait to get 'permanent press' shirts and pants and never ironed anything myself. I had a small iron but I used it to make grilled cheese sandwiches. You wrapped sandwich in aluminum foil, put iron on top, and it would melt the cheese. Wouldn't brown the bread though.

I got a dryer 3 years later when I got my washer. The only thing that gets sun dried here are towels and jeans..... and some shirts hang in the bathroom since they can't go through dryer (plastic appliques/designs and such that 'melt' in a dryer...

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