TV Dinners seemed like such a treat.  And this was in the days before microwaves, when you had to heat them in the oven for half an hour.

TV Dinners seemed like such a treat. And this was in the days before microwaves, when you had to heat them in the oven for half an hour.

Empty oil drums used for burning garbage. We referred to them as "Burn Barrels"

Empty oil drums used for burning garbage. We referred to them as "Burn Barrels"

Mercurochrome - Notice the lovely color? As you might have guessed from the name, it contained mercury. Yup. Moms all across the nation were swabbing open wounds with a concoction made from stuff now well-known to cause brain damage, kidney failure, and birth defects. Wheeeeeee!

Mercurochrome - Notice the lovely color? As you might have guessed from the name, it contained mercury. Yup. Moms all across the nation were swabbing open wounds with a concoction made from stuff now well-known to cause brain damage, kidney failure, and birth defects. Wheeeeeee!

These were like my mom's. and they hurt to use them! Burned fingers and tangled spikes that dug into your head!

These were like my mom's. and they hurt to use them! Burned fingers and tangled spikes that dug into your head!

:)

Troll dolls were all the rage amongst tween girls in the Who could resist these hard plastic creatures with pointy ears and neon tufts of fur growing out of their heads? They also doubled as good luck charms! I thought they were ugly but I still had one.

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