I remember how great Solarcaine was when I was young. It was the difference in being in serious sunburn pain or being able to sleep. Back then it contained Benzocaine which is good for pain and itching caused by sunburn, other minor burns, insect bites or stings, poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, minor cuts or scratches. It was available without a prescription and made by Plough Inc, founded in Memphis (1908), by Abe Plough.

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Vienna Sausage

Vienna Sausage was a staple in my house growing up as Mother and Daddy always had cans in the pantry. It was great for fishing, hunting, lunches or just a quick snack. I liked it with soda crackers and, if I had some available, liked dipping mine in Heinz ketchup. I’ve noticed that the Swanson chicken broth , that we use at the compounding pharmacy for some pet prescriptions, smells just like Vienna Sausages.

I’ve pointed this out, but the younger folks don’t have any idea what I’m talking about. They are a thin parboiled (scalded) sausage traditionally made of pork and beef in a casing of sheep intestine and then low temperature smoked. Beginning in 1903, in the United States, Vienna Sausage came to mean small , shorter, canned wieners instead than link sausage.

They contain salt and various spices, such as cloves, coriander, nutmeg, garlic powder, onion powder and finely ground, dry red pepper. Vienna Sausages come in cans in a gelatin, like aspic (a gelatin made from a meat stock or consommé). They also offer them with flavorings such as smoke, mustard, chili or barbecue sauce. You always have to open the can, pour off the gelatin and then either slide the sausages out or, my favorite, stab them one at a time.

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Wham-O Super Ball

Wow, I loved these balls. I remember that they surpassed any other ball I ever owned for how high it would bounce. Even a golf ball, off the concrete, could not match. I used to throw the super ball off the house and field it with my baseball glove. It was incredible but after a few hundred times off the bricks it would disintegrate, unlike the rubber baseballs, tennis balls or golf balls I also used. They were made of a synthetic rubber invented by chemist Norman Stingley in 1964.

An elastic ball made of Zectron, containing the synthetic polymer polybutadiene and hydrated silica, zinc oxide, stearic acid among other things was vulcanized with sulfur at 329 degrees F and formed at a pressure of 3500 psi.

Thrown to the pavement by an adult the Super Ball could bounce as high as a three story building. He offered the invention to Bettis Rubber Company, who turned it down, and then to Wham-O who still makes them today. In the late 60’s Wham-O made a bowling ball size promotional Super Ball and dropped it off a building. On the second bounce it destroyed a parked convertible. Lamar Hunt, founder of the AFL, said that his kids played with Super Balls and he pitched the name “Super Bowl” to NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle on July 25, 1966.

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Atlanta Area Codes

It was back in 1947 when the North American Numbering plan (NANP) went into effect. Each telephone is assigned a seven-digit telephone number unique only within its respective plan area. The telephone number consists of a three-digit central office code and a four-digit station number. The combination of an area code and the telephone number serves

as a destination routing address in the public switched telephone network. In November of 1951 NANP was implemented by AT&T and Georgia had the area code of 404. My home phone was 404-475-7411 but we never dialed the area code to call any other 404 number. you didn’t even have to dial the whole number, if you were calling me you just had to dial 5-7411. In July of 1954 they split the Georgia area code into two, 404 for the north and 912 for the southern part. In May of 1992 they split 404 into two again,

404 serving the Atlanta area and 706 for the rest of the northern state. I believe this is when we had to start dialing the whole number, like 404-475-7411. In August of 1995 , just three years later, 404 is split again. 404 is now for inside the I-285 perimeter and 770 is added to serve the outskirts of Atlanta.

My phone number changed to 770-475-7411. I also got another phone line to support my modem and that number was 770-664-6250. Three more years passed and then in January of 1998 the boundaries of the 404/770 were erased and 678 area code was added. Things were changing, rapidly adding people, modems and now cell phones caused these fluctuations. In August of 2000 912 was split into thirds, 229 serving southwestern Georgia, 912 for Southeastern Georgia and 478 serving 19 counties in central Georgia. In September of 2001 470 was added to the 404/678 metro Atlanta area codes. In September 2005 they overlaid 762 with area code 706. When I got my cell phone I was given a choice of 404, 770 or 678 and I chose the latter, just to be different.

Foghorn Leghorn

Robert McKimson created the cartoon Foghorn Leghorn which during the Golden age of American Animation, 1946-1964, starred in 29 cartoons. He was a tall, overweight rooster with a southern accent, named for an Italian breed of chicken, and voiced by the great Mel Blanc.

That, I say that dog’s busier than a centipede at a toe countin’ contest

Foghorn Leghorn

He was directly inspired by Senator Beauregard Claghorn, a southern politician played by Kenny Delmar on Fred Allen‘s 1940’s radio show. This is one of favorite cartoons of all-time. I loved them as a kid and I’m still laughing now!

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Mercurochrome and Merthiolate

When there was a scrape or cut in my childhood home, and there were many, out came the rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide or Mercurochrome or the Merthiolate! Merbromin was a chemical compound that contained carbon, hydrogen, bromine, mercury, sodium, and oxygen atoms.


It was marketed as Mercurochrome, the over the counter version of diluted Merbromin with water and tincture alcohol. It was the post war antiseptic of choice that would leave a nice red stain on the skin. In 1998 the FDA classified Merbromin as “not generally recognized as safe” due to the lack of studies and updated information on its mercury content.

Thiomersal is a derivative compound developed by Eli Lily and Company. This compound contained carbon, hydrogen, mercury, sodium, sulfur, and oxygen atoms. In 1929, they trademarked it as Merthiolate as an antibacterial treatment and a vaccine preservative.

It gained popularity after World War II also, was mercury based, left the same red stain, but stung like fire! Mother always told me that the burning meant it was working. I would try to hide some of my injuries to not get them treated! In the 1970’s mercury poisoning came into the light and the FDA began to study Merthiolate in 1978. Over the next decade Eli Lilly would stop producing it as an antiseptic. Later versions of both Mercurochrome and Merthiolate would have Benzalkonium chloride, an ammonium compound, as their active ingredient.


I’ll never forget that the antiseptic for my wound hurt more that the injury itself!


Bosco chocolate syrup or milk amplifier was invented in 1928 in Camden, New Jersey by an unknown physician. The William S. Scull Company acquired the manufacturing license and gave it the name of Bosco after its own product Boscul Coffee. In the 1950’s they were sold again to Corn Products Company who would finally, in 1968, register the name Bosco.

It was 1985 when Bosco Brand Products, Inc. acquired the chocolate. Malt extract is added to the Bosco cocoa powder to create that distinctive taste. In the late 50’s, early 60’s The Popeye Club, in Atlanta Georgia, featuring Officer Don and Popeye cartoon would feature the Bosco jinge, I Love Bosco. When I was watching the show, which I certainly did, I’m sure that got me asking mother for Bosco.

The rabbits are containers that we ate the chocolate and Mother saved. They even made Bosco containers for Barbie’s kitchen. It was great to add to milk, making a perfect chocolate drink but was also incredible just spooned over your ice cream. I just found out that they still sell it today and even have sugar-free for us diabetics.

Read more about Bosco on Wikipedia.

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TV Dinners

A frozen meal for one, on an oven-ready aluminum tray? What is this, magic? You didn’t even need Mom, you could put one in the oven yourself! They weren’t the best tasting, but I was never very picky, just hungry (and watching TV).

Swanson didn’t invent these single meals, but they did invent the “TV Dinner”! In the 50’s Tv’s were a new thing and this marketing ploy worked wonders! Watch the 9 min video “A Thanksgiving Miscalculation” below, it explains it all……

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Nehi Grape

Nehi soft drink was started in 1924 by Chero-Cola/Union Bottle Works, it was renamed Nehi Corporation in 1928 after the flavored drink were popular. In 1955 Claud A. Hatcher, a Columbus Georgia grocer, added Nehi to his RC Cola company. As of 2008, Nehi became a brand of DR Pepper Snapple Group. According to Wikipedia, in 1947 Nhi offered Dr. Nehi, Nehi Chocolate, Nehi Root Beer, Nehi Lemonade, Nehi Wild Red, Nehi Blue Cream, and its more classic flavors Nehi Orange, Nehi Grape, and Nehi Peach.

I remember riding out to Alpharetta to go to the gas station or barber with my grandfather, Doc Mize, and getting a Nehi Grape. Sometimes we would ride down to Roswell to the Rock Inn and buy fish bait and they had Nehi also in the late 60’s

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