I'm sharing what I wrote to Marcy yesterday: "What I miss, is that before Radio and Television and BEFORE AIR-CONDITIONING, folks would VISIT. Yes, we would bundle up the little ones, and walk across town, maybe 10 blocks to VISIT some friends. We would sit on the front porch, (every house had a front porch and porch swing) or couple of rocking chairs. The ladies might fix some lemonade or pop corn. That was before Soda Pop, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, etc. People don't know how to VISIT anymore. Few people had a telephone, and if you did it was a PARTY LINE. Everybody had their own ring, one long and 2 shorts. etc. In the winter we would visit our cousins that lived in the country, No anti-freeze then. When you got to their country home, you drained the radiator, and when you come home at 10 PM you would REFILL the radiator. You put cardboard in front of the radiator so it did not freeze from the cold wind. No heaters. Every one was bundled up with those HEAVY BUFFALO HIDE COATS men used to wear. Either bear hide or whatever, they were heavy and long, to the ankles. They had half-inch or one-inch hair on them. It was hair, not fur. They also had a high back collar. Our folks were Volga German Russians, so I don't know if the coats were from Russia or if you could buy them in the USA.
My mother's parents came to America from Kratzke, Russia in 1904. My mother was two years of age. Some of those coats were brown, but I remember most of them were black.
Explanation on the Front Porch: Many homes had a Back Porch, but they were usually screened in, with a Pitcher Pump that you had to prime before you could use it. Often when those farmers moved to town, they had the home builder add on a MUD ROOM, where you came in from the outside and removed your muddy boots. Often the Mud Room would also be the Maytag Laundry Room. It usually had a kitchen sink since that served as a lavatory to wash your dirty hands, etc. Hang up your work coveralls and jacket etc."
Call me old fashioned, but I wish we could still enjoy some of the things from those days--like VISITING!