Thursday, May 11, 2006

More Early Memories

I got my first train set for my first Christmas - ok, I think Daddy really wanted a boy. And no, I don't remember that Christmas, but I do remember the track set-up for that train set. I'm pretty sure it was a Lionel set - I remember an oval of track on a piece of plywood and I think the plywood was painted green. I remember the plywood being stored on end either in the closet or behind my bedroom door. I know it wasn't a 4x8 piece of plywood, but it seemed huge to me.

I had a petticoat that I thought was really cool. It was the stiff material with the netting that was really popular for making the skirts stand out - remember full gathered skirts of the late 50's-early 60's? But this petticoat also had a secret. It had a tube that ran along the bottom edge that you could blow up with air - like an inner tube - that would make the petticoat stand out even more.

My grandfather was a truck driver by time I came along. I remember him driving for Mayflower Moving and he took me with him one trip - probably Houston to Lafayette. But I remember riding up in that big cab. I was so high off the ground!

4 comments:

Judyy said...

Ooh, Maggie--we get more alike with every one of your posts I read. LOL
I had that petticoat, too! I remember the inflatable tube along the hem. At the time, I thought little of dresses and petticoats in general, being more of the tomboy persuasion, but that petticoat must have impressed me because I do remember it. And my brother had the Lionel train set, and we spent many happy hours playing with it together.

ArtcMom said...

Thats great....a blow up petticoat!!! I guess its the precurser to the pump up bra? LOL!

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Anonymous said...

I'm so glad that I found someone who remembers the "blow-up" slips which we called them. People have thought I was crazy when I mentioned them.