About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

History Quiz From The 50s

I know people love quizzes & I have been saving some up.  The one below was received from a long time subscriber of RTE.  Please let me know how you make out.  Unlike most quizzes on RTE I present the answers to this one @ the bottom.
Note – although some of the questions refer to the 40s the topics were still fashionable & not out of date in the 50s especially for middle class families.
History Quiz ...  
Everyone growing up in the 40s & 50s should have a pretty easy time
 taking this quiz. If you are under 50 you can claim a handicap.

It will test how much you really remember about what went on in your life. 

*** Get paper & pencil & number from 1 to 20...
****Write the letter of each answer & score at the end
1. In the 1940s, where were automobile headlight dimmer switches located?  
a. On the floor shift knob.
b.. On the floor board, to the left of the  clutch.
c. Next to the horn.

2. The bottle top of a Royal Crown Cola bottle had holes in it. For what was it used?
a. Capture lightning bugs.
b. To sprinkle clothes before ironing.
c.. Large salt shaker.

3.. Why was having milk delivered a problem in northern winters?
a. Cows got cold and wouldn't produce milk..
b. Ice on highways forced delivery by dog sle d.
c. Milkmen left deliveries outside of front doors and milk would freeze, expanding and pushing up the cardboard bottle top.

4. What was the popular chewing gum  named  for a game of chance?
a. Blackjack
b. Gin
c. Craps

5. What method did women use to look as if they were wearing stockings when none were available due to rationing during WW II.
a. Suntan
b. Leg painting
c. Wearing slacks

6. What postwar car turned automotive design on its ear when you couldn't tell whether it was coming or going?
a. Studebaker
b. Nash Metro
c. Tucker

7. Which was a popular candy when you were a kid?
a . Strips of dried peanut butter.
b.. Chocolate licorice bars.
c. Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.

8. How was Butch wax used?
a. To stiffen a flat-top haircut so it stood up.
b. To make floors shiny and prevent scuffing.
c. On the wheels of roller skates to prevent rust.

9. Before inline skates, how did you keep your roller skates attached to your shoes?
a. With clamps, tightened by a skate key.
b. Woven straps that crossed the foot.
c. Long pieces of twine.

10. As a kid, what was considered the best way to reach a decision?

a. Consider all the facts.
b. Ask Mom.
c. Eeny-meeny-miney-MO.

11.. What was the most dreaded disease in the 1940s and 1950s?
a. Smallpox
c. Polio

12. 'I'll be down to get you in a________, Honey'
a. SUV
b. Taxi
c. Streetcar

13. What was the name of Caroline Kennedy's pony?
a. Old Blue
b. Paint
c. Macaroni

14. What was a Duck-and-Cover Drill?
a. Part of the game of hide and seek..
b.. What you did when your  Mom called you in to do chores.
c. Hiding under y our desk, and covering your head with your arms in an A-bomb drill.

15. What was the name of the Indian Princess on the Howdy Doody show?
a.. Princess Summerfallwinterspring
b. Princess Sacajawea
c. Princess Moonshadow

16. What did all the really savvy students do when mimeographed tests were handed out in school?
a. Immediately sniffed the purple ink, as this was believed to get you high.
b. Made paper airplanes to see who could sail theirs out the window..
c. Wrote another pupil's name on the top, to avoid their failure.

17. Why did your Mom shop in stores that gave Green Stamps with purchases?
a. To keep you out of mischief by licking the backs, which tasted like bubble gum.
b. They could be put in special books and redeemed for various household items.
c. They were given to the kids to be used as stick-on tattoos.

18. Praise the Lord , & pass the_________?
a. Meatballs
b. Dames
c. Ammunition

19.. What was the name of the singing group that made the song 'Cabdriver' a hit?
a. The Ink Spots
b. The Supremes
c. The  Esquires

20.. Who left his heart in
San Francisco  ?  
a. Tony Bennett
b. Xavier Cugat
c.. George Gershwin
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1. (b) On the floor, to the left of the clutch. Hand controls, popular in Europe , took till the late '60's
to catch on.

2. (b) To sprinkle clothes before ironing..
Who had a steam iron?

3. (c) Cold weather caused  the milk to freeze and expand, popping the bottle top.

4 . (a) Blackjack Gum.

5. (b) Special makeup was applied, followed by drawing a seam down the back of the leg with eyebrow pencil.

6. (a) 1946 Studebaker.

7. (c) Wax coke bottles containing super-sweet colored water.

8. (a) Wax for your flat top (butch) haircut.

9 (a) With clamps , tightened by a skate key,  which you wore on a shoestring around your

10. (c) Eeny-meeny-miney-mo.

11. (c) Polio. In beginning of August, swimming pools were closed, movies and other public gathering places were closed to try to prevent spread of the disease.

12. (b) Taxi , Better be ready by half-past eight!

13. (c) Macaroni.

14. (c) Hiding under your desk, and covering your head with your arms in an A-bomb drill.

15. (a) Princess Summerfallwinterspring. She was another puppet.

16. (a) Immediately sniffed the purple ink to get a high.

17. (b) Put in a special stamp book, they could be traded for household items at the Green Stamp store.

18. (c) Ammunition, and we'll all be free.

19. (a) The widely famous 50's group: The Inkspots.

20. (a) Tony Bennett, and he sounds just as good today.


17- 20 correct
: You lived through most of the questions covered by the quiz & remembered those times.  You are definitely someone who should share your wisdom!

12 -16 correct
: Still impressive but maybe you are a little younger than the highest scorers.

0 -11 correct
: You are not old enough to share the wisdom of your experiences. 


  1. Your quiz showed me how little I knew. Since I lived in New York City at that time cars did not interest me as I traveled by subway or trolley car.

    Only questions that I knew were #3,11, 17,18 and I did get them correct.

    All the others did not ring a bell with me but it was amusing.

  2. I missed one...No. 19.....guess I'm older than dirt!

  3. I had 9 right! I didn't remember the sugar water in the plastic coke bottles but I talked with my buddy about that movie candy who loved it the most (even more than jujubees) I was in a fog then and I am still in a fog. hahaha.

  4. Got 4 wrong. Which I thought was not too bad as I was born in 57!

  5. South Carolina BusinessmanApril 9, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Being born in 1950, I really grew up in the 60's. I'll be 65 in a couple of weeks so I think the under 60, not 50 crowd should get the break. I got 18 right. I picked the Tucker over the Studebaker and the streetcar (named Desire) over the taxi. I guessed at the Ink Spots. Ask me about the words to Louie, Louie or who the walrus was (hint; turn me on dead man).

  6. Fun test. I scored 16 right. It would have been 18 except for the two on sniffing ink - never happened in the schools I went to and the Ink Spots -not my favorite kind of music at that time. I will send the quiz to some of my senior friends and see how much they remember.

  7. Thanks for the quiz - only had one wrong - the hair wax.

  8. On your quiz, we scored 15, not terrible. Some are too young to remember, SOME TOO OLD!

  9. Hi Doug - Finally, just finished with the quiz. I had to guess many of them as it was different in my neck of the woods at that time. And of these, I got 4,5,and 7 wrong.