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I went to an auction on a farm recently and came across some interesting items I thought would be fun to share on this page.

lawnmowers

A push lawnmower and an older petrol lawnmower.

The first photos are of an old push mower or that is what we called it when we were kids. I remember spending many an hour mowing the lawn with one of these old mowers pushing it around the lawn. It was quite a work out especially in the summer but a way to earn some pocket money. The green lawnmower is an old Victa and looks very basic compared to the lawnmower of today.

Did anyone else earn some pocket money mowing the lawn and do you remember the old push lawnmowers?

2nd highcharis

Vintage wooden Children’s highchairs

I also found these 2 old wooden children’s highchairs which need a little repair but are wonderful items from the past. These highchairs do not look very comfortable compared to the padded one of today but where sturdy and have lasted many years.

Post a comment with your thoughts or memories of either of these items.

 

23 Comments

  • heino ehlers says:

    hi Robyn,
    would love to hear your background, do you work at born in the forties? Heino

    • Born: 1942
    • Location: crafers west SA
  • robyn says:

    I love hearing a James Bond theme song on the radio as they remind me of watching the movies. Shirley sang a number of them and who can forget Live and Let die or Nobody does it Better theme songs. I always remember the James Bond villain Jaws with the mouthful of metal teeth, Dr No, Blofeld and Spectre.

    • Born: other
    • Location: Born in the Forties
  • robyn says:

    BORN IN THE FORTIES would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and safe travel to those visiting friends and family at this time of the year.
    Thank you for your support.
    Robyn and Jeff
    Born in the Forties

    • Born: other
    • Location: Born in the Forties
  • robyn says:

    I was surprised to see last weekend the number of people in my neighbourhood that enjoyed the Halloween celebrations. Some people decorated their front yards and others dressed up in costume to trick or treat around the neighbourhood. It was gave the neighbourhood an old fashioned community feeling for a couple of hours with everyone out and about.
    When I was growing up it was always an American tradition that we did not celebrate.
    Does anyone have any thoughts or comments on Halloween? Was it celebrated in your neighbourhood this year and did you find it annoying or a bit of fun?

    • Born: 1940
    • Location: Born in the Forties
  • robyn says:

    What has happened to the Seasons?
    Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter

    Are they that same as when you were growing up or is the weather different today with more extreme events and seasons changing?

    I remember very hot summers growing up in country Victoria and bushfires most summers as we lived near the Grampians. We always had fun playing in the piles of Autumn leaves and one winter it snowed.

    I am keen to read your thoughts on this topic.
    Robyn

    • Born: 1940
    • Location: Born in the Forties
  • robyn says:

    How do you get your NEWS these days?
    Do you read an actual newspaper, either a daily or the local (often free weekly) newspaper?
    Listen to the radio and hear the news.
    Watch the news every night on the TV.
    Or do you avoid all of the above as it is usually all bad news and it is better not hear it.

    I look forward to reading your thoughts on this subject.
    Robyn
    Born in the Forties.

    • Born: 1940
    • Location: Born in the Forties
    • robyn says:

      I enjoy reading the free local newspaper which arrives on my driveway every Wednesday. You find out what has been happening in your local area and any events that are coming up. The supermarket catalogues are also inside the newspaper so I can check out what is on special which helps save a few dollars when you got shopping.
      I hear the news during the day when I listen to the radio as they play great music I love. I often don’t watch the news on TV of an evening as I get sick of the same old thing especially politics. Perhaps I am becoming a “Grumpy old lady” when it comes to the news.

      • Born: 1940
      • Location: Born in the Forties
  • Jim says:

    At the moment we are in Townsville, away from the cold southern areas where we live. The locals think that it is cold however we know differently and are lapping it up.
    walking along the Strand watching the children playing under the Water feature and then fish & chips at a great “fish & chippery” and then a nice coffee at another cafe. Ah, Queensland, beautiful one day,perfect the next. And this from a southerner after They won the football. I think that Malcolm Fraser got it wrong when he said that “Life wasn’t meant to be easy” because right at this moment it sure is great. Now having said that, watch it all crumble around us. Have to leave you now as we only have two more weeks here before we go home and we can’t afford to waste one minute.

    • Born: 1939
    • Location: Canberra
    • robyn says:

      Jim have a great time in Townsville and enjoy the weather over the next 2 weeks. My sister in law from Canberra visited us in Brisbane last weekend and she was not looking forward to going back to the cold weather of Canberra with this “cold snap” happening at the moment.

      • Born: 1940
      • Location: Born in the Forties
  • Stuart says:

    Hi, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I’m probably one of the few, if not the first American, to join your group. i have been looking for a nostalgic group like this for a long time and came upon it by accident using Google. I was born in 1939, which I hope is close enough to the forties, in Brooklyn, NY. I love reminiscing about my childhood and those times. As a matter of fact, my main interest and hobby is Nostalgia of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. I have a large room in my house devoted to memorabilia of those eras. I have taught adult courses in pop-culture to lifetime-learning classes at my local university.
    My wife and I recently visited your beautiful country and found it delightful. I’m sure we have much in common as members of “The Greatest Generation”. Looking forward to your posts and memories.
    Stuart

    • Born: 1939
    • Location: New York, USA
    • robyn says:

      Hi Stuart,
      I am glad you found the website as it is for everyone Born in the Forties and “the younger years before” so perfect for you being born in 1939. It is fun reminiscing about our childhood and I also love things from those eras.
      I would love to read some of your childhood memories on the Walk Down Memory Lane page and about some of your favourite memorabilia on the Hobbies and Interest page.
      Robyn
      Born in the Forties

      • Born: 1940
      • Location: Born in the Forties
    • heino ehlers says:

      hi steward, i was born in Germany came to Australia as a 11 year old, love Australia as i have grown up here, have been to NJ and enjoyed it was hoping for some snow but NO but what a great city, i would be glad to hear from you and tell you about our country and the hot weather, i am now retired [bricklayer/stone mason] my wife ans i do travel a bit and hope to enjoy the east coast of the USA.
      heino

      • Born: 1942
      • Location: germany
    • heino ehlers says:

      hi Stuart,
      glad to hear that you enjoyed our country, actually I was born in Germany 1942 (don’t hold that against me) but I consider my self an aust. have been to your country a few times (loved it) hope to hear from you some time.
      Heino

      • Born: 1942
      • Location: crafers w SA
  • ELIZABETH says:

    I am not sure whether I have joined by filling in the form on line. I think it is a great idea. I am thinking of buying a ticket and going to Uk and then seeing Europe from there. I have relies to catch up with. I have a back problem, but my best friend just died so I think I best live now.I could play it safe and just buy a new car and go to Perth to see my youngest grandchildren. I have choices, so I am lucky. I have never done a cruise either, so thinking………….

    • Born: 1947
    • Location: MELBOURNE
    • robyn says:

      Hi Elizabeth
      You do not need to join the Born in the Forties website it is available for everyone to contribute by posting a comment like you have. There is no log on or password to remember just visit whenever you like and post as many comments as you want to.
      I enjoyed reading your comment.
      Robyn
      Born in the Forties

      • Born: 1940
      • Location: Born in the Forties
    • heino ehlers says:

      hi Elizabeth,
      nice to hear from you, we all have choices, we have been on a cruise and my Wife loved it, so go and plan one you will enjoy it, let me know how u went.
      Heino

      • Born: 1942
      • Location: crafers west SA
  • Liz says:

    I have just joined the website – what a great idea ! I live on Cairns Northern Beaches at a lovely spot called Clifton Beach with husband.
    We lived in Sydney before we retired and moved up here.
    Interested in knowing if anyone else on this website lives in the Cairns area……

    • Born: 1946
    • Location: Clifton Beach
    • Ron Atkinson says:

      We have a daughter and her husband and three children living up there in Kanimbla. We get up there from time to time visiting.

      • Born: 1941
      • Location: St Clair, Sydney, AUS
  • robyn says:

    Are your still driving or have you given up your driver’s licence?
    If you no longer drive how do you get around these days?

    Share your thoughts on the topic or any other topic on the Coffee Shop page.

    • Born: 1940
    • Location: Born in the Forties
  • helen silk says:

    I think its good that there is somewhere to go to for our age group and have a talk and listen to other people

    • Born: 1940
    • Location: ringwood east
  • helen silk says:

    this looks like a great site so i would like to join how do i do it

    • Born: 1949
    • Location: Australia
    • robynedlond says:

      Helen it is great to see you have discovered the Born in the Forties website.
      You do not need to do anything like join up to Born in the Forties, all you have to do is visit whenever you like and post some comments or reply to any comments already posted.
      At the moment there are not a lot of comments posted as we upgraded the website and all the previous comments were not able to be transferred onto the new one so we are looking forward to all new comments posted.
      Regards
      Robyn
      Born in the Forties

      • Born: 1940
      • Location: Born in the Forties
  • robynedlond says:

    The change over to the new website has taken longer than we expected so Born in the Forties has not been available for a little while. We are excited to have finally found the solution to our problems and to be operating again.
    We hope you enjoy the new website and look forward to reading all your comments.
    Thanks for your patience over the last few weeks.
    Robyn

    • Born: 1940
    • Location: Born in the Forties

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