Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Dixie...Not the Chicks, Not the Song, but the Cups

I remember as a kid going to my neighbor's house after school. Her mom was our before school and after school babysitter. At the time, they had six kids. Along with them, she watched, my two brothers, me, and some other kids. It was actually pretty cool. We'd all get there after school and plop down in front of the TV. There wasn't really much discussion about what to watch back in the 70s because there were only three stations. We'd watch The Flintstones, The Three Stooges, Gilligan's Island, and Batman. I can't really remember the order of the shows, but those were the ones we watched. Of course, Batman was our favorite.

Anyway, while we plopped down in front of the TV, our babysitter was fast at work cutting us snacks. I always, ALWAYS, had sliced oranges. I still eat them to this day and every single time I think of my time at the babysitters. Along with the snacks, she would make Kool-aid. But, what she put the sugary drink in is what made it fun. And that was Dixie cups. They came in all sorts or different designs. The ones I remember the most were the ones with riddles. Now, I can't remember a single riddle or anything, but I do remember how cool they were. Just like all my neighbors, we had the Dixie Cups too. Heck, I don't even know if they still make these any more. Guess I'll have to check next time I go to the supermarket.
Well, a couple years ago, my Mom bought me this unopened box of Dixie Cups at a garage sale for 25 cents. It isn't a Star Wars or the riddles cups, but instead are just some generic designs with flowers. But, it is cool nonetheless. It is from the late 70s, either 1977 or 1978. There is an AIM toothpaste coupon on the back. Pretty neat graphics and ya gotta love the Mommy's haircut as well as the beautiful colored tile bathroom walls. Sad part is, the walls of my bathroom look just like that now. Guess I need to put me up a Dixie Cup dispenser now.


HardyGirl said...

Oh yeah! Dixie Riddle and Knock Knock Jokes cups! They revamped these a few years ago, (but I don't think they have them now), and I bought them for my class. But I can remember being at my cousin's friend John-John's house and we were sitting around, drinking Kool-Aid, reading every riddle cup in the pack, (his mom was gonna put them in his dispenser anyway). But you know what? I even remember the commercial: Kids sitting in a tree house, reading the cups; Girl: "Knock Knock." Boy: "Who's there?" Girl: "Olive." Boy: "Olive who?" Girl: "Olive you!" Boy: "Yuck!" Singing slogan: "Knock Knock, who's there means you're wearing a smile, now you're livin'...livin' Dixie style." Doesn't that just bring back memories?


Scott said...

That is awesome! I can't even remember the commercials. Sad, but true. However, I do remember that particular 'Olive' riddle. I didn't know they still made Dixie Cups anymore. Now I am excited. I bet my kids would love them, especially if they have riddles or cool characters on them. Maybe a Thomas the Tank Engine or the Disney Princesses. Hm.