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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
High School Yearbook Photo

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

It's My 8 Year Blog Anniversary... and My 1st Wordless (almost) Wednesday: "What Play Looked Like in 1952"


That's right...

Shady Dell Music & Memories

is 8 years old today!

To celebrate the occasion

I present my very first

Wordless (almost) Wednesday.

I thought you might enjoy this picture taken
in the summer of 1952. It reminds us how
kids played back then. Play was low tech
(very often no tech) and relied heavily
on the imagination. As I recall we had
no problem finding ways to have fun.
On the far left is "Jasper the Giraffe,"
a bright orange and yellow wooden
table/clothes tree built by my dad.

What play looked like in 1952
(L to R) two of our cousins, my big brother & Shady Del Knight - age 2


Dear friend, I want to thank you for supporting Shady Dell Music & Memories. Whether you have been following me for years, months, weeks or days, you are very important to me and I value your friendship. Stick around for lots more fun and great music and memories coming up in year nine.


Have a Shady day!

48 comments:

  1. Uhm, 1952? Me was still a lil tadpole swimming in da pond then ... smiles ... anyway, love ur blog, friend Shady ... Always, cat.

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    1. Thank you, dear cat!

      You are one of my newest friends... and surely one of the best! :)

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    2. Hey, cat, I just remembered another picture that I used on the blog two years ago that was taken that same day in 1952. I thought you might like to see it:

      http://shadydell.blogspot.com/2014/07/peanut-scramble-celebrating-my-6-year.html

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  2. Kathryn AndersonJuly 20, 2016 at 4:15 AM

    Congratulations, Tom— on going the distance. Hardly seems like 8 years.

    I had no idea your father made the Jasper Giraffe table. How neat! He was a good wood worker, was he not?

    And you’re right— we had no video games or electronics, but we were never short of creative ways to have fun— I must admit not all of them nice.

    Thanks for entertaining us and keep up the good work!

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    1. Thanks so much, Kathryn!

      Yessum, my dad had a workbench in our basement. It was equipped with a saw and a jigsaw. Dad spent a great deal of time down there engaged in various labors of love. Jasper was one of his greatest achievements and one of my earliest childhood memories.

      Thanks for the anniversary wishes, Kathryn!

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  3. Congratulations on eight years! Yes, back in the day, imagination was required. Maybe that's what's wrong with kids today.

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    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for the anniversary visit, good buddy!

      You're right. I don't see young people today using their imagination the way kids did in the mid 20th century.

      Thanks again for your friendship and support, Alex!

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  4. Happy 8th!
    Looking forward to much more from you.
    All the best, and many more!
    PS - Cute photo.

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    1. Hey, Jeffrey!

      Thank you very much, good buddy!

      Strangely, my mental age has not progressed one bit since that picture was taken. :)

      Thanks again for coming over, Jeffrey, and have a good one!

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  5. Oh my! That picture looks so familiar--that's how play was done when I was a kid, too. Congrats on your anniversary.

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    1. Hi, Kathleen!

      Thank you for coming by, my new friend!

      I suspected that you'd be able to relate to this picture and the toys and games shown in it.

      Thanks again for choosing to follow SDMM, dear friend Kathleen!

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    2. Kathleen, since you are a new follower, I thought you might be interested in seeing another photo which was apparently was taken that same day in 1952:

      http://shadydell.blogspot.com/2014/07/peanut-scramble-celebrating-my-6-year.html

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  6. You were cute then. What happened? (JK) Happy birthday to blog...

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    1. Hey, Chris!

      Thanks for taking time to visit during your vacation, good buddy. I appreciate it!

      My appearance might have changed over the years... but the good news is that my mental age is still two. :)

      Thanks again for swinging over, Chris, and enjoy the rest of your vacation!

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  7. What a delightful image! Whatever happened to Jasper? He sure looks like a keeper, as is the image of one of your early experiences in music;-) I wonder what song you and the band were playing? Wasn't it fun to hang out with the 'older' kids?
    Eight years? I am impressed! Happy anniversary! I don't know that I'll last half that long, but I know I'll still be coming here :-)
    Have a terrific day, my friend!

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    1. Hi, dear Diedre!

      Thank you very much for dropping in today as I celebrate my 8th blogiversary.

      What ever happened to Jasper? Where is he now? That's a good question. I honestly don't remember what became of him. Both my parents are dead and so I might never know. Jasper was probably passed down to other children in the family but I couldn't tell you which ones. Maybe he was eventually donated to Goodwill.

      The father of our two girl cousins was a professional photographer and he took that picture. I'm sure told us to occupy ourselves with "props" to make the shot more interesting. It was fun to hang out with the older kids.

      If you'd like to see another photo that was apparently taken that same day, one that includes two more cousins, please paste this link to my 6 year blog anniversary post:

      http://shadydell.blogspot.com/2014/07/peanut-scramble-celebrating-my-6-year.html

      Diedre, I hope you will continue to operate your blog for the next 50 years because I look forward to you sharing your writing and your stories with me. Thank you once again for coming today and for being such a faithful friend during the past year.

      Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Diedre!

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  8. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, Shady! Eight years is quite a milestone in the blogging world. Love the photo and the sentiment. Life was much simpler in the old days. Looking forward to our continued blogging friendship. Cheers!

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    1. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

      Thank you very much for coming down to join the fun as I celebrate the completion of 8 years of blogging.

      The other day my eyes popped when I clicked to enlarge the picture in this post and saw that little stuffed dog on the shelf above my head. Do you see it up there in front of the elephant? I hadn't thought about that dog for more than 60 years but, when I spotted it, I immediately remembered it as one of my earliest childhood toys. And do you see that framed cartoon of Jiggs on the wall? My father was a big fan of the Jiggs and Maggie comic strip (Bringing Up Father) which went into publication the year he was born. Dad was a pretty good cartoonist and was able to draw Jiggs perfectly. That framed image of Jiggs reminds me of my dad.

      Here is another picture taken that same day in the summer of 1952:

      http://shadydell.blogspot.com/2014/07/peanut-scramble-celebrating-my-6-year.html

      Thank you very much for being one of the greatest friends I ever had, Debbie. I am very grateful that you have stuck with me. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  9. Tom, what a wonderful Wordless (almost) Wednesday post! I love old photos! That giraffe is almost as cute as you. Your dad did a fabulous job on it! Congrats on 8-years in Blogosphere. It's amazing how quick time goes by. I should note my Blogversary. I did for the first few, but then forgot to do after that. This June made 6-years for me, but my blog name changed from Cathy Kennedy's Blog to Curious as a Cathy. I certainly plan to stick around to see what you bring to Shady Dell. It know whatever it is, it will be entertaining. I'm sorry I haven't been over lately. Between working on blog repairs, posting, and return visits I've gotten side stepped a bit. Oh well, maybe I'll get back on track before long. Have a good afternoon and be well, dear friend!

    Feel free to join my #WW linkup! Judaculla Rock Petroglyphs and Brown Eyed Girls

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    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for coming over on this special occasion, dear friend. I very much appreciate it!

      Eight years of blogging and this is the closest I ever came to a Wordless Wednesday post! :) While I'm thinking about it, I will go ahead and provide the link to my 6th anniversary post which featured a picture of me and family members taken that same day in 1952:

      http://shadydell.blogspot.com/2014/07/peanut-scramble-celebrating-my-6-year.html

      Do you remember peanut scrambles? :)

      Yessum, I had a wonderful, caring father, and an example of that was Jasper the Giraffe. Some of my earliest memories are of gazing up at Jasper from my bed or crib and feeling safe having him there to watch over me.

      You picked a winner of a blog name when you decided on Curious as a Cathy. Let me congratulate you on being at it six plus years now.

      As you know, Cathy, blog friends tend to come and go. I could probably count two dozen people who were following me last year at this time that are no longer here. I understand that's just how it goes. I will tell you this in all sincerity, Cathy. You have been a great friend to me over the past year. I value your friendship and I would be thrilled if you are still with me next year at this time. I enjoy your posts and the consistently high quality of the comments you leave for me here at SDMM. Let's make a vow to to keep our friendship going and growing!

      Thanks again for your kindness, dear friend Cathy, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  10. Congrats on your blog anniversary

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    1. Hey Mike!

      Thank you very much, good buddy! Seems like only yesterday that I started this madness. :)

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  11. Happy Blog Anniversary! I wish you many more fab years and fun stuff to post about! I'll look forward to it! I was just a twinkle in my Dad's eye in 1952 but we played very similar in my day. (1953) Backyard games, neighborhood carnivals, never TV watching in the day time. I'm so glad I had a childhood like that! Have a great week!

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    1. Hi, dear YaYa!

      Thank you very much for being with me again this year to help me mark my blog anniversary. I think this the 4th time you have done so and I am very grateful that you have remained with me all this time.

      Yessum, the experiences you listed were part of my childhood, too. The kids on my block loved to go to the York Interstate Fair, so much so that we created our own small scale version of the midway in each other's backyards with games of chance, a dunk tank and other ideas borrowed from the real thing. We stayed outside in the fresh air all day long until twilight time, and relied on our vivid imaginations to create good times w/o any help from the toy companies. You and I certainly can be thankful we had a childhood like that.

      Thank you again for your ongoing friendship and support, dear friend YaYa. It means a great deal to me. Enjoy the rest of your week!

      God bless!

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  12. Hi Shady, Yes, I guess I have been following this blog for eight years. I don't think I ever stuck with any other pass time for eight years. Looking forward to more good posts.
    Jerre

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    1. Hi, Jerre!

      Thank you very much for being here for the 8th year in a row as I celebrate the SDMM blogiversary.

      Your are the oldest of the old timers, a friend I was lucky to find even before I ran my first post in the summer of 2008, and I am grateful to you for sticking with me all these years.

      I haven't forgotten about the Dell. In fact I have a brand new picture to show you in a special post this coming winter. A mystery surrounds the photo and I'm hoping you can help solve it. Stay tuned!

      Thank you again, Jerre, for hanging out with me here for 8+ years. Year 9 starts Monday and I hope to see you then. In the meantime have a great weekend, good buddy!

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  13. Happy 8th anniversary, dear friend!

    And love the picture!

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    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thank you very much for coming to my anniversary party. I'm glad you like that old 1952 picture. I'll have you know that, back then, they used coal burning cameras! :)

      Enjoy your weekend, dear friend JM!

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  14. Happy eight years! That's terrific. I think it's been five or six for me. Cute picture. I had to look twice - I almost thought you had a pipe in your mouth. ;) Have a great weekend!

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    1. Hi, Sherry!

      Thank you very much for coming by for my 8 year anniversary celebration. I'm sorry we spent three or four of those years reading each other's comments on other blogs w/o hooking up. I am very grateful to have your friendship.

      In that old picture I think I was blowing a whistle or kazoo. I might have used bubble pipes a few times but never smoked a real pipe. :)

      Thanks again for the blogiversary greetings, dear friend Sherry, and enjoy your weekend!

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  15. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY SHADY! Congrats on 8 wonderful years of blogging! That's quite the milestone!

    I loved the photo...and the giraffe! How simple life was back then... That's about 10 years before I was born but even in my time, life was simple. I miss those days ... I'm taking my simple days of the 70s, when I was a bit older...

    Thanks for sharing!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, Michele with One L!

      Thank you very much for coming by to wish me a happy 8th blogiversary. I am very thankful to have you in my inner circle of closest friends!

      Yessum, a lot of care and craftsmanship went into Jasper the Giraffe. I wish you could have seen the bright orange and yellow paint my dad used. The thing was gorgeous. As I told Debbie, that little dog on the shelf above my head was a favorite toy of mine and one of my earliest childhood memories.

      I think most of us wax nostalgic about those happy days. Hey, I just got an idea for a TV series! :)

      Thank you again for being such a great friend and for joining me here today. Enjoy your weekend, dear Michele!

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  16. Congratulations on 8 years of blogging Shady!

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    1. Hi, Sarah!

      Thank you, my dear English friend!

      You and I have been following each other nearly half that time and I appreciate your friendship and support.

      Have a fab week, Sarah!

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  17. Ok late here...again but always loving your blog:) I love looking at old pictures and new ones too. You were a cutie! Whatever happened to the giraffe? I bet some of the toys on the shelf are toys you wish you still had.

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    1. Hi, dear Birgit!

      Thank you very much for helping me celebrate my 8th anniversary of blogging. I appreciate your visit!

      I love vintage pictures taken during the mid 20th century. Here is the link to another picture taken that same day. It shows us participating in a "peanut scramble."

      http://shadydell.blogspot.com/2014/07/peanut-scramble-celebrating-my-6-year.html

      Pictures like these are pieces of the puzzle and provide valuable info about the way we were.

      I honestly don't know what became of Jasper the Giraffe. I vaguely recall my folks donating it to relatives with young children, but I can't remember which ones. Some of those old toys would fetch a pretty penny on eBay these days and I wish I had them back for their sentimental value alone.

      Thank you for being such a great friend to me this past year, BB. It's good to have you along for the ride as I head into year 9 starting tomorrow!

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  18. Hi Shady and congratulations on those eight years. You must be having some fun here, so that means you deserve double congratulations.

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    1. Hi, C. Lee!

      It's so nice of you to come by for my anniversary celebration. Thank you!

      It's been a wild, fun filled, eight year ride here on SDMM, and there's plenty more in store for year nine. I would be honored to have you join me.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, C. Lee, and enjoy the week ahead!

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  19. Can it be 8 years already? Hard to believe how time flies! I've been a fan almost from day one! Congratulations and happy 8th anniversary! Please keep the fun, facts, stories, entertaining, humor, music and memories comin!

    Shady was sure cute tooting his flute!
    Looking forward to many more posts!
    Toni Deroche

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    1. Hi, Toni!

      Thank you very much for helping me cap off this week of celebration as I observe my 8 year blog anniversary.

      The years have whizzed by. Each one has been filled with fun, drama, and even heartache, but that's what life is all about.

      You're right, dear friend. You have been with me almost from the start. Truth be told, you were a champion of the Dell long before you started following SDMM in the late summer of 2008. As Dell owners you and your family preserved and protected our old alma mater and you were a key player in helping me launch the blog. The pictures you took of the Dell inside and outside those first few years were extremely important to the telling of the Shady Dell saga and Dell rats will always remember your many contributions.

      I'm glad you enjoyed this old picture taken in the summer of '52. What were you up to that year? :)

      Thanks again for being a great and faithful friend all these years, dear Toni. Year #9 starts bright and early tomorrow morning and I look forward to keeping you entertained on and on into the future.

      God bless!

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  20. Happy blog birthday! And congrats to this long and successful years of writing.

    Looking forward to more entertaining posts from you.

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    1. Hi, Luxie!

      I'm very happy to see you, my friend around the world! Thank you very much for the anniversary greetings. You and I have been following each other for a year or more and I appreciate your friendship and support.

      Year 9 is now underway. Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Lux!

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  21. EIGHT years!!!! Holy smokes- Congratulations. i am sooo glad you and i connected just over a year ago. I adore you and your blog and consider you a dear and special blogging friend. You're adorable in that pic with your cousins.

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    1. Hi, Holli!

      Thank you ever so much for all that you expressed here, dear friend. I feel the same way about you.

      I hope my 9th year of blogging is a much better year for you in general. After all you've been through you deserve a break or two.

      I'm happy to know that you liked the picture of me and my family members taken light years before you were born. :)

      Thank you again for your friendship and support, dear friend Holli!

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  22. I love that photo of you. You look so happy. Congrats on 8 years of blogging. You've done wonderful things with your blog and put in tons of research. I've learned to love 1950s music because of you. Lol

    Jasper is a great creation by your father. I remember the old toys I had. You had to use your imagination and that was lots of fun. Paper dolls were my favorite. I got them for my girls, but they couldn't compete with Barbie! Still, playing with Barbie is also using your imagination. It is the video games that took that away.

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    1. Hi, Belle!

      I'm so glad I found your comment. You are my oldest and dearest blog friend and I appreciate your visit. :)

      I want to start posting more 50s music because it is a decade that I have been neglecting for some time. A lot of great music was produced in the 50s.

      I'm glad you took a look at Jasper the Giraffe, the table and clothing rack created by my father in his basement workshop. Yessum, kids of the 50s and earlier decades learned to use their imagination and we had fun making toys out of simple household items. My parents always told me that I was happiest playing with a ball of any size, shape or material. Maybe that's how I developed hand-eye coordination and the reason why I did pretty well in team sports later on as a teenager.

      Thank you again for making time to say a cheery hello and for the kind anniversary message, dear friend Belle! It is greatly appreciated as are you. Have a great weekend!

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