During my visit with Dad this morning we got a big
laugh while talking about Blind Robins. If you are
of a certain age you’re probably smiling now. If
you’ve never heard of Blind Robins we’ll try to
explain the experience.
Blind Robins were a smoked herring product that
came in a plastic sleeve like jerky. The biggest
difference is you had to be careful where you
opened your package of Blind Robins because the
aroma could take chrome off a bumper.
This was back in the day when neighborhood bars
had chips, pretzels, pork rinds, salted peanuts,
and beer nuts on display. But they also had jerky,
the Blind Robins, big jars of boiled eggs and
pickled pigs feet and more.
Blind Robins are no longer available in the form
mentioned above as the company that made them,
Bar Food Products, discontinued the handy single
serve sleeves of my youth. You can still find them
in bulk from different sources like this one.
If we wanted candy we could have candy cigarettes,
cow tails, chicken bones, licorice, and more
choices then time at the Five & Dime.
So many things from our past have gone away either
because they are deemed bad for our health, bad for
the environment, or the fact that they offended
somebody else. I don’t go to bars anymore but I
know the old table jukeboxes are gone, the music
has changed, and smoking is banned,
It may be progress, but sometimes it’s nice to
take a little walk down memory lane and have a
laugh at the things we used to do.
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