The Olden Days Diaries

by Jennifer on May 31, 2008

Netflix delivered a copy of The Wizard of Oz to our mailbox today, so tonight I put it in to watch it with the kids. As it started, I went into another room to get something and heard Girl’s voice calling out:

“Mommy, there’s no colors!”

I held myself back from giving my kids the speech about how all movies and television used to be in black and white, and that although we had color TV by the time I was a little girl, there were only four channels, and if we wanted to watch another show we had to get up and walk across the room to change the channel.

I figured the flying monkeys would scare them enough.

(Now that I’m almost 40 years old, you would think the Wicked Witch of the West would seem a little less frightening. Not the case. She is one scary old bag.)

P.S. Stay tuned for the Nightmare Diaries.


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Brenda May 31, 2008 at 10:08 pm

That Wicked Witch IS scary. OK, I haven’t seen the movie in a very long time, but I still get the shivers when I think of her. My husband says the flying monkeys are the scariest, but for me, it’s the Witch. I couldn’t believe it when my daughters watched the whole thing with no crying!


Jenn @ Juggling Life May 31, 2008 at 10:39 pm

And yet, t.v. was way more fun back then.

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JCK May 31, 2008 at 10:56 pm

You are taking your life in your hands with the old Witchipoo and kids. I’ll look forward to the Nightmare diaries. 😉

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flutter May 31, 2008 at 11:08 pm

Did you know that in modern releases of WOO that there have been a major change? There was a little person that hung themselves on set and in the original you can actually sing him swinging from a tree on set, in later releases, he was animated out

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suburbancorrespondent June 1, 2008 at 5:03 am

You demonstrated amazing restraint.

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SteveCinNM June 1, 2008 at 5:15 am

I remember my father telling me the visual impact of two movies as he grew up (strangely, both came out in 1939 when my dad would have been 9 yo). One was the Wizard of Oz, when the movie changes from B/W to color. People actually gasped in theaters. The second was the scene in Gone With the Wind showing the wounded and dying Confederate soldiers in Atlanta. One final thought, I work with a guy who has two kids (10 and 7, I think), and they watch one family-friendly B/W movie per month. Not a bad idea.


Hilary June 1, 2008 at 6:14 am

I know someone who had his children convinced for years that the whole world used to be in black and white before they invented colour. Not just the movies and television shows but everything…

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Akelamalu June 1, 2008 at 6:25 am

LOL we didn’t have colour television until I was in my 20’s! I was telling eldest grandson about when I was a little girl, he said “Was that in the olden days?” 🙁

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Lisa Milton June 1, 2008 at 7:23 am

We love the Wizard of Oz. Zack does a mighty Lollipop Guild dance. (That is the title, right? Heard to understand those lyrics.)

Flutter’s comment might give me nightmares.


tysdaddy June 1, 2008 at 7:36 am

Are you going to play it with Dark Side of the Moon as the soundtrack? That would be a trip for the kids . . .


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Ann June 1, 2008 at 7:52 am

Isn’t it kind of surprising, give the lack of special effects, just how scary those monkeys are/were?

But really – ALL I wanted were those red, sparkly shoes!

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Treasia June 1, 2008 at 8:09 am

The Wizard of Oz is still a family favorite of ours no matter how old it is.

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Julie Pippert June 1, 2008 at 10:04 am

You had me at flying monkeys but then you said Virginia Woolf. Will you marry me?


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Lisa June 1, 2008 at 10:05 am

Wizard of Oz is my younger daughter’s favorite movie ever! She has the most beautiful pop-up book from the story!
She has a Dorothy dress and shoes; but she actually loves the witch :0

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Madge June 1, 2008 at 10:33 am

yeah, just put auntie madge on the phone and i’ll squash ’em like little bugs — just remember the whole “31 days in May” thing……

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polona June 1, 2008 at 12:41 pm

wizard of oz is one of my favourite movies! gosh, this brings back some memories!

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Daryl June 1, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Its a great old movie .. now buy/read them Wicked


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Suzanne June 1, 2008 at 2:25 pm

I am dating myself horribly, but I do remember the days of black and white tv, fondly in fact…..I miss the great sitcoms.

BTW, those flying monkeys STILL scare me!


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Mrs. G. June 1, 2008 at 3:06 pm

Those monkeys scarred me for life-I avoid the primate section of the zoo to this day.

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Ree June 1, 2008 at 4:59 pm

Shortman used to sing, “We represent the Lollipop Guild” to me on occasion. And I still have the sign on my desk, “Don’t make me get out my flying monkeys!”


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david mcmahon June 1, 2008 at 8:15 pm

I can relate to this!

And remember – I live in Oz!!

Really enjoyed your previous post, too, Jennifer.

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Sandy (Momisodes) June 1, 2008 at 8:16 pm

YES! She was one scary little woman! And that cackle? *shudders*

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the mama bird diaries June 1, 2008 at 8:23 pm

I hate that movie. And I hate that witch. Scares me to DEATH. My poor kids will never get to see it.

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Hatchet June 1, 2008 at 9:17 pm

Flying monkeys! *shudder*

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Carolyn June 1, 2008 at 10:43 pm

I still have nightmares about the flying monkeys and that freaky-deaky witch. I don’t know who gave the green light for content like that in a children’s classic, but someone needs to get fired. Seriously. And what is all this about you getting up to change the channel? What are you, like, ninety?

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Ducky June 2, 2008 at 3:16 am

Jennifer and I actually had a black and white television for our first few years, but it was eventually replaced with a color television (with a remote, if I remember correctly).

I remember watching The Flintstones in black and white and making up the colors in my head.


Jenny, Bloggess June 2, 2008 at 8:05 am


We only 3 had channels. The 4th one was too fuzzy to watch with getting a migraine.

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liv June 2, 2008 at 8:48 am

no colors?! heavens!!!

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leendaluu June 2, 2008 at 6:53 pm

The monkeys are the scariest…the witch I can handle. In fact, I’ve nearly perfected the costume and green skin for Halloween (and I wonder why I have so much candy left…..).

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The Girl Next Door June 2, 2008 at 7:46 pm

How pathetic is this – every year when The Wizard of Oz would come on TV, we’d all fiddle with the dials b/c it was in black and white – then we’d COLLECTIVELY remember that it’s supposed to be black and white. I kid you not. Awesome movie and yes, the witch still scares the poop out of me. Only reading WICKED helped me to make her a little less scary (awesome book).

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Grandy June 2, 2008 at 11:30 pm

She was a scary witch. Her and that guy with the nose in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang got me every time.

Oh…and I don’t know what day it is so maybe I’m in anyway?

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Sandi McBride June 3, 2008 at 5:04 am

I’ll never forget the first time I saw TWOO…of course it was a black and white set, I was about 8…lol…imagine my surprise when I was 12 we were the proud owners of a color set and CBS showed it every Easter (I think it was CBS) and when Dorothy landed in Oz, there it was….a rainbow! Love this post, can’t wait for the rest…David sent me..

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Dharmamama June 3, 2008 at 9:16 am

I remember the guy I dated when VCRs just got real popular, with VHS edging out Betamax (yep! I’m that old!). We bought a VCR and a handful of movies; one of them was Wizard of Oz. (and of course, Raiders of the Lost Ark. If we’d stayed together, our first child would have been named Indiana Jones. No lie.) He hadn’t seen it since he was a kid, and he was *shocked* that the Land of Oz was in color.

And I’m with Grandy… *shudder* at the CCBB guy.

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Dave June 3, 2008 at 1:32 pm

When I was a kid, The Wizard of Oz used to come on once a year, and it was a BIG deal! It remains an awesome movie.

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