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Re: Zurich 25 to 40 years ago back then thread..

I lived in Zurich 1967 - 1977. Most of us had telephones with rotary dials, and they all worked the same. When you had to use someone else's phone, you never had to ask, "Now how the heck does this dang thing work?" However, they couldn't be used for playing action games or shooting video footage, they didn't display maps. Playing music on them needed a second person with a tape recorder, radio or phonograph at the other end, and the sound quality was cr@p. Even more cr@ than today.

On the other hand, no one knew what a mobile phone virus is. Updating the operating system of a phone was unheard of. And "phishing" was just a typo.
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Old 03.05.2013, 18:05
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Re: Zurich 25 to 40 years ago back then thread..

Kids went to school on Saturdays and nobody wanted to live in Seefeld as it was the main area for prostitution.

The tram 15 went all the way to Oerlikon since Bahnhof Stadelhofen wasnt built yet.

You recycled Toni yoghurt glasses by putting them in racks outside the shops.

Migros only sold Migros products.

There was no S Bahn nor any night busses.
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Kids went to school on Saturdays and nobody wanted to live in Seefeld as it was the main area for prostitution.

The tram 15 went all the way to Oerlikon since Bahnhof Stadelhofen wasnt built yet.

You recycled Toni yoghurt glasses by putting them in racks outside the shops.

Migros only sold Migros products.

There was no S Bahn nor any night busses.
all correct, except that Seefeld was not as bad as you say. A colleague of Dad lived in Seefeld with his family and prostitution was neither a topic nor a problem. The main areas for prostitution were in the Niederdorf and in areas betweeen Bleicherweg and the lake.

Tram 7 went to Oerlikon and at peaktimes to Seebach. While Tram 10 went to Bhf Enge and at peaktimes to Wollishofen Tramendstation. And Tram 7 looked like THIS
which means a REAL tram !

add to this that the doors of this tram were usually open, also during the journey so that you easily could get on or off wherever the tram got slower

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Re: Zurich 25 to 40 years ago back then thread..

Bahnhof Selnau was an endstation, and was located at the time across from the Zurich Stock Exchange (which didn't exist then either).

In other words, trains coming in from direction Adliswil didn't terminate at the main station. That was a hassle, you had to hop a tram to travel between Selnau and the Hauptbahnhof.
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Re: Zurich 25 to 40 years ago back then thread..

And you used to see these guys everywhere ("Travelling Tradesmen" from Germany). Haven't seen one in a long time:



Bavarian travelling apprentice tradesmen
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Re: Zurich 25 to 40 years ago back then thread..

Women were often seen knitting on trains.

Baby shops were very common and Jemoli had a baby department.

Kinder krippe was not a well seen alternative. ( my dental hygiene patients were astonished when I said I had a baby and still worked!)


Texas blond, red lip-stick, tight leather pants, diamond earrings, and high heels were not the norm.....
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Bahnhof Selnau was an endstation, and was located at the time across from the Zurich Stock Exchange (which didn't exist then either).

In other words, trains coming in from direction Adliswil didn't terminate at the main station. That was a hassle, you had to hop a tram to travel between Selnau and the Hauptbahnhof.
actually two trams as there was no direct tram connection between Selnau and HB. Just as people from the eastcoast of the lake had to leave their trains at Tiefenbrunnen and change onto Tram 2
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And you used to see these guys everywhere ("Travelling Tradesmen" from Germany). Haven't seen one in a long time:



Bavarian travelling apprentice tradesmen
Never saw one of them really. Grandmum told me that they however WERE around until WW-ONE .
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Re: Zurich 25 to 40 years ago back then thread..

I came in 1993, was suppose to stay for 6 months
Started my time in Lugano moved home in 1999, came back in 2000 to help old company set up new office in Liechtenstein, that was suppose to be for 6 weeks

I remember at the beginning it was so much more expensive that home, shopping wise (food-toiletries etc ) now it seems to be the same if not a little cheaper in some ways (bar meat )
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Re: Zurich 25 to 40 years ago back then thread..

SBB: All train stations, including the out of town ones and little village stations were manned and had a ticket and information office. None of those automats!

Oh yes, just remembered. All the main stations had porters helping people with luggage on and off the trains.
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Re: Zurich 25 to 40 years ago back then thread..

When I arrived in 1981 I was hissed at for shopping in my shorts in summer... my ex-mother in-law nearly died of embarrassment. People told me I talked like a "chingg" (Italian) as I came from a Lancashire mill-town and we all talked with our hands and exaggerated facial expressions.

I was mistaken for a prostitute on numerous occasions as I loved to get dressed up on a Saturday night and i didn't wear a bra! ( changed that habit..just too tiresome) My lungs nearly froze one night as i was too vain to wear my shabby coat... bought vests to tuck in my knickers the very next day. I thought people were having terrible arguments because of the harshness of the language and that the whole population was depressed.

I lost lot's of money because of my socialist mentality...those day's a waitress earned 14% commission on sales and I was always helping out those in the schitt. Once i had a good command of the language I earned a fortune, my excellent service coupled with irreverence towards the top managers, was a refreshing change so my tables were always full.

I could go on for ever... but I've just got back from a fantastic holiday and i need a kip!
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Re: Zurich 25 to 40 years ago back then thread..

Back in the mid eighties Toeffli's were the thing. I remember visiting one summer and hanging out with my 14 year old cousin who was part of some wanna be 'toeffli gang'. We spent the summer changing gaskets, cylinders, flywheels, gear boxes and exhausts in an attempt eke out more speed.

At the end of the summer, Polizei set up these mobile enforcement units and I got busted. They put the bike on speed machine and it maxed out 62 kph. My cousin's moped end up being seized because of illegal parts and modifications.
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I got here in 1987. The Zurich main station was much smaller than it is today, mainly just the top level, and a small level below. It was filled with dark, smokey restaurants and bars filled with drunks. I remember just outside there were sleazy bars and xxx theatres, like Langstrasse today. It was not a nice place to hang out in those days.
Any pictures from those days anyone ? Tell us some more Karl how developed was Zurich then ? was there a geminde back then ?
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Re: Zurich 25 to 40 years ago back then thread..

In the late 50s and early 60s the Hauptbahnhof was the meeting place of all Italian workers in Zurich. On sundays there were great crowds of them spread into little circles probably grouped according to home town or whatever. They were always well-dressed, didn't drink, but all smoked like chimneys. There were special trains put on at Christmas to get them all home and the station was filled with battered old suitcases. They were looked upon as menials and accepted as being necessary but turned, over the generations, into such worthy people.
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Never saw one of them really. Grandmum told me that they however WERE around until WW-ONE .
You don't hang out in the right places. I met a couple in Küssnacht am Rigi only about two years ago.
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Any pictures from those days anyone ? Tell us some more Karl how developed was Zurich then ? was there a geminde back then ?
Zürich was a Free Imperial City since about 1000 AD and then in 1351 seceded from the Empire and joined the fairly new Swiss Confederation. Zürich got expanded in the "Erste Eingemeindung" in 1893




those areas in white got merged into what now is KREIS EINS

and in 1934, in the "Zweite Eingemeindung" followed the areas in green


A 3rd "Eingemeindung" WILL come in this century, the question is NOT "if" but WHEN and which towns will join

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in case you are interested in interesting photos of Zürich (Wollishofen in particular) I can recommend THIS book

http://www.wollishofen-zh.ch/htm/quartier/chronik.htm

published by Mr Winkler but written by my favourite schoolteacher Rudolf Meier, the man who had given me my still present understanding of history

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Re: Zurich 25 to 40 years ago back then thread..

Every Coop and K3000 (now merged with Denner, which was eaten by Migros) had racks outside to return brown tinted Toni yogurt jars, washed so well they barely needed cleaning at the factory to refill.

Sadly it became more economical to throw the jars in the glass collection and Toni stopped taking their jars back...
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You don't hang out in the right places. I met a couple in Küssnacht am Rigi only about two years ago.
A few are still based in Schwyz. I've seen quite a few recently in the vicinity.
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Re: Zurich 25 to 40 years ago back then thread..

At all the train stations there were key boxes...two of them.
When the train was cleared to leave the station, 2 of the train staff would step out in front of 2 of them spaced about 2 cars or more apart, look at each other, nod, then turn the keys simultaneously.

Must have been the way they used to signal the control center that the train was leaving the station. Electronics and computers soon replaced that, but I still see the unused key boxes in some stations.
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