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

And on to petrol stations. These were manned until late into the 80's and you'd automatically get your windscreen cleaned by the person filling up your car.
That was swiss customer service at its best. And - they didn't expect a tip.

By the early 90's however, the automatic systems had made many petrol pump attendants unemployed.
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There was no ice to be bought anywhere, at any price.
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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...
Waro indeed was taken over by Denner but K3000, part of the Konsumverein of course went to COOP as both LVZ/Lebensmittelverein and KVZ Konsumverein were dominated by the Social Democratic Party. While Denner now, just as Globus, is part of the Migros Group
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Needle Park before it was cleaned up
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I remember walking through needle park once. It was like Dante's hell.
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cant believe it looked like this, which place is this today ?

more pics anyone..
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cant believe it looked like this, which place is this today ?

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New York Times article from when it closed.

It was one hell of a social experiment.
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Google Platzspitz drogenszene

It's the park behind the Landesmuseum by the Zurich main station.
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There was only one Chinese restaurant in Zürich and no Indian food to be had. Drinks cost more than double in any place that stayed open after normal closing time. The Oliver Twist was the English forum of it's day and a life saver for many English speakers.
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The Oliver Twist in Zurich was the English speaking hangout, and a favorite place for American dental hygienists working here for a couple years. Wonder what ever happened to them all.
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Married with kids, I know a couple who went back home once the kids arrived.
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The Oliver Twist in Zurich was the English speaking hangout, and a favorite place for American dental hygienists working here for a couple years. Wonder what ever happened to them all.
We moved to Ticino (well, at least five of us former Twisters did).

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Aha. You're a former Twister!
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Re: Zurich 25 to 40 years ago back then thread..

Credit cards were not accepted anywhere! Cash for everything in every store.
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Re: Zurich 25 to 40 years ago back then thread..

The British Council ran an English library in Zurich until about 1973. It was situated in the Rämistrasse in the building of the Schauspielhaus on the top floor. To get up there was a rickety old lift but this terror was compensated by the sheer number of books on offer. The library was closed due to failing funds and was a great blow to a lot of us then.
I always went on a Thursday evening, this was the evening in Zurich when the stores stayed open longer. Then I'd go and park behind the Bahnhofstrasse somewhere (no problem) and go and drink a beer in the Carlton Elite Pub. This was a super pub, really in the Olde English style. Once it was redecorated it was ruined.
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The British Council ran an English library in Zurich until about 1973. It was situated in the Rämistrasse in the building of the Schauspielhaus on the top floor. To get up there was a rickety old lift but this terror was compensated by the sheer number of books on offer. The library was closed due to failing funds and was a great blow to a lot of us then.
I always went on a Thursday evening, this was the evening in Zurich when the stores stayed open longer. Then I'd go and park behind the Bahnhofstrasse somewhere (no problem) and go and drink a beer in the Carlton Elite Pub. This was a super pub, really in the Olde English style. Once it was redecorated it was ruined.

and what else was there to do ? how was stadelhofen and seefled area ?
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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.
do not forget that cigarettes in those days were very cheap, while even beer and wines were expensive, and many of them were waiting for the traiin on Perron 2 for Milano Centrale
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and what else was there to do ? how was stadelhofen and seefled area ?
What else was there to do? The reply here is that there was plenty to do. But this viewpoint is personal of course. We didn't need to be entertained. We were still young and Zurich had plenty to offer us. Our main free time occupation in summer was wandern and swimming in the lake and the Limmat - in winter we went ski-ing, mainly with the train or by coach. Every early sunday morning coaches went off to various ski resorts. The Uetliberg was a great magnet (to walk up I mean) at weekends and in the evenings. A cry would go out when the weather was nice 'Uetliberg Hell!' There were many people who used the uetliberg as a keep-fit course. The then restaurant was a simple Beiz and was often over-crowded. For a while there was an extremely lovely looking waitress up there I recall.

Whenever we went to the cinema we bought a box of chocolates to share. popcorn was unknown. If I remember rightly cinemas were shut on sundays but certainly on religious festival days.

I can't recall Stadelhofen, and Seefeld we passed through in the tram on our way to Tiefenbrunnen.
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My first permit allowed me to work 9 months then I had to leave the country for 3. This went on for 5 years. If you were a couple of days late getting back from your 3 months, it didn't count towards your 5 years that year!

As all season workers, I had to go for TB screening. I worked in the mountains in Graubunden but had to go to Buchs for my official x-ray. It was an old wooden building and i had to wait in line with loads of other woman, we were all stripped to the waist and it took ages. Due to not being given a day off in time I was fined 80chf for reporting late for the x-ray. No wonder some of us old-timers are a bit hard with the newbies!
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My first job here in '86 started at CHF 5400/month (x13).
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Oh, snap! Me too. Shame I arrived over 20 years later though ........
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