Here is a little nostalgia.
http://safeshare.tv/w/FEDEwZHZXu 4 min 34 sec
Best years of my life. Too bad kids of today can't EXPERIENCE it.
A few ringers in there. Some items were from the sixties.
The 1950s i knew were very different from that. But geography does that.
Everything was better in the past.. well, if it wasn't, then it was more beautiful.. Well not all pasts, but the particular eras we're thinking of.. (ain't it wonderful having some free time and extra money these days, being able to pick the best parts of the past and enjoy ;) )
If we could only go back, if not to a simpler time at least a slower less complicated time. Harv
Certainly every decade has its good points, and bad points. Having been born in '54 I really can't attest to "how good" it was in the 50's, but from I have learned in history, how good the 50's were certainly depended on what side of the tracks you lived. I still think the very early 1900's just might have been some of the most exciting times what with the explosive advancements in this country, if not the world. Things really started to go to pot during WWI and I'm not sure society has ever fully recovered.
Lucky Strike green was from the 40s. How may remember "Lucky Strike green has gone to war". About 20 years ago I came across a folded up carton with 3 green unopened packs in it. Don't know what ever happened to it, just got away from me. I'd like to see a similar film on the 40s, lots of memories there too.
Seeing the ESSO gas signs reminded me of a joke. 100 bees are flying down the highway, 99 turned into a Sinclair station, 1 went to an ESSO station. Just proves there is 1 Esso bee in every crowd
The 1964 Mustang is no longer included....other '60s stuff?
Since you asked,.............
1968 Ford Good Humor truck
1965 half dollar in coin pile
'60's car at Esso station
Sea Monkey ad with zip code (1963 or later)
Flip Wilson ('70's)
Love the music, but the Ronnie Milsap version was released in 1999.
The original "in the still of the night" was released in 1956 (Five Satins).
It has always seemed to me that, in terms of popular music, "the '50's" started around 1955, and ended around 1965. Then came the '60's, which ended around 1975. I haven't tried to assess later music - basically I can't stand it!
If you were a white male, middle class, didn't mind the limited crude and painful medical procedures available, happy to be conformist wearing a grey suit and hat, and living like Leave It To Beaver, not too worried about being killed when you had a car crash, then yes the 50's would be ideal.
As much as I love 50's nostalgia and technology, the concept of "things were better then" tends to be that of selective memory. It's not all finned cars and drive ins.
WOW......I remember all that stuff except for the Automat........our town was too small for anything like that.
I remember when my grandparents bought my first transistor radio.....with SIX transistors!
The Woolworth store photo is a dead ringer for the one that used to be in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Dickens was writing of the French revolution, but the concept applies to all periods of human history, including the fifties. Our selective memory tends to remember the good and forget the bad. We have fond memories of Red Skelton and Jackie Gleason, but who remembers Emmett Till?
The 1950s are unique to human history. There was no other time in all human history when children were expected to remain children until they were twenty years old. My theory, is that after the technological leaps of the beginning of the century, followed by the hardships of the '30s and '40s, parents of the '50s simply wanted to keep their children innocent for as long as they could. Many children of the time had been born in the late '30s and the '40's, feeling enough of the hardships, they were willing to accept the situation.
For whatever unfathomable reason, I was born a student of history. In the late '60s and '70s, I was reading things all the time that lamented the "loss of our youth's innocence!" Remember the hippies and the rebellious youth? I began right away arguing that the lost innocence was a myth. It had never existed except for that one generation. Yet I have read of that loss within the past ten years.
The '50s are an interesting time. I certainly cannot fault anyone for feeling nostalgic about them. However, basing "normal" on an anomaly is a serious error.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
^ *snicker* ........
along time ago a found an old 1980 Porsche 911 for sale in a small town in Wisconsin, it need a lot of work, but I still bought it. As the seller handed me the title to the car ( he had never titled it in his name ) I see it is titled to a Jerry Mathers name with a California address. I asked the man and sure enough it was the Beavers car! I finished a nice restoration on it and then sold it to a guy in my area, I told him the story and we both named it the "Beaver mobile" I still tell the story how I contacted the "Beav." through his agent and he was so nice he sent an old polaroid he had of him and his car. Very much a gentleman.