Those were the days

drive in

Remember when we spent hot summer nights at the drive-in movies?  How did we stand the heat?

1950 record player And music was delivered by means of a needle and turn-table?

The tunes were imbedded on 78s or 45s and you knew exactly what that meant.

Remember when you pulled into a gas station and didn’t even have to get out of the car?

Someone rushed out, pumped your gas, checked your oil and cleaned the windows. I think gas was about 25 cents a gallon.

gas retro

mowin Lawn mowers didn’t require cranking, not to mention gas or oil.  Just good old elbow grease.

beauty shop A visit to the beauty shop meant at least 30 minutes baking under the dryer.

I fondly remember those days of the 50s and 60s which in retrospect seemed the best of times.

Mother would take me to Lowenstein’s and Goldsmith’s in Memphis to buy my fall wardrobe which usually consisted of pleated skirts, short sleeved sweaters with something we called a “dickie” which was a sort of collar attached to no shirt.

I always loved my new fall saddle oxfords.  I wish the fashionistas would bring them back

fashion

moms kitche Our kitchen was almost identical to this one – with knotty pine cabinets and linoleum floors. There was no garbage disposal, microwave or dishwasher (except my mother and me).

RetroDialPhone

And here are more all but forgotten pieces of the times of our lives in the old days.

What the heck is this?

Retro3D_Glasses

3-D glasses were a novelty at the movie theaters.

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‘Our first TV looked something like this.

RetroBurgerChef

RetroMilk_Bottles Our milk was delivered right to our front door each morning.  All you had to do was leave the empties outside and you received a fresh supply in time for breakfast.

Lordy I wish they would bring back home milk delivery.  Ditto for the laundry.   You left it at the front door and it would reappear in two days – freshly ironed and on hangers.

Life was so simple then, or was it? I don’t believe we had clothes dryers until the late 60s.  Till then, the wash had to be hung on a line out back.

RetroWasher

RetroSHGStamps And remember green stamps?  I got my first princess telephone with green stamps.

RetroRoyal_FP1961 The old Royal typewriter – ahead of its time but it’s days were numbered.  Word processors replaced it, then the computer keyboard sounded the death knoll.

And who could forget the phone booth.  I haven’t seen one in years.

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Yeah, those were the days, my friend. We thought they would never end. Many thanks to my friend Sandra for reminding me of these slices of life in the 50s and 60s.

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