A cousin my age forwarded these pictures. I am sorry I don’t know the source, but they brought back so many happy memories, and I thought they might for you too (if you were born back in the 50′s or so…) For those of you who are younger, the question posed was: Do you know what these pictures are all about?How I loved the fresh smell of curtains and sheets drying on the clothesline! I used to enjoy trying to help my mom hang out the clothes every Monday (the laundry day for all respectable house wives back in the 1950′s). Used by my brother in his cap gun to scare the dickens out of…well, me for one! What’s the relationship between tin foil and that thing on the right?? My mom won our first TV on a talk show in Chicago in 1954 when I was four. Really hot stuff in our little neighborhood of Purdue University instructors and their families! Of course, the reception was often terrible because TV was new for the middle class, but if you wrapped the antennae in tin foil and pointed it just right, it helped clear up the reception…at least a little. My very favorite TV show…totally melted my heart! How I wished for a dog of my own!! Lassie ran for 19 seasons—one of the longest running series ever! One of the favorite games from the 50′s. I got revenge on my brother (accidentally) for his previous terrorist tactics with his cap gun, because the constant noise of dropping and scooping up the jacks grated on his nerves while he was trying to study. (He was 7 years my senior.) Of course, noise was always an issue in a household with five lively kids. Everybody wanted their turn playing their music on the old phonograph! As girls, we all used to roll our hair in curlers and dry them with one of these. I still have a couple of these indestructible ice cube makers. They actually work! Looks just like my typing class. In 1964, “computer classes” didn’t exist! I got my first job in 1965 working at the lunch counter in Woolworth’s. Although it was a staple of American life for almost 100 years, it went defunct in 1997. Today’s counterpart might be something like Walmart. Is it possible that young people don’t recognize this? It’s a roll of film for an old-style camera, although digital cameras have totally taken over the market in the past 15 years with their better resolution, storage, and processing options. Because my dad was a college professor, we lived in cities and had to buy our milk from the stores by 1955. However, Alan enjoyed milk delivery until 1970, and it was a daily joy for me the summer I lived in Scotland (1972). I still think the best milk is unhomogenized with an inch or two of cream on top!Know the relationship between a pen and this thingamabob? Audio cassette tapes were used for recording until the early 1980′s. I used to tape record stories for my kids so they could listen to them again and again. Unfortunately, toddlers liked to go on covert search and destroy missions, pulling the tapes out of the cassettes. The tip of a pen was the perfect instrument for rewinding the tape unless it had become hopelessly stretched, crinkled, and broken (which was all too common). :( This last prize, a “ride-for-one-penny-horse,” might look like an antique to you unless you live in GR and shop at Meijer, where—I am delighted to say—you can still ride a rocking horse for just one shiny penny! My kids grew up riding “Sandy,” and there are always kids clamoring to ride “Sandy” even in 2014!
Times change and life changes. Some of the changes I love (like the advancements in technology), and some I grieve (like the loss of daily delivery of fresh creamery milk). The older I get, the more I appreciate some of the old classics that never seem to change: great books, great natural wonders, and even great deals (like a penny ride for tots). Got a minute to share a blast from your past, either an old classic or a favorite change?
“I am the LORD, I change not” (Malachi 3:6).