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Were You Born in the 50s?

Were you born in the 50s? Here are 10 signs you were born in the 50s if you can remember and identify these 50s events and circumstances.

Remember When – Were You Born in the 50s:

1) You went to five and dimes – You do remember Woolworth’s, don’t you? You spent your precious nickels there and then had a soda or malt at the lunch counter!

2) You knew a lot of teen brides – The average age of brides from 1950-60 was 20 years old. That meant there were plenty of teen brides! Today the average age of brides is around 27 years old!

3) You remember where you were on significant occasions – We are talking when JFK, MLK, and RFK were all shot. Also,when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper’s plane went down. On a happier note, when the Beatles debuted on the Ed Sullivan Show.

4) The Bomb was the scariest thing ever – Remember the days of the Cold War, when the fear of Russia, communism, and the possibility of atomic war was a part of your everyday life? You definitely remember duck and cover drills in school.

5) You watched the Ed Sullivan Show – Every Sunday night you turned on the black and white TV to watch the Ed Sullivan Show.

6) You played with simple, iconic toys – The hula hoop, Mr. Potato Head, Play Doh, Magic Slate, Lincoln Logs and Easy Bake Oven were top on the 50s toy list.

7) You hated the Yankees…or loved them – They were the winners of six world series from 1950-58. Who wouldn’t like them and Mickey Mantle!

8) You listened to the radio and listened to music on 45s -You were born in the 50s if you listened to radio DJ, Dick Clark, and bought the newest Beatles or Ricky Nelson single on a 45 record for 75 cents!

9) Your food was read food…except when it wasn’t – You grew up eating fresh foods, such as strawberries and “real” ice cream. On the other hand, processed foods made their appearance…TV dinners, canned soda, boxed cake mixes, Hamburger Helper and – forbid! – margarine!

10) Everyone smoked – Well, almost everyone! Family members smoked at the dinner table. They also smoked at the supermarket and at work. All the cool guys wore a pack of Lucky Strike in their shirt sleeve. (About 18 percent of people still smoke.) Source…

Were You Born in the 50s

Were You Born in the 50s – Then you know how to make the hula hoop work!

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Throwback Thursday – Gum Machine

Throwback Thursday – Wrigley Gum Machine!
 
Remember these gum machines in the drug stores and grocery stores?
 
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The story of the Wrigley Company is very interesting and inspiring!
 
The Wrigley Company is a world-wide organization with operations in more than 40 nations. They distribute products to over 180 countries.
 
The Company began over a century ago in 1891 when William Wrigley Jr. moved to Chicago. He began selling soap, baking powder and other necessities. He gave away sticks of gum to his customers as “something for nothing” incentives. These incentives proved to be more popular than the merchandise he was selling!
 
Because of this experience, Wrigley Jr. decided to produce his own line of gums. Two of the company’s earliest products were Sweet Sixteen Orange and Lotta Gum. They revolutionized chewing gum’s appeal to young people and the public at large. Previously, the stereotype was that only women chewed gum!
 
Wrigley’s Spearmint® and Juicy Fruit® were introduced in 1893 during an economic depression. In 1907, Wrigley mortgaged everything to launch a huge advertising campaign. This move skyrocketed the Wrigley company into the national spotlight.
 
Wrigley established himself as a leading champion of employee rights and benefits. In 1916 he created a health and welfare department in his Chicago factory. He also gave his employees Saturdays and Sundays off starting in 1924. Even during the Great Depression, the company set minimum wage levels to give its workers financial security during this difficult time in our nation’s history.
 
Wrigley Jr.’s son Philip, was named the company president in 1925. He expanded the company’s reach by sponsoring radio programs and ads in the “funny pages” of newspapers.
 
To this day, the Wrigley Company success is based on “leadership, innovation and integrity.”
 
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Remembering the Pay Phone!

The pay phone is quickly becoming a thing of the past but brings back lots of memories.

Did you know?

1)  William Gray is credited with inventing the payphone in 1889; George A. Long was its developer.

2)  The site of the first pay phone in the U. S. was in Hartford, Connecticut at the Southeast Corner of Main and State Streets.

3)   The first pay phone was actually a “postpay” machine which means the coins were deposited after the call was placed.

4)  In 2000 there were 2.2 million active pay phones in the U.S and today that number is about 450,000.

5)  You will still find pay phones outside gas stations, supermarkets and convenience stores.

So, how many pay phones are there in the United States? Since 2007, the number of payphones in the United States in operation has declined by 48%. “At the end of 2012, the FCC reported the number of payphones at 243,487 generating $362 million falling to $286 million by 2015.”

The market is currently being served by independent payphone companies. An estimated 100,000 payphones in the US remain as of 2018. Roughly a fifth of these payphones are located in New York.

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Classic Car Restoration for the Over 50 Crowd!

OK, Guys (or Gals)…have you thought about Classic Car Restoration? Now that you are Over 50 and are fortunate to be happily retired with lots of time on your hands, this may be the perfect hobby for you!

Are you motivated with a “Do It Yourself” attitude? Well, you may be more inclined if the passion and interest are there.

Of course, you must have some skills to support this hobby.  It could be profitable if you stick to it.

If you’re just getting started, Second Chance Garage recommends:

  1. Car Restoration and Classic Car Collecting: How Do I Get Started? – It provides basic information on getting this whole process started. It will help you decide which vehicle you choose to restore based on price, condition and other considerations.
  2. Classic Car Restoration 101: Do Your Homework –  This article provides important considerations that must be addressed in order for a car restoration project to be successful. Many would-be classic car restorers have become disillusioned by the heavy costs in time, space, equipment and money. This is usually due to improper research and planning (or none at all) up front.
  3. Beginners Corner – This section teaches very basic skills of car restoration to those who’ve never attempted to work on cars. It might be called “Car Restoration 101”!

From the recommended website:

“Need some inspiration? Be sure to check out our Classic Car Photo Gallery. We have over 7,000 photos of more than 500 really nice classic cars. Want to talk car restoration? Be sure to see our Forum.”

According to Hemmings, the top ten classic cars to restore are:

1) Buick Riviera – 1963-65

2) Chevrolet Bel Air – 1953-54

3) Pontiac GTO – 1971-72

4) AMC AMX – 1968-69

5) Lincoln Continental – 1961-66

6) Ford Model A – 1928-31

7) Packard – 1951-54

8) Ford Mustang – 1964-68

9) Chevrolet Camaro – 1967-69

10) Dodge Challenger – 1972-73

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Classic Car Restoration – A great hobby shared by many!

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For Old Times’ Sake…1952 Woolworth’s Christmas Book!

Remember when you were growing up, every Christmas you would get Christmas catalogs and one of them would probably be the Woolworth’s Christmas Book. It was so much fun to look at all the toys, gadgets and other Christmas items. Enjoy a trip down memory lane!

The founder of the F. W. Woolworth Company was Frank Winfield Woolworth (April 13, 1852 – April 8, 1919). He operated discount stores known as “Five-and-Dimes.” They featured a selection of merchandise priced at five and ten cents. He was the pioneer of the now-common business practice of buying merchandise direct from the manufacturers and determining the prices of items rather than bartering with the manufacturer on price. He used self-service display cases so the customers could examine that they wanted to buy without the help of a salesclerk.

It’s not quite certain how Woolworth was introduced to the “five-cent counter concept.” No matter how it was brought about, this concept became the most profound key to Woolworth’s success. This changed not only his life, but retailing as well.

At the time of his death, Woolworth was worth approximately $6.5 million which was a lot of money in 1919! His company owned more than 1,000 stores in the U. S. and other countries. In 1913, Woolworth built the Woolworth Building in New York City at a cost of $13.5 million in cash.

There are still divisions and namesakes of Woolworth’s throughout the world. Some of the companies in the U.S. you will recognize: Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Eastbay, Northern Reflections, and the San Francisco Music Box Company.

Woolworth's Christmas Book

 

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A Christmas Story – Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday… Remember “A Christmas Story”?

From the www.imdb.com web site:

“Ralphie has to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940s”.

A Christmas StoryThis is based on the novel “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash” by Jean Shepherd.

The stars of the movie are: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin

Two Reviews:

“A Christmas Story is a rare film about children yet for adults. While kids will definitely enjoy this Christmas-themed saga, adults will find a deeper level of depth than they may remember from seeing the film at a younger age.”

“A Christmas Story touches my heart as does no other film, and I know the reason for this is because it reminds me so much of my own 1950’s boyhood. For sure it strikes a nerve in persons of my generation. This is Bob Clark’s masterpiece and I know I am not the only person who feels this way.”

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In 1984, A Christmas Story was honored with a Genie Award for the Best Achievement in Direction and Best Screenplay. It also had 11 other nominations that year! (The Genie Awards were given out annually by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television to recognize the best of Canadian cinema from 1980–2012.)

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Pre-filled Christmas Stockings – 1975

What’s behind the custom of hanging Christmas stockings on the fireplace?

According to Wikipedia:

While there are no written records of the origin of the Christmas Stocking, there are popular legends that attempt to tell the history of this Christmas tradition. One such legend has several variations, but the following is a good example:

Very long ago, there lived a poor man and his three very beautiful daughters. He had no money to get his daughters married, and he was worried what would happen to them after his death. Saint Nicholas was passing through when he heard the villagers talking about the girls. St. Nicholas wanted to help, but knew that the old man wouldn’t accept charity. He decided to help in secret. After dark he threw three bags of gold through an open window, one landed in a stocking. When the girls and their father woke up the next morning they found the bags of gold and were, of course, overjoyed. The girls were able to get married and live happily ever after.
Other versions of the story say that Saint Nicholas threw the three bags of gold directly into the stockings which were hung by the fireplace to dry.

This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas.

According to the Smithonian:

As far back as 1823, when Clement Clarke Moore (or possibly Henry Livingston Jr.) wrote “A Visit From Saint Nicholas,” stockings were hung near the fireplace, awaiting a visit from Santa Claus. At the end of the poem, St. Nick “fill’d all the stockings; then turn’d with a jerk,/And laying his finger aside of his nose/And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.”

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I remember getting one of these for Christmas.

Christmas Stockings are an important part of Christmas traditions!

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Retro Saddle Shoes and Bobby Socks

Remember those saddle shoes and bobby socks?

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In case you don’t remember, saddle shoes are a low-heeled Oxford-type shoe with a plain toe and saddle-shaped decorative panel in the midsection of the shoe.

They are usually constructed of soft white leather with a black saddle.

Yeas ago you would see saddle shoes as part of cheerleading uniforms, at Jitterbug and Lindy Hop dances, and lined up in a row at sock hops.

Bobby socks were fashionable in the 1940s and 1950s. They had thick uppers that were turned down to form a thick cuff at the ankle. Sometimes girls would roll the cuffs instead of folding them down.

Bobby socks were sometimes worn as part of a girl’s school uniform. They were usually worn with saddle shoes, loafers, or Oxford-type shoes.

Women and teenagers especially loved wearing saddle shoes and bobby socks because they were so versatile. The women and teenagers especially loved how versatile they were. They mixed and matched them with poodle skirts, pencil skirts, denim and shorts.

Oh, for sure…those were the “good old days”! In many ways they seemed like more simple and happier times.

 Saddle Shoes and Bobby Socks – Icons of year’s past!

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Vintage Halloween Reminiscing!

Let’s Reminisce About Vintage Halloween!

Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. The word Halloween is a shortened version of All Hallows’ Evening, which is also known as Hallowe’en or All Hallows’ Eve.

Traditional activities of Halloween include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting “haunted houses” and carving jack-o-lanterns. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century. These countries included Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand

Trick-or-treating, is an activity for children on or around Halloween in which they proceed from house to house in costumes. They ask for treats such as confectionery with the question, “Trick or treat”? The “trick” part of “trick or treat” is a threat to play a trick on the homeowner or his property if no treat is given.

Trick-or-treating is one of the main traditions of Halloween. It has become socially expected that if one lives in a neighborhood with children one should purchase treats in preparation for trick-or-treaters.

Part of the history of Halloween is Halloween costumes. The practice of dressing up in costumes and begging door to door for treats on holidays goes back to the Middle Ages and includes Christmas wassailing.

Historically, it is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from ancient Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain. However, some believe, that Halloween began solely as a Christian holiday, separate from ancient festivals like Samhain.

Today’s Halloween customs are thought to have been influenced by Christian dogma and practices derived from it. For more info – Source…

Enjoy these Vintage Halloween Reminiscing graphics & costumes from days gone by!

 

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Halloween, All Hallows Eve, Trick or Treat, Witch, Cauldron, Goblin, Ghost, Black Cat, Bat, Skull, Spiders, Ghouls, Scarecrow, Grim Reaper, Grave Keeper, Vampire, Cobwebs, Jack-O-Lantern, Pumpkin, Spooky, Scary, Haunting, Creepy, Frightening, Full Moon, Autumn, Fall, Magic Potion, Spells, Magic, Haunted, Donald Duck

 

Vintage Halloween Images | Condition Free | Entirely Public Domain

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Charlie Brown – It’s the Great Pumpkin!

This is for you, Baby Boomers – Did you grow up watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown?

 

To Help Refresh Your Memory:

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a 1966 American prime time animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz.

The first episode was October 27, 1966 and has been re-aired annually. The program was nominated for an Emmy Award.

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, a retrospective book was published in 2006: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: The Making of a Television Classic. It includes the entire script, never-before-seen photographs, story board excerpts, and interviews with the original child actors who provided the voices of the Peanuts gang.

 

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