Nostalgia

 

 
Not Sure If It's a Sign of The Times These Days, But There's a Lot of Nostalgia Stuff Available.  Nostalgia Items Will be Posted Here.

 

THE GOOD OLD DAYS!   Enjoy the Trip!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEEN QUEENS of the 1950's
Contributed by Tom Priestley  RHS '58

 

Miss the Humor of Red Skelton????

 

 

A 1950's E-mail - What Fun!
Long ago and far away, in a land that time forgot,
Before the days of Dylan, or the dawn of Camelot.
There lived a race of innocents, and they were you and me,

For Ike was in the White House in that land where we were born,
Where navels were for oranges, and
Peyton Place was porn.

We learned to gut a muffler, we washed our hair at dawn,
We spread our crinolines to dry in circles on the lawn.

We longed for love and romance, and waited for our Prince,
And Eddie Fisher married Liz, and no one's seen him since.

We danced to 'Little Darlin,' and sang to 'Stagger Lee'
And cried for Buddy Holly in the Land That Made Me,
Me.

Only girls wore earrings then, and 3 was one too many,
And only boys wore flat-top cuts, except for Jean McKinney.

And only in our wildest dreams did we expect to see
A boy named George with Lipstick, in the Land That Made Me,
Me.

We fell for Frankie Avalon, Annette was oh, so nice,
And when they made a movie, they never made it twice..

We didn't have a Star Trek Five, or Psycho Two and Three,
Or Rocky-Rambo Twenty in the Land That Made Me,
Me.

Miss Kitty had a heart of gold, and Chester had a limp,
And Reagan was a Democrat whose co-star was a chimp.

We had a Mr. Wizard, but not a Mr. T,
And Oprah couldn't talk yet, in the Land That Made Me,
Me.
We had our share of heroes, we never thought they'd go,
At least not Bobby Darin, or Marilyn Monroe..

For youth was still eternal, and life was yet to be,
And Elvis was forever in the Land That Made Me,
Me.

We'd never seen the rock band that was Grateful to be Dead,
And Airplanes weren't named Jefferson, and Zeppelins were not Led.

And Beatles lived in gardens then, and Monkees lived in trees,
Madonna was Mary in the Land That Made Me,
Me.

We'd never heard of microwaves, or telephones in cars,
And babies might be bottle-fed, but they weren't grown in jars.

And pumping iron got wrinkles out, and 'gay' meant fancy-free,
And dorms were never coed in the Land That Made Me,
Me.

We hadn't seen enough of jets to talk about the lag,
And microchips were what was left at the bottom of the bag.

And Hardware was a box of nails, and bytes came from a flea,
And rocket ships were fiction in the Land That Made Me,
Me.

T-Birds came with portholes, and side shows came with freaks,
And bathing suits came big enough to cover both your cheeks.

And Coke came just in bottles, and skirts below the knee,
And Castro came to power near the Land That Made Me,
Me.

We had no Crest with Fluoride, we had no Hill Street Blues,
We had no patterned pantyhose or Lipton herbal tea
Or prime-time ads for condoms in the Land That Made Me, Me.

There were no golden arches, no Perrier to chill,
And fish were not called Wanda, and cats were not called Bill.

And middle-aged was 35 and old was forty-three,
And ancient were our parents in the Land That Made Me,
Me.

But all things have a season, or so we've heard them say,
And now instead of Maybelline we swear by Retin-A.

They send us invitations to join AARP,
We've come a long way, baby, from the Land That Made Me,
Me.

So now we face a brave new world in slightly larger jeans,
And wonder why they're using smaller print in magazines.

And we tell our children's children of the way it used to be,
Long ago and far away in the Land That Made Me,
Me.
Contributed by Jean Rilliet Benson  RHS '58

 

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 Take a Trip Back in Time
Click on the 60's sign
Contributed by Tom Priestley  RHS '58

 

 The year is 1911 --- One hundred years ago.

What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics for the Year 1911:

 

The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.
Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!
The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.
The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year,
and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births took place at home.
Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as "substandard."
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

The Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke
 
The American flag had 45 stars.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30 !!!
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.

There was neither a Mother's Day nor a Father's Day.
Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read nor write and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores.

Back then pharmacists said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!"  (Shocking?)

Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !
 
Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years!
 
Do You Wish You Were 18 Again??
George Burns sings “I Wish I Was Eighteen Again” like only this legendary entertainer can.
 George Burns lived to be 100 years old before passing away in 1996.
Contributed by Tom Priestley RHS '58

 

 

Comments Made in 1955
(Was This a Prediction of Things to Come????)
I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it's going to be impossible to buy a week's groceries for $10.00.

 

Have you seen the new cars coming out next year?

It won't be long before $1,000.00 will only buy a used one.

If cigarettes keep going up in price, I'm going to quit; 20 cents a pack is ridiculous. 

 

Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter?
 

If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.

When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon.  Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage.

 

I'm afraid to send my kids to the movies any more.  Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying DAMN in 'GONE WITH THE WIND', it seems every new movie has either HELL or DAMN in it.'
 
 
I read the other day where some scientist thinks it's possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas ... 
 

 

Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $50,000 a year just to play ball?   It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be making more than the President."  Someone once told Babe Ruth that he made more than the President.  He commented " Yes, but I had a better year than him last year".
 
I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric.  They are even making  electric typewriters now. 
It's too bad things are so tough nowadays.  I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.
It won't be long before young  couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.
I'm afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.
Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes.  I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government.
The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.
There is no sense going on short trips anymore for a weekend.  It costs nearly $2.00 a night to stay in a hotel.'
No one can afford to be sick anymore.  At $15.00 a day in the hospital, it's too rich for my blood.
If they think I'll pay 30 cents for a hair cut, forget it.
Contributed by Tom Priestley RHS '58

 

 

Fender Skirts, etc!!!!

A  term we haven't heard in a long time, and thinking about 'fender skirts' started me thinking about other words that quietly disappear from our language with hardly a notice like 'curb feelers.' 

And 'steering knobs.' (AKA) ?~suicide knob,??~neckers knobs.?

Since I'd been thinking of cars, my mind naturally went that direction first. 
 
Any kids will probably have to find some older person over 50 to explain some of these terms to you. 
 
 Remember 'Continental  kits?'  They  were rear bumper extenders and spare tire covers that were supposed to make any car as cool as a Lincoln Continental. 

When did we quit calling them 'emergency brakes?'  At some point 'parking brake' became the proper term.  But I miss the hint of drama that went with 'emergency brake.' 

I'm  sad, too, that almost all the old folks are gone who would call the accelerator the 'foot feed.'  Many today do not even know what a clutch is or that the dimmer switch used to be on the floor. 

Didn't you ever wait at the street for your daddy to come home, so you could ride the 'running  board' up to the house?

Here's a phrase I heard all the time in my youth but never anymore - 'store-bought.'  Of course, just about everything is store-bought these days.  But once it was bragging material to have a store-bought dress or a store-bought bag of candy.  'Coast to coast' is a phrase that once held all sorts of excitement and now means almost nothing.  Now we take the term 'world wide' for granted.  
On a smaller scale, 'wall-to-wall' was once a magical term in our homes.  In the '50s, everyone covered his or her hardwood floors with, wow, wall-to-wall carpeting!  Today, everyone replaces their wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood floors.  Go figure. 
 

When was the last time you heard the quaint  phrase 'in a family way?'  It's hard to imagine that the word 'pregnant' was once considered a little too graphic, a little too clinical for use in polite company, so we had all that talk about stork visits and 'being in a family way' or simply  'expecting.' 
 
Apparently 'brassiere' is a word no longer in usage.  I said it the other day and my daughter cracked up.  I guess it's just 'bra' now.  'Unmentionables' probably wouldn't be understood at all. 
 
I always loved going to the 'picture show,' but I considered 'movie' an affectation. 

Most of these words go back to the '50s, but here's a pure '60s word I came across the other day 'rat fink.'  Ooh, what a nasty put-down! 

Here's a word I miss - 'percolator.'  That was just a fun word to say.  And what was it replaced with  'Coffee maker.'  How dull...  Mr. Coffee, I blame you for this. 

Don't you miss those made-up marketing words that were meant to sound so modern and now sound so retro.  Words like 'DynaFlow' and'Electrolux.'  Introducing the 1963 Admiral TV, now with 'SpectraVision!' 

Here's Food for thought.   Was there a telethon that wiped out lumbago?  Nobody complains of that anymore.  Maybe that's what castor oil cured, because I never hear mothers threatening kids with castor oil anymore. 

Some words aren't gone, but are definitely on the endangered list.  The one that grieves me most is 'supper.'  Now everybody says 'dinner.'  Save a great word.  Invite someone to supper.  Discuss fender skirts. 

Contributed by Tom Priestley RHS '58
 
Take a Trip Back in Time
Click on the Picture
Contributed by John McRae RHS'58

 

 Whether you were or are a Billy Joel fan or not, you probably remember his great song, 'We Didn't Start the Fire.'

It's a neat flashback through the past half century.

Here it is, set to pictures... Very, very cool.

 Turn up the volume, sit back and enjoy a review of 50 years of history in less than 5 minutes!

 

 

 

 

Remember the Radio Flyer Wagon?

 

Long ago and far away, in a land that time forgot, 
Before the days of Dylan, or the dawn of Camelot. 
There lived a race of innocents, and they were you and me,
 

For Ike was in the White House in that land where we were born, Where navels were for oranges, and Peyton Place was porn.

 

We learned to gut a muffler, we washed our hair at dawn, 
We spread our crinolines to dry in circles on the lawn.. 

We longed for love and romance, and waited for our Prince, 
And Eddie Fisher married Liz, and no one's seen him since.

 

We danced to 'Little Darlin,' and sang to 'Stagger Lee' 
And cried for Buddy Holly in the Land That Made Me,
 Me.

                  

Only girls wore earrings then, and 3 was one too many, 
And only boys wore flat-top cuts, except for Jean McKinney .. 

And only in our wildest dreams did we expect to see 
A boy named George with Lipstick, in the Land That Made Me
,  Me.

We fell for Frankie Avalon, Annette was oh, so nice, 
And when they made a movie, they never made it twice.. 

We didn't have a Star Trek Five, or Psycho Two and Three, 
Or Rocky-Rambo Twenty in the Land That Made Me, Me. 

Miss Kitty had a heart of gold, and Chester had a limp, 
And Reagan was a Democrat whose co-star was a chimp. 

We had a Mr. Wizard, but not a Mr. T, 
And Oprah couldn't talk yet, in the Land That Made Me, Me. 
We had our share of heroes, we never thought they'd go, 
At least not Bobby Darin, or Marilyn Monroe. 

For youth was still eternal, and life was yet to be, 
And Elvis was forever in the Land That Made Me,
 Me.

 

We'd never seen the rock band that was Grateful to be Dead, 
And Airplanes weren't named  Jefferson, and Zeppelins were not Led. 

 And Beatles lived in gardens then, and Monkees lived in trees, 
Madonna was Mary in the Land That Made Me, Me. 

We'd never heard of microwaves, or telephones in cars, 
And babies might be bottle-fed, but they were not grown in jars. 

And pumping iron got wrinkles out, and 'gay' meant fancy-free, 
And dorms were never co-ed in the Land That Made Me, Me.

 

We hadn't seen enough of jets to talk about the lag, 
And microchips were what was left at the bottom of the bag. 

And hardware was a box of nails, and bytes came from a flea, 
And rocket ships were fiction in the Land That Made Me, Me. 

Buicks came with portholes, and side shows came with freaks, 
And bathing suits came big enough to cover both your cheeks.

 

And Coke came just in bottles, and skirts below the knee, 
And Castro came to power near the Land That Made Me, Me.

 

We had no Crest with Fluoride, we had no  Hill Street  Blues, 
We had no patterned pantyhose or Lipton herbal tea 
Or prime-time ads for those dysfunctions in the Land That Made Me, Me. 

There were no golden arches, no Perrier to chill, 
And fish were not called Wanda, and cats were not called Bill.

 

And middle-aged was 35 and old was forty-three, 
And ancient were our parents in the Land That Made Me, Me.

 

But all things have a season, or so we've heard them say, 
And now instead of Maybelline we swear by Retin-A. 
They send us invitations to join AARP, 
We've come a long way, baby, from the Land That Made Me, Me. 

So now we face a brave new world in slightly larger jeans, 
And wonder why they're using smaller print in magazines. 
And we tell our children's children of the way it used to be, 
Long ago and far away in the Land That Made Me, Me. 

Anyone who didn't grow up in the fifty's, missed the greatest time in history.  

Thanks for the Memories!

Contributed by Tom Priestley RHS '58

 

 These Cars Bring Back Memories and So Do The Clothing Styles
 
 1956 Ford Thunderbird 1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible
1960 Plymouth Fury 1959 Chevy Impala Sport Coupe
   
1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria 1958 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan
1960 Lincoln Continental Mark V Landau 1957 Buick Roadmaster Hardtop
 
   
 1957 Lincoln Premiere Landau  1959 Buick 2 Door
1958 Edsel Citation 1958 DeSoto
1959 Mercury Colony Park Country Cruiser 1958 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special
 
1958 Dodge Custon Sierra 1949 Oldsmobile 88
1959 Ford Thunderbird 1949 Kaiser Virginian
1960 Imperial Crown
1953 Studebaker Commander
1949 Pontiac 4 Door 1960 Chevy Impala Hardtop
1959 Mercury Hardtop 1955 Oldsmobile 88 2 Door Sedan
1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser 1954 Mercury Sun Valley
1960 Chrysler Valiant 1960 DeSoto Fireflite
1960 Chevy Corvair 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
1960 Mercury Colony Park Country Cruiser 1956 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe de Ville
 
1957 Dodge Royal Lancer 1960 Dodge Dart Pioneer
1957 Lincoln Premiere 1960 Dodge Polara Matador
1956 Chevy Bel Air 1950 Studebaker Starlight
  Contributed by Bob Buckalew RHS '58