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The Good Old Days of Yesteryear

A week ago a long-time reader and friend sent me an e-mail that had some great pictures I knew I would want to share with you. We talk about "the good old days" with great fondness, and yet as good as some of those old days were, it's nice to have them in the past. Today's post will elicit some smiles, groans, and surprise as you see how things were in "the good old days." I cannot vouch for the historical accuracy of what I'm posting. It's all based on that e-mail I received.

I'm not a fan of some of men's hairstyles today — super short on the sides and back and super long on top. Why can't guys today have great haircuts as they did in my childhood in the 1950's?!

Popular Haircuts 1950s

In the early 1960's Jackie Kennedy was someone many women wanted to emulate. Here are some women with the "Jackie look" in 1961.

Jackie Kennedy Look 1961

Just 4 years earlier in 1957 young ladies got dolled up for prom night as follows.

Prom Night 1957

Beauty is said to be in the eye of the beholder, yet some women possess a certain "inner beauty," like the winners of the "Miss Beautiful Spine" competition in the 1956 Chiropractic Beauty Pageant.

Miss Beautiful Spine

Sixteen years earlier, in 1940, some aspiring young actresses were in the Paramount Motion Picture School.

Paramount Motion Picture School 1940

Dress was also quite different in by-gone years. Here's a woman traveling first class in 1948.

First Class 1948

School was different also. Here's a classroom in Mobile School on a rail car in Ontario, Canada, in 1932.

Class 1932

Here's a girl doing her homework in 1946.

Doing Homework 1946

Here's a postal employee picking up the mail in the early 1900's...

US Mail Pickup Early 1900s

...and a hotdog stand in 1947.

Hotdog Stand 1947

Other places of business looked quite different in the past. Here's a classic lunch counter in the 1960's.

Lunch Counter 1960s

Here's a supermarket in 1964.

Supermarket 1964

Here's what a New York City street near Central Park looked like in 1900.

NYC Street 1900

And here's a street shared by cars and street cars in Los Angeles in 1948.

Los Angeles Streetcar 1948

Cars have changed people's lives greatly. My dad always referred to cars as a necessary luxury. I guess so — just look at these car prices back in 1950!

New Car 1950

And look at this sales pitch just three years later in 1953!

Sales Pitch 1953

We think we're so modern with our cellphones. Who knew you could phone from your car back in 1959?!

Phone From Car 1959

The beach scene looked very different with cars back in the 1950's. Check out Daytona Beach with all those cars we now call classic.

Daytona Beach 1950s

The 1950's may have been what we call "the happy days," but there are some aspects of that era that I'm glad are gone, like the segregated seating at the Super Bowl in 1955.

Segregated Super Bowl 1955

Did any of this nostalgia ring any bells with you?


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5 Comments on “The Good Old Days of Yesteryear”

  1. #1 LuAnne Steinker
    on Jun 10th, 2015 at 8:11 am

    The walk down memory lane was fun. Thanks for posting it.
    Not all of it was unfamiliar…shows that we are getting to be part of history.

  2. #2 Rob
    on Jun 10th, 2015 at 8:13 am

    You’re welcome, LuAnne. It was fun to receive the e-mail and then to put together the blog post. Glad you enjoyed it.

  3. #3 Nancy
    on Jun 10th, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Thanks for this, Rob. I’m feeling better about my current look. Though I fear the neon-white leg look I’m sporting will never be trending. Sigh.

  4. #4 Vikki
    on Jun 10th, 2015 at 9:11 am

    I remember when I was a kid my Grandmother dressing up to go shopping and how people would dress up to fly. Most of these pics are from before my memory, but they’re still fun to look at.

    What I find fun to think about, when I look at old pictures like this, is how stylish and cutting edge this all was at the time – style and technology wise. I used to love looking at my mother’s year books from the late 40’s and wondering how in the world they ever thought those styles looked good and thinking that I was glad I was born in an era where my yearbooks would always look normal. Now, let me preface that by saying my kids were never allowed to look at my yearbooks which were from the late 60’s and early 70’s.

    on Jan 17th, 2016 at 9:16 pm