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?!
In the early 1960's Jackie Kennedy was someone many women wanted to emulate. Here are some women with the "Jackie look" in 1961.
Just 4 years earlier in 1957 young ladies got dolled up for prom night as follows.
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.
Sixteen years earlier, in 1940, some aspiring young actresses were in the Paramount Motion Picture School.
Dress was also quite different in by-gone years. Here's a woman traveling first class in 1948.
School was different also. Here's a classroom in Mobile School on a rail car in Ontario, Canada, in 1932.
Here's a girl doing her homework in 1946.
Here's a postal employee picking up the mail in the early 1900's...
...and a hotdog stand in 1947.
Other places of business looked quite different in the past. Here's a classic lunch counter in the 1960's.
Here's a supermarket in 1964.
Here's what a New York City street near Central Park looked like in 1900.
And here's a street shared by cars and street cars in Los Angeles in 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!
And look at this sales pitch just three years later in 1953!
We think we're so modern with our cellphones. Who knew you could phone from your car back in 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.
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.
Did any of this nostalgia ring any bells with you?
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