Most of you may not remember the 50s. It was a great era to grow up in. We lived on a farm and had lots to keep us busy, but we did enjoy keeping up with things. Here are some of my memories from that time.
* Mom washing in a wringer washing machine. She didn't give it up until about 5 years ago. Grandma had no electricity, so she heated water on the woodstove, winter and summer. At one time she did have a wooden washing machine with a handle that was pulled back and forth to wash the clothes. I remember pumping that handle until I thought my arms would fall off.
* We had no clothes dryer or dish washer. These things were luxuries that only rich people could afford. We hung clothes on the line, washed and dried the dishes by hand and ironed all the clothes because they were mostly made of 100% cotton.
* In grade one and two, I attended a one-room school. It was 1/4 mile up the road and we walked. Sometimes we were lucky enough to get a ride from the old farmer who lived down the road from us. If he was coming home from town when school was about to let out, we all got a ride in his ancient pickup truck. We road in the back and never once worried about anyone falling out.
* Music was changing. It was the time of Richie Valens, the Big Bopper, Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley and others. And then there was the day the music died in February 1959.
* We listened to the radio. I remember The Shadow, Fibber Magee and Molly, Jack Benny and Burns and Allen. We didn't get a tv until I was about 11 years old.
* We wore poodle skirts, saddle oxfords or white bucks and if we were allowed to go out, we had to be in by 11pm.
* As we got older, we were allowed to go to the drive-in to see a movie. Tuesday was Buck Night and it was a buck a car to get in. It didn't matter how many people were in the car. We used to pack it full. There were no seatbelts so we didn't have to worry about everyone having one.
* When we did get a tv, it was a black and white. Dad told us what we could watch. Gunsmoke, Rawhide, Red Skeleton and Lawrence Welk were favorite shows. On Saturday morning we could watch cartoons for a while. At 6am, Heckle and Jeckle was on and then the rest of the morning was spent watching Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Sky King and The Lone Ranger.
There were many other activities that we enjoyed. In my opinion, the younger generation has missed out on many of these things. I find that sad. We had so much clean, wholesome fun back then. What are your memories of growing up?