#1: Cars Were Colorful! Most cars these days look fairly bland, but in the 50’s, our cars were big, bright, and fun!
#2. We Got Dressed Up for Birthday Parties. And sometimes there was even a pony there!
#3: We Played in the Streets: We didn’t have to text our friends back in the day – we’d all just come outside and get to playing! Who was a two-sewer slugger?
#4: Gas Was Very Cheap: On some days, it was only $0.20 a gallon, and beyond that, the people at the station could fix just about anything!
#5: The Ben Franklin 5-10 Was Everything: We loved going to these stores. They had just about anything and everything you could think of. So did Woolworth, Kresge and J.C. Penny!
#6: If it Wasn’t the Ben Franklin, it was the A&P!
#7: Our Skates Got “Locked” with a Key. They were also made almost entirely of metal and very hard to skate on!
#8: The Drive-In Was The Place to Be: This 1950’s photo from South Bend, Indiana, shows how popular they were!
#9: Car Seats Were More Like Couches: That’s right – they were big, long, and you could slide all the way across! How about that Jane Russell bra!
#10: The Freezer Actually Had to be DEFROSTED!: That’s right, every now and then you’d have to manually defrost the freezer – sometimes it took all day – with a lot of scraping!
#11: Grandma Let Us Do Everything. Well, maybe that hasn’t changed so much, but we LOVED eating off the beaters!
#12: Sometimes Your Food Came On Roller Skates! Certain restaurants had “roller girls” who would zoom your food out to you!
#13: We got DOWN at the Sock Hop! And sweet 16 parties!
#14: Sunday Drives Were A Thing: On Sunday, many of us would load up the family car and just go cruising over to the neighbors or just around town!
#15: There Was One TV. And, surprise, we didn’t argue all night about who should get to watch their favorite show. Most of the time, we all liked the same shows!
#16: The Playgrounds were VERY Different: At recess, we’d swing from the monkey bars with wild abandon and often even stand on the swings and go as high as possible. And still, we survived!
#17: TV Had “Sign Off” Messages. Remember these? TV would go off at midnight and sometimes even go as far as playing the National Anthem all night.
#18: Just One Hula Hoop Wasn’t Enough: Some of us could do multiple at a time!
#19: We didn’t Text, But We Did Pass Notes! And we were experts at not getting caught! Check out the shoes!
#20: We Had Xylophones That We Kept on a Pull String. There was nothing like the Pull a Tune!
#21: We Got Bottled Cokes and Loved Them: No cans or plastic bottles back then. We were 100% excited when we’d find a cooler like this to get that ice-cold bottle!