When life seemed like perfection.
(Minus the whole sexist, racist, wars and what not thing we had going on….)
Putting aside all the big issues….just go with it. We are talking about the little things.
The dresses. The music. The simplicity. The diners. The happy families. The advertisements. The dancing.
It was modern enough to have cars, planes, telephones, televisions, but not too modern.
Don’t worry. I am completely aware that the 1950s came along with a lot of problems and it was inevitable for society to progress like we have. But there are so many elements that sometimes I wish had never progressed…or at least for a moment.
As much as we love our laptops, smartphones, tablets and all our gadgets, sometimes it is nice to think about how different friendships and relationships were without these gizmos.
I am all for the social networking and the instant texting and abuse the privilege. I mean, it is fantastic for when you are living on the other side of the world to your friends and family. But imagine how real friendships once were. Every time you wanted to speak to someone, you had to walk down the road, or you had to take the time to call them or stick pen to paper. The efforts were just so much more dramatic. If you wanted the friendship, true effort had to be put into it.
And can you imagine not growing up with a television? Or in colour?
It is a whirlwind to my brain that if born in a differentera, we would be listening to the radio for skits and weekly programmes. I Love Lucy on the television!
And what about going out?
When you went out with your friends of a night it was a different sort of scene. Instead of the need for intoxication, (which I do know was for some), the clubs were a little bit different. Almost everyone knew how to dance. And we are not talking about on top of tables. We are talking about swinging and jives. It doesn’t sound like everyone’s cup of tea, but imagine! Even learning those sorts of dances is something we never do in this day and age! If you did not go to the club you go hang out at we call the retro diners. There were jukeboxes, and milkshakes and possibly the odd people serving you on roller skates. Movie theatres were so much more exciting to go to because they were a treat.
I know there are a lot of down sides to the 1950s but in all honestly, it would be the time period I would pick to live. Though I am more than grateful that women’s hygiene for “that time of month” has improved though…. and that the “microwave” is a cheap invention….
But imagine…. Living in the 1950s.
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So what to do when you live in this era and not the one you want to be in?
Well take it by the chin and be grateful for all the amazing technology we do have. Although the “simple life” seems like a better way sometimes, it is important to remember that society progressed for a reason.
But it does not mean we need to forget the 1950s.
Watch I Love Lucy
Buy a record player and pulls out some of the records your grandparents or parents may still have.
Listen to some Elvis or Billy and the Comets
Go to an old fashioned diner
Dress up in the old fashions you may find in the op shops
And love the Fifties.
- How to Style 1950s Hair (costumesupercenter.com)
- 1950s Dresses – The Swish Without the Pouf (coutureallure.blogspot.com)
- How to Imitate 1950s Makeup (costumesupercenter.com)
- 12 Innovations From The 1950s That We Still Use Today (buzzfeed.com)