I Was A Sweet Child of the Fifties

That's me far left, brother Tim in back, brother Matt far right, sister Julie in front
That's me far left, brother Tim in back, brother Matt far right, sister Julie in front

I came across this photo recently and it took me back to another time and place. Most people are aware the decade of the 1950s was the post war era which fostered sprawling suburbs and the baby boomers. But if I had to choose one word to describe childhood during the 1950s, it would have to be "innocence"! In case you haven't already noticed, I didn't have a top on in this photo. It was no big deal back then; there is no difference up there from the boys at that age. It's a perfect example of the influence of innocence I grew up with! Parents protected their children from the harsh realities of the grown up world, anyway mine did. I have lots of friends who will tell you the same thing.

When I first looked at this picture, I asked myself, who were these children? Who was I? The easiest way I knew how to remember, was to scour the history, culture and activities that occupied our lives, and it wasn't difficult. The internet has oodles (50's word) of informative sites and personal accounts! It helped me rediscover who we were then and how it led us to who we are today! If you grew up in the 50's, I hope the list I compiled of games, TV shows, children's books, styles and family habits of the time, reconnects you to the positive side of the era. It was a happy time filled with an air of heightened hopefulness. If you've grown up since then, I hope you enjoy the ride and culture that led the way to your own life and times!

The remainder of photos came from my husband's, Joseph Mirto, photo album. All my family's 50's photos were destroyed by water damage!

A-Z List of 1950s Culture


A - Airplane Cut-Out Kits

B - Boxcar Children, Bobbie Socks, Baby Boomer, BB Guns, Boy Scouts,

Bozo, Bullwinkle, Baseball Cards, Barbie Doll, Bubble Gum Packs,

Bangs, Bicycle Spokes with Cards Clipped to them, Bottle Openers,

Black & White TV, Button Shirts, Bicycle Baskets, Baseball,

Barefoot All Summer




Little Joe's Keystone Service Station
Little Joe's Keystone Service Station

C - Crew Cuts, Cowboys, Christmas Morning, Cat's Eyes Marbles,

Captain Kangaroo, Can Cans, Checkers, Chinese Checkers, Cat in the Hat,

Coloring Books, Cooties from the Opposite Sex, Comic Books, Cousins,

Clothes Lines, Coin Collecting, Card Games, Cool Man, Cherry Coke,

Clove Gum, Coming in from playing when street lights came on, Chores,

Cap Guns, Crochet, Christmas Caroling, Cat Eye Glasses, Chiffon Scarves

Camping overnight in neighbor friend's backyard

D - Davy Crockett Coon Skin Caps, Dress Codes, Dinner Bell or Whistle,

"Don't Be Cruel", Duck Tail, Drive In Movies, Dick & Jane, Dirty Knees,

Dr. Seuss, Discipline

E - Erector Set, Etcha Sketch, Ed Sullivan, Easter Eggs, Extended Family

F - The Little Fire Engine Book, Frisbee, Forty Fives, Frosty the Snowman,

Flat Top Hair, Fifty Seven Chevy, Fans (no AC), Five & Ten Cent Stores

Joe's kindergarten graduation and the year I was born
Joe's kindergarten graduation and the year I was born

G - GI Joe, Girl Scouts, Gay Meant Fancy Free, Green Coca-Cola Bottles

H - Hula Hoops, Home Cooked Meals,  Hide & Seek, Howdy Doody,

Hop Scotch, Hot Rods, Hang Man, Hometown Hamburger Stands 

"How Much is that Doggy in the Window?", Hikes in the woods, Hobbies,

I - I Love Lucy, I Like Ike Button Pins, Instant Oatmeal

J - Jacks, Jump Rope, Jeans, Juke Boxes


Joe's dad on left with neighbor
Joe's dad on left with neighbor
His backyard in Centerline, MI (Detroit Suburb)
His backyard in Centerline, MI (Detroit Suburb)

K - Kickball, Knock Knock Game, Kool-Aid, Kick the Can,

Kukla Fran & Ollie, Knowing Your Neighbors

L - Lassie, Lace Collars, Lincoln Logs, Little Lulu Magic Tricks,

Little Golden Books, Lone Ranger, Little Red Hen

M - Micky Mouse, Matchbox Cars, Mr. Potato Head, Musical Chairs,

Marbles, Malted Milk Shakes, Mother Goose, Micky Mouse Club,

Mighty Mouse, Mud Pies, Monogram Initials, Manners

Joe's grandmother in dark dress, Elsie Lepley, with her sisters...He spent almost every summer on the farm with Grandma along with many cousins...those were the days
Joe's grandmother in dark dress, Elsie Lepley, with her sisters...He spent almost every summer on the farm with Grandma along with many cousins...those were the days

N - Neighborhood Block Parties, Neighborhood Candy Story,

Night Before Christmas, Nancy Drew Books

O - One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Four, Old Yeller

One Piece Bathing Suits

P - Play Doh, Paper Dolls, Poodle Skirts, Paddling at School,

Peanuts Cartoon Strip, Plastic, Pin Curls, Penny Loafers, Potsy

Paper Airplanes, Pick Up Sticks, Pop Beads, Pony tails, Penpals

Party Phone Lines, Picnics, The Poky Little Puppy, Picnics

Playing Outside All Day, Pez, Pinball Sets, Pledge of Allegiance

Q - Quickdraw McGraw, Quarter for the movies

R - Roller Skating, Rock & Roll, Rootbeer Stands, Red Ryder,

Roy Rogers Show, Route 66, Red Rover

S - Suburbs, Sock Hops, Steelie Marbles, Saddle Shoes,

Silly Puddy, Slinky, Slumber Parties, Snow Forts,

It's a Bird.. It's a.. Plane.. It's Superman, Swing Sets,

Saturday Morning Toons, Sling Shot, Sunday School

Little Sisters
Little Sisters

T - Tomboys, Tree Huts, Transistor Radios, Tarzan Call,

Thick Dark Rim Glasses, Tether Ball, Tinker Toys, Train Sets,

Tin Cans Strung Together To Make Walkie Talkie, Tag,

Trading Cards, "That'll Be the Day...That I Die", Three Little Kittens,

This Little Piggy, Tiddly Winks 

These little boys are too adorable, Joe and little brother John in front of the Edsel?
These little boys are too adorable, Joe and little brother John in front of the Edsel?

U - The Ugly Duckling

V - View Finder

W - Walt Disney, White T-Shirts, White Bread, Wax Coke Bottles,

Wring Washers

X -

Y - Yo Yo's, Yard Baseball & Kickball, Your It, Yogie Bear, YMCA

Z -

Add to the List.. Surely, I've only skimmed the surface, if there is a saying, quote, book, game, activity, song...something young children-like of the 50's that reflects the era, write it down in the comment box and I'll add it to the list! 

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Fiddleman 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Fossilady, Thank you for this hub. It brings back so many memories and you guys look a lot like the mill village brats of Tuxedo. What a great time to grow up.


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

As a child of the 60s I remember protests and flower power,lol,though the 50's were also a part of my essence, the camping-out in the neighbor's back yard and playing outside instead of going to the mall and going to the Mom & Pop hamburger pit and stuffing your gut for a dollar with a dime left over for the juke box or pinball machine.;)


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Hello Fiddleman, nice to see you, thank you for a great compliment...you're one of the great writers of nostalgia so I consider it an honor

Hi Acer...fond memories...I'll have to add these great reminders to my list...take care my friend


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Thank you for this! I was born just after WWII began, and the fifties were my best-memory decade.

This is a bookmark.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Oh, how I love this! I was born in 1955 and it was indeed an innocent time. Thank you so much for this trip into a time of sweetness. And I had a great time looking at the photographs.


Helpful Hanna 5 years ago

Great photographs. Thanks for sharing!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Hello Will, thanks for stopping by...I'm glad it brought back your best nostalgic decade...it seems so long ago

Hi Hyphenbird, I'm glad you enjoyed it...our 50's childhood was a special time indeed

Thanks for stopping by Helpful Hanna


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cat on a soapbox 5 years ago from Los Angeles

Thanks so much for the walk down Memory Lane. I was born in '51- such a happy time!


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Indeed, a great time, I have photos that are quite similar, who ever thought that they would mean so much. Hub treasure Fossillady!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Hi Cat, we share a unique past...thank you for your comment

Hi Kath...thank you for commenting...I treasure all my old photos...my parents lost so many from a water leak. Luckily I had some around and I'm even luckier to have my husband's which I cherish!


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Kathi, thank you for taking the time to share your cherished memories. I know that looking at your husbands pictures as a child were touching, loving, and heartbreaking. I have an eye for detail, and I can hear the commotions in the background in some of the pictures. I can hear the laughter, sense the longing, and feel the tears of times long past. Thank you again for sharing.


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

My goodness this sounds and looks incredible. Children are made to grow up far too quickly in this day and age and gone is that sweet innocence. At a school disco recently six year olds were dressing up in high heels and hot pants and tops with padded bras. Great hub.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Oh Augustine, I'm filled with tears as I'm writing this...your comment touches the bottom of my soul...you are very perceptive and right on the money...thank you for your beautiful comment...Blessings to you, Kathi

Acaie, I know exactly what you mean, the kids today are forced to grow up so quickly...They have educational products now for infants that I find ridiculous...let them be kids...they'll have plenty education coming out their ears when the time comes...take care sweet lady


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Hi Kathi ~ I voted up and said it was AWESOME. This memory hub really took me back, very much reminiscing of all the items listed. But, even more, as you said in the hub, it feels like a different planet, a different time zone, like I dropped into "THE TWILIGHT ZONE" of yester-year. The photos could have come from the family album of all those who lived during the 50's. The cowboy pictures, boy-scouts, neighborhood swings and playgrounds. Holiday line-ups of family members; and the edges on the black & white photographs. I truly loved this hub. (HUGS) Debby


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Ah, yes...1953--the year I entered Kindergarten. As a rather over-protected only-child, I don't have very many memories of the 1950's--most of the nostalgia of those years seems to belong to the kids who were teenagers in that decade.

I was a teen in the 1960's--the era of free love, hippies, mini-skirts and all of that. However, I was SO sheltered by my parents that I knew nothing of any of it until I had married and had kids of my own, and the hippies had passed into history.

Thanks for the trip down (almost) memory lane. It is nostalic, despite my sheltered past. ;-)


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Hi Debby, You reflected the sentiments of my 50's hub perfectly...touche'...I'm so glad you enjoyed the reminiscing...it's good for the soul to do that...Take Care

Hi Dzy...lol...That's so typical 50's...many of us lived in a cocoon. That's where our parents kept us and I have many friends who will tell you the same thing! Although, I was very aware of the 60's movement, even went without a bra for a whole summer...Whoo whoo...That was the extent of my liberation! Thanks for stopping by, good to see you!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

The pictures brought back memories of good times. Life was so different back then. Our entire life revolved around church, school, friends, now we're all in a hurry. My Grand kids are so busy, no time for family meals. Thank's for showing that cute little girl with her brothers, and topless too. Hippy time !!


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epigramman 5 years ago

..well my dear Kathi - I still think you are a sweet child of the new millenium and you have been a big big part of my hub life and I will always be grateful for that - and yes I think every family must have 'these' kind of pictures - and it reminds me of that great song as sung by Barbara Steisand - The Way we were!!!!!!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

I know what you mean Ruby, kids are barely allowed to be kids today...When I taught school a while back, there were kids who didn't know how to play cause they spent all their free time on computer games...I'm glad my boys didn't have any games until they were older...it didn't take them long to get addicted...had to monitor! Peace Baby!

Hi EpiColin...My dad put together a video with clips from old movies of us kids growing up and that song plays in the background. It's hard to watch cause the music makes me want to cry. I'm glad you reminded me of it cause I want to convert it to a dvd and keep forgetting...I hope you're doing well my friend


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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

You know I wrote a true story here about going to my best friends house just through the woods to play all the time and one day her mother said I couldn't come back unless I wore a shirt, and as I said in the story my mom said that woman had a problem, I didn't know what it was but I knew girls that climbed trees could get killed hanging a sleeve on a branch. If you ripped your skin a little it would get better. lol Great little hub and fantastic pictures!


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I was born in the same year as you, although I grew up in Britain. I can still relate to some of the items on your list, though. Your hub got me thinking of the A’s to Z’s that would remind me of my life in the fifties! I’m sorry that you lost so many of your family photos, but it’s wonderful that you have some showing your husband as a child. Thanks for sharing a lovely hub.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Oh Jackie, that is a great story...lol...I'll have to look it up and read it! I was such a tomb boy, climbing trees and whatnot...my knees were always scraped up! Thanks for going down memory lane with me! It was a special time when kids were kids!

Hi Alicia, The 50's in the U.S. was coming off of WWII, same thing in Britain. Life got back to normal and there was the birth of suburbs and of course the Baby boomers! I imagine England was still rebuilding after the devastation from war! Glad you could relate to some of the items...It's good for the soul to go back and remember once upon a time! Take Care


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bellawritter23 5 years ago from California

Omg Lady I love all these images!! My daughter if she could she wouldn't wear a shirt!! She is a total tom boy!! Times have changed and yes I find it a bit wrong for my daughter to not wear a shirt but I get what you are saying that times do change!! this was a fascinating.

smiles :)

bella


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

How old is your daughther, Bella? You're right, today it wouldn't be a wise choice to let her go without a top..lol! I hope she doesn't grow up too fast though. When kids are allowed to be kids they become happier adults! Glad you stopped by


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bellawritter23 5 years ago from California

My daughter is 6. But I have two boys one is 9 and one is 4 and they wrestle and take their shirts off so she wants to do the same. It cracks me up because she is my middle and a girl she has two half sisters who are 15 and 13 so they are out of her age range but I feel hopeless and let her roam with her brothers lol!! I hate how perverse this world has got, no room for one to be who they want to be everything is stereo typed to the third degree....


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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

I don't have it here anymore, I have cleared out many, seems my stories didn't go over that much although they were true, but my poems do that people think are true, but not! My biggest painful memory was stumped toes, did you get any of those? Some could be really bad but all better in a day or two! I forgot to mention I had 5 brothers!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Jackie and Bella, I had two older brothers that I always tried to keep up with...they had a good time teasing me cause I could never keep up! After years of scraped elbows and knees around the 6th grade, I consciously decided to act like a girl...lol! It took a while to get the hang of it!


marutzn 5 years ago

Kathi, I looked at those pictures as tho' they were my family photos. That Joe had a very special childhood is proof in these pictures. The grandma one really got me,

mine looked like the lady on the far left. All my grandparents were gone by the time I was 9. I seem to remember stories about you and your siblings....the unique nicknames, (Bean wasn't it?)and the love between you was clear. I remember walking to Lion's beach, sandy p&j sandwiches, the scary bridge to Kiwanas, not wearing a shirt too and climbing trees. We had to be home when the street lights came on, and home for dinner on time or go without. Not too many other rules. It was "the best of times".

My best to you in your journey.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

We who were lucky enough to live in these times are so very blessed. You have shared a lovely gift with us. As a matter of fact - you, Fossillady, are a lovely gift.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

I too was a child in the 50's. What simple times they were... we played outside or down at the school. Had bikes, and skates and played "Potsy"...and saw Movies for a quarter. And we wore saddle shoes and laughed alot. Thanks for such a fun Hub and Pictures, Fossillady.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

This is great! I love it! No one has done a hub like this, as far as I know. The photos are personal and draw me in. The words are magnetic. I laughed at some of the words and phrases you've found and others made me feel very nostalgic. Thank you for a good time.


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

A beautiful stroll down memory lane. I was born in 1957 so only caught the tail of the 50s, but the 60s sure followed on. One of my favourite games was jacks, I can still see myself sitting on the curb with jacks and little rubber ball in hand. Wow.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Hi Nancy, Wow, good to hear from you! You've given me some wonderful memories yourself, Lions & Kiwanas! I was Bean and Ken Damaske was Beans...tee hee, what a pair we were! My family is still guilty of calling me that, I just can't seem to shake it from them! My best to you and I hope to see you this summer!

Hi Vocal Coach, you are such a dear lady! We were lucky and still are! Seeing you always reminds me to count my blessings!

Hello B, yeah, you're back! I'm going to add Potsy to the list and movies for a quarter even though I don't remember Potsy! They certainly were simpler times!

Hi Pamela, Aah...making you laugh and feel nostalgic makes my day! I'm so glad you enjoyed being reminded of the good times in the 50's. Take care of yourself!

Hi Bluestar, you were just a youngy of the 50's...lol! I can just picture you playing jacks on the curb. We used to make mud balls and line them on the curb and got in lots of trouble throwing them at cars! It's ironic how the 50's and 60's are so completely different!


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badegg 5 years ago from Southern Appalachians

Wow! That was a trip down memory lane! I grew up in the late fifties (1957), but I think it was with the same kids,cars and houses, only on the west coast :)! The alphabetizing was great. Thanks for flogging my memory like that!

Del


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

What a beautiful story and the photos are just amazing, brilliant and so well done, it seems photography is a time honored gift in your family. This is so sweet, I adore the story of you as a child in the fifties, what a cool time. I loved the alphabet trivia, very neat! Thanks so much for sharing. :) Katie :)


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

My pleasure Del, it's good for the soul to take a trip back in time once in a while, but to remember the good stuff! Thanks for the great comment!

Hi Katie, I'm so glad I published this hub cause it's been fun for others to come along on the trip! Also, it's been therapeutic to remember the best of those times...I've done enough analyzing the negative! Stay cool!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Thanks for share your childhood story. I really enjoy all the pictures above. Wow... you still keep the pictures as good memories. We had never forgotten those memories, right! Rated up up up. Have a nice weekend...

Love and peace,


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Hi Sweetest Pras, These are precious memories, I hope you have photos of your childhood! If you don't, make up for it with photos of your own children! They are treasures!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I think it would be a good idea to visit my NEW hub Las Vegas, Hee

Cheers


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Thanks for a great hub. I grew up in the 60's but you still brought me back. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Sorry yours got damaged by water. Too bad there was no internet back then to scan in the pictures. Wonderful hub and wonderful knowing you through hubpages. P.S. you were a very cute little girl.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Hey Ruby, Oh yeah, it was a good idea, alright! Another fun story from a dear hubfriend!

Thank you TK, my 60's friend, I remember the 60's more than the 50's. Had to dig deep for the childhood memories. It is a shame about the photos, my parents are especially sick about it. Luckily, I had confiscated a few things and that turned out to be a blessing. Take Care


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

What a marvelous stroll down memory lane. I'm more familiar with the sixties, but most of this was still around. I tried this sort of reminiscing in a hub I called "Remember When". It's fun to look back.

voted up and awesome


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

It certainly is fun Fay, I hadn't done that in a long time! Such a long time ago! Thanks for stopping by!


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Beautiful Fossillady! Thank you dear.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Good to see you here Micky, I had a bike when I was a kid that had to be shared with my siblings. It was handed down from my aunt Kay. I named it "Babe". You should always name your bikes don't you think? lol


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland

What a wonderful hub! That could have been my family in Baltimore too I'm sure! Thank you so much for sharing your family photos and all the wonderful words. I remember all those still being used when I was growing up of course during the 70's as a small child because our parents were trying to recreate for us their own experiences. Voted up and pressed all your buttons!!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Hi Erin, How's one of my favorite hippy girlfriends these days? I'm glad this reminded you of your family in Baltimore and it's cool how they tried to instill the values and customs from this sweet era! Take Care Sweetie


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MysteriousOne 5 years ago

Wow,that was an awesome walk down memory lane! What a beautiful hub, full of such wonderful memories.My first visit, but won't be the last! Thanks so much for that delightful write!Voted up and awesome!

~Peace~

M.O.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you kindly Mysterious One, I'm so glad you enjoyed it!!!!!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, Kathi this was fantastic! I wasn't born until 59' but there are so many things that overlapped into the sixties, one potato two potato! I remember it well, and I loved the photos, those were the days!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Isn't it the truth Nell, seems like another lifetime! I would go back in a New York minute! Take care, Kathi


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

I very much enjoyed this journey down memory lane with you. The family pictures are neat. I think the Fifties were the peak of American life. No, not for everybody and it wasn't perfect. But compared to all other decades, I think it was the best. Thank you.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Hi James, good to see you, I totally agree about the 50's being the peak decade of American Life! Hey, guess what...we have a mutual friend, Susan Mattson. She is married to my brother Matt Zerbel! I happened to see your photo on her FB wall and asked her how she knew you. So you two went to school together. It's a small world indeed! I hope life is treating you well, take care, Kathi


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

As a child of parents married in the fifties, my family's resident historian, and a child who grew up watching "Happy Days" every tuesday night....I salute you! This is a great hub, full of nostaliga, and lots of 50's pop culture information! Great job! I look forward to reading more hubs by you!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Hi K. Thank you for your great comment! I'm glad it brought back memories. I think I must have watched every episode of Happy Days...lol, Take Care


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Susan has always been a lovely lass, inside and out. It is a small world after all! :-)


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amymarie_5 5 years ago from Chicago IL

I didn't grow up in the fifties but I'm fascinated at how much the world has changed. I love the pictures. They make me wish we lived in a simpler world. Voted up. :)


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

It's always nice to go back and visit what I consider the good old days even though at the time we didn't know it. Who knows, maybe the current decade will fit the bill one day! I do like the simpler life and try to keep it that way even though it's not always easy! Good to see you Amy


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

Great Hub --- as for the topless picture - you could do that in my back yard now :-)

Simple world would be one without judgements. I'm for that.

the hippies were way more correct than people today may realize.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Hi Neil, ha ha, very funny comment and you're so right about the hippies too! Thank you so much for stopping by


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Fossillady. This is a great Hub. Brings me right back to my youth. I have been writing a series set in this place in our history. Thank you, this is a treasure.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Hi mckbird...Isn't good for the soul to reminisce the good memories from time to time? The 50's was such a unique era! Thanks for stopping by my friend! Cheers


Vicki Dial 5 years ago

Really stirred up some memories, Kath......once I got rolling.....WOW!

Alka-seltzer(Grandmother's), anklets, Aqua-net hairspray

A&W root beer

badminton, Barbasol shave cream, 'Barrel of monkeys', 'Bazooka' bubblegum,

bermuda shorts, 'Bingo' (song), Bit-o-honey, bobbing for apples

Bryl-creem 'a little dab'll do ya' (Dad's), 'buzzcuts

Chutes & Ladders, Crackerjack, croquet, Easter hats, Farmer in dell

girdles(Mom's), Go to head of the class, go-karts, Good&Plenty candy

hankie(Dad's), iceskating, Keds, kites

Lick-a-maid, Little Engine that could, Looney Tunes

Michael rowed boat ashore, 'Mister Machine,' Mousetrap game

Old MacDonald, Old Spice aftershave(Dad's)

pageboy haircut, patent leather shoes(black), patty-cake, pedal-pusher pants,

Pepsodent, Peter Pan, PF Flyers, ping-pong, pixie(haircut), pixie straws,

$.04 cent postage stamps

Radio Flyer (red wagon), Red light/green light game, Ring-around-the-rosey

roller skates with skate keys, Romper Room

Sea-hunt, Shirley Temple doll, Sky King show, Slo-pokes, snowsuit,

Sorry(board game), 'spoolies' hair curlers, string of pearls, sunsuit

teeter-totters, 'The Twist' (Chubby Checker), 'This little light of mine,

Tom & Jerry cartoons, Tootsie rolls, 'Twister,' game

Woody Woodpecker, Wading (barefoot )in the creek, (no) zip-codes

7 digit phone numbers with 'word' prefixes: GA(rden) 99912; WA(lnut)33234.

Thanks, Kathi, for the opportunity to lose myself in quite possibly the most idyllic times of my life and bask in the memories of days gone by, as was so often repeated by others: a time of truly simple and uncomplicated innocence.

The post-WWII years were definitely an era of renewal and prosperity for the country, as our grandparents' generation possessed a genuine thankfulness to be leaving the 'war to end all wars' behind them, and our parents' generation, with the assurances and lessons of their forefathers as a foundation, looked forward to building a bright future, full of optimism and hope for their own children; their faith and confidence in the strength and security of our country evidenced in no small way, by the surge in population referred to as the 'baby boomer' generation. It was a glorious time to grow up; we owe our parents' and our grandparents' a debt that can never be repaid for such a gift.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Oh Vicki, your response to my fifties article is near and dear to me! Thank you so very much for adding more nostalgic symbolism to our treasured era and your beautiful tribute to our parents before us! I haven't been on hubpages lately as time hasn't allowed and I miss it a great deal. Hopefully, I can return on a regular basis some day soon! I'm so glad I stopped by to check out your comment! Take care dear friend!


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kipronor 5 years ago from Nairobi

What more amazing than to be ables to appreciate the past as you look towards the future...Childhood is a sweet thing and you can never bring it back if you cant look back and thank GOD. Great Hub


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

This brings back many memories for me, too, since I also grew up in the 1950's. This so fits in with the new hub I started this morning I will have to link to it, since it proves my point.


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Look forward to visiting there when your finished. Me and the other hubbers had fun with this one! It's always good to look back now and then like you did with Fosta's childhood! It can be so healing. Cheers, Kathi :O)


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damian0000 3 years ago from Belfast

Fossillady.... what a beautiful child you were and what a fantastic montage of pictures you create here!

I'm not sure what job you do but i think you should really have been a teacher, you always make the subjects you are talking about so interesting and you spark peoples' curiosity.

For sure the 50s look like a much more innocent time... Great hub!


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

You are so right about the 50's being a more innocent time when people lived the American dream and values. Greed and technology has spoiled some of that, but then there are always negative things about any generation. Thanks so much for stopping by my friend...good to hear from you!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

thanks for allowing us to peek into your childhood. I grew up then too and it was so a time of innocence. We were so blessed to have lived then I think.

Your pictures are a great record of that time.

Sending Angels to you today :) ps


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Indeed the 50's was like a forgotten time i feel sometimes.Thank you for commenting my friend and especially for sending angles my way! I like that and right back attcha! Kathi :O)


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cam8510 3 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Fossillady, Kathi, if I may, I really enjoyed this hub. In January of this year, I wrote a hub about some of the things that happened one the day and in the year I was born, January 12, 1957. I love your photos and how you used the alphabet. Delightful hub. Thanks.


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you for the nice compliment Cam, I'm glad you enjoyed my fifties recollection. It was a more innocent time for sure. I'll have to check out your birthday hub, sounds like it would be interesting and something that I would enjoy. See you there, Kathi :O)


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

What a wonderful list and great photos too! This takes us all back. I turned 10 in 1950. so really grew up in that decade.


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you for stopping by xstatic, those of us who grew up then were given a special gift of innocence in many ways, indeed.


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molometer 3 years ago

Loved this hub.

When I look at these pictures it seems like a foreign land, filled with interesting people.

So much has changed and yet scratch the surface and not much has changed at all really.

People are the same, they just may have more 'stuff'.

That's what I remember. Less clutter and less 'stuff'

All the votes for this excellent hub.


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

I love it when my 50's friends comment on this "remember when" hub. I so agree with what you said about people are still the same and about clutter and all! Thanks for the visit!


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA

I was a child in the 50's too. Life was much more innocent. Too bad our grandchildren have to be so careful. People are the same. Life is just different.


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

So true Barbara, well said! Thanks for the visit, Blessings, Kathi


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Kathi - Just had to come back and read this again. How I loved the 50's. I miss the innocence of those times. I love your lists and got teary eyed with your photos. Voted up and sharing.


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timorous 3 years ago from Me to You

Heheh..I remember many of these (born in '53). It was indeed a simpler time. Kids could just be kids, and we respected one another. Ok, we had the odd fight, but 'bullying' was no big deal. Neither were cuts and scrapes. We also made our own endless fun, without the need for any 'gadgets'. Not that I'm complaining. It's just that it takes away the kids ability (or need) to invent or pretend.

I could add a couple of things to your list:

Leaving your doors wide open and unlocked most of the time.

Marvel caps (gunpowder dots for your 'toy' gun)

Viewmaster 3D slide viewer

Elvis Presley

Portable record player

Those baseball cards came with a stick of stale gum in the package

P.S. A little error in your list. You meant to say ..coming in from playing when the streetlights came on.

Thanks. I enjoyed the article.


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Hey Audrey, Oh sweetie, you're such a dear. I miss those days too! Thanks again for stopping by! Happy Mother's Day, I hope it is and that you know your son is looking after you in heaven!

Hi Tim, Thanks for letting me know about my little "boo-boo"! That slang probably came out of the fifties too, maybe, lol. Anyway, I like your additions, especially portable record player and the gum that came with baseball cards, forgot all about that and remember what a treat it always was. Glad you stopped by, Hugs, Kathi


Jill 15 months ago

Have been talking with friends.... Do you recall an outside toy called the Hump a Jump..... Sort of like a stand up teeter totter? I remember it from the mid to late 60's into early 70's

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