Beautiful Old Times 1960's - Worth a Journey Back?

Were you a kid in the sixties or so?

Surely not all things were beautiful in the old times. Though I barely remember -- as I was busy learning to walk ( I was born in the 60s anyway) I just wonder what was in that period that keeps me going back. I started to see and understand everything at the age of 5.

If you were born in the 1950's or 1960's, perhaps pudding over a cup of tea can make you stop and sit down with me as we journey back?

Mom and Dad of Old Times

Life was not that busy. Mothers looked after their kids. They preferred a much simpler life spending the day around the house and the kitchen, cleaning, cooking what's in the fridge, knitting and sewing ... oh those lovely things of long ago... as if being a mother and wife was a full-pledged career.

Fathers at that time seemed not too busy to miss out time for family and church on Sundays. I think we all have the same classic figure of a sole provider and disciplinarian 1950s and 1960s Dad. Although fathers of the old times worked with a somewhat boring day from 9-to-5 while Moms stay at home to manage the kids, many of us have continued to appreciate Dads of the 1950s and 1960s as the kind of fathers we hoped for with the family lives we dreamed of.

Timeless and Classic Dressing

Men and women of the old decades were almost never seen with anything less than perfect fit.

Women were encouraged to look elegant and feel good wearing clothes that cover almost all parts of the body -- a tradition that taught tailors to be masters in making dresses that perfectly fit all curves. Women of the old times take pride of their feminine side by the way they dress. Labeled clothes weren't even thought about, not to mention their backcombed bouffants and coiled hairstyles.

Men were mostly particular with immaculate suits, collars and shirts that must be crisp. Let's not forget the most beautiful of silver cufflinks and the classic-smelling pomades responsible for the stiffest of the stiffest of hair.

Photo credit - My Vintage Vogue
Photo credit - My Vintage Vogue

Old-Fashioned Manners

With such air of gracefulness, women make smooth movements. Though there was no rule saying they have to be graceful all the time, they simply do. They may move quickly from task to task and place to place, yet they never look harried. This perhaps is the vintage etiquette that makes traditional women very feminine.

Old times also captured time and profession when men opened doors and pulled out chairs for women. Chivalry was strong. It portrayed how men of long ago truly cared about their being courteous and dutiful as the stronger sex.

It is beautiful chivalry still exist in many societies today. Many guys still exhibit respect and compassion for those around them. The gesture has preserved gentlemanly manners of guys long ago... and thanks to them for living up to it.

The Joy of Doing Things Manually

There wasn't much of powered appliances and tools long ago. Work was done slowly and still get all jobs done. Doing things manually may not have been as easy compared to the way things are done with today's push button, yet folks benefited by getting some time to think with what to do and mastered details by heart.

Haven't you wondered why your grandfather seems to find sustainable solutions to many things quick and easy?


Broken things were always considered for repair and not thrown away. It was beautiful how people put value to every single thing they owned no matter how small that thing was. No cellphone to get them in touch with someone miles away in seconds, and no internet to send letters to the other side of the world in a mere click of a mouse.

The 1960's Home

The spirit of a typical 1960's home is relaxing, comfortable, light, quiet and very country. Families were more idealistic. It was easy to gather the children and all together watched television in the evenings, instead of everyone having their own TV watching another show. Since there weren't as many working moms, families enjoyed eating dinner together.

On the weekends, pork and beans, fried or mashed potatoes, cooked bananas, bread toast, corn on the cob and sweet porridge were special treats. I well remember how I loved joining my mother and godmothers having afternoon tea at the age of 5. I wonder what was with my tea that I couldn't just forget. It seemed a really hot memory that I continue to cherish to this day.

Kids walking to school everyday was normal. They were safe and could walk the streets in the evening and parents didn't have to worry about their children's safety as much as they do today. Kids got along well in groups and they simply enjoyed company without peer pressures.

Since life was so simple then, nearly all teenagers liked to read, they communicate the old-fashioned way, teenage girls were mostly confined to doing chores at home assisting Mom in her crochets and teenage boys to mow the lawn. They had few choices with the exception of being a teacher, nurse, stenographer, or a stewardess (I wanted to be a stewardess):=)

One thing so beautiful about life of the old times - everyone knew everyone else back then. Even though life before was a lot backward or "boring," no one said they regret anything. I must admit though, all these things are simply worth looking back.

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Felina Margetty 4 years ago from New York, New York

What a great trip down memory lane. I have to tell you I loved the images. My Gran who helped raise me was a sixties girl and she has a closet full of old dresses that she still fits into and I wear some of them soon occasion. Manners really got to me in this hub as my Gran talks about manners all the time. How they were so important to culture then and now I would argue. Great hub Cheers F

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Tonipet 4 years ago from The City of Generals Author

Hello Felina - I'm glad your Gran was someone very special to remind you of how beautiful a lot of things were in the 1960's or even earlier. Manners before were simply to remind younger women these days to slow down. We understand the busy and fast lifestyle young people have to go through to get times by.

Really loved that thought of you wearing your Gran's old dresses in occasion. You just don't know how you've encouraged girls of your age to bring back the quite lost arts of long ago. Keep that lovely spirit up and be a woman of true beauty inside and out. The world needs you to help bring back it's real shine. Your Grany must be so proud of you as I am. THANK YOU for such a beautiful heart. Cheers and take care!

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TheLastBabyBoomer 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona

What a wonderful informative hub. Oh didn't life seem so much simpler back then? Men opened doors; families gathered in the living room, women had the time to cook a real meal instead of microwaving a frozen entrée full of preservatives after a long day at work. Mom was home after school, we didn’t go home to an empty house. Dad’s could support their families and even have a little left over for a family vacation. What progress we have made these days … and what a price we paid.

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Tonipet 4 years ago from The City of Generals Author

Hello Debbie. Yes, life was simpler back then we seemed so content with a lot of things. We didn't go home to an empty house, Mom was always there. I wouldn't forget my pudding days.

I like your thoughts about how baby boomers are unlike any that has came before and much different than those who will follow. I agree! We're so much different in so many ways and I never regret anything.

Thank you for stopping. Would definitely be visiting your bookstore and be among the baby boomers in your list :=)... Count me in!

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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

I am a 70s kid but I like what I've read about the 60s and years backwards (before those destructive wars).

The clothing, the hair styles and the music plus the simplicity of living, respect to elders and those old , good manners...I wish to go back there or live like it these days.

My father used to tell stories of their years in school, his parents, life's struggles in the family band and all. Whew, I'm still enamored with vinyl records (in fact, I am keeping a handful of collection from my father's closet).

And the houses, that's what I want to be when I reach the age of 60 (if God permits...).

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Tonipet 4 years ago from The City of Generals Author

"The clothing, the hair styles and the music plus the simplicity of living, respect to elders and those old , good manners..." you've said it all - thank you travelman.

You're a pride to your father. Who would have thought you'll remain enamored with his music and collection of vinyl records. You're lucky to have a music-hearted Dad. I learned my first music listening to side A then side B songs of 45 and 35 LPs, and that was in the early 70's, your decade:=)

If your Dad brought you up in the beautiful music of the family band, he is so lucky you have kept a band of those memories. What a filipino spirit. I can see a great home you're building when you reach the age 60. Keep that up, I like your attitude, so upbeat!

Thank you for the nice comment, you just brought me back to life before. I'm smiling! Cheers and all the best.

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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Voted awesome. Great article. Can't find the up button on this new interface. I really hate that. I miss simple times. Technology is nice, but we lose a lot because of it. Simple times are the past, but it would be nice to travel back ever now and then. Maybe someday:)

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Tonipet 4 years ago from The City of Generals Author

Hi thelyricwriter. It is the reason why I enjoy writing things old-fashioned, to make voice for the quite lost arts of long ago. Every time I see articles bringing up those simple times, I can't explain the joy. You're right, even once in a while of traveling back would be a nice break. Thank you for stopping, it's great knowing there are still so many of us relishing those days. Takecare!

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oceansider 4 years ago

I was born in the 50's, but was still a young child in the 60's, so I do remember how much simpler and more relaxed things were. My dad did provide for us very well, my mom didn't work, and she was home when my brother & I walked home from school....yes we actually did walk a lot & were just used to it....or we took the bus sometimes or rode our bikes.....and like you said, we watched TV programs together, as a family, not separatately in different rooms.....we only had one TV and so did everyone else I knew......

Thanks for this enjoyable article tonipet & take care.

By the way, voted up!


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Tonipet 4 years ago from The City of Generals Author

Hello oceansider. We had the same playing years and almost exactly the same way of life. Dad working and Mom at home, riding our bikes and walking to school all the time. I very much cherished those times when we (kids) would all sit on the floor to watch tv and watched together the same channel, the same ads, the same program from the minute we turned the tv on 'til we shut it down. So lovely a thought that makes my heart smile to this day. Missed those days!

I'm happy you enjoyed this article. Little things that can make a beautiful story down memory lane. Lovely! Thanks for reading and voting. GOD is with us all the time!

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