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The Baby Boomers of the 1950's

Updated on September 10, 2016

Baby Boomers

Born in 1950's and Loving it

The Baby Boomers of the 1950's. I was born in 1953 part of a unique generation. Those were the times when the paint on my crib was made of lead, car seats hadn't been invented, and pregnant mother ate what they wanted, smoked cigarettes, drank and used over-the-counter drugs without even giving it a second thought. Childproof lids weren't invented and we rode our bikes in the streets without a helmet or even brakes that worked. Toys were passed from one generation to the next without ever thinking anyone might get hurt from something which was broken or poorly made. Our toys made of lead, and other questionable substances. We played with them, put them in out mouths, and lived healthy happy lives.

We some how managed to survive and our parent never considered suing anyone if you were hurt or injured by stupidity or carelessness on their part. We ran the street and used our imaginations to invent games and toys we didn't own. We never thought that it was our right to be entertained, we did it ourselves. There were no video games, DVDs and our television only had 3 channels and programing didn't start until late in the day and ended at promptly 11:00 PM.

We found time for studies and were concerned about the grades we earned in school. We knew that if we didn't do well in school we wouldn't do well in life. We took responsibility for ourselves and looked after our younger siblings and stood up for their rights. When we were spoken to by adults we called them Mr. or Mrs. and when questioned by them we always ended out answered with yes ma'am or sir.

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No electronic entertainment we had MARBLES

Baby Boomers didn't have electronic entertainment we had MARBLES
Baby Boomers didn't have electronic entertainment we had MARBLES

Girls wore dresses and boys wore ties

The Baby Boomers

For those born 1950's girls we wore dresses and played and exercise all day and never knew it was possible to wear anything else. We dressed up when we went to school and the principal upheld stringent dress code standards. If our clothing wasn't up the exact regulation you were called to the office and your parents were called to bring you something that was proper. Girls wore dresses with slip and sweaters and shoes were always leather and polished to a shine. Boys were required to wear dress pants and dress shirts with ties and if their pants had belt loops a leather belt was standard. Tennis shoes were not allowed and boys too wore dress shoes shined with spit.

Although, we were the first generation to have television it was there for adults. Children could watch TV on Saturday for an hour or two in the morning. We listened to the radio when we needed entertainment. We had good imaginations we grew up to be doctor, engineers, and scientists. We were pushed to fit the mold that our parent designed for us. Since we rarely talked back we followed the rules.

Punishment was swift and was never considered child abuse. We were swatted, spanked, and whooped with a switch of a tree. We were told to pick a switch as part of our punishment and it was used to remind us of the rules we had broken. We had bedtime set by our parents and we dared not test the limits of their patience. We did as we were told and didn't question the wisdom of our parents.

Our Mothers Wore Dresses with Hats

Our Mothers Wore Dresses with Hats
Our Mothers Wore Dresses with Hats

Look Back at the 1950's

See how life was in the 50's

My Generation - The 1950's were grand

We Did It and We're Here to Talk About It

My generation of baby boomers drank from the garden hose, ate food from tin cans fused together with solder, and we live to tell about it. We found friends by going out and looking for them. If we saw a new kid move in, we went over knocked on the door and made friends. We shared everything if one of us got candy we split it up and passed it around. We scrounged up pop bottle and returned them for their deposit to buy one bottle of soda and we all drank from the same bottle. We didn't catch deadly diseases from one another and if we got sick it didn't stop us from going to school. We knew school was our job and we took it seriously.

We played outside and we didn't worry about childhood obesity because we played hard and we exercised all day long. We weren't allowed to eat between meals and meals were planned and everyone ate together. Our parents didn't buy junk food and if we got chips or treats it was because it was a special occasion.

We were never bored because we had each other. We built things out of junk and used our minds as entertainment. We built cars out of wooden fruit boxes and used tuna can as headlights, they didn't have brakes so when someone pushed you down a hill you learned to lean one way or the other so you wouldn't hit a tree. We had fun in our childhoods and when things weren't fun we knew how to make them enjoyable.

We played jacks

Baby Boomers played jacks
Baby Boomers played jacks

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    • sheriangell profile image

      sheriangell 

      4 years ago

      I was born in 1956 and remember and agree with each point you make here. Boredom was rare, usually in during the long Michigan winters and being snowed in. I remember being in my 30's and someone stating how disgusting it was to drink from a garden hose and recalling it was my summer time drink of choice throughout my childhood. It tasted so much better that way.

      Thanks for the memories....really enjoyed this.

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      RinchenChodron 

      4 years ago

      Yes, you are right in all this. I too remember. How did we survive?

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      Beverly Rodriguez 

      5 years ago from Albany New York

      I believe the 50s was the last innocent decade. We jumped rope, played ball, hop scotch and jacks, and roamed the block all day, unsupervised. We sat on the stoop waiting for the ice cream truck, and yes, there was a milk box on the stoop where the milk was left and the empty glass bottles returned. This article brought back so many good memories....and yes, we survived and thrived. Congrats on the Purple Star!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      @Swisstoons: Posted that last comment before I finished my thought. Had meant to say that in the 1950's, it was up to parent to decide what toy might be a danger to a kid and to either disallow the toy, or issue appropriate instructions for use. How many times did my mom say to me, "Don't run with that! Do you wanna poke your eye out!?" That was sufficient.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      I, too, grew up in the 1950's. What a great time that was to be a kid. And not only did our folks not sue everyone at the drop of a hat, lawyers did not even advertise on TV. I don't think it was illegal for them to advertise; it was just frowned upon.

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      Johnni 

      5 years ago from Western United States

      Born in 51 I remember our first TV. I also remember making those cars out of wood, spaceships and all sorts of things. We played ball in the street, hide-n-go-seek, and swam every chance we could get. I loved what you said about and we survived, Nowdays kids can't seem to entertain themselves, do talk back and the entitled mentality carries over into the work force when they grow up. Sad, but it is what it is.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I was born in 19 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................95 LOL!

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      autofanatic 

      5 years ago

      I'm a 1950's Boomer. Ah, the memories! Thanks for all of the cool reminders.

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      aud-vid-n-read 

      5 years ago

      I was born in 1955 and this lens and those photos made me homesick for my childhood...but in a good way. Maybe I should say nostalgic. Yeah, that's the word.

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      rubiduong 

      5 years ago

      I like to see photos of the 50s

    • joseph-sottile-16 profile image

      joseph-sottile-16 

      5 years ago

      We grew up during wonderful times, the Era of Stoop Ball and Stickball!!!

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      Elsie Hagley 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Love this article, oh the memories, I was a 1940 baby, what you said is all so true, we weren't moly-coddle, to be quite honest, I think those days should return, we were happy then, as you said about TV's, maybe we would be better off not to have them.

      Another toy I enjoyed was knuckle-bones and don't forget hop-scotch. Thanks for the memories.

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      Linda Pogue 

      5 years ago from Missouri

      I'm a Boomer, too. I enjoyed reading this lens.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      I'm a Boomer and could really relate to what you shared here. I sometimes cringe when I think of the things I was unknowingly exposed to (toxic pesticides, lead, etc.). Still, the freedom was exquisite. Those were exceptionally good times.

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      LeroySmith1 

      5 years ago

      Love your frank, matter-o-fact tone. Such a nostalgic look at how things used to be. Especially the jacks and marbles.

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      LadyDuck 

      5 years ago

      I love to see photos of the 50s, I am part of that baby boomer generation. We were happy, we had fun, beautiful lost days.

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      lesliesinclair 

      5 years ago

      Yes, we sure had fun in the 50s. I'm sure it's impossible for today's tech savvy kids to imagine the times prior to our constant streams of information and entertainment began defining the days.

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm proud to be a part of the baby boomer generation! Still like my black and white old pictures, too. Of course I'm not giving up my laptop or my e-books . . . Love that I've survived to learn a thing or two along the way.

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      CampingmanNW 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the look back and congratulations on winning the Purple Star Award!! Most all of us Baby Boomers, whether from the inner city or suburban areas, remember those time well. Many life lessons I learned were passed to my children and I see them now passing those very same lessons to their own children. Life does come full circle for what you put in...so shall you reap. Thanks for a fun read today

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      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      Thanks for the blast from the past. I am a baby boomer from the 59's, It's true, we were exposed to all of those things they find objectionable yet here we are. Great lens.

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      Colin323 

      5 years ago

      Born in 1947, so grew up in the 1950s. One of my early memories is watching the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth live on a neighbour's television, along with five other families all packed into her living room. I have mixed feelings about the period - it felt safe to be growing up on traffic free streets, but education wasn't so good then for working class kids, although the booming economy meant that there was plenty of work around, and if you worked hard, you could get on and succeed.

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      joseph-sottile-16 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for visiting my site. I also like the original photos that you have on your site. Neato!

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      joseph-sottile-16 

      5 years ago

      I grew up in the 50s, and what you say in this lens is well-done and perfectly true! Bravo! I have written about this topic too.

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      trinimatt 

      5 years ago

      Very interesting, great lens!

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      trinimatt 

      5 years ago

      Very interesting, great lens!

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      pauline60 

      5 years ago

      I'm a child of the sixties and I survived all those things too - and pretty much thrived on the freedom we had back then.

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