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Things that started in the: 1950s/60s/70s

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GHeather Report 14 Jun 2013 15:23

Here are a few things that started in the 1950's/60s/70s, 1950s first: The Guinness book of Records, Microwave ovens, Tea bags, Disneyland, Eurovision Song Contest, Fishfingers, Blue Peter, Postcodes, Zebra crossings. 1960s: After Eight mints, Green Shield stamps, Mothercare, Fairy Liquid, Pringles, Colour TV, Clingfilm. 1970s: Argos catalogue, The Antiques Road Show, CDs, Pot Noodles, Mr.Sheen, Grange Hill. Can you name a few more... ?


KenSE Report 14 Jun 2013 15:30

1950s: The Sky at Night, The Eagle
1960s: Doctor Who, Concorde


GHeather Report 14 Jun 2013 15:46

Thanks for that KenSE. :-D


GHeather Report 14 Jun 2013 19:29

Some things started way back... some times further than we think!


McB Report 14 Jun 2013 19:32

One important occasion happened in the 50s



JustJohn Report 14 Jun 2013 20:41

I associate 1950's with electric washing machines and pressure cookers.

I thing washing machines were earlier, but there was an explosion in 1950's. Servis, Hotpoint - and then John Bloom.

And dad worked for Presto pressure cookers in Wombourne near Wolverhampton for a time. And I think Prestige were their big competitors. :-) :-)


JustJohn Report 14 Jun 2013 20:45

And I have an inkling that there was a crisps revolution. All you could get was Smiths with the little blue twist of salt. Quite expensive.

Then along came Golden Wonder - much cheaper and already salted. :-) :-)


GHeather Report 14 Jun 2013 23:46

I still like 'Smiths' crisps with the small bag of salt, now owned by Walkers.


JustJohn Report 14 Jun 2013 23:50

Not the same somehow, GHeather. It is a sachet, crisps are not the same and you have to have a bottle of Sasparillo with a straw for accompaniment :-) :-) :-)

Have we mentioned menthol cigarettes? St Moritz. Consulate - as cool as a mountain stream

running through Sellafield :-0


GHeather Report 15 Jun 2013 11:35

Why is it not the same JohnLovesH ? Were crisps a lot different in the past then ?


JustJohn Report 15 Jun 2013 11:45

GHeather. Things seemed to taste so much better back then. Crisps, chips (wrapped in newspaper), fresh eggs, cheese, apples, peas, strawberries.

Most expensive crisps were Walkers - very posh to carry a bag of those round. But even they lost their taste over years :-( Not a moan and groan, as plenty of other things are very tasty that we never even knew about in 50's and 60's. Sushi, chilli prawns, pizza, rogan josh, kebabs.........


GHeather Report 15 Jun 2013 11:47

I think your right JohnLovesH. :-) People started to want more healthy foodstuffs, ok, but a lot of the taste, yummy... goes out of the food, inculding chips!


JustJohn Report 15 Jun 2013 11:52

Just occasionally now I find a loaf of bread that tastes like it did in old days. But usually price is something like £3 a loaf - and I go back to my cardboard 2 for £1.50 loaves :-(


GHeather Report 15 Jun 2013 11:56

Interesting JohnLoveHorlicks. :-D


KenSE Report 24 Jun 2013 22:58

1950s Plain paper copiers (Xerox)
1960s: Touch screens
1970s Hand held calculators

Budgie Rustler

Budgie Rustler Report 25 Jun 2013 00:20

I`m pretty sure Green Shield stamps, were around in the late 50s.


GHeather Report 25 Jun 2013 13:12

Ok BudgieR, check it out more... who knows you maybe right ?


GinN Report 25 Jun 2013 13:22

Package holidays! They really took off in the Sixties. I went on my first one to Italy in 1963 - the start of many, and I'm still doing them!


DazedConfused Report 25 Jun 2013 15:07

I was born 1953 nuff said :-D :-D :-D

Brenda from Wales

Brenda from Wales Report 25 Jun 2013 15:23

Thought this would bring a smile to the faces of the ones who can identify with it!!!!


First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank sherry while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos...

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, bread and dripping, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds , KFC, Subway or Nando's.

Even though all the shops closed at 5.00pm and didn't open on a Sunday, somehow we didn't starve to death!

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy toffees, gobstoppers and bubble gum.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter, drank milk from the cow,and soft drinks with sugar in them, but we weren't overweight because......

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And we were okay.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of old prams and then rid e down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with matchbox cars.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 999 channels on SKY , no video/dvd films, or colour TV, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no law suits from these accidents.

Only girls had pierced ears!

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time....

We were given air guns and catapults for our 10th birthdays.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

Mum didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet because we didn't need to keep up with the Jones's!

Not everyone made the rugby/football/cricket/netball team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on MERIT

Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and throw the blackboard rubber at us if they thought we weren't concentrating ...

We can string sentences together and spell and have proper conversations because of a good, solid three R's education.

Our parents would tell us to ask a stranger to help us cross the road.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.
They actually sided with the law!

Our parents didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kiora' and 'Blade' and 'Ridge' and 'Vanilla'

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO

And YOU are one of them!
:-D :-D :-D :-D