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

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GHeather Report 25 Jun 2013 15:28

Thanks very much for that Brenda in Wales. :-D The World was much better back then... in many ways!


McAlp Report 25 Jun 2013 16:04

As a child of the 40's thanks for that Brenda ;-)
You probably don't know who I am but have been
a member )since 2003 ,but don't post any more.
but could'nt resist this :-)


GinN Report 25 Jun 2013 16:09

As a child of the 40's, all of this is very relevant to my childhood , except -I never ate worms! :-P :-D :-D


RolloTheRed Report 25 Jun 2013 16:41

Although the R&D was carried out during the 1970s, mainly by Sony and Philips, the music CD did not appear until 1982 - Billy Joel 52nd Street.


RolloTheRed Report 25 Jun 2013 17:05

Electrical ring circuit (1948) (these are banned in most countries as hazardous, though cheap) (UK)
M1 Motorway (UK) 1958 (McAlpines Fusaliers)
transistor radio 1953 (Germany)
The Pill 1961 (USA)
Laser light 1960 (USA)
Magnetic disk drive (Winchester) 1956 (USA)
hip replacement 1960 (UK)
bar codes 1952 (USA)
modern microwave oven 1967 (there had been a very expensive one since about 1946 in the USA)
1960 working semiconductor (USA)


RolloTheRed Report 25 Jun 2013 17:39

dear Brenda

Wales must have been another planet 'cos I can remember very little of this in my 1950s/60s younger days.

"mothers who smoked and/or drank sherry "!
mine was an SRN nurse and head of gyne. at a large hospital

"while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos..."
well, ours was built in 1911 out of bricks

"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."
tuna was for the cat, I was threatened with bread & dripping but have never actually seen such a thing, a delicacy missed I guess

"Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints."
We had woven baskets

"We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets"
well we did

" and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, "
no shoes ? I still don't wear a helmet except with serious mountain biking I like the wind in my hair

"not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking."
it wasn't risky back then even in the 70s

"We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle."
no taps ? no Tizer ?

"Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds , KFC, Subway or Nando's."
chinese take aways got going in the 1960s along with curry, pizza late 60s,

"Even though all the shops closed at 5.00pm"
they shut at 5:30pm and supermarkets in our neck of the woods 7pm Thursday

" and didn't open on a Sunday, somehow we didn't starve to death!"
small cornershops, garage shops etc did open on Sundays, maybe not in Wales ruled (then) by the chapel

"We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this."
each had their own

"We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy toffees, gobstoppers and bubble gum."
no pocket money ? no part time jobs ?

"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......
you'd be lucky drinking milk form a very lost cow in London lol
there were plenty of fat kids tho' they got a lot of ragging

"We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on."
No school ?

"No one was able to reach us all day. And we were okay."
obviously not if you were playing hookey

"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."
did you ever try a bicycle ?

" We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with matchbox cars."
Maybe in Wales but def not in London except maybe Hampstead

"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!"

well we did have home movies and the telephone and a color tv in 1969; we also had plenty of chance for sport inc my favorite snooker which was thought to be naughty

"We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no law suits from these accidents."
must account for the large number of disabilty claims in Wales compared to the rest of the UK - we too liked climbing trees but nobody broke bones doing it, tough on the poor birds though

"Only girls had pierced ears!"
and gypsies, fairground guys too

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

"You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time...."
which from the 1960s meant soon after christmas

"We were given air guns and catapults for our 10th birthdays."
My father ( a police chief inspector ) would not tolerate these on the streets though I had a .22 rifle when was 14

"We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!"
I always thought this was right silly

"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!"
well my mother was a professional nurse and she liked her job

"Not everyone made the rugby/football/cricket/netball team. "
There is always one who doesnt get picked.

"Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on MERIT"
It was based on being big and bloody minded and not ragging the sports master / mistress

"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 ..."
This had largely died out by the early 60s

"We can string sentences together and spell and have proper conversations because of a good, solid three R's education."
not if these boards are anything to go by

"Our parents would tell us to ask a stranger to help us cross the road."
We were told never to do that au contraire.

"The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.
They actually sided with the law!"
My parent was the law. This tended to make everyday life on London streets interesting out of term time.

"Our parents didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kiora' and 'Blade' and 'Ridge' and 'Vanilla'"
No, they just called their sons "boy" and the girls "cat" or "thingy" ....

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

Life was so ordered, preordained and regimented that there was little choice but to just "get on with it" like it or not. That many people didn't is obvious given the changes of the last half century.

Up until 1963 the UK was, for most people, one of the most boring dull and controlled places in the world beaten only by France and New Zealand. Then by some kind of a miracle in 10 years the everyday world turned upside down. Must have been the E.T.


GHeather Report 25 Jun 2013 18:04

I think green shields stamps came out in the very early 60's. The idea was there in the late 50's, something like that anyway.

Brenda from Wales

Brenda from Wales Report 25 Jun 2013 21:43


A lot of us who lived through the war remember a lot of that...I was brought up in England...didnt live in Wales till 1962.
I also lived in a brick house with mother didnt smoke or drink sherry and I didn't eat worms....but lots of the other things bring back memories to us older members.
I married in 1956 and no washer,fridge,TV,just a wringer that clipped on the sink,but saved up so that bought first house,brand new in 1959 for £2000 which had been saved by living on one wage and saving mine.
It's just so different today with values and material things taken for granted.