General Chat

Top tip - using the Genes Reunited community

Welcome to the Genes Reunited community boards!

  • The Genes Reunited community is made up of millions of people with similar interests. Discover your family history and make life long friends along the way.
  • You will find a close knit but welcoming group of keen genealogists all prepared to offer advice and help to new members.
  • And it's not all serious business. The boards are often a place to relax and be entertained by all kinds of subjects.
  • The Genes community will go out of their way to help you, so don’t be shy about asking for help.

Quick Search

Single word search

New Scottish Census

New Scottish census records

Do you have Scottish ancestors?

Perhaps you do and you just didn't know! Search our brand new Scottish census records today and discover if you have Scottish roots.

Search Scottish Census


  • New posts
  • No new posts
  • Thread closed
  • Stickied, new posts
  • Stickied, no new posts

Life in the 1950's

Page 1 + 1 of 5

  1. «
  2. 1
  3. 2
  4. 3
  5. 4
  6. 5
  7. »
ProfilePosted byOptionsPost Date


LaGooner Report 31 Aug 2013 21:58

If I sing I can clear the room quicker than lightening :-D :-D :-D :-D


AnnCardiff Report 31 Aug 2013 22:00

me too - kiss of death for any choir me!!!!!


~Lynda~ Report 31 Aug 2013 22:00

You carry on chatting about the 50's GP, they were great times, and I love the word wireless, no idea why, but I do :-D


LaGooner Report 31 Aug 2013 22:06

Now talking of wireless do you remember Round the Horn,Tony Hancock,Hancocks half hour and my favourite the Navy Lark. Oooo nearly for got the Glums


Sharron Report 31 Aug 2013 22:13

Wakey Wakey!

I was a woos and used to cry at Knees Up Mother Brown because that poor old lady would get her legs sawn right off.

There was also the voice of Paul Robeson that was so deep I used to hide behind the sofa (couch).


Andysmum Report 31 Aug 2013 22:17

Journey into Space, with Lemmy, and the detective series, whose name escapes me, with Coronation Scot as the signature tune.

We were only allowed to listen after we had done our homework.


LaGooner Report 31 Aug 2013 22:19

Was the detective series Paul Barton secret agent ???.


ChrisofWessex Report 31 Aug 2013 22:22

Fifties - was a teenager - circular skirts - some reversible so two for one! Some felt circular skirts with cutouts sewn on them.

Trad jazz, Chris Barber, Humphrey Littleton, ballet shoes - all colours. Fluorescent socks had a shocking pink pair I wore with a pair of navy slacks!! Duffle coats came back - this time in colours and about 3/4 length. I had a red one.

Taffeta paper petticoats - net petticoats stiffened with sugar water which plucked your stockings and at 10s. per pair, little wonder we repaired the ladders. Also usually in the window of a dry cleaners a lady would be repairing nylons!

Jive, Elvis, Bill Haley, I also loved ballroom dancing. Girls who wore dark stockings were up to no good - not that I had a clue what 'no good' was! Never get into a car alone with a boy - same result - 'no good'. Never trust a lad who wore suede shoes.

Sunday nights - Radio Luxembourg and Top Twenty. Had to be home by 11.p.m. on saturday night - missed all the endings of films! Girls never went into pubs - it was coffee bars and milk bars.

30 minute in Woolies deciding which shampoo this week would make our hair wonderful.


ChrisofWessex Report 31 Aug 2013 22:23

Dick Barton - special agent - remember that in late forties.
He had wonderful adventures with Snowy and Jock.


Sharron Report 31 Aug 2013 22:25

Children's Favourites with Uncle Mac who was, allegedly, at it before JS.

I am not sure if we had a TV at the end of the fifties but I do remember Mr Pastry and I think I was taken to see him in a film.


LaGooner Report 31 Aug 2013 22:27

Listen with Mother. and on TV Bill and Ben, The woodentops, andy Pandy

Hayley   Empress of Drama

Hayley Empress of Drama Report 31 Aug 2013 22:36

I wasnt born till the late 60's so only remember the early 70's when I suspect most of you ladies were married with young children of your own......was laughing at the lyrics to the Mary Hopkins song...I knew every word and would sing it when I was a toddler appartenly ...before I could string a sentence together I even looked up the date it was in the charts just before I was 2 :-D


AnninGlos Report 31 Aug 2013 22:37

I am with Ann C the 50s were great. I met my OH in 1956 and married him in 1960 and can remember and emphasise with all Ann remembers. Such carefree times. :-)


AnnCardiff Report 31 Aug 2013 22:42

Paul Temple was the detective series with the Coronation Scot as the theme tune - his wife was Steve!!!! always stopped at a cliff hanger!!! e.g. "Are you alright Steve" - "Yes Paul - I'm holding your hand", "Steve, it's not my hand you're holding" - cue music!!!!


AnnCardiff Report 31 Aug 2013 22:45

had my first holiday in a hotel - in Newquay in Cornwall - the Garth Hotel - with my frend Marion - we're still good friends. The music of the day was Kay Starr with Wheel of Fortune and Eddie Calvert with "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White"


AnnCardiff Report 31 Aug 2013 22:49

at the moment I have Sky Arts channel on "Pasadena Roof Orchestra" - heaven :-D


GeordiePride Report 31 Aug 2013 22:50

Lynda - I have so many memories from this era that I could write pages and pages of everything that happened to me in Geordieland during that era.
The mind boggles.


Kay???? Report 31 Aug 2013 22:53

Talking of shampoo,,,,

anyone remember ===Dreen/e in a little polythene pouch and Vaseline Soapless that was like rice paper,,,,,,also everyone used setting lotion and Vitapoint,Max Factor Panstick,also the spit on Max Factor mascara........Pompador Hair Lacquer.

Still have my mums Evening in Paris perfume bottle.

Oh Wheel of Fortune,
Keep spinning around,,,,,


AnnCardiff Report 31 Aug 2013 22:58

the fifties were fantastic - and we were all so innocent - no sex before marriage - too frightened - my Dad always said we'd be thrown out of the house :-D

you only got to have sex if you married :-D - and those of us who walked down the aisle in white deserved to be wearing it :-D

Lawrence got called up on the tail end of Natonal Service, RAF - and he got posted to Singapore - I wept buckets as he was gone for nearly two years - no mobile phones, we didn't even have a land line so it was all letters - three a week each way - I thought I'd die of a broken heart. We didn't even know where Singapore was until we looked on the map and our hearts sank - what a lovely homecoming though - he came home in the middle of the night on December 8th 1958 - I had left a key out for the back door for him - I couldn't sleep and lay awake waiting - Mum and Dad and my sister fast asleep - then I heard our old spaniel growling and I knew he had come in through the back door. I ran downstairs and we met in the hall - what bliss after all that time - it's so lovely to remember that time now he's been gone for so long - such happy memories


Sharron Report 31 Aug 2013 23:09

Tommy Steele.

I remember my cousin and me spending most of an afternoon arguing about how Tommy Steele would jump across the path.