Good Old Days 1950's Early Childhood Memories

Things I Remember as a child. Also read our family Christmas Tradition

Record Players

I just realized that a whole generation has been born, that doesn't have any idea what "records" and a "record player" is. My favorite 45 record when I was little was, "When the Red Red Robin goes Bob Bob Bobbin' Along" On the other side was, "I found My Thrill on Blueberry Hill" My dad had a whole collection of old records. Most were Vienna Waltzes. And they were 78 speed, thick and heavy. His favorite singer was "Al Jolson." My mom had some Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, and Bobby Darien? And also several albums by Hank Williams. Somehow my dad had a record that he made for my mom. He said he recorded it in a store. I think the song's title he sung to her was called, "Heartache" The other side was "Peg of My Heart" I wish I still had a record player.

Dish Towels in Laundry Detergent

Anybody remember getting dish towels in boxes of laundry detergent during the 1950's and early 60's?I can't remember off hand what the name of the detergent was, but I think it was called "DUZ". But the dish towels were folded up real small and they had stripes. If you got a smaller box of laundry detergent, it had a washcloth in it. Then they started putting dishes in the detergent boxes that had a wheat pattern, white with a gold trim.

The Milkman and Breadtruck 1950's

When I was little we had a milkman that delivered milk to our house. The back of his truck was filled with ice chunks that he use to give me and my sisters a chunk in the hot summertime. I also remember a bread truck. And we bought Sunbeam bread, and sometimes penny or nickel candy.

1950's Gas Wars

The earliest gas price I remember was when the gas was 26 cents a gallon. It went down that far because of gas wars between the stations. One would be 30 cents, then the station on the other corner would drop to 28 cents, and visa versa.

Submitted Comments

I don't remember the dish towels, but I do remember The milkman, breadman, the coal man. Sometimes we would have a fruit man. He drove an old bus, filled with all kinds of fresh fruit. How about when it snowed, they used sand to put in the roads, not salt. Those were the good old days. Boy, do our kids miss out of alot of good times.:D

---- I understand what you mean about the records. My 11 yr. old and I were recently helping his grandmother go through some of things. She has a collection of the "OLD" wax LP's. My son thought they were some sort of an alien objects.:D I wish she had the victrola-(looks like a record player with a big "horn" attached) still to play them on.', 'times are 'a changing

---- Here's a phrase I heard all the time in my youth but never anymore - "store-bought." Of course, just about everything is store-bought these days. But once it was bragging material to have a store-bought dress or a store-bought bag of candy.

---- "Coast to coast" is a phrase that once held all sorts of excitement and now means almost nothing. Now we take the term "world wide" for granted. This floors me. On a smaller scale, "wall-to-wall" was once a magical term in our homes. In the ''50s, everyone covered his or her hardwood floors with, wow, wall-to-wall carpeting! Today, everyone replaces their wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood floors. Go figure.

---- My mother said that not only did they have a coal man, that dumped coal in a bin, but also an ash bin, where they would dump the ashes, and someone would come by and empty the ash bin. She did not know what they did with the ashes.

She also said that her house was the first house on the block with a "flushing" toilet. But, guess what, it was in the outhouse in the back yard.