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The Over 50's
We were born before television, before penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods,
Xerox, plastic, contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill. We were born before radar,
credit cards, split atoms, laser beams, and ball-point pens; before dishwashers,
tumble dryers, electric blankets, air conditioners, drip dry clothes.......
We got married first and then lived together. We thought "fast food" was what you ate in Lent, a "Big Mac" was an oversized raincoat, and "crumpet" was
what you had for tea.
We existed before house husbands, computer dating, dual careers, when a "meaningful relationship" meant getting along with your cousins, and "sheltered accommodation" was
where you waited for the bus.
We had never heard of FM radio, tape decks, word processors, yogurt, pizzas,
or young men wearing earrings. For us a "chip" was piece of wood or a fried potato, "hardware" meant nuts and bolts and "software" wasn't
The term "making out" referred to how you did in exams, "stud" was something that fastened your clothes and "going all the way" meant
staying on the double-decker bus to the depot.........
In our day, cigarette smoking was fashionable, "grass" was mown, "coke" was kept in the coal shed, and a "joint" was the piece of meat you ate on Sundays. "Rock music" was a lullaby and a "gay person" was
the life and soul of the party.
No wonder we are so confused.
And how old are we?
Just hitting 60!
ABOUT MY SITE.
After surfing the net looking for fifties sites all I could find were American
sites. I thought what the hell I'd make my own. It has turned out harder than
I thought. There are many books on the 40's and 60's but somehow the 50's were
missed out. I am still trying to dig up some more stuff especially British
music. I will be updating my site regularly so come back often. This site is
for educational purposes only to give you a little glimpse of life in England
in the 50's.