Lost In the Fifties
Remebering the 40's - 50's - 60's & 70's

Do you remember?.....

Your first kiss?
Hide and go seek at dusk.
Hopscotch, butterscotch, double dutch.
Jacks, kickball, and dodge ball.
Red rover, hula hoops & jacks.
playin' with a sling shot.
When around the corner seemed far away,
and going downtown seemed like going somewhere.
When you picked up the phone and the operator said, "Number please?"

And you said, "BE 3- 3381."
Sometimes you picked up the phone and heard voices!
Remember those party lines! We shared the lines!
You had to remember your ring
before you answered the phone, one long, two short!
You DIDN'T hear "press 1 for ENGLISH!"

Penny candy in a brown paper bag.
Catching lightning bugs in a jar.
An ice cream cone on a warm summer night...
A cherry coke from the fountain at the corner drug store.
Cops and Robbers....Cowboys and Indians.
When the only time you wore sneakers was at school, for gym.
When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up, if you even had one.

When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got there.
When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box.
When a quarter was a decent allowance.
When girls never kissed on the first date.
The Draft.
When your mom wore nylons that came in two pieces.
The Mickey Mouse Club

When homework assignments were a daily routine.
When all of our male teachers wore neckties
and female teachers wore high heels
& had their hair done, everyday.

When being sent to the principal's office
was nothing compared to the fate that awaited you when you got home!
Sitting on the back porch listening to the ballgame on the radio.

Calling drinks "soda pops"...
news reels before movies
Metal ice trays....
Green Stamps... Lunch tickets.... metal lunch boxes & Candy Cigarettes

Ed Sullivan Show, Gunsmoke, The Honeymooners, Dragnet,
The Mickey Mouse Club, Leave it to Beaver, Advertures of Superman
When Sundays were for God and families. & The "Blue Law"

Remember The Rockin' Fifties?

What a great time it was for all of us who were lucky enough to live in that magic time. And if you were in high school then it was pure fun! Bobbi socks, pony tails, penny loafers, rock and roll, ducks butts, sideburns, hoola hoops,
American Bandstand, Battle of the Bands, Cruising 11th, the Carnation, football games, Better Burger, The Pig Stand, Drive Inns, The Circle! The Gaylynn

& the dancing! Oh how we danced!
The Bop, The Swing, The Hand Jive, Locomotion, The Hustle &
The Twist!


Hoola hoops swept the nation in a craze!
We all tried it and laughed to see our
Mom's and Dad's out hoola us all.

The diners, the blue plate specials,
a nickel coke! We could get cheeseburgers for a quarter,
luscious milkshakes and real french fries! Yummy!

Turn tables and 45 records,
we all had a collection...
Each one about a dollar!

When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked,
and gas pumped, without asking, for free, every time.
And you got trading stamps to boot! And, you didn't pay for air.

Ah, do you remember these?

The hit Parade, Grape Cool Ade, The Sadie Hawkins Dance....
Peddle Pushers, Duck Tail hair, and Peggin' your pants...
Howdy Doody...Tootie fruitie.....

Ah, do you remember those?

James Dean, he was "Keen", Sunday Movies were Taboo....
The senior Prom, Judy's Mom, Rock 'n Roll was New...
Cracker Jack Prize...stars in your eyes..."Asking Daddy for the Keys"...

Ah, do you remember these?

Boat Neck shirts and fender skirts and Petticoats...
Mums the Word and Dirty Bird and Double Root Beer float...
Moon hubcaps and Loud heel Taps and "he's a Real Gone Cat"

Ah, do you remember that?

Dancing Close, Little Moron Jokes and "Cooties" in her hair...
Captain Midnight, Ovaltine, and The Whip at the state fair
Roy Rogers horse, and "Only the Shadow Knows"...

Ah, do you remember those?
Going steady, Veronica and Betty, White Bucks and Blue Suede Shoes
Knock, Knock Jokes.........
Knock Know.........Who's There?
Dewey Who?
Dewey......Remember These.........Yes we do!


Chuck Berry.... The Beatles .... Buddy Holly ....The Platters
The Everly Bros .... Bill Haley & The Comets .... The Chantels .... Ricky Nelson
Chubby Checker & ELVIS!

Remember Hand Jive?
Hand Jive, Hand Jive, Hand Jive, Doin that crazy Hand Jive

Do you Remember The Good Old Days

Do you remember the good old days? Well I sure do!
If your memory needs a little nudge, some of these things will
take you right back, and I hope bring a smile to your face!

Window fans, Kick the Can, roller skates with keys, coonskin caps,
hula hoops, 45 records, cherry cokes, juke boxes, pony tails,
bobbi sox, penny loafers, sideburns, Breck & Halo Shampoo,
going home for lunch, marbles, monopoly, rabbit ears,
aluminum glasses, sweater sets, white gloves, and can can slips,
the smell of Old Spice, penny candy, and Mother May I.
Mary Janes, saddle shoes,
and Coke bottles with the names of cities on the bottom,
running through the sprinkler, circle pins, bobby pins.
Bedtime, climbing trees, making forts...backyard shows, lemonade stands.
Your first bicycle, jumping down the steps, jumping on the bed,
pillow fights, slumber parties, ribbon candy,
singing the rhymes while jumping rope, angel hair on the Christmas tree,
white gloves and little hats, walking to church,
the local public swimming pool, (come on! admit you peed in the pool!) ...
being tickled to death, and running till you were out of breath,
laughing so hard that your stomach hurt... how about being tired from playin'?

Friday night at the movies, sitting in the back,
holding hands and smooching? till the usher shined his light on you? *lol*
Going steady in the 50's, and putting so much tape on his ring
just so it would fit you?
A Chevy or a Ford took us Cruisin' 11th street &
Fuzzy dice hung from mirrors, Chrome hubcaps shining bright.

I remember the simple days of growing up in the 50's and 60's.
Remember cars without seatbelts?
Remember riding a bike without helmets?
Getting excited to see the milk-man
bringing fresh milk to the back porch?
Sitting on the front porch and knowing our neighbors!
Praying in school?
Being spanked by our parents! ( yeah it was ALLOWED! )
Getting "licks" in school. ( the great board of education! and it worked!)
Being a ONE car Family! you know the one dad used to go to work in!
The smell of sheets on the bed from being hung on a clothes line!
When we used empty food cans with string to talk to our friends ( before we even knew what cells phones were!)
Oh the simple days.....

And...with all our progress...
don't you wish...just once...
we could slip back in time and savor the innocence,
the respect, the slower pace...
and share it with the children of today?

Thank God we have our memories
So we can go back again
To "yesteryear" in our dreams
Just like we did back then.

Do you remember hearing your parents/grandparents saying this?
( heck I remember saying a few of them myself in the early 60's)

  • I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are....
    it's going to be impossible to buy a week's groceries for $20.

  • If they raise the minimum wage to $1, ....
    nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store

  • When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 50 cents a gallon....
    Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage

  • Kids today are impossible. Those duck tail hair cuts make it impossible to stay groomed.....
    Next thing you know, boys will be wearing their hair as long as the girls

  • Do you suppose television will ever reach our part of the country?

  • I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric.....
    They are even making electric typewriters now.

  • Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes.....
    I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to Congress

  • Why in the world would you want to send your daughter to college?
    Isn't she going to get married?....
    It would be different if she could be a doctor or a lawyer.

  • No one can afford to be sick anymore,......
    $35 a day in the hospital is too rich for my blood.

  • If they think I'll pay 50 cents for a hair cut,....
    forget it. I'll have my wife learn to cut hair.

  • It's too bad things are so tough nowadays......
    I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.


    Remember ..."wall-to-wall" was once a magical term in homes. In the '50s, everyone covered their hardwood floors with, wall-to-wall carpeting! Today, everyone replaces their wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood floors. Go figure!

    When's the last time you heard the quaint phrase "in a family way?" It's hard to imagine that the word "pregnant" was once considered a little too graphic, a little too clinical for use in polite company. So we had all that talk about stork visits and "being in a family way" or simply expecting."

    Here's a word I miss - "percolator." That was just a fun word to say. And what was it replaced with? "Coffeemaker." How dull. Mr. Coffee, I blame you for this.

    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

    Remember saying..... "brassiere". Say it and the kids crack up lol .....It's just "bra" now. And I am sure "Unmentionables" probably wouldn't be understood at all.

  • Alumni memories of our younger days!

    I continue to enjoy each visit to your web site. There is always something new. I truly enjoyed the new memories page. It's fun to jog the memory a bit every now and then. I spent a lot of time, not just reading the list, but thinking back to those times. and events they signify. Memories of old friends are still so dear.

    As a child of the mid 40's, growing up in the 50's and 60's left a ton of wonderful memories. Trying to categorize them, 1 through 10 with 1 being the best is impossible, too many 1's. But somewhere in that top list would be the great times I had at family reunions.

    Since we were not close to my dad's parents in either miles or relationships, most of my fond memories are of my Mother's side of the family. Her Mother's bunch use to hold their reunions in the middle of the summer at Honey Island Swimming Pool. We'd gather at one of the privations across the road from the pools sometime after the pool opened. The men would set-up for numerous domino games or horse-shoe tossing. I think once or twice they tried to have some kind of a ball game in the field but that wasn't the norm. The women would do a lot of catching up on events that had transpired since last they saw or talked with each other and the kids headed to the two pools.

    Because of the large size of our group; us younger kids pretty much filled the smaller pool while the older teens enjoyed the deeper pool. Once the fun started we didn't care who joined in. Kids who were alone became distant cousins for a short while. We'd line up for the slide, or plop our behinds in rented inner tubes for floating, or tip over the tube of unsuspecting cousins. Some of the bigger kids would stand in the shallow end and toss younger cousins into the air, allowing them to land in a huge splash. The cry of "me next" could be heard far into the distance. We had swimming races and battles were fought to dislodge a cousin from the shoulder's of his water horse and the really good swimmers had to prove how far they could swim under water without breathing.

    Listening to one of our elder relatives talking about family history and then the meal prayer was lead to a magnificent feast. My Mom was a wonderful cook but so were the other ladies and this was the time to taste different things. You would never find a bucket of KFC or Church's chicken on the tables. These ladies fried their own and most added their own personal touch. The earlier games the guys had played were mere child's play compared to the cooking contest the women were having. No prizes were given out for winners but at the end of the meal, those with empty pots beamed with pride. I did my best to make them all winners.

    The rule of not swimming for 30 minutes after eating was strictly enforced. Moms, Aunts and Grandmothers keep a watch on the kids and would remind us that we couldn't swim for 30 minutes. Since I was a skinny kid with hollow legs and big feet, I was know to try lots of the different foods and deserts. It wasn't unusual for me to make numerous hits, especially on the different chocolate cakes and fruit cobblers. After each hit, someone would tack on an additional 30 minutes . . . If I wasn't careful it could be mid afternoon before I was allowed to swim again.

    My Grandfathers side of the family had about the same kind of reunions except they were held way way way back in the woods. The Big Sandy area I think. About the only difference was we swam in a creek rather than the swimming pool , brought our own tire tubes and did the buddy system check from time to time. Some of the family, men and women, would try their luck at fishing way up stream from the swimming hole. Down stream was a ost cause. Since our huge families were often connected through marriages, many of the same people attended both reunions.

    This probably isn't the kind of memories you were looking for but as I sat thinking back, these seemed to be some of the most satisfying ones for me. Thank you ...... Ron Eller class of '63

    Send your memories to: Beth: frenchhighschool@yahoo.com