Typical Day In Small Town America 60 Years Ago

This ten minute video shows what life was like in small town America in 1952. It is sickening to read the comments made by those who viewed this video. They turn what was a special time to those of us, who grew up in the 50’s, into a platform for hatred of races.

Even the ugly remarks can’t ruin a video that brings so many fond memories  of the past.

I was eight years old when this video was filmed so can identify with what happened during a typical day 60 years ago.

It was a simpler time, before cell phones, I-pods, laptop computers and HD television sets. The television sets back then still had the huge tubes, that made them so bulky, unlike the lightweight television sets of today.

Growing up in the 1950’s was a special time and this video captures the feeling from having grown up in that era.

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Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

19 thoughts on “Typical Day In Small Town America 60 Years Ago”

      1. I’m really sorry to know that (about your health). But that last message was meant for the woman who said she wishes she’d grown up in the 50s (don’t want to go and look up her name now; I have to rush).

  1. 50’s were a great decade. It was the last decade before a decade in which JFK, RFK and Martin Luther King were assassinated and Vietnam war protests divided the country. We went from easy listening music to start the 50’s to the rock and roll music of Bill Haley and the Comets and Elvis Presley in the mid 50’s. The British invasion would hit American shores about 8 years later in 1964, when the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan show.

  2. Sorry to learn of your health problemsk Andrew. I hope things get better for you soon.
    The 50s really were a great decade. I was in my twenties (graduated high school in 1950.) The video above does give anaccurate picture of life in small town America, 1950s. Can you imagine what Ed Sullivan would say if he suddenly returned and watched TV?

    1. Clark, 50’s were my favorite decade too. It was a time when families actually still ate meals together, at a dinner table and not in front of a TV set. Ed Sullivan would flip out if he saw what was going on in entertainment today. He probably wouldn’t even want most of the acts today on his show.

      1. Elvis Presley was nothing considering what they have on television these days. You can’t even watch TV, without hearing vulgar talk on most of the situation comedies today. Can’t even watch TV with grandsons, since there is so much inappropriate stuff on TV.

  3. Yes…..the world is changing. The gadgets take up time, that we could spend with friends and relatives. I don’t even have a cell phone and never did learn to text, but know they can come in handy, out on the highway. I was once stranded with a bad transmission back in the 70’s, in the middle of nowhere and had to walk to find a phone to call for help. Wished I had a cell phone that day…wound up being stranded for about 8 hours.

  4. I don’t know how to text either. My wife and I have one cellphone between us, but we only take it with us when we travel long distance, in case of emergency. Or to Buffalo (50 miles away) if there is a snow storm predicted, again, in case of emergency.

    1. That is smart to take cell phone on long trips. I have respect for you living that close to Buffalo, where I have heard it snows a lot, so sure don’t want to be caught without a cell phone.

      1. About the snow, yes. However the winters have been getting milder and milder it seems. In 1977 there was so much snow accumulated that it was narrowing the streets and roads. They brought in the national guard to clear the roads and streets, load the snow on trucks and dump it in Lake Erie. But we used to have tons of snow for a long period of time, but less and less the last few years.

        By the way, are you related to the late Arthur Godfrey?

  5. Don’t know what is going on with the weather lately. It probably usually snows several times in New York by this time of year. We go years without seeing snow down here in Louisiana.

    We are not related to Arthur Godfrey, but have been asked that several times. He was a polarizing man, coming off as real nice guy one minute, then saying incredibly mean stuff later. Firing Julius LaRosa on the air was uncalled for.

  6. Hey, Andrew, I hope you had a merry Christmas, and that 2013 turns out to be a better one for you, filled with better health and happiness.

    I agree with you about Arthur Godfrey’s bouncing from good guy to (sometimes) really nasty.

    I hope this is not too pushy, but how would anyone know about the following if I don’t talk about it?
    My collection of short stories has a background of the 1950s. It was
    selected as one of three finalists in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the short story category.

    ONCE UPON A DECADE: TALES OF THE FIFTIES
    A man with a tortured psyche keeps a pink teddy bear on his food tray as he watches the Olympics on TV. A waitress in New Jersey puts a curse on a sailor; his behavior becomes increasingly irrational. Two shipmates –one white, one black– learn firsthand about segregation in 1950s Savannah. A sailor who wants no more complications in his life falls in love with a young prostitute in Havana on the eve of the Castro Revolution. A timid adolescent boy suffers the pangs of unrequited love. A young high school teacher attempts to withstand a female student’s powers of seduction. An academic meets Jorge Luis Borges and uncovers the mystery of an American writer with three different names. A high official in a banana republic uses a military man to help overthrow the President, but his plan takes an unexpected turn. These are the premises of just some of the 17 stories in this collection.

    The narratives in this collection paint a picture of the 1950s. Many of the elements of this culture will repel: racism, sexism and homophobia, for example. Yet this was an era in which neither the threat of terrorism nor the scourge of AIDS existed for the average American. These stories deal with love and death, triumphs and defeats, adolescent angst and the tension between ethnicity and assimilation. Some present adventure on the high seas as well as a glimpse of Havana night life on the eve of the Castro Revolution.

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