Thursday, December 30, 2010
Kid Stuff/1950's Version
After hearing what kids want for Christmas this year I started thinking back to my childhood. I'm old enough that I was around during the "Middle Ages" of the 20th century. The good old days some would say. I don't know about that, but I do know that things were a lot different back then.
I was about 8 or 9 years old in the mid 50's. Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and Davey Crockett were a young boys heros at that time. So anything that could be associated with them was high on our Christmas list. Toy western gun sets, cowboy hats and coon skin caps were highly prized. Today it's anything from cyber space.
A Snickers bar was a nickel and a Coke was 8 to 10 cents. But one has to remember that a dollar ment a lot more then. Wages were much lower than today. Me and my friends would scour the neighbor hood looking for empty soda bottles. They would bring .02 cents at the local grocer. So if you could come up with ten or so, you could treat your friends with a soda and candy bar.
Something else I remember, it didn't take a lot to entertain us back then. When stuck inside during the winter, we could amuse ourselves with a cardboard box we had converted into a make believe western fort.
The picture above reminds me of the time me and some friends discovered an old Harley in the neighbors barn down the street from my grandparents house. We were out doing some exploring. Some days we would sneak down to that barn, climb into the hay loft and jump out the upstairs door for fun. The fact that we were doing it without the owners knowledge made it more exciting.
Ummm. Come to think of it. Those were the good old days...............X.