Thursday, August 13, 2009

What we found in the Garage

Don't worry, it's not disgusting or anything...

We live in this old house. Our landlady grew up here, in fact, and she is a great-grandmother now. There's multiple storage sheds, a locked room, and big shelves and lockers in the garage. As we were walking in the house today, Cody randomly took a peek in one of the old lockers in the garage, and found this highly intriguing Life Magazine dated March 3, 1961. We have been perusing the ads and articles, and a little blown away at how things are different now.

Like the ad for a bra that costs $3.00, or the numerous cigarette ads (I've never seen a cigarette add without a surgeon general's warning on it) that claimed to taste great and even give you better breath... there's this one ad in there for a new station-wagon-style vehicle that is boasting it's large cargo room. An ad like this today would show a family with two or three kids and a huge trunk full of beach gear. This ad in the 1961 magazine featured the parents, grandparents, and 5 children all in this car. Two of the kids were pictured climbing over seats and turning completely around. No seatbelts, of course. Another ad excitedly proclaimed their batteries were guaranteed not to leak. (Leaking today would be a cause for recall and possibly lawsuits!)

They had an article about the daily dealings of Sir Winston Churchill, and an article about machines in the workplace, especially this state-of-the art computer, run by only five men. Amazing! All the women are beautifully dressed in colorful dresses, and the kids are pristine, even as they play with their kitten while mother folds the laundry. The men look handsomer and stronger, the women look more delicate and subservient, and the TV's are reflection-free and sold in beautiful wood cabinets.

The cover-featured article was one on the space race. I've tried to take a picture here, but it might be too small to decipher. They're predicting a full-time rotating manned space station to be built by the Russians by 1972. I've read about the cold war, seen the pictures, heard about the space race, but it's kind of crazy to look back at what people really thought.

So I hope you enjoyed our little trip down some-of-our memory lanes. If you're a little young to remember these things like I am, maybe you'll be intrigued like me to think about how much things have changed.

3 comments:

Lydia said...

It's really interesting to look at the stuff we never experienced. And then I think of how my parents and grandparents and other older people experienced these things, but don't really talk about them with us. It's like an entire portion of their lives that is completely foreign to us! Yet these events shaped who they are. Perhaps they are not really who they seem to be to us...

Sue said...

Hmmm, that is before My time! (four months before my time)

How does that song go? "Those were the days, my friend"

Angeli said...

I'm so glad you got a glimpse of life in the 60's. It was my time. We just pulled up the carpet on the steps and underneath was a newspaper from 1957. I enjoyed reading about the new TV...beware cause roaches could hide in the cabinets! And if a farmer went without this new wench he would never get stuck. (It looked like a big jack). My Dad was stuch most of his life until 4 wheel drives were invented. Interesting.