1957 Calendar

1957 Calendar

1957 Calendar

I brought this 1957 calendar a number of years ago, The thing I like is, that it’s the way  the calendars were made back then, with the illustrations marking a holiday.
I thought it would be fun for you to view!

And it was amazing that all the days fell on the same days of the year I brought it, about 50 years later or so throughout the year!  It’s not the clearest photo, but the best i could get it.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

I remember going to the Memorial day parade back as a kid growing up in the 1950s.
We looked forward to it every year! It was held a few blocks from where I lived on the main boulevard where the streets were wide and it began in way down 2 citys away and ended at the end of my town..

It was a lot of fun as it aways had the cowboys, American Indians on big horses, and then there were the marching soldiers and tanks, and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts, all marching to the loud roars from the crowds lining each side of the parade route!

My friends and I would decorate our bikes with balloons that were placed in between the spokes of the rear tire so it would sound like a motorcycle, like that really had the crowd excited! And we would ride up and down the parade route back and forth. Then there were the vendors selling flags, balloons, and other toys, up and down the parade route.

Yes those Memorial day parades were fun to see but we always knew what the meaning of the day meant, and will never forget all the sacrifice that was made for the American People, and for the World, because of them giving their all to keep the world safe as they serve today! Please keep them in your prays!  God Bless America!

Thanks Bob..
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Visit To Grandma’s


In the 1950s we would visit my Grandmother who lived about 7 blocks away at the time,  sometimes I would go alone with my mother or father other times we all would visit. It was fun because I remember my father and his 4 brothers would always be playing a card game of pinnacle, and us kids would always be outside the house playing and coming in and out.

And I remember my Grandmother would be making coffee and sandwiches for them. But I always would come in and ask my dad for 5 or 10 cents to go across the street to Jack’s candy store for a treat. You could get a soda, a maryjane bite, red licorice or jelly roll or pick from the bunch.

Down the block from Jack’s store there was an Italian Deli I can’t recall the name but the store had this incredible aroma! That I loved not sure what caused it, I think maybe it came from the Cheese that hung on rope in the front of the store display!

I can almost smell it now! And if we visited Grandma’s on a Sunday, she would have us kids go the Margie’s bakery about a block away from the house for hot out of the oven fresh rolls. or a wonderful coffee crumb cake! There aren’t many bakeries like that around where I live these days like Margies.

Then at times my Grandmother would say, go down and get ice cream at the diary queen 2 blocks away, and as we went there was the high school on the next corner where my Grandmother went as a teen! and down the next block, across from the dairy queen there was an ice cream parlor where you could get a ice cream sundae for 25 cents!

I did visit a well-known bakery a few years ago in a town near by on a nice summer day, I picked up a few rolls and a couple of coffee cake slices, but when I got home the roll was old and hard, and the coffee cake was small and not very tasty.

That’s the last time I went to a bakery, I get my rolls and cake at the local grocery store these days. I wish could go back to those days for a visit to Grandma’s house just for a day and live it all over again, Just one more Day!

Retro Dance

Rock and Roll

Rock Around The Clock!

Sock hops were held as early as 1944 by the American Junior Red Cross to raise funds during World War II. They then became a fad among American teenagers in 1948. Sock hops were commonly held at high schools and other educational institutions, often in the school gym or cafeteria. The term came about because dancers were required to remove their hard-soled shoes to protect the varnished floor of the gymnasium. The music at a sock hop was usually played from vinyl records, sometimes presented by a disc jockey. Occasionally there were also live bands.

In later years, “hops” became strongly associated with the 1950s and early rock and roll. Danny and the Juniors sang “At the Hop” in 1957, which named many popular dances and otherwise documented what happened at a hop. In subsequent decades, with the widespread popularity of sneakers and other types of indoors-only shoes, the practice of removing shoes was dropped. The term then came to be applied more generally to any informal dance for teenagers.

As the pop music market exploded in the late 1950s successive dance fads were commercialized and exploited. From the 1950s to the 1970s new dance fads appeared almost every week. Many were popularized (or commercialized versions of new styles or steps created by African-American dancers who frequented the clubs and discotheques in major U.S. cities like New York, Philadelphia and Detroit.

Among these were the Madison, “The Swim”, the “Mashed Potato”, “The Twist”, “The Frug” (pronounced ‘froog’),”The Watusi”,”The Shake” and “The Hitchhike”.Following the Foxtrot,’60s dance crazes had animal names, including “The Pony”, “The Dog” and “The Chicken” (not to be confused with the later Chicken Dance.

Songs such as “The Loco-Motion” were specifically written with the intention of creating a new dance and many more pop hits, such as “Mash Potato Time” by Dee Dee Sharp, were written to exploit recent successful novelties.

The Watusi, as advertised in a bar window.

The Watusi  is a solo dance that enjoyed brief popularity during the early 1960s. It was one of the most popular dance crazes of the 1960s in the United States. “Watusi” is a former name for the Tursi people of Africa, whose traditions include spectacular dances.

The Pony was a dance made popular in the 1960s by the  Chubby Checker song “Pony Time”. The beat is 1&2, 3&4, etc. In the dance the feet are kept comfortably together, while various arm and hand motions are possible. Movement around the dance floor may occur, but there is no line-of-dance. Couples, who generally face each other, do not touch and turns and chase positions are possible.

The Twist



New Music Added

Juke Box
I added new songs from the 1950’s and 60’s!
Save the last dance for me by: The Drifters, Maybe Baby by Buddy Holly, Hey Paula by: Paul and Paula, Crazy by: Patsy Cline.

I’m Sorry by: Brenda Lee, Little Darlin by: The Diamonds, Supid Cupid by: Connie Francis, To know him is to love him by: The Teddy Bears, Do you want to dance by: Bobby Freeman, Who’s sorry now by: Connie Fransis. Get a Job by: Sha Na Na
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Hi, I updated the 1950s  Events page with more content, II’ll be updating the 1960s page soon as I can. Bob.

1958 Lucy Commerical

A great Commerical with Lucy and Rickey from 1958, Glamorous Lucy as always!

Retro School Days

pexels-photo-261719.jpeg If you ever saw the movie “A Christmas Story” the school classroom always reminds me of the school’s I attended in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

In the mornings we all would say the of pledge of allegiance, than sing my Country ‘Tis of Thee, than class would begin as always.

The classroom had that big blackboard with the chalk and erasers that two kids always had to take outside at the end of the day about, 2:45pm, and bang the erasers against the building and out came the chalk dust! And in the afternoon the class would go outside in the school yard and play a game of dodge ball! It was reading, writing, and arithmetic, spelling, geography, science, and then some.

And about 1954 schools began using ink pens with the inkwell, and every student wrote in cursive writing! which a number of schools canceled out over the last few years, but some are bringing it back. It’s a great way to write a letter and should you need to sign your name to a document that’s the way to do it. You never think at the time that you might miss those school days, it’s not later in life that you reflect back on how it was.

1950’s Lifestyles!

Retro Home

The lifestyles of the 1950s was like no other time in America.
The economy was booming! And products were being created and produced at record rates. The 50’s brought on a dramatic change in music, and in fashion! Home decorating styles called for bright and clean colors!. Men and Women’s fashion were real classy and women looked fabulous! For more detailed information and tips of Women’s fashion from the 1950’s visit: Retro Dee’s Guild to the Best Era Ever! Men were dashing in their Fedora fur, or woven straw hats, that came in multi colors and were worn on a slight tilt angle.! And a great fitting suit to match. That’s the way it was at the time, Women wore dresses and Men wore suits!

The 1950’s stand out among the decades, with so much in way of new products like, TV sets were becoming the main source of entertainment other than radio programs.
Rock and Roll was new and hot and the Parents and Media did not look very kindly to the change! And it was also a time of big gas guzzling cars! But man what style they had from the manufacturers of the Chevy, Ford, Oldsmobile, Buick, and the more luxury autos, like the Cadillacs, Jaguars, Bentley’s, and more!

Furniture was designed to fit the times, classy in every way, and that great time period furniture is in style today! Kitchen sets were in vinyl, and cool looking chrome, with wonderful formica tops!  and shiny chrome small appliances like, coffee makers, toasters, mixers, and one for milk shakes! And air conditioning was becoming more popular in the 1950’s. Yes there’s no doubt about it, the 1950’s was the decade of change!

retro furniture

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