School Holidays

pexels-photo-273011.jpeg I was thinking about the difference in holidays off from schools these days and back in the 1950’s and even the 1960’s

We didn’t have 3 day holidays, we did observe a half day on Holy Thursday, then no school on Good Friday and following Easter Day, we went back to school on monday.

I remember school letting out in early June about the 10th or so, I’m talking only of the pubic schools from the county and city where I lived. But I think it may have been the same in most of the states at that time.

I remember observing President Lincoln’s Birthday on Feb, 12th and we had President Washington’s Birthday off on Feb, 22nd. We had a half day on Dec 23,  for the Christmas Holidays and went back after the new year.

I looked up and found these calendar of Holidays and Observances: from the year 1955

Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Feb 12 Lincoln’s Birthday
Feb 14 Valentine’s Day
Feb 22 Presidents’ Day
Mar 17 St. Patrick’s Day
Apr 10 Easter Sunday
Apr 15 Tax Day..
May 5 Cinco de Mayo
May 8 Mother’s Day
May 30 Decoration Day Jun 19 Father’s Day
Jul 4 Independence Day
Sep 5 Labor Day
Oct 12 Columbus Day (Most regions)
Oct 31 Halloween
Nov 11 Veterans Day
Nov 24 Thanksgiving Day
Dec 24 Christmas Eve
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Christmas Day’ observed
Dec 31 New Year’s Eve.


Plaid Stamps!

Plaid_Stamp_sign_at_Cracker_Barrel,_Lubbock,_TX_IMG_4691 My Sister reminded me how she got a pair of roller skates with 2 books of Plaid Stamps in 1958! Things were hard to come by for a family of 12 back in the days of the 1950’s .

My Mother would save them up whenever she went to the A&P Supermarket a few blocks from my home at the time.

Every time you went to the store you would get back so many stamps depending on the amount you spent and  then stick them in the book they supplied.


You Don’t Say!


Check out these facts about the 1950’s
•All of the holidays Were celebrated in school
•Most people had record player and records
•Almost all mothers stayed at home as homemakers and took care of the house and kids
•There wasn’t much crime
•No riots and people trampling over each other at stores and concerts
•ATM’s did not exist
•No automatic washing machines or dryers
•No smog
•You would see two movies at the theater with a cartoon in between for 25 cents
•No DVR’s
•All the children played on the street until dark and we all felt safe
•No one locked there front door at night or when you went away
•Most people had one TV and it was black and white. There were only three channels, ABC, NBC and CBS.
•1950s fashion was hot.