1958 Lucy Commerical

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

Retro “41” Coke Ad

Coke Ad

1941 Coke Ad

My Daughter brought this for me a couple of years ago at a flea market,
it’s from a magazine named “A Boy’s Life” And it has a few ads in it, this is the one from the back cover although it’s not from the 50’s or 60’s I wanted to share it with you.

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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(c) camstock photos

Apple Cranberry Pie

Retro Recipes

Join me for this great Pie Recipe!

By: Elise Bauer -Simply Recipes

Crust Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 1/3 cup finely ground blanched almonds or almond flour
  • 16 Tbsp (2 sticks) unsalted butter, very-cold, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 heaping teaspoon brown sugar
  • 3 to 6 Tbsp ice water [/Ingrediends]

Filling Ingredients

  • 1. cup dried sweetened cranberries1/2 to 2/3 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you want the filling to be)2 tablespoons all purpose flour1/4 teaspoon ground allspice or cinnamon
  • 2 1/4 pounds of an assortment of good cooking apples such as Granny Smith, Pippin, Golden Delicious, peeled, cored, and sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices (about 7 cups of apple slices)
  • 1 tablespoon of brandy
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp whipping cream

Directions for the pie dough

  • In a food processor,  Mix in the flour, almond flour, brown sugar, and the salt and pulse it to a mix,
  • until it takes the shape of a coarse meal, put in the butter and cut it in the size of peas, then add 1 teaspoon of water at a time, keep on mixing till mixture comes together. Pinching in some dough will hold it together.
  • If you see it’s not quite ready, pulse again with a little ice water.
  • Now add the butter while pulsing 6 to 8 times..
  • Then remove the dough and place it on a clean surface, shape it into 2    
  • disks being careful as you do so. Make sure you don’t over-knead the dough!
  • You should see some of the butter in the dough, this makes for the nice flaky crust!
  • Wrap and place it your refrigerator, in plastic wrap for 1 hour or so.
  • Heat your oven to 375 F. in the 3rd rack of the oven.

     Next is making the pie filling:

  • In a large bowl whisking together the flour, sugar, allspice or cinnamon, add the sweetened dried cranberries with the sugar flour mixture while tossing it.
  • Add the apples making sure the cranberries are tossed well throughout all of the apples, the sprinkles with vanilla extract, and the brandy.
  • Take out one pie disk from your refrigerator to set for 5 to 10 minutes at room temperature, to keep it from sticking, sprinkle a few bits of flour on it, and with a rolling pin, roll it out on a surface into a 12 inch circle, about ⅛ inch thick.
  • Place the disk into a 9 inch pyrex pie dish and press down to line the dough with the pie dish.
  • Next: Roll out the other disk of dough and place the apples gently in the pie, you can firmly pinch the top and the bottom of the dough rounds together.
  •  Any excess dough you can trim with kitchen shears, to leave an overhang of ¾ of an inch. You will have to fold it under itself so that the edge is flush with the edge of the pie pan, use your forefinger and thumb to flute it, or use a fork.
  •  Whisk together in a small bowl, the cream and egg yoke till it’s blended well. Brush over the top of the pie with a pastry brush. With a sharp knife,cut slits into the top of the crust so the stream can escape as the pie is baking. Bake the pie at 375 F. for 30 minutes. Then cover the pie with a sheet of foil and the lower the temp in oven to 350 F. and bake for 45 to 55 minutes more, it will depend on the type of apples you are using.
  •  When baking is done, the apples should be soft and cooked throughout and the       crust golden brown. Take out of the oven and place them on a rack to cool for least 1 hour.     
  • You can serve the pie warm or at room temperature.
  • Serves: 8  Enjoy!


Apple Cranberry Pie! From: Simply Recipes.com

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Family Gathering!

Family together

Family Gathering!

My Sister and I were reminiscing about how our family’s all lived in the same town in the 50’s and 60’s, it was so easy to visit each other as we all lived no more than 10 to 15 blocks from each other, and we were also recalling that mostly in the 60’s, my Sisters and Brother and all the kids would come on Sundays, a couple of times a month to visit and gather and chat to catch up on things and to have diner.

At first the Parents would have coffee, tea, and usually pasties fresh from the bakery, the kids would be coming in and out from the backyard either to get a drink or snack or go watch a little TV then back out to play. We would gather around the dining room about 3:00 in the afternoon in those days and I think some of us still do!

Then later on as the day wore on there were more snacks, then one by one everyone left for home. Over the years most of the family moved to different towns, some close by and others further away. So we wanted to share this great memory, of a time in the 50’s and 60’s of when our family’s all lived and gathered in the town we lived in.

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Coffee Ad Part 2

This is the back of the Maxwell House Ad I posted earlier, about Hope Chests You can’t beat those prices! It’s a great Christmas Ad, from a Great  Era.!

Coffee Ad 50's

1950’s Coffee Ad

1950’s Coffee Ad

I found this magazine clip of a Maxwell house coffee holiday ad, I brought about 7 years ago I put it away and forgot about it.

Not sure if you can read the part where it says,  Tune in on Thursday nights for “Father Knows Best” on NBC Starring Robert Young, and “Mama” Starring Peggy Wood on CBS-TV on Friday Nights!

Retro Coffee Ad

Maxwell House Coffee Ad 1950’s


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