I’ve been busy this week and thought maybe some boomers or children of boomers might appreciate and get a chuckle out of some of the things that passed through my hands.
Do you remember when a student carried a dictionary? I chuckled for sure when I saw this one had only 40,000 words, and its copyright dates were 1893, 1914, and 1930. Any ladies out there who took Gregg Shorthand or were tested on mimeograph machines? How about a grade school report card with marks for music, art and hygiene but science had to be handwritten on the card?
Then there’s Life Magazine from 1946 for $.15, a satirical recipe on “How to Cook a Husband,” and an article about aging, “It’s Over,” when you hit 60.
Instead of a smart phone, a three-minute overseas call in the 40’s was $12 for three minutes, a job offer to a college graduate in the 60’s was $50 a week, and the delivery of a baby, both hospital and doctor, in the 70’s cost under $700.
I’ve had a trip this week for sure going through family papers dating back to the early 1900’s. A week of so many memories included laughter, smiles, and in some cases tears.
Here’s hoping one of these items brought a smile or a memory of simpler times. I don’t know if they really were the ‘good old days’ or not, but they certainly were vastly different from today.