Wednesday, September 23, 2009










IMAGINATION IN THE 1950'S
Back then we did not have computers or video games. An interaction with the TV - if you had one - was sending away for a plastic sheet to put over the TV screen and a magic crayon. The show was WinkyDink and You. Singing along with the Merry Mailman, waiting in gleeful anticipation for Howdy Doody or drawing along with John Gnagy with charcoals that were also a mail purchase.
I love purchasing things that come in the mail even now, even for my grandsons because they wait with such excitment for the item to arrive.
On rainy days, I got to stay in the apartment with my mom and make yarn dolls. That was so much fun. My brother played with his boy toys such as his Davy Crocket everything collection. We even had leather jackets with fringes. Weren't we the envy of the neighborhood. Boys ran around with their coon skin hats and coon tails.
Roller skating meant putting them on your shoes with a skate key to tighten them. Then roller skating on the cement sidewalk. I can still feel the vibration. What fun!
But the best fun of all for me was when I got my Ginny Doll. Every week my mom took me to the "Hobby Store" which a toy store was called back then and bought me a new outfit for Ginny. She was the Barbie of the 50's and I loved to dress her up. Her clothes were so pretty. I still have her. She is cherished.
So today there are computers and video games for my grandsons and Noah has his portable Nintendo DS. I know that we have to be careful about what games to get for him, not too violent. Davy Crocket carried around a rifle but that was to kill a bear, not a person.
I love that Noah has his action figures to play with and uses his imagination. Back in the 50's we used a card table covered in a blanket to make a play house. I have made that suggestion to Noah and much to my excitment he loved the idea.

13 comments:

Renee said...

Sue, I love the walk down memory lane. Many of those are oldies but goodies, and are still great today!

Uniquely Yours Crafters said...

Thanks for sharing your memories. I also had a Ginny doll and a Revlon doll. How things have changed! Isn't it wonderful to know that Jesus never changes.

Dionne said...

Oh how fun! I love the way children spent their time back then - instead of playing these mind-numbing video games.

myeuropeantouch said...

Memories, just flowing....what a super post Sue, thank you for sharing....my dolls were even more raggedy thenthe one you posted...

Becky K. said...

Beautifully written. I can just imagine a cozy apartment with yarn dolls in process. Sounds like a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.

That was a different time, wasn't it? That is what I love about handmade. It is still of value even in a world of instant gratification.

Crafty Mommas said...

sounds like such a fun time! fewer distractions to get in the way of God and family. we should all return to less tech and more pure fun!

Cross Your Heart said...

Well I wasn't a fifties baby but I sure remember making those little woolly dolls!
Dolls house made from cardboard boxes, with wallpaper scarps stuck on with flour and water paste..... hours of innocent fun..... awesome to be reminded - thank you :)

Julia Badgley said...

I love the memories! It sounds like you have lots of happy memories of growing up.
Great blog!

sammysgrammy said...

Sue......what treasured memories!! I remember making the yarn dolls too. We attached a little safety pin and wore them on our lapels.

I have a rusty old pair of roller skates with red leather straps sitting in a place of honor on a memory shelf in my kitchen...

LittleElf said...

Forts are awesome, every kid should love a fort. ^_^ I love all the old toys and games, I am trying to get my little nieces and nephews to go outside and play and not sit and watch tv all day. lol

Love your post!

Hugs,
Elfie

ShadowCutter said...

Oh wow, if I remember correctly we made some yarn dolls like that a long time ago.

Jenny said...

wow, i think i actually made a yarn doll like that when i was a kid. fun!

Angels and Everlastings said...

Fun to think about the past and how much things have changed for our children. They can't imagine living without their electronic gadgets.