Tag: 1960’s

Girls P.E. in the 60’s — Shared Showers

Girl’s P.E. in the 60’s was kind of like the military. You had a uniform, you had to shower, and you had to line-up naked before the teacher handed you a small white hand-towel to dry-off. The teacher was at the head of the line, grade-book in hand, ready to give you a check mark and a towel.  No checks after your name, no good grade in P.E. This was my experience in 1967, 1968 and 1969 — from 7th grade through 9th grade, from ages 13 to 15. We also had locker checks. I had to have an emergency...

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1960s California culture

I grew up in the suburbs of Hollywood in a small town that housed Marilyn Monroe’s mother. La Crescenta is tucked into the Verdugo Mountains and was named after the settler, Don Jose Verdugo in 1784. Actually, the Tongva Indians inhabited the area before that. In the 1960s, I remember a public swimming pool located in Indian Springs. I was never allowed to swim there for fear of polio. But in the 40s, it was the hot spot for Olympic divers. There’s a shopping center there now. Marilyn Monroe’s mother was a resident of one of the many sanitariums in...

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I did the “Duck and Cover” in the 1960’s

This isn’t a bunch of school kids praying, it’s the Duck and Cover. I started elementary school in the 1960’s, at Lincoln school, where they taught me the nuclear bomb drill — Duck and Cover. Everyone had to prepare for a nuclear bomb blast from the Soviet Union. At school, I dutifully dove under my desk and hid in the fetal position. Every month the air-raid would sound-off, long and loud, signaling a bomb threat. It was routine, and I didn’t think much about bombs dropping — it was like a fire drill. Of course, I didn’t really understand the potential danger...

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The history of the Barbie doll

The Barbie Doll has quite a reputation. Some mothers love them, some mothers hate them. Once you understand the history of the Barbie doll, it all makes sense.  Barbie has a past that isn’t appropriate for the makings of a little girl’s doll. But that information isn’t common knowledge.   I remember standing in the aisle of Dorsey’s Toy Store in my neighborhood town of Montrose, eagerly eyeing the much-talked about doll in the black and white striped swimsuit. There were two dolls to choose from — Blonde Barbie and Brunette Barbie. There was a lot of excitement about...

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School Cafeteria Lunches in the 1960’s

I don’t have fond memories of my school cafeteria lunches — though they are memorable. For a few years I never bought the school lunch, priced at 35 cents, because the “noon-aide” forced everyone to stay at the table until his/her plate was clean. Kids would try to hide food in empty milk cartons, or sneak it into the trash, only to be caught and forced to sit down, eat it and raise their hand to be excused for recess when finished. Some kids sat there the entire lunch recess. I remember walking by the cafeteria lunch room, seeing...

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1960s bathrooms

I’ve never seen a bathtub like this, except in my childhood home. Yep, it’s the same tub, circa 1950’s -60’s. Cast iron, enamel. In fact, I’m visiting my mom, and it still looks and works as good now as it did then. Sometimes the saying, “they don’t make them like they used to” is true. These flashbacks are almost like eating comfort food — good memories when I was a young child, with little to worry about, and totally unaware of the world’s problems....

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Barbie’s Secret Past as Lilli

The Barbie Doll has quite a reputation. Some mothers love them, some mothers hate them.  It’s usually because of the exaggerated feminine body of the doll. Once you understand the history of the Barbie doll, it all makes sense.  Barbie has a past that isn’t appropriate for the makings of a little girl’s doll. But that information isn’t common knowledge. I remember standing in the aisle of Dorsey’s Toy Store in my neighborhood town of Montrose, eagerly eyeing the much-talked about doll in the black and white striped swimsuit. There were two dolls to choose from — Blonde Barbie...

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Finding My Friend From My Past

Remember your best friends when you were a kid? I haven’t a clue who the girl on the right is, but the girl on the left is Debbie Anderson. The girl in the middle, Mary LeeMoffatt. Time? Itmust be about 1960. And the location and occasion? It’s my home and it’s my birthday party.Debbie and I went to church together, through the years of Primary — we were CTR pilots, Co-pilots, Firelights, Merriehands, Gaynotes and then in Mutual — Beehives, Mia Maids and Laurels. (you’ll notice some of those church names have changed through the years.) We were in Road...

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