In no particular chronological order, these are some of the things and events that shaped my childhood:
If you remember this bubble gum, it came in pink rectangles with cartoons on the inside of the wrapper.
Bell bottom hip huggers were popular in the 1970s. Even in plaid… I’m almost ashamed to say I had a pair!
This is the type of telephone we had when I was a child. My mother received the news about my father’s death on a phone like this.
I guess I would have been in the 8th grade at the Arkansas School for the Blind when we watched this in our classroom.
Not my favorite candy by a long shot, but much better than the adult variety with tobacco.
Little Rock Central High School was the focal point of the Little Rock Integration Crisis of 1957. This happened the year after I was born.
A fallout shelter is an enclosed space specially designed to protect occupants from radioactive debris or fallout resulting from a nuclear explosion. Many such shelters were constructed as civil defense measures during the Cold War. These signs were common as I was growing up.
Now this was one of my favorite childhood treats. A neighborhood bully told me my Fudgesicle would not melt as fast if I licked it all over, and I almost believed him.
I was given a bicycle exactly like this for Christmas when I was about 9 years old, except it was ordinary blue. I rode that darn rugged bicycle up through my college years. When I became a teenager, the paint had started to dull, and so I re-purposed it to look like a hippie’s VW van, and put a “banana” seat and high-rise handle bars on it.
This is what we did for fun…
I was in the 1st grade when this tragedy happened — sitting home in front of the TV with chicken pox.
I played with Lincoln Logs when I was in kindergarten in 1961.
Before 45rpm records and vinyl albums, there were 78rpm records. My parents had a whole bunch of these.
This fast food eatery was popular when I was in high school. Patrons would park around the restaurant, order their food on an intercom thingamabob, and hamburgers would be brought out on trays by girls (mostly) on roller skates, and the trays would be hung on the car door.
Good quality wooden toys that were great for the imagination. I still remember the smell of the wood of the round pieces with holes.
This is what we used to listen to radio stations on. I had a transistor radio just like this. Most of the stations were AM in those days… In Little Rock, it was KAAY.
Anti-war Protest Slogans
- The slogan “One, two, three, four! We don’t want your fucking war!” was chanted repeatedly at demonstrations throughout the U.S. in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
- “Draft Beer, not boys”, “Hell no, we won’t go”, “Make love, not war”, and “Eighteen today, dead tomorrow” were a few of the anti war slogans.
- “Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?” was chanted during LBJ’s tenure as President and almost anytime he appeared publicly.
- “Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh, NLF is gonna win”
See Wikipedia article here.
This is the exact same black light peace poster I had hanging on my bedroom wall when I was an adolescent. It was about 2 ft wide by 4 ft long.
See Wikipedia article here.
What can I say? All this stuff, and I still don’t quite feel like a grown-up. It was a world of innocence, idealism, and assassinations, civil unrest, and the threat of nuclear warfare. So complex, yet so simple compared to now….
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