That itty bitty black and white photograph yesterday reminded me how excited I was seeing my first coloured snapshot, probably sometime in the fifties. It was like a little miracle.
When you think of it, our pre-boomer generation has had a whale of a good time experiencing a lot of neat innovations—probably more than our parents or grandparents, although they had the fun of discovering some real game changers -- automobliles, airplanes, electric washing machines, movie theatres....
Because I like making lists, I’ve been amusing myself, as a sort of holiday entertainment (it is our national day here in The Great White North) recalling the innovations that came along and excited me through the years. Mind you, I am a bit dismayed to discover that the things I have most appreciated seem rather trivial compared to atomic power -- but that doesn’t mean that I liked them any less.
Fifty years ago, I was over the moon to have discovered:
- PEZ candy dispensers -- What can I say? Revolutionary!
- Cheese Whiz--It was the fifties and I was about 10. What did I know?
- Cake Mixes -- a kid could make a cake. Cool.
- Hula Hoops--Fun, fun, fun! We all had one.
- Hair Rollers -- Goodbye bobby pins!
- Panty hose -- Whoever invented these deserves a medal.
- Snow boots --I can't believe that for most of my childhood I wore rubber boots over shoes in the depths of a prairie winter.
- Polyester fabric -- a dream to sew. I didn't realize it was ugly until much later.
- Swanson Frozen TV dinners -- Oven ready (and I don't mean Microwave)
- Television -- it took a long time to get to Alberta. We didn't own one until 1956.
You try this. I bet your faves includes a few of these must-have items, too. Anyone can play, of course, but the older you are, the better the list!