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Old 09-20-2011, 10:46 PM
 
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I remember everything you cited, but how did you think of so many examples? I was 14 before our family even owned a clothes dryer. A lot of young people probably think that means we lived in poverty, but not so. My dad was cheap so we came to the clothes dryer a few years later than many people (1958), but in the 1940's very few people had them. I wonder when the clothes dryer first became comercially available?
The first clothes dryer I got to use (other than when we -- very rarely -- took heavy things in midwinter to the laudromat instead of hanging them in the basement) was in college in 1969. Didn't have color tv until 1967. No dishwasher until 1979. Never had more than 1 tv or phone until 1979 either.

That "being green " thing? No one ever thought "green" you thought common sense and saved money. My friend's mother was a WWII "war bride" from Europe. She always bicycled to the store and took her groceries home in canvas sacks she had made to fit the bike baskets. For her, it was a natural thing to do... she'd be considered very "green" today
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:32 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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The first clothes dryer I got to use (other than when we -- very rarely -- took heavy things in midwinter to the laudromat instead of hanging them in the basement) was in college in 1969. Didn't have color tv until 1967. No dishwasher until 1979. Never had more than 1 tv or phone until 1979 either.

That "being green " thing? No one ever thought "green" you thought common sense and saved money. My friend's mother was a WWII "war bride" from Europe. She always bicycled to the store and took her groceries home in canvas sacks she had made to fit the bike baskets. For her, it was a natural thing to do... she'd be considered very "green" today
Isn't self-reliance a wonderful thing?
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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I always thought that people went to the suburbs with small children so that they could have that kind of 50's experience for the children. No?

My son grew up in the city in the 80's (Canada, a very safe city). A residential neighbourhood, albeit. They played in the lanes between the houses, on the sidewalks and yards, and in the numerous public parks and schoolyards. But it wasn't the same in terms of freedom. He had to tell us where he was going, who he was with, and when he'd be back.

He didn't have the chance to: explore the woods and (deep) ponds around the house; discover wildlife like pollywogs and snapping turtles; bike ten miles to visit friends in the country; skate on a natural pond full of bullrushes by the railway tracks; build hidden forts in the shrubs in the huge yard; walk the railway tracks, including the trestle over the road; or, climb up onto the new railway bridge while it was under construction. Much of this was dangerous, and our parents never knew what we were doing. We came home after school, dropped our books, and went out and played until it got dark. And homework was never an issue, not until highschool.
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