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Old 07-14-2011, 08:00 AM
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Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Check out some towns in North East PA., north of Scranton. There are some towns that have a very 1950s feel - and look. Honesdale comes to mind. There is also a lot of interest in 50 and 60s cars. Lots of car shows!

I have actually spotted a few ladies with beehive hair styles - probably styled at one of the many hair stylists with name;s like Edith's Beauty Parlor and Curl up and Dye.
It's a very retro area with a slow pace, weekend polka dances, church fairs, bingo, and bars with neon signs for Pabst Blue Ribbon. Hey you never know what you might find on the Jukebox in one of those places!
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:24 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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You could find some version of it in some of the New England towns, especially in New Hampshire and Maine.

Really old farm houses and small old fashioned towns. Lots of church suppers with baked beans and ham. Country stores where the townspeople (mostly old men) sit on the front porch to pass the time of day. No one has much money, people don't travel, things just stay the same. Sit around and watch the grass grow or watch the paint dry. More like the 50s or maybe the 1850s.
If you want the 60s go to Vermont.
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Old 07-14-2011, 05:58 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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You could find some version of it in some of the New England towns, especially in New Hampshire and Maine.

Really old farm houses and small old fashioned towns. Lots of church suppers with baked beans and ham. Country stores where the townspeople (mostly old men) sit on the front porch to pass the time of day. No one has much money, people don't travel, things just stay the same. Sit around and watch the grass grow or watch the paint dry. More like the 50s or maybe the 1850s.
If you want the 60s go to Vermont.
I lived in Maine for close to 20 years. Been to all corners of the State and 90% of the towns for my job. Don't recall EVER seeing a town, no matter how small, that was stuck in the 1950's, let alone the 1850's. Yes there is a sense of community, and while that may be a foreign or odd concept for you to grasp, that doesn't mean they are stuck in the past. There is no place that everyone drives around in vehicles from the 50's or dresses like the 50's on a regular basis.

Yes, some places have old farm houses, just like every other State with a farming background. Some of the oldest farm homes I have seen are in the farming communities of MA. Yes, some churches still have bean suppers, just like I've seen in almost every New England State. The only Country Store I have seen people sitting around whiling away the day, was in Eastern Colorado; not Maine or NH. The rest of your list is just ridiculous to try and pin on an entire State or two.

If I were to bet, I would lay odds that you are from either CT, or MA. Generally anyone with that ridiculous of an idea of Maine and New Hampshire are from one of those two places. Don't let facts or reality ruin your perception though.
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:43 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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You're right, I'm from rural Western Ma and we have a few towns that are more like the 50s and 60s too. Try some of the small towns that were isolated when the Quabbin Resevoir was built--they seem lost in time. Not in a good way, to me it's a sad way.

No, there aren't towns where people have to drive around in '50s cars -- that's fantasy. I'm just saying that there are towns that are backwards and keep to the old fashioned ways, usually due to poverty and isolation.
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Actually the closest I came was the outer richmond district of San Francisco. There are no big box stores and very few Super markets. You shop at Produce Markets and butcher Shops, all of the stores are on the main streets with the banks and post offices etc. You use public transit to get from place to place, like the 50's. I miss not using my car for weeks at a time
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:17 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Try some of the small towns that were isolated when the Quabbin Resevoir was built--they seem lost in time.
Isolated? Oh come on, there isn't anywhere around the Reservoir that is very "isolated." A bit off of an Expressway perhaps, but not isolated by any stretch of the imagination. Maybe back when they first made the Reservior back in the 30's, but not in the last couple of decades that I know of. Before you ask, yes I have been all through that area. My Brother has lived and worked in that area for the last 12 years with the State of Mass involving families in crisis so he sees all the worst that area has to offer... not any worse than he saw in Boston itself.
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma(formerly SoCalif) Originally Mich,
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Here in SW Oklahoma, the old side of town here still has "ooold"(delapitated and unused) General Stores and churches with hitching posts still standing.
Like those used in western movies. (store front design)>>>___i----i___
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma(formerly SoCalif) Originally Mich,
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mississippi is def stuck in the 50s.. or 40s..education,diversity,attitudes..
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you couldnt PAY ME to live there
Oh? I think I could "make you an offer you couldn't refuse". .
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Old 08-04-2011, 03:59 AM
 
Location: Table Rock Lake - MO/AR Ozarks
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I had to come check this thread out based on the question. Heck, I'd love to see a town like that.
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:53 AM
 
Location: zone 5
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First, you need a flux capacitor......
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