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It Was Only 53 Years Ago!

I saw this somewhere and just have to pass it along, for posterity’s sake!

‘I never thought I’d see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters now.’

‘It’s too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.’

‘It won’t be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.’

‘Marriage doesn’t mean a thing any more, those Hollywood stars seem to be getting divorced at the drop of a hat.’

‘I’m afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.’

‘Thank goodness I won’t live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to congress.’

‘The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.’

‘There is no sense going to Lincoln or Omaha anymore for a weekend, it costs nearly $15.00 a night to stay in a hotel.’

‘No one can afford to be sick anymore, at $35.00 a day in the hospital it’s too rich for my blood.’

‘If they think I’ll pay 50 cents for a hair cut, forget it.’

JUST THINK, this was all only 53 years ago. So in 53 years, Americans and American politicians have totally wrecked our country! :S

I admit, I am envious of you Baby Boomers, with your tales about the family vacations of the 50s and 60– you who hopped in your cars and drove across the United States, in freedom and adventure. Nowadays, we can’t even see the Capitol Building in DC for fear of “terrorists,” and the government is now instituting a “your papers please” society where we won’t even be able to cross state lines without showing our ID.

Only 53 years ago…. ’twas a different world.

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About the Author

I've been traveling throughout New York State since I got the travel bug after touring the Herkimer Home on a school field trip as a youngster. We've been blogging about our travels since 2006 and have visited over half of New York's 62 counties so far.

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  1. Tom says:

    Nice picture of a Willys.

    Oh, right.
    Willys-Kaiser-AMC-Chrysler is now owned by Diamler-Benz.

  2. The Hawg! says:

    It’s sad, isn’t it? Hell, this country has gone to hell since the 1980s. I was in Washington, D.C. in 1982 (when I was a kid) on a family vacation. I went again a couple of years ago and the place was full of concrete barriers, security all over the place and people pestering me for change as soon as I popped out of my hotel. Miserable.

    Even my hometown has changed. Saline County, Ark., was once a primary industrial site that produced aluminum due to rich bauxite deposits. Now the county is full of bedroom communities populated by those of us who work in Little Rock but refuse to live there.

    Sad…

  3. YTSL says:

    I lived in the US for some 14 years and was in Philadelphia during 9/11. In 2003, I left the US — as I told friends, things changed so much after 9/11 that I felt like America had become a different country. A country where fear and paranoia ruled and were ruining things. Have things become better since 2003?

    From the sounds of it, some parts of the US have been worse affected by the fear and paranoia — with, understandably, the East Coast being the worst and some places, like Wisconsin, still being relatively unchanged from before.

  4. Goddess says:

    You have been awarded at our site. Congrats!

    Things are in a constant state of change. I feel sad for our kids, sometimes, even though they will have their own stories to tell THEIR kids.

  5. Brita says:

    Nice shot! Lucky you to have snow in December. It seems that we here in southern Finland don’t get much snow anymore this time of year. When we get some, it stays just for a short while and then it’s gone. We get a lot of rain instead… You can see the weather as well through the webcam link on my site.