If you were born in the 1950s, you probably think of summer a bit differently from the kids of today. You didn't have an iPhone, and you definitely didn't spend your days inside. Social media was walking over to your neighbor's house and ringing the doorbell. You could go to the park without an adult watching over you, and getting messy (and a bit banged up) was what was expected.
If you're a '50s kid, you know just how great those summers were. Let's take a walk down memory lane and remember the way summers used to be. You may even convince the grandkids that they should spend their summer out catching lightning bugs.
Let's relive those glory days with 30 things that were part of your summer in the 1950s. Grab a malted from the corner drugstore, put on your favorite record, and get comfy. This is going to be a serious walk down memory lane.
Playing hopscotch outside
via: Getty ImagesNowadays toys are more likely to include 5G than some chalk, but back in the day you had to entertain yourself with almost nothing. Thus, hopscotch was a popular choice for summertime fun.
Paper dollsIf outside wasn't an option, you could always stay in and play with paper dolls. Yeah, even dolls were too fancy for some of us.
Cracker JacksSnack food in 2020 has truly jumped the shark. There are Oreos in every flavor under the sun, and more cereals than you can imagine. Once upon a time, if you wanted a treat you got Cracker Jacks, with the bonus of a prize inside.
BadmintonIf you grew up in a certain time, chances are you played in the yard with a rickety old badminton set. You also learned that badminton is one of the most frustrating sports on the planet.
No summer was complete without biking
via: WikipediaAnd no bike was complete without clothespinning some playing cards to the spokes. If you don't know what that means, you definitely grew up later than 1960.
Finding the perfect spot on the recordAfter a long day playing outside in the summer, the only way to finish out a warm evening was with some music. But kids these days will never know what it's like to try to drop the needle right in the spot between two songs.
Lunch at Woolworths
via: Getty ImagesIf you were lucky, your parents might take you to the lunch counter at Woolworths for a special treat.
Baby doll PJs
via: Getty ImagesAnd when they tucked you in at night (if you were of the female persuasion), you got to wear cute baby doll PJs.
via: Getty ImagesSure jungle gyms still exist today, but not like they used to. The jungle gyms of yesteryear were solid metal over grass or concrete. No one was taking extra precautions: if you fell and hurt yourself, that was your fault.
Chilling in the front seat with no seat belt
via: Getty ImagesThese days most kids don't know what it's like to be in the front seat until they hit their teen years, and everyone drives with seat belts on. But there's something about the memory of sitting in the front seat with nothing holding you in that just says "summer drive."
Going to the candy store
via: Getty ImagesThe candy store doesn't really exist the way it used to. Summer in the 50s often meant rolling in to the candy store and spending your pennies on all the sweets you could pack in your pockets. Maybe you'd even get an egg cream.
Riding a bike sans helmet
via: Getty ImagesIf a kid rides a bike down the street without a helmet in 2020, someone's liable to call child services. In the 50s it was just normal. Is there anything better than feeling the breeze whip through your hair on a hot summer day?
Heading out for a full day unsupervised
via: Getty ImagesIf you grew up in the 50s, you were used to having free rein during the summers. You'd head out in the morning and your parents didn't need to know where you were as long as you showed up for dinner.
Drinking straight from the garden hose
via: Getty ImagesSure, there might be contaminants in there, but as a kid you'd drink when you were thirsty. It's a sure sign of summer to be drinking straight from the hose.
Playing in the fire hydrant water
via: Getty ImagesSpeaking of unexpected water sources, it wasn't uncommon to cool off on a hot day with the water from a fire hydrant. That's a powerful sprinkler.
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via: Getty ImagesIf you wanted to save any of your summer memories for the future, you had to get yourself some flash cubes. These disposable beauties let you add a flash to your camera.
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Sitting backwards in the car (with no AC)
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Catching lightning bugsIf you wanted to have a really exciting summer experience, you'd wait until after dark and pull out a net or a jar. Then you'd go chasing after the lightning bugs, hoping to catch one or two.
The corner drugstore
via: Getty ImagesIf you weren't hanging out at the candy store, you might find yourself at the corner drugstore picking up a Coke for a nickel. Best way to cool down.
Entirely dangerous toys
via: Getty ImagesThe game of the streets wasn't Pokemon or the latest TikTok challenge. It was jacks: simple and yet devilishly challenging.
Line drying clothes
via: Getty ImagesIn the summer it was a common sight to see lines of clothes drying in the backyard. Why use electricity when the sun will do?
Milk bottles being delivered
via: Getty ImagesIf you woke up early enough in the summer you might catch a glimpse of the milkman leaving fresh milk at your door.
via: Getty ImagesWhile most people avoided the library in the summer (books are for school), if you did make your way there you'd have to find your book with a card catalog.
Winning live goldfish at the fair
via: Getty ImagesIt's probably considered animal cruelty now, but there was a time when winning a game at the fair would earn you a little plastic bag with a live goldfish inside. So cute!
Going to the drive in
via: Getty ImagesMovies are still a summer staple, but there was something special about the drive-in. Sitting on top of the car, or snuggling in the back of the truck: you just can't replicate it in the theater.
What's your favorite summer memory?
via: Getty ImagesSound off in the comments with summer memories that today's kids just won't understand.