Growing Up in the 50s & 60s  By John R Bridges

A Book on the Glorious 1950s and 1960s
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Who will ever forget the glorious 50's and 60's.

These were great times as well as fun times for many of us, and there was always something new happening so many events that affected our lives and changed our world.

Who will ever forget the introduction of TV, Rock 'n Roll mania, the fashion rages, Elvis Presley, The Seekers, the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, the assassination of John F Kennedy, Neil Armstrong's "one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind" which made him the first human to set foot on the moon.

The Beatles, Orange People, the start of the tragic Vietnam war, 'flower power', women's lib, the birth of the peace movements, etc, etc.

The 50's and 60's were indeed times of great change and upheaval, as well as times of jubilation and hope, and for many they were the most romantic times that one could ever live through

The Original Bakelite Valve Radio

The Wind-up Gramophone that
played our 78rpm records

Remember the Brownie Box Camera

Mum's Kitchen Scales
Imagination was the key word to our enjoyment and contentment. Boys grew up using their imagination to build hill trolleys, corrugated iron canoes, billy carts and kites.

Girls had afternoon tea parties in their dolls house, or played hopscotch and knuckle-bones on the footpath.

Evenings were spent playing board games, telling stories and listening to crackling wireless programs. If there wasnt a suitable program, out came the 78 records and gramophone.

Bonfire nights were eagerly worked towards. The neighbourhood combined for this annual occasion and Guy Fawke's night

As kids we could safely walk the streets, or ride our pushbikes. Parents had little worry of their children coming to harm.

Teenagers gained their own identity. Their fashions and amusements were of their own age. It is sometimes said that those years belonged to the teenager.

The songs of those two decades stand alone, even today. Music of the 50s & 60s is very much alive now, and should remain so for further generations to come.

Those years are worth remembering.

Dolls and dolls house of the 50s

The ever popular Morris Mini Minor

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