5 Things You’ll Definitely Remember If You Grew Up in the ’60s

The 1950s and ’60s were the decades during which the Baby Boomers were born and grew up. During that time, many advancements were made in technology, medicine, family life, and much more. For those who grew up in the ’50s and ’60s, it’s hard not to feel a bit nostalgic for a time that wasn’t as fast-paced or technology-reliant as today’s world. Here are a few things anyone who’s experienced the era first-hand is sure to remember:

Drive-In Movies

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Before the age of rich TV programs and online streaming, drive-in movies were a very popular option. Whether it was a date-night for a young couple or a fun-filled evening with the family, people would visit these open-air theaters and watch contemporary movies of the 1960s from inside their cars. 

Playing Outdoors

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Back in the ’50s and ’60s, entertaining media and technology weren’t readily available. That’s why kids would fill their free time with fun games of make-believe, swimming, riding their bikes throughout the neighborhood, and much more. It was a way to make friends and have daily exercise!

TV Shows “Signing Off” in the 1960s

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24-hour broadcasting wasn’t always a thing, and Baby Boomers surely remember a time when TV channels used to sign off at the end of the night. Color television didn’t become widely available until the mid-50s and was very expensive for a long time, so not all families had one.

Rotary Phones

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In today’s age, we’re seeing a decline in landline usage as nearly everyone has access to personal cell phones. That wasn’t always the case. Back in the day, it was common for two or three households to share one landline. Sometimes, people would dial “O” to connect to a live operator that would direct their call! Often, reaching a business or an acquaintance meant looking through a phonebook.

Typewriters Were All the Rage

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In the 1960s, the skills of a typist were in high demand. A smudge or a small typo could mean having to start the page all over again unless you had access to the then-new correction fluid.