If you were born in the 1950s, there's a good chance you can relate to these blasts from the past. Did you...

  1. Frequent the five and dime?
  2. Know (or become!) a teen bride?
  3. Stop everything when JFK was shot?
  4. Duck and cover?
  5. Watch The Ed Sullivan Show?
  6. Shake an Etch-A-Sketch or build with Lincoln Logs?
  7. Cheer (or jeer) the Bronx Bombers?
  8. Listen to 45s?
  9. Experience the boom of processed foods?
  10. See (and smell!) “LSMFT”?


Here’s a refresher:


  1. Collecting your nickels and dimes to get milkshakes and sodas at the local store was a real treat.

  2. You hardly blinked when your best friend or relative traded their cap and gown for “the knot”. Nowadays the average age of a bride is 27!

  3. The assassinations of JFK, RFK, MLK. The Beatles’ television debut and “one small step for man.” You know exactly where you were and maybe even what you were wearing on each of these monumental occasions.

  4. In hindsight, a tiny school desk was woefully inadequate. But tensions were running high and the “Cold War” was a hot topic at the dinner table.

  5. Before American Idol, there was just one judge: the inimitable (and often imitated) Ed Sullivan. When Elvis and the Fab Four got his approval, they were “in”.

  6. You might miss the days that were short on fancy toys and long on imagination. Especially when your grandkids share their holiday wish lists.

  7. Mickey Mantle. No matter where you lived—or your knowledge of baseball—he was a living legend!

  8. Whether at home or on the juke, there was something magical about watching a needle drop slowly on a shiny, spinning 45.

  9. You had quite the dietary dichotomy: you ate fresh, natural foods (you remember what strawberries should taste like!) but also experienced the hey-day of processed foods like TV dinners and margarine.

  10. “Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco.” And those clouds of smoke were everywhere—from the grocery to the car to the kitchen. My, how times have changed!


Source: “10 Signs You Were Born In The 1950s,” The Huffington Post, July 2014

What memories do you have of being a kid in the 50s?