Thursday 5 July 2012

News of the Day

I'm a woman "of a certain age." 
I grew up before the internet, 
before personal computers,
before cel phones.

 I'm the little girl second from the left.

Heck, I remember the excitement of seeing my first ever colour TV!
I remember the entire neighbourhood gathering to watch Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. And I remember watching the Andy Griffith Show after school.

image: Andy Griffith and Ron Howard 1962 - P 2012. Getty Images

I was saddened by Andy's passing this week, and from the comments on my Facebook page, I know I'm not the only one to feel that we've lost an icon.  Mrs. Happy Housewife wrote about it too, and about how her PawPaw Al (pictured below) told her that "If everyone all carried a little Mayberry with them, the world would be a much better place."

Remembering Andy sent me off searching for other memories from times gone by. 

The best stove I ever owned was a 1956 Moffat range with 5 burners, 2 ovens and a rotisserie.  I bought it second hand, for $100, and it was mine until an electrical short melted all the wiring a couple of years ago.  I miss it still, so I spent some time today daydreaming in the antique stove gallery at Dream Stoves

Check out this 1947 Roper Town and Country range.  It has 8 burners and 3 ovens!  
I think I'm in love!

I spent some time window shopping on Etsy and was delighted to find some modern dresses sewn from vintage patterns by Sally Sweetlove.   Sally's inspired me to hit the thrift shops in search of some patterns of my own.

Then I wandered over to visit Canning Granny on her Facebook page and stopped to look through the photos. I found these wonderful summertime images.

(Clicking on any of the images will take you to a gallery of the post's photos, in larger form.)

1910, Bathing Beauties
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1923, Girl Scouts Making Ice Cream
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1927, Children and Watermelons
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1948, Cooling Off in a Washtub
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1951, Alemany Farmers Market, San Francisco
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1954, Cooling Off With a Newspaper
image source:  Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library

1961, Kids on a Diving Board
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1966, Children and Fire Hydrant
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Wasn't that fun?
I hope you enjoyed this bit of nostalgia.
I certainly did!

Thanks for stopping by.


Pamela said...

What a great post B! Love it! ~~Canning Granny

Aunt B said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by. :)