Before 1940


For All Those Born Before 1940

Consider the changes you have witnessed in your lifetime:

We were born before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, plastic, contact lenses, Frisbees and the "pill."

We were born before radar, credit cards, split atoms, laser beams, and ballpoint pens, before pantyhose, dishwashers, clothes dryers, electric blankets, air conditioners, drip dry clothes and before man walked on the moon.

We got married first and then lived together.  How quaint!

Bunnies were small rabbits and rabbits were not Volkswagens. Designer Jeans were scheming girls named Jean or Jeanne, and having a meaningful relationship meant getting along well with our cousins.

We thought fast food was what you ate during lent, and Outer Space was the back of the Riviera Theatre. 

We were before house husbands, gay rights, computer dating, dual careers, and commuter marriages.  We were before day care centers, group therapy and nursing homes, We never heard of FM radio, tape decks, electric typewriters, artificial hearts, word processors, yogurt, and guys wearing earrings.  For us "time sharing" meant togetherness not computers or condominiums; a "chip" meant a piece of wood, "hardware" meant hardware, and software wasn't even a word.

In 1940, "made in Japan" meant junk and the term "making out" referred to how did on your exam.  Pizzas, McDonald's and instant coffee were unheard of. 

We hit the scene when there were 5 and 10 cent stores, where you bought things for five and ten cents.  Sanders or Wilson's sold ice cream cones for a nickel or a dime. For one nickel you could ride a street car, make a phone call, buy a Pepsi or enough stamps to mail one letter and two postcards. you could buy a Chevy Coupe for $600.00 but who could afford one: a pity too, because gas was 17 cents a gallon.

In our day, cigarette smoking was fashionable, "grass" was mowed, and "coke" was a cold drink and "pot" was something you cooked in.  "Rock Music" was a Grandma's lullaby and AIDS were helpers in the Principal's office. 

We were certainly not before the difference between the sexes were discovered but, we were surely before the sex change.  We made do with what we had.  No wonder we are so confused and there is such a generation gap today.  But we survived, what better reason to celebrate?