Growing up in the 50's and 60's
Remembering how we kept in touch with each other
1950's - Communication
Letters and what we'd now call a Landline
No internet with online shopping and knowledge, no text messaging, no skype, how did we manage to talk to friends and family in the 1950's?
The answer is we wrote letters and how to was pretty much drilled into you at School where spelling, writing upright crossing your 't's and dotting your 'i's' was paramount.
This of course is probably one of the reasons that more senior people nowadays spell better (although I'm always using spell check).
You would think nothing of sitting down with your fountain pen and writing to Grandpa, Grandma, Uncle or Aunt for their birthday present. If you didn't, well betide you!
People knew how to write and letters home during WW2 were essential to keeping in touch, so this carried on.
No instant messaging, twitter or skype to keep people up to date on your holiday or day out, then it was a postcard and I have hundreds of family postcards going back to pre WW1! When on holiday it was a duty to visit the Seaside Shop, all of which smelt of Newspaper and the Sea, and buy the set number of cards to cover all the family.
There was the Telegram of course, but only used by 'the common man' in an hour of need or getting a message to someone on the same day.
One thing which hasn't changed a lot, the Postman, the only real differences are that back then a Postman would do the Round he was on for the whole of his Career it seemed so this made for first name terms and a tot of something just before Christmas.
So that was it, Telephone and Post, the main communications which kept friends and family together.
They were good times which I recall with great pleasure (as I sit here writing on my laptop and the iPhone right beside it!
I can't remember not having atelephone in the house, but I do remember that to make any call you had to go through the Operator at the local Exchange.
At first the phones were of Bakelite, very heavy but thankfully very loud, you'd not miss a call unless you lived in an enormous house.
I couldn't say the percentage of the population who had phones back then, but certainly in the mid fifties, not everyone did.
I often harp back to the TV Show 'Dad's Army', although set in WW2, much obviously remained the same for quite a few years after.
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