When a friend shared this picture with me, I loved it! Even though I'm grateful to live in today's generation because I enjoy technology, a part of me is fascinated by my grandparent's generation, of a life when we weren't distracted by the internet, hundreds of television channels, and phones that never leave our side and allow us to receive calls and texts everywhere we go.
The Internet wasn't commonplace until I was in graduate school. The high school where I taught got computers and internet access for every classroom my fifth year teaching there, and no students had cell phones. I got my first one my senior year in high school, but it was a car phone that had to be plugged into the cigarette lighter to work. I remember getting cable television in elementary school, but before that, we had six channels. We could only watch cartoons about an hour before school, for about an hour after, and on Saturday mornings. In reality, even my childhood seemed like another lifetime without today's necessities. While I managed to get through high school and even undergraduate school without the internet for research, I can't imagine life without it now. Nor would I want to go back, but I'm still very intrigued by those earlier days, mainly because of the standards placed upon women.
When I was a freshman in college, one of the lounges in my dorm was being
remodeled. We found a handbook from the 1960s. In it were rules of behavior and dress. Women were to wear skirts or dresses. Women had curfews and were not allowed to have men in the dormitories. Women had to get permission from their dorm monitors to travel out of town. There were many other rules that surprised me too. Boy how life has changed in fifty years.
The thought that a sewing manual would include such recommendations seems crazy to us. I'm thinking Singer boycotts would be prominent if sewing machine owners found such advice printed with today's manuals. If I had lived during this era, I would have never been able to get any sewing done. Would you? I'd love to hear your comments concerning this.