The Golden Age of America. One Decade of Time?

Recently i had a conversation with a blogger who commented on my piece: “When We Were Young.”

After a couple of exchanges she asked me, ‘’What does 1950s childhood mean to you?”  in reference to the subtitle of my blog, before I removed it,  ’’Poems and Short Stories About the Golden Age of America.’’

While answering her question I realized that I had become inspired.  The following words flowed out of me.  I’d like to share them with you.


What did the 1950s childhood meant to me, Deanne?


This golden age lasted ten to fifteen years after World War II … when small town America flourished.

There was just enough technology to make life comfortable;  three television stations, t.v. went off the air at midnight.  One car per family.  Women could stay home and raise families while men worked local jobs or traveled to factories in nearby cities.  F.M. radio didn’t even exist.

Decades of families grew up in the same community where there was a shared sense of history.  It felt like you lived in a tribe.

 Serious crime existed in the cites … but cities weren’t a dominant force in the U.S. like they are today.

There was plenty of empty spaces between towns for kids to safely explore.  Kids didn’t have to be driven from place to place by their parents, to learn how to play different sports.

There was no t-ball or pop warner football.  Kids learned to play sports by emulating older kids they watched at local sporting events. They practiced their skills playing impromptu games around the community.

Play and exploration were the only forms of recreation available.  Nobody complained that they needed more to keep them occupied.  All kids wanted was to be free to go and do as they pleased.  In that environment, they were free to go and do as they pleased.

The downhill slide started in 1964 with the Kennedy assination.  Then, Martin Luther King and later Robert Kennedy were killed.

Wide spread drug began in ’65 – ’66.

continued …

Viet Nam ratcheted up at the same time.  Every town had someone who was killed.  Four guys died from my class … 

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Mid century vintage man/dad, degreed, experienced, musician, music lover, photographer, writer.

5 thoughts on “The Golden Age of America. One Decade of Time?

  1. Living a simple life is still the best. I lived in a small province in the Philippines during my childhood and it was very great. Now, I’m living in Hong Kong and the fast-paced life here is very difficult to get used to. Well, I have to adapt anyway…


    1. tell me more …. how many people lived in the province you lived in? what is a province? is it a town with a central down town or a general area … ? what was the weather like? what type of business did the economy revolve around?

      around 5,000 people lived in my town located in the geographicall center of Michigan. hence, we were the ‘railroad center’ of the state. people drove to flint, michigan to work for several general motors plants.

      most of the plants no longer exist. railroads are no longer the main means of freight transport so the economies have suffered. the vitality of ‘downtown’ no longer exists and the school my parents and i both attended has been converted into a rest home … i can’t complain though … it still looks the same … .

      it’s interesting to me that, different streets leads to all four corners of the school and at the midpoints between the corners … a total of 8 streets … in other words, every street in town eventually fed into a street that went to the school. i wonder how many towns today are built around the school as the geographic center of the town?

      i could go on about this subject … .. it’s very dear to my heart and i feel very, very fortunate that i had the good fortune to grow up during that era in a small town. take care … and thanks for reading me … kurt

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      1. Well to be specific, the place where I live in is classified as a “baranggay”, which has a population of around 3000 to 4000 people and its part of a town. A town is composed of several baranggay and a town is a part of a province which consists of several towns. So my province was Bulacan, the town was San Ildefonso and I lived in baranggay Upig.

        The main sources of living there are farming and fishing. The land is very fertile in our place so they can harvest rice 3 times a year. We also have several large plantations of fruits like mangos and pineapples.

        In terms of the weafher, the temperture is around 24·26 °C degrees in the morning and rises to 32 to 34 degrees in the afternoon. During summer, it would be 2 to 3 degrees hotter sometimes. So, I liked the weather in that place more than the weather here in HK since the weather here fluctuates like crazy. We are also very fortunate that our place don’t suffer flooding unlike other places (as you may have seen in the news).

        Btw, the structure of the streets in your town is very interesting.


      2. so you grew up doing farm work? i’ve worked on farms … baling hay for cattle mostly … hard summer time work when i was in high school but i played football so by the end of the summer i was in great shape for the workouts that are alway so brutal at the beginning of the season in late august … when it’s still pretty warm in michigan … michigan … maybe you are already aware … is a northern state .. when i was a boy we had lots of snow and i loved to sled and ice skate … there’s not so much snow now although occasionally there will be heavy snowfalls like last year when we actually had a white christmas …. anyway, i don’t live in michigan now i live in florida. we have brutal summers. ninety degree plus days (i don’t know how that translates to centigrade). we usually get rain every day between three and five o’clock. we grow oranges … for orange juice … and cattle farming is big but. i don’t live in true country … i was a teacher and owned an employment agency … my wife and i recently retired … jodi retired from a position with the state of florida so she had good benefits … a fairly nice retirement income although to say we have to live frugally is an understatement .. if i had to guess i’d say your father worked in finance or as a bookkeeper or CPA for one of the big corporate farms … and maybe your mother was a teacher …. wild guesses but with your math background i’d say someone in your family had to be a ‘professional numbers’ person in one of those fields. i must say .. you explain math with simple, clear explanations. i learned a few tricks about how to subtract quickly yesterday … i’m looking forward to reading more … i worked my way through trig. in high school … i’m more of a conceptual person though. i have my bachelor of science degree in liberal artsfrom eastern michigan university


      3. I started living in the Philippines when I was 6 years old until after I finished my high school there, then I returned to Hong Kong to continue my university education.

        When I was still in the Philippines, I learned to plant rice and vegetables, though my grandfather usually don’t allow me to accompany them during harvesting but I still experienced it a few times.

        I was not together with my parents during my childhood, instead, I was with my grandparents since my parents are working in HK, my mother was a manager at a hotel while my father owns and manages a few restaurants. So, in my family, I’m the only ‘professional numbers person :).

        Here also in HK, there are times when we get rain everyday as well, and the humidity become very high…

        Btw, thanks for the compliment :)


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