Newark High School Wildcats - Class of 1960
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Life in '50s "Nerk, Ahia"
Most of us drove our parent's cars, but . . .
the lucky ones drove '48 - '52 Fords, Chevy's, Plymouths and Dodges in various colors and conditions.
The guys spent plenty of money (when we had it) on baseball cards.
Some of our favorite places to be were Tony's, Natoma's and Blamer's.
Playing the juke box at the L&K - 6 plays for a quarter.
Ice cream cones, sundaes and floats at Kelleys famous dairy bar.
Funnies in the newspaper delivered to the door weekdays and Sundays.
Hooties on East Main and movies at the Valley Drive-in.
Gym jams at the YMCA and root beer at Stewarts Drive-in out on the west side on Church Street (almost to Dugway Park).
Dancing at the Crystal and Pier Ballrooms out at Buckeye Lake. You had to be 18, but somehow we got through the door!
Saturdays we could be found thumbing through the vinyl at Martins and McMichaels Music Stores.
Great food at Dagwoods restaurant on East Main and the BEST PIZZA EVER at Balandies, out at the end of Hudson Ave.
The Arcade Theatre (in the Arcade) owned by Clark Rader (Ben and Becky's dad).
The Grand Theatre on the south side of the square where we watched the old "B" cowboy movies - Lash Larue, Tom Mix, etc.
High school games with friends, gathering at a party, and get togethers at someone's house (with the parents home).
More hours than we can count were spent at the rolling rink.
White "sneakers," P.F. Flyers, black and white saddles and brown loafters - now that was coooooool.
And every Christmas, we and a few hundred others would oooh and aaah at the lighting of the County Courthouse.
Life in '50s USA
All the girls had ugly gym uniforms (and we
had to make them in sewing class - yuk!).
Nearly all of our moms were there to greet us
when we got home from school.
Decisions were made by eeny-meeny-miney-moe, and mistakes were corrected by do-overs.
Real "street cred" meant doing a double dog dare, and oly-oly-oxen-free made perfect sense.
Catching lightning bugs in a glass jar with holes punched in the lid could happily occupy an entire evening. (You know, we still could!)
We would lie back in the grass with friends and
say things like, "That cloud looks like a ... ."
Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside and we battled with our siblings over cereal boxes with the send-in
box-top prize offer.
Baseball was played with no adults around to
help us with the rules of the game.
A '57 Chevy was our dream car . . . to cruise,
peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races.
We never asked where the car keys were
because they were always in the car, in the
ignition and the doors were never locked.
Wowsville, Daddy-O, Bash, Hep, String Me,
Nowheresville, Nuggets, Classy Chassis
Allie Oop, Wazoo, Beatnic, On the Stick, Passion Pit, Wet Rag, Squaresville, Bent Eight, Hang, Frosted, Razz my Berries, What's Buzzin Cuzzin, Cherry, Real Gone, Horn, In Orbit, Kick, the Most, Cut the Gas, Kookie, Itsy Bitsy, Jelly Roll, DDT, Nest, Grody, Mirror Warmer, Be Bop, Don't Have a Cow, Ivy Leaguer, Keen, Tight, Make the Scene, Lay a Patch, Get Bent, Jacketed, Fream, Flip Top, Goose It, Cube, Greaser, Kill, and, of course, Back Seat Bingo.
Home Perms for $2.00 - Which Twin has
the Toni? and Bobbi Soft Pin Curls
Beehive, Bouffant, Turtle Dove, Beau Belle, Heather, and the Bob
Evening in Paris, Prince Matchabelli
Tangee The World's Most Famous Lipstick
Camay Cold Cream Soap
Angora, rhinestoned and embroidered
sweaters, poodle skirts, neckerchief,
white gloves for church, dotted
cotton, peppermint blouses, crinolen,
rick rack, saddles and Mary Janes
Horn-rimmed, Cat's Eye with Rhinestones,
Round, Browline eye glasses
Crew Cut, Tapered, Flat Top
Pompadour, and Pompadour with DA
Duck Tail or Duck Butt
Brylcream (a little dab a do ya), Lucky
Tiger, Vitalis, and Pomade Wax
Tapered and gray flannel suits, suit
jackets and trousers, cardigan and
letter sweaters, skinny ties, denim
jeans, white t-shirts with sleeves rolled
up, leather and denim jackets, loafers,
PF Flyers and Converse high tops
1950 Credit Card - USA
1951 Breeder Reactor - USA
1952 Hovercraft - England
1952 Hydrogen Bomb - USA
1953 Transistor Radio - USA
1954 Robot - USA
1954 Solar Cell - USA
1955 Atomic Clock - England
1956 Nuclear Power - England
1956 Video Recorder - USA
1956 Video Tape - USA
1957 Satellite - Russia
1958 Computer Modem - USA
1958 Microchip - USA
1959 Lunar Probe - Russia
In 1950, the average cost of a new car
was $1,500, by '59 it was $2,400
American cheese 45¢ a #
Carnation Milk 14¢
Coffee 37¢ a #
Gerber baby food 10¢
Grape jelly 19¢
Ground hamburger 27¢ a #
Kellogg's Shredded Wheat 18¢
Margarine 19¢ a #
Miracle Whip 55¢
Nylon stockings 50¢
Ladies full length cashmere coat $59
Boys denim jeans $2.49
Boys winter jacket $4.88
Mens shirt $3.99
Womens handbag $1.32
Men's all wool suits $28.90
Mechanical adding machine $3.98
Infant crib $24.95
Chenille bedspread $3.49
Philco 20" B&W TV $229.95
Sylvania 17" B&W TV $179.95
Regency gas range $144.95
Singer sewing machine $19.95
GE portable food mixer $18.95
Hair dryer $5.95
HiFi Stereo $199.95