You had to be born in the 40s if you...


…remember Children’s Hour and bread ’n’ dripping for tea

We might not all vividly remember the war years, but all of us born in the 1940s will recall the deep scars it left and the incredible wartime spirit that lived on long after the VE Day celebrations.

The war also brought about huge social change – women became vital to the workforce, the National Health Service gave us free healthcare and secondary education was a must for all children over 11. All things we take for granted today.

In the early 1950s life remained tough and rationing continued. But the glamour of technicolour Hollywood and the birth of rock’n’roll kept our spirits high.

There’s no doubt we grew up with very little but we always managed to create our own fun. Here’s just a few of our most cherished memories of precious times.

We can taste the cod liver oil and welfare orange juice to this day…

Blog-born in the 40s-cod liver oil 


Our playgrounds were bombsites, dilapidated buildings, fields and streams and we played with whatever we could find sprinkled with imagination…

Blog-born in the 40s-children cricket

The pictures were always the best fun. Cheering the goodies, booing the baddies and gripping our seats watching Zorro and The Lone Ranger, before standing up for the National Anthem…

Blog-born in the 40s-cinema 

Source: Imperial War Museum

Nothing ever happened on a Sunday except Sunday school… unless we got to go the seaside (third class for me). Remember soggy knitted bathing costume droop?!

Blog-born in the 40s-bathing 

Source: Copyright: David Kynaston

There was always someone at the door – delivery boys, the coal man, the milkman, the rag and bone man, not forgetting the neighbours… but they never knocked!

Blog-born in the 40s-rag and bone 

Not even rationing could keep us from our favourite treat and only take away choice - fish and chips - wrapped in newspaper of course.

Blog-born in the 40s-fish and chips 

Source: manchesterarchiveplus

We never answered back, could get a clip round the ear from any grown up who thought we deserved it and definitely kept our elbows off the table…

Blog-born in the 40s-table manners 


We grew up listening to Children’s Hour, Vera Lynn and the American big band sound on the wireless (that’s a radio in a wooden box, kids!)

Blog-born in the 40s-rock n roll 

Then in a flash rock’n’roll was upon us. We shaked, we rattled and we rolled. The girls swooned, the boys practiced that lip curl…

Blog-born in the 40s-elvis 

…and the rebellious teenager was born. We were free, independent and doing our own thing. Yet another first for us, but we’re not ones to boast, because we weren’t brought up that way.

Blog-born in the 40s-rebellious teen 


We may not have had much when we were kids but we made the most of it and got so much pleasure from the little things, even a carrot on a stick! If this trip back to the post war years has got you feeling nostalgic for simpler times, we’d love you to share your fond memories with us.

 One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events.

The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought 
about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and 
just things in general.

The Grandmother replied, "Well, let me think a minute,
I was born before:

' television 
' penicillin 
' polio shots 
' frozen foods 
' Xerox 
' contact lenses 
' Frisbees and 
' the pill
There were no:

' credit cards 
' laser beams or 
' ball-point pens
Man had not yet invented:

' pantyhose 
' air conditioners 
' dishwashers 
' clothes dryers 
' and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and 
' man hadn't yet walked on the moon

Your Grandfather and I got married first, and then lived together. 
Every family had a father and a mother.
Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, "Sir."
And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man 
With a title, "Sir."
We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.
Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense.
We were taught to know the difference between right and 
Wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.

Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was 
A bigger privilege.
We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.

Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with 
Your cousins.
Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the 
Evening breeze started.
Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the 
Evenings and weekends — not purchasing condominiums.

We never heard of FM radios, tape decks , CD's, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.
We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios.
If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan ' on it, it was junk.

The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam.
Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of.
We had 5 &10-cent (5 and dime) stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.
Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel.
And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.
You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, but who could 
Afford one? Too bad, because gas was 20 cents a gallon.

In my day:

' "grass" was mowed, 
' "coke" was a cold drink, 
' "pot" was something your mother cooked in and 
' "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby. 
' "Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office,
' "chip" meant a piece of wood,
' "hardware" was found in a hardware store and.
' "software" wasn't even a word.

We were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby.
We volunteered to protect our precious country.
No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a generation gap.
How old do you think I am?
Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time.

Are you ready?????

This woman would be only 63 years old.

She would have been born in late 1952.


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