Thursday, 31 January 2013


I make no excuses. I am a baby boomer. I was born in 1951 and I feel very sorry for those of you not alive then who missed all of the joy of growing up in the 50's. You really do not know, do not understand how much you missed.

This is the first of a couple of posts I hope to do picturing life in the 50's. Today's post focuses on 1951 and mostly food but their is also some pet food and toothpaste.

If you are in your late 50's, in your 60's, or even older, how much do you remember?

Candy bars were "enriched" with dextrose and marketed as being "food energy sugar." And didn't our parents know it when we got so hyper we swung from the chandeliers.

Beverly Peanut Butter anyone? I never heard of it myself.

Just about everyone I knew ate Peter Pan. Note the lid. Peanut butter and jams came with a lid you used a church key to open. Once empty they were washed and became glasses.

And our peanut butter cups weren't Reese's.

Borden's Elsie the Cow was a trusted food adviser.

But to be fair, Carnation was a trusted brand as well.

We loved Campbell's then as now. We had a wood stove in our kitchen that looked very much like this.

We had canned chili then too but I can't remember anyone's mother being so lazy as to serve it. Most moms cooked from scratch. My mom made the best chili.

I loved tapioca pudding. Still do.

Our pets were part of the family and ate the best we could afford.

As mentioned, our mothers cooked from scratch.

We loved chewing gum, Beechnut was my favorite brand.

I loved Doublemint.

Do you remember PK? I do.

They've had 60 years but Heinz still only has 57 varieties.

We would beg our parents to stop at Howard Johnson's. They had 28 flavors!

We drank Kool Aid with our meals and had Jello for dessert.

Cheese Whiz came in 3 flavors.

I hated lima beans then, I hate them now.

Not everything was good. We allowed ourselves to be convinced butter was bad for us and margarine was good.

Mustard was the same.

Nabisco was big.

N-E-S-T-L-E-S Nestles makes the very best .... chocolate.

We ate Niblets brand corn. No mention was made of Green Giant.

We had us our Oreos then too.

We were big on cereal in the 50's.

After all that sugar in the cereal we made sure to brush our teeth.

You'll wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent. I do not ever remember seeing a Negro in an advertisement but here one is. (The advertisement, I mean, not the Negro.)

Sometimes advertisers teamed up such as here ... Pepsodent and the radio show My Friend Irma.

Do you remember Ipana?

Spam was part of the essential food group.

The hell with heart smart. We didn't know about that then. We used shortening, lard in a can.

Cigarettes will be another posting. This is just a teaser.


  1. we believe what we want to believe.... lol, these are great...

  2. Ipana - there's a name I haven't heard in awhile. Wow.

  3. LOL wow.. Gotta say These are great