Saturday, March 19, 2016

Vintage People

I pretty much stopped buying boxes of random slides a few years ago... they just became too expensive. But when I did buy them, I particularly hoped to find extra nice photos of landmarks all over the U.S.A., or bustling city scenes showing the way they were 50 years ago. 

However, I learned that pictures of people living their humble lives could be pretty great too! Like this one, showing a woman grabbing a couple of brewskis from the fridge. I'm not sure why, but it's fun to see what else is in the old ice box. Lots of eggs! A can of whipped cream, olives, mayo, "brown and serve" rolls, maybe a box of candy, and a red can that is some Donald Duck product - probably not orange juice.

Promenade! Do si do! This next one is undated, but certainly from the 1950's. Right in the middle are Ann and Joe, dancing up a storm. I'll bet they went out every saturday, like my grandparents did into their 80's. Let's just give Ann and Joe the trophy right now!


Nanook said...


These images are 1950's, personified.

Gotta love those bangs on the bespectacled Miss about to get a sugar high. The carton of Wilson's Dairy Cottage Cheese tells us that image was most-likely from the Detroit area. Sitting on its side on the same shelf is a jar of Kraft Mustard - the text reading: "also try mild or zesty KRAFT mustard". And next to the jar of olives it looks as if I can spy a can of Reddi-Wip sitting in the refrigerator door.

And I'm thinking "Ann & Joe" look more like Father and Daughter, than equal age partners, but one never knows.

Thanks, Major.

Chuck said...

The woman in the first photo is sporting the same hairstyle and glasses my mother wore for her senior year photo in 1958. And that could be my grandmother's fridge until about 1978 - it's even in a corner next to a doorway, just like hers. But that definitely not my mom.

Love these '50s glimpses, Major!

TokyoMagic! said...

I love these pics, Major! I think there might also be a Mounds candy bar in that fridge (to the left of the cottage cheese).

Mark H. Besotted said...

As a nosey person, I love that look into a stranger's refrigerator from decades ago. I would appreciate the whole roll of that film, even if it were just daily life, so I could see what was on the bookshelves and record player too.

That might, possibly, be Donald Duck Grapefruit Sections.

K. Martinez said...

When I was a kid, we had an old refrigerator like this in our garage. I remember being barefoot and grabbing the metal door handle to get a soda. I became almost paralyzed with electrocution! Ouch! Of course from time to time, I'd still forget about wearing shoes and get zapped again. Very painful.

Stuffed olives and Reddi-Whip! What a combo. The reefer lady is quite a character. Love the hair-don't and red blouse with zig-zag cut collar. Thanks, Major.

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, when it comes to mustard, I want it to be extra bland. Zesty mustard is of the devil. I’m not so sure that Ann is Joe’s daughter, but as you said, it is hard to tell.

Chuck, I have that same hairstyle and those same glasses too!

TokyoMagic!, I can’t tell if it’s a Mounds, but those have coconut in them, so yuck!

Mark H. Besotted, I think you’re right about the grapefruit sections. My grandparents used to have several grapefruit trees in their front yard, and they were the most bitter, unpleasant things. But the grandparents ate them (with sugar sprinkled on them, admittedly).

K. Martinez, yikes! Definitely a short circuit somewhere. That’s why you had an afro in high school. I still remember unplugging something in our old basement, and the cord was frayed - I got a pretty good zap; it felt so weird. It’s funny, my dad used to call fridges “reefers” just like you did; all of my friends thought that was hilarious.

Nanook said...

As unpleasant an experience as getting shocked from 120 volts can be, you haven't lived until you've moved-up to the 277-480 volt range. Those are really nasty-!

Chuck said...

Plugged myself into 230v once when I lived in England, I can still feel that when I think about it.

TokyoMagic! said...

Major, so you're not a fan of coconut? I don't like nuts in my candy, so I'm not crazy about that other Peter Paul (now Hershey) coconut candy bar, Almond Joy. ♪ ♫ Almond Joy's got nuts....Mound's don't!!! ♫ ♪

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, that's an experience I would rather not have!

Chuck, when I was a kid our neighbor would let us swim in their pool (we knew their kids). Whenever you got near the underwater light near the diving board, the water started to feel "buzzy". We'd do it just because it was such a strange sensation!

TokyoMagic!, I'm OK with almonds or peanuts, but have never liked coconut. It's partly the texture, though I'm not crazy about the flavor either. On Halloween I always traded Mounds or Almond Joys for some other candy.

Nanook said...


I can take or leave coconut. It's nothing I crave at all, and in my opinion, rarely helps any dish. (Guess I'll have to toss-out all those 1950's recipe books-!)

You're quite lucky in your encounter with the "buzzy" underwater light. That's the kind of story electrocutions are made of. (There's a lot to be said for low voltage, far superior insulation and GFCI's-!!)

Monkey Cage Kurt said...

TokyoMagic! MAN! How did you get those musical notes to appear in your text?!?! I hate when people do stuff like that, it makes me feel like some kind of computer imbecile.

TokyoMagic! said...

Monkey Cage Kurt, don't feel bad! I had to look it up when I saw other people using them. Press and hold the "Alt" key while typing "13" on the number keypad for a single note ♪ or a "14" for a double note ♫...(remember, you have to use the number keypad on the right side of the keyboard).

Connie Moreno said...

Oh my gosh, I love this!!