Time Warp Wives: Meet the women who really do live in the past. By Diana Appleyard Updated: 09:06 GMT, 8 August 2008 The credit crunch, a knife crime epidemic - no wonder so many of us are sick of the 21st century.
Most of us just grumble, but some women have taken radical action to escape what they see as the soulless grind of modern life. Meet the 'Time Warp Wives', who believe that life, especially marriage, was far more straightforward in the Thirties, Forties and Fifties. 1950s Joanne Massey, 35, lives in a recreation of a 1950s home in Stafford with her husband Kevin, 42, who works as a graphics application designer. I love nothing better than fastening my pinny round my waist and baking a cake for Kevin in my 1950s kitchen. I put on some lovely Frank Sinatra music and am completely lost in my own little fantasy world. Enlarge Joanne Massey: 'Living like this makes me happier' We've been married for 13 years and we're extremely happy because we both know our roles. What's wrong with wanting to be adored and spoiled? 1940s 1930s Anyone for tea?
1 1 Family roles in 1950s. Playtime and fun and games 1950's. Take away Computers, Consol Gaming, DVD's and 100 channel TV at 24 hours a day and you have the 1950's!
We had toy's, but ours would fit under the Bed and not need a separate room to put them in as is it a lot today. Our biggest toys were of a natural kind; tree's, woods and our own imagination. Then we had dreams of being a Roy Rogers, Davy Crockett or Robin Hood, now it's celebrity! But not so much of the now and then! INDOORS Toys were something you got at Christmas, Birthday's, possibly when you were ill or when a relation came to stay and that was it. Around the mid 50's I got my first Meccano Set, No.4 I think, but it was a large enough Kit to make a Tower Bridge of Sorts. I had a clockwork Hornby Train Set which always seemed to go so fast it kept coming off the tracks on every bend. In my Aunt's house I had a Bay Window to play in. A few days after the Coronation, I had my tonsils removed, I remember the gas mask being put over my face now! OUTDOORS An endless list of playtime.
Retro Housewife - Raising Children In The 1950s. Raising Children in the 1950s What was it like to have children in the 1950s?
What was it like to be a kid in the 1950s? NORTH ANSON, Me. April 5, 1951 (INS) Thirty-five-year-old Mrs. William C. Here is a column I found in The Bridgeport Post1 (April 5th, 1951, Page 35) which I thought gave not only sound advice, but to some extent contrasts sharply with today's practices, and is, at the very least, food for thought! Understanding CHILDREN by Angelo Patri A child's birthday is the most important day in the year to him. Boys' Double Knee Slack Sets - 1951 Reg. 79¢! Reg. 1.39! Negro and White pupils sat side by side for the first time here today as 98,000 youngsters registered for the fall school term. The joy of a 1950s childhood. CLASSROOM CALORIES: All children were given a daily bottle of milk  Despite the difficulties of day-to-day living people had great pride in and loyalty to their country and seemed to share a common purpose in life.
Families stayed together through the hard times and everybody knew their neighbours and had a sense of belonging. They would routinely leave their street door on the latch and hang a key on a piece of string behind the letterbox when they were out for their children to come and go as they pleased. Children waking up on Christmas morning in 1952 had experienced rationing of food and clothes all of their lives. It was quite normal to go without the sweets, biscuits, crisps and fizzy drinks that would be taken for granted by future generations .
You probably didn’t get your first black and white television set until the late Fifties. Outside, the larger urban areas suffered with dense, yellowish smogs – known as pea-soupers – caused by fog combining with coalfire emissions.