I was born in 1955, so I thought I would add a few memories here - an idea I got from one of the Yahoo Groups I am a member of:
One of my favorite toys was the hul-a-hoop.
The first Barbies came out in 1958 or 9 and I got my first one in 1959.
I remember being in 1st grade when JFK was assassinated. Everything stopped to watch the news.
When I learned to drive gas was 19 cents a gallon.
I remember phone party-lines where you could listen in on your neighbor's conversations!
The Monkees and Herman's Hermits were popular musicians when I was in Jr. High.
There were many corner stores that sold penny candy- things like wax lips, necco wafers, candy dos and more
Milk came in glass jugs
Disposable diapers were just about unheard of
Other popular toys- Tiny Tears, Chatty Cathy, Raggedy Ann, Radio Flyer wagons, metal skates with keys, tea sets, Easy Bake Ovens
In grade school we all learned the drill procedure in the event of an atomic bomb attack – duck under your desk and cover your head
Many places did not have an area code, and telephone numbers were often associated with names and letters .Stanley eight and so on
All phones were rotary dials will bells for ringers
Most children’s records were done on heavy vinyl and played at 78 rpm
No video recordings- cartoons waited till Saturday morning
No air popped popcorn- it was in a pot with oil or the new invention of Jiffy Pop.
View Masters were new toys and cool
Silly Putty was new and cool
Etch a Scetch was cool
There were pinball games but no video games
Microwaves were incredibly expensive and very few owned them. Same was true for air conditioners
Car seats were unheard of and most of us rode around in the back of the station wagon, free as a bird
Everyone played in the neighborhood- softball, kick-the-can and hide and seek were spontaneous events
real paper dolls
milk being delivered to door
black and white tvs, we got 3 channels
portable record players
Cocoa cola came in glass bottles
drive in movies
Drive ins - they put the food tray on your car window