Sadly it did not arrive in time, so I couldn't celebrate the fifties in the Chase pool, by doing some fine strokes in my pink cap. After all, the Chase swimming pool was where they did the live broadcast of the 1956 Miss America Pageant!
What a hoot it would have been to swim in my cap, where those lovely babes strutted years ago. This photo was taken at home (freezing) in my cap. In truth, I hate swim caps, after years of mandatory ones in the 1960's. This will be my last pose in a swim cap... or probably bathing suit...ever!
Crown Candy Kitchen in St. Louis!
It might look like the malt is the big focus here, but I got more of a thrill out of the egg salad sandwich than anything! I've done the diner thing and I've done the malt thing, during my year of celebrating the fifties. But I have not been to Crown Candy Kitchen in years and that is something worth celebrating! CCK has been a St. Louis icon since 1913. In the fifties, teens came to share yummy treats like the "Lovers Delight". (See writing in mirror) But I am not a teen, so I went for something June Clever might have gone for if she and Ward had stopped in for a bite. The best part of the whole outing, was thinking about my mom and knowing she used to come here in her youth. Since there are only about 10 booths, there's a chance she once sat in my very spot!
Swinging in Springfield!
I love porches and I love swings. I don't own either. When planning our road trip, I hoped that at least one of our 22 nights would involve a porch. When I learned that our B & B in Springfield, Missouri had a porch and a swing, I made sure to pack the fixings and announced my plan. "I'm going to have lemonade on that porch!" That seemed like a perfect way to celebrate the simpler times of the 1950's! By time we reached Springfield, the weather turned chilly and damp, but that didn't stop me. I had a cup of pink lemonade and thought about that house. We didn't realize it when initially researching B&Bs in Springfield, but found out that my Great Great Uncle Harry Jewell once lived in this house!
During our recent road trip, we stayed one night on the Dull family farm. We slept in a cozy guest barn and hiked a road along a cornfield. Best of all, I got to go in the chicken coop and help collect eggs in the evening! Now, I didn't actually know I would be getting to do that, but I packed my farm wife apron, as I call it... just in case I happened to have use for it on the farm! It was easy to feel like I was back in the fifties when chickens roamed freely and cows came back to the barn at night! I wish I could have celebrated more than one night!
Merrill Park in Grinnell, Iowa
It's hard to find the kind of playground equipment that filled parks in the 1950's. Some of it is considered too dangerous now. But this merry-go-round was surely around in the 1950's. In fact there's a good chance I rode on it when we first moved to Grinnell in 1957, the year I was born. I remember riding it in later years. It was sad seeing the old park, though. The wonderful horse swings and the elephant slide were gone. Since Grinnell was home to the Miracle Playground Equipment Factory we had some of the best (and oddest) playgrounds back in the day1
57 Celebrations of the Fifties!
April 9, 2014...My BYB!
I don't remember the 1950's, since they ended when I was 2. But since I turned 57 today and this is my BYB (Birth Year Birthday) I'm going to just appreciate the flavor of 1957! My goal is to celebrate in at least 57 simple ways throughout the year! I will dabble in the fashion, the foods, the music and the culture of those times...just for the fun of it!