Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Thrifty Baby-Boomer Generation (1940s-1960) 1940 pattern for school dress #georgiapioneerscom #gagenealogy

The Thrifty Baby-Boomer Generation (1940s-1960)
1940 pattern for school dress

This generation collected and saved the old family bible and other treasures past.  They were the children raised during the Second World War, Korea and Vietnam.  They knew relatives who served in WW I and WW II, part of the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression of the 1930s.  It was an era which specialized in hard work, bravery and ambition to make it better for their children.  The pay scale was something like $15 per week and people appreciated having a job. Children were taught to tell the truth, play in the yard, participate in sports, pray in school and to salute the American Flag. They attended school in clean, well-pressed clothes.  The girls wore ballerina skirts and Bobbie-socks.  During the summer, children sold coat hangers for 1 cent each to local dry cleaners.  There were no riots or demonstrations in the parks and streets.  People raked their yards and picked up their own trash.  A college education was not required to obtain a job.  Although salaries were low, food was rationed and the imposition of income tax by the democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935 was a burden, people were thrifty and managed to live within their income.  Yet despite the struggles of this era, families were free of debt and it was simpler times. 

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