Tag Archives: Looking Back

Looking Back
February 28, 2019

Lost arts

By Mary Ellen Shaw

Not only do I qualify as an “oldie” but apparently my favorite hobby is classified by some as a “lost art.” I am told that numerous times as customers take a look at my items when I do a craft show.

Looking Back
February 14, 2019

Gathering information the old-school way

By Mary Ellen Shaw

The method for obtaining information on any subject has certainly changed since my school days in the ’50s and ’60s.

I remember my mother getting a set of encyclopedias earned with her grocery store purchases. The books had a green, hard…

Looking Back
November 9, 2018

From cords to cordless

I was watching a talk show recently where the star of “Young Sheldon,” 10-year-old Iain Armitage, was a guest.

He was asked what he thought about the various items on the set, many of which dated back to the years before he was born. The…

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October 27, 2018

What do you want to be when you grow up?

By Mary Ellen Shaw

A child isn’t usually very old before someone asks, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I think just about every young boy on our street wanted to be a fireman at one time or another. The fact…

Looking Back
September 13, 2018

The days of cows and horses

By Mary Ellen Shaw

When you have lived long enough in the City of Rutland to remember the days of cows and horses then you know that you have been around for awhile!

Back in the 50s there was still some farmland…

Looking Back
August 30, 2018

Friends from different generations

Conversations with friends always bring up interesting topics. A recent one led us to the subject of people in our lives, who, though much older than we were “back in the day”, later became our friends or coworkers as adults. Such relationships may seem a…

Looking Back
July 5, 2018

The days of trading stamps

In today’s world you can save money by downloading coupons to your phone and save money as you shop. Of course, if you follow my column on a regular basis you know that I don’t do that from my 2003 Tracfone!

Back…

Looking Back
April 26, 2018

Playing outdoors in the 1950s

By Mary Ellen Shaw

If you grew up in the 50s you probably spent a lot of time outdoors. There were no digital devices to keep your eyes glued to a screen. In fact, many homes in our area were just getting their first television.

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April 12, 2018

Banking and passwords

By Mary Ellen Shaw

Back “in the day” if you wanted to deposit a check or get some cash, you went to the bank, saw a teller, and left with your deposit receipt and cash in your wallet.

You couldn’t accomplish either of those tasks…

Looking Back
October 11, 2017

“Number, please?” No longer

By Mary Ellen Shaw

Having grown up with party lines and phones without a dial, I am truly amazed by the way communication has changed. Dial phones were probably as welcome to my parents’ generation as cell phones are to mine.

But what is the…