GRIEF IN THE 1960s

Thank you for being concerned about me, Amy.

But before I tell you why I'm feeling down I want to mention that it's quite the groovy outfit you're wearing in 1960-something. Seems like you're fitting into the decade very well.

Shhh. Yes, I heard you loud and clear. You crave a modern life. The 1960s aren't like the 21st century.  I know you're feeling sad about being stuck there this long ... and I also realize that the 1960s isn't a perfect decade to live in. It can be a real bummer, right?

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You must be hearing about the war in Viet Nam ...





... you must be hearing about poverty ...



... and lack of civil rights for diverse populations ...

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... and the protestors who are young like you, trying to make a positive difference in the world.

Well, of course I'm still trying to fix the time machine to get you back to the 21st century.

But don't make the mistake of thinking that the 21st century is perfect. 

You still want to know why I'm feeling sad?

I missed the deadline for entering my book into an important contest. 


That's all. That's why I'm feeling sad at the moment.

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Of course I realize it's not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

But missing this chance has gotten to me. I feel foolish and sad, just like everyone does now and then. 

True depression can be very serious and not easily resolved, though.

The term "depression" is derived from Latin and means, "to press down". 
In the 14th century, "to depress" meant to "bring down in spirits".
In 1665 English author Richard Bakerot referred to depression as someone having "a great depression of spirit".


In the 1950s, psychologist Albert Ellis's thinking was that depression stemmed from irrational "should" and "musts" - leading to self-blame.



By the 1960s where you currently exist, Amy, researchers are studying grief and depression. They'll soon come up with criteria based on patterns of symptoms, leading to a future of successful mental health treatments for those in need.

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Huh. Looks like you didn't hear a word I just said.

Anyway, the truth is that it's good to know  you're enjoying some of the wonderful things living in 1960-something can bring, like love and the hope for peace.

And that's not a bummer at all.

Taking a Photo in the 1950s

Oh, hey Amy. Yeah, I'm fine.

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Just had to take a bit of time off from banging at the keyboard.

But now I'm totally good to go.



You've taken up photography as a hobby in 1950-something?

Great. Good to hear.

Let's see some of your photos.




This is a snapshot of a regular customer at the diner where you work?

Love it!

And a couple of your friends?


Yeah, that's great. I mean, you might want to tell them not to smoke when they're cooking, but ... whatever. 


Things are a lot different in the 1950s.



Oh, wow, how cool.

An actual door-to-door vacuum salesman.

Good shot, Amy.




The neighbours?

But you think they're insanely boring?

Huh? Hmmm. I get the sense you're leading up to something.



Don't hold back on me now, Amy.

Spit it!

Whaaa?

You've decided that you NEED more excitement?

And you think this guy is exciting?



And this guy, too?

What the hell do you mean  you've decided to hang around with a new crowd?




Oh, I see.

Sit down, Amy.

I think it's time for us to have a chat.

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In the 1950s, photography is a popular hobby.

One of the most popular cameras, the Brownie, made by Kodak, is affordable and easy to use.



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The original version of the Duaflex, also by Kodak, became available in December, 1947. It was discontinued in 1960.


The Imperial Flash camera is made of plastic. It's available in the 1950s in colours of red, blue, tan, grey and green. 


Manufactured by the Herbert George Company of Chicago, it has features such as a fixed-focus, one shutter speed and a detachable synchronized flash. It is the official Girl Scout camera at this time.

Sitting down yet, Amy?

You're going to take a selfie first? 

Okay ... 

Yeah. 
You might want to tone down the optimism a bit.

Adoption in the 1950s

Oh, hey, Amy. Thanks for the Mother's Day cake ... even though you're a bit late. Not that I'm hurt about it. *blinks away a tear*

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Oh, you're not sure who's actually your mother at the moment?

Yeah, I can see how that might be an issue.


I mean, I created you, right?

But now you're living in 1950-something with another woman who loves and wants only the best for you.

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So, first of all, let me remind you that I was adopted. 


So, there's nothing you could say to me that I wouldn't understand about being with a family who took you in. It's natural to feel different when you compare yourself to other teenagers who live with the mother who created them.


But isn't it amazing to know that the family you live with in 1950-something dreamed for someone just like you to enter their lives? They chose you, Amy.

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They chose to love you as their very own flesh and blood. To be there for you no matter what.

To worry and wait up for you when you're late coming home.

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To soothe you when you're feeling hurt or fearful. 

To take care of all your needs.


And point you in the right direction.


And isn't that what truly matters?

In the United States between the years of 1945 and 1973, up to four million mothers had children placed for adoption. During the same period in Canada, over 400,000 young women, mainly in their teenage years, were influenced to enter maternity homes. These homes were heavily funded by the Canadian government and housed up to 200 women at a time. Most of the babies were put up for adoption. 

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It goes without saying that current adult adoptees should have the right to information regarding their birth parents. Questions linger and fester if not answered. Medical and genetic history should be easily attained. 

Makeup in the 1950s

Hi, Amy. Just wondering how this past week in 1950-something has been going for --
ACK!

Please tell me you're getting ready to celebrate halloween, Amy.
Let's just say that your makeup might be a touch over the top for the 1950s.

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In the 1950s cosmetic companies are aware of the growing number of women entering the workforce, and are beginning to promote cosmetics any and every way possible.

Classes are offered to teach women the benefits of the many new products reaching the shelves of department stores:

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Max Factor - started in the early 1900s
Revlon - founded by two brothers in the 1930s
Estee Lauder - began in 1946. First to offer a gift with purchase
Elizabeth Arden - began in Manhattan in the early 1900s

These cosmetic icons are expanding their beauty businesses and are bringing femininity to the forefront in the 1950s. They dictate the colours of the fresh new version of facial enhancement.

Corals, pinks and reds are all popular for lips. Light rouge highlights cheekbones. Dark brows present themselves as dark and distinct against popular pale skin. Powder and liquid foundation create the soft feminine look of the time.

The  makeup of the fifties is elegant and classic.

Audrey Hepburn has famously stated. "I believe in pink."

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Marilyn Monroe creates her famous wing-tipped eyes in this time period using black eyeliner and false lashes glued only at the outer edges of her eyes.

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You greaser boyfriend, Tony,  doesn't want to hear anything about makeup?

He says you're beautiful without it?

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Hmmm.
I think  I'm starting to like this guy.

Love Songs in the 1950s

Kind of a surprise to hear from you, Amy. Yes, I actually am quite busy at the moment. 

Just doing what I normally do...

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I'm pretty sure you're contacting me because you want to know how the repairs on the time machine are going.
But before you start screaming, let me tell you that I did manage to reverse it all the way back to ...uh, 2016. 
Still a long way from reaching you in 1950-something, I know. But hey, it's an improvement, right?

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Oh, you're not getting in touch with me to complain?

Tony, your greaser boyfriend, bought you flowers?


He's been, like, totally romantic lately?

He sings love songs into your ear?


So, you're not in such a hurry for me to get you back to the 21st century, I assume.

Oh, yeah, no, I'm definitely going to keep working on the time machine.

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In the 1950s, rock and roll is becoming more and more popular in all of North America.

Musicians like Chuck Berry are evolving rhythm and blues songs into rock and roll music with records like Maybellene (1956), Roll Over Beethoven (1956), and Johnny B. Goode (1958).

But dreamy love songs are also incredibly popular at this time. 
In May of 1950, Nat King Cole released his single, Mona Lisa

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Elvis released Love Me Tender in 1956. 

Johnny Mathis released Chances Are in 1957.


The Drifters released Fools Fall In Love in 1958.


Paul Anka released Put Your Head On My Shoulder in 1959.

In the early 1950s, crooners released their own style of love songs you must be hearing on the radio:

That's Amore,  Dean Martin (1953)
I've Got You Under My Skin, Frank Sinatra (1953)
I Need You Now,Eddie Fisher (1954)
If I Give My Heart to You, Doris Day (1954)


There are the romantic melodies and Doo-Wop too:
Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, Four Aces (1955)

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I Almost Lost My Mind, Pat Boone (1956)
I'm In Love Again, Fats Domino (1956)
The Great Pretender, Platters (1956)
That'll Be The Day, Buddy Holly (1957)
All I Have To Do Is Dream, Everly Brothers (1958)
Who's Sorry Now, Connie Francis (1958)
16 Candles, The Crests (1959)
A Teenager in Love, The Belmonts (1959)


As you can see, Amy, the decade of the fifties is in many ways a romantic one.

Just remember to keep your head on straight - even when your greaser boyfriend sings into your ear.