need homework help - 1950's

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by Kjs, May 2, 2009.

  1. Kjs

    Kjs Guest

    difficult child has an assignment. As I look here at the directions it says they are going to make a time capsule for the 1950's. Pretend it is 1959 and you want to commemorate the 50's. You need to bring in 1 object from the 50's. This could include toys, photos, stamps, clothing, hats, books, anything. He is to write a short description.

    HELP. I wasn't born yet.

    Neighbor lady brought over some pictures. It shows a really old bike, but I can't find it on the internet anywhere to write about it. Also shows her mother pushing a buggy with the twins in it. A really old buggy with the big wheels. Pictures of her and her sister in front of an old car...but I have no idea what he is suppose to write. He doesn't seem to impressed.

    Does anyone have any idea's? Would really appreciate it.
  2. tiredmommy

    tiredmommy Site Moderator

    Maybe a wheat penny? He could describe the relative costs compared to now.
  3. WhymeMom?

    WhymeMom? No real answers to life..

    picture of 1957 chevy, classic car should be easy to find a picture of it via internet, had the big fins and I'm sure was a major gas guzzler....... as a kid in the fifties I remember having a shirley temple doll, maybe shirley temple movies? (may have been earlier than the 50's), old huge tv set with tiny picture tube and you had to get up to change the channel, black and white of course......... skates that had "keys" to tighten on your shoes........ schwinn bikes with balloon tires, one speed (whatever speed you could pedal), brakes were applied by holding the pedal back........ just a few thoughts......... good luck with the assignment!
  4. Nancy

    Nancy Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Hoola hoop

    marbles were really big

    Mr Potato Head - the real one, not the plastic one

    poodle skirt

    old style rotary dial telephone

    drive-in movies

    horn rimmed sunglasses

    tin cartoon lunchboxes

    Elvis Presley

    old style jukebox

    comic books

    old style fridge

    old ironing machine - believe it or not I use to use one of those to iron our sheets and you could get seriously hurt of your arm got caught in the rollers

    dime store soda fountain

    Mickey Mouse or Popeye


    old coca-cola bottle

    I'm way too old.

    Last edited: May 2, 2009
  5. SRL

    SRL Active Member

    Is he into music? He could bring in a recording or a record player. You could find a 45 record at a thrift shop so he could show how music was played.

    Cars? Bring in a car model.

    Movies? Pictures of a drive in theater.
  6. ThreeShadows

    ThreeShadows Quid me anxia?

  7. Nancy

    Nancy Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Cuban Missile Crisis

    Cold War

    East Berlin Wall

    bomb shelters

    air raid sirens

    Air raid drills in the classroom with students lined up against the wall curled in a ball covering their heads
  8. jbrain

    jbrain Member

    Wait a minute!!!!!! Why the heck is this assignment your responsibility?! I thought you were "quitting"! You were going to let husband handle the homework.

    Also, in light of your other post, I would think homework would be the furthest thing from your mind?!

  9. everywoman

    everywoman Active Member

    Ditto, Jane. Stop KJS---just stop. He's not going to do anything you suggest. Let him figure it out for himself. Go do something for yourself.
  10. muttmeister

    muttmeister Well-Known Member

    I was a kid in the 50s so I remember all of the stuff people have mentioned plus pop guns, saddle shoes, X-ray machines in the shoe store to see if your shoes fit, Howdy Doody, Pinky Lee, huge cars with big fins, Dick and Jane reading books, no car seats, no bike helmets, maple syrup in log cabin cans, shopping in town on Saturday night, double features, drive in movies, the original Dragnet on TV, Ed Sullivan on Sunday nights, world series played during the day, polio shots for the whole school at school on a special day, Big John and Sparky on the radio on Saturday morning, having my dinner in the living room by the big radio so I could listen to The Lone Ranger, washing our hair once a week whether it needed it or not, pin curls, no hair dryers except at the beauty shop, curly top cones at Dairy Queen, the beginnig of TV dinners, .....I could go on but I won't.
  11. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    Definitely the music and clothing/hair styles. I like the idea of money (the wheat penny and a nickel) and stamps. How would the stereotypes in place then go over? Photos of the presidents and what our government was pushing for during the 50's that got developed later on might be thrown in. Show what a dime or a dollar could buy back then. Show photos of the typical post-war ranch house lloked like- these are still standing and being lived in. Maybe show some household items that were considered luxeries at the time. Oh- yeah- cars! What's the income source/industry in your area? Maybe show what equipment they were using or resources they had back then.
  12. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    This is his project...he is in high school. He is old enough to do this with the internet. He isnt in 2nd grade. This is the sort of project he should be able to do quite easily.
  13. jbrain

    jbrain Member

    Thanks, Janet! I thought maybe I had lost my mind or had the wrong kid in mind?!

  14. svengandhi

    svengandhi Well-Known Member

    Want a picture of me? I'm from 1959 - LOL! One thing I always enjoyed is checking out people's birthdays. He can look up some people who were born that year and use some photos.

    Is it the entire 50's or just 1959? On January 1, Castro took control of Cuba. Later in January, Alaska became a state (49) and Hawaii followed in August (50).

    Listen to Billy Joel's "We didn't start the fire" with him. My kids asked for the words and then started asking about some of the events he sang about.

    If it's the entire decade, the assignment might be too overwhelming for him - see if he can maybe focus on one or two aspects (music, the cold war, rise of the suburbs, etc) instead of covering the whole thing. If it's just one year, run a history search for the year and find other things that happened.