Any resemblance to a boring history class is purely coincidental!
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I LOVE this episode! Well done ladies!
This show was so different for me to listen to as I remember so many things you talked about. Not having been alive for the other podcast time periods, the listening experience was different this time. Instead of listening and falling into history, this time it was about remembering (I was born in 1954) my mom, the tv shows, the food, and my neighborhood. The moms in my neighborhood were all stay at home moms but I don’t remember them being especially happy. Two of the neighbor moms maybe drank a bit to get through those days (we all knew about this in the neighborhood), one was a cutter (we all knew this, too), and there was a lot of yelling. But maybe this was town life in a tight neighborhood. We knew each other and probably knew each other’s business, too.
I loved the tv shows because the moms were more like I thought it should be – happier moms, happier neighbors. I think I need to ask my mom how she remembers it all.
Thanks again for your work. It was a super great podcast. (And seriously, the food was bad, except for one mom I knew who didn’t cook from cans. She was a Mexican Indian and ooh – she cooked unlike any of the other moms.)
Thank you for taking the time to write! It was a more personal episode for us for similar reasons-it really did hit closer to home. Sounds like you are giong to have an interesting talk with your mom!
Love your podcast! My favorite tv mom would be Claire Huxtable. The Cosby show was my favorite. She seemed to do it all and look great while she did it!!
Listening to this podcast brought back memories for me as well. I don’t remember my mother ever dressed like June Cleaver, though. She wore pedal pushers and Keds at home. She did enter the gallery of regrettable food a bit too often. We always got scared when Mom tried a new recipe. Spaghetti with cut-up hot dogs was very regrettable.
I had to laugh when you guessed that panty hose were the last thing to be rationed. Panty hose didn’t come out until the mid 60s.
It seems to me that the resurgence in domestic arts is also attributable to a desire to express creativity. To parahrase the speaker at my quilt guild the other night, “I can’t draw, but I can create art.”
At the end of the episode Beckett mentioned warm Jell-O water being a 1950s recipe. I was so excited to hear the mention of it since it brings back fond memories of my great grandmother. It was given to me by her as kid when I was sick. I was wondering if you know the origin of the recommendation to give warm Jell-O water to someone when sick? Was it ever advertised as something to cure you when you’re sick or was it just for comfort? I still do it to this day but it’s just for comfort when I’m sick and I was wondering if it was ever advertised as anything more than that?
Peg Bundy from Married With children is my favorite T.V. Housewife. She was from the 1990’s era but her personality reflected the 1950’s – let the man earn the money and she will spend it !
The retro housewife clothes site is cute, but her blog is pretty scary!
Thank you for pointing that out, Beth! Honestly, I thought the clothes were great, the messageboard, ok–and the blog I just skimmed-didn’t really do much for me but didn’t think it was a big draw. HOWEVER, that last post was a bit insensitive, and I’m going to pull the link. Not our scene. Thanks for pointing that out!
Great show! It always makes my day when I see a new episode has come out! My favorite fifties housewife is Betty from Mad Men (technically the 60s…but close enough). She seems more realistic than some other portrayals of fifties house wives because you get to see how her life really isn’t that perfect at all.
Thanks again for everything you guys do!
Just saw a fabulous PBS show last night that reminded me of this podcast. It follows women in TV through the decades. The series is called ‘America in Primetime’ and the episode was called ‘Independent Women’
Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider: Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history. About an hour. Go.