Book Review: Growing Up in the Fifties by Terry Jordan

There are seven different vignettes or memoirs from women who
were girls growing up in the fifties . . .


growing up in the fifties 001Once you get into the book you realize that most of the stories are
from an English point of view.

Almost all of them emphasize the things you might remember, too–
the crinoline petticoats, early TV shows, movies, “boys”,  first date
and so forth.  Each story is different, yet similar, too.  It was compiled
in 1990 and has only 152 pages.

Hazel grew up in Manchester, England–sewed her own clothes, married

Odile–south Manchester; father had a bakery shop; her parents a little
better off than most.  Her clothes were specially made with only a few from
chain stores like Marks and Spencer.  She  hated school, always felt a little
different coming from a Jewish family.

Marianne grew up in Massachusetts.  Her grandfather was wealthy from
owning a tanning business and he bought houses for his daughter and
other son, but not Marianne’s father because he married an Italian.  And
she emphasizes the clothes she wore, too.

Elaine—English, one of four daughters.

Jacinta–parents from Barbados.  Mother worked at Selfridge’s , so all of
Jacinta’s clothes came from Selfridge’s, creating a lifelong desire for
designer clothes.  Her parents both worked two jobs, she seldom saw them.

Stephanie grew up in New Zealand–lots of books in her childhood, her
mother a dressmaker.   Her father away a lot and she remembers her
mother coming to kiss her good-night–all dressed in swishing taffeta and
ready to go out to dance.

Flora’s father was in the air force and her parents traveled together and
thought it best that Flora be in a boarding school.  She remembers making
veils to wear to church at the Catholic boarding school.

Terrific little read—and I don’t see this book at all on ebay or amazon.
Maybe you can find a copy though—it was a lot of fun to read.

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