Reaching the magical age of six years old was something that I looked forward to from about three years old and in Primary Sunday School Classes at Church. My older brother is one year older than I am, and therefore started school one year before I did. Needless to say, I wanted to go to school too, but kept being told that I wasn’t old enough to go to school.
There was no such thing as Preschool, or Kindergarten. That was to come nine years later that a child could go to private Preschool and/or Kindergarten. Public Kindergarten in Virginia didn’t come until the mid to late 60s.
Before that, I would gather the 4 and 5 year olds and we would go to my house, where I would teach them their alphabet, their numbers, their colors, and their basic shapes. For teaching them, I would make their alphabet letters by putting dashes for the shapes of the letters and they would trace over them. The same would be done with their numbers, and I would just hold up items with the different shapes and different colors for them to identify.
There was no such thing as a cell phone, they were all equipped with a dial pad that had a plastic disc with individual open circles for each of the nine numbers, and the phone lines were called party lines and were shared by four or five different families. It would be several years later before the numbers were on individual squares and each one had a different tone that it made when you pressed it down to select it.
Televisions were black and white pictures until 1969 when the first color television came out for the public to be ale to purchase. There were three basic channels ABC, CBS, NBC, a government channel and a public service channel. Television service went off the air at midnight to one o’clock in the morning, and did not come back on until six to seven o’clock in the morning. Profanity, nudity, and sexuality were not allowed. Shows with a husband and a wife made the husband and wife sleep in separate twin beds. There were no walk men, no CD players, no cassette tapes with cassette players. Most radios had only AM on them, there was no such thing as AM/FM radios until the mid to late 60s.
There were no digital cameras. You had to use rolls of film that had to be threaded into the camera after 20 to 24 pictures, and there were no automatic flashes in the cameras, individual flash bulbs had to be put into the flash attachment. Later came Flash Cubes with four sides that had a bulb in each side. Each individual roll of film had to be developed, or put onto picture thick paper. Then came cameras that used little automatic rolls of film in a little cassette roll of film. Now there are digital cameras with little SD cards with different amounts of memory on them. When they are full, you load them onto your computer and save them on your disk drive or save them into one of the many memory clouds that are out there.
Having computers at home were unheard of, and when they did come out, only rich people could afford to purchase them. The manual typewriters were replaced with automatic ones that plugged into a regular electric socket. That was the nearest thing to a computer that most normal people could ever even hope to purchase. Most recorded music was on records. Circular discs made of vinyl, came in three different sizes, with the music being on groves in the vinyl. Now the music comes out of your computer or from a MP3 player where you recorded what music you want to hear, from your other CD’s and real live concerts, if it’s allowed.
Posting about all of the changes that I have lived through could go on for several more hours. But I’m going to stop here and say that thanks to modern day technological advances, news can be reported within minutes of its’ happening, thanks to Drones, powerful cameras, and super fast internet services.