Wednesday, November 29, 2023


Video: American life in 1957. How things have changed!

By Chuck Woodbury
This fascinating seven-minute video shows what life was like in America 63 years ago, at least in white, suburban America. To many middle-class Americans back then it was the best of times, filled with hope and promise. Gasoline cost 25 cents a gallon (and uniformed attendants did the pumping, checked your oil and washed your windshield). Homes were affordable on a single income and Mom enjoyed the latest in kitchen appliances.

And, as the video points out, it was the early days of national television, making it possible for America to “show itself to itself.”

Many readers of this newsletter lived through that era and will likely watch this with fondness. For many Americans, of course, who did not or could not live such charmed lives, watching this would be a reminder of a life very foreign to what they experienced.

Viewing this, however, is a dramatic reminder about how things have changed.

Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodbury
I'm the founder and publisher of I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.



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Cathy Alexander (@guest_132987)
2 years ago

I really enjoyed this video. I was only 3, but this is the world I grew up in. And I will not feel guilty about it. My father was a hard-working man and believed in himself. He went into the Air Force, became an officer, and put himself through college with the help of the military. He provided a great life for us, and we traveled extensively through the United States. I’m proud to be an American.

snayte (@guest_98380)
3 years ago
William Duff (@guest_98325)
3 years ago

I wonder how many of those houses had asbestos siding.

D Haley (@guest_98241)
3 years ago

Oh the days of yester-year. I’d dial the time to go back. 50s,60s,70s excluding the Vietnam era it was better then, than today. Thanks for the clip it was great.

KellyR (@guest_98228)
3 years ago

I would go back in a minute. I can’t think of what I would miss – other than this news letter on line.

Ron (@guest_98386)
3 years ago
Reply to  KellyR

You may miss modern dental care.

SUSAN (@guest_98173)
3 years ago

A good look back; thank you. Can I have a redo?

Cindy Walker (@guest_98159)
3 years ago

Back then things were made in America!

Drew (@guest_98124)
3 years ago

A nice look back- thanks!

James Dresser (@guest_98085)
3 years ago

Started my love of camping in 1957. While moving from RI to FL we traveled as far west as CO. We had an 18′ travel trailer behind a 1956 Buick. Weight distributing hitches were quite new and not too reliable. We had to find a weld shop several times along the way.

Since then I’ve had tents, tent campers and more recently a couple travel trailers. 63 years later we’re still enjoying the camping.

wanderer (@guest_98218)
3 years ago
Reply to  James Dresser

Wow. 63 years!! Roll on!! Personally, in 1957 I was mastering bagel-gumming to get my first tooth to come in….

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