Baby boomers make up the largest generational group in all of U.S. history. If you were born between 1946 and 1964 you are officially a baby boomer.
This was an interesting time in history when new-tech and innovative experiences were just beginning to emerge, and concepts like the milkman and “healthy” TV dinners were still a “thing.”
If you are from this generation, get ready for a blast from the past. Here you can read about several things that only people from your generation can remember.
1. Rotary Phones
Rotary phones hit their prime in the baby boomer generation. While they were invented in 1904, they were considered a “high-tech communication option” until the 1970s when the push-button tone dial was introduced.
If you grew up during this generation, you know all too well how long it took to dial a number. After all, there was no speed dial.
2. Baseball Cards in Your Bike Spokes
Long before BMX, the best way to give your bike a “cool” factor was with baseball cards. These weren’t for trading, but to clip in the spokes of your bike. The sound of these cards gave you that extra boost you needed to ride faster than ever before – or so you thought.
Were you a first-hand participant of the 1960s frenzy called Beatlemania? If so, you are, without a doubt, a boomer. The Beatles gained their global superstardom in 1963, and this group’s fan base is still an icon of this amazing era.
Since the Beatles, bands such as One Direction and The Backstreet Boys have emerged, but their fan base can’t hold a candle to the numbers or dedication of what the Beatles had.
4. Real Films
Before DVDs and VHS tapes, if you wanted to record a moment in time or watch a movie, you were doing this with a film strip. While teachers no longer have to work that cumbersome projector, there’s something nostalgic about an original film – especially if it holds your family memories.
Unfortunately, these films can age and fade over time. If you still have some laying around consider allowing a company like EverPresent to help you preserve your memories.
5. Using the Original Pogo Stick
There’s nothing that can compare to the feeling of sheer joy that bouncing up and down on the original pogo stick. This toy was first released in 1957, and today it looks archaic compared to the modern versions. However, when you were a kid, having one of these jumping sticks of joy made you the envy of the neighborhood.
6. The Introduction of an Electronic Calculator
Technology has come quite far. Back in the day of the baby boomers, electronic calculators were the hot tool that promised to make long division a thing of the past. While the original tool was somewhat clunkier than today’s modern and sleek devices, they still go the job done.
7. Smoking on Airplanes
Air travel has been transformed, but if you’re a baby boomer you remember when it was commonplace to see travelers smoking on planes. In fact, this is a trend that lasted will into Generation X, too. It wasn’t until the early part of the 1990s that smoking on a plane was banned.
8. Purchasing Your First Record
It doesn’t matter if you loved the Beach Boys or The Beatles if you were born in the 1950s you remember purchasing your very first vinyl record and then listening to it again and again. While newer generations have made vinyl records popular again, baby boomers were doing this long before it was considered cool and trendy.
9. Jelly – Everything
In the 1960s people were putting virtually everything in jelly. This includes everything from fruit and lamb to cottage cheese, salmon, and ham. Thankfully, this is a trend that has faded, and you don’t have to eat jelly everything.
10. The Drive-in Movies
Drive-in movies are considered a nostalgic symbol across all generations; however, baby boomers remember this experience during its golden age. If you’re a baby boomer, you likely remember watching “Parent Trap” or “The Pink Panther” from your car.
What’s Your Favorite Baby Boomer Memory?
There’s a lot to love from the baby boomer generation. If this is when you grew up, chances are you had a pretty amazing childhood!