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A Nostalgic Collection of Stories and Photographs Recalling the Way Life Used to be in the Early Part of the 20th Century
"Remembrances of Times Past" is a "step-back in time" to the days when mom had cookies and milk ready when kids came home from school, dad's first car was a Model-T Ford, telegrams were sent on special occasions, office correspondence was written on manual typewriters, and strict rules of etiquette governed everyone's behavior. Art Linkletter said: "This book will appeal to both a younger audience who will sometimes be amazed at the way things were, and older people whose own memories will be stimulated by reading these interesting stories, and viewing the many photographs about the past. It's a great book!"
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"My mother was very religious and she did everything her church dictated. When I was a kid in the '40s there was a movie called "The Moon is Blue." We were forbidden to see it because it was on the Church's "X" list because the heroine told her date she was still a virgin. Such intimate revelations weren't allowed then, after all, every unmarried female was supposed to be a virgin. Those years were so puritanical even married people couldn't be shown in bed together in movies; they had to to be side-by-side in twin beds, usually with a nightstand separating them. And they could never kiss in bed, unless they were dying and it was obvious they weren't about to have sex.
A woman had to wear a full slip in a movie, she could never appear in a half-slip and bra. A bare midriff was shocking! Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut; you never saw anyone shoving their tongue down someone else's throat like they do now, or even undressing them. Frankly, the old way seemed much more romantic."
- From a contributor.
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Reader Views (9/06)
“Remembrances of Times Past” is a trip down memory lane for the older generations and a great
lesson of wisdom for the younger generations. There is much to be learned from this fabulous book
filled with photos and history of the 1900’s.
Do you long for the past when a quiet evening was spent in a swing on the front porch rather than in
front of a TV? It was a time when a home cooked meal was on the table when dad and children
arrived home and the smell of homemade cookies drifted through the home drawing family members
toward the kitchen. TV shows insisted married couples sleep in twin beds and a viewer would never
see an advertisement for personal hygiene products. “Remembrances of Times Past” has all of this
and more. “This book is a nostalgic journey back to a time of model-T Fords, stay-at-home moms,
vinyl long-playing records, atom-bomb shelters, strict rules of etiquette, radio days and manual
typewriters.” People of the Twentieth Century have seen more changes than any other generation
through out history. Ms. Hiatt’s nostalgic look at the past brings us quiet days without cell phones or
computers, two lane highways and a time when folks waved at you with a smile on their face. Those
born in the first half of the century remember outhouses, tin bathtubs, family meal time, washing
your own dishes and skates that need keys. They remember a time without shopping on Sunday’s,
pantyhose, and private phone lines. The past was a time of innocence.
Ms. Hiatt offers a balanced look at the past remembering not only the “good old days” but the
hardship and fears that surrounded that time period. Rarely was there indoor plumbing and there
were no automatic dishwashers (other than the woman of the house), cell phones or computers. It
was a time of depression, many lost their homes and families. It was a time of fear with the threats
of war and the construction of bomb shelters.
This is the kind of book you want to spend time enjoying. I’m glad Ms. Hiatt jogged our memory.She has offered us wisdom and insight into our past. It is with pleasure that I highly recommend this
ON THE BOOKSHELF by staffer Adrienne Wertz
What I thought: I love reading books that take my 20-something generation to a time of 20-somethings who grew up 50 and 60 years ago. This book is an opportunity to turn off the television, the cell phone, the My Space, and be taken back to a time when nude photos were considered risqué, when vinyl records were the coolest, and to the opening of the first movie theater in Pittsburgh, showing the longest moving picture at the time: “The Great Train Robbery,” lasting a mind-numbing 12 minutes.
My favorite chapter was “Household: Mothers Don’t Wear Aprons Anymore” containing a cartoon ad for “keeping cool on washday.” In it, a mother is about to faint from the heat of boiling laundry. The neighbor comes to her rescue with some energy and time-saving tips for future washdays. “Imagine boiling wash on a day like this! Use Rinso—it saves scrubbing and boiling -soaks clothes snowy.” The same woman greets her husband at the door on the next washday. When he states the house is cool on a scorching day she replies: “That’s because I didn’t boil clothes today—I used Rinso.”
Other chapters include “Lifestyle: Uptight Conformity to “Let it all Hang Out,” “Health: Doctor’s Don’t Make House Calls Any-more,” “Sex and Social Mores: From Victorian Prudishness to Personal Vibrators.
“Women: You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby,” touches on issues before, during and after the feminist movement, a time when “Not tonight dear, I have a headache,” just didn’t fly. In it Hiatt writes
“it’s astonishing to realize that, until the feminist movement, it was legal for a man to rape his wife.” “It was considered her wifely duty to submit to his sexual demands whenever and however he wanted, whether she wanted to or not.”
And even more interesting was the fact that, if a woman was not married by 25, she was dubbed an “old maid,” often was refused admission into college, and so-called “male jobs” were denied her.
If she chose not to marry she could always become a teacher, nurse, secretary, clerk or waitress.
An interesting historical review.
MidWest Book Review
A VIRTUAL AMERICAN HISTORY MUSEUM IN BOOK FORM - Reviewer's Choice
Written by Marta Hiatt and illustrated with a wealth of vintage black-and-white photographs, "Remembrances of Times Past" is a journey of nostalgia touching upon the highlights of modern American history.
Vignettes of what American life used to be like and the events that transformed it -- from the civil right's boycott
that began with Rosa Parks' refusal to be discriminated against, to break- through advances in germ warfare, to the revelation that women's orgasms came from clitoral rather than vaginal stimulation, to the inception of the Internet.
Organized by theme rather than chronologically, the snippets of revelation about how daily American life used to be are driven home with firsthand testimonies of ordinary people who lived in those times. This is a virtual American history museum in book form.
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