By Teresa K. Flatley
No one has to tell Boomers how vastly things have changed for students returning to school these days from when we were in our new school shoes. Most of them (I'm guessing) have some type of electronic device with them whether it's a cell phone ready to text, an iPod or iPad, a computer, or a game system. That started me thinking about how we Boomers prepared ourselves for the first day of school.
I enlisted the help of some friends to come up with a list of items we would have taken with us or worn back to school in the 1960s. Sound familiar?
- · A box of 64 Crayola crayons (the motherlode)
- · Book bags (not back packs)
- · Lunch boxes: The Flintstones, Jetsons, Bonanza or a stylin' red plaid one. I don't really remember any specific lunch boxes that I had. I do remember that I carried my lunch in a white paper bag (from our candy store) and that my Mom always wrote "Teresa" with a "grease" pen on the front. Usually, lunch contained a banana, and a "jumbo" (bologna) sandwich (wrapped in wax paper) with Wonder white bread and mayo. And sometimes, thank you so much, a Hostess cupcake. To see a huge collection of 1960s' lunch boxes, visit here.
- · Pee Chee folders
- · Saddle shoes
- · Shirtwaist dresses
- · Leggings
- · Ruler, compass, #2 pencils, erasers, fountain pens
- · Elmer's glue, loose leaf paper and binders
- · Brown paper bags on hand to cover books