RetroThing

It’s been fun observing from the sidelines as trends have come and gone. I’ve seen the paisly of the 60’s, the polyester of the 70’s, the spikes of the 80’s, and the dot-com boom of the 90’s that led to many tech workers going to work in shorts, t-shirts, and sandals.
Early in the 70’s we got nostalgic for the 50’s and early 60’s. American Graffiti appeared in 1973 and the nostalgia craze was on. AG led to Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley. Grease kept the fires going. Looking back, virtually the entire decade of the 70’s was a long, wistful look back to happier times.

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Shorpy

Many times we wax nostalgic about what it would have been like to have been living long ago, say, around the turn of the 20th century. While it would be enjoyable to see the world as it was in those days, the fact is that there is much that would be difficult to watch.
For instance, nowadays you have to be sixteen years old before you can get a full-time hourly job. Once you work more than forty hours, you get overtime. And employers have to provide you with a safe, healthy working environment.
NONE of those requirements existed back then.

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