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Pictures of America's youth in the early 20th century when children ran barefott instead of playing X boxes

 
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Well, try to run barefoot in concrete jungle, see what happens.

You can still run barefoot however or whenever you wish...

It doesn't mean they were brilliant back then, probably were dumber than current gamer children.
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Outside of his Modern Warfare game...the average "gamer" doesn't know his ass from a hole in the ground.

burnit
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^^^This^^^

I recently encountered one who informed me no one had ever taught him how to peel an orange.

Of course my reply was that a monkey can peel an orange and that some things should not require a lot of detailed instruction.

Totally baffled, he was. And any deficiency they have they seem to blame others instead of their own laziness when they have at their fingertips more information than any in history.
One of the most important aspects of conspiracy theories is being able to discern when there isn't one.

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...and technology is a good thing..?
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I think many are starting to rethink that...and hopefully many more will come realize that it has done little to really improve the overall quality of our lives.
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Technology has improved our lives in many ways but it has also contaminated the earth to such an extent we may never be able to clean it up. We are the only animals that fowl our nest.
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Hell it wasn't that long ago...the 1980's, when we got home from school, we just threw our books in our rooms and all the neighborhood kids met up for whatever adventure we could figure out for that day...

Our mother's didn't see us again until sunset...

And they didn't even worry about it...
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These fascinating pictures of American and Canadian youngsters in the first half of the 20th century capture an almost forgotten age of innocence and the simplest of pleasures.

The photographs, from the archives of the National Geographic magazine, show children from around two or three up until their early teens and give a fascinating glimpse into what life was like for youngsters without the all trappings of the modern world which we now take so much for granted.

[link to www.dailymail.co.uk]

These are clearly poor kids, but see how healthy they look! Such is progress.
 Quoting: Tess2012


I'd like to add - back in the 70's

1. we never locked our house door or car!
2. Everyone respected everyone else's rights -
3. Crime then wasn't even as bad
4. There was respect at school and to adults
5. No computers or video games - just imagination and playing outside!
6. We ate what was on our plate and didn't waste!

Time was so much SIMPLER then! This is just within the last 50 years! What happened?

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Yep, it does sadden my heart to know i have permanently separated from my smaller, younger, innocent self. But he is still out there, remembering games and make-believe in those quieter days.

And that's the thing, no matter how much our enemies continue to take from us and try as they might at keeping us down, they can't take away those precious memories we have.
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Photo said this was prolly taken in Canada...but notice how clean their hair is!
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Clean water with natural minerals makes for shiny hair and healthy skin. No chemicals in the water supply in those days. Most people had well water on their property. Well water is full of healthy minerals.
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and honestly - washing hair with lye soap and water only - squeaky clean!
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Yep, it does sadden my heart to know i have permanently separated from my smaller, younger, innocent self. But he is still out there, remembering games and make-believe in those quieter days.

And that's the thing, no matter how much our enemies continue to take from us and try as they might at keeping us down, they can't take away those precious memories we have.
 Quoting: CaptiveR 16504523


^^^^^THIS^^^^^

Well said!
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Yall should all write books. Look this is a new generation of Limousine Ridin', Jet Flying, Kiss Stealin', fist pumping,kardashian watching, fruity shot taking, money shot giving, chics wearing hot stuff ERA. So all of you all can open a can of boost or metamucil and relive all the times when yall played with dinosaurs but dont hate on us cause we sexy! lol
 Quoting: texmich


That's just the thing! Y'all actually wholesale bought into that fallacy! As if it were true! It's ridiculous. Of course there may be a handful of those folks, mostly laughing because the younger generation wants to be like them, when in fact most of them are miserable. They can't hang on to a relationsip. They're bankrupt in every way. They take pills to make themselves happy.

No thanks!
 Quoting: Don'tBeAfraid


The problem is alot of youth today have the wrong idea about what sexy is. You are either sexy, or you are not. It doesn't matter what you wear, it is what a person has inside of them that is sexy, how they carry themselves, how they exude a positive energy, having confidence in oneself.

I may be 53 years old, but that doesn't stop people from being drawn to me. I have always exuded an energy, whether wearing something sexy, or wearing my comfy tracksuit.
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OP, a lot of people won't get it. Back then, we felt safe. I could walk anywhere in my town and need never worry, even the poorest African-American section of town at 6 years old, and not be hassled. I used to walk to the grocery store to get bread and milk and not once did anyone bother me. In fact people waved and were kind to me.

Contrast that with now. I'd never let a child walk through there. They'd see all kinds of crime even in my small town: prostitution, drugs, thugs, wannabee gansters. It's pathetic.

Were there problems? No doubt, but children still had their innocence. No porn available 24/7 on a computer. Only on rare occasions would we laugh by looking through the lingerie section of the Sears catalogue! That was our innocent fun.

We rode our bikes all over town. Many of us had paper routes and made enough money to buy our ice cream, comic books, some clothes, our bikes, go see a movie once a week at the matinee, sometimes staying through to watch at least two for the same price. We paid for the presents we gave to our family, and felt a sense of pride at earning money to benefit others. We saved our money each day during Lent and gave money to missions to help the poor.

I can remember a kid fell on the sidewalk. He lived many blocks away. My mom cleaned his wounds, bandaged him up in our home. Fed him lunch, and sent him on his way. There's no way a parent would risk doing all that now. They'd simply call his parents and have them pick him up.

We hiked in the woods and built dams in the streams. Fashioned boats out wood and home sails. We didn't have that many toys, mostly made due with homemade bow and arrows and bola and pretended to be Native American warriors.

We played tetherball, volleyball, kickball, basketball. We ran everywhere and we were lean and tan and wiry and healthy. Maybe one child was a little overweight but we didn't tease him, and likely he'd work off most of the weight during the summer.

No one took vitamins because we ate better even though poor. Almost every meal was homemade save an occasional lunch of Campbell's soup. Mom's were embarrassed if they made a "box cake", and the other mom's would tease them. Almost every meal did my family sit together at once and eat and talk and share stories.

We never missed church. We were there every Wednesday and Sunday, and always went to youth group because we wanted to.

Seldom were any kids overscheduled. We had plenty of time for school and homework, and maybe took one activity like playing the piano or one sport.

I know this seems silly to some young people, but I feel sad for them. They were and are in such a rush to grow up. We were different back then. Holding hands was a BIG DEAL. The first kisses were special and innocent and there was so much importance about who you shared that with. Few couples risked making love and going all the way, and seldom were there teen moms and always they got married, and there was little judgement because "they were in love so it was natural...".

We were kinder to each other. We worked hard to elimate people using the N word. We considered anyone who said it "low class fools". Years later when folks started calling themselves that, I was shocked.

I can remember what a big deal it was when a person of another race came over. How shy each of us was in each other's homes and so respectful for the opportunity to share a meal and learn and be more understanding. Now we thump our chests and are all puffed up. It's stupid. Back then, I actually thought that racism would die in my generation. How foolishly naive I was. People love it too much.

I remember the first Jewish boy I met at age nine. I learned the Shema from him. His parents were good hard working people. They weren't any different than my parents, both sets working to make their children's lives better and easier.

Even when someone was realy different, we were excited by it, and wanted to learn why they were. We might have become good friends and teased them, but didn't despise them for living a different way.

Some old guys lived together, we called them "confirmed bachelors", but everyone knew they were "funny" but most didn't tease them or hate them for it. We just shrugged our shoulders and didn't make a big deal. I think I was 17 before I heard the term f...t, and I was shocked people would say that word. It meant something burning. My friends never said. My parents never did.Not once did anyone in church condemn it, we talked about redemption and Jesus and didn't espouse hate there.

There weren't any homeless, save an occasional drunk, that always found some money tucked into his pocket by a mom or dad, or made him a meal or even invited him to the supper table.

Our dads all served as soldiers, and even when they came home, and we saw that far off sad look, we respected them for their service, and wished them success and happiness. They were heroes to a boy, no matter how they served in whatever capacity.

We adored our moms. They were gentle and yet tough. We seldom raised our voices in the house, and never yelled at them. It was just unheard of to talk back. We always told them they looked beautiful, especially on Sunday because they wore their best and looked radiant. We wanted to meet girls like them. They never ever did anything lewd or used a curse word save if they dropped a casserole on the kitchen floor, and then it was likely, "Shoot!".
 Quoting: Don'tBeAfraid


Beautiful post! Thank you for letting me momentarily relive my childhood through your words. I feel sorry for the kids growing up in this crazy world we live in today.

I remember my mother hanging the laundry in the yard while talking over the fence to a neighbor. If a woman was sick or just delivered a baby, neighbors would cook for the family until the Mom got back on her feet. Doctors made house calls. If you needed information you went to the library and looked it up. People wrote letters and penmanship was important. We respected our elders and listened to their stories and learned history from them. I sure miss the good old days!

hf
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Thx Op for sharing! 5* ! I love the old days. That's why I love old (black and white) classic movies, they take me away to their time era.
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[link to demog.berkeley.edu]

Life expectancy

Year 1900

Male; 46.3
Female; 48.3


Year 1998

Male; 73.8
Female; 79.5


Yeah it sounds like the early 1900's were a much more healthy period to live in. Specially considering the majority of people didn't even reach 55 years before they died.
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Learn to see through statistics beyond emotional reactions. People did not keel over in their 40's. Infant mortality made for a lot of 0's to skew the averages, as did infection before the advent of antibiotics. Improved sanitation had a lot to do with it too. The lifespan of healthy people has not changed much at all.

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Not only healthy.

See these kids are happy and love each other.

See the little boy with his arm around the girl next to him?

Just think, this was all before......
Separation of church from state
Welfare
Abortion
Gay rights

Care to add to this list?
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So your advocating the prosecution, and prejudice against an entire society/culture? Nice superiority complex ya prick.
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You want a real culprit?
It's that non-interactive box or screen in your house,
that has told America what to think, what to eat, what
to wear, who to vote for, for over half a century.

The interactive internet is undoing some of the damage
that the greatest brainwashing tool in history has done,
but it may be too late to regain our freedoms that have
been lost.
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Hear, hear.
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Thx Op for sharing! 5* ! I love the old days. That's why I love old (black and white) classic movies, they take me away to their time era.
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Sorry, I forgot to thank you for sharing this thread! 5*****for you!
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But both of those groups, and people in general, have become more and more stupidly liberal through the decades.
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We only had one race then?
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Not only healthy.

See these kids are happy and love each other.

See the little boy with his arm around the girl next to him?

Just think, this was all before......
Separation of church from state
Welfare
Abortion
Gay rights

Care to add to this list?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32715303


I'll add to this.

It has fuck all to do with any of the things you mentioned.

What a skewered look on life you have!

It has everything to do with corporations taking over the world and forcing greed and consumerism down everyones throats for the past 50 years.
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good to hear from the unemployed kingdom who would have nothing without the empire plundering every fucking continent on earth.what a souless helpless lot you are
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As soon as these barbarian children die out, then we'll stop seeing these things. Currently they're having an emotional effect on the journalists writing these articles. Therefore we have these articles making it seem as if this was a glorious time. "The simplest of pleasures".... This is simply a state of mind. To these children these "pleasures" seem as simple, or as "difficult" (whatever that could mean), as the use of the newest electronic seems to a young boy today. In about a century you'll see articles saying the same thing about the children born in the late 90's and early 00's. I love how emotional everyone becomes when an article like this gets passed around. Give me a break.
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Misegnation motherfuckers. Aint it grand?
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I think you mean miscegenation, my obtuse racist colleague.

And no, I don't concur to your assessment.
 Quoting: Don'tBeAfraid


"We must realize that our party's most powerful weapon is racial tension. By propounding into the consciousness of the dark races, that for centuries they have been oppressed by the whites, we can move them to the program of the communist party. In America, we will aim for subtle victory. While inflaming the Negro minority against the whites, we will instill in the whites a guilt-complex for their exploitation of the Negroes. We will aid the Negroes to rise to prominence in every walk of life, in the professions, and in the world of sports and entertainment. With this prestige, the Negro will be able to intermarry with the whites and begin a process which will deliver America to our cause."
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Don't you have an original ideas of your own? Will you really rely upon the words of others to speak for you? To offer evidence is one thing, but to be lacking in any capacity for eloquence, that means you are doomed to be silent and ultimately ignored.
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Yall should all write books. Look this is a new generation of Limousine Ridin', Jet Flying, Kiss Stealin', fist pumping,kardashian watching, fruity shot taking, money shot giving, chics wearing hot stuff ERA. So all of you all can open a can of boost or metamucil and relive all the times when yall played with dinosaurs but dont hate on us cause we sexy! lol
 Quoting: texmich


That's just the thing! Y'all actually wholesale bought into that fallacy! As if it were true! It's ridiculous. Of course there may be a handful of those folks, mostly laughing because the younger generation wants to be like them, when in fact most of them are miserable. They can't hang on to a relationsip. They're bankrupt in every way. They take pills to make themselves happy.

No thanks!
 Quoting: Don'tBeAfraid


The problem is alot of youth today have the wrong idea about what sexy is. You are either sexy, or you are not. It doesn't matter what you wear, it is what a person has inside of them that is sexy, how they carry themselves, how they exude a positive energy, having confidence in oneself.

I may be 53 years old, but that doesn't stop people from being drawn to me. I have always exuded an energy, whether wearing something sexy, or wearing my comfy tracksuit.
 Quoting: katballoo


You're beautiful, Kat! Inside and outside! And you've come to accept yourself and love yourself and love others THAT is what makes you approachable and magnetic -

Kids today have been conditioned by the "boob tube" and "slut magazines" that if they don't wear a certain item, or have a certain makeup or look a certain way that they are not "popular" or "important."

Not so in the good old days!! Everyone had a part - everyone had a purpose!

I miss those days :(

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Yall should all write books. Look this is a new generation of Limousine Ridin', Jet Flying, Kiss Stealin', fist pumping,kardashian watching, fruity shot taking, money shot giving, chics wearing hot stuff ERA. So all of you all can open a can of boost or metamucil and relive all the times when yall played with dinosaurs but dont hate on us cause we sexy! lol
 Quoting: texmich


That's just the thing! Y'all actually wholesale bought into that fallacy! As if it were true! It's ridiculous. Of course there may be a handful of those folks, mostly laughing because the younger generation wants to be like them, when in fact most of them are miserable. They can't hang on to a relationsip. They're bankrupt in every way. They take pills to make themselves happy.

No thanks!
 Quoting: Don'tBeAfraid


The problem is alot of youth today have the wrong idea about what sexy is. You are either sexy, or you are not. It doesn't matter what you wear, it is what a person has inside of them that is sexy, how they carry themselves, how they exude a positive energy, having confidence in oneself.

I may be 53 years old, but that doesn't stop people from being drawn to me. I have always exuded an energy, whether wearing something sexy, or wearing my comfy tracksuit.
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You're lovely. That's immediately self-evident.

If you want to be totally freaked out by this present generation, read this exchange here:
Thread: OK my heathens, who is hotter. Kelly Pickler or Carrie Underwood? (Page 2)

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These fascinating pictures of American and Canadian youngsters in the first half of the 20th century capture an almost forgotten age of innocence and the simplest of pleasures.

...

These are clearly poor kids, but see how healthy they look! Such is progress.
 Quoting: Tess2012



HEALTHY??

The death rate for children in 1900 was approximately30% before the age of 10 in rural areas, and higher in the cities!!


For "working class" kids in big urban areas the death rate before the age of 10 was 35% to 40%, higher in some locations.

Time to pull your head out of the sand and note the REAL CONDITIONS for the average working person back then ... it was DISMAL.

Blue collar males in most heavy industry jobs (railroads/mining/steel/manufacturing) were LUCKY if they were STILL ALIVE when they hit 60 (most were NOT), and if they were they were probably gravely injured and incapacitated for the rest of their lives.

Shop keepers and white collar types had it better, but their children were still at risk for early death.
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Not an AR-15 in sight.
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nope but you could buy a thompson sub machine gun over the counter legally.lots of school shootings back then also.kids fought with their fists,even the gang on every corner as the dutch fuck referenced.america was poor in the 30s but we were not slaughtering our neighbors like you civalized euro assholes.your whole continent still reeks of death
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As soon as these barbarian children die out, then we'll stop seeing these things. Currently they're having an emotional effect on the journalists writing these articles. Therefore we have these articles making it seem as if this was a glorious time. "The simplest of pleasures".... This is simply a state of mind. To these children these "pleasures" seem as simple, or as "difficult" (whatever that could mean), as the use of the newest electronic seems to a young boy today. In about a century you'll see articles saying the same thing about the children born in the late 90's and early 00's. I love how emotional everyone becomes when an article like this gets passed around. Give me a break.
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To clarify, it will take many decades, though with the progression of technology this could be only years, for this same "barbarian" child to reach the age where they feel writing these new articles about how "the simplest of pleasures" between 2000 and, say, 2020+- were. These people must reach a certain age before we'll see the same thing repeated again. It will come with every time span of progression, from now until the end of time.
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OP, a lot of people won't get it. Back then, we felt safe. I could walk anywhere in my town and need never worry, even the poorest African-American section of town at 6 years old, and not be hassled. I used to walk to the grocery store to get bread and milk and not once did anyone bother me. In fact people waved and were kind to me.

Contrast that with now. I'd never let a child walk through there. They'd see all kinds of crime even in my small town: prostitution, drugs, thugs, wannabee gansters. It's pathetic.

Were there problems? No doubt, but children still had their innocence. No porn available 24/7 on a computer. Only on rare occasions would we laugh by looking through the lingerie section of the Sears catalogue! That was our innocent fun.

We rode our bikes all over town. Many of us had paper routes and made enough money to buy our ice cream, comic books, some clothes, our bikes, go see a movie once a week at the matinee, sometimes staying through to watch at least two for the same price. We paid for the presents we gave to our family, and felt a sense of pride at earning money to benefit others. We saved our money each day during Lent and gave money to missions to help the poor.

I can remember a kid fell on the sidewalk. He lived many blocks away. My mom cleaned his wounds, bandaged him up in our home. Fed him lunch, and sent him on his way. There's no way a parent would risk doing all that now. They'd simply call his parents and have them pick him up.

We hiked in the woods and built dams in the streams. Fashioned boats out wood and home sails. We didn't have that many toys, mostly made due with homemade bow and arrows and bola and pretended to be Native American warriors.

We played tetherball, volleyball, kickball, basketball. We ran everywhere and we were lean and tan and wiry and healthy. Maybe one child was a little overweight but we didn't tease him, and likely he'd work off most of the weight during the summer.

No one took vitamins because we ate better even though poor. Almost every meal was homemade save an occasional lunch of Campbell's soup. Mom's were embarrassed if they made a "box cake", and the other mom's would tease them. Almost every meal did my family sit together at once and eat and talk and share stories.

We never missed church. We were there every Wednesday and Sunday, and always went to youth group because we wanted to.

Seldom were any kids overscheduled. We had plenty of time for school and homework, and maybe took one activity like playing the piano or one sport.

I know this seems silly to some young people, but I feel sad for them. They were and are in such a rush to grow up. We were different back then. Holding hands was a BIG DEAL. The first kisses were special and innocent and there was so much importance about who you shared that with. Few couples risked making love and going all the way, and seldom were there teen moms and always they got married, and there was little judgement because "they were in love so it was natural...".

We were kinder to each other. We worked hard to elimate people using the N word. We considered anyone who said it "low class fools". Years later when folks started calling themselves that, I was shocked.

I can remember what a big deal it was when a person of another race came over. How shy each of us was in each other's homes and so respectful for the opportunity to share a meal and learn and be more understanding. Now we thump our chests and are all puffed up. It's stupid. Back then, I actually thought that racism would die in my generation. How foolishly naive I was. People love it too much.

I remember the first Jewish boy I met at age nine. I learned the Shema from him. His parents were good hard working people. They weren't any different than my parents, both sets working to make their children's lives better and easier.

Even when someone was realy different, we were excited by it, and wanted to learn why they were. We might have become good friends and teased them, but didn't despise them for living a different way.

Some old guys lived together, we called them "confirmed bachelors", but everyone knew they were "funny" but most didn't tease them or hate them for it. We just shrugged our shoulders and didn't make a big deal. I think I was 17 before I heard the term f...t, and I was shocked people would say that word. It meant something burning. My friends never said. My parents never did.Not once did anyone in church condemn it, we talked about redemption and Jesus and didn't espouse hate there.

There weren't any homeless, save an occasional drunk, that always found some money tucked into his pocket by a mom or dad, or made him a meal or even invited him to the supper table.

Our dads all served as soldiers, and even when they came home, and we saw that far off sad look, we respected them for their service, and wished them success and happiness. They were heroes to a boy, no matter how they served in whatever capacity.

We adored our moms. They were gentle and yet tough. We seldom raised our voices in the house, and never yelled at them. It was just unheard of to talk back. We always told them they looked beautiful, especially on Sunday because they wore their best and looked radiant. We wanted to meet girls like them. They never ever did anything lewd or used a curse word save if they dropped a casserole on the kitchen floor, and then it was likely, "Shoot!".
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These fascinating pictures of American and Canadian youngsters in the first half of the 20th century capture an almost forgotten age of innocence and the simplest of pleasures.

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These are clearly poor kids, but see how healthy they look! Such is progress.
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HEALTHY??

The death rate for children in 1900 was approximately30% before the age of 10 in rural areas, and higher in the cities!!


For "working class" kids in big urban areas the death rate before the age of 10 was 35% to 40%, higher in some locations.

Time to pull your head out of the sand and note the REAL CONDITIONS for the average working person back then ... it was DISMAL.

Blue collar males in most heavy industry jobs (railroads/mining/steel/manufacturing) were LUCKY if they were STILL ALIVE when they hit 60 (most were NOT), and if they were they were probably gravely injured and incapacitated for the rest of their lives.

Shop keepers and white collar types had it better, but their children were still at risk for early death.
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Haven't you already posted this once? This is NOT 1900!
President Obama: “The future does not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”.
President Reagan: “The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave….”
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Here's something I wrote on my prepper thread. It's the first link in my signature.

The Betrayal of Innocence

What happened to American Civilization? In the 1980's, America entered into a period of constant confrontation with the Soviet Union. And then, as the Soviet block collapsed and freedom spread to the countries within their sphere of influence, America stood alone as the dominant superpower.

We thought we'd won, and we were giddy with it. It was a time of enormous wealth and greed and even though of modest middle class means, we had enough money to provide college educations for our children, purchased bigger homes and cars, and managed to transfer much of our wealth into investments.

The American children from that era, they had no limits to their unquenchable desire. Since their parents were wealthy, the children received greater and greater amounts of consumer items. What once was expensive become commonplace items that offered immediate access to information. Things didn't just have to provide a use, but also became customized and personalized to show status. People wore the labels of their clothing on the outside instead of the inner liner, for a name implied higher value.

They grew easily bored, and needed constant ten second scene changes in the media, a by-product of the MTV generation. They needed that email or text now, not soon or when it was needed, but NOW. More things meant more boredom. Nothing could satisfy that appetite.

An entire generation ate microwaved food and forgot how to grow crops and cook them. They forgot how to start a fire. They didn't even understand the principles or the qualities of wood or the means of ignition. They did understand that a rare fruit, a fine wine, an unusual flavor was stimulating, but damn the cost, for we needed anything to assuage the hunger!

Style was more important that substance. Video images were more important than cinema. A slick magazine was more important than Literature. Art was all but forgotten. Even the music became like artificial mechanized tones totally lacking soul. Remakes became necessary, for creativity was stilted and absent.

It was a betrayal of innocence. A whole generation lost their innocence because they were given everything like spoiled brats.

And then, because of the Internet, what once was taboo, became unlimited. Anyone could easily find any image to immediate titillate. In such an environment, even the most shocking sexual act could become boring in minutes due to being inundated with it.

These are the young people who will be your neighbors for the most part. They literally don't know how to do ANYTHING of value in a collapsed primitive society. They are very smart. Not because they know a lot, for actually they know less than any previous generation despite the immediacy of information. They do have a great capacity to learn, if motivated.

In the immediate aftermath, they will not have much time to adapt. I fear for them.
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OP, a lot of people won't get it. Back then, we felt safe. I could walk anywhere in my town and need never worry, even the poorest African-American section of town at 6 years old, and not be hassled. I used to walk to the grocery store to get bread and milk and not once did anyone bother me. In fact people waved and were kind to me.

Contrast that with now. I'd never let a child walk through there. They'd see all kinds of crime even in my small town: prostitution, drugs, thugs, wannabee gansters. It's pathetic.

Were there problems? No doubt, but children still had their innocence. No porn available 24/7 on a computer. Only on rare occasions would we laugh by looking through the lingerie section of the Sears catalogue! That was our innocent fun.

We rode our bikes all over town. Many of us had paper routes and made enough money to buy our ice cream, comic books, some clothes, our bikes, go see a movie once a week at the matinee, sometimes staying through to watch at least two for the same price. We paid for the presents we gave to our family, and felt a sense of pride at earning money to benefit others. We saved our money each day during Lent and gave money to missions to help the poor.

I can remember a kid fell on the sidewalk. He lived many blocks away. My mom cleaned his wounds, bandaged him up in our home. Fed him lunch, and sent him on his way. There's no way a parent would risk doing all that now. They'd simply call his parents and have them pick him up.

We hiked in the woods and built dams in the streams. Fashioned boats out wood and home sails. We didn't have that many toys, mostly made due with homemade bow and arrows and bola and pretended to be Native American warriors.

We played tetherball, volleyball, kickball, basketball. We ran everywhere and we were lean and tan and wiry and healthy. Maybe one child was a little overweight but we didn't tease him, and likely he'd work off most of the weight during the summer.

No one took vitamins because we ate better even though poor. Almost every meal was homemade save an occasional lunch of Campbell's soup. Mom's were embarrassed if they made a "box cake", and the other mom's would tease them. Almost every meal did my family sit together at once and eat and talk and share stories.

We never missed church. We were there every Wednesday and Sunday, and always went to youth group because we wanted to.

Seldom were any kids overscheduled. We had plenty of time for school and homework, and maybe took one activity like playing the piano or one sport.

I know this seems silly to some young people, but I feel sad for them. They were and are in such a rush to grow up. We were different back then. Holding hands was a BIG DEAL. The first kisses were special and innocent and there was so much importance about who you shared that with. Few couples risked making love and going all the way, and seldom were there teen moms and always they got married, and there was little judgement because "they were in love so it was natural...".

We were kinder to each other. We worked hard to elimate people using the N word. We considered anyone who said it "low class fools". Years later when folks started calling themselves that, I was shocked.

I can remember what a big deal it was when a person of another race came over. How shy each of us was in each other's homes and so respectful for the opportunity to share a meal and learn and be more understanding. Now we thump our chests and are all puffed up. It's stupid. Back then, I actually thought that racism would die in my generation. How foolishly naive I was. People love it too much.

I remember the first Jewish boy I met at age nine. I learned the Shema from him. His parents were good hard working people. They weren't any different than my parents, both sets working to make their children's lives better and easier.

Even when someone was realy different, we were excited by it, and wanted to learn why they were. We might have become good friends and teased them, but didn't despise them for living a different way.

Some old guys lived together, we called them "confirmed bachelors", but everyone knew they were "funny" but most didn't tease them or hate them for it. We just shrugged our shoulders and didn't make a big deal. I think I was 17 before I heard the term f...t, and I was shocked people would say that word. It meant something burning. My friends never said. My parents never did.Not once did anyone in church condemn it, we talked about redemption and Jesus and didn't espouse hate there.

There weren't any homeless, save an occasional drunk, that always found some money tucked into his pocket by a mom or dad, or made him a meal or even invited him to the supper table.

Our dads all served as soldiers, and even when they came home, and we saw that far off sad look, we respected them for their service, and wished them success and happiness. They were heroes to a boy, no matter how they served in whatever capacity.

We adored our moms. They were gentle and yet tough. We seldom raised our voices in the house, and never yelled at them. It was just unheard of to talk back. We always told them they looked beautiful, especially on Sunday because they wore their best and looked radiant. We wanted to meet girls like them. They never ever did anything lewd or used a curse word save if they dropped a casserole on the kitchen floor, and then it was likely, "Shoot!".
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Beautiful post! Thank you for letting me momentarily relive my childhood through your words. I feel sorry for the kids growing up in this crazy world we live in today.

I remember my mother hanging the laundry in the yard while talking over the fence to a neighbor. If a woman was sick or just delivered a baby, neighbors would cook for the family until the Mom got back on her feet. Doctors made house calls. If you needed information you went to the library and looked it up. People wrote letters and penmanship was important. We respected our elders and listened to their stories and learned history from them. I sure miss the good old days!

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I did not have an idealic childhood and I grew up in the 50-60's. There was still war, bad marriages(w/o divorce because women were stuck), incest, pedophilia, corruption and hardship of all kinds. You must look back through American history and you will see it all. This is the point I am trying to make. If we are the products of idealic childhoods then why is this country so F**ked, why is there so much unhappiness and addictions of all kinds and why do we continue to degenerate? I believe it is because we live in DENIAL of true reality. We go through life comatose and lie to one another.

We have always been in denial as a species and that is why we are where we are at today. And we refuse to THINK for ourselves.

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It would be great if we can make and preserve some countryside and natural areas for children, so that they can get outdoors in the good air some more. It's really sad for city kids to be stuck without green areas and gardens. I love going to you pick farms, and so many farms make nice holiday events for children, which I really appreciate. Schools would be so much better getting children outdoors and muddy, and exploring than all this test taking.

Too many kids locked in school all day...not at all as it should be. The natural sort of "school" for our Country is much more of a one room school with plenty of outside free space, not the sort of institutional jails we have.
I hope the future has the benefits of technology, like the internet, but also lots more trees and birds and beautiful things and enjoyment of life. It's a nice combination.

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