In the UK
My name is Sheila Galloway. In the 50s, my dad worked in a factory but my mum stayed at home to look after me and my sister. We lived in a small house with a tiny garden. My sister and I shared a room. We didn't have central heating and our bedroom was very cold and wet in winter. We wore socks in bed to keep warm! We didn't have a fridge, a washing machine or a telephone in those days. I remember we use to listen to the radio in the evening but then, in 1959, we got a TV! The programmes were in black and white and finished at eleven o'clock at night. My sister and I used to go the cinema at weekends. The films and music in those days were mainly from the US. We had a record player and we player and we played our favorite records on it.
In the US
My name is Tom Harmer. In the 50s, we lived in a house with a big garden. On a dry summer day, my dad built a tree house and my friends came round to play in it. I remember that very well. I used to sit in the tree house with my friends. We drank cold lemon tea and ate Mom's cookies. When I was sixteen, I had driving lessons. My dad gave me a second-hand car to go school on weekdays. On weekends, I used to drive around with my friends and we went to movie theaters or fast-food restaurants. I was a baseball fan. I used to watch baseball games at my friend's home. We didn't have a color TV until 1962.