The way we were: 1964

The Annual Lobster Parade in a Nova Scotia small town in 1964.

Life was great 50-odd years ago: after a hard day at work at an average daily wage of $20 we’d drive our cars, without safety belts, to the local drive-in for a cheeseburger and fries, about the same price of a gallon of gas: 25 cents.

At home, we’d watch a brand-new sitcom, Gilligan’s Island, on our 11-inch portable TV, interrupted frequently by the new Marlboro cigarette commercials.

We were concerned about the escalation of war in Vietnam and beginning to buy bell-bottom pants, just like Sonny and Cher.

Tim Horton’s first donut shop had just opened in Hamilton, Ont., and the Toronto Maple Leafs actually won the Stanley Cup.

Do you have any memories from 50 years ago? We’d love to hear about them.

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