Another great article from my November 1946 issue of Seventeen Magazine: This column works to dispel the myth that the “Gay Nineties” (as in 1890’s) were the “good old days.”
“Haven’t you heard some sillies who moan, “Gosh, it would be wonderful if this were fifty years ago- during the Gay Nineties. Life was so-o-o exciting then!” Do tales of Diamond Jim Brady and Lillian Russell make you wonder a bit, maybe even yearn to have been a Gibson Girl? Well, when grandmother talks of the good old days, suggest that she discard the rosy-hued lenses.”
The article goes on to talk about the discomfort of corsets, the lack of variety in clothing, the inconvenience of travel. The thing that struck me, though, is how I, and many others of us, have this same attitude now about the 40’s and 50’s as compared to today! I don’t know how many times I have said that I was born in the wrong era. I guess we will always be looking over that fence to see how much greener the grass is on the other side.
My favorite part of the column was the last paragraph: “Try to imagine the books that will be written in 1996 about life today. They’ll laugh at our stumbling about with television, and at our offstage, on-street ballet slippers, but they’ll show that 1946 was a pretty exciting time in the history of the world. Rocket ships, atomic power, another chance for world peace, penicillin, two-way telephones in automobiles. Want to become a charter member of my Let’s Appreciate Today Club?” ~Seventeen Magazine, November 1946, pp. 69-70