I recently ran across this unfinished draft. I think I had jotted down a few notes when Delos stayed with us the last time 2 or 3 years ago, he was in his early 90s at the time. He was born in 1922, so his reminiscing is from the depression era up until and through WWII in 1945. We were talking about how different life was when he was young and when he remembered things changing over the years. Some things check out, others might seem like the times are off, but probably because he was living in small town Idaho where some modern conveniences were slower to enter the scene perhaps.
Here is a list of some of the things he told me, as well as some added notes.
There were no bathrooms in the house.
Shredded wheat was basically the only commercial cereal available, followed later by Wheaties.
Milk was delivered to your door, there was no milk sold in stores.
Indoor plumbing introduced in 1940. (in their house in Idaho)
Car tires needed to be replaced after 5000 miles.
Soles wore out easily and often on shoes.
There were no electric shavers or electric clippers.
Four LDS temples in the world.
There were actually 5 operating temples the year Delos was born, 7 temples by the time he was age five and through his youth when he would have been learning about temples. The 8th temple was dedicated just months prior to Delos and Betty being married, They were sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple during its first operating year.
Common mode of long distance travel was trains.
No passenger planes until WWII.
Slower paced life.
Catalog shopping - Sears Roebuck
No toilet paper.
Bottle of ink, dip in pen.
Pocket pens, age 9 or 10 (leaked in your pocket)
Ball point pens sold during WWII time.
Farm boys deferred from the war at first.
Young age for marriage was common.
Canning your own food from the garden was common and expected.
Times definitely have changed. Although there clearly are changes in my lifetime, I don't think there has ever been a time of more change than the 1900s, from horseback to space travel in one lifetime.