My grandma was born in 1949. That is just 4 years after world war two. People were still scared that the Russians would attack them with nuclear bombs and that the Japanese would attack the west coast of the US. The kids would have drills at school to get under their desks if a bomb fell near them. People were not scared all the time, they still had fun, but it was still right after a war, so people were still in “war mode”. After the war when they would paint the houses, the people would use the battleship gray paint because it was cheaper than the other colors. My grandma’s father even made the kids a swing in their shed out of a small, empty, bomb.
Times were a lot different in the home too. There were no TV’s, video games, or personal computers. When moms would say to their kids “go play” they wouldn’t just go and play on the computer, they would go outside and play with each other. Back then, a man’s handshake would seal a deal instead of having to sign a fancy contract or anything. Women dressed a lot more modestly too.