For Throwback Thursday today I will be a “Jet-Setter”. I am getting on a plane (or two) and heading off to New York City!
Fashion Week is this week and I was awarded the luxury of a Free Hotel stay at the W Hotels Union Square. A I was planning my trip and packing of course some very vintage minded apparel and accessories for the trip, it made me ponder what travels used to be like?
In the 1950s, people travelled by air, train, by sea and by road. This is also the time when the demand for owning private cars rose in the UK. In fact, traditional forms of transport such as buses and trains were abandoned in favour of private cars. This is because cars enabled people to discover travel destinations that were previously unthinkable by bus or train.
In the 1950s, people got around basically the same way people do today.They went to work in cars, busses, or trains. More people rode busses and trains to work (percentage wise) than do today. Most middle class families only had one car. On vacation, people drove, took the train, or went by plane. Airlines were not as numerous as they are today and most people could not afford to take their entire family by plane. Kids rode to school on the same old school bus as kids today. A lot more kids rode their bikes (pedal type!) to school because many schools were in small towns or there were several close schools in districts in large cities. Many kids even walked to school. Major cities had taxi cabs but they were an expensive way to travel. In cities like New York, a large percent of the population used the subway (called the “EL” [elevated]) in some cities. There were more passenger trains in large cites than there are today. Just an example–I lived in New Jersey and was a NY Yankee fan. To go to a game at Yankee Stadium we would take the bus that picked us up on the corner of my street, take that bus to another city where we got a bus that took us into New York City. In the City we got on the Yankee Stadium exit.
I am excited about the trip today and in some ways am thankful our resources have changed but I still think it would be fun to travel 1950’s style so today while traveling I am going to dress teh part and play along a tad. I mean just cuz I can’t GO RETRO doesn’t mean I can’t LOOK retro, right?