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Post Reply The "silent generation" 1928-1944 probably was the luckiest in humanity
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I've worked factory jobs now you don't have any idea what your talking about. Yes you put in some hours its called working but in the 50s you at least made enough to be able to be middle class. Now most factory jobs pay minimum wage.


U.S. factory work in the 50's was the backbone of the largest middle class the world has ever seen. Good wages, pensions, benefits, etc.

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That it was. Now most manufacturing jobs in the states are done by temps paid 8.50 an hour.
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Overgeneralized myopic nostalgia. I'll lend you some of the strontium-90 in my bones from the fun fifties.1950's Looney Tunes featuring Mel Blanc are still some of the best.
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pirththee wrote:1950's Looney Tunes featuring Mel Blanc are still some of the best.

oh don't make me go all tooney for some looney!
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That it was. Now most manufacturing jobs in the states are done by temps paid 8.50 an hour.

Give it another 20 years and factory jobs will be limited to a handful of technicians.

On the bright side, with no labor costs factories will move back to the U.S.

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lambofgenesis wrote:


biscuitnote wrote:


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This seems to be the golden era of being an average American in many aspects. Like my grandparents, born in a depression and childhood was hard, but after WW2 ended that ended quickly as well. The biggest boom in mankind followed, coupling with a generation growing up in the sweet 50's. Cars, freedom, soda fountains, etc. Move on to employment where retirement is at 55 and with a pension, that many are still collecting today. They get to spend their golden years coming off the Internet boom of the 90's, use tech to stay in touch with Grandkids, and yes there were some hard times and stress but not like today's under 40 somethings.

Full disclosure - By all means every generation had something good. Many say today's kids have it too easy, and in some ways they do, but in others they dont. $100k of student loan debt is not nice. Many people today are propped up by social services, while others partake in activities considered quite debaucherous. I'm not saying the silent generation was perfect by any means, but as far as opportunity, rapid increase in standard of living due to us winning WW2, etc, they would probably have to be considered the golden generation for the average American. For the exceptionally rich American, I would say there is no better time than now post-globalization if you have the money to travel the modern world.


When I was in high school and a little of college, I used to be in awe of the 50s. Life was so perfect back then and they had 0 problems.

But idk, I think you guys are underestimating the internet :D. There's a secret silent generation here too! I mean, there are junior high kids who've become millionaires from launching websites, or bloggers without college degrees making like over $60k by blogging. There's also a ton of video games that pay you money to play, and some RCE games too (but those are usually scammy or whatever).

I think there's lots of money to be made on the net, enough that you could literally work 2 hours a day, and still make over $20k a year.



I would rather work in a factory and make enough to support a family and own my own home. It was a simpler time and for me I would pick it if I could.


dude what? Factory work is like 8-9 hour days, sometimes overtime, in dangerous conditions back then, and idk if you'd have enough energy when you come home to even spend time with your family.



I've worked factory jobs now you don't have any idea what your talking about. Yes you put in some hours its called working but in the 50s you at least made enough to be able to be middle class. Now most factory jobs pay minimum wage.


I'm not talking about today, I mean like in the 50s factory jobs were friggin' dangerous. I've read legal cases where they had these license plate machines or whatever, it's one button to drop it, but the button was located near where the thing dropped. When testifying the foreman was like, "Well if you're fast enough you won't get your arm pinned under the machine." <-- that's the shit I'm talking about. And it's probably still like that today, given all the statistics on factory-related deaths. Like that explosion a few years back

Posted 8/11/15
A lot of ppl here wouldn't enjoy living in those times, esp lgbt+, thankfully society has somewhat evolved, that lgbt+, women, men and women of color have rights. Though racism and discrimination continues to exist, today its not as much of a problem as it was before contemporary modern times. I often fantasize about time travel to diffrent eras, but in reality I wouldnt wamt to settle there!
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Hell no, I like modern technology, from RC to computers to hobby robotics. And worst of all, no anime. And there would be cigarette smoke everywhere. Bunch of prudes everywhere, racist, and sexist.

Pass, I don't like political bs, but I like equality and freedom.
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It wouldn't have been good to be a woman during that time. Otherwise it was pretty set.


true that. besides the social ignorance the US government had set up, it was definitely a golden age.
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I think we take this era for granted. We are leaps and bounds better off than we were in the 50's it almost every way possible.
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Eh, if you're 100k in debt with no job prospects you are probably never going to own a home, nor have a normal family life, not to mention your retirement will be completely dependent on social security existing. Starting out with zero used to be the norm, this generation has the cards stacked against them from the get-go and it is only going to get worst with continued outsourcing of the remaining good paying jobs.
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The monetary aspect of being born in that era was nice, but not much else. A lot of people then were racist, homophobic, and sexist. Not to mention they had ridiculous expectations for women back then. .__.;.
Minus the money issues, this time period isn't too bad IMO. Not comparatively. We have rights that they didn't that are essential.
Posted 8/12/15 , edited 8/12/15

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I don't know I think white women had it good as well. They didn't have to work all they had to do was take care of the home no responsibility for money minimal stress could be superior to having to slave away in an office alongside men.

I guess those feminist movements & protests never existed then, considering the whole point of it was so they can work & get their own jobs.

Fun fact, women did actually go out & work, even in factories, during WW2. You know this picture...

Was actually meant to be a sorta Ad in having women work in factories? This was due to having barely any workers in the factories, so they turn to women to get just enough at least.

Pretty sure not all white women werent at home, had "no responsibility" for money and mad "minimal" stress to deal with back then.
Posted 8/12/15
Well, only if you had your own home ad you weren't paying mortgages on it, no?
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