This blog is about the story of my family here in America. We arrived in the 1630s as Puritans, and became the common folk of the New World.

Seeing how your grandparents lived

If you want to see the world of your grandparents, watch Laurel and Hardy, or The Three Stooges. No, I'm not implying anything here, except that this is how you can see what people wore, the cars they drove, the buildings, and the cities where they lived. And the reason that you want to watch Laurel and Hardy, or The Three Stooges, is because they were very low-budget films. They just didn't have the money for elaborate sets or costumes. Many times they just went out and filmed right there in Hollywood or Culver City.

I'm not recommending that you believe the world of movies. But take a look at the backgrounds. Look at how intersections in the 1930s were usually without stop signs or traffic lights, and sometimes had a policeman directing traffic, if it was unusually crowded. Look at how people dressed. The men all wore suits, just to walk down to the corner store. Women didn't drive cars much because this was way before power steering, and cars were very difficult, and tiresome, to steer. This is what the world looked like to your grandparents, or great-grandparents, or great-great grandparents, depending on your age.

This was a time of trolley cars in many cities. And note how slowly all of the vehicles are moving. People could jump on and off of a trolley car while it was still rolling. You wouldn't want to try that today! And if you are fortunate enough to find some video that has been *colorized*, you are in luck. The world of our grandparents wasn't black-and-white, just the film was. It was a colorful world, just as it is now.

Squint your eyes and do some time travelling!
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