Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Day 44

LAST POST until March 2nd!

Why the pink boa you may ask? Well, I needed to post a photo that completely captures my mood the evening before the start of this project....the mood of CRAZINESS! I'm excited and scared. Today was full of preparations, and I began filming for the documentary.

I'm not going to say too much...I can only promise that in some way (a way that I am probably not anticipating) I will be changed by March 2nd.

Please be well.


Jacqueline said...

Hey Aunt Chris, I know you won't get this for a while but Ezra and I have really enjoyed reading your blog. Sorry I'm such a bad neice and it took me this long to comment. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

cleaning- you'll get to know baking soda works wonders about the house.

motoring- you'll learn what a choke is and what it can do for you.

biking- you'll learn all about coaster brakes.

walking- keds were the tip top in comfortable fashion then if i understand correctly.

you're in for a treat when you come back.

Anonymous said...

I know you won't see this for a week or so, I just read the AP article. I wanted to tell you, most women did too wear lipstick in the 1950s and in the 40s. It just wasn't the no-smear stuff. Hazel Bishop put out the first one, but I can't remember just when. I do believe it was during the later 1950s though.
My first child was born in 1956, and the first disposable diapers came out about that time, but they were really awful so most people did stay with cloth diapers except when traveling.

Anonymous said...


I just read about this in the Salt Lake City newspaper. This looks like a fun project. Since I grew up in the 50's I can really relate to it.

But there is one place that I think your research has steered you wrong. In mine and my husband's memory every woman that we knew always wore very thick, very bright red lipstick, whenever they went out anywhere. Everyone almost always dressed up in Sunday best to go out: to do shopping, go to civic events, visit people, etc.

Hope this helps.


drsanford said...

Dear Christina,

It's been great to see all the media buzz you've generated. Of course, I've probably seen a lot more of it than you have yet. When you're back online later this week, I'd love to talk with you about possible media opportunities...

David Sanford
drsanford @
Sanford Communications, Inc.
Portland, Oregon

Ebayer said...

Saw an article about your project in the Salt Lake City Deseret News. Fascinating project. Just reading the story brought back many memories of the 40s and 50s.

Please post a LOT more observations here once the project is done. This is the most thought provoking thing I have come across in a long time.

Wish I had discovered this before you started on it. There are recordings available of many of the old radio shows from the 40s and 50s that you could have listened to for "atmosphere" before starting the project. Of course, since they are on CDs you would not be able to listen to them after you started.

You comment about spending "real money" versus using "plastic" could be the subject of a book all by itself. When I break a $10 or $20 bill, it really sinks in. When I hand over plastic for a $100 purchase it seems like I haven't spent any money at all.

I also found your comments about your students frustration with not being able to email you insightful. We got along just fine without that technology before it was invented and now we think we can't live without it.

Best of luck on this and I hope you get a ton of publicity out of it (and a book deal) once you are finished.


Pete said...

Read about your project in the Muskegon Chronicle. I still use many "retro" things even today. Rotary phones, typewriters, cash are all "de rigeur" at my house. And I'm only 45. My wife thinks I'm nuts but I love it. Try to watch only an hour or so of TV each day. Get the rest of my news from radio or newspaper. Best wishes with your project Christina.

Jen said...

I read about you and your creative project in the Salt Lake Deseret News. What a great idea! I can't wait to hear how it all turns out.


Cheri said...

I'm only in my mid 40's, but I remember sharing the phone line with our neighbors. I can remember begging my parents for our own phone line and for a touch tone phone.

I'm not much into email and prefer "real mail" which (thankfully) my friends understand and reciprocate.

Looking forward to reading about how your experiment went.

Anonymous said...

from Deborah,

I noticed many people mentioned lipstick - certainly women wore lipstick in the 40s. Mother put bright red lipstick on Gordon, John, and me so we could kiss letters to our father during WWII. Once we were getting read to go out and mother found John covered with nude - except for streaks of lipstick - I guess he thought he waws a warrior.

ken DeLaat said...

I wrirte for a weekly in Newaygo County and would like to do a story on your experiment. Can I get a quote or two? Let me know. Ken

Anonymous said...

Heard about your project on Weekend America today - what a great idea! I can't wait to read more.

Dede Mays said...

Dear Christina,
Did you really do any research "no bar soap before 1949"? I knew that didn't sound right. Here is a very brief Amercan history of soap.
Palmolive Soap
William Colgate started a candle and soap making company in New York City in 1806. By 1906, the company was making over 3,000 different soaps, perfumes and other products. For example, Colgate Dental Cream was introduced in 1877. In 1864, Caleb Johnson founded a soap company called B.J. Johnson Soap Co., in Milwaukee. In 1898, this company introduced a soap made of palm and olive oils, called Palmolive. It was so successful that that the B.J. Johnson Soap Co. changed their name to Palmolive in 1917. Another soap making company called the Peet Brothers Co. of Kansas City started in 1872. In 1927, Palmolive merged with them to became Palmolive Peet. In 1928, Palmolive Peet merged with Colgate to form Colgate-Palmolive-Peet. In 1953, the name was shortened to just Colgate-Palmolive. Ajax cleanser was one of their first major brand names introduced in the early 1940s.
After I heard that incorrect "fact" from you on NRP Weekend Edition. I thought,How in the world did she get on the radio?"
Apparently you fct check on Google whlie doing your "research" but surely you could have walked to the libary. Regards, Dede Mays