It felt good being inches taller. Platforms are so good because both the front of your foot and the heel are being elevated at the same time. The young men of the day wore them too although not quite so high as ours. I did try on my daughter's platforms one day, thinking that as I wore them once I could wear them again. I found out that I definitely can't, in any shape or form wear high heels anymore.
Here is a photo of my wedding platforms. I'm not wearing wide trousers just elegantly climbing out of the car.
|Beds for peever were a bit like this|
Plainy, clappy, never heard of them? I'm talking about a game played with two balls the size of tennis balls against a wall , we called it doublers or balls. Plainy was just playing the two balls against the wall. Clappy was clapping hands in between, burly was twirling round and catching the ball. The ball went under our right leg, then left leg and round our back. We would play with one hand, with three balls and kneeling, anything that would challenge us. As we played we sang.
The big ship sailed down the alley, alley o', one two three o'leary and I've a lover in America I've a lover in Dundee ie,ie , are the only ones I can remember but there were lots. We really were a talented lot.
Borrowing an old nylon stocking from our mum we put a ball in the foot and tied it in then we tied the stocking around an ankle and jumped over it as it twirled round.
When it rained we didn't stay indoors, we played in the closes (entrance) of the tenements we lived in. Sometimes we played with our Paper cut out dolls. We bought them in the form of a book and they all had their own names, sometimes the paper dolls would be a whole wedding party,bride, bridesmaids etc.
The Bunty comic always had a paper doll cut out with clothes on the last page. I used to glue mine onto cardboard to make it last longer.
Panda eyes. Not the dark, smokey eyes we see today but white like a panda. There were two types of white eyeshadow, one was a thick white cream and one was called shiner, a lighter, shiny white. We put the shiner above our eyelid and below it. At that time many of the pop stars wore the same type like,
Marc Bolan, David Bowie and models like Twiggy.
My mum thought It looked horrendous and wouldn't let me wear the thick white eyeshadow, I was only allowed to use the shiner. I really wish I had a photo of myself with panda eyes to show you, now that would have had you laughing.
Peyton Place, My mum watched this American soap opera every week. The announcer would say at the beginning,"The continuing story of Peyton Place." I was too young to really follow it but watched the parts where Mai Farrow and Ryan O'Neil appeared. They were boyfriend and girlfriend when it began but like all soap operas nothing went smooth for them. They both later went on to star in the film, Love Story, known for it's sad ending and the words,"Love means never having to say you're sorry."
Did you wear platforms? Maybe you still do today. Did you play peever,or call it hopscotch?
For a glimpse of life beginning with the letter P in the fifties and sixties have a look at Rosalind Adam's blog
Writing in the Rain