In 1955 when I was eight years old, my family bought its first black and white television. Until then, like most families we had a large radio that we all stared at when we listened to a program every day. In addition, music was a more important part of our lives than after we got our televsion which only had three channels. A record player finally found its way into our home when I was about ten years old. Of course, every song heard on American Bandstand had to play on my record player. In the late fifties, all of my family still read books and newspapers. We had a night every week when I had to play a few tunes on the piano for the family to make sure I was practicing enough. The color television did not make it way into the living room until 1963. Wow! we could not get enough of it.
In 1960, we got a transistor radio that was a especially frustrating because the transistors did not last very long. We had one telephone which was on a party line shared by five families. Could be frustrating when you were trying to talk to your boyfriend and an old woman's voice would tell you to get off the phone because she needed to call her friend.
No cell phones, no computers, no stereos, no ipads, no ipods, no television, no battery operated anything...this was the communication of the fifties. I know because I was there...well, at least 65 years worth.