Being a child of the 60's, I remember when my parents got a new TV. It was still a black and white model. Color television was just becoming available and still very expensive. Santa brought things like an Erector Set (set of metal building pieces with nuts and bolts to hold them together), Lincoln Logs and Matchbox cars. My father had a typical car of the day with manual transmission, no seat belts, no air conditioning and these little vent windows in the front that let you direct the air to where you needed it. I remember getting rid of our old coal stove and the guys from the store over town bringing in the new electric stove. Just about everything that was purchased was found within a 6 block walk from our house. New shoes and pants and dress shirts for school from the men's clothing store over town, tablets and pencils from the 5 and 10 just up the street, and stop on the walk back home for milk, canned carrots and maybe a chicken or a pork roast, if they looked nice, for supper. Things were not as "disposable". You drank out of real glass cups (usually jelly jars that were made to be used as glasses once the jelly was gone). Rags and cloth towels were used instead of paper towels, then they were washed in the washing machine with the separate wringer and hung on the clothsline to dry. Basically, people didn't buy or shop as much as we do today.