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    Default Did we smell in the 60's?

    An odd title for a thread I know, but .....

    I was pondering my recently arrived (enormous) gas and electric bills today and on the TV comes an advert - British Gas, the one where the tag line is something along the line of 'your world is turned upside down if your boiler breaks down ... etc', with the image of someone in the shower and no water.


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    This got me thinking. What if we couldn't shower twice a day - which of course led to, well we didn't when I was a lad in the 60's. It was bath night on Sunday and a good wash down for the rest of the week. Even further back to the early 60's it was bath night in the tin bath in front of the fire!! This disappeared when our dad built an extension to out 2-up 2-down, but still bath night remained.

    This situation wasn't just us, it was everyone I knew and I don't remember me or my mates smelling. It could have been that we all smelled as bad as each other so didn't notice it.

    So. Did we smell in the 60's?

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    No, growing up in the 60's, I don't remember anyone particularly smelling.

    We had a nice modern bathroom in our house, but still it was bath night once a week - usually on a Sunday ready for school next day. We had a good wash down every night.

    You would come across the occasional pongy person, but nothing much different from today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    No, growing up in the 60's, I don't remember anyone particularly smelling.

    We had a nice modern bathroom in our house, but still it was bath night once a week - usually on a Sunday ready for school next day. We had a good wash down every night.

    You would come across the occasional pongy person, but nothing much different from today.
    That's probably about right, Lindy. My parents coming home to Liverpool in the Sixties from the US of A used to say that they could smell Liverpudlians on the buses but I bet it was, as now, just the occasional person. Besides which, upstairs on the old double-deckers where you could smoke, it generally reeked of ciggy smoke anyway!
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    Factory chimneys, open fires, the odd horse in the street...brylcreem!

    Maybe we did not have smells until we had scents?

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    I'm pretty sure we did,but just differently!

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    It's all relative... If we all ponged the same, who would notice...

    Very little deodorant was sold back then...

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    Quote Originally Posted by az_gila View Post
    It's all relative... If we all ponged the same, who would notice...

    Very little deodorant was sold back then...
    But there was......"Old Spice"

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    If you don't perspire and change you clothes daily the average human can go three to four days without stinking.

    Sweaty armpits ae the main cause of a person stinking.

    When I worked in Edmondsons "Full Swing Lemonade" there was a guy who never washed from day to day and when it rained his hair just ran in dirt trickling down his face,everyone used to avoid him when he was about.

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    Well! I left there in 1963!! but no! it was'nt because of the smell!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsteve55 View Post
    But there was......"Old Spice"
    Yeah... but in the 60's Old Spice was something you splashed on your face after shaving...

    And it wasn't that good on dates since it reminded the girls of their fathers...

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    Did we stink in the 60's ? Yes but in the 50's and 40's we stunk to high heaven. We always had the tin bath out on Saturday night so the we could be fragrant for Sunday and our visits to our paternal ,and maternal ,grandparents. Sunday morning would find us in best clothes,redeemed from the pawnshop on Saturday afternoon, we smelled of mothballs and DDT. The working class deodorant.
    The only deodorant that I saw in the 50's was a product called Odo Ro No. Never knew what it smelled like. When I was at sea we showered daily,sometimes twice daily. I did'nt start using deodorants or aftershave until the 60's.When I worked ashore in the 70's I became aware of the once a week bathers in the workshop, their armpits were rank by the time Friday came round. Hygiene has come a long way in the last 40 years and we all smell the better for it

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgePorgie View Post
    If you don't perspire and change you clothes daily the average human can go three to four days without stinking.

    Sweaty armpits ae the main cause of a person stinking.

    When I worked in Edmondsons "Full Swing Lemonade" there was a guy who never washed from day to day and when it rained his hair just ran in dirt trickling down his face,everyone used to avoid him when he was about.


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    Now listen here Fagan,watch yer step lad or you'll be in thearter having microsurgery for removalof drumstick splinters.

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    This thread stinks! Ha ha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wsteve55 View Post
    But there was......"Old Spice"
    .. and Cedarwood http://www.richgifts.co.za/Cedarwood...wood1_main.htm
    My dad used to use it.

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    I can't believe we only washed our hair once a week!!! I don't remember anyone smelling though. The Cavern smelled so strongly of disinfectant we all probably smelled of that for hours after we left!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    .. and Cedarwood http://www.richgifts.co.za/Cedarwood...wood1_main.htm
    My dad used to use it.

    How about the love wood that Philip told Rigsby about in Rising damp.?
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    Rising Damp was great

    ---------- Post added at 02:34 PM ---------- Previous post was at 02:29 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Ronijayne View Post
    I can't believe we only washed our hair once a week!!! I don't remember anyone smelling though. The Cavern smelled so strongly of disinfectant we all probably smelled of that for hours after we left!!
    A lot of people still get their hair washed once a week only - don't mean the men as I know they wash their hair under the shower more often - but a lot of ladies, specially the older ones, don't blow dry their hair every day like the younger ones. They tend to have a weekly hairdressers appointment for a wash and blow or wash and set, and stick rigidly to that routine - and no moisture shall go near thy bonce inbetween !

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    Oh yes there were more than a few pongers.
    I remember in the 40's getting on the tram & sitting next to someone, especially on a wet day. Some of them smelled like a wet dog.
    When Old Spice arrived in the 50's it was mainly the Americans who used it. They could be detected a mile away.
    We were in Barcelona airport when a Russian skiing team was returning home. you could cut the air with a knife. I din't think they had heard of having a bath weekly or even monthly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    How about the love wood that Philip told Rigsby about in Rising damp.?
    Ha,ha, ye ancient wardrobe aphrodisiac!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickeydoolan View Post
    Oh yes there were more than a few pongers.
    I remember in the 40's getting on the tram & sitting next to someone, especially on a wet day. Some of the smelled like a wet dog.
    When Old Spice arrived in the 50's it was mainly the Americans who used it. The could be detected a mile away.
    We were in Barcelona airport when a Russian skiing team was returning home. you could cut the air with a knife. I din't think they had heard of having a bath weekly or even monthly.
    .. and there's still a few pongers around !! It's a mixture of stale clothes and poor personal hygiene.

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    No, growing up in the 60's, I don't remember anyone particularly smelling. [IMG]images/smilies/smile.png[/IMG]



    We had a nice modern bathroom in our house, but still it was bath night once a week - usually on a Sunday ready for school next day. We had a good wash down every night.



    You would come across the occasional pongy person, but nothing much different from today.


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    This thread,has just reminded me of the lads who used to put margarine on their hair, and the odd time,in hot weather.....seeing it trickle down their necks,in class!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsteve55 View Post
    This thread,has just reminded me of the lads who used to put margarine on their hair, and the odd time,in hot weather.....seeing it trickle down their necks,in class!
    ugh!

    that calls for a Dame Edna look of disgust !
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    And there is always an applicable university study....

    In this case, it seems like girls might have been healthier, but smellier, back then...

    http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archiv...-hurting-girls

    No mention of smelly boys though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    Rising Damp was great

    ---------- Post added at 02:34 PM ---------- Previous post was at 02:29 PM ----------



    A lot of people still get their hair washed once a week only - don't mean the men as I know they wash their hair under the shower more often - but a lot of ladies, specially the older ones, don't blow dry their hair every day like the younger ones. They tend to have a weekly hairdressers appointment for a wash and blow or wash and set, and stick rigidly to that routine - and no moisture shall go near thy bonce inbetween !
    Still????? I remember when I first came here, we washed our hair every single day. I had almost waist length hair so I loved it. I always felt when you were at a party or resturant/pub that you could smell the cigarette smoke in your hair so I took to the American way at once. I still wash it almost every day, you don't feel properly showered unless you do. We used to wash it twice a day if it was hot and you had been out all day, you would wash it again before you went out for the evening
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    A lot of ladies can't style their own hair and rely on a weekly hairdressing appointment. They usually have the style anchored in place - inmoveable - with styling mouse/gel whatever, and plenty of firm hold spray -- consequently no water goes near that head until next appointment

    Younger girls with straight hair or low maintenance styles tend to wash their hair more often and blow dry it themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronijayne View Post
    Still????? I remember when I first came here, we washed our hair every single day. I had almost waist length hair so I loved it. I always felt when you were at a party or resturant/pub that you could smell the cigarette smoke in your hair so I took to the American way at once. I still wash it almost every day, you don't feel properly showered unless you do. We used to wash it twice a day if it was hot and you had been out all day, you would wash it again before you went out for the evening
    Is some of that due to the efficiency of American showers?

    The older Liiverpool houses that are gravity fed from a tank in the loft just don't have the water pressure to have a good shower in the upstairs bathroom - and the limited supply of hot water doesn't help.

    Are the newer Liverpool houses still gravity fed, or is the water system pressurized?

    Having a good shower system definitely makes you want to be cleaner...

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    I remember when I first got my own apartment, or rather shared with another Brit (public school, parents had connections in the Brit Embassy here) When people visited from the UK they would ask if we had enough hot water for them to take a shower and we told them water is hot day and night without pause! Once they got used to four people being able to shower (no, not together) in the am then again in the afternoon if it was really hot out AND my roommate always took a bath before bed even at 3am they too hopped in whenever they wanted.

    I stopped taking baths so much as the Americans kept saying 'You are sitting in your own dirty water' which put me off so I showered but still take the odd evening bath.
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    Americans kept saying 'You are sitting in your own dirty water'
    This is true,because when we wash we shed the dead surface skin...hence the scum around the where the waters edge has been on the bath.

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