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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.

    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.


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    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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