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    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.

    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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