Growing up in the 1950s, many things were different. The bathtub in front of the stove was not all that long ago. Many apartments did not have hot water heaters, so any hot water for washing had to be heated on the stove.
We had a bathtub in the bathroom, but you still had to heat the water on the stove for the tub. There were other times when my Dad would say “It’s time for an Army bath.” During his tour in France during WWll, he would often have to wash up in a helmet full of hot water. In our case, it was a small sink filled with hot water heated on the stove, a bar of soap and a face cloth.
Some may remember the term, “pull the chain when you’re done.” Some toilets had a water tank mounted high up on the wall and there was a chain that hung beside it to flush it.
That was also back in the days when you had to get up and walk across the room to change the channel on the television. TVs back then, if you were lucky enough to have one, were smaller than most computer monitors; the picture was black and white; you only had four or five stations and it went off the air between midnight and 6:30 AM.
Respectfully submitted, David Moore
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