In 1955 I was in England and in my second year of school, so I don't remember a lot of detail. Two things I do remember:
1. A few months before we were leaving to go to Canada, our local grocer had something special for us to try - a sample of the food over there: a can of creamed corn. I thought it was awful, and I haven't touched any since.
2. In 1956, one of the last things we had to do before boarding the ship was to turn in the family's ration books. Yes, in 1956 many goods in England were still under wartime rationing! One reason was that the American Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe only applied to Germany, Italy, and the "free" countries formerly occupied by them. Allies? Nope, nothing for them! (At least, that's what I learned then.)
When my family moved from Ontario (Canada) to Colorado (USA) in 1960, there were two big things going on: the centennial of Colorado statehood, and (drumroll) the Post Office was going to increase the price of a stamp AGAIN, up to a NICKEL this time. Outrageous!
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Graeme C. Payne
Middletown, Maryland, USA
I try to learn something new every day. Then I try to remember what it was!