By: Susan Sanvidge, Diane Sanvidge Seckar, Jean Sanvidge Wouters & Julie Sanvidge Florence
"In the fifties, sleek Mixmasters were replacing rusty eggbeaters, and new pressure cookers blew their tops in kitchens all over town. There were kids everywhere, and new ranch-style houses filled vacant lots…Turquoise Studebakers and dusty-rose Chevy BelAirs with flamboyant fins and lots of chrome replaces dark pre-war cars. Cameras took color snapshots instead of black-and-white. We wore red canvas tennis shoes and lemon yellow shorts, and bright blue popsicles melted down our chins,”—from the Introduction
In Penny Loafers & Bobby Pins
, the four Sanvidge sisters, whose birthdates span the Baby Boomer period, present a lively chronicle of growing up in the 1950s and 1960s in a small midwestern town. Each sister writes about the facets of her childhood she remembers best, and their lighthearted stories are illustrated with period photos. Sprinkled with mentions of pedal pushers, home pernaments, and "two-tone” cars; early TV shows and the first rock and roll: hula hoops, Tiny Tears, and Mr. Potato Head (played with a real potato); and memories of their grandparents who lived nearby, Penny Loafers & Bobby Pins
also features "how-tos” for re-creating the fads, foods, crafts, and games the Sanvidge sisters recall in their stories.
In their first book, Apple Betty & Sloppy Joe
, the Sanvidge sisters gathered food memories and recipes from their midwestern Baby Boomer childhood. In Penny Loafers & Bobby Pins
you’ll find out what they were up to—when they weren’t eating.
is a freelance graphic designer. She lives in Chicago. Diane Sanvidge Seckar
is a journeyman electrician and co-owner of Seckar Electric in Winneconne, Wisconsin. She also designs and makes crocheted hats and purses. Jean Sanvidge Wouters
is a homemaker, seamstress, and volunteer in Winneconne, Wisconsin. Julie Sanvidge Florence
is the director of the Lebanon Public Library in Lebanon, Ohio.
Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press
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