1957 Housewife Diary Found In A Thrift Shop (11 PICS)

Posted in PICTURES       29 Mar 2021       1751       5 GALLERY VIEW

Thrift stores can surprise you with the things you can find there on sale, like this diary from 1957

So, TikToker @otherworlddesign recently stumbled upon a vintage diary in a thrift store. In particular, it was a used diary—one that already had been filled up with writings from cover to cover—from 1957.

After reading it, the TikToker deduced that it belonged to a housewife named Nellie from Oklahoma. While personal things like these do often end up in thrift stores due to things like spring cleaning or moving, it’s not known how this particular diary ended up as a deal on the shelves.

The diary quickly spawned an entire TikTok channel dedicated to exploring entries from the diary. Every few days or so, it posts a single entry from a particular day. Since the diary is pocket-sized, the entries were short, ranging from several words to a handful of sentences.

 

But, it’s no ordinary diary—someone wrote in it for a full year, and this TikToker shared some entries

 

For the most part, it detailed the things Nellie did or happened to her throughout the days. While some entries are a complete mood affair, like “didn’t do anything but eat all day,” others were more detailed and eventful, like her going to a wedding: “Today is a colored wedding and it’s just as beautiful as the others.”

It seems that the diary used to belong to a housewife named Nellie from Oklahoma

The diary serves as an insight into what life was like back in 1957. It often refers to very 1950s names like Winnie, Jinks, and Garland. One entry details Nellie’s trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico, saying how a coffee and a pie cost 31 cents, and how supper cost 55 cents, which is $2.90 and $5.15 today respectively.

 

The diary provides insightful glimpses into the daily life of a housewife in 1957

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It also refers to retailers of the time—like Safeway and T.G. FYI, Safeway is still around today, it’s a supermarket company, while T.G., or TG&Y in full, was a variety store that went defunct in 2001. Incidentally, it was headquartered in Oklahoma, where our heroine lived.

Heck, there was even one instance where Nellie told a whole story of how she snuck up to her friend Vicky poking at a fox hole and scared her half to death. Sounds like good times!

 

People’s names, stores, what things cost—everything points at the good old 1950s

The channel has been going viral since the start. So far it has over 8.2 million collective views across 10 videos (as of the moment of this article) with over 1.2 million likes and nearly 200,000 followers. And the videos keep coming out every few days or so with a new diary entry.

 

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The TikToker dedicated the entire channel to exploring the diary and it already has over 8M collective views


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Tony 1 weeks ago
Life was not fun - Poor woman !
Life is still not fun ! girl_cray girl_cray girl_cray girl_cray girl_cray
       
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Almira 1 weeks ago
Tony, right, i'm sure your life is a regular devils island, be thankful you never had to deal with "Winnie"
       
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Karonhappuck 1 weeks ago
Are people really this bored to follow this stuff?
       
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Nap 1 weeks ago
I'm more inclined to believe this handwriting is that of an older woman, perhaps widowed. The handwriting and daily routines remind me so much of my great aunt whose letters contained her dailies. Her days were much slower after her children had grown and were busy raising their own. She filled it by the mundane tasks of little jobs around her house, letter writing her friends (instead of phoning since long distance calls were sooooo expensive) and doing her shopping. The '50's housewife was much busier than this example, and by no means boring.
       
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Rosa 1 weeks ago
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