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Sure there are many enthusiasts who enjoy getting dressed for a period event such as a Renaissance Faire or a fest set in the pioneer days like the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The average participant would usually return to their modern apparel and gadgets upon returning home. But there are people who in a disciplined manner, deliberately resist current fashion and technology, choosing to live with-in a time capsule cocoon.
People Who Choose To Live In The 1930s, 1940s, or 1950s Era
With shows like "Wives With Bee Hives" and "Time Warp Wives" the public is genuinely fascinated with a time that cherished old fashioned home values, feminine glamor, simple living and traditional gender roles. Even sites such as Etsy.com have hundreds of aprons to choose from set in the 1950s style.
1950s fans proclaim that this was the last era, when women took seriously the work of keeping the home, creating a relaxing haven for their family, and personally raising children themselves at a slower pace without being rushed from activity to activity. It was a more innocent time when neighbors gathered for an evening on rocking chairs and children played outdoors with out much concern for danger.
Other reasons people have embraced the mid 20th century is they enjoy:
- Baking and cooking, old fashioned hospitality
- Women dressing in an extremely figure flattering and feminine way
- Having the women serve as their husbands help mate
- Men working as the head provider and leading the family
- Wanting to escape from the pains of modern day life
The irony is that if they were truly transported back in time to the 1950s their perspective of technology would be greatly different. As the women of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s were interested in current events and new technologys such as household appliances. Most were marching onward in time. They were not living in a movie set bubble.
- Extremely reclusive lifestyle: The real world is depressing for many 21 century people who seek asylum in the 1950s way of living.
- Many couples living the mid century lifestyle ironically are abstaining from having children as they feel the addition of kids would make it more difficult to sustain their time bubble.
Time Warp Wives (Swapping modern living for the 1950s, 1940s or 1930s lifestyle)
Pioneer Days - Electricity Free Living
You'll find blog posts across the web with families who are breaking away from modern day living, not only getting off of the grid, but learning how to live without any electricity at all. Many of these people are doomsday preppers. Michael Patrick Douglas as shown on the National Geographic show, "Doomsday Preppers" is instructing his family how to live off the land as protection against the population reaching a critical mass.
As stated on the National Geographic website:
"Michael makes his own clothing and shoes from animal hides – since he believes the only way to survive the earth’s imminent crumble under overpopulation will be to return to our hunter-gatherer roots. These clothes allow him to be free of relying on stores and modern economy."
Amish: A Secret Life
The Amish choose to live with pioneer area technology not because they consider it charming but because they believe that the inventions created from electricity lead to indulgence and could take away their focus on God.
They are motivated to live a life that steers clear of pride. While in the standard Christian community this would play out differently. Culturally the Amish demonstrate this discipline by:
- Uniformity in fashion set in the pioneer area
- Limitation on excessive knowledge
- Simple technology
The Amish live by the verse:
"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you".
2 Corinthians 6:17
Which they literally interpret to mean that they should isolate themselves from the world in order to avoid the worldly temptations of this life.
Christians however interpret the Bible to mean that they should not avoid people:
"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."
The Renaissance and Pirate Lifestyle
Faire patrons are not the same as vendors who travel like gypsies of yesteryear. Sword craftsmen, 15th century garment designers and minstrels venture across the states immersed in theatrical period culture. Some die hard renaissance lifestyle mavericks go so far as to speak Elizabethan at home and furnish their homes with wall sconces, castle chairs and knight statues as sold on Designtoscano.com
According to Kenny Klein's (an author, musician, and artist) personal account of the "renaissance faires" merchant life: Faire workers are highly intelligent, engage well in conversation, express themselves creativity, and are nomadic.
"People who work faire as a lifestyle (as opposed to weekenders who work a real job and do local faires on weekends) are a weird, crazy, freewheeling bunch. Most are happy as clams (or, perhaps, as turkey legs) to travel year-round working faires and living at the faire in their booth or in the campground. In the past, most had no other home than their camper, van or booth.
That changed in the '90s, when the Texas Renaissance faire (in the Houston area) sold off lots of its very large campground. Now many full time rennies own a plot of land with a makeshift house, shed or trailer in what we have come to call “Toontown,” and many winter there."
Family lives the renaissance life traveling from fair to fair
Loving Life Living The 1980s
There are those of you out there who given the opportunity would live from 1980-1989 in perpetual rewind. Whats not to love! The personal computer age, excellence in pop and rock music craft. Many of you remember it vividly and some of you possibly haven't changed your hair style since the glory days. As of this writing there may not be many people exclusively outfitting their homes with authentic technology and architecture of the 1980s, however there has been a great demand for tribute bands who are a least loving life living the 1980s on stage.
Now 1980s tribute bands have begun to pop up all over the country. Bands like Rubix Kube, Atomic Punk as Van Halen, Red Hot as Motley Crue and Who's Bad as Michael Jackson are just a few examples of the many live performing acts bringing full costume to the stage.
Van Halen Cover Band - Ain't Talkin' Bout Love
Do You Want To Bring The Past To Your Present?
How about you, do you live an extreme lifestyle set in another time era? Let's hear about it! If not, please feel free to share your observations or post links to any blogs about people who live the 1940s, 1950s, Renaissance, Pirate, Victorian, 1960s, 1970s or 1980s lifestyle in the comment section below.
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Ruiari Barton on September 24, 2020:
Even though I was born in 2002, I’ve always wanted to “ live like it’s the 90s” I have forever been fascinated by the music, cars and the technology, I’m already building up a collection of 90s stuff like old Motorola MicroTAC and StarTAC phones, Sega Mega Drive / Genesis, SNES and a computer I’m dying to get my hands on... The iMac G3!!!
So in 2021 (or in my case, 1991) comes around I’m gonna start and so looking forward to it!!!
Kate on July 20, 2019:
So sad, we have lost so much, and are still losing our values, purity, and morals. The meaning of a wholesome family life is scarce. Anything goes, anything accepted. So thankful for the ones who are still holding on to the goodness.
Yolande on July 12, 2019:
I’d bet anything that ladyluck35 is white, Christian, and a Trump supporter. For those of her ilk, the 1950s was paradise.
Jean on July 07, 2019:
While things are difficult now, for a woman the farther you go back in time you have fewer rights. For this reason there is period in the past I would choose to live.
I love Victorian houses.
Rain San Martin (author) from Fort Wayne on May 14, 2016:
The rockabilly 1950's retro look has gained a substantial following. It's truly a joy to give oneself the freedom to dress in a different time era. Whether fantasy or historical.
Catherine on May 14, 2016:
I've always loved victorian style. I wouldn't bunch it up with pioneer though. That's a very different lifestyle. My favorite part of victorian era is the 1880s fashion. I absolutely adore everything about it. They did have electricity and were beginning to learn about cars so I feel like that is the best time period to go back to. However, I wouldnt be able to go back completely because there are certain things I like that are in this time period. If I could bring some things it would be fine.
I also like the 1950s time period. I can see myself wearing both rockabilly/pinup styles and victorian. I am also a stay at home wife and agree that I do not want children. This century is not the best and I feel like it gets worse and worse.
I personally like older things in my house anyway. Antiques, music, etc. I range from 50s music to 70s music but also include classical and opera. But, of course, this was how I was raised and I like it that way. Children have no respect now a days and cities are taking away nature that needs to be left alone.
My parents were born in the late 50s and seeing everything change so drastically is crazy! I don't feel like I can group myself in with the newer generations because they get so upset over everything and I feel more comfortable in thinking about going back.
I have thought about going back though. To either the 1880s or 1950s. Maybe one day I might make the giant leap.
Low Profile on January 02, 2016:
Amen Ladyluck 35! I totally agree with you! I'm 34 going on 35 and I do not identify with this perverse, wicked, and classless generation at all.
Rain San Martin (author) from Fort Wayne on December 26, 2015:
Ladyluck35, I love your comment! Thank you for taking the time to express your viewpoint, I agree the morals have been downgraded. It really is amazing that we have the power to create much of our reality. Enjoy your 1950's lifestyle.
ladyluck35 on December 26, 2015:
Without even trying, I have been living in the past, mainly 50's, all my life! Although I was born in 1953, I was forever listening to 50's music, watching 50s movies and now and dressing 50's style. With me, it wasn't that I started with this lifestyle at any point in time, it was just always like that from when I can remember, the fact is that the world around me changed but I had remained where I was to begin with and now with with such a decaying culture and filth and profanity in movies, I have retreated more and more into my comfort zone of watching all my most loved 30's, 40's and 50's classics. The more unisex fashions that I see, the more feminine I want to dress.
When I see the men (and women) of today with their t-shirts, baggy pants, dirty looking, with foul mouths and rock music blaring from their cars, I cringe! Not to mention all the people with their cell phones sexting and hooking up in this depraved sexualised culture that is anything but innocent and child-friendly!
Therefore, the more I see the world changing more and more all around me, the more I go the opposite direction and retreat into an era where music made you smile, movies made you feel good (watching the filth of today greatly disturbs me, therefore I keep well away from it!). Also people had pride in themselves and how they looked, they were well groomed, women dressed feminine and men really looked like men. And the Brillcream on their hair, how handsome they looked!! They’re my standards, and I will not lower them!
Most people of today are not happy and your poll proves it (92% would prefer to live in another era)! The sad fact is that the so-called ‘progressives’ are actually the ones that have RE-gressed (backwards), because rather than being enriched, they are actually DEPRIVED of all that was of value and all that was good and wholesome in by-gone eras.
Rain San Martin (author) from Fort Wayne on May 20, 2015:
I really love the idea of retrofitting a 1970s home! Maybe you could install an 8 track stereo system somewhere too. Perhaps I'll make a hub in the future entitled: "Lifestyle Experiment-How to Live in the 1970s"
"Take it easy, take it easy
Don't let the sound of your own wheels
Make you crazy" (The Eagles)
Richard on May 20, 2015:
We have a house that was built in the 1970s. We've been retrofitting it to that time period to keep true to the design of the house...and personally prefer most of the décor choices that period had to offer. IMO I'm all for design, fashion, music of a particular time period...but to totally make the "time machine jump back" would be difficult. Yet, keeping with 70s mindset: let people live how they choose...take it easy...it's all groovy.
Rain San Martin (author) from Fort Wayne on June 27, 2014:
Mona, I find the people who choose the 1950s lifestyle the most fascinating. More than any other group of people they REALLY live in a fantasy world and seem to relish every moment.
Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on June 24, 2014:
This is an interesting topic and the videos you selected to show people who prefer to live in specific time zones are most apt and interesting. I had heard of the Amish, of course, but never knew that there were also so many other groups who are creating alternative lifestyles in different time zones.