What’s the Same in 2007 as in 1957?Posted: October 16, 2007
Practically nothing. But–
1) Shoe repair shops. If you go in any shoe repair shop, it will look and smell exactly like every shoe repair shop did in 1957. The walls, the floor, the ceiling, all practically lacquered with pigments that have somehow migrated from the shoes; the intoxicating smells of leather and whatever the hell the chemicals are that they’re using in there; the loud machinery that would drive mad any man who had to listen to it all day; the finished shoes waiting in their plain brown paper bags for pickup. Apparently, there is no better way to repair and polish shoes than the way mankind did it fifty years ago.
2) Bakeries. The same cookies, cakes, pies and pastries; the same ladies behind the counter; the same “tak-a-number” tickets; the same intoxicating smells of butter, sugar, and flour. There is no better way for us to obtain our baked goods than existed in 1957.
Added 4/21/08: For a sequel of sorts to this post, click here.