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Mad (Wo)men: What the 1960s Sounded Like

November 21, 2009

Lots of people are raving about the tv show set in the 1960s, Mad Men, about how accurate the costumes and the stories are. What I find interesting is that people on the radio or tv in the 1960s had a distinctive sound; they talked differently than today. You can actually recognize the era by listening to the voices of people who were recorded then. What is even more surprising is what they take for granted. Listen to this 4:42 minute clip for how they sound, and for what is said about women's job possibilities – http://archives.cbc.ca/politics/rights_freedoms/clips/412/ – especially listen to the comments by the man near the end.

To get a sense of how people sounded in 1948, and what women were listening to, check out this 14 minute slice of radio – http://archives.cbc.ca/programs/942/

Women's lives and possibilities are so different from only 40 years ago!

The CBC has a great collection of radio and tv archive, well worth exploring for both the audio and the sociological aspects. – http://archives.cbc.ca/

Joan Vinall-Cox, PhD
JNthWEB Consulting – http://jnthweb.ca/
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