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Unformatted text preview: incompetent helpmeet or actively hostile to the needs of her husband's career. But a single man would be unlikely to climb the corporate ladder, as people would quietly wonder just why he wasn't married . The widower was given much more latitude, of course, but he ran the risk of the boss's wife deciding to play matchmaker. Family get-togethers were similar to those we have today, except that people (comparatively speaking) spent much less money on even the most important holidays. Huge, multi-generational family gatherings were also less common simply because people didn't live as long then; many kids in the Fifties didn't have any living grandparents. To have four living grandparents was vanishingly uncommon. The cross-country car vacations that every Fifties movie shows were common but most families only went on a real vacation every few years. They simply couldn't afford to do so every year....
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