Ask an oldie: Chemists sell olive oil don't they?

Welcome to the first episode of A Lasting Tale’s three minute blog and podcast series “Ask an Oldie”. I’ve started interviewing a wide range of really interesting oldies over regional NSW and Victoria, and am learning fun historical facts and life advice that makes me press pause on the recording; to stop and think about what’s important.

In Ask an Oldie I’m going to share what I’ve learned, in the form of a few fun historical facts, and select words of wisdom. About three minutes of fun and thoughtfulness, all here on A Lasting Tale’s, Ask an Oldie #askanoldie.

So, here it is.

  1. Esperanzo means to provide hope, seek justice, make peace. There was a movement after World War II for Esperanzo to become the universal language, once spoken worldwide to promote peace. But English won out.

  2. Goatskin wine bags originated in Spain, and were still widely used to carry and drink wine in Europe in the 1950s.

  3. Mother’s followed the advice of Dr Spock religiously. Dr Benjamin Spock freed mother’s in 1946 with the mantra “You know more than you think you do”. He was the first childcare expert to encourage parents to treat children as individuals, and to be flexible and affectionate. He’s the one to blame for the excesses (and successes) of the baby boomer generation!  

  4.  Olive oil was only sold in chemists in 1950s and 1960s in Australia. On the advice that it was to be ingested solely for medicinal purposes.

  5. Life advice? Try to be happy - but without hurting anyone else along the way.

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