Things We Love That Are 55 or Older

By Margaret McCormick

Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-In. 1946.
Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-In. 1946.

The world has changed dramatically in the last 55 years. Some of the things we take for granted today were new or new-ish back then (in 1965). Others have been around longer than you might think.

Just for the fun of it, we decided to do some age-related background checks on places and things we know and love. You might be surprised to learn how old some things are — and how relatively recent others are.

55 Lifestyle

• 55 Plus Magazine: We’re young  born in 2005.

• AARP: 1958 (now with more than 38 million members).

Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park. 1914.
Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park. 1914.


• Borio’s Restaurant, Cicero: 1960.

• Luigi’s Restaurant, Syracuse: 1954.

• Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub, Syracuse: 1933.

Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-In, Oswego: 1946. 

• Mac’s Drive-In, Waterloo: 1961.

• Heid’s of Liverpool: 1917.

• B’ville Diner, Baldwinsville: 1934. Originally Grady’s Diner.

• Scotch ‘n’ Sirloin, DeWitt: 1967.

• Nibsy’s Pub, Syracuse: 1890. Considered the oldest pub in Syracuse.

• Wegmans: 1916 (Rochester); 1969 in Central New York (Route 57 at John Glenn Boulevard)

One a Day multivitamins. 1940.

• Harrison Bakery, Syracuse: 1949. Moved from Harrison Street to West Genesee Street in 1961.

• Columbus Baking Co., Syracuse: 1895.

• DiLauro’s Bakery and Pizza, Syracuse: 1908. Originally known as Venezia Bakery.

• Central New York Regional Market: 1938.

Out and About

• Green on top traffic light, Tipperary Hill, Syracuse: 1925.

• Onondaga Lake Park: 1933. “Central New York’s Central Park’’

• Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, Syracuse: 1914. Originally known as Burnet Park Zoo.

• E.M. Mills Memorial Rose Garden (at Thornden Park), Syracuse: 1922.

Crouse College, Syracuse University. 1881.
Crouse College, Syracuse University. 1881.

• Crouse College, Syracuse University: 1881.

• Manley Field House, Syracuse: 1962.

• ShoppingTown Mall, DeWitt: 1954. A shopping center before it morphed into a mega mall.

• Soldiers and Sailors Monument, downtown Syracuse: 1910.

Around the House

• Riding lawn mower: 1946.

• Snowblower: 1925. A Canadian import.

• Electric drip coffee maker: 1954. Developed in Germany. The well-known Mr. Coffee didn’t debut until the 1970s.

• Air conditioner: 1902. Thank you, Willis Carrier.

• Microwave oven: 1946. Developed by American engineer Percy Spencer.

CNY Regional Market. 1938.
CNY Regional Market. 1938.

• Weber kettle grill: 1952. Invented by Weber founder George Stephen.

• Kitchen-Aid stand mixer: 1919. And still making mixing marvelous.

• Tupperware: 1946. Developed in Massachusetts by Silas Earl Tupper.

• Pyrex: 1915.  The iconic primary color four-piece nesting bowl set debuted in 1945.


• Everson Museum: 1897.  Originally known as the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts. • The current building, designed by I.M. Pei, opened in 1968.

• Erie Canal Museum: 1962.  Housed in the Syracuse Weighlock Building, which dates to 1850.

• Landmark Theater: 1928. Built as a Loew’s State Theater.

• Eastwood Palace Theatre: 1922.

• Westcott Theater: 1919.

• Manlius Art Cinema: 1918.


Hearing aid. 1898.
Hearing aid. 1898.

• Hearing aid: 1898. Early models were large and not very portable.

• Grecian Formula: 1961. The first hair coloring designed for men.

• Geritol: 1930. A dietary supplement for “iron poor blood.’’

• One a Day multivitamins: 1940.

Snowblower. 1925.
Snowblower. 1925.

• Special K: 1955. Once a single cereal, now with many options.

• Stationary bike: 1965. There were earlier models, but when Schwinn introduced its first stationary bike for the home, the Exerciser, a slew of copycats followed.

• Crutches: 1917.  Emile Schlick patented the first commercially produced crutch.

• Walkers: Early 1950s. First U.S. patent awarded in 1953.

Photo: E.M. Mills Memorial Rose Garden. 1922.